Auto News for Aug. 6
Chevy is knocking $5,000 off the price of the Volt in an effort to juice up sales. That would bring the price, without tax credits, down to $34,995. Numerous reports have said consumers were turned off by the Volt’s $40,000 or so initial asking price.
A specially styled Mustang has sold for $398,000 in an auction to benefit a youth group that encourages an interest in aviation. The car was decorated to match the F-16-Falcons used by the Air Force demonstration team, the Thunderbirds. Gee, Mustangs, Falcons, Ford and Thunderbirds … sometimes things add up!
Our cars and trucks are getting older. Polk says the average age of all light vehicles on the road now stands at a record high of 11.4 years. For passenger cars, average age also met a record high of 11.4. Trucks came in just under that at 11.3 years old. Polk said it expects this trend to continue and said this would be good for independent auto repair shops.
It is only early August after all, but Honda announced its 2014 model CRV goes on sale today. It is little changed over the 2013 edition with base prices ranging from $22,945 up to $30,445 for the EX-L with Navi. The CRV has been one of Honda’s best sellers.
Coming up is a special Wednesday road test featuring two fun-to-drive offerings from Mazda.