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Chevrolet Bolt owner asks for buyback and GM says yes

They say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. That’s what Harvey Payne did with his Chevrolet Bolt. Ever since he bought it, it had been experiencing a number of issues and had to be constantly brought to the shop. Hailing from California, Payne did what few people would probably do and that is ask the automaker for a buyback.

In order to drive his point home, he made a 20-minute video revealing what has been happening and posted it on video-sharing site YouTube.

According to him, he had just recently received the Bolt from delivery when it started showing the “service vehicle soon” light. He immediately took it to his local Chevrolet dealer and not surprisingly, said light went away. Since the dealership was unable to reproduce this particular issue, it returned the vehicle to Payne. After that the light returned and it was not alone.

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BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe sells better than the Coupe and Convertible

What defines a coupe? Well, according to the dictionary, “it is a car with a fixed roof and two doors”. Ok, now that it is clear, when does one not become a coupe? In this case, it is when it is a BMW Gran Coupe. You might think I’m confusing you here, but read along.

The 4 Series Gran Coupe was built with four doors and a liftback-style truck on its rear end. That simple description of the model will already raise several brows as it doesn’t correspond with the definition stated above. And if you think about it, its actually just a functional sedan. Now you get where I’m coming from. Though the car doesn’t match the name given to it, it is actually one of BMW’s best selling cars, out-selling the two-door coupe where it got its inspiration.

In fact, despite its later release, the total number of Gran Coupe that has been sold is higher than the figures of the traditional Coupe and the Convertible, combined - according to sales statistics shared by BMW. Globally, the Grand Coupe covers 54 percent of all 4 Series sales, whereas the remaining 46 percent is a shared by the traditional coupe and convertible.

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BMW dealers demand for more supply of the redesigned 5-Series (G30)

BMW dealers have a problem, a good problem. The demand for the 2017 BMW 5 Series is very high, they cannot attend to all the customers. But actually, supplies are really low, and they need more.

The redesigned 5 series G30 arrived in dealers around mid-February, and 2,000 units were already pre-ordered by customers, so by the end of March, BMW only had 200 unsold sedans in dealer inventory according to Ludwig Willisch, BMW Group Region Americas.

Willisch added that the 5 series is “a scarce species” but supplies aren’t supposed to be that low. Since the end of March, production and deliveries have increased, and by now, dealers will have a two- to three-week supply during the launch.

Read the entire article BMW dealers demand for more supply of the redesigned 5-Series (G30)

Ford Mustang is world’s best-selling sports car for 2016

Ford Motor Company revealed that the Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car for 2016. This is in addition to being the best-selling sports car in the U.S. for five decades. The claim is not without basis with the brand using facts obtained from the new vehicle registration data of HIS Markit for the sports car class. Data showed that for 2016, 150,000 units of the Mustang were sold. Compared to 2015, global sales for 2016 had gone up 6%. The increase was due to a 101% market growth having sold around 45,000 units outside the U.S.

Indeed, the biggest factor for increased sales in 2016 was the global rollout with excellent sales experienced in China and Germany. While it was just officially launched in China back in 2015, the Mustang has become that country’s best-selling sports car as well. Sales in 2016 for instance increased by 74% compared to 2015 figures.

While the Mustang is showing excellent sales in big markets, it is also popular in small markets like Bonaire, Gibraltar, and New Caledonia.

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If you’re expecting to own the newest hypercar from Mercedes-AMG, dubbed as Project One, prepare for some bad news. This road worthy F1 car is no longer available in the U.S. As confirmed by Road & Track, the brand had been compiling a list of possible customers and this was stopped last month. Even if you did make it to the list, it is still not guaranteed. The Michigan-based auto magazine revealed as well that the brand will still be choosing who among those in the list will get the chance to own this remarkable model.

