Auto News for July 30

Consumers looking for a long-lasting vehicle that can reach 200,000 miles or more should consider an SUV, according to a new study by car search engine iSeeCars.com.

The findings reveal that seven out of the 10 vehicles most likely to last 200,000 miles are SUVs, while the remainder of the list includes one vehicle in each of the pickup, passenger car, and minivan categories.

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The Toyota Sequoia topped the list of vehicles with more than 200,000 miles followed by the Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Suburban, Toyota 4Runner, and the GMC Yukon.

Classicars.com did an exhaustive study of the most popular muscle car classics in each state of the union going over more than 45 million searches on the net.

Topping the list was the 1969 Dodge Charger, followed by the 1967 Ford Mustang, ’69 Camaro, ‘65 Mustang and the ‘65 Mustang Shelby Cobra. Check out Classic’s web site to find out which car was the most popular in your state.

Hot on the rumor mill this morning is word that Ford might introduce a pickup smaller than the Ranger and based on the new Focus platform, one that just might find its way to the U.S. market sometime in the future.

Automobile magazine was first with the story. In the global marketplace, it would replace a small truck sold as the Courier and manufactured in Brazil. Stay tuned.

The European car market has rung up its best first half performance of the century based on vehicle registrations. A total of 8.6 billion cars were registered, a gain of 2.7 percent and just like here in the U.S. the increase came in the area of trucks and SUV’s.

VW group is now the top selling SUV maker in Europe.

“Car makers continue to update and modernize their traditional models, while the range of SUVs on offer continues to grow and appeal to all kinds of budgets and needs,” said analyst Felipe Munoz.

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