JD Power: May new car sales could hit 14.1M, tops in 2015…so far

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: — U.S. new-vehicle retail sales, on a selling-day adjusted basis, in May 2015 are expected to reach their highest levels since August 2014, according to a monthly sales forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.

Retail Light-Vehicle Sales

The new-vehicle retail seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate (SAAR) in May is expected to be 14.1 million units, on par with the level reached in May 2014 and the first time the retail SAAR has reached 14.1 million units since August 2014.

New-vehicle retail sales in May 2015 are forecasted to reach 1,300,600 units, a 2 percent increase on a selling-day adjusted basis compared with May 2014. The sales pace of 50,000 units per day in May 2015 is the strongest daily selling rate in the month of May since 2004 when an average of nearly 53,000 vehicles were sold each day. Retail transactions are the most accurate measure of consumer demand for new vehicles.

U.S. Retail SAAR—May 2014 to May 2015  (in millions of units)

 

Source: Power Information Network® (PIN) from J.D. Power

“The industry continues to outperform prior-year levels with respect to retail sales and transaction prices,” said John Humphrey, senior vice president of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power. “The average new-vehicle retail transaction price so far in May is $30,428, on pace to achieve a new record for the month.” The previous record was set in May 2014 when retail transaction prices averaged $29,400.

The combination of strong sales and high transaction prices positions May to set a new record for the month for consumer spending on new vehicles at approximately $39.6 billion, according to the Power Information Network (PIN) from J.D. Power.  It would become the third-highest level of new-vehicle consumer spending in a month following August 2014 ($40.3 billion) and July 2005 ($39.7 billion).

While average gas prices across the nation have slowly climbed from January’s low of $2.12 per gallon to $2.72 per gallon so far in May, refinery constraints in California have driven fuel prices in that state up at a much faster rate. Regular fuel prices in California averaged $3.77 per gallon so far in Mayup from $2.55 per gallon in January—their highest level since September 2014.

High gas prices are contributing to increased hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) sales, which have accounted for 9.8 percent of all retail new-vehicle sales in California in May, their highest level since August 2014. Hybrid and EV sales have also started to recover nationwide, representing 3.5 percent of all retail sales in May, up from a low of 2.9 percent in February. In August 2014, hybrid and EV sales made up 4.3 percent of nationwide sales and 10.5 percent of retail sales in California.

Total Light-Vehicle Sales

Total light-vehicle sales in May 2015 are projected to reach 1,591,100, a 3 percent increase on a selling day adjusted basis compared with May 2014. Fleet volume is expected to hit 290,500 units, accounting for 18.3 percent of total sales, up from 17.6 percent a year ago.

 

J.D. Power and LMC Automotive U.S. Sales and SAAR Comparisons

  May 20151 April 2015 May 2014
New-Vehicle Retail Sales 1,300,600 units

(2% higher than May 2014)2

1,150,557 units 1,322,201 units
Total Vehicle Sales 1,591,100 units

(3% higher than May 2014)2

1,452,241 units 1,605,373 units
Retail SAAR 14.1 million units 13.4 million units 14.1 million units
Total SAAR 17.3 million units 16.5 million units 16.7 million units

1Figures cited for May 2015 are forecasted based on the first 14 selling days of the month.

2The percentage change is adjusted based on the number of selling days in the month (26 days in May 2015 vs. 27 days in May 2014).

Sales Outlook

LMC Automotive is maintaining its total light-vehicle sales forecast for the year at 17.0 million units and its retail forecast at 13.9 million units.

“May’s selling rate is making up for a slightly weaker April, and keeping the year on track to reach the elusive 17 million unit mark,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting at LMC Automotive. “Over the next several months, all eyes will be on the timing of the expected increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve, as the rate increase could have a significant impact on auto sales volume by year-end.”

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North American Production

North American production in April 2015 reached 1.49 million units, outpacing March and up 5 percent from April 2015. As a result, automakers built up some inventory as the industry heads into the summer selling season. May started with a 65-day supply, up from 59 days the previous month but still below the 69-day supply the industry was at during the same point last year.

