Here are the five must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Friday, May 29, 2015.
INSIDE THE AUTO BUSINESS
May auto sales may be the strongest they’ve been in a year, but they might not look that way because the auto selling month was a day shorter this year than last.
U.S. sales of midsize cars are down 4% through the first four months of 2015. The overall new vehicle market is moving in the opposite direction.
Although we take offense at Automobile magazine’s opening to their second paragraph, “Boring sales stats aside,” this review of the new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid is worth reading.
Jalopnik boss Travis Okulski isn’t yet supposed to tell us what it’s like to drive the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. But he’s allowed to drive it and show us what it’s like to drive. So former Jalopnik EIC Matt Hardigree suggested this morning that you watch this video of Okulski driving the Mazda with the auto-captioning system on. Just press the little cc in the bottom right. “Did you get that mail I was a brilliant song perennial.”
Mitsubishi is recalling 82,784 Lancers and Lancer Evolutions (2004-2006) and Lancer Sportbacks (2004) because, likewise, “the affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrustion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.”