Quite often testing out various cars is pretty benign. You sit in the various seats, drive it on a variety of roads, conduct some 0-60 tests and then write a review. Yet, after more than 5 years of testing cars, I can honestly say I did something in the 2016 Lexus GS200t I have never done in any other car.
The 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited is one of the best examples of Toyota quality, hybrid technology and new styling language wrapped into one sharp car. Sadly, market trends to SUVs and trucks plus a Lexus-like price point among other things are seeing sales off by as much as 20 percent versus the prior year.
After nearly a year and a half since its debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, we are finally seeing the market’s reaction to the “tweener” 2016 Nissan Titan XD with actual sales results. Unfortunately for Nissan, the numbers aren’t great. The 2016 sales results for April, May and June are all below the 2015 numbers of the outgoing truck and the July numbers were up over 2015 by less than 20 units. With a hot truck market and a new and improved product, the natural assumption would be sales should be up and the fact they aren’t brings up many questions. Are dealers hurting the sales numbers by holding out for maximum profit? Is Nissan’s lack of dealers in truck heavy areas hurting them? How about the lengthy and drawn-out product introduction process? Or is it as simple as consumers don’t understand this product and the price doesn’t make any sense? It could just be all of the above.