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    • By William Maley
      What is the best way to sell a vehicle? Is it through a dealership or a factory store? For Karma Automotive - the reincarnation of Fisker - plans to do both.
       
      Automotive News reports that by the end of this year, 10 franchised dealerships in key markets around the U.S. and Canada will begin selling the Revero. The dealers picked already sell brands like Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, and Porsche.
       
      "These guys really understand this customer. They get that it's not moving metal and pushing volume like the mass-market guys have to," said Jim Taylor, Karma's chief marketing officer.
       
      Alongside the dealers, Karma will have a few brand experience centers" (aka factory stores) in states allow this type of retail experience. Taylor said the stores would allow Karma to control its brand message, and provide reassurance to the dealers that "it's living up to the same standards it expects of them."
       
      "When you control your own store, you live it every day, so you have to walk the walk, So I think in a good way it puts a lot of pressure on yourself to deliver the same level of performance," said Taylor.
       
      Karma plans on showing the Revero next month.
       
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 52.8% (8,584 Vehicles Sold This Month, 45,238 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 7.2% (32,288 Vehicles Sold This Month, 213,420 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Kia Motors America - Up 6.5% (59,969 Vehicles Sold This Month, 388,296 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Hyundai Motor America - Up 5.6% (75,003 Vehicles Sold This Month, 449,063 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      American Honda Motor Co. - Up 4.4% (152,799 Vehicles Sold This Month, 945,154 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Audi of America - Up 4% (18,364 Vehicles Sold This Month, 115,298 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Subaru of America, Inc. - ​Up 3.1% (52,093 Vehicles Sold This Month, 331,551 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mazda North American Operations - Up 2.8% (27,915 Vehicles Sold This Month, 173,269 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Nissan Group USA - Up 1.2% (132,475 Vehicles Sold This Month, 930,589 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mitsubishi Motors North America - ​Up 0.3% (7,890 Vehicles Sold This Month, 59,824 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      FCA US LLC - 0.0% (180,727 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,325.536 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Toyota Motor Sales - Down 1.4% (214,233 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,412,033 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      General Motors Co. - Down 1.9% (267,258 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,706,173 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Ford Motor Company - Down 2.8% (216,479 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,569,527 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      BMW Group U.S. - Down 5% (30,551 Vehicles Sold This Month, 209,131 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Volkswagen of America - Down 8.12% (28,758 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,772 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Maserati North America, Inc. - Down 15.3% (811 Vehicles Sold This Month, 6,013 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
       
      Jaguar Land Rover North America -
      Porsche Cars North America, Inc. -
       
      Brands:
      Acura - Down 8.3% (13,674 Vehicles Sold This Month, 92,668 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Alfa Romeo - Down 12% (43 Vehicles Sold This Month, 338 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Audi - Up 4% (18,364 Vehicles Sold This Month, 115,298 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      BMW - Down 4.4% (25,777 Vehicles Sold This Month, 179,213 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Buick - Up 10.4% (22,960 Vehicles Sold This Month, 127,167 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Cadillac - Up 1.3% (14,341 Vehicles Sold This Month, 87,572 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Chevrolet - Down 5.3% (178,820 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,185,710 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Chrysler - Down 4% (19,095 Vehicles Sold This Month, 148,398 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Dodge - Down 10% (35,520 Vehicles Sold This Month, 311,658 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Fiat - Down 14% (2,754 Vehicles Sold This Month, 19,346 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Ford - Down 2.7% (207,381 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,507,132 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      GMC - Up 4.8% (51,137 Vehicles Sold This Month, 305,724 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Honda - Up 5.9% (139,125 Vehicles Sold This Month, 852,486 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Hyundai - Up 5.6% (75,003 Vehicles Sold This Month, 449,063 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Infiniti - Down 4.7% (9,945 Vehicles Sold This Month, 74,923 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Jaguar -
      Jeep - Up 5% (79,246 Vehicles Sold This Month, 543,714 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Kia - Up 6.5% (59,969 Vehicles Sold This Month, 388,296 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Land Rover -
      Lexus - Down 6.5% (27,890 Vehicles Sold This Month, 179,454 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Lincoln - Down 4.6% (9,098 Vehicles Sold This Month, 62,395 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Maserati - Down 15.3% (811 Vehicles Sold This Month, 6,013 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mazda - Up 2.8% (27,915 Vehicles Sold This Month, 173,269 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 3.6% (28,523 Vehicles Sold This Month, 191,300 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      MINI - Down 8% (4,774 Vehicles Sold This Month, 29,918 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mitsubishi - Up 0.3% (7,890 Vehicles Sold This Month, 59,824 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Nissan - Up 1.7% (122,530 Vehicles Sold This Month, 855,666 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Porsche -
      Ram Trucks - Up 5% (44,069 Vehicles Sold This Month, 302,082 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      smart - Up 11.8% (493 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,086 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Sprinter - Up 51.3% ( Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,086 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Subaru - Up 3.1% (52,093 Vehicles Sold This Month, 331,551 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Toyota - Down 0.5% (186,343 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,232,579 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Volkswagen - Down 8.12% (28,758 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,772 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Volvo - Up 52.8% (8,584 Vehicles Sold This Month, 45,238 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)


