Auto News for July 22



Make of this what you will. Experian Automotive claims its analysis show that convertible buyers tend to have a higher education and are more affluent than the average new car buyer. It said more than half of the buyers had at least a bachelor’s degree. The top five convertibles were the Ford Mustang, Chrysler Sebring, Mazda Miata/MX5, BMW 3-Series and the Corvette. And, the study concluded, there are fewer convertibles in Glendive, Montana than any other place.

Second quarter earnings rose nearly 34 percent at Harley-Davidson on higher motorcycle shipments and continued operating efficiencies. Most of the sales gains came from outside the U.S., something the firm blamed on prolonged poor weather across parts of the country.

Volvo reports its upcoming XC90 will feature automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car. Volvo said the system detects a potential crash and brakes automatically in order to avoid a crash or mitigate the consequences of one. A second system tightens up front seat belts if the car veers off the road, and keeps them tight as long as the car is in motion. The XC90 debuts next month.



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