June 5, 2014

The New MINI 5-Door

MINI just released pictures of the all-new 5-door MINI Cooper. The wheelbase is stretched three inches to accommodate the rear doors and increase leg room. The car is six inches longer than the 3-door variant. All the mechanicals from the 3-door model, which debuted last year at the LA Auto Show, carry over to the new model. Pricing will start at $22,300 – $500 extra for each door. These vehicles will arrive in dealerships by the end of the year. 

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McLaren Finally Back in the Black

McLaren Automotive announced that they made a profit for the first time after only its third year of car production. This is due mostly to the success of the P1 supercar, which can be yours for a mere $1.15 million dollars. Also announced was that McLaren will introduce an all-new sportscar, the P13, which will be available by the end of 2015 and will take its range to a lower price point. 

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June 4, 2014

Pickups and Midsize Sedans Still Kings of the Hill

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. The Ford F-Series continues to stay at number one after  year, while the Toyota Camry passed the Chevy Silverado for second place for the first time this year. h/t MotorTrend

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Americans Hate Shopping for Cars

Edmunds released a study on car buying and the results may surprise you. Of the 1,000 people surveyed who purchased or intend to purchase a car, only two out of 10 enjoy car shopping. As a matter of fact, 46% would rather clean a toilet, 32% sit in a middle seat on an airplane and 30% go single to a wedding than go through the car-buying process. Also according to the survey, on average, Americans find buying a car to be more stressful than getting married, going on a first date or watching their favorite team in a close championship game.

 

June 3, 2014

Nissan Teases New 2015 Frontier

Nissan released a teaser photo of the new 2015 Frontier on Instagram and stated that it will be debuted on June 11th. This is big news as the Frontier has been left basically unaltered since its 2004 release. h/t TopSpeed

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GM Sales Rise Despite Recall Crisis

Automotive News reports that even though GM has had big recall problems so far this year, their sales last month increased 13%; further, all four GM brands posted their biggest gains of the year.  

 

June 2, 2014

The Carparazzi Strike Again

As reported on autoevolution.com, Richard Truett of Automotive News took a spy shot of the production-ready 2015 Ford F-150 on Sunday in the suburbs of Detroit. With mass production set to begin this summer, this early look sets a high bar for Chevy and Ram to follow.

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The New Mustang Put on Quite a Few Pounds

Steeda Autosports, a leading Ford aftermarketer, has reported that the new 2015 Mustang has gained approximately 200- 300 pounds of weight in its redesign. Steeda has been given early access to the 2015 model to quicken its ability to bring tuning products for the vehicle to market. Of course weight is the enemy of performance; however safety standards, technology and an increase in size are likely to blame for the increase.