Auto News for Sept. 5

Porsche GT3

We still like German cars and SUV’s and Porsche fans still like the Cayenne. It remained the top seller here in the U.S. last month, but the biggest sales gain came from the 911 that saw sales soar 32 percent. Porsche sold more than 200 of the race bred 911 GT3, a car that should meet the demands of most Porsche fans. It packs a 475 horsepower flat 6 with 324 lb-ft of torque and a rather fast (!) 0-60 run of three seconds flat. Top track speed comes to 195 mph. And in case you were wondering, the base price is $131,350.

The 3 and 4 series topped the sales charts last month at BMW followed by the 5 series. BMW brand sales rose 11 percent in August but Mini sales declined nearly 17 percent. But sales of used Minis rang up their best month ever.

Mercedes said sales of the E-Class and C-Class topped its most popular list last month. The M-Class sport utility was also a fashionable item with overall Mercedes sales up 9.4 percent when passenger cars and light trucks were factored in.

Automotive News says VW has experienced some production snags at the factory in Wolfsburg that will slow output of the new Golf. A Sunday overnight shift has been put on hold.

Cadillac may add more features to its less expensive models to beef up slow sales particularly of its CTS. Analysts say sales were hurt by a recent CTS price increase to roughly $45K this year from $39k and change for a 2013.



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