I will try my best to provide detailed info on various cars and what is like to live with them, I have already produced a few for Jaguar-car-forums, I will do my best to be unbiased, but it will be hard for some cars. I will re-produce press releases and copy from other motoring news.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

USA SALES OCTOBER - SUBARU - The brand celebrates another record month, and the 4th with over 50,000 sales.

  • Monthly sales increase 20 percent over October 2014
  • 47th consecutive month of year-over-year growth
  • Best October ever for Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Outback and WRX/STI
  • 14.8 percent increase YTD over 2014
  • 27th consecutive month of more than 10,000 Foresters sold
  • 20th consecutive month of more than 10,000 Outbacks sold
Subaru of America, Inc. has reported record sales for October 2015 totaling 51,629 vehicles, a 20 percent increase over the previous October record set in 2014 (43,012). The company also reported year-to-date sales of 480,331 vehicles, a 14.8 percent gain over the same period in 2014.

October marks the fourth consecutive month of more than 50,000 vehicle sales for the company. Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Outback and WRX/STI sales were notably strong as each carline achieved its best October ever. 

The Impreza posted a 69.3 percent increase, while the WRX/STI posted a 44.5 percent sales increase in October. The Crosstrek continued to bring in strong sales with an increase of 36.1 percent, while Forester and Outback sales increased 17 and 16.7 percent respectively in October.
“These continuing record breaking results are a testament to the commitment, dedication and passion of our retailers who are capitalizing on our market opportunity,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. “Given our strong sales momentum, we expect to surpass our 2014 annual sales record of 513,693 vehicles before the end of November.”
“We are very pleased with the strong retail traffic and demand for our vehicles,” said Jeff Walters, senior vice president of sales. “We expect even greater momentum throughout the remainder of the year.”
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Subaru of America recently announced the return of its annual Share the Love event for 2015. Entering the program’s eighth year, Subaru will donate up to $15 million to its Share the Love charitable partners, which would mean a total of $65 million donated throughout the life of the program. From November 19, 2015 to January 2, 2016, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer's choice of the following national charities: ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish, Meals On Wheels America® and National Park Foundation, or a hometown charity selected by participating Subaru retailers.

USA SALES OCTOBER - VOLVO - A near doubling of sales this October gives an overall 12.5% increase YTD.

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (VCNA) reported U.S. sales of 7,422 units, an 86.9 percent increase versus October 2014. Year-to-date sales are up 12.5 percent over the first ten months of 2014.
The top seller for the month was the all-new XC90 luxury SUV with 2,565 units sold. The XC60 showed continued growth with 1,912 units sold, a 15.7 percent increase versus October 2014. The XC60 also represents the top seller year-to-date with 20,546 units sold, a 32.1 percent increase.

“We are just starting to see the true potential of XC90 sales in the U.S. market which has led us to the best month we’ve seen since 2008 and the best October since 2007,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “Strong performance across the 60 range continues, led by the XC60, which also significantly contributed to this month’s success.”
Following an $11 billion investment, the positive momentum has materialized with the first all-new model off the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the XC90, with world-first safety technologies, a new design language, new powertrain architecture and a range of class-leading connectivity services.

USA - Acura showcases the past, present and future at this years SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Highlights include restored 1993 “Ludacris Legend”, a sport-modified 2016 Acura ILX Sports Sedan, next-generation Acura NSX supercar and 2016 ILX with Acura Genuine Accessory package
The Acura exhibit also features a 2016 Acura ILX with the Acura Genuine Accessory Package in Slate Silver Metallic.
"We've got some really wonderful, challenging and maybe even a few crazy dreams for the future of Acura, and I think SEMA can serve as a great platform for us to explore some of these ideas," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. 
"SEMA is a place where people from all corners of the car business can come together and share their vision of personalization and performance. It's why we keep coming back every year with new expressions of our passion for performance and customization as core elements of the Acura experience."
Ludacris Legend
Celebrating the loyalty of Acura owners and their passion for the brand as embodied by multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY® award-winning artist and actor, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Acura unveiled the restored, yet uniquely customized 1993 Acura "Ludacris Legend." 

The 1993 Legend sedan is featured on his ninth studio album, LUDAVERSAL, has undergone a complete ground-up restoration ideated by Acura's Torrance-based Design Studio and guided by Acura global creative director, Dave Marek.