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    • By William Maley
      Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 52.8% (8,584 Vehicles Sold This Month, 45,238 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 7.2% (32,288 Vehicles Sold This Month, 213,420 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Kia Motors America - Up 6.5% (59,969 Vehicles Sold This Month, 388,296 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Hyundai Motor America - Up 5.6% (75,003 Vehicles Sold This Month, 449,063 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      American Honda Motor Co. - Up 4.4% (152,799 Vehicles Sold This Month, 945,154 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Audi of America - Up 4% (18,364 Vehicles Sold This Month, 115,298 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Subaru of America, Inc. - ​Up 3.1% (52,093 Vehicles Sold This Month, 331,551 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mazda North American Operations - Up 2.8% (27,915 Vehicles Sold This Month, 173,269 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Nissan Group USA - Up 1.2% (132,475 Vehicles Sold This Month, 930,589 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mitsubishi Motors North America - ​Up 0.3% (7,890 Vehicles Sold This Month, 59,824 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      FCA US LLC - 0.0% (180,727 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,325.536 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Toyota Motor Sales - Down 1.4% (214,233 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,412,033 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      General Motors Co. - Down 1.9% (267,258 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,706,173 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Ford Motor Company - Down 2.8% (216,479 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,569,527 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      BMW Group U.S. - Down 5% (30,551 Vehicles Sold This Month, 209,131 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Volkswagen of America - Down 8.12% (28,758 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,772 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Maserati North America, Inc. - Down 15.3% (811 Vehicles Sold This Month, 6,013 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
       
