October 2016

U.S. Big Three see September sales slip compared to 2015

(October 3, 2016) Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler posted U.S. sales declines last month. FCA reported U.S. sales of 192,883 units, a 1 percent decrease compared with sales in September 2015. Ford Transit vans U.S. sales grew 6 percent last month with 10,799 vans sold, but overall Ford U.S. September sales totaled 204,447 vehicles, an 8 percent decline versus a year ago. GM’s total sales in September were down slightly year over year to 249,795 vehicles.    

New Ram Lone Star Edition unveiled at State Fair of Texas

(October 3, 2016) DALLAS — Ram has unveiled new-for-2017 updates to three of its most popular models. Lone Star, Laramie Longhorn and Limited models will offer truck buyers an even wider selection of exterior appointments and content.
The Ram 1500 Lone Star — the brand’s top-selling truck in Texas — will get a new Silver Edition option.

Honda partners with Adam Savage's Tested.com starring the Ridgeline

(October 3, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda is joining forces with Tested and Adam Savage — maker, producer, and former host of the popular "Mythbusters" TV series — to debut six original Features Not Standard episodes on www.Tested.com spotlighting the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck.

Buick's new Avenir sub-brand to represent highest expression of luxury

(October 2, 2016) DETROIT — Buick is creating a new Avenir sub-brand to add top-line luxury vehicles inspired by Buick’s evolving customer base. The brand has grown quickly with female buyers, and Buick says, one in two Buick customers today are coming from competitive brands. They’re expecting a high-end experience and premium quality. For example, 90 percent of Enclave buyers purchase one of the top two trim levels.

Audi opens assembly plant in Mexico; to build new Q5 crossover

(October 1, 2016) Audi is further expanding its worldwide production network and thus continuing along its path of global growth. On Friday, the Audi board of management opened the company’s first automobile plant on the North American continent. Audi will produce the new generation of the Audi Q5 for the world market in San José Chiapa in Mexico’s federal state of Puebla.

The plant has an annual production capacity of approximately 150,000 premium SUVs. By the end of the year, 4,200 jobs will be created locally at Audi México.

Radical new Honda Civic Type R prototype debuts in Paris

(October 1, 2016) Fresh on the heels of the sales launch of the 2017 Civic Hatchback, the next-generation Civic Type R had its global debut in prototype form this week at the 2016 Paris auto show. The radical new Civic Type R, with its sporty and sleek hatchback design and track-ready performance, will make its North American debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-4, marking the arrival of the first-ever Honda-badged Type R in the U.S.