Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Monday, April 11, 2016.
"A typical new (Chrysler) 200 or (Dodge) Dart loses just under half of its value in the first 12 months of ownership," Larry Vellequette writes, in an article that runs the gamut from Pacifica marketing to Fiat's overhaul. And the failures of FCA's car launches. – Automotive News
To be honest, he may be right. Mazda's North American boss, Masahiro Moro, says the MazdaSpeed 3, "or whatever you call it was a little bit – I am not afraid to say it – childish." The hood scoop. The torque steer. The stupid grin. But for a brand that tries to play up its enthusiast cred, its driver's edge, a performanceless Mazda is a contradiction. – Automobile
Canadian auto sales shot to record levels in 2013. And 2014. And again in 2015. But the rate of acceleration is picking up speed in early 2016. The 30 best-selling vehicles in Canada account for much of the growth – and nearly two-thirds of the volume – in the Canadian market. – Autofocus
TESLA vs. BMW
If you want to drive a really great car but don't actually want to drive, which vehicle would better suit you: a Tesla Model S P90D or a BMW 730Ld? – CAR
Through the first-quarter of 2016, the Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling SUV/crossover in America. But it wouldn't be if Toyota had decided not to sell the RAV4 Hybrid. – TTAC
Everything was going right for Louis Oosthuizen's fourth-round shot on the Par 3 #16 at The Masters, until calamity struck. His competitor's ball appeared as though it would block Oosthuizen's ball from finding the cup. And then it did. And then Oosthuizen's ball landed in for a hole in one anyway. This has nothing to do with cars.