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Porsche surpasses US annual sales record in 2017 with 55,420 deliveries

2017 was definitely a great year for Porsche as the automaker was able to break their sales record in the United States. Overall, they delivered a total of 55,420 vehicles, which stands for a 2.1 percent increase over the previous year.

Of course, you are probably wondering which model contributed the most to the total. And to answer your question, that would be the Macan. In fact, that nameplate alone sold 21,429 units, which is a huge improvement over 2016, which posted a total of 19,332 units delivered. Next in line is the Cayenne, which had 13,203 deliveries. The third most popular car would be the 911, which sold 6,731 units.

Just like the 911, 6,731 units of the Panamera premium sedan were sold as well. The Cayman and Boxster duo, on the other hand, reported 5,087 units in combined deliveries.

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2017 marks Porsche Macan’s best sales yet with 97,000 units sold, beats 911 by huge margin

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), revealed that in the U.S. market, a total of 3,913 units were sold in December 2017. These are for the model lines that include the 718 Boxster, 911, Cayenne, Cayman, Macan, and Panamera. With this, total U.S. vehicle sales of the Porsche for 2017 are 55,420 units. This is higher by 2.1% when compared to sales in 2016, at 54,280 units.

Meanwhile, sales of the Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicles amounted to 2,153 units. This represents an increase of 24.6% compared to sales in December 2016. In terms of total annual sales, the figure stands at 19,104 deliveries, an increase of 12.5%.

For December 2017, the Porsche Macan represented almost 37% of the total sales with 1,444 units sold. This was followed by the Cayenne at 24% with 940 units and at third is the 911 at around 20% for 773 units sold. However, it is worth noting that compared to the previous year, the Cayenne was down around 20% with the 911 experiencing a slight increase at 9%.

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Mercedes-Benz keeps crown as top luxury brand in the US in 2017

As the year 2017 comes to an end, the race for luxury sales has also reached a remarkable finish. This has always been a highly contended segment in the United States with each automaker making various daring attempts to elbow each other out. Well, we’re here to report that it seems like Mercedes-Benz will be taking the crown home for the second year in a row.

Last month, Bloomberg reported that Mercedes-Benz has delivered a total number of 302,043 units in 2017. And that number is mostly comprised of their strong sellers including the C-Class, GLC, and the GLE. That’s not all, because the Mercedes-AMG alone was doing so well too. In fact, sales were up by 49.6% in 2017, adding up to a total of 30,116 units. There is also the entry-level 43 lineup that is a lot cheaper than the pure AMG models.

According to reports, Mercedes-Benz has been doing very well with their SUVs. This could be because their offerings have become more practical.

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Mercedes-Benz stays on top of US luxury car sales in the first nine months of 2017

With three more months to go before the year ends, three premium auto companies are jousting their way up to see which of them could claim the crown as the best-selling luxury carmaker in the United States for 2017 – Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.

Mercedes-Benz managed to hold on to the US No. 1 spot after nine months of sales. From January to September, Mercedes delivered 242,250 luxury vehicles, excluding its vans and smart-branded models. This figure represents a 2.8-percent year-on-year drop in sales compared to the first nine months of 2016, when Mercedes delivered 249,204 premium units in the US.

Mercedes-Benz continued to lead the US luxury race even after posting dismal sales in September 2017. The carmaker suffered a sales decline in the month – by 1.7 percent – making it the only luxury brand that didn’t registered a surge in September 2017. Figure-wise, Mercedes delivered 29,008 units in September 2017 in the US, compared to 29,500 luxury vehicles sold in the same month in 2016.

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The Porsche Panamera sporty sedan offers a dynamic drive and comfortable ride, with the capability to accommodate up to four occupants. While the Porsche Panamera is a healthy proposition for North American drivers who wanted a performance-laden sedan, it does discourage potential customers looking for a sedan that could to ferry up to five occupants at a time.

Now Porsche is looking forward to win back those customers in the United States. Klaus Zellmer, chief executive of Porsche Cars North America, told Automotive News at the Frankfurt Motor Show that the German sports car maker is making available an optional rear bench. With this option, the Porsche Panamera sedan could accommodate five occupants, instead of the usual four. However, the bench option would be made available next year, so for now, Panamera sedan customers would have to settle for the four-seater.