LMC Automotive’s production forecast for 2015 also remains at 17.5 million units, a 500,000 unit increase compared with 2014. The continued popularity of SUVs is helping to drive up production numbers through April 2015, with SUV production in North America up 130,000 units, a 6 percent increase compared with the same period in 2014, with 70 percent of the increase in the midsize and large SUV segments.

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Hyundai offers mass-produced fuel cell vehicle for $499 p/month

2016 Tucson Fuel Cell

2016 Tucson Fuel Cell

Lease Includes Unlimited Free Hydrogen Refueling and
At Your Service Valet Maintenance

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Hyundai’s zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle continues to satisfy and attract new customers focused on high-versatility and clean transportation. For 2016, the Tucson Fuel Cell adds convenient HomeLink® connectivity to the mirror, allowing owners to open and close garage doors, security gates and even control home lighting systems via a button on the rearview mirror, which now includes a digital compass. In addition, Tucson adds two new exterior color options to Winter White: Hydro Blue and Chromium Silver.

2016 Tucson Fuel Cell

“At Hyundai, we strongly believe that hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission vehicle technology, and we’re proud to be a leader in offering the mass-produced Tucson Fuel Cell to our customers,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and chief executive officer, Hyundai Motor America. “Every day, these customers are enjoying the benefits of refueling speed and superior range that compare favorably with gasoline vehicles, providing a seamless transition from traditional vehicles with minimal loss of utility. We’re confident that advancing fuel cell technology will increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles, and that everyone will benefit.”

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell has also received strong support from government agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board. “These ultra-clean vehicles play a critical role in our efforts to clean the air and meet our climate goals,” said Air Resources Board chairman Mary D. Nichols. “Fuel cell cars are not vehicles of the future – they’re here now, and we applaud Hyundai for bringing them first to market in California where they are most needed.”

FUEL CELL PRICING AND BENEFITS
The Tucson Fuel Cell lease program remains unchanged for 2016. Customers in the Los Angeles/Orange County region can drive Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell for just $499 per month for a 36-month term, with a $2,999 down payment. This includes the addition of a remarkable benefit – unlimited complimentary hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost.

“When we spoke with customers about fuel cell vehicles, many wondered about the cost of hydrogen,” explained Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning. “To ease those concerns as the hydrogen refueling network builds out, we decided that covering this cost for these early adopters was appropriate, and consistent with how we like to treat our customers.”

In addition, Tucson Fuel Cell owners will enjoy similar services enjoyed by Hyundai Equus owners, such as At Your Service Valet Maintenance, at no extra cost. Similar to what Equus owners have enjoyed since its introduction in 2010, should a Tucson Fuel Cell require any service, a Hyundai dealer will pick up the vehicle and provide a loan vehicle, then return the car after service to the customer’s home or business, at no charge.

Customers interested in the Tucson Fuel Cell can indicate their interest (the first step in the ordering process) by visiting Hyundai.com. Retail consumers can find availability at three select southern California Hyundai dealers: Win Hyundai in Carson, Tustin Hyundai, and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim. Availability of the Tucson Fuel Cell will expand to other regions of the U.S. consistent with the accelerating deployment of hydrogen refueling stations.

TUCSON FUEL CELL ADVANTAGES
Hyundai has developed its Tucson Fuel Cell to alleviate some of the range and utility limitations of traditional battery electric vehicles. The Tucson Fuel Cell maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the gasoline-powered Tucson, so that its driver is able to fulfill their transportation needs without range or recharging-time concerns to their lifestyle.