While it was first shown during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show held in March, it was done so behind closed doors. However, it was later revealed that this was not the final version with project manager Melissa Witek saying that the one put on display was around 85% complete. Back then it was estimated that the price would be around $2.4 million. It has been confirmed that a total of 275 units will be made and next month the brand will reveal how many of these will be assigned for the U.S.

So how did people manage to get on the list? Well in order to be part of this rather elite club, you would need to be a longtime owner of a Mercedes. In addition, you would need to convince the brand that you will actually be using the vehicle rather than simply storing it and then selling it for a profit. For those who will ultimately get the chance to be a part of Project One, they will receive them directly from the brand. Owners though will get the chance to choose which dealer will deliver their models and do any of the servicing.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG no longer accepting orders for Project One, sold out in the US

A visit to Auto Serendin in Stuttgart Germany may be a matter of choice, but to some, having to wait another year for a brand new Bugatti Chiron is a test for patience. Or maybe not. Okay, so the German auto dealer’s asking price comes between $3.2 million to 3.8 million USD. That’s about 3.57 million euros compared to Bugatti’s 2.4-million-euro original price tag. What’s the deal?

Well, if you order this new Chiron at this dealership, instead of waiting 2 years for the delivery, it has been reduced to 1 year. Apparently, that’s just the icing on the cake. The best part of course, is all the goodies it will be receiving courtesy of Auto Serendin.

To make it really worth the price, the German dealer will be throwing in several premium upgrades on the stock Chiron model. The optional configuration includes a €50,000 wheel set with French Racing Blue accents amounting to €7,500 plus an additional €2,500 for the diamond cut finish. Clients who want a black-painted brake calipers should be more than willing to fork out an extra €2,500 to have it done. Not bad, huh.

Read the entire article Auto dealer in Germany has a very tempting offer for Bugatti Chiron buyers

It is no surprise that the French marque came back to Geneva Motor Show this year. It means to showcase one of the first Chirons to be delivered to its fortunate owner. Bugatti’s exhibit booth will have on display the royal blue Chiron --- the Bleu Royal tinted carbon fiber with two tone combination of French Racing blue and Deep blue for its interior.

Bugatti earlier reported how Europe continues to be the company’s largest market for the new Chiron --- accounting for 37% of the 250 examples in the order list. However, the North American market is also close, claiming 30% of the total market share followed by the Middle East at 26%. The rest of the world shares the remaining 7%. At any rate, the numbers are increasing and it may take a few more years until we see another production-ready Chiron to ever come out of the Molsheim headquarters.

The 1,500hp Chiron, which takes several months to build, comes with a starting price of 2.54 million USD or 2.4 million euros. On average, the company is capable of producing at least 70 units annually. That means, the remaining 250 units will not be completed until 2020.

Read the entire article 250 out of the 500 Bugatti Chiron are now sold out

Last year was probably Porsche’s best year ever in terms of sales. Their factory in Stuttgart delivered 237,778 cars in total, which represents a six percent increase compared to the deliveries in 2015. And as we all know, each 911 sold gives them a net profit of $17,250, making it the company’s cash cow.

Porsche decided to share the success with their hardworking employees. The company will be rewarding around 21,000 employees with a really fat paycheck this time. Now, the amount isn’t random. In case you were wondering, Porsche decided to make this incentive match the figure on its iconic 911 model.

But no, they aren’t just offering €911, instead, each employee gets €9,111 (or $9,830), not a trivial amount at all. Wow, it must be pretty awesome to work in a company that is so generous. The employees won’t get the sum in one instance. The bonus will be divided into two components. A contribution of €700 ($755) will go to the Porsche VarioRente pension scheme or to individual pension schemes, while the bigger amount at exactly €8,411 ($9,075) will go directly into their bank accounts. That’s still a pretty good deal I say, particularly since it adds to the employees’ vital retirement fund.

Read the entire article Porsche employees get record-high €9,111 bonus after very successful year

Have you ever wondered how much luxury car companies profit from every vehicle they sell? And which companies profit more? Well, in 2016, Porsche sold over 238,000 vehicles. That is quite a huge number considering their cars are very pricey, but it doesn’t end there.

