With the demise of Holden’s manufacturing and R&D facilities complete by 2017, General Motors is reportedly looking to kill off the Holden brand and switch over to Chevrolet instead.
Being teased with a desirable but unavailable variant of a car sold on our shores is as inevitable as death and taxes. Every year, there is some new supercar station wagon, ultra-efficient diesel or hot hatch/rally special that seems just within our grasp. Inevitably we learn that it won’t be making its way to America for a variety of reasons. Ultimately, it boils down to one simple factor: it would cost too much to bring it over.
As expected, the arrival of Mercedes-Benz’s sixth-generation S-Class provided a massive boost in sales just as Mercedes-Benz’s all-new CLA-Class arrived at the bottom of the lineup. Traditionally seen as the market leader, the S-Class has attempted to put aside all doubts by attracting more than 1900 U.S. buyers in each of the last two months. It’s popular.
Though Hyundai has set its sights on some sales gains in 2014 in the European market, the automaker has no plans to defend market share to the death, opting for repeat business rather than taking the Germanic approach of volume at all costs.
In the United States, most vehicles leaving the showroom today come with some form of shifting that involves very little, if any, input from the driver, from the dual-clutch driven Porsche 918 Spyder, to the CVT-powered Nissan Versa Sedan.
In the United Kingdom, however, the manual is still king.
Most of the details regarding the new BMW M3 and M4 are pretty well-known already, but a new round of official images has been leaked ahead of the cars’ North American PR releases. Supposedly, this will be the lightest M3 in three generations, with an all-time high horsepower and (particularly) torque rating courtesy of twin turbos and a completely revised in-line six engine. Gallery after the jump.
While TTAC typically covers at least three of the major US auto shows and a couple foreign ones, usually by proxy in the latter cases, we have never formally sent anyone to SEMA or PRI. This is changing for 2013, courtesy of NASA racer and Great Lakes Region Instructor Of The Year, Melissa Davis, who is not the dude on the right.
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If you live in Brazil and are pining away for a Jaguar or Land Rover, Tata Motors will open a factory for the luxury marques in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
With a little help from the new CLA and A-Class, Mercedes-Benz outsold Audi in November while BMW continues to hold its shrinking lead in the luxury game.
The general belief that no genuine Jeep Wrangler alternative sells in anything like the kinds of numbers achieved by the Wrangler is a belief that is completely, wholeheartedly supported by the facts.
Though Chevrolet’s recent withdrawal from the European market made a huge dent in General Motors’s plans to turn Chevrolet into a global brand, the exit also ends the overlap issues of Opel and Vauxhall with the bow-tied marque.
Though makers of all sorts of luxury goods had been flocking to China to take advantage of a growing affluent class there, last year the Communist Party started cracking down on what it called extravagant and conspicuous consumption. McLaren Automotive’s regional director for China said that the British maker of supercars hasn’t seen any recovery yet. “The visibility that used to be an asset — we used to be okay just a few years ago — now it’s not really a plus,” Mirko Bordiga, said at the recent Guangzhou auto show. “There are many issues that are in the market that doesn’t really let us hope that the market is growing that much.”
American Honda Motor Co. is offering cash incentives to dealers if they exceed their December 2012 sales this month. The automaker is paying U.S. dealers $3,000 for every Honda brand vehicle they sell above their December 2012 total through January 2nd, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
John Mendel, executive VP of sales for American Honda, said, “As the year comes to a close, we are looking to our dealers to ‘best themselves’ and push beyond what they did last December.” Read More >
With what will likely turn out to be a brief decline in utility vehicles at the Ford Motor Company, sales of SUVs and crossovers at the Chrysler Group were stronger in November 2013 than they were at Ford and Lincoln.
How’d they do it? The Dodge Durango’s 36% increase – its lowest year-over-year improvement since May – was basically cancelled out by the Dodge Journey’s 22% slide. But at Jeep, where sales had been down 2% through the first ten months of 2013, the new Cherokee’s long-awaited first full month on the market helped to power a 30% brand-wide jump.