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New Car Deals to be Had Despite Strong US Auto Sales

Leasing deals offering substantive savings for new models.

by on Mar.14, 2017

With the debut of the 2017 QX30, Infiniti enters the booming compact crossover segment and its offering a great deal to get into the market.

With new vehicle sales appearing to be back on track after February’s numbers were revealed, it may be more difficult to find a deal on a new car, truck or SUV.

However, looking back as you move forward is one key to getting the lowest price possible, according to Kelley Blue Book, which put out its list of best new car deals for March. Many of those deals involve last year’s models that are languishing at dealerships across the country.

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“We’re three months into 2017, and yet many dealers still have brand-new 2016 model-year vehicles sitting on their lots they can’t wait to sell, and that presents a great opportunity for shoppers to get a good deal,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. (more…)

Automakers Set U.S. Record for Recalls in 2016

Industry's set new high-water mark for third consecutive year.

by on Mar.13, 2017

Takata's faulty airbag inflators led the way to a third consecutive record year for recalls in the U.S.

For each of the past three years, automakers have set a new industry record in the U.S. and it’s not the positive mark that immediately rushes to mind.

The U.S. Department of Transportation revealed automakers recalled a record high 53.2 million vehicles in 2016 in the United States. The largest portion coming as a result of the expansion of the Takata airbag inflator recall.

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Under the Obama administration, automakers issued a record-setting 927 recall campaigns, up 7% over the previous high set in 2015. Last year’s recall of 53.2 million total vehicles topped the previous all-time high of 51.1 million set in 2015, the department said. (more…)

Volkswagen Pleads Guilty to Three Felony Counts in Diesel Scandal

Judge agrees to consider motion from owners.

by on Mar.10, 2017

Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to three felony counts in U.S. District Court in Detroit today.

This story has been updated with new information.

Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to three felony counts in U.S. District court in Detroit as part of a $4.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice.

The guilty pleas were a first for VW, which had never pleaded guilty to any criminal charges before — ever, according to VW officials.

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“Your honor, VW AG is pleading guilty to all three counts because it is guilty on all three counts,” said VW general counsel Manfred Doess while entering plea on the company’s behalf. He flew from Germany to Detroit for the trial. (more…)

McLaren Pulls Wraps Off New 720S in Geneva

New coupe sprints from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds.

by on Mar.09, 2017

The new McLaren 720S replaces the 650S for 2017. It has a top speed of 212 mph.

The Geneva Motor Show would not be complete without a new model from McLaren. This year is no different as the oft-predicted-near-death British carmaker continues to show it’s got plenty of life left with the all-new 720S.

The new model is the second-generation in the company’s “super series” vehicles putting 720 horsepower from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The new super car covers 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and will hit 124 mph in 7.8 seconds.

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The new beast has a top speed of 212 mph, according to McLaren officials. The new 720S is lighter than its predecessor, the 650S, courtesy of the liberal use of lightweight materials — oodles of carbon fiber and aluminum — and this adds to the stunning performance of the new entry. (more…)

New Lamborghini Huracan Performante Blows into Geneva

New model sets new Nurburgring record.

by on Mar.09, 2017

The new Lamborghini Huracan Performante hit the stage at the Geneva Motor Show.

Lamborghini’s new Huracan Performante recently lived up to its name by setting the new single lap record at Germany’s Nurburgring and now that its hit the stage at the Geneva Motor Show, it’s apparent why.

This iteration of the Huracan has been been re-engineered from the ground up, cutting weight, improving engine power and chassis performance, and adding a slew of active aerodynamic technologies to make this snarling beast go.

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The new record is 6:52:01 besting the previous holder, the Porsche 918, and the key to the new vehicle may be the aforementioned tech. (more…)

Audi Pushing Q8 Concept Closer to Production

German maker's mild hybrid features wild performance.

by on Mar.09, 2017

Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler shows off the automaker's Q8 sport concept during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Luxury sport-utilities are in high demand these days and Audi’s Q8 sport concept only serves to whet the appetite for those longing for another performance-based SUV with great looks.

The Q8 has been floating around the auto show circuit as the German maker continues to build some momentum for the new model that is expected to move from “concept” to “production” at some point as the SUV complement to the A8.

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However, until that time, detail is king with the Q8 and the news now is the ute’s powertrain. The combination of a 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine with a mild hybrid system and an electric-powered compressor is a world first. (more…)

Audi RS 5 Coupe Sates the Need for Speed

New coupe draws from automaker's racing heritage.

by on Mar.09, 2017

Audi Managing Director Stephan Winkelmann introduces the new RS 5 Coupe in Geneva.

Audi appears to be trying to make a point with the introduction of its new RS 5 Coupe — it’s fast.

The new RS 5 Coupe was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show at the same time as the racing version of the RS, the RS 5 DTM and its engine putting out more than 500 horsepower.

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“This is a special day for me and everyone involved in the DTM project,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “For the first time, we developed a new DTM car in parallel with the production model. This underlines once again how closely motorsport and production work together at Audi.” (more…)

Hyundai Looks to Save Sonata With Midcycle Update

More than a refresh, redesign aimed at bucking up flagging sales.

by on Mar.08, 2017

In order to give sales of the Sonata a boost, Hyundai gave it a midcycle redesign, which it debuted in South Korea.

When Hyundai Motor Co. introduced the Sonata in 2009, it hoped the new sedan would give it a substantive stake in the midsize car market. And it did … for a while.

However, sales of midsize sedans have been sliding during the last two years, and the Sonata’s totals even moreso. Sales of the Sonata fell 1.7% last year and have dropped 31% in the first two months of 2017 in the U.S.

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So to stem the tide, Hyundai rolled out a midcycle styling update hoping to light a fire under consumers, especially as competitors, particularly the Toyota Camry, are unveiling new-look models. (more…)

GM Offering Unlimited Data for OnStar WiFi Service

Use of hotspot increased nearly 200% in 2016.

by on Mar.02, 2017

GM's OnStar 4G LTE wifi hotspot has seen a near 200% increase in data use between 2015 and 2016.

Geez … it seems like everyone is offering unlimited data plans these days: Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, General Motors. Wait? What?

GM plans to offer a $20 a month prepaid unlimited data plan through AT&T for its 4.1 million vehicles equipped with OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

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The new plan is available starting tomorrow and includes Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac vehicles with the hotspot. Of those 4.1 million vehicles, all but 1 million are Chevrolets, according to the company. (more…)

Consumer Reports Names Best, Worst Auto Brands

Fiat Chrysler politely disputes the results.

by on Mar.01, 2017

Consumer Reports named Audi as the top automotive brand for 2017. It's the second consecutive year the German brand has won.

Every year automakers set out to make the best vehicles possible, and seemingly every year those vehicles come from Germany or Japan, according to Consumer Reports.

This year is no different as the magazine named Audi as the best automotive brand in the U.S. for 2017 and the second consecutive year. It was followed by Porsche, BMW, Lexus and Subaru … also in that order for the second year in a row.

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In fact, you’ve got to get all the way down to the eighth spot to find an American brand, Tesla, which is followed by Buick in 10th place. The big movers this year: Acura, Infiniti and Cadillac each moved up six spots the rankings. (more…)