Top-10 fastest cars made in USA

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Yes, the P90D is limited to a top speed of “just”155 miles per hour, just like a full-size SUV from Mercedes. But unlike other cars in the 155 club (a common top speed for limited cars), the P90D has 762 horsepower and can sprint from zero to 60 in an eye-watering 2.8 seconds. Top speed be damned, the P90D is just plain quick.

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Top-10 most expensive UK’s personalized number plates

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The UK’s most expensive car number plates

  • 1. ’25 O’: £518,000
    The priciest ever sold by the DVLA, bought by Ferrari dealer John Collins in 2014. The plate is now thought to take pride of place on a Ferrari 250SWB once owned by Eric Clapton, worth around £10million.
  • 2. ‘F 1’: £440,000
    The previous record holder, the initials of Formula 1 were bought by Bradford businessman Afzal Khan in 2008. The digits were then assigned to his McLaren-Mercedes SLR.
  • 3.S 1′: £404,000
    Claimed to be Scotland’s first ever number plate, it was bought back in 2008 by an anonymous bidder who claimed the digits would be fixed to an old Skoda!
  • 4. ‘1 D’: £352,000
    Despite the obvious reference to the pop group sensation One Direction, this plate was bought a year before their formation in Warwickshire by Lebanese businessman Nabil Bishara.
  • 5. ‘M 1’: £331,000
    Bought in 2006 by mobile phone businessman Mike McCoomb who claimed it was for his 10 year-old son!
  • 6. ‘VIP 1’: £285,000
    Owned by billionaire Chelsea FC boss Roman Abramovich, it was once placed on the Popemobile for His Holiness’ visit to Ireland.
  • 7. ’51 NGH’: £254,000
    A popular name in the Sikh community, ‘Singh’ was sold in the UK in 2006.
  • 8. ‘1 RH’: £247,000
    This plate sold in 2006 for 30 times its estimate to determined businessman Robert Harverson.
  • 9. ‘K1 NGS’: £231,000
    A royal plate believed to have been bought by an an Arab Sultan in 1993.
  • 10. ‘1 O’: £170,000
    Just a binary number and the letter ‘O’, this minimalist plate was purchased in Northamptonshire in 2009.

Top-10 cars in the world for sales in 2016

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What are the best cars in the world for sales in first half of 2016? This top 10 list reveals all…

Trying to identify the best car in the world is an extremely tricky task, different people have completely different ideas about what makes a great car and trying to single out one model as the best on sale in the world today is almost impossible. That’s why we haven’t bothered; instead we looked to the people around the globe who’ve voted for the best cars in the world with their own hard-earned cash – by buying them.

These cars may not be the fastest, the most luxurious or the most beautiful cars in the word but by definition, they are the best at doing what almost every car is ultimately designed to do – convincing people to buy them. The models in the top 10 list based on data compiled by the Focus2Move Global Mobility Database, reveals the cars with the biggest mainstream appeal to car buyers across the world.

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Top-10 most stolen cars in the US.

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Bad news for owners of a 1990s Honda Civic or Accord: Your car is one of the most heavily stolen models of all time, and last year was no exception. This week, the National Insurance Crime Bureau released its annual “Hot Wheels” list, which notes the 10 most stolen vehicles of the year (the number of thefts in 2015 is in parentheses): 1. Honda Accord (52,244)

2. Honda Civic (49,430)

3. Ford pickup, full-size (29,396)

4. Chevrolet pickup, full-size (27,771)

5. Toyota Camry (15,466)

6. Dodge pickup, full-size (11,212)

7. Toyota Corolla (10,547)

8. Nissan Altima (10,374)

9. Dodge Caravan (9798)

10. Chevrolet Impala (9225) The two Hondas at the top of this list are the only vehicles whose most commonly stolen model years aren’t from this century—1996 for the Accord and 1998 for the Civic. The most stolen 2015 model was the Nissan Altima.

Top 10 Largest Car Companies in the World

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10. Suzuki

Country of Origin: Japan

Unit Sales (2014): 2.88 million

Number of Employees: 14,571

Although Suzuki’s global presence has diminished in recent years, its sales are currently driven by its strong performance in India, where it is the top automaker alongside Hyundai Motors.

The company, which operates under the name Maruti Suzuki, has recently announced that it aims to sell 2 million cars per year in India by 2020. It has been recording double-digit growth monthly in the country this year, and sales of its two-wheelers have been growing despite the overall downturn in the automotive market.

