Sneak peek pictures can be fun or frustrating depending on your view. So we top off the column this morning with a sneak peek at the back end of the 2016 Camaro. “The Camaro went to the gym and came out with a lithe, more athletic physique for the sixth generation,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, GM Global Design. Chevy will introduce the 2016 on May 16th during a special event on Detroit’s Belle Island Park. Of course, we will provide you with full details.
Automakers will spend today releasing April sales figures, with some experts looking for an overall industry increase of five percent over a year earlier.
Fiat Chrysler reported a six percent sales gain and extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 61 consecutive months. It says Jeep sales rose 20 percent with Cherokee sales up 27 percent. There was a big increase in sales of the revamped Chrysler 200 but demand for the 300 and the Town & Country van were off 21 percent and 61 percent respectively.
Ford reported a five percent sales increase with demand strong for the F-150 pickup and the new Mustang. Also hot was the new Edge with sales up 78 percent and they are turning on dealer lots in just 10 days. Mustang posted its best April sales since 2006.
Kelley Blue Book said new car transaction prices rose 2.6 percent last month to $33,560 on average. New car prices have increased by $836 from April of 2014.
Look for an updated column on April sales a bit later today when more reports are released.
Mazda has released additional details regarding its subcompact CX-3 crossover that will do sales battle with the new Honda HR-V. The Mazda will come with a 2.0-liter four with 146 horsepower, 146 lb-ft of torque, and a six speed automatic when it goes on sale in the fall carrying a base price expected to be in the low $20,000 range. There will be three trim levels with the upscale Grand Touring Edition offering a power moonroof and leather/Lux Suede seats.
It is worth noting that 60 years ago today the great Stirling Moss won the Mille Miglia race in a Mercedes 300SLR. To mark the anniversary he released his new book, “Stirling Moss: My Racing Life” at the Royal Automobile Club in London. In case you were wondering, the Mille was an open road endurance race of about 1,000 miles from Brescia to Rome Italy and return, a competition that Moss called the “greatest road race in the world.”
The 2016 Acura RLX has earned a top five star overall safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That includes a five star rollover resistance rating.