From the category archives: Industry News and Events

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, June 16 - June 20

J.D. Power released its Initial Quality Study today, which indicates the number of problems reported per 100 new vehicles. General Motors said in a recent press release that next year’s half-tons will be rated at 12,000 pounds with the 6.2 L V8.

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, June 9 - June 13

It may be Friday the 13th, but nothing unlucky about the new 2015 Mustang online configurator where you can build the Mustang of your dreams. In May, 29,422 large SUV’s were sold in the United States; 75% of those sales were made by GM, not even including the Escalade. A study performed by The Aluminum Association finds that 75% of all new pickup trucks produced in North America will have aluminum bodies by 2025.

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, June 2 - June 6

MINI just released pictures, information and pricing for the all-new 5-door MINI Cooper. McLaren Automotive made a profit for the first time after its third year of car production. The most popular vehicles for the month of May by the number of units sold remains a who’s who of pickups and family sedans. According to a recent Edmunds study, only two out of 10 Americans actually enjoy car shopping. 

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, May 26-30

Subaru announced that pricing for the 2015 BRZ will start at $25,695. Mitsubishi has decided to keep the Lancer Evo around for another year. The first 500 Euro-spec Mustangs sold out in 30 seconds. A mining company, a Pennsylvania construction company and a utility company had been sold F-150s in the current body style with an aluminum cargo box since 2011. 

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, May 19-23

The Lincoln Motor Company released this week that pricing on the new 2015 Navigator will start at $62,475.

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, May 12 - May 16

Chrysler reports that 17,000 orders were placed on the first two day for the all-new 200. The National Physical Laboratory says that satellite navigation technology could be dropped in favor of a more accurate method that uses the earth’s magnetic field. 

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, May 5 - May 9

Ford announced it will raffle off a one-of-a-kind 2015 Mustang 50 Years convertible this summer to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Today Lexus announced via their Facebook page that they would like its fans to help name the new orange shade that will only be available on its new RC F model. 

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News

Ford revealed today that Alan Mulally will be retiring and Mark Fields will become the next CEO of Ford Motor Company. Chevrolet announced today the addition of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle (SSV) to the brand’s growing police vehicle portfolio. According to Automotive News, Toyota will be moving sales, finance, manufacturing and engineering operations to Plano, Texas. Chevrolet today announced pricing on the City Express, its first entry into the small cargo van segment. 

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2014 NADA – J.D. Power Automotive Forum Highlights

I’ve attended the majority of the Automotive Forums sponsored by NADA and J.D. Power held in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show over the past four years; however, the conference’s fifth showing was likely the most informative and thought-provoking thus far. Since a full day of presentations and panel discussion left too much usable content to be shared in a brief blog post, the following are condensed points and comments I found to be among the most interesting made during this year’s forum. Note that while many of these were derived from statements made ...

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