That number then translates to a total operating profit of €3.9 billion ($4.1 billion), which according to Bloomberg, is a fourteen percent increase since 2015, and a net profit of $17,250 per unit, with a nine percent increase as well. In other words, for every Porsche 911 sold, the profit amounts to the value of a new car by another brand.

Other companies such as Daimler AG and BMW, which both have roughly the same margins, have a net profit of about $5,000 per vehicle in 2016. But none of the above (Daimler, BMW, or Porsche) can compare with the amount this other company is earning.

Read the entire article Porsche’s net profit on each vehicle went up 9% in 2016 to $17,250 but Ferrari earns almost $90,000

If the outspoken chairman and chief executive of Italian sports maker Ferrari, Sergio Marchionne, is to be believed, some of its customers only became Lamborghini’s clients because they couldn’t get their own Maranello-built car.

Speaking before a media forum at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Marchionne made those remarks while answering a number of questions, as thrown to him by the press. He noted during the media forum that the waiting list of some of Ferrari’s car is long, and many failed to make the cut.

Marchionne said that while he has lot of respect for Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali – who once served as principle for Ferrari’s F1 team – he believes those who missed to make the cut for Ferrari cars and were turned away ended up buying Lamborghini vehicles. We wonder how Domenicali would respond to Lamborghini connoted as a second choice to Ferrari cars.

Read the entire article Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne says clients who missed the order list became Lamborghini customers

After Volkswagen snagged Toyota’s crown as the world’s best-selling automaker, there’s no stopping the Japanese manufacturer from dominating the hybrid arena. As of January 31st , Toyota’s increasing global unit sales has already reached the 10 million mark. That's right folks: Toyota managed to sell 10 million hybrid cars around the world!

The historic numbers began in December 1997 after Toyota launched the Prius, the world’s first hybrid mass produced passenger car. Now after twenty years and also on its 4th generation entry, the new Prius happens to be the first to be using the brand’s TNGA (or the Toyota New Global Architecture).

Needless to say, the new global vehicle platform has been very significant to Toyota’s latest achievement. Towards the end of April in 2016, the company has sold over 9 million hybrids before eventually reaching the 10 million milestone in less than a year.

Read the entire article Toyota reached the 10-million-unit mark on hybrids

Things are looking good at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as the British luxury carmaker impressed by posting a six-percent jump in deliveries in 2016. Rolls-Royce’s 2016 deliveries of 4,011 units in the full year 2016 was the carmaker’s second highest annual sales ever, showing that the luxury marque is still one of the most sought in over 50 countries around the world.

The carmaker posted record sales in single markets like Japan (plus 51 percent), Germany (plus 30 percent) and the United Kingdom (plus 26 percent). Rolls-Royce also surpassed previous sales high in China (plus 23 percent) and the United States (plus 10 percent). Rolls-Royce also logged record sales in several global markets. It managed to grow its deliveries in 2016 in the Americas by 12 percent, Europe by 28 percent, and Asia Pacific by five percent.

However, the British luxury carmaker failed to make significant advances in the Middle East, no thanks to economic and political uncertainty in the region that lowered demand for all luxury goods. Nonetheless, the Middle East was Rolls-Royce’s third largest market in 2016. Moreover, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai managed to deliver the most number of luxury vehicles in the year.

Read the entire article Rolls-Royce logs 6% surge in deliveries in 2016 to record-breaking 4,011 vehicles

As far as Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is concerned, 2016 was a very fruitful year. This is all due to the fact that the luxury sports carmaker has delivered the most cars in 2016 than any year in its entire history. Not only that, this sales milestone should allow Lamborghini to ride the momentum in 2017.

