Auto News for April 14

Coming up on the Saturday Road Test: Is it a Volt or a Spark?

GM increased the voltage of its stock dividends. The company declared a second quarter dividend of 36 cents a share, up from the 30 cents paid since the first quarter of last year.

Reuters reports Toyota will release details later of its $1 billion auto factory to be built in Mexico. It is expected to produce the Corolla starting in mid-2019.

BMW

Worldwide, BMW said March was a record month for sales with 232,556 BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce models rolling out of dealer showrooms. That amounts to a 9.2 percent gain over a year earlier. BMW brand vehicles rose 5.1 percent while Mini sales were up over a year ago when they reduced due to a core model changeover. Rolls delivered 781 cars to customers, a decline of 12.9 percent year over year due to slow demand in China and the popularity of the newly introduced Wraith model a year earlier.

Audi Q5

Audi can also do some bragging ringing up its best month in company history in March with worldwide sales up by 4.4 percent. And for the year as a whole, sales are up 6.1 percent. Demand was strong for the A3, Q3 and the A6 with the Q5 the top seller here in the states.

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