Auto News for March 23 – The Most Desired Dozen

 Autotrader said there are a dozen vehicles that shoppers simply “must see and experience to believe.” To be considered a vehicle must be of the current or next model year, and feature a base price of under $75,000. The winners are:

Audi Q7

Chevrolet Bolt

Chrysler Pacifica

Ford F-150 Raptor

Honda CR-V

Jaguar F-Pace

Kia Sportage

Lincoln Continental

Mazda CX-9

Nissan Armada

Porsche 718 Cayman

Subaru Impreza

 Fans of the Vespa Italian scooter will be delighted to hear that the world’s oldest scoot is currently up for auction at Catawiki, an online auction site. Catawiki’s experts say the scooter, with chassis number 1003, is the third Vespa ever made by Piaggio, the Italian manufacturer. The Vespa is from Piaggio’s “0 series,” which was comprised of 60 prototype scooters; the first two prototypes are no longer in existence. In 1953, the release of the Audrey Hepburn movie “Roman Holiday” – a movie that features the scooter in a prominent role – put Vespa on the path to today’s cult status. The selling price could be well over $300,000!

 It was 15 years ago that Mini came to the United States. The car not the skirt. Parent BMW said it has delivered more than 725,000 Minis in that time. The lineup has grown from a single hardtop to four models and a “fiercely loyal owner base,” BMW said.

 Ford announced this morning that earnings per share in the first quarter may not match Wall Street expectations. It may also report a lower pretax profit for the year. It cited lower fleet sales, and added spending for warranties, investments, and commodities. Ford shares moved lower following the announcement.






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