Sales in the Premium Limousine segment continued falling in the second quarter of the year, albeit at a slower pace than in the first: 2 percent in Q2, versus 11 percent in Q1, resulting in an overall fall of 6 percent compared to the first half of 2015. The relative recovery in the second quarter is largely due to two models: the new BMW 7-series and, in particular, Cadillac CT6. [Read more…]
Sales in the premium limousine segment fell by 11% compared to Q1 2015, continuing the trend from 2015 when sales fell by 12% compared to the year prior. While sales of the new BMW 7-series are usefully up, there are still many models which are awaiting replacement and whose sales are suffering as a results: Porsche Panamera and Hyundai Equus will be replaced this year, but models such as Lexus LS, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ, despite getting really long in the tooth, won’t be replaced till 2017 at the earliest. It will be interesting how much the new Cadillac CT6 will managed to sell in the coming quarters, too, as its sales barely begun in March 2016. [Read more…]
With the recent introduction of the Genesis brand Hyundai also outlined how the existing models would be renamed under the new brand: the Genesis large sedan would become the G80, while the Equus luxury limousine would become the G90. This development is yet another manifestation of a recent trend in the car industry, especially strong among luxury brands: giving your models numerical names. [Read more…]
The New York International Auto Show is finally under way, and here are our thoughts:
Kriss: for me the good is the new Malibu, which I think looks amazing, even if the facia is a bit too busy and the engine line-up weird (a 1.5-liter turbo with only 160hp as a base engine in the US? even VW could not pull that off!)
Bart: or me, the good is the Porsche Boxster Spyder. Basic, fast and less girly than a regular Boxster.