Automotive Purchasing Weekly 7 December 2015 - page 11

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JaguarXEandnewXFachieve five
star EuroNCAPSafetyRating
2 December 2015 | OEM
XE and XF scored highly in every category –
Adult Occupant, ChildOccupant, Pedestrian
and Safety Assist – and are among the most
highly-rated models in their respective
segments.
The Jaguar XE and Jaguar XF saloons
have been awarded the maximum five star
rating in Euro NCAP’s 2015 safety tests.
As well as outstanding crash protection,
the XE and XF also benefit from a range of
active safety systems including Autonomous
Emergency Braking (fitted as standard in
Europe), which uses a forward-facing stereo
camera to detect vehicles which could pose
a threat of collision: the system can give
the driver visual and audible warnings and
automatically apply the brakes if a collision
is deemed imminent.
“The XE and XF were engineered without
compromise: we placed just as much
focus on safety as we did on dynamics,
performance, refinement and efficiency,
and our stringent in-house standards far
exceed the requirements of legislative and
consumer tests.
“Everything from the aluminium alloys we
developed for the body structures to the
state-of-the-art stereo camera at the heart of
the Autonomous Emergency Braking system
has been painstakingly optimised to deliver
world-class levels of safety,” said Kevin
Stride, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XE, XF,
F-PACE.
The XE and XF are developed
from Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminium
Architecture: the inherently light yet stiff and
strong body structures deliver exceptional
occupant protection, further enhanced by
driver and passenger airbags, side airbags
and curtain airbags. In the event of an impact
with pedestrians, deployable bonnets help
to mitigate serious injuries.
Both models offer a full suite of active
safety technologies and advanced driver
assistance systems including Dynamic
Stability
Control,
Traction
Control,
Emergency Brake Assist, Lane Departure
Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing
Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection,
Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Cruise
Control.
Additional features offered in the XF –
and which will be offered in the 2017 Model
Year XE – include Lane Keep Assist, Driver
Condition Monitor and Adaptive Speed
Limiter.
KiaAmerica recordsbestNovember
incompanyhistory
2 December 2015 | OEM
Propelled by the sale of its six millionth
vehicle in the U.S. since arriving in 1994,
Kia Motors America’s year-long momentum
continued with best-ever November sales
of 45,553 vehicles, a 1.4% increase over the
same period last year.
The brand’s seventh straight monthly
sales record was led by the Optima and
Soul, with 13,048 and 10,045 units sold,
respectively.
“Kia has outpaced the industry all year,
and with our ‘Holidays On Us’ sales event
in place throughout November customers
visited our showrooms in record numbers to
discover the new Kia,” said Michael Sprague,
Chief Operating Officer and EVP, KMA. “Kia
continues to grow and mature at a rapid rate,
and surpassing the six million vehicles mark
as we push toward a strong finish to the year
is the latest example of how far this brand
has come in a very short period of time.”
Chevrolet posts industry’s largest
sales increase
1 December 2015 | OEM
General Motors’ Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and
Cadillac brands sold 229,296 vehicles in
the U.S. in November 2015, up 2% year over
year, with two fewer selling days and sales
incentives below the industry average.
Sales of Chevrolet trucks rose 10% for
the 20th consecutive monthly increase.
Chevrolet crossovers were up 35% for the
12th consecutive monthly increase.
Crossover deliveries were also robust at
Buick, where Encore sales, up 12% year over
year, have now increased for 23 consecutive
months. Total Buick crossover sales were
up 11%. At GMC, crossover deliveries rose
12%, driven by a 16% gain for the Terrain.
Cadillac’s crossover, the SRX, saw a 53%
increase. Industry-wide, crossovers now
account for 40% of the retail industry, up
from 37% a year ago.
“The phenomenal growth of crossovers in
a record-setting market is the biggest sales
story of 2015,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S.
Vice President of Sales Operations. “Buick
was one of the pioneers of the fast-growing
small crossover segment with the Encore.
Chevrolet’s crossover sales growth is far
outpacing the rest of the industry, thanks
to the Trax, Equinox and Traverse. And the
GMC Terrain is on track to have its best year
ever.”
GM’s retail sales were up 4% year over
year. Adjusted for selling days, GM retail
sales were up 14%. GM gained an estimated
1.0 points of retail market share to reach
16.5% during the month for the company’s
eighth consecutive year-over-year increase.
Deliveries to commercial customers
were up 6% year over year and government
deliveries were up 2%. Rental sales were
down 16% per plan. Total fleet sales were
down 9%.
The seasonally adjusted annual selling
rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was an
estimated 18.2 million units in November.
The six-month moving average for the SAAR
is now estimated to be 17.9 million units.
The industry’s best sales year ever was
2000, when 17.8 million light vehicles were
delivered.
“We believe U.S. auto sales will continue
to grow in 2016, based on the underlying
strength of the economy, and we expect
customers will continue to embrace
crossovers and SUVs because they are
meeting their fundamental needs for utility,
comfort and fuel efficiency,” said Mustafa
Mohatarem, GM Chief Economist.
GM is also building significant momentum
in the passenger car and pickup truck
markets. At last month’s Los Angeles
International Auto Show, the 2016 Chevrolet
Colorado diesel was named Motor Trend
Magazine’s Truck of the Year – a repeat
victory for the truck. The 2016 Chevrolet
Camaro was named Motor Trend’s Car of
the Year, and the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was
named Green Car of the Year by Green Car
Journal.
StrongF-Series, vandemandboosts
trucksales tobestNovember
since2007
1 December 2015 | OEM
Ford Motor Company has released its November U.S. sales, selling a total of 187,794
vehicles, a slight increase of 0.4% compared to last years November sales.
Through November, overall Ford sales
were up 5% versus the same period a year
ago.
Ford’s lower incentive spending and
strong model series mix in November
boosted average transaction prices $3,800
versus year-ago levels – the largest gain
among any major automaker. Ford cars,
SUVs and trucks all delivered higher
transaction prices.
“We saw strong customer demand for our
cars and SUVs with the latest technology and
sold a very rich mix in November,” said Mark
LaNeve, Ford Vice President, U.S. Marketing,
Sales and Service. “F-Series and commercial
vans also were very strong, with an 18% gain
for the month and our best November sales
performance for Ford Trucks in eight years.”
F-Series sales totaled 65,192 trucks in
November, with retail sales increasing 16%
and a 10% total F-Series gain.
Ford commercial van sales increased
59%, with 17,815 vehicles sold last month.
November’s van performance marked Ford’s
best November sales month since 1984. The
all-new Transit sales totaled 9,584, almost
doubling year-ago sales. Transit Connect
sales of 4,237 vans reached best-ever
November sales, a 94% increase.
All-new Edge delivered a 6% increase
versus a year ago, with 8,137 vehicles sold.
Ford’s new Explorer sales gained 1% last
month, with 15,141 SUVs sold, marking its
best November since 2004.
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