Auto News for April 23

Sony audio system

The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum edition will feature an audio system from Sony “tuned to authentically reproduce the sound quality and signature ambience of concert halls in Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna”, the maker said. It will mark the first time that high-end Sony home audio technology, “Live Acoustics” and “Clear Phase,” have been used in a vehicle. There are a dozen speakers in the 500 watt system with subwoofer, door woofers and chrome tweeters with translucent grilles. All this took Sony engineers more than 100 hours to perfect. The “1812 Overture” should really be something on this system!!! The Platinum, as you may have guessed, is the top-of-the-line Explorer, not a bad move with increasing demand for luxury SUV’s.

On the one hand, GM earned 86 cents a share in the first quarter, and that is below market estimates of 95 cents a share, taking out one-time items. On the other hand, net income was way above a year ago at $945 million compared to $125 million. GM was aided by strong demand for its trucks and SUV’s here in the states, but hurt by weak demand in some overseas locations. “Our results in the first quarter provide a solid foundation to achieve our financial commitments for the year,” said GM CEO Mary Barra.

Toyota remains the top selling brand in the world according to figures released this morning, despite a 2.5 percent drop in sales. Volkswagen was second in world sales and GM was third. Toyota was helped by strong demand here in the U.S. for the RAV4 and increasing demand for its Lexus NX.

2016 Nissan Maxima

Production of the 2016 Nissan Maxima is underway at the plant in Tennessee where the first Maxima rolled off the line back in 2003. The new model will be available this summer with a 300 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 and light, yet more rigid chassis. Prices will start at $32,410.

The very successful Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton went car shopping and ended up with a McLaren P1. He was spotted driving one in Monaco and is said to be on the hunt for a Ferrari LaFerrari.






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