Auto News For Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - GM Invests $1.2 Billion In Fort Wayne

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Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

INSIDE THE PICKUP TRUCK BUSINESS

Whenever pickup trucks are selling really well, there's an underlying sense of doubt. "Surely this can't last forever," or, "Something's got to give." General Motors has little doubt, however, as the automaker just announced that they'll spend $1.2 billion – that's b-b-b-billion with a b - to double the size of their Fort Wayne, Indiana, plant.

INSIDE THE AUTO RUMOUR MILL
Motor Trend reports that Cadillac has much more up its sleeve than the ATS-V. Imagine an ATS-V+ with a 505-horsepower 7.0L V8 from the previous-generation Corvette Z06.

Let's Not Pretend: Calling It A Golf Doesn't Mean Americans Are Going To Buy Wagons

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Here are a few key facts from last week's GCBC post on Jalopnik's Kinja platform.

• U.S. sales of the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen declined 27% between 2011 and 2014.

• As the Golf SportWagen takes over from the Jetta SportWagen – which was already a Golf wagon – April sales of the duo slid 28%, year-over-year. True, the Golf SportWagon isn't yet plentiful on dealer lots, but the figure includes a fair number of Jetta SportWagens.

Auto News For Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Mazda USA Won't Sell The New 2

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Here are the five must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

INSIDE THE LUXURY AUTO BUSINESS

If, as Automotive News is reporting, the Ford Explorer is moving further upmarket than ever before in its new-for-2016 $50K+ Platinum trim, what does that say about Lincoln? And if, as Automotive News is reporting, Nissan wants to sell more upper-trim Maximas now that the new generation is launching, what does that say about Infiniti?

INSIDE THE AUTO BUSINESS
The New York Times calls him, "Detroit's Chief Instigator." He's Sergio Marchionne, and the lengthy NYT profile on the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss reveals details of an email he sent GM CEO Mary Barra and plays up Sergio's sweaters. 

2015 Audi S3 Review - Not Flawless But Far From Flawed

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The 2015 Audi S3 isn't perfect.

But let's not kid ourselves. The 2015 Audi S3 is awfully close to being pretty freaking perfect.

THE GOOD
• So much power

• Impressive interior
• Grip for days
• Handsome exterior
• Audi Drive Select is key
THE BAD
• No manual-trans available
• Steering could be slightly quicker
• Ride quality is jarring
• Bit of low-end DSG and/or turbo lag
• Golf R, anyone?

If you think the A3 on which it's based, the smallest Audi sedan, is just a little too cutesy, the S3's menacing bodywork and wheel-hugging stance add just the right aura of aggression. 

Those who believe the BMW M235i's coupe bodystyle is too impractical find in the S3 a proper cabin for a small family. Others may feel the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG simply doesn't feel sufficiently classy inside, but the S3's interior makes it feel like a $65,000 car for a $55,000 price.

Auto News For Monday, May 25, 2015 - GM Increases Wentzville Truck Production

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Here are the seven must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Monday, May 25, 2015.

INSIDE THE AUTO RACING BUSINESS

Juan Pablo Montoya – former Formula 1 Driver, former NASCAR driver, former Indianapolis 500 winner – won the Indy 500 on Sunday, May 24. Also on Sunday, Formula 1's Monac0 Grand Prix was won by Mercedes' Nico Rosberg. Juan Pablo Montoya last won the Monaco Grand Prix in a BMW in 2003. He finished second in a McLaren-Mercedes in 2006.

INSIDE THE TRUCK BUSINESS
Forget lunch. Forget "six-minute production lulls." Get to work, people of Wentzville, Missouri. GM needs more trucks.

AUTOFOCUS
Canada's best-selling premium brand car through the first four months of 2015 is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Here are the 24 next-best-selling luxury vehicles in Canada.