The Tucson Fuel Cell is an advanced electric vehicle – one that creates its own electricity, on-board, from hydrogen. According to the University of California, Irvine Advanced Power and Energy Program’s 2013 study, the hydrogen fuel cell provides comparable total well-to-wheel emissions to a battery electric vehicle. For the Tucson Fuel Cell driver, this social benefit is achieved with greater utility, versatility and without compromises. Consider:

  • Driving range of 265 miles
  • Refueling time similar to gasoline vehicle of same size
  • Minimal reduction in daily utility compared with its gasoline counterpart
  • Instantaneous electric motor torque
  • Minimal cold-weather effects compared with battery-electric vehicles
  • Superb daily reliability and long-term durability
    • No moving parts within the power-generating fuel cell stack
    • More than two million durability test miles on Hyundai’s fuel cell fleet since 2000
    • Extensive crash, fire and leak testing successfully completed
    • Quieter EV operation
    • Zero greenhouse-gas emissions, emits only water vapor

The Tucson Fuel Cell began mass production in February 2013 at the Ulsan, Korea assembly plant that also manufactures the Tucson gasoline-powered CUV. Manufacturing the Tucson Fuel Cell at the same plant allows Hyundai to leverage both the high quality and cost-efficiency of its popular gasoline-powered Tucson platform.

HYDROGEN RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
The benefits of hydrogen are well known – required supplies for the U.S. market can be produced domestically and its supply is virtually unlimited. It can be produced by varied means – including renewable sources such as biogas. Hydrogen can even be sourced directly from water, using electrolysis to split hydrogen molecules with electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

Further supporting hydrogen infrastructure development, California approved a plan in 2013 to develop up to 100 hydrogen refueling stations in the state over the next several years. This recent California initiative dovetails with increased government support of hydrogen infrastructure development at the federal level, such as H2USA. In addition, the California Energy Commission recently announced proposed awarding of $44.5 million for the development of 28 new hydrogen stations (plus one mobile refueler), bringing the total number of hydrogen fueling stations (open, in-development, and proposed) to over 50 stations.

FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY: HOW IT WORKS
Hyundai’s fuel cell effectively replaces the battery pack used in an electric vehicle by generating electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical process that does not involve hydrogen combustion, with no moving parts within the fuel cell stack.

FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY: HOW IT WORKS

The fuel cell electrochemical process is as follows:

  • Hydrogen enters the anode, air (oxygen) enters the cathode
  • Catalyst splits the hydrogen electrons and protons
  • Electrolyte conducts the positively-charged ions while blocking the electrons
  • Electrons are used to create an external circuit, generating electricity
  • Catalyst combines the hydrogen ions and electrons with oxygen to create water and heat energy
  • A single fuel cell produces approximately one volt; fuel cells are “stacked” to meet voltage requirements

Hyundai adds Android Auto to new Sonata connectivity

  • First car company to launch Android Auto on production vehicles, starting with the 2015 Sonata with Navigation
  • Free Android Auto software update available for current owners of 2015 Sonatas with Navigation
  • Android Auto reduces driver distraction by integrating the driver’s smartphone with the vehicle’s screen and controls

 Fountain Valley, Calif.  – Hyundai becomes the first car company to launch Android Auto™ on production vehicles. Android Auto is premiering on the 2015 Sonata with Navigation at dealerships nationwide, and will later become available on other Hyundai models.

“Android Auto aligns with Hyundai’s core interior design principles of safety, intuitiveness and simplicity,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “We launched this highly anticipated feature on our best-selling Sonata, adding to our promise of value. With the launch of Android Auto, we provide more owners with the experience of cutting-edge technology.”

Android Auto not only brings a high technology experience to Hyundai owners, but also improves safety. For example, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.[1] Android Auto helps keep drivers’ eyes and attention on the road by integrating the advanced driving-related functions of the user’s smartphone with the familiar centralized screen, physical controls and microphone of their car. Furthermore, the smartphone’s screen becomes “locked,” so drivers are not tempted to look down and interact with their phones directly while Android Auto is in use.

 

AVAILABILITY FOR EXISTING OWNERS

Owners of existing 2015 Sonata with Navigation can get the Android Auto software update free of charge at Hyundai dealers starting today. Later this summer, owners can visitwww.hyundaiusa.com/myhyundai and download the Android Auto software onto a USB memory drive. Owners will need a MyHyundai account to start the Android Auto download. A MyHyundai account requires name, address and a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Once the USB with the Android Auto software is inserted into their Sonata’s USB port, it will automatically update the vehicle’s Navigation system to make it Android Auto compatible. The Android Auto compatible Navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen display is available on the Sonata Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models.

