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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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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The New Lincoln MKC Perhaps the Brand’s Best Effort Yet

Over the past several years, Ford Motor Company has made tremendous strides in transforming its business from one plagued with financial instability and uncertainty to one of record profits. At the center of the turnaround effort was the Ford brand, which underwent a product overhaul as part of its “One Ford” plan. Changes to Ford’s corporate culture led to achievements including the reduction of the number of its global platforms and the development of the company’s acclaimed EcoBoost engines, both of which helped set the foundation for the Blue Oval’s future ...

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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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Summer Weather to See Economy Bounce Back

The U.S. economy was battered even more than first suspected by the harsh winter, actually shrinking from January through March. The result marked the first retreat in three years, but economists are confident the downturn was temporary. According to the Commerce Department, gross domestic product contracted at an annual rate of 1% in the first quarter. That was worse than the government's initial estimate last month that GDP during the period grew by a slight 0.1%. The economy last posted a decline in the first three months of 2011 when it dropped 1.3%. The  ...

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The New Acura RLX’s Value Exceeds its Tepid Sales

Honda has long been known for its attention to detail, which is reflected by the high build quality and reliability of its products. Consequently, Acura models have exemplified many of the same endearing characteristics that have made Honda a valued brand in driveways across America. The challenge until now has been elevating the Acura brand’s status as a luxury marque to one on par with European makes and its Japanese rival, Lexus. With the recent launch of the RLX sedan last year, the company was hoping its new model would chart a different course for Acura. After a year on sale, h ...

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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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