As designed, the Porsche Panamera sedan carries two occupants on the front (driver and front passenger) and another two on the rear cabin (individually seated rear passengers). The individual seats on the front are separated by a center console, and so are the individual seats on the rear. This basically rules out the existence of a fifth passenger in the Panamera sedan.

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It was in February when Ford revealed the new Fiesta ST, just before it made its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. But it is not until next year that the model goes on sale in both three- and five-door variants. Today, the entry level Ford Fiesta, and the sporty ST Line trim can already be purchased in Europe. But in the United States, they will have to be content with the old Fiesta for now as the 2018 model year is set to arrive with only minor changes.

Most importantly, what people should know is that the US-spec Fiesta will retire and that the seventh generation model will not hit the stateside. This news was recently shared to us by the European Director of Ford Performance, Leo Roeks, when he was interviewed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker says that there is a low demand for this class in the United States, which led them to make the decision to eventually get rid of the Fiesta in the market. If sales are low, having large inventories would be a big problem.

In other news, Volkswagen bosses made a decision of not bringing the new Polo to the United States, including the much sexier Polo GTI. Another sad news for US customers is that Toyota will also be discontinuing the supercharged Yaris GRMN as well. In fact, the new Yaris will actually be very limited, even in Europe, where only 400 examples will be sold around the continent.

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Volkswagen recently revealed their first ever compact crossover, namely the T-Roc. This model goes right below the Tiguan in the company’s lineup, as its smallest subcompact ever. This model is like a hybrid of an SUV and a compact hatchback, and what we know is that it will be sold in Europe before the year ends. The CUV will make its first public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

When the T-Roc becomes available in Germany and the rest of Europe, customers will be able to choose from a number of engine options - for both gasoline and diesel. This includes a 1.0 liter, a 1.5 liter, and 2.0 liter TSI units, with 114 horsepower (85 kilowatts), 148 horsepower (110 kW), and 188 horsepower (140 kW), respectively. The first two can be had with six speed manual giving power to the front wheels, while a seven-speed dual clutch can be an option for the 1.5 liter unit. The 2.0, on the other hand can be paired with the dual-clutch box. For those who prefer driving a diesel, the T-Roc will be available in a 1.6 liter or a 2.0 liter TDI motor with the same output as the gasoline engines. For the T-Roc, entry-level models will be available in front-wheel drive, while larger engines can get an all-wheel drive option.

Initially, the company considered a plan to bring the model to the United States after the European release, but it seems like the company has changed their mind. Because now, reports say that the model will only be limited to Europe and China, and that piece of tidbit apparently came from VW insiders. This means that the United States will only be limited to the Tiguan if they want a compact model. But even with this statement, US fans should not lose hope at all, as there is still chance for a US-spec T-Roc, said Automobile Magazine. It is just a matter of when we will see one. Who knows, maybe the T-Roc’s future successor will head to North America.

Read the entire article 2018 VW T-Roc will be exclusive to Europe and China, not in the United States

2018 Volkswagen Atlas is proving to be one of the German carmaker’s best-selling vehicles in the United States after having recently logged a full month of sales in the market. And that’s despite the fact that even some of its own designers weren’t really satisfied with its supposed boring blocky design.

But now, the US consumers have spoken and seemingly vouch for the appeal of the new 2018 VW Atlas. For the month of June 2017 alone, VW sold 27,377 vehicles in the US. That number may seem small, but it already exceeded the 23,809 units sold by VW in the same month in 2016. Of the 27,377 vehicles that VW sold in the US, 2,413 units were of the new Atlas. That means nearly one of 11 vehicles (8.8 percent) that the carmaker has delivered to customers in the country is an Atlas SUV.

To note, June 2017 marks the first full month of sales for the 2018 VW Atlas. This implies that it could be too early to determine whether the new Atlas would have a definite impact on VW’s falling SUV sales in the US. Although signs for the Atlas are positive, VW’s other SUV offerings aren’t performing well in terms of sales. In fact, only 14 percent of VW’s total sales in the first half of 2017 were utility vehicles, which should be weird considering that SUVs are now in high demand in this part of the world.

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With all the news and the noise Dodge is making, it is definitely becoming a more popular car. And believe it or not, for the first time in seven years, the Dodge Challenger was able to outsell the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. That is a big deal considering that two months ago, it was announced that the Ford Mustang is the best-selling car in the world - at least in last year’s ratings.

