Since debates are the talk of the town this morning, we should remember some ongoing and perhaps never ending debates among auto buffs. Such as:
Chevy vs. Ford vs. Ram trucks
Mustang vs. Camaro
BMW vs. Mercedes for best-selling luxury car
And to some degree, the debate over whether to buy a domestic brand over an imported one, and what exactly is an imported brand with so many assembly plants here in the U.S.
Should any of this erupt into a prime time nationally televised debate, I nominate Bob Lutz to be the moderator!
Fiat Chrysler has released pictures of the redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass that will make its stateside debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The global debut took place in Brazil where the Jeep will be manufactured for some world markets, while the U.S. version will be manufactured in Mexico. The Detroit News said the new Jeep will go on sale here in the first quarter of the New Year. Beyond that, FCA released no further details on the vehicle, so enjoy the pictures Jeep fans.
Mazda customers who were sent an invitation now have an opportunity to place an order for the 1,000 MX-5 RF Launch Edition vehicles. This is the MX-5 “retractable fastback.” Pricing will start at $33,850 for a six speed manual and $34,925 for the six speed automatic. Delivery will begin in February 2017 and continue through the spring. Buyers will receive a custom-designed, serialized 42mm Tourneau watch to complement his or her purchase.
September auto sales will decline almost one percent according to forecasters at J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. It would be the fifth month in the last seven to show a decline. Deirdre Borrego, senior vice president and general manager of automotive data and analytics at J.D. Power, said: “The industry can be viewed through two competing perspectives. The first is that in absolute terms, the industry is performing at an exceptional level. While sales have fallen slightly, they are at near-record levels and transaction prices are at all-time highs. The second is less positive. With the rate of growth slowing, leading indicators are pointing to challenges ahead. Specifically in September, incentive spending is at an all-time high.”