According to Lamborghini’s annual sales report, it was able to deliver 3,457 vehicles around the world in 2016, around 6.5 percent more (plus 212 vehicles) than the number of units that the company delivered in 2015 (3,245). This marks the first time that Lamborghini was able to breach 3,400 deliveries in any given year, as the company made full use of its 135 dealers spread in 50 countries worldwide. In addition, 2016 marks the sixth year in a row that the carmaker was able to post a surge in deliveries.

The United States remains as the carmaker’s largest single market, with 1,041 delivered in the country in 2016. Japan was the second largest market for the carmaker, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the Middle East and China.

Read the entire article Lamborghini hits record worldwide sales in 2016 with the Huracan leading the pack

We are now several days into 2017, and with 2016 just ended, figures for total vehicle sales are now out. Now, one question remains. Who’s the king of sales among all vehicles in the United States in 2016?

No, it’s not the Toyota Camry. While the Camry remains as the best-selling car in the US despite suffering a 9.5-percent drop in annual sales, it doesn’t dominate the overall US vehicle sales. In fact, sales of the Camry are not even half of the overall volume for the Ford F-Series in 2016.

Yes, the Ford F-Series is still selling the most vehicles in the USsomething it has been doing for 35 years in a row. In addition, the Ford F-Series is the #1 truck in terms of sales in the US for a consecutive 40 years. For the record, the sales figures for the Ford F-Series include the F-150 family (like the F-150 Raptor) and the F-Series Super Duty family (including the F-250, F-350 and F-450). However, Ford’s F-650 and the F-750 aren’t counted because they are considered heavy trucks.

Read the entire article Ford F Series successfully defends crown as best-selling vehicle in the US in 2016

Investors don’t seem to mind that Tesla Motors failed to achieve its delivery targets for the full year 2016. It seems that their optimism for Tesla’s growth is still very high despite the failed target achievement, simply because deliveries in 2016 are still much higher than the figure a year ago.

In press release published on January 3, 2017, Tesla said it produced a total of 83,922 vehicles in the full year 2016, or around 64-percent more than the California-based carmaker manufactured in 2015. Of these, 76,230 vehicles have been delivered to its new owners, which means that these units were promptly delivered to customers with no issue on paperwork.

Tesla doesn’t count ordered vehicles as delivered units. This delivery figure is short of the delivery prediction made in February 2016, when Tesla said that it aimed to deliver between 80,000 and 90,000 vehicles for the full year 2016. Tesla had adjusted this predicted figure to 79,000 units, but still failed to achieve the adjusted delivery target.

Read the entire article Investors still hopeful for Tesla despite the failed target achievement in 2016

If you live somewhere in Missouri and you’re looking forward to buy a new Tesla Model S, chances are you might not be able to purchase one within the state soon.

No, Tesla is not shutting down and is very much operational in the United States. The California-based carmaker still has the full ability to manufacture, as well as market and sell its electric vehicles. However, it couldn’t sell its vehicles in any place within Missouri, simply because the state and the court have said so.

Actually, Tesla had a license to sell new vehicles in the state. However, such license has to be renewed yearly, and the latest one was only good until 2016. An application to renew the license for 2017 had been rejected, thus leaving Tesla no legal permit to sell new vehicles in Missouri. So simply and generally, Tesla is not anymore allowed to sell its new vehicles in the state.

Read the entire article Tesla sales in Missouri hit brakes in 2017 as state refuses to renew dealer licenses

When Ferrari commenced sales of the Ferrari LaFerrari three years ago, it gave the limited production hybrid supercar a starting price of over $1.4 million. Even today, this price tag is already considered very high. The Italian carmaker only produced 499 examples of LaFerrari, and that is one reason why this supercar has become a highly expensive collector’s item as it changes hands.

How about selling a LaFerrari at a price tag of EUR10 million ($10.74 million)? Well, a group called Garage Pereira Guillaume S.A. is selling a red Ferrari LaFerrari at the online automotive marketplace Mobile.de at the same exact price. According to the listing, this Ferrari LaFerrari was registered in March 2014 and so far has 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles). Pictures say that this LaFerrari is in good condition. But at EUR10 million, this price of a LaFerrari could be considered insane. That is more than seven times pricier than the original tag of a new LaFerrari three years ago.

