Cadillac to Refresh its CTS after One Year into Lifecycle

Earlier this week Cadillac announced plans to refresh the CTS for the 2015 model year. With only one year of sales under the current generation’s belt, the CTS’ update seems a bit premature, but Cadillac says the drivers behind quick change revolve around branding rather than sales performance. GM’s premium brand is actually in the process of implementing a new wreathless crest across its entire model lineup, and rather than just swapping out the old emblem with the new, they are taking the opportunity to make some updates to existing products as well. So, for the 2015 mo ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, August 11 - 15

August 15 Lexus NX Production Begins Today is the first day of NX production according to Lexus and can be seen in this video. Lexus reports that they have already received over 6,500 pre orders for the compact luxury CUV. GLA Shortage Automotive News has reported that the new GLA is going to be short on supply when it goes on sale. Dealers have placed more orders for the vehicle than they did when the CLA debuted last September. Looks like another winner for Mercedes.   August 14 Elantra Loses a Model Automobile has reported that this will be the last ye ...

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NADA UCG’s 2014 Car Shopper Survey Ranks Consumer Preferences for New Vehicles

NADA Used Car Guide’s 2014 Car Shopper Preference Survey on NADAguides.com revealed Fuel Economy as the factor considered most important when deciding on a new vehicle purchase by both car and truck buyers. Cost of Ownership and Power & Performance were ranked second and third most important by both car and truck buyers. Technology, Brand and Environmental Impact were the least considered factors for both car and light-truck shoppers surveyed. Survey respondents were asked to rank their top preferences as the most important factor considered when buying a new car or ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, August 4 - 5

August 5 AMG Sport Autocar has reported that Mercedes Benz is developing an extended range of AMG Sport models to be able to compete with BMW’s M Power and Audi Sport. These variants will receive exclusive interior and exterior styling cues, as well as, performance upgrades. August 4 Indian Scout Indian Motorcycle just debuted the new 2015 Scout motorcycle and it looks amazing.  It is a terrific blend of traditional “old school” style and modern technology. Power comes from a 69ci V-twin, producing 100hp and 71lb of torque.  Pricing starts at $1 ...

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Ford Increases All-New F-150 Price by Only $400… Well, Sort Of

F-Series fans enthusiastically awaiting pricing information on the all-new aluminum body 2015 Ford F-150 can rest easy. Officials for the automaker just announced that the bottom line of the popular half-ton is going to grow by only $400, but that’s not where the story ends. While the prices of entry-level XL and XLT trims are slated to increase by only a couple hundred dollars, top of the line versions will see prices increase by as much as $3,600. The entry-level 2015 F-150 XL will start at a modest $26,615, while stepping up to the XLT will cost $31,890, which are increases of ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, July 28 - August 1

August 1 Infiniti’s Battle Plan Automotive News has reported Infiniti’s future plans.  The manufacturer will produce a performance-engine-powered four-door coupe in 2017 or 2018. They will make an electric sedan, based on the Nissan Leaf. The G37 sedan will continue to soldier on as the Q40.  The compact Q30 hatch will be imported from Sunderland, England, in early 2016 and its sibling, the QX30 crossover version, half a year later. Alfa SUV Autoexpress has reported that Alfa Romeo will be bringing an SUV to the USA for 2016. It is expected to be in the X ...

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GM Orders Sales Halt of the Cadillac CTS and SRX

  The recall storm cloud hanging over GM’s head continues to grow as the automaker recently ordered Cadillac dealers to stop selling its popular CTS and SRX models because it does not have a fix yet for the 554,000 cars recalled in late June. The most recent Cadillac recall is over an issue where engines can be shut off if the driver’s knee bumps the ignition key. When bumped the key moves out of the “run” position causing the engine to shut off, ultimately disabling the power-assisted steering, brakes and airbags. While this is similar to the problem ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, July 21 - 25

July 25 Making James Bond Jealous Aston Martin has officially released teasers of the new Lagonda Super Sedan. Styling holds retro cues from the original Lagonda that debuted in 1976. Expect the 6.0L V12 packing about 600hp to power this amazing sedan. 2014 Nismo Note Nissan announced the release of the Nismo Note today and stated that it will arrive in dealerships in the fall of 2014.  Highlights of the Note Nismo include custom front grille, front and rear bumpers, side sill protectors, roof spoiler, electronic folding red side mirrors, and Nismo badge. Will it be able ...

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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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