August 2015

Audi reports 55th straight monthly sales gain in U.S.

(August 3, 2015) HERNDON, Virginia — Audi reported that its July sales increased 20.8% over July 2014 to 17,654 vehicles, a total that stands as the fourth-best monthly result ever in the U.S. market. Audi achieved its best-ever July sales in the U.S., marking the 55th consecutive monthly sales record.

The previous July record was set in 2014 with 14,616 Audi vehicles sold. Through the first seven months of 2015, Audi U.S. sales rose 12.4% from last year to 111,269 vehicles.

FCA announces $2.5 million investment for rain and snow testing

(August 3, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Where in North America can you go from testing the 4x4 capabilities of a 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk at minus 40 degrees with snow whipping by at 100 mph, while at the same time baking a Renegade Limited just a few steps away at 130 degrees?
Answer: The Chrysler Technology Center (CTC) at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US headquarters in Auburn Hills.

New Mazda Miata as good as it ever was — and the beer's not bad, either

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(August 4, 2015) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — I'm not the kind of guy who can turn down an opportunity to drive a convertible in Southern California. When Mazda issued an invitation to its national press launch for the totally redesigned MX-5 in Westlake Village, Calif., I was all over it. It didn't hurt that Mazda was putting us up in the Four Seasons with three nearby craft breweries within 10-minutes of the hotel. The only thing that could have made the invite more tempting is if there had been an In-N-Out Burger in the Four Seasons' lobby.

Ferraris will gallop into Mecum's 2015 Monterey Auction

(August 3, 2015) WALWORTH, Wis. — Ferraris will gallop into Mecum Monterey 2015, with more than 25 of the high-end Italian marque’s fine machines on offer at Mecum Auction’s annual Daytime Auction held Aug. 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, Calif.

GM reports retail sales up 14 percent

(August 3, 2015) DETROIT — General Motor’s Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands sold 272,512 vehicles in the United States in July, a 6 percent increase and the four brands’ best combined July since 2007. The month was paced by an 18 percent increase in Buick sales, a 1 percent increase at GMC and an 8 percent increase in Chevrolet sales. 

Chevrolet’s results included a 24 percent increase in pickup, van and SUV sales, and the brand’s best July crossover sales ever.

Ford's newest vehicles lead best July sales since 2006

(August 3, 3015) DEARBORN, Mich. — Strong demand for its newest products lifted Ford Motor Company to its best July U.S. sales performance since 2006, with a total of 222,731 vehicles sold last month. Retail sales increased 5 percent.

“We continue seeing even stronger demand for our newest products, especially F-150, Explorer, Edge, Mustang and Transit,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service.

Fiat Chrysler reports best July sales since 2005

(August 3, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — FCA US today reported U.S. sales of 178,027 units, a 6 percent increase compared with sales in July 2014 (167,667 units), and the group’s best July sales since 2005. The Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in July compared with the same month a year ago.

The Jeep brand’s 23 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 64-consecutive months.

Nissan product planner discusses the company's new Maxima


(August 2, 2015) Nissan has taken its flagship Maxima to a new level of styling both inside and out with reduced curb weight,  increased structural rigidity, and now with 300 horsepower from its 3.5-liter V-6. The head-turning sedan is 2.2-inches longer and sits 1.3 inches lower facilitating sleeker styling and better aerodynamics.

1969 Aston Martin sets Barons record selling for $1.2 million

(August 1, 2015) LONDON — An ultra-rare, unrestored and highly original 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk 1 Volante Vantage set a new record for Barons when it sold for £781,000 ($1.2 million) at Sandown Park on July 28. The highest price ever achieved for a car at a Barons sale, it broke the auction house’s previous record of £739,000, set just three months ago for a 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback "barn find."

“We believe this may be a record for an unrestored example of this particular Aston Martin, so these are very exciting times for Barons,” said company director Peter Gascoigne.

Record 3,700 GM volunteers to help revitalize blighted neighborhood

(August 1, 2015) DETROIT — A record 3,700 volunteers from General Motors will help deep clean a high school, board up vacant residences, whack weeds and mow lawns this week as part of the non-profit Life Remodeled effort to make over the 4.5 square-mile Osborn neighborhood, among the most blighted in Metro Detroit.