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Auto News For Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – Global Volvo Sales Still Rising Rapidly

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Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

In North America’, we’re continuing to see meaningful Volvo sales increases caused by the arrival of the second-generation XC90 last year. In fact, Volvo Canada sold more XC90s in March 2016 than total Volvos in March 2015. But Volvo’s North American operations still aren’t nearly the force they were when the first-generation XC90 was launched, not nearly. Globally, however, Volvo is soaring, with first-quarter volume up 12% to 120,591 units. 15% of those Volvos were sold in the United States and Canada. – Automotive News

Not looking forward to the long wait for your Tesla Model 3, a wait which will be longer if you don’t already own a Tesla and don’t want to option the car up from its USD $35,000 base price? Well, at least you won’t need to buy it from a dealer. – Jalopnik

It’s no longer the Boxster, remember. It’s now the 718 Boxster, dorkily. evo’s Dan Prosser says it’s, “faster than ever and still brilliant to drive, but the new turbo engine lacks character.” Undoubtedly.

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Just as the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram P/U were America’s three top-selling vehicles in the first-quarter of 2015, so too are the Ford, Chevy, and Ram the three best-selling vehicles in 2016 so far. But they’ve pulled further away from the leading car. – TTAC

Perhaps an individual charged with driving under the influence isn’t the right person for a… um, car commercial. Even if Abby Wambach was driving a Range Rover, and not a Mini, when the incident occurred. – Autoblog

You can now buy GoodCarBadCar merchandise. Let us know if there are items you’d be interested in that we’re not currently selling – mugs, tank tops, leggings, iPhone cases – and we can probably make it happen.

On average, Americans buy 3000 Porsche Boxsters per year. That doesn’t make it a common car, but it’s a major player in its segment. This is the AutoExpress review of the new 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster.