Chevrolet SS Sales Are Finally Rising, Albeit Barely

2015 Chevrolet SS grey
General Motors sold more Chevrolet SS sedans in April 2015 than they did in April 2014.

Albeit only 16 more, to be precise. 5.7% more.

Yet not in any of the previous five months in which the SS could produce a year-over-year increase did it manage to do so. (October 2014 sales jumped 11,400% from one reported sale in October 2013 to 115.)


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2015 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - April 2015 YTD


Moreover, the SS’s April 2015 sales total was the second-highest level ever for the Aussie-built sedan.

Are we finally seeing an SS recovery, or is this just a blip on the Dodge Charger SRT’s radar?

Watch 2015 BMW M235i Video Review - Alex On Autos

Along with this weekend's upcoming GCBC review of the 2015 Audi S3, here's Alex Dykes' review of the 2015 BMW M235i.

We assume BMW doesn't want to call the M235i a full-on M car for two reasons. There'll be an M2. Plus, the company probably didn't want this car to be constantly compared to the previous-generation BMW 1M, which will not the all-rounder that the M235i is, was just plain ridiculous.

And yet reviewers consistently report that the M235i is BMW doing what BMW does best. The M235i, they say, is BMW at its core, BMW like BMW used to be, a true successor to the E46 M3.

Auto News For Friday, May 22, 2015 - Mazda Says Driving Matters, Not Zoom Zoom

2016 Mazda MX-5 Driving Matters advertisement
Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Friday, May 22, 2015.

INSIDE THE AUTO BUSINESS

GM's poor safety record related to the company's recent ignition issues has caused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mandate  monthly meetings between government officials and the automaker for at least another year. Call it oversight; call it babysitting; call it what you may. The GM ignition switch failure is now tied to 104 deaths, and a NHTSA lawyer called the order to disclose and meet, a "productive and effective tool," according to The Detroit News.

INSIDE THE AUTO MARKETING BUSINESS
Remember Zoom Zoom? It didn't make you buy enough Mazdas. So on the same line of thinking, Mazda now says, "Driving matters." According to an ad for the new MX-5 Miata, "You might not need it. But can you live without it?" Should an automaker be telling me I don't need their product? Or should they be, "You can't live without it," a nice declarative, affirmative statement?

Auto News For Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Ford Recalls 8963 2015 Ford F150s

2016 BMW 435i ZHP
Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Thursday, May 21, 2015.

INSIDE THE AUTO RACING BUSINESS

Lewis Hamilton will be driving for Mercedes-Benz until at least 2018 and he’ll be paid handsomely for doing so. Forbes says that with bonuses, Lewis, the two-time F1 champion, will earn $45 million per year.

INSIDE THE PERFORMANCE CAR BUSINESS

SE, EX, GLS - all the typical trim line names are so dull. How about ZHP? The 2016 BMW 435i ZHP isn’t the first ZHP BMW, but it’s the first 4-Series with the performance package. According to Car & Driver, it includes an extra 35 horsepower, a Track Handling package, an M Performance limited-slip diff, an M Performance package, and more. And it makes a better noise. 

TTAC

Hyundai USA’s SUV/CUV lineup is small and accomplishes rather not a lot. But in a slowing car market, Hyundai has maintained passenger car health and set an April sales record last month. 

2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Review - Aside From Price And Range, What The Fortwo Should Be

2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
I like Smarts.

It’s not a guilty pleasure, for I am not ashamed. It is a bizarre pleasure, however, lacking consistency and believability.

THE GOOD
• Electric torque

• Accurate range predictor
• Plenty of acceleration
• Eery silence
• Lots of space for two + stuff
THE BAD
• Burdened by weight
• Range not great
• Inconvenient charge time
• Gets breathless at higher speed
• Clearly a car that dates to '08

I’m a true blue car enthusiast with a love of V8 rumble, turbocharged torque, supercharged sizzle, manual shifters, and performance wagons. And yet, I can’t help myself: I like the way the Smart Fortwo steers, I’ve adapted to the way it wants to be shifted, I love the feeling of interior airiness, and I periodically enjoy well and truly pushing a car to its limits just to make proper forward progress. 

Approaching the limits in those performance cars I love? That’s a recipe for jail time.