Auto News for June 30
The winners will not be announced until January, but here are the nominees for 2016 North American Car and Truck of the Year. The list is a long one with 21 trucks that includes such curious additions as the Fiat 500X. There are 19 cars in the running.
|Acura ILX||Fiat 500X|
|Audi TT||Ford Edge|
|BMW 7-Series||Honda HR-V|
|Cadillac ATS-V||Honda Pilot|
|Cadillac CT6||Hyundai Tucson|
|Chevrolet Camaro||Infiniti QX50|
|Chevrolet Malibu||Jeep Renegade|
|Chevrolet Spark||Kia Sorento|
|Chrysler 300||Land Rover Discovery Sport|
|Ford Mustang Shelby GT350||Lexus RX|
|Honda Civic||Lincoln MKX|
|Jaguar XF||Mazda CX-3|
|Kia Optima||Mercedes-Benz GLC|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata||Mercedes-Benz GLE|
|Nissan Altima||Mercedes-Benz Metris|
|Nissan Maxima||Mitsubishi Outlander|
|Scion iA||Nissan Titan|
|Scion iM||Ram ProMaster City|
|Toyota Prius 20||Tesla Model X|
Over time, the list will be pared down to three finalists with the winners announced at the opening of the Detroit Auto Show.
So far this year, the Mustang is outselling the Camaro and that hasn’t happened since 2009, according to the Detroit News. In the muscle car race, the Mustang and Camaro are outselling the Dodge Challenger with the FCA muscle car in third place. It should be noted that sales figures could change when the 2016 Camaro hits showrooms later this year.
If you own a 2010 to 2014 Audi, BMW, or Subaru you might want to start checking the oil frequently. Consumer Reports says owners are finding that some of the engines in those cars require a quart of oil as frequently as once a month. It cited Audi’s 2.0-liter turbo four and 3.0-liter V6, BMW’s 4.8-liter V8 and 4.4-liter turbo V8, and Subaru’s 3.6-liter six along with its 2.0-liter and 2.5 liter fours.
One of the problems with taking official photos of an upcoming model in the heart of New York City is that passersby have smartphones and can post pictures on the net. Such is the case with Cadillac’s upcoming XT5 that will replace the SRX in the lineup. Caddy has announced the XT5 will debut early next year.
You will see a lot of Hyundai’s in NFL games this fall. The company is now the official automotive sponsor of the league replacing General Motors. The automaker will launch all this during NFL Kickoff activities on Sept. 10. Financial terms of the four year agreement were not released, but you can bet the deal did not come cheap.
Cars.com has released its list of the cars that contain the most parts made in the U.S. with point of manufacture and overall sales part of the equation. The bottom line is that the most “American-made” car is the Toyota Camry. It is followed by the Toyota Sienna and the Chevy Traverse. The Honda Odyssey and the GMC Acadia round out the top five. “This year’s list of eligible cars is down to just seven, the smallest number we’ve ever seen, said Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen. “Just five years ago, 29 cars qualified for the American-Made Index …”