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  1. car race0:02
  2. TV show3:43
  3. new beetle3:17, 3:46
  4. mixed martial arts3:37
  5. Automotive News1:00
  6. GM2:12
  7. pole position0:04
  8. Nissan0:52, 1:02, 1:20
  9. Honda0:05, 1:14, 1:54

Mon, 9 Apr 2012|

Altima gears up for Camry-like volume | Score one for bailouts | Beetle's tough-man test


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Midsize car race with Toyota in the pole position. Honda in the -- place. These makes a push to pass all reacted. Welcome back on this Monday. I'm Tom -- back. 400000. Toyota hasn't sold that Medicare -- in the US since 2008. But this year it could. That 2012 Emery is flying out of show rooms. And the SE model is even giving the cars some youth appeal. It's a good sign the camera will keep its title of top selling car in the US for a tenth straight year. But hot competitor is closing in. Nissan is selling a lot of ultimate and the new model shown last week in New York comes out in June. Automotive News reporter Lindsay Chappell says Nissan is adding capacity of plants and can't Mississippi and smeared -- Tennessee. Hoping to hit 400000. Units. He says the -- unlike the Camry or Honda Accord has never been a very high volume product until now. Nissan Altima is a much more recent entry into this game and they haven't needed the factory muscle. To compete at those higher levels. The Altima is the nation's number two car right now. And Nissan already promoting the new Altima. -- -- models of -- next fifteen months including a completely re imagined. Stupid here at. 41000. Ultimate isn't sold in the US last month compared with 42000. Memories. Honda still dealing with shortages stemming from last year is natural disasters. Accord sales fell 15%. To fewer than 27000. And to a court however is due out this fall. The 2009 government bailouts of GM and Chrysler were a lightning rod for discussion then. And now. But a new Harris poll shows a sizable number of people 45%. Believe the auto rescue help the economy. Those polled can't say the same for the federal bailout of the banking and insurance industries. Harris took it a step further. In found 59% of Democrats in 33% of Republicans. Think the auto rescues help the economy. An online poll of nearly 2500 adults taking place last month. A few weeks back we asked when you think of a manly vehicle what comes to mind. -- question coming on the heels of a report highlighting VW's redesigned beetle. Since it's fall launch some 43%. Of US buyers have been men and that's way up from a year earlier. Many of you send in some terrific comments. In is it just so happened our mark -- had the chance that drive the new beetle but instead of he turned the wheel over to a very special. Very tough yes here's. -- really kicking you through it. -- aggressive dash. That's it is maverick this whole collector harping. Former mixed martial arts champ who now owns a training -- in LA in his his own reality TV show. He has plenty of opinions on the new beetle to hear more and find out what his friends would say if we bought one and trust me on this it's the best sound -- we've aired and while. You wanna visit auditors dot com slash beatle. With that we thank you for watching this Monday edition of auto news now if you'd like to send us that we were on Twitter at auto news TV. Take care we'll see you tomorrow.

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    Eight polling that Tug of war what heavy duty YouTube has poured threatening to life. You're watching auto news now. Good to see you on this Monday. I'm Tom back for Ford and Chrysler the stakes couldn't be higher. According to true cart dot com heavy duty pickups represent 23%. Of all pick up sales in the US. In one of the main reasons to buy a big truck. Towing capability. a battle is raging between Ford and Chrysler's ram Brad. Over who can claim best in class Ford is threatening legal action if keeps claiming its pickups have besting class We're talking so called fifth wheel or goose neck trailer is connected in the pick up that. So here's the issue. Ford says 2015. F 454. By four crew cab can 31200. House. That's about 12100 pounds more than the highest capacity 3500. Which is rated at 30000. Pounds. But rim says the trucks are not even in the same class. It's is the F 450 is a class four pick up in fact the only class four pick up on the market. says the 3500. Actually competes against the F 350. In GM's 3500. Heavy duties. Reporter Larry tells us Ford does something no other automaker does when setting its maximum payload for the F series. It removes items like the radio. The spare tire the Jack. In the center console in order to produced the maximum number for its payload that's a questionable practice because a component truck over. Into another class. Larry says under the system used by other auto makers the F 450 would be considered class war. For more story in today's print and digital editions of Automotive News. Ford is raising prices on the new one in fifteen aluminum body F 150 pick up. Like 340 dollars to 3385. Bucks. The king ranch sees the biggest price increase over the 2014 model. Ford however has upped the standard equipment in all models of the truck for example to information screens are standard. Our Richard true it is also reporting the auto maker is trimming the number of F 150 models from eleven to five. With the new truck arrives this fall popular name plates such as the raptor in limited will be gone. Dealers started ordering the pick ups today. More business may be on the way to service based in GM dealerships. That's because the auto maker is offering buyers of its 2015 models for monthly vehicle diagnostic reports through OnStar. The move also allows customers to sign up to receive maintenance notifications from their stores. Both services will be offered at no charge for five years under a plan named OnStar basic. Previously. They were available only to paying OnStar subscribers. GM says that customers who are emailed me notifications from their dealerships. Come in for two additional service visits a year on average. Compared with customers who don't receive that. Cash for clunkers a phrase that was all the rage five years ago this month. Officially known as the car allowance rebate system clunkers was a lifeline at a desperate time in the US auto industry. US sales in June of 2009 dropped 28%. wasn't so lawful because every other month that your have been worse. But thanks to clunkers which provided consumers as much as 4500 bucks to trade in an old gas guzzler for a more fuel efficient new vehicle. July 2009 sales were off just 12%. In August sales that year were up 1%. In the end nearly 700000. Vehicles were traded in through the two point 85 billion dollar federal program. Have a great day everyone. We'll see you back here tomorrow.