Last week (I really need to start writing these articles on time!) Citroën revealed the E-Mehari, a sort of electric buggy that is sort of a followup to the iconic, 2CV-based Mehari… If you haven’t guessed yet, I still haven’t really figured out what this car stands for. On one hand it is released by Citroën, a brand that has been on a good run turning interesting concepts into production cars. On the other, it is co-developed with Bolloré Group, the maker of the Bluecar, an electric city-vehicle that only really sells to French car-sharing schemes. It’s not even built on one of Citroën’s own platforms, but instead is just a slightly remodeled Bolloré Bluesummer, with which it shares a 30kWh lithium polymer battery pack, making it less substantial than a “real” car. The release was accompanied with precious few pictures, as though the company was ashamed to show the interior. Like I said, I am confused… [Read more…]
The votes are in, and it seems that the majority of you are very bullish on the S90’s prospects. This is interesting in the context of the kind of cars the S90 would have to beat on its way to sales of 40,000+ between the US and Europe: Jaguar XF, Lexus GS, maybe even Audi A6 in the US. What’s more, to get any sort of volume in the US the S90 would actually have to sell at least as well as its V70/XC70 sibling, which seems unlikely given that those models represent the concentrated essence of Volvo in the US. But, time will tell – we’ll be giving you updates throughout 2016. [Read more…]
After looking at the November US sales by brand last week, now it’s time to look at sales broken out by model. The top 10 changed a bit compared to October, with Toyota RAV4 advancing two positions to 5th spot, while the Honda Accord falls two spots to 7th. It is interesting to see the pre-facelift RAV4 have so much traction (sales up 29.7% compared to Nov’14), while the post-facelift Honda CR-V is struggling (sales down 19.9%). Another changes is that the Honda Civic jumped over Toyota Corolla to claim 8th spot, presumably on the strength of model-sellout incentives before the new model goes on sale. But both models are now under attack from Nissan Rogue, which may soon climb even higher than 10th (right now it’s the highest-placed Nissan). [Read more…]
Last week Volvo finally released pictures of the long-awaited S90 sedan, which replaces the long-in-the-tooth S80 model. And, would you know it, it’s a rather good-looking car, at least until you look at the rear, where the desire to be original seems to have gotten the better of the designers’ sense of style. Still, for a car that’s based on an inherently FWD platform the S90 looks really dynamic, with a large “premium gap” between the front wheels and the leading edge of the doors. Add to that a plush interior that manages to look both premium and uniquely non-German, and the promise of a segment-leading “dual engine” plug-in hybrid system, the S90 has potential to succeed where the S80 failed. [Read more…]
US car sales in November 2015 were up by by only 1.2% compared to November 2014, a considerable slowdown compared to the recent months. It seems that steam is slowly running out of the industry’s recent upturn in sales, though only time will tell if this is a more prolonged lull, or simply a blip. In order to still beat the year 2000 and reach record US sales this year, December sales will have to total almost 1,58 million units, an increase of 4,6% on December 2014. Through November, US car sales are up 5,4%, and the November slowdown was also partially due to 2 fewer selling days compared to last year. December on the other hand will have 2 extra selling days, so 2015 is likely to become the best year ever for US auto sales.
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.
Over the past few months we’ve asked for your opinion, dear readers, in many Polls peppered throughout articles. However, as is often the case with our internet life, we’re inclined to click and forget, so I figured we’d bring back some of these results for you to see what other Left-Lane readers think. [Read more…]
The Premium Limousine segment continued shrinking in the third quarter of 2015, with only two cars having registered positive sales growth since the beginning of the year: the BMW 7-series and Kia’s K900.
The Premium Large segment continued shrinking in the third quarter of 2015 on the back of sales falling for most models. In fact, only three cars have registered positive growth over the first three quarters compared to the same time period in 2014. [Read more…]
The Premium Mid-sized segment continued growing in the third quarter, with sales up by 3% compared to Q3 2014 – a slightly slower pace of increase than for the first half of the year. [Read more…]
The Premium Compact segment continued growing in the third quarter of 2015, with sales up 15% compared to Q3 2014, although this rate of growth was slower than in the first part of the year, when they grew 59%. The main reason for this was that the Audi A3 sedan had been introduced in the US in the second half of 2014, which means that the incremental sales that variant brought are now “built in”. [Read more…]