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.

On the heels of the fast hatch rumors, the next F-150 Raptor rocket truck will debut soon. With the new all-aluminum body, the performance advantages become quite apparent.

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Dec. 11

New 6-Series Looks Very Familiar

Carbuzz has posted images of the refreshed BMW 6-Series ― and little has changed. Some new headlights and a better sounding exhaust appear to be the biggest noticeable changes. Since these alterations are not dramatic, the outgoing model (when it becomes used) probably won’t take as steep a depreciation hit. To follow my logic, check out this report.

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Dec. 10

Details on 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Sport Coupe

Mercedes-Benz has just released images and details on the new 2016 GLE 450 AMG Sport Coupe. It falls into the same niche as the BMW X4 and X6 models, blending utility with coupe styling and performance. We haven’t driven it yet, but we’re expecting quite a thrilling driving experience; similar to our spin in 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG.

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Dec. 9

Buick: Off and Flying

According to GMauthority, Buick has posted its best sales month since 2003. This statistic does not count China, where the brand has a stronghold. Total sales have increased 27 percent year-over-year. The bulk of the success can be attributed to the Encore model, with 55 percent sales volume increase. Looks like GM has found the right mix of style and luxury.

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Dec. 8

America’s Favorite Vehicle Paint Color: White

According to PPG Industries, white paint was found on 28 percent of all news vehicles in 2014, crowning it the most popular color of the year. Nearly 10 points lower, the color choice was followed by black with 18 percent of the market, gray and silver tied for third at 13 percent, and red brought up the rear with 10 percent. The once favorite silver continued to drop in popularity, with a 7 percent decline over the last two years.

The color that is making big inroads? Brown. It has already passed red, globally.