Auto News for July 21

Ford F-150 Limited

If there is one strong sales pattern, other than the demand for small Sport Utility Vehicles, it is the continuing appetite for pickup trucks that have all the amenities of a luxury sedan, and then some. To that end comes the 2016 Ford F-150 Limited with a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, quad-beam LED headlamps, remote tailgate release and “multicontour massaging front seats.” Also inside comes “genuine fiddleback eucalyptus, Mojave leather seating surfaces, unique instrument cluster face and laser-engraved VIN plate with production number.” There is no word on prices yet, but one would not be farfetched to expect $60K or $70K when it goes on sale this winter.

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Buick has a winner, sales wise, in its compact Encore crossover and for 2016 it will get a bit more power. Added to the mix will be a 1.4 turbo four with 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. That would be a gain of 15 horsepower and 29 lb-ft more of torque in a new trim model to be called the Sport Touring.

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Harley Davidson has reported quarterly earnings per share that were below those of a year ago, but still topped Wall Street forecasts. Earnings per share came to $1.44 this time around compared to $1.62 a year earlier. Analysts were expecting $1.39. The strong dollar has hurt the Hog’s overseas sales.

The Chevy Impala tops the list of the Most Comfortable Cars for under $30,000 assembled by Kelley Blue Book. “Our annual ‘comfy cars’ list is compiled of vehicles that have a luxury feel without draining the bulk of a consumer’s monthly income,” said Jack R. Nerad, of KBB. Following the Impala, were the Volvo S60, Chrysler 300, Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord.

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