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Autonomous Driving At Breakneck Speed Demonstrated by Audi
Oct 24, 2014 - 8:29 PM - by xcel
From the Street to the Peak and now the Track, coming soon to a driveway near you.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 24, 2014

Audis autonomous driving demonstrators hit the track with spectacular results.

At this year’s DTM season finale, Audi demonstrated autonomous driving in a fascinating fashion. Already providing the best Active Lane assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go functionality on the production A6, A7 that we have ever driven, Audi takes a far more advanced system in an RS 7 concept to a whole new level by completing a lap on the Grand Prix... [Read More]
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Ford’s 3Q Down 34 Percent
Oct 24, 2014 - 1:27 PM - by xcel
F-Series design and launch costs, recalls, weaker foreign currencies and lower global volumes combine to hamper results.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 24, 2014

Detroit -- Ford reported it earned $835 million in the third quarter, down 34% from $1.272 billion earned in the 3rd quarter of 2013. The company earned a pre-tax profit of $1.18 billion in the third quarter down 54 percent from the $2.59 billion it booked in the third quarter of 2013.

On a more positive note, it was the company’s 21st consecutive profitable quarter and the $0.24/share earnings beat street estimates of $0.19.

Revenue fell slightly from $35.8 to $34.9 billion a year... [Read More]
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All-new 2015 Mazda2’s Now Officially Being Built in Mexico
Oct 23, 2014 - 8:52 PM - by xcel
Turbo Diesel for us? Not a chance.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 23, 2014

2015 Mazda2s 1.5L SKYACTIV-D turbo diesel engine - One of the most fuel efficient engines available possibly in the world.

Fresh off winning the Japan 2014-2015 Car of the Year, Mazda's Demio equipped with a newly-developed 1.5L SKYACTIV-D turbo diesel - Mazda2 here and most everywhere else – is now being produced at Mazda’s new Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO) manufacturing facility.

MMVO's engine machining plant, which... [Read More]
3 Replies | 395 Views
Ford slashes price of Focus Electric again
Oct 21, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by ALS
We hope by reducing the price, we will give more consumers another reason to consider it,
Chris Woodyard - USATODAY - October 21, 2014

Ford is giving its second big price chop to its electric version of its Focus Electric in hopes of spurring sales.

The price is being cut by $6,000 to $29,995, including shipping. With the $4,000 reduction that took place a year ago, Ford has now slashed the price of the compact Focus Electric by a quarter. Easy to see why: While Ford sold 176,156 conventional Focus cars through September, according to Autodata, Ford says only about 1,500 were the electric... [Read More]
10 Replies | 761 Views
The surprising comeback of train travel
Oct 20, 2014 - 9:46 PM - by ALS
From October 2012 to September 2013, "Amtrak welcomed aboard nearly 31.6 million passengers, the largest annual total in its history,"
Jareen Imam - CNN - October 20, 2014

It's been 21 years, and John Moore still eagerly leans against his passenger window to watch the landscape pass by as the train he commutes on every day roars over the Moodna Viaduct in Cornwall, New York.

The green hills and vibrant leaves just below the elevated track make the trestle one of the prettiest scenes on the 57-year-old's trip. For more than two decades, the senior business analyst has been traveling about 67 miles for work from his home in Cornwall to lower Manhattan. His total... [Read More]
6 Replies | 646 Views
Audi’s 2015 A3 #TDIChallenge
Oct 19, 2014 - 8:55 PM - by xcel
No blood, but a little sweat and plenty of “gears”.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 18, 2014

Pre ‪#‎TDIChallenge‬ - 2015 Audi A3 TDI at the upscale Parq Hotel - $32,600 to start not including D&H while offering an excellent and very un-Sport Sedan like 31/43 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Albuquerque, NM -- Landing at an airport loaded with hot air balloon enthusiasts provides little in the way of what was about to be put to the test. Whether that was a test of the car or driver, we would know soon enough.

First stop, Audi of Albuquerque to meet with the dealerships Salesperson of the Year, Terry Maness. You can... [Read More]
37 Replies | 1,630 Views
Audi of Albuquerque – Customer Service and Satisfaction at the Forefront
Oct 18, 2014 - 8:07 PM - by xcel
One of many Audi dealerships across the U.S. making its mark.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 18, 2014

Albuquerque, NM on the Pre ‪#‎TDIChallenge‬ -- Picking up a beautiful no compromise 2015 Audi A3 TDI at Audi of Albuquerque. And met by the dealerships Salesperson of the Year, Terry Maness.

Located in a growing and upscale location, Audi of Albuquerque was created in 2005 on the site of a former European import car business. Since that time and just like the Audi brand, the dealership has been in a process of continuous improvement and growth while serving ever more demanding and... [Read More]
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Audi September 2014 Sales Up 14.2% with 14,917 Vehicles Sold + A3 TDI First Drive
Oct 07, 2014 - 7:00 PM - by xcel
45th consecutive month of record U.S. sales in September.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 1, 2014

2015 Audi FWD A3 TDI - $32,600 to start + D&H with a 31/43 mpgUS city/highway rating.

To begin, all 2015 Audi A3s include leather seating surfaces, power panoramic roof, Bluetooth with streaming audio, SiriusXM, HD radio, power driver’s seat, split folding rear seatback and Audi pre sense basic. The A3 line-up also arrives with the Audi signature Singleframe grille, bi-xenon headlights, and LED taillights.