ANDROID AUTO

Owners will need the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system or later, and the Android Auto companion app on their compatible phone to integrate Android Auto into Sonata’s screen and controls. A micro USB cable is required to connect the phone to the car’s USB port. The first time an owner plugs his or her phone into their parked Sonata, the phone will prompt the download of the Android Auto companion app from Google Play. Users of Android Auto will instantly recognize familiar Android phone applications, such as Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, phone calling and Google Play Music upon connecting their Android phone to their Hyundai vehicle. These applications can be controlled by voice, steering wheel controls and touchscreen. Android Auto also will offer many popular third-party audio apps that owners have on their phones, including iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, NPR, Stitcher, Skype, TextMe and many more. Owners can find out up-to-date information about phone compatibility at https://support.google.com/androidauto.

ADVANTAGES OF ANDROID AUTO

  • The Google Now card-based experience provides suggested locations and travel times based on the user’s searches, calendar entries and home and office locations, as well as weather information and “now playing” information for music streamed via the phone
  • App software (navigation, streaming music, etc.) is automatically updated because the apps live on the phone
  • Natural voice recognition with Google voice actions
  • Owners can easily bring their personal reminders, suggested destinations, calendar appointments and music preferences with them when they get in their car
  • Android Auto automatically pairs with the Sonata for phone calls through Bluetooth when connected for the first time via USB
  • Android Auto has familiar interfaces that are easy to use and have almost no learning curve

2015 HYUNDAI SONATA

The all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata offers a more refined look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness, and advanced safety and convenience features. Sonata truly democratizes the premium design and convenient technology of the Genesis sedan for the mid-size class. The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata is built at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery, Ala.

Memorial Day Sales: Zero Glitz and Big Deals says Edmunds.com

BY GERRY MILES

We’re used to lots of balloons, clowns and the big, tall 12-foot single color thing that waves all over the place to attract the attention of would-be car shoppers are dealerships.

Over this coming Memorial Day Weekend, there should be ZERO GLITZ AND GLITTER, according to Edmunds.com analysts and plenty of bargains all around from many of the automakers.

0% Financing Galore:

0% financing is huge this month. Edmunds.com analysts estimate that about 1/3 of all new vehicles have some sort of 0% promotion happening – and that’s even true for some of the small SUVs that are the hottest vehicle segment on the market right now.

Here are some examples:

  • Most Ford vehicles (including Escape Focus, Fusion, and outgoing non-aluminum F-150)
  • Many Nissan vehicles including Rogue and Versa
  • Most Toyota vehicles (including Camry, Corolla, RAV4)
  • Many Green vehicles including Volt, Leaf, Prius

$199 Leases:

There are a ton of these available, including on Buick, Chevy, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Subaru and VW models. More info here:

http://www.edmunds.com/car-leasing/monthly-199-lease-deals.html

Crazy EV Lease:

Chevrolet Spark EV has a $139 Lease with $0 Due at Signing. This is an EV car payment that may be less than your cell phone bill!

http://www.chevrolet.com/spark-ev-electric-vehicle.html

Interested in getting one of these great deals but now sure how to do all your research in time? The consumer advice experts at Edmunds.com offer a simple three-day shopping plan that makes it easy for you to do all your homework and bring home a new car before the deals run out:

http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/three-day-shopping-plan-for-holiday-weekends.html

