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Filed under: Sedan, SUV, Truck, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Earnings/Financials, Luxury, Ram

43a6truecar pickup luxury 50k Heres how Detroit is selling more luxury vehicles than Germany and Japan

Now there’s an attention-grabbing headline, eh? Although the answer to the riddle – pickup trucks and SUVs – might be somehow deflating, the numbers involved deserve a going over. According to TrueCar’s figures (click on the table to enlarge), six of the year’s ten best-selling vehicles in the US that sell for a transaction price above $50,000 are body-on-frame, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the only foreigner to crack the top five.

Every enthusiast knows that pickup trucks are ‘Murica’s most popular vehicle by a colossal margin, and there have been plenty of reports about the popularity of luxuriously appointed trucks and SUVs, but compare these figures from TrueCar: 70 percent of Chevrolet Tahoe sales have a transaction price above $50K, and The Bowtie is expected to make $3.9 billion in revenue on 66,945 predicted high-dollar sales; 95.1 percent of E-Class sales break $50K, so the German company will make $4.0 billion on 67,006 predicted sales in that pricing sphere. It’s about the only time you’ll see the Tahoe ranked right next to Mercedes’ bread-and-butter sedan. Ram is ahead of those two with $4.2B coming from $50K-plus sales. The Ford F-Series does almost as much revenue as the next three combined, with an expected $10.8 billion coming from sales of trucks over $50K – more than a quarter of the model’s total sales, when a base F-150 can be had for about $26,000.

Yes, the Germans make a lot more money on fewer sales, but considering the comparison, the bottom line isn’t too troubled by such facts. Weighing like-for-like, the full-size Ford walks it in every category; elsewhere, the Chevrolet Silverado outsells the Ram, but the Ram outsells the Chevy by 6.7 percent above $50K. And for all the flak GMC takes over swapping out grilles, the Sierra also outsells the Chevy in the well-appointed segment, 16.1 percent of sales versus 11 percent – the Professional Grade brand is a huge profit center for The General. You’ll find more info in the TrueCar press release below.

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Filed under: Performance, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen, Luxury, Design/Style, Earnings/Financials

e128a4231a2847484704b6169dcb7fc0d08d.jpeg Car companies may need to start curbing model proliferation

Looking at the current automotive landscape, especially from German makers, you quickly get the impression that less definitely isn’t more. BMW alone offers its 3 Series platform in practically every segment possible, including the regular sedan and 4 Series Gran Coupe, which would seem to be direct competitors. Porsche might be the winner, though, with 20 different variants of the 911 listed for sale on its US website. However, some of this model madness might be reaching an end as companies begin cutting back spending or shifting money to other priorities.

According to Yahoo Finance, the offerings from the German automakers are up 25 percent over the past three years to over 200 models in Europe. The peak is expected to come around 2018 at 230 separate vehicles, according to consulting company PwC.

Amazingly, BMW, which is among the poster children for this model explosion, might be changing its tune. “I’m sure there will be points in the future where we look at certain cars and say, ‘Maybe we need to think differently now,'” said head of sales Ian Robertson in an interview, according to Yahoo Finance. The statement certainly sounds shocking coming from a company rumored to have 23 front-wheel-drive vehicles all using a single platform on the way.

The shift in thinking might not be a question of whether automakers can build all of these distinct models, but rather if it’s the best way to invest their money. The small footprint of European dealers makes it difficult to show all of these vehicles off. Also, even if platforms and drivetrains are shared, there’s still the extra expense in marketing each one. Finally, “every single variant increases development and logistics expenditure,” said Porsche spokesperson Achim Schneider to Yahoo Finance.

So what do the German automakers do with the extra funds from not exploiting every possible niche? Volkswagen is reportedly working on cutting costs, and BMW is too. Also, Porsche is trying to grow overall sales. If this actually happens, maybe picking the perfect 911 will be a bit less complicated in just a few years.

Car companies may need to start curbing model proliferation originally appeared on BMW Top News on Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Car Buying, Classics, Convertible, Coupe, Performance, BMW, Bugatti, Humor, Specialty, Luxury, MISC

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1c95thisorthat 2 What you missed on 10.9.14Which $10,000 ’80s coupe would you choose?

