Auto News for June 30

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.

Cars                                        Trucks

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
Toyota Tacoma
Volvo XC90

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.

Cadillac XT5

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. 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 …”




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