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Audi Sport Racing Teams Key to Selling Street Machines

During a speech at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars, Audi of America President Scott Keogh claimed the culture infusing the Audi Sport racing teams is what’s needed mindset to establish luxury market edge. Whether true or not, there has been a 92% improvement in Audi U.S. sales since 2004. Continue reading

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Honda Prepares 2014 Endurance Racing Engines

Honda will field a factory team in Formula One, but will not compete directly in endurance racing against Toyota, which has been racing hybrid cars in the fastest most expensive P1 class for two years now against Audi, which has dominated endurance racing in recent years with diesel cars. Things will get more interesting when Porsche returns to endurance racing next year. This is not for the slow or under financed because there are competitive privateer teams from Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Chevrolet Corvette. Continue reading

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Japanese U.S. Auto Industry Exports at Record

The news comes as trade tensions are rising between the U.S. and Japan over Japan’s manipulation of the Yen by keeping it artificially low to boost sales of Japanese products while blocking imports into Japan. Continue reading

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Aging Fleet Good for Automakers, Aftermarket

The U.S. vehicle fleet continues to age with an average now at a record high of 11.4 years based on review of more than 247-million U.S. car and light truck registrations on 1 January 2013. Continue reading

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Alternative Powertrains to Remain Technical Curiosities

The market share of battery electric vehicles’ (BEVs) of U.S. light vehicle sales is expected to remain below 1% through 2020. If plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), such as the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford Fusion Energi are included, share will only increase to 3% by 2020. Continue reading

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VW to Introduce New Diesel Engine in U.S. in mid-2014

Volkswagen Group of America today confirmed the timing of the company’s newest diesel engine, the so-called EA288 will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Passat, Jetta, due in dealer showrooms during the second half of 2014. Continue reading

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