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.
Following articles on our Top 5 production cars, our 5 biggest production car disappointments, and the poll on what were your top 5 production cars from Geneva, now it’s time to hear what you thought the biggest disappointment of the show were!
Following articles on our Top 5 production cars, as well as Top 5 production car disappointments, now we’d like to hear what you thought the stars of the show were!
#5 Ssangyong Tivoli XLV
Why is it here? Because it marks a returns to form for Ssangyong as the maker of the ugliest cars on earth. The regular Tivoli may not be a great looker, but at least it’s a decently-proportioned small crossover. And proportions is exactly what this overstretched, under-wheeled monstrosity gets so horribly wrong.
#5 Porsche 911 R
Why is it here? Two reasons: manual gearbox, and natural aspiration. At a time when most other supercar manufacturers are releasing cars powered by turbocharged engines that do with two pedals only, citing emissions and efficiency, Porsche is alone in still offering drivers what they really crave: three pedals and a stick that the driver has to row with speed and precision to extract the best from a wailing, high-rev NA engine. Long may this combo live!