But this is not the first time that a non-brand new LaFerrari was sold more than its original price. Last year, a hefty buyer in Florida bought a LaFerrari from the Naples Motorsport dealership for $5 million or more than 3.5 times its original price. However, compared to the LaFerrari being sold at Mobile.de, this example has only been driven 202 miles! This means that Garage Pereira Guillaume’s LaFerrari has traveled over five times the distance than that of Naples Motorsport’s.

Read the entire article A red Ferrari LaFerrari is being sold for an astonishing EUR10 million

When Volkswagen unveiled the VW Atlas, it declared that this SUV is being developed for the United States and is set to arrive as a 2018 model. It also unveiled its Chinese version – the VW Teramont. Essentially, VW developed the Atlas to further penetrate the auto markets in the US and China. But now, it seems VW is seriously considering selling the new SUV in some markets in Europe.

To note, the German carmaker has already disclosed it would sell the Atlas – powered by a diesel engine -- in Russia, confident that this SUV would be popular in the country. However, selling the Atlas in other parts of Europe is another thing. Before doing so, VW has to carefully study first if bringing the Atlas to European markets is worth it. Elmar-Marius Licharz, the chief for full-size product lines at VW, told Autocar that the smaller Touareg SUV might be a better product offering for most of the markets in Europe because of its size.

Underpinned by VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, or MQB, the 2018 VW Atlas employs the brand’s current design language. It measures 198.3 inches in length, 77.9 inches in width and 69.6 inches in height – making it much larger (plus 121 mm longer, 38 mm wider and 35 mm taller) than the Touareg. In fact, the 2018 VW Atlas is the largest SUV from the company to be built in the US. However, Licharz noted that the new Atlas might be too big to be parked in many European garages. Because of its large size, there is a need to determine first if there would be any demand for the Touareg in certain markets in Europe.

Read the entire article VW may bring seven-seater Atlas SUV to Europe

The car brand has stopped taking orders only a couple of months ago since they needed time to determine the exact number of units that they have to build. Apparently, they ran short of headlamps and had no idea then if they can still accommodate all the orders. In fact, it was earlier reported that they also ran out of “aero wings” around September and that also prompted them to postpone further bookings for the ACR variant.

There are no details regarding the total number of Vipers to be assembled. But a big chunk of the final batch was already bought by a dealership based in North Carolina. Gerry Wood Dodge from Salisbury has come up with its own 2017 limited edition models. The ACR as we know is the most popular of the entire Viper’s line-up. No doubt, Gerry Wood Dodge’s special edition ACRs was allegedly sold out in less than an hour.

In a recent interview with the Detroit News, Fiat Chrysler’s head for passenger car brands Tim Kuniskis described how the “demand for ACR” was unexpected. Since they knew more or less how many they could build, he thinks that they are almost ready to take new orders.

Read the entire article Hear ye, this is your last chance to own a Dodge Viper!

When Porsche unveiled the Mission E Concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, many have been left excited by the prospect of seeing and driving the carmaker’s first all-electric sports car. But, would sports car buyers still be excited to get a piece of the production version of the Mission E when it finally arrives in 2019?

It seems Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume is confident that the Mission E would attract a good number of buyers. As for the figure, Blume told Automobilwoche that he expects a huge demand for Porsche’s first all-electric pegged at a “calculated” number of 20,000 examples.

That would mean that the Mission E would be nearly as popular and nearly as sensational as Porsche’s best-seller – the 911. In 2015, Porsche delivers over 31,000 units of the 911 around the world, over 8,000 examples of which were turned over to their new owners in the United States. Delivering 20,000 units of the Mission E worldwide would be an ambitious objective for Porsche, at least for now.

Read the entire article Porsche expects Mission E to be a top-seller, 718 Boxster electric could be possible
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