Auto News for Jan. 7

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II, London Photograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275

There one more note or three that should be mentioned when it comes to auto sales. Rolls-Royce has posted its fifth consecutive yearly sales record thanks to strong demand here in the U.S. Roller delivered 4,063 cars to customers worldwide last year, the highest number in the marque’s 111-year history. Based on those numbers, the company’s CEO said “Rolls-Royce remains the world’s leading luxury goods brand.”

The power to captivate: Infiniti Q60 Concept

Just ahead of the big Detroit auto show, Infiniti has released a picture of its Q60 future sports coupe. Like others, Infiniti said this is an indication of future design language that promises a luxury interior and high performance. The car will go public on Jan. 13.


Coming from Lexus at the show will be the F performance version of the GS sedan. It is said to “combine a refined four door package with the speed and agility of a premium sports car.” This one will also have its coming out party on the 13th.  Lexus hopes it lure younger buyers to its showrooms.

Mercedes announced it will relocate its corporate headquarters in the U.S. from New Jersey to Atlanta. Executives and staff will relocate to a temporary facility as the company builds a new HQ expected to be completed in early 2017. The first of the approximately 1,000 workers to be affected will start moving south in July. MBUSA said New Jersey has been a “wonderful home” but “it became apparent that to achieve the sustained, profitable growth and efficiencies we require … our headquarters would have to be located elsewhere.”  It also moves headquarters closer to the company port and manufacturing plant, both in Alabama.

Just how bad is the congestion during your daily commute? TomTom said commuters sat in enough traffic during their afternoon commute last year to travel to the moon and back 2.5 times! The company said the daily grind might be helped if you leave work on the half hour. Further, it said commuters who leave prior to 3:45 pm or after 5:15 pm can save time by getting ahead, or behind, of peak traffic times. Assuming the boss agrees with that schedule, of course.

Hyundai is certainly ambitious. It will spend $73.7 billion over a four year period to expand production and construct a new headquarters south of Seoul. Some of the money will be spent to develop new models along with R&D on low emission vehicles.


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