Auto News for Nov. 18

The All-new Shelby GT350 Mustang

With a 5.2-liter V8 producing more than 500 horsepower, Ford has announced the return of the Shelby GT350 to the market. Ford claims it is the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine it has ever produced. The torque peak is above 400 lb-ft with the car emitting “a distinctive, throaty howl from its four exhaust tips,” Ford proclaimed. It will also put a lot of rubber on the road with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels 10.5 inches wide in front and 11 inches in the rear. Thus far, there is no word on pricing but the GT350 is expected to show up in dealer showrooms next year.

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If all goes according to plan, Toyota will start selling a fuel cell vehicle here in the U.S. in mid-2015. But the numbers will be small, with the automaker planning to sell only 300 of them on the world market outside Japan. The main problem will be trying to find a place that sells the compressed hydrogen gas that the cars run on. Most of the stations are centered in California.

Lower gas prices, lower unemployment, rising wages, and low interest rates have the nation’s auto dealers predicting sales will hit a 10 year high in 2015. That’s almost 17 million vehicles.

Kelley Blue Book has proclaimed the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup as the overall best buy of the year. The Honda Civic was named best small car buy, the Accord as the top mid-size car, and the Chevy Impala as the top full-size.

All-Star vehicles, according to Automobile magazine, include the BMW i8 and 2 series, Camaro Z/28, Ford Mustang, Honda Fit, Mercedes C-Class, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

 

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