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Auto News For Friday, February 19, 2016 – Does BMW Cheat On Its U.S. Sales Stats?

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Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Friday, February 19, 2016.
This is no surprise, particularly because of BMW’s reputation, the industry’s reputation. But BMW is being accused of enhancing its U.S. sales figures at the end of 2015 by incentivizing dealers to buy BMWs as loaners. Statistically, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz sell almost identical numbers of new vehicles. – Automotive News
The Lexus LC500h is the hybrid version of the recently introduced Lexus LC500. Its transmission? Not a CVT, not a dual-clutch direct shift gearbox borrowed from Volkswagen, not a fanciful 10-speed automatic. The Lexus LC500h will use a 4-speed automatic. – Jalopnik

Utility vehicles are already outselling passenger cars in Canada. In January, SUVs/crossovers came close to catching cars in the United States. So when will cars be outsold by SUVs and crossovers in America? – TTAC

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Only 5% of the new vehicles sold in January 2016 by Canada’s highest-volume automobile manufacturer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, were cars. –
We’ll be publishing our review of the 2016 Fiat 500X Trekking AWD later today. But could Fiat be readying a completely different 500X, a more powerful, more performance-oriented Abarth 500X? – CAR
Show us a car buyer who wouldn’t be happy driving a Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R, or Audi RS3 and we’ll show you a car buyer who’s not an automotive enthusiast. But which mega hatch is best?