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. 

TTAC
Mazda USA won’t be importing the new, Mexico-built 2 hatchback. Here’s the numerical explanation. The 2 will still be sold in the U.S., but only as a Scion iA sedan.

REVIEW
evo says the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is, “a hugely compelling fast saloon and estate.” But Antony Ingram’s verdict also says, “the engine delivers a knockout punch but the chassis can’t quite match the M5.”

WATCH
You know the Ariel Atom. But this is the Ariel Nomad.