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Small SUVs Shine at the Frankfurt Auto Show

Infiniti Q30 luxury compact

The Frankfurt Auto Show kicks off this week and manufacturers are rolling out new designs for future models. At least 70 world premier launches have been announced and the biggest categories appear to be electric and hybrid vehicles as well as “crossover” or small SUVs. With over 900,000 visitors expected, the Frankfurt Auto Show kicks off the 2013-2014 show season with one of the biggest expositions in the industry. Some of the more notable SUV launches expected this week include vehicles from Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz.

Infiniti Q30

GM Temporarily Suspends Volt Production, Yet Reports Record Sales

Chevrolet Volt

GM has announced plans to temporarily stop production of the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle for a second time this year for 5 weeks between September 17th and October 12th at its primary production facility in Hamtramck, Michigan. This announcement, according to the Wall Street Journal, was made by GM because lower than expected demand had caused inventory levels to rise to an unacceptable level. GM plans to use this downtime to prepare for the commencement of production on the updated 2014 Chevy Impala. The Hamtramck plant also produces the very popular Chevy Malibu line.  

This Week in Blurbs

This Week in Blurbs
Here are stories from this week that are interesting, odd, entertaining, and/or of remotely tangential interest to the auto buyer, in blurbs:
 
  • The European version of the upcoming FIAT 500L includes an optional espresso maker. Why do they get to have all the fun?

Summer Deals In A Hot Car Market

Summer Car Deals

With auto sales scorching this year, the simple law of supply and demand would suggest that great deals would be harder to find than normal. With vehicles moving briskly off the lots, there is less motivation to offer strong incentives. To a large extent this is proving to be the case in the marketplace, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t some deals to be had out there.

The Wall Street Journal investigated the car market and found there are still some savings to be found. Here’s where: