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Auto Loans – Payments Higher, Subprime Lending Lower

Some look to vehicle affordability trends – or lack thereof – as a driving force behind consumer choices. The monthly payments for new and used vehicles again reached record highs in Q3 – $530 and $381, respectively – and the gap between new and used monthly payments continues to widen, reaching $149. The difference between leasing and buying on roughly the top Ten sellers is about $100 a month less for leasing. The average loan is now 72 months, but consumers on average change vehicle every 34-36 months. Continue reading

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Restructuring Storm Building as Ford Announces Senior Retirements in Treasury, Product Development, Manufacturing

A couple of the exits are noteworthy for signaling that major disruptive actions are about to occur. For example – was Kent responsible for the addled brained idea that Ford would cut its dividend that Ford Family members depend on? Nevertheless, the pressure remains for Ford to cut costs and start once again, yet again on a restructuring plan. to increase shareholder value. Continue reading

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Brick-Built McLaren in Central London PR Stunt

Consider that a new McLaren has been spotted during dynamic testing ahead of its introduction in January. The car’s brick-based construction has made it necessary for development to move from McLaren’s usual secret facility near Idiada in Spain to a busy LEGO Store in Central London. Continue reading

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Toyota Motor November US Sales Flat

Reflecting prevailing U.S. market trends TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions posted best-ever November for light truck sales. Continue reading

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Ford Motor November U.S. Sales Drop -7%

Only one Ford brand car increased its sales year-to-date, except for the new GT (125 total). Overall car sales were off -19.5% for the month (34088), -17.5% for the year at 425,508. Continue reading

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Fully electric Audi e-tron and e-tron GT concept at Los Angeles

Audi e-tron is the first all-electric production model from the brand. It’s a five-seater, electric mid-sized crossover SUV that will arrive in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2019. ALA Tesla it’s is available now for U.S. customers to place reservations. Continue reading

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ChargePoint Secures $240 Million in Series H Funding

The latest fundraising effort comes during a growth period caused by what it says is a broad solution portfolio that is accelerating the mass adoption of electric mobility for drivers and businesses. Continue reading

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Subaru, Land Rover Win ALG Residual Value Awards

The awards will be presented to automakers this week at Automobility LA. ALG has been publishing residual values for all cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. for more than 50 years and in Canada since 1981. Continue reading

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Automobility LA – Fast EV Charging Network Plugged and Supported by Volkswagen Subsidiary Electrify America

However, industry observers note that there isn’t a clear focus in the U.S. to create an open electric vehicle charging network. In fact, the grid is to varying degrees populated by self-interested players in for a buck – as in charges via fees – and not necessarily for creating or sustaining potential consumer demands and expectations for convenience, reliability and speed. It’s true that these might ultimately become benefits, but one need only recall Enron* and its history with utility companies and how that worked out for consumers. Continue reading

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Aston Martin Cuts Deal with Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi

Aston Martin’s 105-year history is steeped in competitive motorsport and this latest partnership with the most expensive – 1$ billion – F1 circuit in the world, “reinforces that commitment.” Aston Martin currently competes at the top-level of motorsport with Aston Martin Red Bull racing in Formula One and Aston Martin Racing in the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). Continue reading

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Hyundai Genesis – a Rebadging Flop?

It’s time to look at Hyundai’s wannabe luxury-brand Genesis, three years after its less than stellar debut. On paper it seemed a good idea – albeit untried – at the time. Hyundai plucked on of its existing cars and rebadged it as the debut model for its new brand. Genesis was stillborn without its own DNA or unique selling proposition. Continue reading

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BMW Has Claim on Leading Electrification. iNEXT Debuts in LA

“Sales of our electrified vehicles are up over 40% in the year to date. Around every fifth BMW 5 Series sedan or BMW 2 Series Active Tourer sold worldwide has a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, while our all-electric BMW i3 remains very successful with sales up over 10% in October,” said Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales. Continue reading

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U.S. Used Vehicle Prices Drop for Second Consecutive Month

While not a discernible trend yet, it’s another warning that the auto market could be headed for a downturn. Continue reading

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Mercedes GLC 63 S 4Matic+ Fastest SUV on Nürburgring

Mercedes-Benz claims the GLC 63 S 4Matic+ is not only the top performer (really – is that the best you can do against Alfa, under 3 seconds?), but also day-to-day useable: it has space for passengers and luggage, an adaptable interior, extensive safety features and a high level of long-distance comfort. Continue reading

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European Market Sinks. One-Third of Model Versions Not legal

Alternative-fueled vehicles continued to gain traction with their market share increasing by 2 percentage points to 7.5%, while demand for pure electric cars grew immensely, with volume up by 70%. Continue reading

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