Auto News For Friday, April 24, 2015 - GM Profits At $900 Million Could Have Been Better

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible
Here are six must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Friday, April 24, 2015.

INSIDE THE AUTO BUSINESS
Globally, General Motors earned $900 million in the first-quarter of 2015. It should have been more, but Brazil isn't working out all that great right now and Russia's a mess.

TTAC
American Honda wants to sell 2000 Civic Type Rs per month when the car finally arrives here. In 2016. Or 2017. Or maybe 2018. 2000?

Auto News For Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Could Aston Martin Build An SUV In America?

2015 Aston Martin DBX Concept
Here are six must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Thursday, April 23, 2015.

INSIDE THE AUTO BUSINESS
If Aston Martin is going to build an SUV, does it make sense to build that SUV in... the United States? Perhaps. But don't get ahead of yourself there, Bond. If 007 were ever to drive a crossover, it might also be a UK-built model, according to the Financial Times. Aston Martin currently builds its vehicles in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

INSIDE THE AUTO CAR CLUB BUSINESS
Nicholas Maronese's story on the five reasons people join the Classic Car Club Of Manhattan is interesting. And it's also the cause of many Autofocus readers deciding they want to start a data in a Cobra and end it in a WRX STi.

Watch 2015 Nissan Pathfinder Video Review - Alex On Autos

2013 Nissan Pathfinder red
There is no such thing as a YouTube auto review more thorough or intelligent than Alex Dykes' productions. 

Both Alex and I write reviews for The Truth About Cars - you see Canadianized reviews of my reviews here on GoodCarBadCar - but the reviews are typically of different vehicles and they certainly vary in style.


Historical Monthly & Yearly Nissan Pathfinder Sales Figures


So, drumroll please, we now bring you Alex Dykes video reviews on GoodCarBadCar, as mentioned yesterday in The News. The first installment is the latest Alex On Autos review of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder. 

2016 Lexus ES Will Continue To Sell Very Well In America Because ES Always Sells Well

2016 Lexus ES300h white
Lexus introduced the 2016 ES at the Shanghai International Motor Show earlier this week, bringing meaningful updates to the sixth-generation of the early Lexus. The ES sedan, a front-wheel-drive hit from the get-go, was one of two cars Lexus used to introduce the brand to the world. 

A Camry-based car, the ES was typically a V6-powered car only, but a four-cylinder hybrid arrived with the 2013 model year.
2016 Lexus ES sedan rear white
For 2016, the ES continues in North America as an ES350 and ES300h, but a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder from the NX200T will appear in other markets. The styling continues to change in a evolutionary way save for the addition of a bold Lexus spindle grille.


Historic Monthly & Yearly Lexus ES Sales Figures
Historic Monthly & Yearly Lexus Brand Sales Figures


It might not have mattered if Lexus skipped the update process altogether, not just now but in 2012, as well. Who knows, maybe Lexus could still be selling the third or fourth-generation models. In the United States, the ES attracts large numbers of buyers simply because it's an ES: refined, quiet, smooth, affordable, sufficiently powerful, in possession of a legendary reputation for reliability, and sold in customer-oriented dealerships. 

More than 72,000 ES sedans were sold in the U.S. in each of the last two years, down from the peak of 82,867 sold in 2007 but well ahead of the rate of sales during the market slowdown between 2008 and 2012, when an average of 51,600 ESs were sold annually. 

Auto News For Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Will Lincoln Change Naming Structure?

2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Here are six must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

INSIDE THE AUTO BUSINESS
Is Lincoln ready to ditch its alphabet-heavy naming scheme? Here’s the key Joe Hinrichs quote from Nick Bunkley’s Automotive News story: "I know MKX and C and Z and T. I’ve studied them very well. I know them well, but we also understand the issue,” Ford’s President of the Americas said. “But another way Lincoln could distinguish itself is to leverage its heritage.” We already know the Continental is coming back.

INSIDE THE MOTORCYCLE BUSINESS
Harley-Davidson sells a lot of motorcycles, but they’re not selling as many customized motorcycles as they used to. As Bloomberg reports, Harley-Davidson’s market share is consequently falling. 

TTAC
Sales of the sixth-gen Ford Mustang are naturally exploding in the car’s home market. The Mustang outsold the Challenger and Camaro - combined - in March 2015