Auto News for July 31 – Porsche Announces Hot Numbers For Its Electric

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Porsche has released more information on its Taycan electric car that will have a total system output of 600 horsepower, and a Porsche like 0-60 in less than 3.5 seconds. Porsche also said it will have a range of more than 300 miles when it goes on sale next year.

It may not look that way but the pronunciation is “TIE-con” according to Motor Trend.

How much? That information comes later.

Auto makers release their July sales figures tomorrow and most forecasters are looking for lower numbers. J.D. Power, LMC Automotive and Edmunds are all looking for slower sales believing that sales peaked over the 4th of July holiday weekend and then cooled for the rest of the month. There was also one less selling day compared to July of 2017.

Thanks to strong demand for its crossovers and SUV’s in the U.S. and its motorcycles worldwide, Honda has posted a nearly 18 percent profit increase in its latest quarter. The automaker raised its profit forecast for the year by 8 percent.

Some minor changes have produced 26 more horsepower and a bit more torque in the 2019 Mazda MX-5RF. That brings horsepower to 181 @ 7,000 rpm and torque to 151 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm thanks to a host of internal improvements. The redline will be 700 rpm higher.

2019 Mazda Miata RF

Mazda said the 2019 hardtop/convertible will start at $32,345 for the Club model on up to $34,410 for the Grand Touring. They hit showrooms next month.

A new GT-S Package for MX-5 Grand Touring with the 6-speed manual transmission will bring a front shock tower brace, limited-slip rear differential and Bilstein dampers.

MX-5 RF models with the GT-S Package will also come equipped with the hand-painted black roof that had previously only been offered in the U.S. on the 2017 MX-5 RF Launch Edition.

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