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  • Mini To Name Countryman Coupe The Paceman
    Uploaded by mudmonster on Today, 10:32 AM
    William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com July 6, 2012 Back in March, we reported that the MINI Paceman concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show would be wearing the Countryman Coupe nameplate. Well, cross that off as MINI's senior vice president, Dr. Kay Segler said this week the Paceman will be the new name. "The Mini Paceman is the world’s first sports activity coupe in the premium compact segment. It combines a clear appetite for extravagance and infectious driving fun in a style that only Mini could pull off with such authenticity.” The new Paceman will be shown at the Paris Motor Show later this year, with sales beginning in 2013. Source: Automobile Magazine William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.


  • Fiat Working On Another Member Of The 500 Family
    Uploaded by mudmonster on Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com July 6, 2012 During the recent press launch of the new Fiat 500L, Fiat previewed a new member of the 500 family called the 500X. The 500X is a crossover and will take the place of Fiat Sedici (Suzuki SX4 in Fiat clothing). Styling is a mix of hatchback and SUV cues and come with the choice of front-wheel and all-wheel-drive. The 500X will be the longest model in the 500 lineup, measuring around 13.7 feet. The 500X is also the likely canditate for the compact Jeep that we've been reporting for the past year. The major difference between the the two will be the Jeep will have a trail-rated model. The 500X will go into production next year, with the Jeep following sometime in 2014. Source: Autoweek William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.


  • June 2012 - Porsche
    Uploaded by Oldsmoboi on Yesterday, 03:03 PM
    Retail sales up 18% for the month Atlanta - July 3, 2012 - Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars, Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera four-door sports sedan line-up in the United States, today announced June 2012 sales of 3,002 vehicles. This compares to 2,546 vehicles sold last June, for an increase of 18 percent. For the year, Porsche has sold 16,450 cars in the U.S., a six percent increase over last year's sales of 15,542. "June was an exciting month for sports car fans as the all-new Boxster models arrived in Porsche dealerships right at the end of the month and joined the showroom next to the all-new 911 coupe and cabriolet models," said PCNA's President and CEO, Detlev von Platen. Porsche sold 464 Boxster models in June (458 of which were the all-new 2013 Boxster) - a 117 percent increase over June 2011. In addition, Porsche sold 861 new 911 models, a 44 percent increase over June 2011. Porsche's Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 835 for June 2012. Year-to-date, Porsche has sold 4,856 CPO models, a 12 percent increase versus 2011(4,232).


  • June 2012 - Mitsubishi
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    Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported June 2012 sales, including 1,461 sales of the Outlander Sport CUV. This marks a 13 percent increase compared to June of 2011. Year-to-date sales of Outlander Sport are up 2.6 percent. "We're pleased that U.S. consumers are confirming our strategy of focusing on fuel-efficient models like this stylish crossover," said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa. "We'll begin U.S. production of this popular model this month in Normal, Illinois." Mitsubishi had good news on the high-performance front, as well. Sales of the Lancer Evolution continue to grow, with an increase of more than 31 percent in June. Lancer Evolution sales are up more than 35 percent year to date. Sales of the Galant sedan were up 116 percent for the month and are up 3.1 percent year to date. "Our overall sales volume will continue to be impacted by our models that have not been in production since summer 2011," Yokozawa added. Total Mitsubishi June sales were 34 percent below the level of sales in June 2011, but sales of models currently in production were up 10.2 percent.


  • June 2012 - Jaguar / Land Rover
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    JAGUAR LAND ROVER REPORTS U.S. SALES FOR JUNE 2012 • Jaguar Land Rover North America sales increase 2 percent for June; up 16 percent year-to-date. • Land Rover sales increase 14 percent for June on continued strength of Range Rover Evoque; Brand up 21 percent year-to-date • Jaguar XF up 3 percent for June, 2012; Jaguar sales up 1 percent year-to-date JULY 3, 2012 (MAHWAH, NJ) – Jaguar Land Rover North America today reported June 2012 sales: Land Rover sales for the month were 3,602 up 14 percent from 3,152 in 2011; Jaguar sales for the month were 1,030 down 26 percent from 1,389 in 2011; Jaguar Land Rover North America sales for the month were 4,632 up 2 percent from 4,541 units in 2011. For the first half of 2012, Jaguar Land Rover North America is up 16 percent. "Jaguar Land Rover’s June U.S. sales this year were up two percent as we begin transition into a very important MY13 for both brands," said Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “We are pleased to complete the first half of the year with sales growth from both Jaguar and Land Rover brands in the United States.” U.S. BRAND HIGHLIGHTS Land Rover For the month of June, 2012, Land Rover sales were up 14 percent continuing the momentum established over the last two years. The volume leader for June, 2012 was the Range Rover Sport with 1,235 units sold, on par with 1,233 in 2011. For the year, Range Rover Sport is up 3 percent. The all-new Range Rover Evoque, winner of the 2012 North American Truck of the Year, hit 663 units sold in June, 2012. For the first half of 2012 Land Rover in the United States reached 20,991 units up 21 percent. Land Rover's 2012 Model Year line-up features four models: The 230-hp 3.2 liter I6 powered LR2; the LR4 powered by the 375-hp 5.0 liter V8; the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover, both available with the Naturally-aspirated 375-hp V8 and 510-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 powertrains. The Model Year 12 Range Rover Evoque luxury compact SUV went on sale in October. The 2012 Range Rover Evoque has a starting price of $43,995* for the five-door, and $44,995* for the coupe and achieves 28 MPG** EPA highway and 18 MPG** EPA city. Jaguar Jaguar's U.S. sales for June, 2012 were down 26 percent to 1,030 units, from 1,389 in 2011. For the first half of the year of 2012, Jaguar U.S. sales are 6,506 units up 1 percent from 6,410 in 2011. The volume leader for the month of June was the Jaguar XF with 489 sales, up 3 percent from 476 in 2012. Year-to-date, Jaguar sales are led by the Jaguar XF sports sedan, up 24 percent for the year versus 2011. For the 2013 model year, Jaguar will offer new engine options and eight-speed automatic transmissions in the XF and XJ sedan lineups. New engine options include a powerful and fuel efficient 240 horsepower turbocharged 2-liter four cylinder engine for the Jaguar XF, and a 340 horsepower supercharged 3-liter V6 engine to both the Jaguar XJ and XF. Jaguar has launched a new global brand direction and marketing campaign, themed "ALIVE,” which introduces the famed British brand to luxury consumers in a new modern context. The brand direction is driven by the belief that Jaguar makes the world's most instinctively rewarding performance cars. The campaign, created with Spark 44, the international communications agency that's part-owned by Jaguar Land Rover, will feature print, TV, digital advertising and a new look that contemporizes the aesthetics of the brand at every customer touch point. The Jaguar brand will have new corporate identification and a new font, created exclusively for the brand. The dramatic alteration, including significant changes to the brand symbols of the “leaper” and “growler,” is the most extensive change Jaguar has made to its visual identification in 40 years. Jaguar's 2012 Model Year line-up features three models: The Jaguar XJ luxury sedan, powered by either the naturally-aspirated 385-hp V8, the 470-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 or the 510-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8; the Jaguar XF sports sedan powered by either the naturally-aspirated 385-hp V8, the 470-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 or, in the XFR, the 510-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 powertrains; and the XK coupe and convertible sports cars powered by either the naturally-aspirated 385-hp V8, or for the XKR, the 510-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 powertrains. For 2012, Jaguar has added its highest performance model ever, the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S coupe and convertible with a 550-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 powertrain. The Jaguar F-TYPE will join the lineup in 2013.




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