When we asked you what your top production cars of Geneva 2016 were we knew the Alfa Romeo Giulia would be somewhere close to the top, but given that the car had been shown a while back (albeit in Quadrifoglio form) we did not think it would top the list. So color us surprised when the Giulia not only took top spot, but was the only car to have figured in more than half of the respondents’ top-5 lists! Now, it will be fascinating to see whether all this anticipation translates into success in the marketplace. [Read more…]
So, your company wants to launch a dynamic, four-door sedan? A car that is aggressive enough for fathers to lust over it, and yet practical enough to carry a family much in the way the ubiquitous crossovers would? You should gather all your best designers, let them at a clean sheet of paper, even let them employ funky details such as a fake floating roof – why not? Just make sure of one thing…
When we asked you, our readers, whether you thought Sergio Marchionne was right to kill off the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart to concentrate on crossovers, we expected most of you to disagree with him. What we did not expect was just how few of you would either agree with FCA’s action, or would be willing to wait and see if it was the right action.
A while back we asked you which premium compact model not currently available in the US would have the highest chance of succeeding. The Volvo V40 came out ahead with 32% of the votes – a clear, but not decisive win over its competitors. That many think it could do well does not come as a surprise – Volvo is currently on a bit of a roll, and while the V40 predates the current “hot” XC90 and S90/V90 models, it still represents much that customers like about the brand. It’s even available as the Cross Country, a jacked-up version of the kind that’s ever so popular in the US (think Volvo XC70, Subaru Outback). [Read more…]
The Audi Q5 has proven to be a very important model for Audi. It may not have been Audi’s first SUV (that would be the gargantuan Q7), but it has been its most successful one. Even as it is about to be replaced in 2016 by a completely new model, the current eight-year-old Q5 was the second-best selling car in the Premium Mid-sized SUV segments in Europe and in the US in 2015! Over its lifespan, it has consistently outsold its German competitors, the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK, quite the feat for a first-time effort from Audi. And now, with the second generation Q5 model almost upon us, I wonder if it will be able to its predecessor’s sales success.
Following articles on our Top 5 concept cars, as well as our 5 biggest concept car disappointments, as well as a poll asking you about your 5 top concept cars, it’s time for the final poll: which concept cars from Geneva were you most disappointed with?
Also, don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the production cars in geneva:
Don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the production cars in geneva:
#5 Nissan Qashqai & X-Trail Premium
Why are they here? They’re just like Ford’s sad Vignale line, and that’s enough words wasted on these cars…
US car sales were up 6.8% to 1,343,652 in February, bringing growth back to black where it has been, with a few interruptions, for the past few years. One of the reasons for this good performance is that this year February had 29 days, which usually makes a not-insubstantial contribution to total sales. In addition, whereas January was affected by the snowstorm of the century on the East Coast, many of those customers who delayed their purchases at the time caught up in February.
A lot of records were set in February:
- FCA saw its best February since 2006 (182,879 sales), resulting in the 71st straight monthly gain on the back of another strong month for Jeep, Dodge and RAM
- Audi’s February sales (11,718 sales) represent its 62nd straight monthly gain
- Lexus outsold Mercedes-Benz and BMW with 23,090 sales, thanks mainly to its strong-selling SUVs
- Nissan set a new February record (120,540) on the back of strong sales from the Murano and the renewed Sentra
- Honda set a new February record (106,212) thanks to its new Civic and refreshed Accord models
Please note: for those of you interested in US auto sales statistics, Bart & Kriss have been working very hard these last couple of months to add US brand- and model specific pages to the already existing European and Chinese car sales data pages. Use the drop-down menu on the top right-hand corner of this site to browse for car sales data of every brand and model sold in the US since 2003.
#5 Abarth 124 Spider Rally
Why is it here? This was not a great show for concept cars, but the rally version of the already-lovable 124 Spider did just enough to make me smile, looking back to the day when rally cars were all rear-wheel-drive, light and insanely hard to snowy Monte Carlo.