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Datsun Go-Cross Concept debuts in India


(February 6, 2016) NEW DELHI, India — Datsun showcased the Datsun GO-cross Concept  for the first time in India Friday at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016. The compact crossover concept is the brand's vision for a potential Datsun GO/GO+ family expansion into high-growth markets, adding a sense of style, adventure and fun to the expo line-up.

2016 Buick Cascada

KEY WEST, Fla. — It’s been 25 years since shoppers were able to buy a new Buick convertible. At the time, Buick was a lost brand wandering around aimlessly with unloved products in its lineup. The convertible offered was, however, a nice, elegant looking two-seat sport tourer called the Reatta built in 1990 and 1991. Sales were dismal, with fewer than 2,500 units sold, and Buick pulled the plug.

2016 Jaguar XF

PHOENIX — In a world full of excellent midsize luxury sedans like Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, having to compete against that trio of established Bavarian winners is certainly considered a feat of Sisyphus proportions. One can only imagine the product planners at Jaguar as they attempt to win the wallets luxury sedan buyers with their redo of the XF for 2016.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

SEATTLE, Wash. — Now ladies and gentleman please closely observe our final — and best — magic trick of the afternoon. Our driver is about to drive the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma into this huge pile of loose sand where he will bury the truck up to its axles. Then we will hook a tow rope to the rear and pull the buried truck out of the mess it has created. Actually, ladies and gentlemen, no such assistance will be needed.

Vehicle of the Week

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander — Good value proposition

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Sales of Mitsubishi's Outlander were up 46 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. The success of Mitsubishi's largest vehicle in North America can be attributed to a considerably refreshed 2016 edition that encompasses more than 100 improvements including drivetrain, structural rigidity, ride quality, and interior noise abatement. Mitsubishi's goal was to make the Outlander, which had its last full remake in 2014, more competitive against the big guys in the segment such as Honda, Toyota, Ford and Hyundai.

Here's the Thing

Honda leads Kelley Blue Book's 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 list

(February 4, 2016) IRVINE, Calif. — The vehicles deemed the 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 were announced today by Kelley Blue Book, After extensive testing and evaluation, with a keen focus on safety, comfort, convenience, spaciousness for both passengers and cargo, and fit of various rear-facing and forward-facing child safety car seats, the expert editors recommend their choices for a diverse group of vehicles that best meet the needs of today's modern families.

Here's how the Porsche Macan might be a smarter buy for your dollars

(February 4, 2016) MCLEAN, Va. — In their bimonthly edition covering trends in the used vehicle market, NADA Used Car Guide analysts detailed the one-year performance of all-new or heavily revised mainstream and luxury vehicle models.

"There were several new vehicles that saw major updates or were all-new to the market this year," said Jonathan Banks, executive analyst at NADA Used Car Guide. "Not surprisingly, a vehicle that held its value the best is one that provides both utility and great performance for luxury buyers."

New-car transaction prices up nearly 3 percent since January 2015

(February 2, 2016) IRVINE, Calif. — The analysts at Kelley Blue Book today report the estimated average transaction price (ATP) for light vehicles in the United States was $34,112 in January 2016.  New-car prices have increased by $919 (up 2.8 percent) from January 2015, while declining $553 (down 1.6 percent) from last month.

Inside the Industry

Ford begins 2016 with record-breaking month in China

(February 5, 2016) Ford started 2016 with record-breaking sales in China, with 130,832 Ford vehicles sold in January, up 36 percent compared to January 2015. Record sales of the Ford Escort, the new Ford Mondeo, and Ford’s sport utility vehicle lineup helped boost January sales.

“We are honored that customers are responding so positively to our vehicles,” said John Lawler, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor China. “The combination of great performance and great value is clearly bringing more people into Ford showrooms.”

Alloy Editions further brand with bronze and titanium finishes

(February 5, 2016) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Adding to the 2016 Chrysler 200S and 300S models’ athletic styling, segment-exclusive technologies and driver-focused appointments, the new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions further the Chrysler brand’s color and material leadership and Detroit-born style with trendsetting finishes that include Dark Bronze and Titanium.

Mercedes-Benz starts 2016 with record worldwide sales

(February 5, 2016) Mercedes-Benz started 2016 with record unit sales. In January, 150,814 vehicles were handed over to customers— an increase of 19.9%. The strong growth in unit sales was driven by record numbers in all three core regions Europe, Asia-Pacific and NAFTA. Growth last month was particularly strong in China, where unit sales increased by more than 50% compared with January 2015.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Buick ready for restoration

This neglected 1956 Buick appears to be in restorable condition. Buick sold 153,627 copies in '56 with two V8 engine options making 225 horsepower and 255 hp. Prices ranged from $2,416 to $3,704. (Photo by Jim Meachen)