In the end, there can be only one. And, while we’ve got another six days left in the balloting, one of these two vehicles is leading in the early running by about two to one. You can probably guess which it is. And that means, if you’ve got an opinion, feel free to cast a vote in favor of the 1980 Oldsmobile 442 or 1989 BMW 635CSi and help us crown a winner in our second-ever This or That vehicular showdown.

e207mid engine porsche feature What you missed on 10.9.14Mid-engine Porsche models at Laguna Seca

Porsche may be best known for the 911 – and rightly so, we may add – but the German automaker certainly knows a thing or two about moving the engine from the very back to the middle, where it’s most beneficial for the type of driving an enthusiast is likely to do. To wit, take a look at this feature, where we dissect mid-engine Porsche models from the 550 all the way to the current, mind-bending 918.

59d0bugatti veyron prank graffiit What you missed on 10.9.14Penile pranksters punk a Bugatti Veyron

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of the Bugatti Veyron you see to the right, much fewer are needed. In fact, you really need only one: penis. But that’s no fun. We had at least three alternative headlines written and discarded for this unfortunate image, and there are surely some inventive wordsmiths just itching for a caption contest…

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What you missed on 10.9.14 originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Videos, BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Design/Style

ea24Screen20Shot202013 08 2920at209.41.0320AM The importance of Angel Eyes, Ventiports and four round taillights

Just the other day, we told you about how Lincoln isn’t really a luxury brand, according to Ford’s head design man, J Mays. His argument was that Lincoln lacked the unique DNA to differentiate it from the rest of the market, although the arrival of the MKZ is beginning to change that. Now, we have this video from Autoline Detroit, where Jim Hall, an analyst for 2953 Analytics who was quoted in yesterday’s Lincoln story, explains the influence of certain styling cues and how they impact the brands.

Using BMW (Angel Eyes) and Buick (Ventiports) as examples for small, simple touches that serve to distinguish the brand’s vehicles on the road, Hall then points out how changing trademark styling features, as Chevrolet has done on the new Corvette Stingray, can hurt the vehicle’s public perception. Take a look at the full video below for an interesting dive into what these styling features mean to their individual brands.

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The importance of Angel Eyes, Ventiports and four round taillights originally appeared on BMW Top News on Sun, 01 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Spy Photos, Convertible, Coupe, Performance, BMW

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7c85bmw m4 convertible spy shots 250 BMW M4 spied in coupe and convertible formFrom the sound of it, we’ll have to wait until the Detroit Auto Show to see the production version of the BMW M4, but spy shots show the new hi-po BMW testing recently in both coupe and convertible form. Showing a lot more skin than recent spy shots, these M4 prototypes look very similar to the M4 Concept we saw at Pebble Beach.

Carryovers from the concept car include the funky mirrors, bulging hood and the slotted front fascia vents, but the rear fascia seems to be missing the added flair of the concept and, as expected, the carbon fiber front splitter and exhaust tips are also missing from these M4s. Like the current M3 Convertible, the drop-top version of the M4 will utilize a retractable hard top.

BMW M4 spied in coupe and convertible form originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Spy Photos, Crossover, BMW, Luxury

1e56bmw x4 spy shots BMW X4 tunes up its crossover game in Germany

Except for the fancy wheels and the overly expressive fascias, the production version of the BMW X4 looks like it will carry over practically untouched from what we saw in the X4 Concept several months back. With the same fastback roofline as the concept, these spy shots show that the X4 is taking shape to be a baby version of the BMW X6.

Sharing the same platform as the X3, the lower and wider X4 will be positioned slightly more upmarket – as is the case with the X5 and X6. We hear that this could mean that the X4 will ditch the X3’s base engine to give an even sportier feel right out of the gate, but word has it that an M version will being showing up down the road as well.

BMW has already revealed what it plans to show off at the Frankfurt Motor Show (i3, 4 Series Coupe, next-gen X5, refreshed 5 Series, X5 Concept eDrive plug-in hybrid and Concept Active Tourer Outdoor), so barring any surprised we definitely won’t be seeing the X4 there. At this point, with as close to production as these images would have us believe, our best guess would be that we’ll see the X4’s official unveiling happen either at LA or Detroit.

BMW X4 tunes up its crossover game in Germany originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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