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This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are expected to publish a joint Notice of Proposed Rule Making that will spell out the details of what's formally known as the National Program, which will set greenhouse-gas emissions and fuel economy standards for model-year 2017-'25 vehicles.
With explosive U.S.-market sales virtually demanding the company find a way to get more cars into customers' hands, Hyundai Motor America isn't ready to commit to a second assembly plant in the United States, president and CEO John Krafcik told reporters at a media event at the company's technical center near Ann Arbor, Mich., last week. Krafcik (above, at January's Detroit show) insisted that despite a meteoric post-recession sales climb and excruciatingly thin inventories for many models, Hyundai hasn't made the decision to build another U.S. assembly plant to add to its current site in Montgomery, Ala., that started production in early 2005.
Looking at sales for the first week of November, sales look very similar to October. In fact, we seem to have settled into a pacing since September of a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of just slightly over 13 million.
Unit retail sales for November are tracking towards a total of 798,000 (or a SAAR of 10.8 million). This compares with 831,000 units last month (the retail SAAR is identical at 10.9 million). Add in a fleet mix of 18.5 percent and we get to a total of 979,000 units sold, or a SAAR of 13.3 million (this compares with 1,020,000 units sold, or a SAAR of 13.26 million last month).
Each year, the Edmunds.com editors review the latest cars, SUVs, trucks and minivans to see how they stack up against the competition. These new car buying guides provide our editors' expert analysis and recommendations on the leading models in each vehicle segment — from convertibles to hybrids. Our buying guides can help you learn which models are class standouts before you begin to shop, whether you're searching for a fuel-efficient small sedan, an eight-passenger crossover SUV, a sleek luxury coupe or anything in between.
Most of us have a car-savvy friend we consult when we're searching for a new set of wheels. But suppose you also had a friend with an infallible memory who could weigh and compare vehicle features and even reveal to you what you subconsciously want from a car. Not only that, but this friend would also be up to date on all of the 3,000 cars for sale in the ever-changing market.
Forget the past and don't worry about the future; the present belongs to the V6. Today there are V6s in large cars, V6s in small cars and V6s in trucks, crossovers and vans. The V8 may be first in the hearts of American gearheads and fours are more frugal, but the V6 is what we drive today. So here now, Inside Line definitively and absolutely lists the 25 greatest cars or trucks ever powered by a V6 engine.
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Our love of cars started right here. Movie and TV cars are literally the stuff of dreams. We're all let into theaters and plopped in front of the tube long before we're issued driver licenses. Then we all dream of doing reverse 180s like Jim Rockford escaping thugs, or fleeing the po-po in a Shelby Mustang named Eleanor. We all want a best friend like KITT. And every orange Dodge Charger can fly, right?
If there's a common theme to this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, it's that there's really no common theme at all. Trucks are in huge supply, as are sedans, sports cars, lowriders, donks, rockcrawlers, hardparkers, luxobarges, restomods, drift machines, patina, bling. Many of the cars draw from multiple categories. It's a feast for the senses, and the sensibilities. There's something for everyone.
If utility tops your list of priorities, you'll be well served by a hatchback or a wagon. Many of these vehicles offer enough room in back to easily swallow the result of that Home Depot shopping spree. What's more, loading stuff into these vehicles is a breeze, since they feature cargo areas with mouths that are wider than that of your typical trunk.
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