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The Porsche Macan is the most-loved vehicle of 2015, according to a study by San Diego-based research firm Strategic Vision and reported by CarBuzz. The company has released its “Most-Loved Vehicles of 2015” list in which each car was scored through a Customer Love Index, which also revealed that millennials love their cars more than any other age group. Behind the Porsche Macan, at the top of the list with 629 points, came the Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, scoring 617.
“November car sales drive toward record,” The Wall Street Journal
U.S. auto sales moved closer to an annual record on the back of strong new-car sales in November, which continued to run at a “blistering pace,” says The Wall Street Journal. Some 15.82 million vehicles have been sold through November, raising the prospect that 2015 sales could top the 17.35 million record set in 2000. Black Friday deals, cheap gasoline and low financing costs contributed to the November increase, up 1.4 percent on November 2014. Light trucks made up a large part of vehicles sold in November this year.
“Ford F-150 wins Green Truck of the Year,” Autoblog
The Ford F-150, part of the F-series that is America’s best selling vehicle, has been named Green Truck of the Year 2016 by Green Car Journal. With 26 mpg, the 2016 F-150 “has the best fuel economy rating of any full-size, gas-powered pickup truck,” according to Autoblog. Compressed natural gas and propane-fueled versions of the vehicle are also available. Other moves to make the F-150 greener include cloth seats made from recycled plastic bottles.
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi will focus on crossovers, SUVs and electric powertrains in the U.S. going forward, Motor Trend reports, citing an interview with Automotive News. This includes a brand new crossover, set to arrive at the end of 2017, which will “slot in a relatively tight space between the compact Outlander Sport and the midsize Outlander,” and have coupe-like styling, reports Motor Trend. A redesigned Outlander and a next-generation Outlander Sport are also part of the plans.
“Could self-driving cars spell the end of ownership?” The Wall Street Journal
The need for a personal car could be a thing of the past when Apple and Tesla roll out self-driving vehicles, says Dan Neil of The Wall Street Journal, who envisions a new age of vehicle sharing. The artificial intelligence of self-driving cars that will come to vehicles within a generation “will not so much change the game but burn down the casino,” writes Neil. “Autonomy will make it possible for unmanned vehicles to be summoned, via app, to your location.” The need to own a car will be reduced by greater opportunities to share, paying only for the miles you cover, he believes.
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