Mercedes-Benz vehicles star in ‘Jurassic Park’ this summer

GLECoupeJurassicStuttgart     This summer, when the long-awaited next installment of the groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World, arrives in theaters, an entire fleet of Mercedes-Benz vehicles will share the spotlight. Alongside the iconic G-Class, Unimog, Sprinter models and the all-new GLE Coupé will play a leading role in the epic action-adventure. Mercedes-Benz will accompany the release of the film with a comprehensive co-promotional package that includes a television commercial, print and online advertising, dedicated microsites and social-media activities. The commercial, starring the Mercedes-Benz vehicles from the film, launches today in the U.S. and Europe. Additionally, a custom key visual was developed for all communication in which the all-new GLE Coupé is seen eye-to-eye with the film’s fearsome Indominus rex.
“In 1997 the Mercedes-Benz M-Class made its first official appearance in the Hollywood Blockbuster ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’. Today, 18 years later, another Mercedes-Benz car will debut in a significant role in the latest installment of the groundbreaking Jurassic Park series named Jurassic World: the new GLE Coupé”, says Dr. Jens Thiemer, Vice President Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with a multitude of Mercedes-Benz vehicles and will promote the film and our cars with many exciting global marketing activities.”
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupé makes its film debut as the official car of
Jurassic World operations manager Claire, played by Bryce Dallas Howard. When Claire must confront a crisis well beyond what she can handle alone, she takes the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (showcasing its off-road capabilities) and joins behavioral researcher Owen (Chris Pratt) on a mission in the lush jungle of Isla Nublar.
In addition we see Owen piloting the G-Class, the patriarch of all Mercedes-Benz SUVs.
The Mercedes-Benz Unimog on location at the set of Jurassic World.

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog on location at the set of Jurassic World.

The film also features the Unimog, cast as a dinosaur ambulance, as well as a G 63 AMG 6×6 and various Sprinter models. “The fleet of Mercedes Benz vehicles fit perfectly into Jurassic World. They are classy, sophisticated, and sexy — exactly what would exist in a modern international theme park”, says producer Frank Marshall.

Global promotion via all channels of communication
The Mercedes-Benz promotional campaign kicks off prior to the June 12th release of the film. Starting May 18th, Mercedes-Benz will launch a TV commercial (http://mb4.me/Jurassic-World_TVC) showcasing footage of all the Mercedes-Benz vehicles appearing in the film. But it is the all-new GLE 450 AMG Coupé which will captivate viewers as the “Alpha Car”. The ad is supplemented by extensive print, online and out-of-home publicity measures. In Germany, for instance, the key visual will be featured in advertisements, on posters and flyers.
Movie fans can discover more about the film and the featured Mercedes-Benz vehicles on a special Jurassic World microsite (http://www.mercedes-benz.com/jurassicworld) that will show exclusive behind-the-scenes material and a selection of additional images of the set, which explain how the film was created and the roles of the Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Exclusive content will be released and discussed with fans on Mercedes-Benz social media platforms (Making-Of: http://mb4.me/Jurassic-World_MO). Jurassic World model vehicles of the G-Class and G 6×6 will be available at the Mercedes-Benz Accessories online store as well as in toy retailers. Mercedes-Benz will also support the US premiere in Hollywood on June 9thand French premiere in Paris on May 29th.
Chris Pratt and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class on the set of Jurassic World.

Chris Pratt and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class on the set of Jurassic World.

Lotus Evora 400 priced at $89,900 in USA

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·                  Fastest and most powerful production Lotus ever

·                  Deliveries from August 2015

Lotus Cars announced prices of its new Evora 400, the latest supercar that combines high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling and is lighter, more efficient and dynamically better than ever, providing a purer driving experience.

For this price the car benefits from a high level of standard specification including 370 mm composite two piece brake discs from AP Racing, a Limited Slip Differential, automatic air-conditioning and infotainment system including satellite navigation. In addition to this, the options list includes automatic transmission at £2,000, Alcantara or Leather trim upgrades at £2,500 and metallic paint at £900.

A “Black Pack” option, available at £1,250, provides a distinctive look, with selected exterior panels including the roof, sills and centre section of the three-element rear wing in gloss black and a dark headlining in the interior. Lightweight forged alloy wheels can be fitted for £2,000 and cruise control and yellow or black brake callipers are priced at £300 each.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc states: “We know that the Lotus Evora 400 can deliver the performance of a car costing significantly more and we are conscious that the pricing is highly competitive. Yet, the greatest merit which no other sports car or supercar can deliver is a peerless Lotus driving experience.”

Jean-Marc Gales concludes: “The Evora 400 is the fastest road-going Lotus that we have ever produced. It delivers supercar looks allied to supercar performance and our global dealer network of 179 dealers which will grow to 200 by the end of the year is excited to be able to deliver this high performing benchmark handling supercar to the ever growing customer waiting list.”

