Auto News for July 10

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 The top luxury sports sedan of 2017 is the Audi A4 according to Cars.Com following tests by three experts and one consumer. The final tally came out this way:

2017 Audi A4

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2017 Cadillac ATS

2017 Jaguar XE

2017 BMW 3 Series

2017 Lexus IS

 The web site called the Audi “an all-around champ” that will appeal to enthusiasts while providing excellent space, quality and comfort.

 A steam powered car owned by Jay Leno has made it to the top of the highest mountain in the Northeast, New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. He succeeded in paying tribute to the Stanley Steamer that made it to the summit of the 6,288’ mountain in 1899. The long time host of the Tonight Show has quite a collection of vehicles, more than 150 of them.  

 It is a wonderful drive that yours truly has enjoyed several times, also being a weather buff. For it was on top of the mountain on April 12, 1934 that the world record for the highest wind gust ever recorded was set at 231 mph. That record stood for nearly 62 years.  

 A new study looked at how car shoppers were treated at various auto dealers around the nation, and for the second year in a row Infiniti came out on top. The study was put together by Pied Piper which ranked Lexus second, and Mercedes third.

 Nine brands have consistently ranked at or above the industry average for each of the past five years: Infiniti, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Audi, BMW and Kia.  Five brands have consistently finished below the industry average for each of the past five years:  Chevrolet, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Mazda and Fiat. Tesla finished last in the latest survey for the second year in a row, but did improve its score this time around.

 The study was conducted between July 2016 and June 2017 using 5,289 hired anonymous “mystery shoppers” at dealerships located throughout the U.S. 

 

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