      Jaguar Land Rover North America -
      Porsche Cars North America, Inc. -
       
      Brands:
      Acura - Down 8.3% (13,674 Vehicles Sold This Month, 92,668 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Alfa Romeo - Down 12% (43 Vehicles Sold This Month, 338 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Audi - Up 4% (18,364 Vehicles Sold This Month, 115,298 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      BMW - Down 4.4% (25,777 Vehicles Sold This Month, 179,213 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Buick - Up 10.4% (22,960 Vehicles Sold This Month, 127,167 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Cadillac - Up 1.3% (14,341 Vehicles Sold This Month, 87,572 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Chevrolet - Down 5.3% (178,820 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,185,710 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Chrysler - Down 4% (19,095 Vehicles Sold This Month, 148,398 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Dodge - Down 10% (35,520 Vehicles Sold This Month, 311,658 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Fiat - Down 14% (2,754 Vehicles Sold This Month, 19,346 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Ford - Down 2.7% (207,381 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,507,132 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      GMC - Up 4.8% (51,137 Vehicles Sold This Month, 305,724 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Honda - Up 5.9% (139,125 Vehicles Sold This Month, 852,486 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Hyundai - Up 5.6% (75,003 Vehicles Sold This Month, 449,063 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Infiniti - Down 4.7% (9,945 Vehicles Sold This Month, 74,923 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Jaguar -
      Jeep - Up 5% (79,246 Vehicles Sold This Month, 543,714 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Kia - Up 6.5% (59,969 Vehicles Sold This Month, 388,296 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Land Rover -
      Lexus - Down 6.5% (27,890 Vehicles Sold This Month, 179,454 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Lincoln - Down 4.6% (9,098 Vehicles Sold This Month, 62,395 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Maserati - Down 15.3% (811 Vehicles Sold This Month, 6,013 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mazda - Up 2.8% (27,915 Vehicles Sold This Month, 173,269 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 3.6% (28,523 Vehicles Sold This Month, 191,300 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      MINI - Down 8% (4,774 Vehicles Sold This Month, 29,918 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mitsubishi - Up 0.3% (7,890 Vehicles Sold This Month, 59,824 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Nissan - Up 1.7% (122,530 Vehicles Sold This Month, 855,666 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Porsche -
      Ram Trucks - Up 5% (44,069 Vehicles Sold This Month, 302,082 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      smart - Up 11.8% (493 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,086 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Sprinter - Up 51.3% ( Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,086 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Subaru - Up 3.1% (52,093 Vehicles Sold This Month, 331,551 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Toyota - Down 0.5% (186,343 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,232,579 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Volkswagen - Down 8.12% (28,758 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,772 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Volvo - Up 52.8% (8,584 Vehicles Sold This Month, 45,238 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
    • By William Maley
      Volvo Posts Thirteen Months of Consecutive Double Digit Sales Growth
        ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Aug. 2, 2016) - Volvo Car USA, LLC, (VCUSA) reported U.S. sales of 8,584 vehicles, a 52.8 percent increase versus July 2015 and marking the thirteenth consecutive month the company posted double digit sales growth. Year-to-date sales are up 29.3 percent year-over-year.   Sales for the month of July were led by the award-winning XC90 luxury SUV with 2,888 vehicles sold. The XC60 crossover followed directly behind with 2,097 vehicles sold.   “July proved to be another exciting month for Volvo in the US,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. “Not only did we see strong sales on XC90, but we also saw that momentum carry through to our other carlines, signaling great success for the brand.”   Volvo is implementing a sweeping $11 billion transformation plan that has involved the development of its own modular vehicle architecture, a new engine range, global manufacturing capability, a completely renewed product range and world leading developments in safety, autonomous driving and connectivity.       Models July 2016 July 2015 % Year To Date 2016 Year To Date 2015 % S60 1,864 1,052 77.2 % 7,649 9,810 -22.0 % S60 CC 42 0 100.0 % 362 0 100.0 % S80 79 35 125.7 % 403 958 -57.9 % S90 259 0 100.0 % 267 0 100.0 % V60 384 573 -33.0 % 2,119 2,868 -26.1 % V60 CC 339 232 46.1 % 1,464 1,493 -1.9 % XC60 2,097 2,146 -2.3 % 10,928 14,056 -22.3 % XC70 632 405 56.0 % 3,141 3,052 2.9 % XC90 0 0 - - 112 - All-New XC90 2,888 1,176 145.6 % 18,905 2,629 619.1 % C70 0 0 - - 7 - Total 8,584 5,619 52.8 % 45,238 34,985 29.3 % * I, II, III etc shows which generation the car model belongs to.  
    • By William Maley
      Subaru of America, Inc. Reports Record July Sales   CHERRY HILL, N.J., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  Record July - monthly sales increase 3.1 percent over July 2015 56 consecutive months of month-over-month growth Best July ever for Legacy and Outback 29 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Outbacks sold 36 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Foresters sold Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record July 2016 sales of 52,093 vehicles, a 3.1 percent gain over the same month a year ago. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 331,551 vehicles, a 2.7 percent gain over the same period in 2015.   July marked the 29th consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales for the company. Legacy and Outback sales were notably strong as each carline achieved its best July ever.   "Subaru is pleased to be celebrating another sales record," said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. "These milestones are the result of the dedication and commitment of our retailers who passionately serve the needs of our customers. 2016 looks set to be our eighth year of consecutive sales records, with more new product yet to come."    "With several 2017 models – including Legacy and Outback – now arriving at retailer show rooms, we expect sales to continue to grow throughout the remainder of the year," said Jeff Walters, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. "At our current pace, selling over 600,000 vehicles in 2016 is certainly within reach."   Also in July, Subaru Outback, Forester, and Crosstrek won their segments in the Crossover SUV categories for the 2016 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. These awards, based on customer responses, recognize vehicles that best meet the expectations of their owners. Both Outback and Forester won their segments for the second year in a row.  
      Carline
      Jul-16
      Jul-15
      % Chg
      Jul-16
      Jul-15
      % Chg
        MTD
      MTD
      MTD
      YTD
      YTD
      YTD
      Forester
      14,856
      15,811
      -6.0%
      95,111
      96,639
      -1.6%
      Impreza
      5,200
      6,527
      -20.3%
      34,965
      37,833
      -7.6%
      WRX/STI
      3,288
      3,716
      -11.5%
      19,294
      18,751
      2.9%
      Legacy
      5,212
      4,500
      15.8%
      35,569
      33,673
      5.6%
      Outback
      14,704
      10,863
      35.4%
      92,090
      82,180
      12.1%
      BRZ
      353
      525
      -32.8%
      2,760
      3,334
      -17.2%
      Crosstrek
      8,480
      8,575
      -1.1%
      51,762
      50,525
      2.5%
      TOTAL
      52,093
      50,517
      3.1%
      331,551
      322,935
      2.7%
       
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