AD #2245 – Lexus Considers UX for U.S., November Sales Stronger Than Expected, FCA & Hyundai Discuss Tech Partnership

December 4th, 2017 at 11:59am

Runtime: 8:37

0:31 November Sales Stronger Than Expected
1:04 Top 6 Sales Results
2:17 Luxury Brand Sales Results
3:30 Mercedes Reveals New Sprinter Interior
4:02 VW Launches New Ride-Sharing Service
4:33 FCA & Hyundai Discuss Tech Partnership
5:00 VW May Buy Stake In GAZ
5:13 Lexus Considers Bringing UX To U.S.
6:02 New Wrangler Features Design Cues from Moab Concepts

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25 Comments to “AD #2245 – Lexus Considers UX for U.S., November Sales Stronger Than Expected, FCA & Hyundai Discuss Tech Partnership”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Cadillac is sedan heavy, is having rumblings of transmission problems with the CT6, and all the promising of new reveals still hasn’t materialized. Cadillac has good stuff but in the market today you have to ‘plus’ yourself and be the leader. Time to get-going Cadillac and pick up the pace. (And this is coming from a Cadillac fan); last three additions to my vehicles have been two STS’s and an XT5).

  2. buzzerd Says:

    Infiniti -sales are up, 6 crossovers
    Cadillac – sales are down, 2 crossovers
    Hmmmm, well I can’t figure it out.

  3. Pat Maclou Says:

    In your standing of Luxury Vehicle sales you forgot Lincoln. It’s always interesting to see Cadillac and Lincoln battling it out.

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    I really like the looks of the Lexus UX. Hopefully it doesn’t change much from the pics you showed.

    Jeep is in a tough position. The Wrangler has a solid following and purists that don’t want to see it change. Some folks lost their mind when they changed the headlights to square. So keeping it fresh and modern while maintaining its strong design heritage has to be a challenge. Funny that the fold down windscreen which was only created for shipping overseas during the war has been a design feature they chose to maintain when a roll-cage and windscreen frame defeats the original design intent.

  5. Fred L Schmidt Says:

    I notice Lexus sales are down over 6%. In my opinion their styling is part of the problem. That front end/grill is horrid! I think they are getting some younger buyers with that style but losing more who don’t like it!

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    #1 I agree and also a fan of the caddy brand. I just hope that GM in their infinite wisdom does not do as they have done in the past, and just grab one of the other GM brand SUV/CUVs fill it with options, new fascia’s and badge it a Cadillac. They need to maintain the separation to break that “just a loaded up Chevy” stigma. Launch a specific Caddy CUV.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #3 I don’t think the Jeep “purists” ever got over the Wrangler with the rectangular headlights. Even Corvette people are more adaptive. I no longer hear whining about C7 ‘Vettes having non-round tail lights.

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I am guilty of that,and yes I am long time over that. Well,the tail light thing on the vettes. The square headlights on the jeep,NEVER,lol.

  9. buzzerd Says:

    @5, wouldn’t you love to see a FX type crossover from Caddy? Smaller than the XT5, 250-300 ish horsepower. You could use the Equinox chassis but tighten it up a bit.

  10. Lex Says:

    Fords sales for the month of November 2017 were probably so strong due to the zero percent financing for 72 months and $1000.00 customer cash offer to customers.

  11. Norm T Says:

    You almost can’t forget GM has Buick and GMC which pull as much or more in sales and profits as does Acura and Infiniti.

    From GM:

    “Customer demand for crossovers, strong SUV sales, and a record November for GMC Denali sales helped GM’s Average Transaction Prices (ATP) for surpass $37,000 for the first time ever. GM’s ATPs were about $4,500 above industry average and nearly $2,000 higher than any domestic competitor.”

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 As I remember, the biggest talking point of the then-new 1997 Wrangler was that it went back to round headlights, even though it was a completely new, and better machine, with better suspension and many other improvements.

  13. Drew Says:

    For the list of lurury brand sales, I would like to see a couple of more brands to be tracked… Acura and Lincoln.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    11 Yeah I believe Jeep needs to stick to just powertrain and suspension improvements. Oh and IP updates to keep up with infotainment needs.

    8 Yes I think a smaller (than XT5) CUV crossover would be good for Caddy. As with any platform the XT5 will continue to grow in size with each refresh leaving room for a smaller vehicle.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    As others have said, Cadillac needs more crossovers, but if done right, using shared platforms should be fine. It works for Lexus. All of their CUVs and SUVs share platforms with Toyota products.

    I generally like the Cadillac sedans, but not enough to buy one. It’s hard to believe I’m saying this, but if I wanted a near-luxury sedan, the Genesis G80 would be high on my shopping list. At an MSRP of ~42K, it is very well equipped with RWD, a naturally aspirated V6, all of the usual safety technology, simple, intuitive controls, leather, etc. Also, it is quiet, and drives decently. Until I experienced a friend’s G80 a few months ago, I wouldn’t have guessed I might actually like a Hyundai.

    A Cadillac CTS drives “sportier,” but comparably equipped, is much more expensive.

  16. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: none of the improvements went unnoticed on the 97. But the headlights brought back ‘the look’…

    @ Lambo” agreed about the jeep. I do love the new styling,and the vented fenders are much needed when trail ridin’.

  17. Sean McElroy Says:

    @Drew – Ask and ye shall receive. Acura sold 12,716 vehicles in the U.S. in November, which is up 9.5% compared to last November. So far this year, Acura has sold 139,540 vehicles, which is down 3.2% through the same time last year.

    Lincoln sold 8,909 cars and trucks in the U.S. in November, which is down 5.5% compared to last November. Lincoln has also sold 100,540 so far this year, which is up 1.6%.

    Let me know if there’s anything else.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #16 How about Audi?

  19. merv Says:

    dealer lots here in Western Canada seem to still have lots of 2017 vehicles to move. All kinds of deals to be had, 0%financing/cash back/etc. I’m thinking nov and dec sales will remain strong.

  20. FSTFWRD Says:

    @#4 Fred L Schmidt Couldn’t agree more about the Lexus grill. Great company, great reliability, great engineering, etc. But that grill!! It’s hideous and makes the cars look like giant electric shavers. I am in the market for a new car but crossed off the Lexus immediately because of the grill. To me and my wife, looks matters and I could never have one of those in my garage.

  21. Sean McElroy Says:

    @kit – If you open up the transcript we have a chart that includes Audi’s sales and increase for the month of November. As for YTD sales, it has sold 199,534 vehicles in the U.S., which is a 6.7% increase.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Thanks, Sean

  23. Al Molinski Says:

    After having 2 Cadillac vehicles and dealing with timing chain problems on one and seats and rear axle problems on another I gave up on the so called “luxury” brand. I drove a chevy pickup and put over 100,000 miles on it with the only problem being a bad ground that chevy took care of. Cadillac response to known problems – sorry about you luck.

  24. John C Says:

    I was looking for a used car or CUV for my daughter this weekend but bought a new Jeep Renegade Sport, the base model, because they discounted the MSP $8100, making it a better deal than any used car I could find.. I can see why new car sales are strong but that kind of discounting to move vehicles can’t be sustainable?

  25. veh Says:

    “Fords sales for the month of November 2017 were probably so strong due to the zero percent financing for 72 months and $1000.00 customer cash offer to customers.”

    So how about Nissan? They were up 14%…Titan more than double YOY. Maxima, of all things, way up. I gotta think they offered some attractive incentives there too.