Auto News for Dec. 22

Audi RS 5 special edition

Audi is offering a very limited edition of its high performance RS 5 coupe with Crimson Red Fine Nappa leather interior, embossed sport seats, and the 4.2 liter V8. It should be great fun to drive with 450 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 of just 4.5 seconds topping out at 174 mph on the track. It will come with a 7-speed S-tronic transmission but only 75 will be produced for the U.S. market.

Total global production of the Mazda6 has now topped three million units about 12 years and nine months after production began. It is the second fastest time for a Mazda model to reach three million units following the 3.

The headlines say it all: “US gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon.” “Will Gas Prices drop below $2?” Analyst Trilby Lundberg said they are likely to continue dropping. Her study concludes that the lowest gas prices are in Tulsa Oklahoma at $2.06 a gallon, but I have seen pictures that show prices below $2 in some locations. CNN reports that regular unleaded is going for $1.998 in Springfield, Missouri.  Enjoy during your holiday trips if that big storm forecast to hit most of the eastern and southern states doesn’t disrupt your plans.

Gas may be cheap, but rental cars are not in Florida over the holidays, according to With a daily rental rate of $133 for the cheapest available car, West Palm Beach ranks highest in the state and second most expensive in the entire country. That price tag, the company said, represents an increase of close to 600%. We need a drone that can carry passengers.




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