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, 4 June 2016

USA SALES MAY - The aging range of cars and the issues surrounding emissions has not stopped the sales growth.

  • Outlander sales for the month report an increase of 119 percent over May 2015
  • Outlander records best May sales since 2003
  • Combined CUV sales of 5,996 are up 26.9 percent for the month and 22.2 percent for the year
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today reported May 2016 sales of 9,025 and year-to-date sales of 43,911 up 5.6 percent for the year.

Outlander sales of 2,963 are up 119 percent over the previous May, the best May sales since 2003. Outlander sales are up 79.8 percent for the year.
2016  2015  2016   2015
i‐MiEV      2     18     16      49
Mirage2098  33691163211832
Lancer  929  1463  7406  9367
Outlander Sport3060  33841337213945
Outlander2936  134111485  6388
Total9025  95754391141581

CANADA SALES MAY - FCA continues a steady growth with record sales for Dodge Caravan & Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • 31,724 vehicles sold, setting an all-time monthly sales record
  • All-time record sales month for Jeep® brand and Dodge Challenger
  • May sales records set for Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Best calendar year-to-date sales start on record with 124,663 vehicles sold
  • Number-one-selling automaker in Canada in 2016
FCA Canada today reported the best monthly sales in the Company’s history. A total of 31,724 vehicles were sold in May 2016, representing a 0.3 per cent increase compared with May 2015 sales of 31,617. 

Through the first five months of this year, FCA Canada has sold 124,663 vehicles, representing the best start to any year on record and maintaining FCA Canada’s position as the top-selling automaker in the country.

“May was a phenomenal month for FCA Canada as we set an all-time sales record,” said Dave Buckingham, Chief Operating Officer, FCA Canada. 

“Our Canadian-built Dodge Grand Caravan and Dodge Challenger each set sales records, while our Jeep® products continue to resonate strongly with customers, helping us to achieve an all-time record sales month for the brand.”
Sales Highlights

The Jeep brand posted an all-time monthly sales record with 9,881 units sold, which is an increase of 4 per cent compared with 9,527 sold in May 2015. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee led the way, establishing a new May sales record with 2,003 units sold, marking an increase of 40 per cent over 1,426 sold in May 2015. 

This is the second month in a row that Jeep Grand Cherokee has established a new sales record, helping it to retain its position as the country’s best-selling full-size SUV.

The Jeep brand recorded sales of more than 1.2 million units worldwide in 2015 – the highest total in its 75-year history – setting a global sales record for the fourth consecutive year. 

Sales of 1,237,583 Jeep vehicles improved upon the brand’s 2014 global record of 1,017,019 by 22 per cent. In Canada, sales of 79,680 units bettered the 2014 total of 70,503 units by 13 per cent.

The Dodge Challenger, built in Canada at the Brampton Assembly Plant, set an all-time monthly sales record in May with 665 cars sold, compared with 566 sold in the same month, one year ago. 

Designed and engineered for world-class precision and outstanding performance, Dodge Challenger is offered in eight trim levels, from the 305-horsepower 3.6-litre Pentastar V6-powered SXT model – returning fuel economy as good as 7.8 L/100 km (36 mpg) highway – to the supercharged Challenger SRT Hellcat with 707 horsepower, the highest V-8 power rating in the Company’s history.

Dodge Grand Caravan – Canada’s best-selling minivan – also set a May sales record. A total of 6,169 units were sold, up from 3,285 in May 2015. 

Dodge Grand Caravan is built alongside the all-new Chrysler Pacifica at the Windsor Assembly Plant (WAP). WAP has been producing vehicles in the Ontario city for the past 88 years and is the only vehicle assembly plant still operating in the heart of the city. 

Since 1983, more than 10 million minivans have been built at the Windsor plant.

Sales Charts:

MayMay 2016May 2015% Change
Total Volume31,72431,6170.3%All-time record sales month
Model HighlightsMay 2016May 2015% Change
Dodge Grand Caravan6,1693,28588%Record May Sales
Jeep Grand Cherokee2,0031,42640%Record May Sales
Dodge Challenger66556617%All-time record sales month
Jeep  Brand9,8819,5274%All-time record sales month
 CYTD SalesMay 2016May 2015% Change
Total Volume124,663120,9153%Best CYTD start
Model HighlightsMay 2016May 2015% Change
Ram Pickup39,86137,5726%#2 selling vehicle in Canada
Jeep Cherokee13,94011,08226%
Jeep Grand Cherokee7,4374,75456%
Dodge Grand Caravan21,37317,16025%
Total Ram Brand42,48641,1813%
Total Jeep Brand37,80431,03322%

USA - 2017 Audi A4 receives 2016 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • 2017 Audi A4 receives 2016 Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS
  • Audi pre sense city with automatic emergency braking earned the A4 a “superior” rating for front crash prevention
  • The A4 joins the 2017 Q7, which was also awarded a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ rating earlier this year
The all-new 2017 Audi A4 has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2016 Top Safety Pick+, earning “good” ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations and a “superior” rating for front crash prevention. Top Safety Pick+ is the highest 2016 rating available from IIHS.

"We are very proud to have the IIHS recognize the A4 with this prestigious rating," said Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America. 

"More and more customers are seeking driver assistance systems when making their vehicle purchase decision, and the A4 demonstrates some of the best technologies available today. 

Having both the Q7 and now the A4 be awarded Top Safety Pick+ ratings further demonstrates our commitment to the highest levels of safety and technology in our vehicles.”

The standard Audi pre sense city with automatic emergency braking earned the 2017 A4 a “superior” rating for front crash prevention. 

The system helps detect moving and stationary vehicles as well as pedestrians, at speeds of up to 52 mph and can initiate braking when a potential collision is detected.

The Audi brand’s focus on elevating standards for automotive engineering addresses evolving criteria for consumer crash tests as designated by the IIHS.

As the bestselling model in Audi history, the 2017 A4 sets a new benchmark for the luxury sedan segment. With class-leading horsepower, the 2017 A4 features a 2.0-liter TFSI® engine that generates 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. 

The powertrain and chassis have been completely redeveloped, allowing for a sportier driving experience and more comfortable ride, and the new front five-link suspension allows for greater steering precision and handling.

Equipped with a new portfolio of available driver assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control with stop & go and traffic jam assist, the A4 can help drivers navigate the road and traffic while making their driving experience more enjoyable. 

The A4 also features a suite of advanced infotainment functions including the available Audi virtual cockpit and for the first time, a full-color head-up display. Both bring relevant driving information directly front and center for the driver.

IIHS Top Safety Pick Ratings

IIHS tests evaluate two aspects of safety: crashworthiness, how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash, and crash avoidance and mitigation, technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity.

To determine crashworthiness, IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor, based on performance in five tests: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. In the area of crash avoidance and mitigation, IIHS assigns vehicles with available front crash prevention systems ratings of basic, advanced or superior, based on the type of system and performance in track tests.