The new Lotus Evora 400 laps the Lotus test track at Hethel six seconds faster than the previous Evora S in a time of 1 minute 32 seconds. Combining high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling, it is faster and dynamically more capable than the previous Lotus Evora leading to greater agility and a more involving drive.

Maximum speed is 186 mph (300 km/h) and acceleration 0-60 mph is just 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds). Over two thirds of the Lotus Evora 400 is new, including its supercharged and charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque. A new aluminium chassis incorporates a new interior and the lightweight composite body has changed significantly both front and rear.

The new Evora 400, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, will enter production for European markets in the summer and deliveries will commence in August this year. North American markets will receive the Evora 400 as a 2016 model year in December, with China taking first deliveries in early 2016.

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Lotus Evora 400 International pricing including local taxes where applicable:

UK (Pound Sterling)    –           £72,000

Germany (Euros)        –           €96,000

Japan (Yen)                 –           ¥13,200,000

USA (Dollars)              –           $89,900 (excluding local sales taxes)

China (RMB)               –           1,318,000

Official fuel consumption figures and CO2 emissions figures are not available at the time of going to press. They will be provided on the Lotus website www.lotuscars.com as soon as they are available.

Speedback GT launched by David Brown automotive for US market

  • Following huge success in Europe, Speedback GT launches in the USA for $753,000
  • Speedback will showcase the best of British craftsmanship to American audience at the exclusive Quail Motorsports Gathering rally and concours event
  • Announcement of North American launch rounds off Speedback’s recent 1st anniversary celebrations since its European unveiling

Coventry, England: Launched in March 2014, Speedback GT from David Brown Automotive heralded a new era for GT models, showcasing a classically styled car with modern mechanicals, reliability and comforts.

85277f739a928e26_orgDesigned, engineered and hand-crafted in Britain, Speedback GT is now launching officially in the United States, after triumphing in Europe both via media reaction and sales.

Displaying at The Quail, the famed motorsports gathering located at Quail Lodge in California, the event will be the perfect place to demonstrate Speedback GT’s merits to the American media and public for the first time. Initially showcasing at the Quail Rally Welcome Reception on 10th August, it will participate in the Rally on 11th and 12th August before the main Quail event on 14th August where it will feature on a stand.

Company founder and CEO David Brown said: “It’s been a fantastic year for Speedback GT since its launch. Having had such a warm reception at a number of world-leading shows in Europe, it is a natural progression to bring the car to an American audience, where we’re sure there will be plenty of fans. We have already received a lot of enquiries asking when we would be bringing the car over so we’re really excited to finally be making the journey across.

“The Quail is the ideal venue to exhibit Speedback GT, with its luxurious, elegant, classic setting that encapsulate the car’s virtues and is full of true  car enthusiasts.”

a4c3a749f14e9368_800x800arThe culmination of an idea David Brown has been working on for many years, Speedback GT was created by the David Brown Automotive team, including highly-experienced Head of Design, Alan Mobberley. The car, which is hand built in Coventry, proudly uses traditional British materials and craftsmanship. Made to order, Speedback offers an array of exquisite detail including hand-formed panels and hand-crafted interior, as well as some special features such as a fold-down picnic seat.

“This car appeals to anybody who desires a truly individual sports car, which can boast a fine British pedigree and which will only be produced in limited numbers, thus ensuring the kind of exclusivity associated with Britain’s once proud heritage of traditional, high-quality, automotive coach- building,” commented David.

He added: “Speedback is the realisation of a dream for me, and is the result of skilful and dedicated work by a team of highly talented designers, engineers and craftspeople. The Speedback name perfectly reflects the classic sports car tradition of the past, while also doing justice to the sophisticated silhouette of the car’s hand-built body and unique styling which features among plentiful detail, including a fold-down picnic seat.”

Priced at £495,000 (currently $753,000), Speedback GT promises exceptional performance and handling, hosting a 5.0-litre V8 supercharged unit with 510bhp and 461lb ft, hitting 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 155mph.

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