Nissan Altima’s 2015 Sales Performance Delivers, at a Cost

As we make our way through the second half of 2015, Nissan has much to be excited about from a sales standpoint regarding its mid-size Altima model. With nearly 206,000 deliveries through July, the Altima has a 15,631 unit sales lead over the Honda Accord after a 17,244 unit sales deficit just a year ago. The Nissan Altima’s 1.4% year-over-year sales improvement puts the model squarely in second place within the mid-size car segment. Now behind the Toyota Camry, Nissan sedan finally surpassed the Accord, which had sold more often than the Altima for years. Notably, the Accord’s 14% sales drop versus last year contributed to its current third place status. After taking a deeper look into the factors with the greatest effect on these sales trends, it appears the Altima’s sales performance is not as great as it seems at face value.

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Tesla Breaks Consumer Reports Scoring Method

Two years ago, Consumer Reports got its hands on the original Tesla Model S. It shocked and wowed its way to a record, with a rating of 99, on a 100-point scale. This past spring, Tesla was back for round two as Consumer Reports got their hands on the Model S P85D. Things started off rough — the electronic door handles failed after 2,700 miles of use — but once fixed, the Tesla was back to its old self.  According to Automotive News, the P85D set a new high mark with a score of 103 and has forced Consumer Reports to recalibrate its ratings scale. 

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August Mid-Month Used Vehicle Price Update

Through the first half of August, wholesale used prices for vehicles up to eight years in age dropped by 3% relative to July. The month’s preliminary result is nearly identical to last August’s month-end figure of 2.9%.

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Quick Spin: 2015 Nissan Rogue SV FWD

Big on the inside, Nissan's Rogue SV comes standard with thoughtful amenities that impressed our reviewers. 

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Sneak Peak: 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai has released a teaser sketch of the 2017 Elantra. From what we can tell, the compact looks headed upmarket with a more premium appearance.

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August 2015 Gasoline Report: Pump Prices Set to Fall

The average price of regular unleaded gasoline reached $2.79 per gallon in July, down one cent from June. Gasoline prices averaged $2.51 per gallon over the first seven months of the year, which is 29% below last year’s $3.55 average. After rising by a combined 25.7% between February and May, crude oil prices ticked lower over the past two months. 

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Quick Spin: 2015 Honda CR-V AWD Touring

A mid-cycle refresh gives this CUV new standard features, which include a new engine, transmission, enhanced exterior and updated interior styling.

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Honda S660 Roadster a Hit with Brand Aficionados

With the long-lasting success of Honda's S2000 roadster in mind, the automaker has begun to get its groove back by means of its new, Japan-only S660 model. The market, however, is not reacting exactly how the company anticipated.

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Quick Spin: 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8

Hyundai’s mid-size luxury sedan raises the bargain bar in 2015 after receiving a full makeover, inside and out.

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Infiniti Q50, Now With Turbo Power

In recent years, the auto industry has seen a shift from naturally aspirated power plants to turbocharged and supercharged engines. More power with greater efficiency is the name of the game and these small displacement, forced induction engines deliver. Infiniti is the latest manufacturer to join the trend with its announcement the Q50 will receive a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder power plant. 

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