Auto News for Aug. 11 – Mercedes Tops BMW

 

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450.

If you had to guess, would you say BMW or Mercedes is the top seller in the global luxury car market? Automotive News reports Mercedes sales through July are more than twice those of BMW. It cited new models and more importantly, a new crop of SUV’s from the three pointed star.

Toyota will partner with the University of Michigan to advance research in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving. The Toyota Research Institute will commit $22 million to the effort. “We look forward to collaborating with U-M’s research faculty and students to develop new intelligent technologies that will help drivers travel more safely, securely and efficiently. We will also focus on expanding the benefit of mobility technology to in-home support of older persons and those with special needs,” said Toyota Research Institute CEO Gill Pratt.

The Ford Focus, VW Passat, and Cadillac ATS are your best bets if you are looking for the best cash back or financing deals, according to Kelley Blue Book. If you want to lease, the top deals are on the Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Genesis, and Buick Envision. They are followed by the Lexus GS200t, Toyota Camry, and the Dodge Charger.

Aston Martin is going into the clothing biz. It will team with Hackett to offer “an all new range of luxurious clothing that reflects the coming together of two stylish brands,” the companies said. This will include outerwear, knitwear, shirts, trousers and accessories starting on Sept. 5.

 

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