Auto News for Sept. 24

2015 Saleen Mustang

Performance specialist Saleen has released some information on its version of the 2015 Mustang. Customers can choose either a 450 horsepower V8 or, if that is not enough, a 640 HP version with 565 lb-ft of torque that should be enough to get you arrested in all 50 states. A six speed manual transmission is standard in both with a 6-speed automatic an option. No performance figures or prices have been released.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration: un festín para los sentidos

Infiniti meanwhile has released a drawing of the “Q80 Inspiration” that it will reveal at the Paris show on Oct. 2. It is said to be a top-of-the-line four seat fastback with a hybrid-electric powertrain. The Q80 is a concept car, about the size of a Chrysler 300 that Infiniti said will “lead to a future model.”

The judges have released a list of vehicles that are in the running for the title of North American Car and Truck of the year. Car of the year contenders are:

Acura TLX Audi A3 Chrysler 200 Ford Mustang Honda Fit Hyundai Genesis sedan Hyundai Sonata Mercedes-Benz C-Class Toyota Camry Volkswagen Golf/GTI

Truck of the year candidates are:

Audi Q3 Chevrolet Colorado Chevrolet Tahoe Ford F-150 Ford Edge GMC Canyon Lexus NX Lincoln MKC Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Nissan Murano Porsche Macan Subaru Outback Toyota Highlander

The winners will be announced at the start of the Detroit Auto Show in January and my money is on the Mustang and the F-150. A reminder: I picked the winners last year at this time.

New York City will welcome Cadillac to the SoHo district. The luxury automaker is moving its headquarters out of Detroit for the city that never sleeps. Hurt by slow sales, Cadillac is hoping the move makes it easier to hook up with rich potential customers’ with one official saying there are more hedge fund traders in New York than Detroit. GM also said it expects Cadillac sales in China to increase 40 percent this year.

Bentley does more than make luxury cars it also puts its name on men’s fragrances. The latest is called Blue Crystal and it comes in limited edition crystal bottles shaped like the Bentley emblem that “shine in magical midnight blue.” It will sell for just $5,776 a bottle when it hits the market this fall. Just wanted you to know.


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