Outside the A3 Sedan has been completely redesigned for the North American marketplace including a length of 175.5 inches, a width of 70... [Read More]
5 Replies | 2,574 Views
Energy-Saving LED Lights Win Nobel Physics Prize
Oct 07, 2014 - 4:21 PM - by ALS
The three scientists were the first to master the intricate layering of semiconductor materials needed to create blue-light emitting diodes.
Oliver Staley, David Wainer And Alex Webb - BLOOMBERG - October 7, 2014

Three Japan-born scientists won the Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing energy-saving LED lights, which have upended a multibillion-dollar industry while offering the promise of lighting to people living far from an electricity grid.

Isamu Akasaki, 85, from Meijo and Nagoya Universities, Hiroshi Amano, 54, from Nagoya, and... [Read More]
20 Replies | 2,060 Views
Mazda September 2014 Sales Up 6.7% with 23,980 Vehicles Sold + Mazda3 S GT Review
Oct 07, 2014 - 1:30 PM - by xcel
Its face shows purpose. The rest of the car proves it.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 1, 2014

2015 Mazda3 S Grand Touring - $27,290 incl. D&H to start while offering a 26/35 mpgUS city/highway rating from the 184 hp and 185 lb-ft. of torque 2.5L I4 mated to the 6-speed MT.

Today’s ride is courtesy of the Mazda Corporation in the form of the 2015 Mazda3 S 5-Door Grand Touring. What is unique about the S GT is it arrives with the very potent 184 hp and 185 lb-ft. of torque 2.5L I4. In addition, it is mated to Mazda’s slick shifting 6-speed MT.

Because it is the S GT, it is loaded. From the front, HIDs with the adaptive front lighting... [Read More]
6 Replies | 2,178 Views
Volkswagen September 2014 Sales Down 18.6% with 25,996 Vehicles Sold
Oct 06, 2014 - 12:55 PM - by xcel
Midsize competitors refreshes and new offerings are overwhelming Passat while compact competition hits Jetta hard.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 1, 2014

2015 VW Jetta TDI with the 6-speed MT - $22,460 to start incl. D&H and offering 31/46 and 31/45 mpgUS city/highway rating with the 6-speed stick and 6-speed DSG AT respectively.

VW September 2014 Sales Overview

VW reported it sold 25,996 vehicles in September, down 18.6 percent from the 31,920 vehicles sold in September of 2013.

Calendar Year to Date, VW has sold 270,874 new cars, down 14.0 percent from the 314,833 vehicles sold through the same period in 2013.

VW... [Read More]
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BMW September 2014 Sales Up 3.2% with 29,805 Vehicles Sold
Oct 06, 2014 - 9:46 AM - by xcel
BMW brand sales were up 8.6 percent and the best U.S. September sales result in company history.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 1, 2014

BMW September 2014 Sales Overview

Sales of BMW monikered vehicles reached 25,586 in September, up 8.6 percent compared to 23,568 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 236,591 compared to 212,565 sold in the first nine months of 2013.

Mini brand sales however are on an opposite track as sales of 4,219 were down 20.5 percent from the 5,306 sold in September of 2013. Year-to-date, MINI reported a sales total of 39,188 automobiles, a decrease of 21.0 percent from the 49,635 automobiles... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,781 Views
Mercedes-Benz September 2014 Sales Up 10.2% with 30,271 Vehicles Sold
Oct 06, 2014 - 1:33 AM - by xcel
C, E, and M make the company. S made the headline.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 1, 2014

Mercedes-Benz September 2014 Sales Overview

Mercedes-Benz recorded its best September U.S. sales in its history with 27,315 units sold across its passenger car and light truck lineups, up 10.6% from the 24,697 vehicles sold in September 2013.

Sprinter sales totaled 2,208 for the month, combining with 748 retails at smart (up 19.7%) to bring total September volumes at Mercedes-Benz USA to 30,271, up 10.2%.

Year-to-date, the group has sold 259,076, up 9.3 percent over the 236,933 vehicles sold through the same period and number of selling days in 2013.

... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,829 Views
Opel Debuts New Corsa Hatchback in Paris, Nails Most Confusing Engine Lineup Ever
Oct 05, 2014 - 4:33 PM - by ALS
If the Opel Corsa ever comes to the States as a Buick—no word on that as of now—we suspect the portfolio will be severely de-cluttered. If only to prevent salespeople and customers alike from diving off the deep end.
Jens Meiners - CARANDDRIVER - October 5, 2014

Mainstream car, hot entrance: This is the script Opel followed for the introduction of its new fifth-generation Corsa hatchback. The successful subcompact Opel debuted with a little help from German supermodel Claudia Schiffer at the 2014 Paris auto show. Oh, and the less blonde and even less leggy Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel’s CEO,... [Read More]
3 Replies | 1,744 Views
Kia September 2014 Sales Up 6.9% with 40,628 Vehicles Sold
Oct 05, 2014 - 4:31 PM - by xcel
Best ever third quarter in the brands U.S. history.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 1, 2014

2015 Kia Soul with the 6-speed MT - $16,095 incl. mats and D&H offers owners a 24/30 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Completely redesigned in 2014, the 2015 Soul is available in three trims: Base, Plus and Exclaim.

The 2015 Soul displays its own unique character through a standout boxy exterior in out there colors, fun-to-drive characteristics and premium interior.

2015 enhancements to the Base model include a new UVO eServices Package, a free subscription telematics service available for 10 years/100,000 miles. UVO eServices offers four new features: Geo-fencing, Speed... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,887 Views
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