Last month alone, Dodge was able to deliver 6,605 Challengers, which definitely is a huge hike from last year’s sales. The company sold 1,000 units more than it did in June 2016. For the sake of comparing, Ford sold 6,186 Mustangs which while Chevrolet only delivered 4,691 Camaros in June 2017.

While sales of the Dodge Challenger had suddenly gone up in June, we do not know if this will be a trend in the next coming months. In terms of year-to-date sales, the Ford Mustang still is at the top of the leaderboard at 44,608 units during the first two quarters of the year, followed by the Chevrolet Camaro at 36,567 units, and catching up is the Dodge Challenger with 35,910 examples sold, according to Torque News.

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It appears that the Dieselgate scandal masterminded and perpetrated by Volkswagen AG isn’t limited with company, but also has affected, albeit indirectly, its fellow carmakers from Germany. In fact, automotive customers in the United States might not be able to buy new diesel models from German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz (2017 model year).

Mercedes-Benz’ parent Daimler AG disclosed that it had dropped plans to have Mercedes’ diesel cars and engines certified in the US. Sans any certification, Mercedes-Benz cannot sell its diesel-powered 2017 premium vehicles in the country. Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran told Automotive News that the company is putting on hold the certification process for its diesel passenger cars in the US, as part of a review of the carmaker’s portfolio offerings.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t decided if it would totally exit from the American passenger diesel market, even though it would not be selling 2017 models in the region. However, given the current situation, an exodus from the American passenger diesel market in the future by Mercedes-Benz won’t be a surprise.

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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.

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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.

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There may be bad news for Mercedes-Benz drivers in the United States who love its diesel offerings and have been waiting for the latest iteration of their favorite diesel models to arrive in the country. Well, it is just that Mercedes is now mulling to stop selling the diesel versions of its premium luxury lineup in the US, no thanks to declining demand for its offerings and to the stricter implementation of emissions regulations and rules in the country.

This comes after Mercedes dropped plans to offer the diesel-powered Mercedes C300d 4Matic to the United States. Mercedes C300d 4Matic was supposed to commence sales of the Mercedes-Benz C300d 4Matic in the US months ago and had postponed those plans. Supposed to be the US version equivalent of the C250d 4Matic that is being sold in Europe, the US-spec C300d 4Matic was previewed June 2015 with a near-production prototype at the Pikes Peak, where it posted a new record for a series production car with a course time of 11.37 minutes.

Mercedes said at the time that the drive C300d could return 42 mpg on the highway and could be the first diesel model that would undercut the American ULEV 70 emissions limits. The C300d 4Matic was powered by a turbodiesel four-cylinder, 2.1-liter engine delivering 201 hp (150 kW) of output from 3,800 rpm and 369 pound-feet (500 Nm) of torque available at 1,600 rpm.

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According to its latest quarterly report, the operating profit of Nissan Motor Company for the said period rose 24 percent year-over-year, backed by cost-cutting efforts and the growing sales in North America. For the company's third fiscal quarter that ended on December 31, Nissan's global operating profit jumped from $1.29 billion last year to $1.60 billion.

Furthermore, its net income rallied 25 percent and was seen at $1.06 billion. At the same time, Nissan's revenue jumped 2.20 percent to $24.80 billion. Global retail sales added 1.70 percent for a total of 1.28 million units. The boost was generally backed by the hefty sales in North America and Asia.

For the period, sales in North America inched up 12 percent to 485,000 units, making the region Nissan's largest market. Nissan joins the wide array of car makers taking advantage of low oil prices, enhanced labor market, and cheap credit as a record number of Americans acquired new vehicles in 2015.

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BMW tumbled to the third spot in the luxury vehicle sales race last month as Mercedes-Benz is getting closer to unseat Audi from its glorious throne in the industry. BMW's global sales jumped only 7.50 percent to 133,883 units last month, totally lagging behind Mercedes-Benz.

The latter's global sales in January rose 20 percent to 150,184 units. While Audi reported the slowest growth among the three luxury car brands with a four percent increase, it still topped BMW with a total of 143,150 units. The reports indicate the shifting of fortune among the three brands.

After lagging behind the competition for a few years, Mercedes-Benz is back in the game after parent company Daimler overhauled its roster. Moreover, all-new SUVs such as the GLE are helping the brand re-establish its glory and offset the losses that may result from the economic woes in China, the world's largest consumer of automobiles.