"Besides being a really cool project for our team, this is a great way to express Acura's passion for performance," said Marek. "Acura has incredibly loyal customers, and this has been a unique opportunity to celebrate their passion and affinity for Acura, and that same love for the brand that Ludacris has showed over the past dozen years".
The restoration – which took approximately two months to complete – turns back the clock on Ludacris' beloved Legend sedan, bringing back its original factory luster, inside and out, with minor modifications that include: upsized, 18-inch Rays wheels wrapped around Bridgestone Potenza High-Performance 215/40R/18 tires plus custom high-performance 6-piston front caliper and 4-piston rear caliper brakes. 
To bring new life to the Legend while retaining the original aesthetic, Acura Design developed a custom Warm Cashmere with Ice Pearl paint scheme. The installed Pioneer AVIC 8/ONEX sound system was upgraded to provide audio aficionado sound quality by integrating Apple CarPlay® and by adding two Alpine Type-12 subwoofer speakers in the trunk with custom Acura badging. 
The restored Legend was lowered by two-inches with H&R springs and Eibach camber kit.  Additionally frame, body and chassis work was completed to ensure the Legend continues to be an enjoyable driver for years to come.
"Seeing the car that has been such a big part of my life brought back to beyond its original condition was a real gift", said Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges. "The Legend is back and better than ever and I have my friends at Acura to thank for that."
Fans can follow the build progress and reveal leading up to SEMA on Acura (@Acura) and Ludacris' (@Ludacris) social media channels and by using the hashtag #LegendaryDuo.
Galpin 2016 Acura ILX

Complementing the "Ludacris Legend" is the 2016 Acura ILX sedan by Galpin Auto Sports, a sporty, youthful and street-ready take on Acura's gateway sports sedan, which will be donated at the conclusion of the SEMA conference to the Ludacris Foundation (www.facebook.com/LudaKids) to a "Legend" in the community. 

The Ludacris Foundation, named as one of the top twenty "Leading Philanthropy Foundations" by Black Enterprise Magazine, inspires youth through education and memorable experiences to live their dreams by uplifting families, communities and fostering economic development.

The Acura ILX by Galpin unveiled at SEMA 2015 is based on the luxury brand's gateway sedan, which received a major freshening for the 2016 model year, including a new 200-horsepower, 2.4-liter direct-injected i-VTEC engine and 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). 
The Galpin ILX is heavily modified and features custom body work including a new front bumper with accent front splitter, custom rear diffuser with JDM Fog Light plus custom exhaust exit with rear spoiler. Additionally, suspension modifications were made with RS-R Sports*i coilvers and a Borla exhaust with custom dual tips. 
The ILX is outfitted in 19 x 8.5-inch AVI wheels in a sinister Matte Brushed Smoked finished wrapped around Pirelli 245/30/19P Zero Run Flat Tires accentuated with black brakes. To create a visual tie with the Ludacris Legend, the ILX is painted in a Sunburst Yellow with Shark Gray accents using a three stage candy paint process. 
The color scheme is also is carried through to the interior with added gold contrast stitching throughout along with Katzkin perforated Barracuda leather inserts.
Acura NSX in Nouvelle Blue Pearl

The Ludacris Acura Legend and modified Acura ILX by Galpin Auto Sports are joined by a next-generation NSX with Nouvelle Blue Pearl paint scheme, the color that debuted at SEMA 2014 on the highly modified Galpin TLX and one of eight colors that will launch with the arrival of the new NSX supercar next spring. 

The NSX is the first and only supercar manufactured in America with global development led by a U.S. R&D team. The new NSX will utilize its three-motor Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ power unit and innovative approaches to vehicle design to deliver a completely new supercar experience.

At the heart of its next-generation supercar capabilities is the NSX's Sport Hybrid power unit, with three electric motors and a bespoke twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine, producing peak output of 573 horsepower and 550 lb.-ft. of torque and utilizing the instantaneous torque delivery of its electric motors to enhance every element of the supercar's dynamic performance – acceleration, braking and uniquely turning via dynamic and continuous electric motor torque vectoring.
2016 Acura ILX with Acura Genuine Accessory Package:

The 2016 ILX with the Acura Genuine Accessory package on display is painted Slate Silver Metallic and features a number of factory accessories developed exclusively for the ILX, available to customers through their Acura dealers. Genuine Acura Accessories featured on the 2016 ILX at SEMA include:

  • Aero Kit (Front, Side, Rear Spoilers)
  • Decklid Spoiler
  • 18-in Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheels
  • All-Season Floor Mats
  • Illuminated Door Sill Trim
  • Chrome Door Trim
  • LED Fog Lights
  • Rear Bumper Applique
  • Remote Engine Starter

USA SALES OCTOBER - HYUNDAI - With the month being it's best ever October, there is nothing stopping growing sales.

  • All-New Tucson up more than double
  • Veloster, Santa Fe and Elantra all up double-digits
Hyundai Motor America posted its best October ever, with sales of 60,005, up 20 percent compared with October 2014. Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, our CUV/SUV segment, continued at a brisk rate setting records for the month of October.

“The strong demand for crossovers continued during this month with the all-new Tucson more than doubling its sales compared to last October,” said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America. “With our Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models, Hyundai provides a very competitive CUV line up that meets the needs of most consumers.”

Tucson sales were 7,298 units, an increase of 103 percent over October 2014.

Veloster sales were up 30 percent for the month, followed by Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, up 25 percent for the month. Elantra had its best October ever, up 24 percent.