Honda CR-V sales soar 23.8% in Canada in March. It’s a 13th consecutive month of year-on-year declines for new light vehicles in Canada at -1.5% in March to 184.150 units, leading to a Q1 volume down -2.8% to 418.615. According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose total figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, passenger cars drop -10.1% in March to 48.483 sales and 26.7% share vs. 28.9% a year ago just as light trucks edge up 0.6% to 133.317 and 73.3% share vs. 71.1% in March 2018. Year-to-date however both segments are down with passenger cars down -12.8% to 105.691 and 25.7% share vs. 28.2% and light trucks down -0.7% to 305.774 and 74.3% share vs. 71.8%. Ford Motor (+7.2%) brilliantly reclaims the top of the groups ranking at 15.2% share, almost two percentage points above General Motors (-18.4%), in dire straits all while last year’s leader FCA (-11.3%) is knocked down to #3 both in March and YTD. Below Toyota Motor … [Read more...] about Canada March 2019: Honda (+12%), Hyundai (+8.8%), Ford (+7.2%) defy 13th consecutive market drop
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Green and Greener Ford’s Fusion has taken over a traditional role at Ford—that of the best-selling car. For those who don’t savor driving a crossover or SUV, the midsize sedan segment remains popular and includes such perennial bestsellers as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. For 2017, your shifter’s round The Fusion remains attractive, so I assume that Ford realized that when they doled out only modest midcycle updates. Outside, the front end gets sharpened while the taillamps become connected by a chrome bar, but otherwise things remain about the same. Inside, the transmission control is transformed into a finely rendered disc, like a small, thick hockey puck, much like the one in Jaguars and Land Rovers, but without the clever rising effect found in those luxury makes. This American-brand car, built in Mexico, comes in a variety of flavors, but let’s look at the two greenest ones—the Hybrid and the Energi. The Ford Fusion … [Read more...] about Comparison Test: 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid & Energi
By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 5:44 pm CST, Friday, March 1, 2019 If you have a hankering for a new car, Phong Ly has some advice for you. Wait a year. The CEO of the automotive research firm and car search engine iSeeCars.com says buying a gently used car can result in major savings, particularly with certain models. "Consumers who buy a lightly used car can still take advantage of the remaining manufacturer warranties and can have the car inspected by an independent mechanic prior to purchasing to ease any uncertainties about the vehicle's condition and driving history," says Ly. iSeeCars.com crunched numbers for over 7 million new and used cars sold from August 2018 to January 2019, comparing the prices of new cars to equivalent vehicles with a minimum amount of use. The 10 models that represent the biggest savings are included in the above slideshow. Two of those cars were among the five top cars to buy used over new in the Bay Area, the Nissan Altima and the Ford … [Read more...] about The best cars to buy slightly used vs. new in the Bay Area and U.S.
Resurrecting the Ford Ranger is turning out to be a blockbuster decision for Ford with over 300.000 expressions of interested recorded by the manufacturer so far. Sales of new light vehicles drop 3% year-on-year in the US for January to 1.122.864 units. Fleet shipments have come to the rescue to limit the decline to a manageable one as retail activity and consumer demand were hampered by the government shutdown and severe cold weather in the Midwest. As such, according to JD Power fleet sales are expected to lift up 3.4% year-on-year to 277.100 units for the month, accounting for 24% of the total market vs. 23% a year ago. Note some outlets have the total market figure slightly higher (around the 1.14m mark) because they overestimate Tesla Model 3 sales. The Seasonally Adjusted Annualised sales Rate (SAAR) is down to 16.9 million vs. 17.22m in January 2018 and 17.72m last month. Worriungly, this is the first time the SAAR slips below 17m since last August. Accordingly, some … [Read more...] about USA January 2019: Ford, Ram, GMC strong in market down 3%, light trucks at record 69.6% share
Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide The Toyota Prius became a sales sensation after it was introduced in the U.S. in 2000, provoking media predictions that hybrid cars would soon take over the market. As it turned out, folks didn’t want hybrids — they just wanted Priuses. With its aero shape, split-window grille, eco-console and leafy badge, it was a personal statement. It was the green preener’s car. Nickname: Pious. But what if you didn’t want to shout your moral intentions to the world? What if you didn’t need to show off your green chic at the Academy Awards? What if you simply wanted an affordable, family hybrid with the utility of a best-selling sedan? The Toyota Camry hybrid was your answer. It was affordable, fuel-efficient and as plain as a quart of vanilla ice cream. It sold modestly compared to the Prius, but it was part of Toyota’s strategy … [Read more...] about Hybrid vs. hybrid: Honda Clarity and Toyota Camry