Read the entire article BMW falls to third place in luxury-car sales in January, Mercedes-Benz outpaces Audi

FCA US LLC, also known as Chrysler, reported a surge in its January 2016 sales after having sold a total of 155,037 units last month. Considered as the group’s best January monthly sales figure in nine years, it also represents a 7 percent increase in monthly sales when compared to the January 2015 sales of 145,007 vehicles.

Chrysler Group continued its 70-month year-over-year sales gains boosted by the sales figures of the company’s three brands, composed of Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck, all reporting increased January sales compared to year ago levels. Dodge posted the most notable increase of 19% and now holds the record as the largest sales gain for any FCA US brand for the month of January.

According the FCA US LLC, nine models made January records this year. For the Jeep brand, the three models that did quite well are Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass. The three performers from the Dodge brand include the Dodge Journey crossover, Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger.

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Last month, Volkswagen reported that its sales in the US tumbled 15 percent, posting its third consecutive monthly decline. Audi, on the other hand, posted its 61st consecutive monthly sales record in the US. Volkswagen suffered heavily as January sales plunged to 20,079 units, its weakest month over the last five years.

The company continues to battle with the recent emission scandals as an earlier plan was recently rejected by the California Air Resources Board. Its 2016 diesels remain grounded. Volkswagen America Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark McNabb referred to the recent sales report as "the seasonal nature of the fleet business.”

According to McNaab, the retail business of Volkswagen dealers surged last month despite the winter storm that affected the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic during the said period. However, Volkswagen refused to disclose a breakdown between retail and fleet. Fleet sales, accordingly, plunged significantly.

Read the entire article VW’s US sales fall for 3rd straight month while Audi celebrates 61 months of undisrupted gains

Lexus, Toyota Motor Corporation’s luxury vehicle arm, had a great year despite not succeeding at reclaiming the US luxury sales title. The division posted record figures in almost every area of growth. Lexus reported an all-time high volume of 652,000 vehicles for the year, beating its preceding high in 2014 by a whopping 12 percent gain.

Record-breaking sales were also seen in the US, Europe, China, Japan, North America, Oceanic-East Asia, and Middle East. Furthermore, Lexus also anticipates another global record this year. It gave a guidance of 4.30 percent rise in sales to 680,000 models.

As Lexus Executive Vice President (EVP) Mark Templin puts it, “2015 was an amazing year for Lexus International.” According to Templin, the innovative styling and the pre-cash auto-braking safety systems helped attract customers.

Read the entire article Lexus fails to nab top US luxury sales spot from BMW in 2015

Ford Motors Co. recently announced a net income of $7.4 billion for the year 2015, a spectacular rise from the previous year’s $3.2 billion figure. The company announced that the last quarter alone contributed $1.9 billion in net income, reflecting the generally positive performance for the entire U.S. auto industry which considers 2015 to be a record year.

Riding on the surging demand for its SUVs and pickups, Ford earned a record breaking fourth quarter sales of $2.0 billion in the North America market. In the largest profit-sharing on record, UAW members could expect an average of $9,300 in bonuses. Ford’s pre-tax profit of $10.8 billion is also a record.

The global auto player’s European business returned to being profitable, a first since 2011. Confident that this favorable performance would continue, Ford announced its expectation to match, and even beat, last year’s performance.

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FCA US is facing a civil racketeering suit filed by two Fiat Chrysler dealerships that are part of the Napleton Automotive Group. The plaintiffs – Napleton's Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram stores in Arlington Heights, Ill., and its Northlake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram store in Lake Park, Fla. – allege that the carmaker was in conspiracy with some dealers to bloat its monthly US sales reports.

Since emerging from its bankruptcy, FCA managed to report 69 straight monthly year-over-year sales increases. In fact, FCA officials, including chief executive Sergio Marchionne, flaunted the carmaker's streak at the 2016 Detroit auto show. It should be noted that it was the longest current streak of any carmaker.

According to the plaintiffs, FCA paid dealers to report the false sales on the last day of the sales month. The next business day, the dealer will then “back out” or unwind the sales before the factory warranty on the vehicles could be processed and start to run.

Read the entire article 2 dealers accuse Fiat Chrysler of faking sales reports, ‘civil racketeering’ suit has been filed