Auto News for Dec. 2

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Thanks to Britain’s AutoCar magazine, I stumbled over the wildest child race car that I have seen in some time. It is the Zarooq “Sand Racer,” the first car made in the United Arab Emirates. The company said it is a true racing car and yet road legal. It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 304 horsepower in the base model, with 400 and 500 horsepower available. It is a two door with rear wheel drive, the favorite of those who make time over the dunes. A street version will be offered with lots of carbon fiber and an infotainment system. No production date or price has been released. But it sure would turn heads on Main Street in your town.

A few more notes on December sales:

Mazda sales rose 7 percent with strong demand for the CX-5.

Hyundai reported its best November ever with sales up 12 percent compared with one year ago. Tucson and Santa Fe were the in demand brands.

At Subaru, sales rose 2 percent with Foresters and Outback’s leading the charge.

The best November ever was the claim from Kia with sales up 1.4 percent. Kia recently sold its six-millionth vehicle since its arrival in the U.S. in 1994.

Sales fell 5.2 percent at Honda following a record setting November in 2014. It said sales suffered from two fewer selling days this year and one less weekend compared to a year ago. The new Pilot was much in demand.

Audi posted its 59th consecutive monthly sales record in November. Sales rose 0.4 percent. For the year, Audi sales are up 11 percent.

Toyota posted a more robust gain of 3.4 percent last month. “With the best Black Friday weekend in eight years, Toyota’s record sales of RAV4 and light trucks overall contributed to double-digit growth in November,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager for the Toyota Division. Lexus sales rose 16 per cent.

The diesel emission scandal caught up with VW where sales fell 25 percent in November. Passat and Beetle sales were off the most. The company said it is “working tirelessly” on a remedy to bring affected diesel engines in line with U.S. pollution requirements. One lone bright spot was the Tiguan crossover that was in demand.

Sales rose 3.2 percent for the BMW brand but Mini sales fell 11.3 percent last month. Demand was up sharply for the BMW X6 and 2 Series.

Mitsubishi sales rose 3.6 percent and that made November the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. The Outlander and Outlander Sport were the most in demand models.

Overall, the experts said, the industry remained on the road to record sales in 2015, helped by promotions over the Black Friday weekend.







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