December 2015

BMW closing in on 2015 luxury sales title in U.S.

(December 3, 2015) BMW is closing in on its second consecutive luxury sales title in the U.S. after the November sales numbers were tallied.  Sales for BMW branded vehicles rose 3.2 percent to 32,003 in November, as deliveries of the X3 sport utility vehicle more than doubled. For the year, BMW's U.S. sales grew 4.4 percent to 311,398 vehicles.

Hyundai records it best November ever in U.S. sales

(December 3, 2015) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai Motor America posted its best November ever, with sales of 60,007, up 12 percent compared with one year ago. Small cars and CUVs lead the charge. The all-new Tucson small crossover led the way up 90 percent over November 2014.

Ford develops process that can save old engines from the scrapyard

(December 3, 2015) AACHEN, Germany — Ford is recycling old engines so they can be used again with the help of a special Ford-patented plasma coating technology. The process delivers a 50 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with producing a new engine.

“We have taken a process that was originally developed to enhance performance models such as the all-new Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R and used it to remanufacture engines that might otherwise be scrapped. It is just one example of how Ford is looking to reduce its environmental footprint through a range of innovative measures,” said Juergen Wesemann, manager, Vehicle Technologies and Materials, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering.

Infiniti starts production of the Q30 active compact at UK plant

(December 3, 2015) Infiniti began production of the Q30 active compact this week in Sunderland, United Kingdom, as the first vehicle officially rolled off the assembly line at the brand’s newly-built facilities following a £250 million ($390 million) investment that has created 300 new jobs.

Volvo debuts its new S90 luxury sedan

(December 2, 2015) GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Volvo Cars debuted the highly-anticipated Volvo S90 luxury sedan in Gothenburg today on the heels of the company’s award-winning Volvo XC90 SUV. The all-new Volvo S90 sedan is a bold entry into the luxury sedan market and sets a new standard with superior materials, technology, comfort and class-leading semi-autonomous features.

Overall November sales show gains, but Honda, VW lose ground

(December 2, 2015) There were winners and losers on the November sales charts, but overall November sales are projected to come in at a seasonally adjusted annual sales rate above 18 million. The strong November results will help push the industry closer to topping the U.S. sales peak of 17.4 million, set in 2000.

Hyundai set the pace in November as most automakers rode U.S. light truck demand to sales increases and the industry moved closer to an annual record. Hyundai generated sales of 60,007 vehicles, up 12 percent, for its best-ever November. Kia sales nudged upward 1.4 percent to 45,553.

Redefining fast: The new 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S

(December 1, 2015) ATLANTA — Porsche will be off to a powerful start in 2016 when the 2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S make their debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The top-of-the-line 911 models will be available in both coupe and convertible body styles and are equipped with engines offering 20 horsepower more than before, a sharper design, and enhanced features.

Ford to invest $1.3 billion in Kentucky Truck Plant for 2017 Super Duty

(December 2, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ford will create 2,000 new jobs and invest $1.3 billion in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck. Ford is investing $1.3 billion for an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the new aluminum-bodied Super Duty truck at Kentucky Truck Plant.

Saab 96 awaits restoration

This 1971 Saab 96 wagon was discovered in Louisiana in what appears to be restorable condition. The standard 4-cylinder engine in the Saab 96 from 1967 to 1976 made 65 horsepower and was timed in an excruciating turtle-like 15 seconds from 0-to-60. The Saab 96 was built from 1960 through 1980 and underwent incremental changes and updates through the years. (Photo by Jim Prueter)

Volkswagen reports 25 percent decline in November sales

(December 1, 2015) Volkswagen reported plummeting November sales today amid tight dealer inventories and a continued sales freeze of diesel-powered cars prompted by its emissions violations. VW reported that its sales dropped 25 percent to 23,882 vehicles, its second-lowest monthly total of 2015 behind January. It was the steepest monthly decline for the VW brand since Sept. 2008.