Auto News for Feb. 24

A bit later we will get one magazine’s take on the most, and least, dependable cars. Consumer Reports unveils its latest study today so check back here for a complete report.

Bugatti_Veyron in Gerlach_Nevada

Unless you have been asleep the last few years, you know that the Bugatti Veyron is just about the fastest car every created. Now the last one has been sold. Bugatti said it would make only 450 supercars that even gave seasoned auto testers with near heart attacks given its better than 1,000 horsepower engines. The last one was sold to a customer in the Middle East, who was not identified. It was a Grand Sport with 1,200 horsepower and it will go out in style, displayed at the upcoming Geneva auto show. Parent VW said the 450 cars sold for average price of $2.6 million. So will there be another? A top official has been quoted as saying the new Bugatti just might appear in early 2016.

The mid-engine all-wheel drive two-seater packed a quad-turbocharged D16 engine good for 1,200 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 1,106 lb-ft of torque @ just 3,000 rpm. Car & Driver timed it to 60 in just 2.4 seconds with a top speed of 255 mph. Incredible!

The weather may have frightful but February auto sales may have been delightful for many makers. J.D. Power and LMC Automotive predict February sales will hit their strongest number since way back in 2002. That would be 1,033,100 units or a nine percent increase compared to a year ago. Others believe the record breaking weather may have kept potential customers at home huddled around their fireplace or stuck behind an over worked snow blower.







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