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Mercedes-Benz November 2014 Sales Up 0.6% with 34,578 Sold
Dec 21, 2014 - 3:06 AM - by xcel
C-Class and Sprinter sell well in November.

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 3, 2014

Mercedes-Benz November Sales Overview

Mercedes-Benz and its Sprinter and smart brands combined for a record 37,925 vehicles sold up 1.6 percent over the 37,345 sold in November of 2013.

Year to date the company has sold 328,319 vehicles, up 7.0 percent from the 306,898 sold through the same period in 2013.

Mercedes-Benz alone reported the highest monthly sales in its history with a best-ever November sales total of 34,578 vehicles, up 0.6 percent from the 34,376 vehicles sold in November of 2013.

Year-to-date basis, the Mercedes-Benz brand sales are up 6% to 296,382 from... [Read More]
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Kia November 2014 Sales Down 1.0% with 44,936 Vehicles Sold
Dec 21, 2014 - 2:25 AM - by xcel
Annual sales surpass 500,000 vehicles for third year in a row.

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 3, 2014

2015 Kia Optima LX – $22,450 to start incl. D&H while offering a 23/34 mpgUS city/highway rating.

The 2015 Optima midsize sedan is now equipped with the next-generation of UVO eServices and a number of interior refinements. Available on the EX, SX, SX Turbo and standard on the SX-Limited, the next-generation UVO eServices keeps the owner better informed, from behind the wheel or remotely, via his or her own Smartphone.

Four new UVO eServices are integrated into the voice-activated system, including Geo Fencing, Driving Score, Speed Alerts and Curfew... [Read More]
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Subaru November 2014 Sales Up 23.6% with 45,273 Vehicles Sold
Dec 21, 2014 - 2:19 AM - by xcel
Subaru breaks all-time annual sales record with one month of the year still remaining and 36th consecutive month of month-over-month growth.

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 3, 2014

Subaru November Sales Overview

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) continues its record-breaking run with the best November in the company’s history with sales of 45,273 vehicles, a 24 percent increase over November 2013.

Subaru’s year-to-date sales are also noteworthy. The company’s previous full-year record of 424,683 vehicles, set in 2013, was eclipsed on November 7. The brand is now up 21 percent year-to-date with 463,770 vehicles sold, with December sales still to come.
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Hyundai Nov 2014 Sales Down 4.2% with 53,672 Vehicles Sold + Tucson FCV Win
Dec 20, 2014 - 4:30 PM - by xcel
Sonata and Santa FE_are highlights.

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 3, 2014

2015 Hyundai Tucson FCV - $499/month with $2,999 down 3-year lease, the fuel is free and it has an approximate 265 mile range.

Under the Hyundai leasing program, approved lessees can drive Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell at the above prices plus “At Your Service” valet maintenance at no extra cost. For the first time, consumers can now put a mass-produced, federally-certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in their driveways, with availability at three select southern California Hyundai dealers: Tustin Hyundai, Win Hyundai in Carson, and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim.
... [Read More]
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Nissan Nov 2014 Sales Down 3.1% with 103,188 Vehicles Sold + 2015 Murano First Drive
Dec 19, 2014 - 10:40 PM - by xcel
A luxury CUV for an affordable middle class price.

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 3, 2014

2015 Nissan Murano - $30,445 to start incl. D&H and offering a 21/28 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Napa, California -- Now in its third generation, the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano brings to the table a few things that should make mid and high end luxury marques take notice. As you read through, hopefully you will have a better understanding of what those segment leading extras are.

In terms of design, the third-generation took its cues from the future expressed in the form of the Nissan Resonance Concept we saw in Detroit at the beginning of 2013.

Ken... [Read More]
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Audi’s 2015 A3 Earns 5 Stars on NHTSA and Perfect Score on IIHS
Dec 19, 2014 - 3:38 PM - by xcel
IIHS Small Overlap - One of the best video results I have seen in a car of any size and in any segment.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 19, 2014

2015 Audi A3 passing with flying colors during the IIHS Small Overlap crash test. The FWD TDI variant starts at $32,600 + 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... [Read More]
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Volvo Developing New 3-Cylinder Engines
Dec 17, 2014 - 8:36 PM - by brick
New technology headed for brand's smaller vehicles

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Tim Smith - CleanMPG - December 17, 2014

Send them over. --Ed.

Volvo announced that testing has begun for 3-cylinder engines derived from the new “Drive-E” platform. Drive-E is the car maker's line of down-sized, direct injected, and turbocharged engines which are displacing thirstier 5 and 6-cylinder engines of comparable power output. The 3-cylinder variants are expected to provide power outputs of 180hp and below, whereas 4-cylinder powerplants are rated at between 240hp and 302hp in US models.

Volvo states that this engine is being developed alongside their new... [Read More]
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November 2014: U.S. Industrial Output Surpasses Pre-Recession Levels
Dec 15, 2014 - 10:28 PM - by xcel
Great report placing much of the 2008 – 2009 Recession in the rearview mirror.

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 15, 2014

Ford’s EcoBoost engines being “Built where they are bought” as the latest business model appears to be working well.

