NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, Dec. 22 - 24

Dec. 22 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Cadillac has pulled the sheet off the 2016 CTS-V. It’s a 200 mph beast, with 640 horsepower, and does a 60 mph sprint in just 3.7 seconds. The V-Series comes with a host of unique elements, which help set it apart from the mainline CTS. Here are just a few according to Cadillac: Standard carbon fiber hood and available carbon fiber vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser for greater aerodynamic performance Structural stiffness increased by 25 percent for improved ride and superior handling Larger prop shafts and greater half- ...

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2015 Ford Mustang Raises the Pony Car Bar

The Ford Mustang has been one of America’s most iconic cars for that last 50 years. First introduced back in 1964, the Mustang has been a strong contender against rival models ever since. Similar to how the 1964 Mustang provided the original template for the pony car class, the all-new 2015 Mustang has redefined the modern day segment and raised the bar to an entirely new level in the process. The 2015 Mustang is not only powerful in a straight line, but also extremely planted thanks to a complete overhaul of the rear suspension. Gone is the solid rear axle that has been one of th ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, Dec. 16 - 17

Dec. 17 Future of Tires Hankook Tires has debuted three new futuristic tires that could one day become reality. Each of the three has a unique function. According to Hankook, their characteristics are as follows: 1.Boostrac has hexagonal tread blocks that can transform into expanded mode with intensified traction performance - especially on steep, rough conditions such as desert and mountain roads.  2.    Alpike is designed with tire circumferential expansion mode, which increases vehicle ground clearance making it optimally suitable for heavy snow ...

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Amid Slumping Sales, Will Scion Adjust its Brand Strategy?

When Toyota introduced Scion to the American market in the early 2000s, it was easy to view the nascent brand as an appropriate channel through which it could reach a new demographic of customers. Scion, which in English translates to “descendant of” from an old French word with Germanic roots, was a brand designed to target younger car buyers by means of progressive, youth-centric marketing and transparent pricing to appeal to a forward-thinking, fast-evolving 20’s crowd. Business quickly took off with yearly sales reaching 173,034 vehicles in 2006, which represen ...

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Our Newest Team Member and What to Expect in 2015

New to the Used Car & Truck Blog, Ryan Morris, Senior Editor explains his role and what is in store for 2015.

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Cheaper Gas Should Mark a Return to Gas Guzzlers, Right?

In almost serendipitous fashion, gasoline prices have plunged to their lowest level since 2010 just as the budget-stretching holiday season is upon us. According to AAA, the national average of a gallon of regular grade gasoline currently stands at $2.67, down nearly 30 cents from a month ago and almost a $1 from where prices were at this time last year. The tumble in price is due to a few factors (the Wall Street Journal has a nice summary). Substantial increases in Canadian and U.S. production of crude oil over the past few years and additional output from Libya and Iraq have raised t ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, Dec. 8 - 12

Dec. 12 Ford’s New Performance Team Ford announced their new high performance division, simply named Ford Performance Team. The division plans to bring 12 new performance vehicles/variants by 2020. The biggest news of these arrivals is the upcoming Focus RS, which will finally be available back in North America. With rumors of 350 horsepower and all-wheel drive, blue oval cognoscenti are excited. Ford leadership has tasked their new performance group to offer parts and accessories for global customers faster, with the goal of meeting customer needs for both the street and track. ...

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As Dusk Settles on the Lancer EVO, Mitsubishi Ushers in a New Era

Since the early 2000s, coinciding with Mitsubishi Motors North America’s decline in sales and market share, consumer awareness of the small Japanese brand has steadily diminished and has largely become forgotten among mainstream car buyers. Financial struggles and a limited product portfolio perennially has the automaker identified as a brand expected to disappear from the U.S. market, yet the company is refusing to give up with positive signs emerging that things are headed in the right direction. While value retention remains a weak spot, sales are trending upward and the dealer ne ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, Dec. 1 - 5

Dec. 4 007’s New Aston Martin and Movie Name The recently announced James Bond film name, “Spectre,” paved the way for the debut of 007’s newest car. Aston Martin has named the British spy’s chariot of choice the DB10. No details about the car are available, except for exterior photos.   Dec. 3 Spied: New Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior TopSpeed acquired spy shots of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. From the looks of it, there is a ton of carry-over from the upmarket S-Class. Just like with the redesigned C-Class, Mercedes is turning the l ...

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CUVs Make Big Impression at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show

At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Press & Trade Days, which ran from November 18-20, there were a plethora of exciting new vehicles on display, many of them on the sporty side. Ford impressed with its Shelby GT350 Mustang muscle car, BMW blended speed and versatility with its X5 M and X6 M utility vehicles, and Acura pushed its ILX into sport sedan territory. A set of CUV offerings, however, despite their lack of flash and glamour, arguably made the biggest impression as vehicles most likely to make a significant impact on the industry in the future. Honda HR-V After debuting in ...

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