Auto News for Feb. 4

Subaru, Hyundai and Kia all reported record January sales and Audi reported its 49th consecutive month of record U.S. sales. The automaker with the rings saw sales increase 14 percent with strong demand for its SUV’s and A3 models. BMW said monthly sales rose 4 percent while Toyota reported a 15.6 percent increase. Light truck sales there set a new January record.

With fuel prices slowly on the rise, it will be interesting in the months ahead to see if that trend continues and what effect that has on the sales mix.

Ford announced it add 1,550 jobs at two plants to meet growing demand for its new F-150 pickup. The new truck is, on average, spending only 12 days on dealer lots, “turning faster than any other Ford vehicle,” the company said.

2016 Nissan Maxima

In case it went flying by you in the Super Bowl ad, here’s a picture of the next generation Nissan Maxima. Called a “4-door Sports Car,” the 2016 Maxima will make its world debut at the New York auto show in April. Its design is very close to that of the concept car presented last year. Well, okay, the concept did lack real world door handles and side mirrors.

Cayman GTS

Porsche has announced the Cayman GT4 with lots of mentions of how it matches up with the hot 911 GT3. It comes with a 385 horsepower 3.8-liter flat six with a six speed manual (!) transmission. That is a slight power boost over the current Cayman. Porsche claims a 0-60 run of 4.2 seconds and a top track speed of 183 mph. The chassis consists almost entirely of components from the GT3 and options such as full bucket seats made of carbon fiber composite. It will arrive here in the U.S. in July and carry and MSRP of $84,600 plus a destination charge of $995.

 

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