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  • Slight increase in average fuel economy for cars sold in July
    09 Aug 2017

    The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the U.S. in July was 25.4 mpg, up 0.3 mpg from June, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said Tuesday. The increase is attributed to a decreased proportion of light trucks in the market in July compared to June. Year-over-year U.S. light-vehicle sales slid 6.9 percent in July, with car deliveries descending 14.8 percent. Across the truck segment, pickup sales dropped 1.1 percent while crossover sales increased 1.2 percent last month. Light-truck sales, including crossovers, were down 1.9 percent.  July...

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  • July car sales figures: just some hidden fun facts
    02 Aug 2017

    Every month, automakers release their sales numbers, and there are always some interesting tidbits buried in the myriad spreadsheets and digits.ChevroletThe Bolt EV reached a noteworthy milestone — it outsold the Corvette, despite not being available in all 50 states yet.FiatEvery Fiat model sold worse this July than last, and the 500X had the worst drop.DodgeEven though it's on the way out, the Dodge Viper posted a July increase from 49 to 56 cars.  CadillacThe numbers show the brand needs more crossovers. Cadillac also sold two of the discontinued Volt-based ELRs and an e...

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  • BMW aims to electrify all brands and model lines
    26 Jul 2017

    BMW has officially announced that it plans to produce a fully electric version of the three-door hatchback Mini. The car will go into production in 2019, and the battery electric drivetrain will be produced at BMW's Bavarian facilities, then transported to Plant Oxford where it will join the cars. BMW says there will remain a diesel variant in addition to the petrol, plug-in hybrid, and EV versions of the Mini. No prototype shots have been released of the upcoming cars; the current one was unveiled in late 2013.  The UK production location isn't the only place where BMW build...

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  • Toyota finally see a sales increase
    05 Jul 2017

    Toyota Motor Corp. posted its first U.S. sales gain of the year, despite a continuing slide at Lexus, as light-truck deliveries overcame weakness in cars. The automaker's 2.1 percent increase ended a drought that had seen sales fall 4.7 percent through May. Lexus, however, dropped 5.4 percent, for its ninth consecutive monthly decline. Sales at Toyota Division, including a small number of vehicles from the defunct Scion brand, grew 3.2 percent last month to 177,981 vehicles.  For the first half of the year, the automaker reported a sales drop of 3.6 percent compared with the same...

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  • Nothing lasts forever: Austin car sales cool down
    27 Jun 2017

    We were already convinced Austin won’t be affected by the US car market getting cooler, since it had such a great 2017 start, but it seems like nothing’s forever. According to sales at Austin dealerships consumers bought only 10,919 new vehicles during this month, comparing to 11,183 cars the same month last year.  The recent slowdown is in contrast to the first two months of the year, which saw booming sales. January car sales were up 10.4 percent and February sales surged 22.4 percent over the same months in 2016. Thanks to that strong start, through the end of May...

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