Auto News For Friday, March 18, 2016 – Four FCA Autos Among Consumer Reports’ Worst Picks


2015 Fiat 500L

Here are the seven must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Friday, March 18, 2016.

WORST
What do the Mitsubishi Mirage, Fiat 500L, Chrysler 200, Mercedes-Benz CLA250, Lincoln MKS, Dodge Journey, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Cadillac Escalade, Chrysler Town & Country, and Mitsubishi i MiEV have in common? They rank at the bottom of their categories in Consumer Reports’ Overall Scores.

LEVANTE
This is a different Levante, not the Islamic State Of Iraq And The Levant. This is a Maserati. And while ISIS prefers Toyota pickups, this Levante is Maserati’s first utility vehicle. Pricing begins at $72,000 plus delivery in the United States, or $83,000 for the more powerful Levante S. – Automotive News

MINI
Globally, BMW’s Mini brand is on a roll. In the United States, however, Mini sales are perpetually declining. – TTAC

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EVOQUE CABRIO
There’s an extra 551 pounds of bracing to keep the structure stiff. That doesn’t bode well. – evo

CANADA’S BEST
Although Canada’s passenger car market is in decline, the majority of the cars on the list of Canada’s 25 best-selling cars are selling more often this year than they did in 2015. And the Canadian-made Honda Civic tops the list, as always. – Autofocus

WATCH
It’s not exactly an off-road test, though Land Rover, Jeep, and Porsche build Range Rover Sports, Grand Cherokees, and Cayennes with genuine off-road capability. Examining their fast versions instead, which one is quickest?