Auto News for Aug. 3 – BMW Diesels Approved

Auto News for Aug. 3

BMW has received the green light from the EPA to sell 2017 diesel powered vehicles in the U.S. after delays caused by the Volkswagen emissions scandal. An EPA official told Reuters the agency checked the BMW’s “every which way from Sunday” before approving them. Mercedes diesels are still be evaluated by the EPA.

Porsche said sales fell 18 percent here in the U.S. in July after a strong run for the first half of the year. It said year-to-date sales are up 2.4 percent. Supply changeover from model year 2016 to 2017 was cited for the slowdown in sales.

Mercedes sales rose 3.6 percent last month thanks to strong demand for the new E-Class, and C-Class.

The hottest vehicle on Autotrader so far this year is the Jeep Wrangler and seven of the most searched cars were trucks. The Ford F-150 was the second most searched, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado, RAM 1500, Ford F-250 and the Mustang. Rounding out the top ten were the RAM 2500, GMC Sierra 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Silverado 2500.

Now a stand-alone company, Ferrari said shipments totaled 2,214 units in the second quarter worldwide, a gain of 8 percent from 2015. Demand was driven by two newly launched models, the 488 GTB and the 488 Spider. Net revenues rose 5.9 percent.

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