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Hatchback cars stage a comeback – USA Today – USA TODAY

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The 2017 Cruze Hatch offers the design, engineering and technological advancements of the 2016 Cruze sedan in a functional, sporty package with added cargo space.(Photo: Chevrolet) While cars sales plummet and buyers switch to SUVs, the underappreciated hatchback body style is enjoying a minor renaissance as a rush of new models go on sale. In 2017, compact and subcompact car sales are down 25%. But hatchbacks in those classes have…

Supply problems hit production at BMW: Focus – Reuters

Sunday, May 28, 2017

FRANKFURT Problems at one of its suppliers has forced German carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) to halt production in Leipzig and could hit its plants in China and South Africa, German magazine Focus reported in its online edition. The magazine said problems at one of BMW’s Italian suppliers of parts for its steering technology was the reason for the disruption. Citing a BMW spokesman, Focus reported that the carmaker has halted output…

‘Gas tank on wheels’: Indy’s history of innovative cars, courageous drivers – Autoblog (blog)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

SPEEDWAY, IN – My knowledge of the Indianapolis 500 ranges somewhere on the scale between famed Indy racing historian Donald Davidson and a brick. I’ve been enamored with the 500 since I was a kid, covered the race in the 1970s and ’80s when I worked as a sportswriter in the Midwest, and I’ve gone back yearly since the mid-2000s. This will be my 22nd Indianapolis 500, and the sight…

Drivers are holding on to their cars longer than ever. Here’s why that’s both good and bad – CNBC

Sunday, May 28, 2017

However, along with those new features comes higher sticker prices. Kelley Blue Book cites the average price of a vehicle as $34,342. While a compact SUV averages $28,395, a full-size pickup runs $45,252 and a full-size SUV is priced at $60,670 on average. Lindland said that in order to pay for those new vehicles, more buyers are taking out longer car loans. Some stretch out over six, seven or eight…

Hatchback cars stage a comeback – USA TODAY

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The 2017 Cruze Hatch offers the design, engineering and technological advancements of the 2016 Cruze sedan in a functional, sporty package with added cargo space.(Photo: Chevrolet) While cars sales plummet and buyers switch to SUVs, the underappreciated hatchback body style is enjoying a minor renaissance as a rush of new models go on sale. In 2017, compact and subcompact car sales are down 25%. But hatchbacks in those classes have…

Cars whose leases are up flood the market, pushing prices down … – Los Angeles Times

Sunday, May 28, 2017

In 2014, Infiniti leased more than 28,000 Q50 luxury sedans for as little as $329 a month in a growing U.S. market. The leases accounted for more than three-quarters of Q50 sales. Now they’re coming back to haunt the automaker. Like many companies that juiced sales with sweet leases during the past few years, Nissan’s luxury brand now faces a hefty supply of nice, low-mileage used cars at a time…

Cars whose leases are up flood the market, pushing prices down – Los Angeles Times

Sunday, May 28, 2017

In 2014, Infiniti leased more than 28,000 Q50 luxury sedans for as little as $329 a month in a growing U.S. market. The leases accounted for more than three-quarters of Q50 sales. Now they’re coming back to haunt the automaker. Like many companies that juiced sales with sweet leases during the past few years, Nissan’s luxury brand now faces a hefty supply of nice, low-mileage used cars at a time…

Cars whose leases are up are flooding the market, pushing prices down – Los Angeles Times

Sunday, May 28, 2017

In 2014, Infiniti leased more than 28,000 Q50 luxury sedans for as little as $329 a month in a growing U.S. market. The leases accounted for more than three-quarters of Q50 sales. Now they’re coming back to haunt the automaker. Like many companies that juiced sales with sweet leases during the past few years, Nissan’s luxury brand now faces a hefty supply of nice, low-mileage used cars at a time…

Off-lease used cars are flooding market, pushing prices down – USA TODAY

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Used Infiniti Q50 luxury sedans await buyers at a dealership in the Detroit suburb of Novi, Mich. Leases are ending on a large number of Q50s and other cars, flooding the market with quality used cars.(Photo: Tom Krisher, AP) DETROIT — In 2014, Infiniti leased more than 28,000 Q50 luxury sedans for as little as $329 per month in a growing U.S. market. The leases accounted for more than three-quarters…

Is the BMW M8 is Worth the Wait? – Automobile

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Say hello to the BMW M8. Although it’s still under wraps — literally, this latest Bavarian beauty was crafted along side the all-new 8 Series Concept that made its stunning debut earlier this week in Milan, Italy. BMW is tight lipped on all the details; but we are told that this fully camouflaged BMW M8 prototype “will be unveiled in a driving presentation as part of the support program for…

BMW, Mercedes Become Latest Carmakers Caught in Trump Crossfire – Bloomberg

Friday, May 26, 2017

BMW, Mercedes-Benz and VW are getting their turn in the crosshairs of U.S. President Donald Trump, who’s making a habit out of attacking the visible — and free trade-dependent — auto industry. “The Germans are bad, very bad,” Der Spiegel cited Trump as saying to unidentified participants at a closed-door meeting Thursday with European Union officials in Brussels. “Look at the millions of cars that they sell in the U.S….

BMW recalls more than 45000 older 7-Series cars because doors can fly open – CNBC

Friday, May 26, 2017

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Don’t call BMW’s futuristic new concept motorbike a scooter – TechCrunch

Friday, May 26, 2017

This looks like a scooter, but it’s actually the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, the latest in BMW’s series of exhaustingly named Motorrad concept vehicles, which imagine a not-so distant future in which we all travel around in angular, sci-fi style. The Link offers an electric drive, which makes possible the lower seat that BMW says facilitates easily getting on and off the vehicle. It has a reverse gear, which is…

Trump reportedly calls Germans ‘very bad,’ threatens to end German car sales – CNBC

Friday, May 26, 2017

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BMW recalls 45000 cars because doors can fly open – KCCI Des Moines

Friday, May 26, 2017

DETROIT — BMW is recalling more than 45,000 older 7-Series cars in the U.S. because the doors can open unexpectedly while they’re being driven. The recall covers cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years that have the comfort access and soft door close options. BMW says the doors may appear to be closed and latched but can inadvertently open due to road conditions or occupant contact with the door….

The Best Thing That Can Happen To Electric Cars Is What Happened To PCs In The 1990s – Jalopnik

Friday, May 26, 2017

At this moment, the idea that we’re on the brink of electric cars becoming cheaper to build than combustion cars is getting a lot of traction, along with the idea that EVs will be as cheap to own as the loud kind of car even sooner. These are important developments, and while it’s potentially good news for consumers, it’s not enough. The ideal model for electric vehicles should be similar…

These are the safest cars on the road – CNNMoney

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cars are getting safer. A new report identified 11 different car and SUV models in which no one died over a four year period. That’s the highest number of models without a single fatality ever recorded by this survey. The report, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, looks at federal government auto fatality data from 2012 through 2015. These were the safest vehicles: Audi Q7 SUV Volkswagen (VLKAF) Tiguan…

What Self-Driving Cars See – New York Times

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Electric cars becoming popular as grid gets greener – Salon

Thursday, May 25, 2017

KNOXVILLE, TENN. — The amount of heat-trapping pollution that’s released every time Bill Williams drives his electric sedan a mile down a road here has fallen by about a quarter in the three years since he bought it. Williams’ car hasn’t changed, but the electricity that powers it has. In Tennessee, power once generated overwhelmingly by coal has given way to more nuclear and natural gas power. With the rising number…