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Texas tops lists of states with most Corvettes


(August 29, 2016) has created an infographic showing where the Chevy Corvette is most popular in the USA and around the world. By collating data about Corvette owners shopping for replacement parts, Vette popularity in the USA has been determined on both a total volume basis and a per-capita basis. Internationally, Vette ownership rankings are based on total volume.

2017 Cadillac XT5

PHOENIX — The reinvention of Cadillac into a contemporary luxury brand continues with the latest introduction to the lineup with the first ever XT5 an all-new replacement for the outgoing mid-size SRX crossover vehicle. The SRX was first introduced for the 2004 model year and has been the sales leader for Cadillac.

2017 Nissan Armada

CARMEL, Calif. — The first generation Nissan Armada soldiered on for 12 years, limping into its final model year in 2015 with rumors that it would be terminated. But Nissan had other plans, perhaps driven by the resurgent SUV market including the big truck end of the spectrum. It now looks like a brilliant idea — revive the Armada in the image of its popular Infiniti QX80 cousin.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

CARMEL, Calif. — The completely redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class marks the 10th generation of the German automaker’s most popular model. To save you the suspense of waiting until the end of the review, I’ll tell you now: The new E-Class is nothing short of fantastic and lives up to its billing as “The world’s most intelligent luxury sedan.” Heck, I’d go so far as to say it’s the most intelligent vehicle on the planet, period.

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Hyundai Elantra — A stylish compact

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

This is the best of times for compact car shoppers. Never have there been so many good products with technology and features that were only available for cars far above this class just a few short years ago. And this may be the worst of times for compact car shoppers because manufacturers are charging — big time — for these desirable options sending the price of a small family sedan soaring toward 30 grand territory.

Here's the Thing

Kelley predicts August new-car sales to drop 2 percent

(August 29, 2016) IRVINE, Calif. — New-vehicle sales are expected to decrease 2 percent year-over-year to a total of 1.54 million units in August, resulting in an estimated 17.3 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book

"Overall, sales are expected to remain steady in the mid-17 million SAAR range, despite a small drop in volume for August," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Group says automakers not doing enough to bring electric vehicles to market

(August 24, 2016) OAKLAND, Calif.  — Drivers looking to take advantage of the many benefits of driving electric are up against a real barrier: automakers just aren’t bringing enough electric vehicles to market. That’s the finding of a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

While automakers vary widely in terms of how many electric vehicle models they offer and where they sell them, all automakers could be doing more to take full advantage of the potential EV market, especially outside of California.

Motor vehicle fatalities up 9 percent

(August 23, 2016) ITASCA, Ill. — Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9 percent higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18 percent higher than two years ago at the six month mark. An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads since January and 2.2 million were seriously injured. The total estimated cost of these deaths and injuries is $205 billion.

Inside the Industry

FCA Sterling Stamping Plant celebrates launch of thee new presses

(August 29, 2016) STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — The FCA US Sterling Stamping Plant celebrated the production launch of three new stamping presses during an event last week attended by FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and about 700 plant employees.

Toyota opens new Lexus parts distribution center in Atlanta

(August 29, 2016) ATLANTA — Toyota Motor Sales announced that it has officially opened a new parts distribution center (PDC) in Lithia Springs, Ga. The new Atlanta PDC will employ up to 30 employees in 107,000 square feet of space.

Stocking approximately 43,000 Lexus parts, the facility will serve 27 Lexus dealers in the Southeast, primarily in Atlanta, as well as a five state area that includes Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee.

$50 million sales recorded at Mecum's Monterey auction

(August 27, 2016) Overall sales totals reached $50 million at the 2016 Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey, Calif., with strong individual sales topped by several cars that reached or exceeded the million-dollar mark. Headlined this year by three vehicles that hammered at $4.7 million, $4.4 million and $3 million, respectively, the Mecum Daytime Auction hosted a total of 704 high-end classic and collector cars, all of which crossed the Mecum auction block Aug. 18-20.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A decaying Crown Vic

Ford received a new body style for 1955 and a new top-of-the-line model, the Crown Victoria, replacing the Crestline. The Crown Victoria featured a chrome "basket handle" across the hardtop roof. This styling feature was used to visually separate the front of the passenger compartment from the rear. This 1955 or 56 Crown Vic — with its signature chrome warp-around feature — was discovered in a truly abandoned state of decay in eastern North Carolina. (Photo by Jim Meachen)