FJ Cruiser Heading toward Strong Finish to its Product Lifecycle

Since its introduction in 2006, the FJ Cruiser has been Toyota’s version of a fun, rugged, retro-styled SUV, paying homage to the original Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers that first appeared in the 1960’s. After several years in production, however, the FJ Cruiser will be discontinued after the 2014 model year, leaving the niche off-road segment solely to the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler. Nevertheless, the Toyota SUV is not going away quietly with sales trending upward in its final year on sale to match its strong value retention. While Toyota no longer sells over 55,000 units of ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, July 14 - 18

July 18 LF-LC Gets Green Light Alain Uyttenhoven, Lexus Europe’s Vice President, revealed to Autocar that the LF-LC will be produced in 2016.  The concept version of this vehicle debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and Alain stated that the production model will retain between 90 and 100 percent of what was seen in the concept. This may be the sexiest car on the market when it arrives. Way to go Lexus! July 17 The New Mazda 2 Mazda revealed the new Mazda 2 last night, and it looks good.  It has the KODO (Design of Motion) visual philosophy, and is similar t ...

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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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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, July 7 - 11

JULY 10 CLA Shooting Brake Autoevolution reports, according to a Mercedes Benz insider who wishes to remain anonymous, the CLA Shooting Brake will become a reality.  As a matter of fact, it will make its live debut this October at the Paris Motor Show. JULY 9 The Nissan Cube is Part of the History Books Autoblog has received confirmation from Nissan of Canada that the Cube will not survive beyond 2014. This is not really a surprise since sales are down 23.8 percent from last year. Chevy Pays $559 Million to be Manchester United’s Jersey Sponsor Chevrole ...

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Americans Hit the Road Again this July 4th Weekend

  In the heart of summer takes place arguably the most American of all holidays, Independence Day. With students now on break from school, many Americans will take advantage of the July 4th weekend to travel and most will do it by means of our nation’s highways. As Americans have increased their tolerance for spending in recent years, it is interesting to see how 2014 compares to years past and what has changed among people’s travel preferences. By analyzing trends in factors such as consumer spending and gas prices, we can get a better sense of how travel during one of ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, June 30 - July 4

JULY 3 2015 Saleen Mustang 302 Saleen dropped a teaser image onto the web of the 2015 Mustang 302, and boy does it look good.  No details were given about what performance and suspension upgrades will be included in the package, but they have never let us down before. Saleen did go as far as to say that the new Mustang is an “American Exotic.” Let us hope that it lives up to that hype. New Mazda MX-5 to Debut on September 3rd Mazda has confirmed that it will debut the new 4th generation Mazda MX-5 on September 3 simultaneously in three different locations: Japa ...

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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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Mitsubishi’s New Sales Growth Continues, but Retention Lags

Though its sales and market share have been in decline since the early 2000’s, Mitsubishi once carried a robust lineup in the United States that included such iconic cars as the now discontinued Eclipse and 3000GT. With much of its sport and rally heritage left in its past, save for the Lancer Evolution, Mitsubishi is very much a shell of what it once was as the brand looks to create a new path toward prosperity. After trimming its product portfolio down, the only models currently offered by the Japanese automaker in America are the Lancer, which includes the Sportback and Evolution, ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, June 23 - 29

JUNE 27 New 2015 Focus ST Ford revealed the refreshed 2015 Focus ST at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Key updates to the car include: Redesigned, sportier front and rear fascia HID headlamps standard with ST2 and ST3 trim levels with Recaro seats Standard LED signature lighting 18-inch Rado Gray alloy wheels standard Available new 18-inch alloy wheel design with red painted brake calipers Redesigned instrument panel center stack with improved climate controls and new finishes New flat-bottom steering wheel to provide extra leg clearance for the driver Revised ste ...

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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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