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Lexus' Jeff Bracken: Sticking With Performance and High-End Vehicles for Growth

Nov 26 2014 02:05 PM | Lexus News
Many luxury manufacturers are going downmarket to bring in more younger buyers and increase sales. But Lexus isn't one of them. Jeff Bracken, general manager for Lexus told the Automotive Press Association on Monday that the luxury automaker will not venture below the $30,000 mark.

"You won't see Lexus go down below $30,000. We are fortunate to have Toyota to help us with CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) regulations so you won't see us going downstream. For Lexus to be truly luxury, the division needs to keep ourselves above $30,000," said Bracken.

What Lexus will be doing instead is focusing on performance and high-end vehicles to bring in younger buyers and grow the brand.

"We believe young custome...

Rumorpile: Alfa Romeo Planning To Debut A New Sedan Next Summer

Nov 26 2014 09:35 AM | Fiat News
Every few months it seems, we get news on Alfa Romeo. For the most part, it happens to deal with either something be delayed or killed off. But once in a great while, there is news that shows Alfa Romeo is making progress to showing something. This story happens to be the latter.

Automotive News Europe has learned from sources at Alfa Romeo that the Italian automaker will be revealing a new sedan next June. The new sedan - codenamed project 952 - is expected to be a midsize sedan and wear a different name than Guila, originally pegged as the name for the new sedan. ANE's sources say the new sedan will come in between the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series in size.

Source: Automotive News Europe (Subscription Required)

Chevrolet SS Manual Now Up on Chevy's Site

Nov 25 2014 07:34 PM | Chevrolet News
If you've been waiting for a row your own American Performance Sedan, the Chevrolet SS with 6-speed manual just arrived on Chevrolet's configuration site. Before you try saying "Charger Hellcat", Dodge has said that they won't be building a manual transmission version of that car.

In the SS, the 6-speed manual is a no cost option on a car with very few selectable options. In fact, the only other selectable factory options are a $900 sunroof and a $500 full size spare tire. The SS comes standard with leather, Chevrolet's MyLink with 8 inch screen, and Navigation.

Selecting the 6-speed manual also changes the rear axle ratio from 3.27 to 3.70, so acceleration from the 415 horsepower / 415 lb-ft torque 6.2 liter V8 sho...

Not Going To Happen: Scion FR-S Convertible and Turbo

Nov 25 2014 08:15 AM | William Maley in Scion News

For the past couple of years, we have reporting on countless rumorpile stories concerning the Scion FR-S. Most of these stories have dealt with a convertible and turbo power, and whether or not they are off or back on the table. Well it might be that t...

Looking Into the Mind Of Cadillac's President

Nov 24 2014 11:05 AM | William Maley in Cadillac News

Since Cadillac has brought in Johan de Nysschen as its new president, the decisions made by him - such as the CT/XT nomenclature and moving some of their staff to New York - have caused many to experience a range of emotions from happiness to outrage....

Volkswagen USA CEO Says Golf SportWagen Will Have AWD, AllTrack Will Be Coming In 2016

Nov 24 2014 08:15 AM | William Maley in Volkswagen News

Sometimes the more interesting bits of an auto show aren't the vehicles on display. Its the senior executives divulging some intriguing information. Case in point comes to us from Automotive News. Volkswagen of America's CEO, Michael Horn let out th...

Ford Releases Fuel Economy Numbers on 2015 F-150

Nov 22 2014 10:35 AM | William Maley in Ford News

Ford has finally spilled the beans on fuel economy for the 2015 F-150 engine lineup for two-wheel and four-wheel drive variations. The fuel-economy numbers do put Ford in a good place for most half-ton gasoline competitors. But the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel s...