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Porsche Reports Record Sales in November

Porsche Reports Record Sales in November

Porsche Cars North America announced financial results for November 2014.
The company’s total sales in September were up 18.5%, having sold 4,699 vehicles as compared to 3,966 from the previous September.  The sales set a new record for the highest monthly sales volume in the company’s history.
The company’s Boxster and Cayman models …

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record November Sales

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record November Sales

Mercedes-Benz announced financial results for November 2014.
The company’s total U.S. sales were up 0.6% from November 2013, selling 34,578 vehicles as compared to 34,376. The sales set a new record for the highest November sales volume in the company’s history.
The company’s sales of the Stuttgart-based automaker’s C-, M-, and E-Class …

France Proposes Phasing Out Diesels, Calling Them a ‘Mistake’

France Proposes Phasing Out Diesels, Calling Them a ‘Mistake’

The French government has lost its nearly two decades of faith in diesel.
In a speech last Friday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for a gradual reduction in the number of diesel-powered automobiles on the road, calling diesel a “mistake.”
Like much of Europe, France began to strongly promote diesels six decades …

EPA Delays Biofuel Renewable Fuel Standard Decision

EPA Delays Biofuel Renewable Fuel Standard Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday that it was postponing the issuance of final Renewable Fuel Standards, the rule that set the levels of biofuel that would be required to be blended into convention fuels, for 2014.
In a brief statement on its website, the agency said that the delay …

Mercedes-Benz Announces New Naming Conventions for Models

Mercedes-Benz Announces New Naming Conventions for Models

Stuttgart Retires BlueTec Name in Favor of Simple ‘d’
In an effort to simplify its model names, Mercedes-Benz announced a significant change in the nomenclature it uses for its line and also that it was bringing back the Maybach brand.
The Stuttgart-based automaker says that the new naming system is “simple, clear, …

U.S. Fines Kia, Hyundai Record $300 Million for Overstating Fuel Economy

U.S. Fines Kia, Hyundai Record $300 Million for Overstating Fuel Economy

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice jointly announced that two Korean automakers would pay record penalties to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act in which they inaccurately labeled the fuel economy of their vehicles.
Hyundai and Kia sold 1.2 million vehicles that omitted 4.75 million metric tons of …

Porsche Reports Uptick in Sales for October

Porsche Reports Uptick in Sales for October

Porsche Cars North America announced financial results for October 2014. The company’s total sales in October were up 2.9%, selling 3,667 vehicles as compared to 3,562 from October 2013.
Porsche’s 911 and 918 models saw the biggest increase in sales, selling 979 vehicles as compared to 748 from the previous October. …

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Trend Downward

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Trend Downward

Across the nation, the average price of diesel fuel has plummeted, down $0.19 to $3.63 since Labor Day eight weeks ago according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, the price of gasoline is down $0.18 in the past week to $3.05, 40 cents less than it was over Labor …

Tesla Debuts Dual-Motor All-Wheel-Drive Model S

Tesla Debuts Dual-Motor All-Wheel-Drive Model S

Tesla Motors unveiled a dual-motor electric vehicle on Thursday as well as a number of driver assistance features.
With some of the panache of an Apple product launch, Tesla founder Elon Musk unveiled an all-electric Model S sedan with an additional front motor and drive system.  The new vehicle will be …

Report from Paris: BMW’s Drop-Top and X6, Audi’s 4-Door TT, the AMG GT Edition 1, and a Plug-In Lamborghini

Report from Paris: BMW’s Drop-Top and X6, Audi’s 4-Door TT, the AMG GT Edition 1, and a Plug-In Lamborghini

BMW unveiled the new 2 Series Convertible as well as the new X6.  The 2 Series Convertible is the successor to the 1 Series Convertible.  The new drop-top starts with the 2 Series Coupe, with similar powertrain options, and adds open-air touring to the mix.
The new BMW X6, while fully …

Report from Paris: Infiniti Flagship and Ducati-Powered VW

Report from Paris: Infiniti Flagship and Ducati-Powered VW

On the eve of the start of the 2014 Paris Motor Show, several automakers got a jump on the show’s opening with private unveilings of their concept cars.
Infiniti showed off its Q80 Inspiration concept, a very large luxury flagship, Wednesday evening.
“Q80 Inspiration is a concept vehicle, but there is a …

Electric Vehicle Sales Shorting Out

Electric Vehicle Sales Shorting Out

At a time when automakers are bringing more electric vehicles onto the market, buyer enthusiasm for them seems to be running out of gas.
While car sales have been higher than at any time in the past decade (August topped out at 1.6 million vehicles), electric and hybrid vehicles only comprised …