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“Entry-level luxury vehicles are a compelling topic for consumers as luxury automakers have moved downstream with their product offerings,” said Akshay Anand, analyst for Kelley Blue Book Insights. The Audi A3 is a great example, with a starting MSRP of $29,900. Consumers now have more options than ever around the $30,000 sweet spot, as one can get a non-luxury or luxury CUV, a midsize sedan with options, or an entry-level variant of a prestigious badge like Audi.

The Kia Soul has seen a very minor refresh for the 2015 model year, and news of the refresh has been in the media over the last week. A new color package and the UVO telematics system was added for the base model. The Soul has been a funky, fun car in Kia’s lineup since it was introduced, and continues to see solid shopping activity. The refreshed Soul is already available on dealer lots.”


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Top News


Tesla stock rises ahead of earnings


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Tesla, Panasonic sign deal for battery Gigafactory


Tesla signs battery plant deal with Panasonic


Panasonic confirms Tesla factory deal


Car rental agencies tipped GM about deadly switches


GM misses red flags from rental car canaries on crashes



OEM/Vehicle News


Fiat profits plunge 55%


VW profits beat estimates on higher earnings at Audi


VW profit falls in Q2 amid emerging-market troubles


Kia’s luxury bid with $60,400 K900 sedan needs some fine-tuning


Fiat investors likely to approve Chrysler merger


Four cars 'poor' in IIHS crashes, two lose 'CR' nod


Mazda, Subaru profit from strong U.S. sales amid downturn in Japan


Hyundai, Nissan combine to recall 1.1 million vehicles


Fiat 500L crossover recalled for faulty air bags



Industry/Dealer News


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Ad/Media/Marketing News


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Instagram quietly (and slowly) launches Snapchat rival, Bolt



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