GM’s October Sales Inch Up, Bolstered by Chevy Cruze, Dogged by Buick, GMC, Cadillac

General Motors reported strong October 2011 sales that were up two percent compared to October 2010. The new Cruze sedan and GM’s crossover lineup helped buoy overall sales figures, yet many GM vehicles saw sales slip last month.

Chevrolet – 131,084 sales, up 6.0 percent

Once again, the Silverado pickup line was Chevrolet’s hottest model with 36,656 sales, up 6.9 percent year-over-year. It was followed by the Equinox crossover with 15,108 sales, a jump of 18.3 percent over a year prior, and then the Cruze sedan, which saw 14,295 sales last month. That brings the Cruze’s year-to-date sales to 201,819 cars, making it Chevrolet’s second best-selling vehicle of 2011 after the Silverado.

In its second month in showrooms, the Chevrolet Sonic recorded 3833 sales. The Volt electric car sold 1108 units, bringing its year-to-date total to 5003 cars. Chevrolet says it is still on track to make the

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GM March 2014 Sales Rise 4.1 Percent

General Motors delayed its usual sales figure reporting after computer troubles precluded it from releasing the data at 9:30 a.m. as normal, but announced this afternoon a positive sales gain of 4.1 percent compared to March 2013, with a total of 256,047 vehicles sold last month.

Winner: Buick Encore, 5279 sales, up 75.8 percent

The Buick Encore isn’t one of GM’s biggest sellers, but the small crossover boasted the second-biggest annual sales improvement compared to last March. It was the second best-selling Buick model, trailing the Enclave by just 607 units. Elsewhere in the Buick brand, both the LaCrosse and Verano sedans saw sales tumble, while the Enclave and Regal both posted sales gains.

2015 Chevy Volt, 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, Nissan Self-Driving Car: What’s

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2015 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt, now in its fifth model year, remains the first-ever high-volume electric car from General Motors. It’s a five-door compact hatchback with four seats that combines around 40 miles of battery power with a small range-extending gasoline engine that produces electricity to give the Volt unlimited range for longer trips.

Nissan Reveals New Details About Autonomous Car Features Arrival Dates

During a speech in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has revealed more details about the company’s upcoming line of autonomous cars. Will the company be a leader in the field of self-driving cars, much as its Leaf has been at the forefront of mass-market electric vehicles? Or will other automakers like Toyota and Volvo beat Nissan to the punch?

GM Tells Used Car Dealers To Stop Selling 2003-13 Cadillac CTS, 2004-06 Cadillac SRX

On June

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Sneak Peek: 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette

Joe DeMatio
Deputy Editor
Automobile Magazine recently posted a video of Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter lambasting Automobile Magazine for our story on the next-generation Corvette. Juechter implies that our article was sensationalist and misattributed information to him. Automobile Magazine stands by its story.
It is clear that, in his appearance before the Corvette faithful in Bowling Green on May 1st, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter regretted speaking as freely as he did to our reporter, industry veteran and Corvette owner Don Sherman. Mr. Juechter can spin his comments all he wishes, but a careful reading of our story, which is reprinted here, reveals that 75% of the story consists of verbatim quotes from Mr. Juechter himself. At the end of our piece, Don Sherman prognosticates about the future Corvette; it is crystal clear to the reader that at this point in the story,

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2011 Audi Q5 2.0T

Even though this car has a four-cylinder engine, the driving experience is not all that different than our recently departed V-6-powered Four Seasons Q5, in that it handles more like a sedan than like a tall crossover. It’s missing the $3000 MMI Navigation package, but that’s the price you pay for keeping the cost below $40,000, which is pretty darn good for an upscale crossover. One other thing you sacrifice when you forgo the nav package is the radio on/off switch located on the center console, a feature I really like. On the plus side, the transmission in this Q5 has two extra gears.

In cold weather like we’ve been experiencing, I was happy to see that this Q5 has heated seats, and I think, after a year with our Q5, that I’m finally attuned to the somewhat counterintuitive seat heater controls. I think the confusion stems from the fact

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First Drive: 2011 BMW X3

When the BMW X3 was first launched, way back in 2004, it was somewhat of a bargain basement BMW, and it suffered a few flaws. The first was an obviously cost-cut interior and the second was a seriously harsh ride. Although the X3 was thematically similar to the pioneering X5, it was very much a step down not only in price but also in execution.

Nuzzling up to the X5
With the smaller and (presumably) cheaper BMW X1 poised to enter the U.S. market, it’s not surprising that the new X3 has grown larger, more sophisticated, and much closer to the X5.

The new styling certainly looks more akin to the X5, particularly as it’s laid out on a body that is 3.4 inches longer. Other dimensions have increased as well, but more modestly. Width is up by 1.1 inches and height and wheelbase have

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Driven: 2012 Range Rover Evoque

For all the exploding popularity of the compact crossover vehicle segment, very few of its members stir any excitement. That’s true even among premium-brand entries. With its first-ever compact offering, the Evoque, Range Rover has managed to defy the category norm and create a vehicle that is markedly different from the brand’s traditional offerings, and yet every bit as special.

Much of the credit goes to the design. The Evoque’s show-car styling stands in dramatic contrast to much of the competitive field. Its designers (led by Jerry McGovern) skillfully managed to take the characteristic Range Rover look and evolve it into a sleeker shape on a much smaller vehicle.

2010 Sneak Preview

Warning: the information and images on the following pages might antagonize you to no end. As you read about the most anticipated cars of the next four years, you might become frustrated by wanting what you can’t yet have. Just remember — good things come to those who wait. For now, dig in to the details, the spy photos, the informed illustrations, and the future-teasing concepts of our annual Sneak Preview. Thanks to our probing questions and well-placed sources, there’s plenty to dream about.

Alfa’s U.S. return is still under review, so while we wait for word from Signore Marchionne, we can only dream about a few of our favorite Italian beauties.

MiTo: It may not be as cute as the MINI Cooper, but the Alfa hatchback exudes style that’s unique not only in the subcompact segment but also in the American market. The range-topping 1.4-liter turbo

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What’s Next for the Swedes

So these two Swedes, Volvo and Saab, walk into a bar. Long story short: Plenty of crazy stuff happens before they depart, worse for wear and unable to walk out under their own steam. But, praise Thor and the other Norse gods, they’re still with us now.

Originally an aircraft manufacturer, Saab got into the car business in 1946. An early adopter of front-wheel drive and turbocharging, it has always been known for its uniquely freewheeling ways. For example, in vehicles equipped with its earliest two-stroke engines, the driveshafts were disengaged at speed to save fuel and, more important, to spare the engines from gre-nading. Volvo, for its part, was grounded in more stolid engineering from the time it started building cars back in 1927 (Volvos were rear-wheel drive until the early 1990s, for instance).

By the time they bellied up to the American market during the

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News for August 2016

PhotoFederal and state lawmakers are calling on the manufacturer of EpiPens to roll back price increases that have raised the cost of the life-saving emergency allergy treatment beyond the reach of many families, but some patient advocacy groups are strangely silent. 

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said in a letter to the CEO of Mylan Pharmaceutical, Heather Bresch, that he was “shocked and dismayed” to learn that the price of EpiPens has risen by several hundred percent since 2009 “even though [the product] has not been improved upon in any obvious or significant way.”

Blumenthal pointedly noted that he was a supporter of legislation signed by President Obama in 2013, which encourages states to adopt laws requiring schools to have epinephrine auto-injectors on hand to deal with emergencies.

The EpiPen contains about $1 worth of epinephrine, but it costs $600 or more for a package of two in the United

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