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Ford Increases All-New F-150 Price by Only $400… Well, Sort Of

F-Series fans enthusiastically awaiting pricing information on the all-new aluminum body 2015 Ford F-150 can rest easy. Officials for the automaker just announced that the bottom line of the popular half-ton is going to grow by only $400, but that’s not where the story ends. While the prices of entry-level XL and XLT trims are slated to increase by only a couple hundred dollars, top of the line versions will see prices increase by as much as $3,600. The entry-level 2015 F-150 XL will start at a modest $26,615, while stepping up to the XLT will cost $31,890, which are increases of ...

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GM Orders Sales Halt of the Cadillac CTS and SRX

  The recall storm cloud hanging over GM’s head continues to grow as the automaker recently ordered Cadillac dealers to stop selling its popular CTS and SRX models because it does not have a fix yet for the 554,000 cars recalled in late June. The most recent Cadillac recall is over an issue where engines can be shut off if the driver’s knee bumps the ignition key. When bumped the key moves out of the “run” position causing the engine to shut off, ultimately disabling the power-assisted steering, brakes and airbags. While this is similar to the problem ...

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Dominates Sports Car Sales

  Chevrolet Corvette sales have been on fire since the brand introduced its completely redesigned C7 Stingray for the 2014 model year. Through June of this year Chevrolet has managed to sell 17,744 new Stingrays compared to 5,673 over the course of the same period in 2013, equating to a 213% increase in sales. To put the recent success of the Stingray into perspective, consider that through June of this year Porsche has only managed to sell 5,169 911s and SRT has only sold 354 Vipers. Even the far less expensive Nissan 370Z doesn’t come close either with only 4,114 total s ...

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2015 Chrysler 200: Can One Car Save A Brand?

Chrysler Group’s sales have been on fire for over 4 years now, with May marking the automaker’s 50th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth. Much of Chrysler Group’s success can be attributed toward the continued success of Jeep and Ram brands. In May, Jeep had its single best month of sales ever, while Ram and Dodge sales were the best they’ve been in the past nine and seven years, respectively. Even Fiat, a brand which has struggled to catch traction in the U.S. since its launch three years ago, managed to have its best sales month ever last month. ...

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Toyota Motor Corporation Still on Top in 2014

We recently published a blog post on The BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2014 report, which named Toyota as the number one global automotive brand this year with an estimated value of $29.6 billion. In order to claim the top spot, Toyota beat out some other big manufacturers like second place BMW with an estimated brand value of $25.7 billion. Rounding out the top five automotive spots were Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Nissan with respective brand values of $21.5 billion, $14.1 billion and $11.1 billion. The BrandZ study determines brand value by calculating the sum of all ...

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BrandZ Names Toyota Most Valuable Car Brand

Highly esteemed market-research firm Millward Brown recently published The BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2014, a report that named Toyota as the number one global automotive brand this year. Toyota's estimated value of $29.6 billion puts it at an increase of 21% over last year’s figure. Toyota is the largest carmaker in total units for a second consecutive year, followed closely by GM and Volkswagen. Exports and a weakened yen can be attributed to Toyota's growth. While this increase is impressive, the brand slipped three places to the 26th position on the ...

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GM’s Recall Wave Rolls On; 2.7 Million More Vehicles Affected

Just when the media attention surrounding ignition switch recalls of 2.6 million 2003-2011 Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac compact models started dying down, GM hit two more hurdles: first, the U.S. government fined the company $35 million over lapses on the ignition defect and second, GM just announced even more recalls covering an additional 2.7 million vehicles due to faulty brake light wiring harnesses and several other design flaws. In order to avoid the mistakes made in the ignition switch recall, GM has elected to act more transparently and roll out the latest recalls in one large ...

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The Diesel Debate: Worth the Premium?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), diesel vehicles are making a comeback in the states after a couple decades of sparse product offerings and lackluster sales. Diesels were last popular in the United States during the 1980s, but noisy, dirty and unreliable models gave the technology a bad name and deterred buyers for years to come. Conversely, during this same period, diesels have been extremely popular in Europe and just about every model on the market offers diesel as an option. Today’s diesel vehicles are much improved over past models and employ the l ...

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2014 NYIAS Mid-Size Sedan Showoff: Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata

Toyota and Hyundai turned up the heat in the competitive mid-size sedan segment at the 2014 New York International Auto Show by releasing refreshed and all-new versions of the popular Camry and Sonata. The improvements made by each respective brand were similar: more athletic exterior styling cues, new interiors and even more advanced technology features. 2015 Camry Before the refreshed version of the Camry made its debut in New York, Toyota reminded members of the media of the Camry’s past popularity. In 2013, the Camry was Toyota’s top-selling model with over 408,000 un ...

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2014 New York International Auto Show Preview

Members of NADA Used Car Guide’s valuation staff are eagerly gearing up to attend the annual New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), which kicks off next week at the Jacob Javits Center in downtown New York City. Press preview days begin on Wednesday, April 16 and will run through Thursday; on Friday, the show will transition to public days which run through April 27. Prior to the press days, the NYIAS is hosting the 2014 Automotive Forum on Tuesday, April 15, sponsored by NADA and J.D. Power. This one-day event brings together leaders from OEMs, suppliers, retailers and the med ...

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