Earlier this year Ford added 450 new jobs to its Cleveland Engine Plant to produce the 3.5L EcoBoost

Earlier today the Federal Reserve released an excellent report stating that U.S. industrial production surged in November as factories ramped up output of cars, machinery, clothing and an array of other goods, a sign of rising demand for American products... [Read More]
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The $50 Hyundai Sonata ECO Challenge: Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Rockets!
Dec 11, 2014 - 3:42 PM - by xcel
How far can you drive on just $50?

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 8, 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata ECO - $24,210 to start incl. D&H and EPA rated at 28/38 mpgUS city/highway.

Today's ride is the full size Hyundai Sonata ECO on the $50 Planes, Trains and Automobiles Challenge I have been posting about lately.

What is unique about the 2015 Sonata ECO is the 3 mpg higher city and 1 mpg higher highway rating over the base 2.4L. This is due in part to the inclusion of a 177 HP and 195 lb-ft of torque direct injected and turbocharged 1.6L I4. A slicker Cd of just 0.27 also helps along with lower RRc tires. No loss in performance and a nice uptick in both... [Read More]
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Honda November 2014 Sales Up 4.6% with 121,814 Vehicles Sold
Dec 07, 2014 - 9:35 PM - by xcel
New November sales records on the back of CR-V and hot Fit.

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 3, 2014

2015 Honda CR-V - $24,200 to start incl D&H while offering owners an eye opening 27/34 mpgUS city/highway. Thanks to the Accord’s EarthDreams drivetrain, the level of efficiency provided is more than most midsize sedans from just a generation ago!

Honda November Sales Overview

Honda reported it has achieved a new November vehicle sales record with 121,814 vehicles sold, up 4.6 percent versus November 2013.

Like other manufacturers, Honda truck and CUV sales set a November record, increasing 12.9 percent on sales of 60,384 vehicles.... [Read More]
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Toyota November 2014 Sales Up 3% with 183,346 Vehicles Sold
Dec 07, 2014 - 4:02 PM - by xcel
Camry and Corolla deliver U.S. Midsize and Compact sales leadership.

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 3, 2014

But first, a little about the Takata airbag inflator recalls.

Abbas Saadat, Regional Product Safety Executive, Toyota North America, and VP, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. testifying before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade.

Chairman Terry, Ranking Member Schakowsky, members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today. My name is Abbas Saadat, and I am the Regional Product Safety Executive and a Vice President at Toyota North America. I am a senior... [Read More]
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company
Dec 05, 2014 - 12:05 PM - by ALS


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Mark Chediak - BLOOMBERG - December 5, 2014

That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide. --Ed.

Here’s why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the U.S. utility industry.

At a sagebrush-strewn industrial park outside of Reno, Nevada, bulldozers are clearing dirt for Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA)’s battery factory, projected to be the world’s largest.

Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, sees the $5 billion facility as a key step toward making electric cars more affordable, while ending reliance on oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At first blush, the push toward more electric cars looks to be positive for utilities struggling with... [Read More]
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Indy Car titan Roger Penske takes the flag on race car ownership
Dec 04, 2014 - 9:18 AM - by ALS
Roger Penske’s utter dominance as a race-car owner and one-man titan makes it easy to forget that he was once a star driver with Indy 500 dreams.

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Andrew Lawrence - FORTUNE - December 04, 2014

One wouldn’t expect a man who heads an automotive fiefdom with revenues north of $19 billion, whose very name is synonymous with speed, to consider the road not taken. But sometimes Roger Penske wonders what might have been if he had accepted an invitation to try out for the Indianapolis 500.

That was back in 1965, when the 77-year-old was just a 28-year-old Lehigh grad from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and a driver on the brink of superstardom. After making his professional debut—in... [Read More]
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Chrysler November 2014 Sales Up 20.1% with 170,839 Vehicles Sold
Dec 02, 2014 - 12:36 PM - by xcel
Chrsyler has yet another great month and if they could have sold another 9,000 vehicles, they would have outsold Ford!

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 2, 2014

2015 Jeep Cherokee – $23,990 to start incl. D&H while offering owners a 22/31 mpg city/highway rating.

Chrysler November Sales Overview

Chrysler reported its best November U.S. sales in history with 170,839 vehicles delivered, up 20.1 percent compared with sales of 142,275 vehicles in November 201. It was also the company’s best November sales result since 2001.

Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in November. The Ram... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,720 Views
Ford November 2014 Sales Down 1.8% with 187,000 Vehicles Sold
Dec 02, 2014 - 12:07 PM - by xcel
Escape sales up 21.6 percent. F-Series slow slide before full availability of the all-new 2015 continues.

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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 2, 2014

2015 Ford Escape - $23,855 to start incl. D&H while offering owners a 22/31 mpg city/highway rating.

Ford November Sales Overview

Ford reported it sold 187,000 vehicles in the U.S. November, down 1.8 percent from a year ago.

CYTD through November, Ford sales are off just 0.6 percent.

Ford November Sales Highlights

Escape sales increased 21.6 percent with 25,528 vehicles sold, its best November sales result in history.

Mustang surpassed the... [Read More]
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