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    • By William Maley
      The Bentley Bentayga maybe one of most controversial models ever launched by the brand, but it has exceeded sales expectations. Because of this, Bentley is considering expanding Bentayga lineup.
      Autocar reports that there are three models up for consideration. First up is a coupe-styled version that could launch in 2019 if given the green-light by Volkswagen.
      “I’m confident that it will happen and our team is working on the case for this car, but it is not yet approved for production. We are the first in the luxury SUV space and at the moment unopposed, but there are lots of rivals coming to the sector. The question we need to answer is if there is space for all these different bodystyles,” said said Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer.
      Next is a long-wheelbase Bentayga that is already under development. This model will be primarily be aimed at markets such as China and the Middle East.
      “In the Middle East and China it is almost exclusively what we sell. Those markets have shown what is possible and it makes business sense; the engineering is not rocket science, but it is expensive because when you change components like the side panels and roof you add a lot of cost,” said Dürheimer.
      The last model is a high-performance Bentayga that could use a retuned version of the W12 engine. Possible competitors include the Range Rover SVR.
      The Bentayga lineup currently consists of a 6.0L W12 and a diesel V8. A Plug-in hybrid will arrive in 2018.
      Source: Autocar

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    • By William Maley
      The Bentley Bentayga maybe one of most controversial models ever launched by the brand, but it has exceeded sales expectations. Because of this, Bentley is considering expanding Bentayga lineup.
      Autocar reports that there are three models up for consideration. First up is a coupe-styled version that could launch in 2019 if given the green-light by Volkswagen.
      “I’m confident that it will happen and our team is working on the case for this car, but it is not yet approved for production. We are the first in the luxury SUV space and at the moment unopposed, but there are lots of rivals coming to the sector. The question we need to answer is if there is space for all these different bodystyles,” said said Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer.
      Next is a long-wheelbase Bentayga that is already under development. This model will be primarily be aimed at markets such as China and the Middle East.
      “In the Middle East and China it is almost exclusively what we sell. Those markets have shown what is possible and it makes business sense; the engineering is not rocket science, but it is expensive because when you change components like the side panels and roof you add a lot of cost,” said Dürheimer.
      The last model is a high-performance Bentayga that could use a retuned version of the W12 engine. Possible competitors include the Range Rover SVR.
      The Bentayga lineup currently consists of a 6.0L W12 and a diesel V8. A Plug-in hybrid will arrive in 2018.
      Source: Autocar
    • By William Maley
      Mazda Reports November Sales
      Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 Post Best November Sales Since 2012 IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported November U.S. sales of 22,041 vehicles, representing a decrease of 3 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through November are 269,019 vehicles. There were 25 selling days in November 2016, versus 23 the year prior. 
      Key November sales notes:
      Sales of the Mazda CX-3 are up 2.4 percent year-over-year (YOY), with 1,355 vehicles sold in the month of November. Mazda CX-5 posted its best-ever November with 8,865 vehicles sold. This number represents an increase of 1.2 percent over November of 2015. With 1,994 vehicles sold, the all-new Mazda CX-9 finished November up 65.9 percent YOY, marking the carline's best November since 2012. Year-to-date sales of Mazda's CX crossover SUVs sit at 130,614, with 12,214 vehicles sold in the month of November. Mazda's i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system continues its popularity among crossover SUV buyers, with 64 percent of buyers choosing the option. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales of 2,574 vehicles, down 2.2 percent YOY.  
        Month-To-Date
        Year-To-Date
                              November
      November
      %
      % MTD
        November
      November
      %
      % YTD
        2016
      2015
      Change
      DSR
        2016
      2015
      Change
      DSR
                              Mazda2
      -
      3
      (100.0)%
      (100.0)%
        3
      296
      (99.0)%
      (99.0)%
        Mazda3
      6,388
      7,405
      (13.7)%
      (20.6)%
        87,465
      98,046
      (10.8)%
      (10.8)%
        Mazda5
      6
      222
      (97.3)%
      (97.5)%
        373
      8,310
      (95.5)%
      (95.5)%
        Mazda6
      3,046
      3,089
      (1.4)%
      (9.3)%
        41,832
      53,730
      (22.1)%
      (22.1)%
        MX-5 Miata
      387
      732
      (47.1)%
      (51.4)%
        8,732
      7,885
      10.7%
      10.7%
        CX-3
      1,355
      1,323
      2.4%
      (5.8)%
        16,911
      4,743
      256.5%
      256.5%
        CX-5
      8,865
      8,756
      1.2%
      (6.9)%
        100,246
      100,033
      0.2%
      0.2%
        CX-9
      1,994
      1,202
      65.9%
      52.6%
        13,457
      16,846
      (20.1)%
      (20.1)%
                              Total Vehicles
                                                CARS
      9,827
      11,451
      (14.2)%
      (21.0)%
        138,405
      168,267
      (17.7)%
      (17.7)%
        TRUCKS
      12,214
      11,281
      8.3%
      (0.4)%
        130,614
      121,622
      7.4%
      7.4%
                              TOTAL
      22,041
      22,732
      (3.0)%
      (10.8)%
        269,019
      289,889
      (7.2)%
      (7.2)%
                                                    Selling Days
      25
      23
            280
      280
                                                       
    • By William Maley
      Mazda is the latest automaker to announce that it will be building an electric vehicle. Speaking with CarAdvice, Mazda's head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara revealed that the company would be building an EV, but for only select markets such Norway.
      “Of course we need EVs. As you know, in Norway, the complete energy source is water… this means that EV is much better for CO2 in Norway. But not in United States or China… Therefore we are focusing on ICE, but some regions we need EV, so therefore in 2019 [or] in that time frame we will introduce EV where it is needed in the world.”
      For other markets, Mazda will keep their focus on internal-combustion engines since a majority of consumers are still buying them up.
      It is likely that Mazda will use one of their current models as a base for their new EV to help keep costs down. Fujiwara explained they have only started work on it and there is the possibility of bringing in Toyota as a partner for this model.
      Source: CarAdvice 

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    • By William Maley
      Mazda is the latest automaker to announce that it will be building an electric vehicle. Speaking with CarAdvice, Mazda's head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara revealed that the company would be building an EV, but for only select markets such Norway.
      “Of course we need EVs. As you know, in Norway, the complete energy source is water… this means that EV is much better for CO2 in Norway. But not in United States or China… Therefore we are focusing on ICE, but some regions we need EV, so therefore in 2019 [or] in that time frame we will introduce EV where it is needed in the world.”
      For other markets, Mazda will keep their focus on internal-combustion engines since a majority of consumers are still buying them up.
      It is likely that Mazda will use one of their current models as a base for their new EV to help keep costs down. Fujiwara explained they have only started work on it and there is the possibility of bringing in Toyota as a partner for this model.
      Source: CarAdvice 
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