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.
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.
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.