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9. PSA Peugeot-Citroën

Country of Origin: France

Unit Sales (2014): 2.94 million

Number of Employees: 184,804

PSA Peugeot had a remarkably tough couple of years, with the company reporting a €114-million loss in 2014. The French automaker squeezed out the first positive net income for the first time in four years in the first half of this year thanks to a weakened Euro.

However, the company is still in the midst of a recovery and is expected to face troubles ahead, as it works against a number of headwinds such as the China slowdown, a surge in engine manufacturing costs to comply with stricter Euro 6 emissions regulation, and labor troubles in its Latin American and Russian operations.

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8. Honda Motor

Country of Origin: Japan

Unit Sales (2014): 4.36 million

Number of Employees: 199,368

The Japanese automaker’s performance in the U.S. has picked up, as it is currently outpacing the market on the sale of their small crossovers and midsize sedans. In July, American Honda’s sales rose to 146,324 units, posting solid 7.7% sales growth.

The growth in the U.S. comes as a bit of a surprise given the massive safety scandal earlier this year involving exploding airbags supplied by fellow Japanese automotive parts manufacturer Takata. Honda was forced to issue recalls related to Takata airbags, amounting to an estimated 24.5 million vehicles.

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7. Fiat-Chrysler

Country of Origin: Italy, USA

Unit Sales (2014): 4.75 million

Number of Employees: 228,690

Despite a solid performance in 2014, Fiat-Chrysler has had a roller coaster 2015, when it was issued the largest fine in history on an automaker by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The record-breaking $105 million penalty was levied against the company for failing to complete 23 safety recalls covering more than 11 million vehicles.

In addition to the fine, Fiat Chrysler is required to buy back as many as 500,000 vehicles with defective suspensions that could cause drivers to lose control. The company is currently recalling at least 1.4 million vehicles that are vulnerable to computer hackers.

In spite of the setbacks, Fiat Chrysler’s sales in the United States have consistently outperformed the rest of the industry, with the company’s sales rising 6.1% in the first half of 2015.

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6. Ford Motor

Country of Origin: USA

Unit Sales (2014): 6.32 million

Number of Employees: 224,000

Ford is continuing its winning streak, posting $4.27 billion in pre-tax profit in 2015, up 7.3% from a year ago. Also, Ford reported record profits in North America on the back of high sales numbers for its sport utility vehicles and trucks.

However, Ford will have to remain alert and vigilant in its global performance, especially in Europe, where the company has posted a $14 million loss so far this year, wiping out its $14 million profit of 2014. Furthermore, slowing sales in Latin America and China are sure to weigh down overall performance as the company looks to make 2015 a “breakthrough year.”

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5. Hyundai Motor Group

Country of Origin: South Korea

Unit Sales (2014): 7.71 million

Number of Employees: 249,366

The South Korean conglomerate (which includes Kia) had a remarkably difficult 2014, and it is expected to continue to struggle through 2015. The number one reason for the struggle? The strong Korean currency.

In 2014, Hyundai’s sales rose 4.8% and its sales revenue increased 2.2%, but it’s net profit fell an astounding 14%. With the Japanese Yen dropping 12% in value in 2014, the Korean Won has seen its value rise to hit a seven-year high, cutting into the company’s profits from overseas sales. Similar struggles are expected to continue this year, with the Japanese Yen and Chinese Yuan expected to continue to fall in value as both countries attempt to boost exports by cheapening its currencies.

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4. Renault-Nissan Alliance

Country of Origin: France, Japan

Unit Sales (2014): 8.47 million

Number of Employees: 450,000

The French-Japanese partnership increased combined global vehicle sales by 2.5%, with higher demand for Nissan vehicles in the U.S. and Renault’s strong performance in a recovering Western Europe helping to lift 2014 global volume to a record for the alliance.

The partnership is forecast to have another strong year in 2015, as the low Euro and Japanese Yen are expected to boost profits. Renault has already seen its profits rise a stunning 86% thanks to the weakening euro while Nissan has seen global revenue increase 2.6% despite losing 2.1% in sales and continued poor performance in key markets.www.thetruthaboutcars.com_wp-content_uploads_2014_11_2015-chrysler-300.jpg

3. General Motors

Country of Origin: USA

Unit Sales (2014): 9.92 million

Number of Employees: 216,000

General Motors had a record 2014, with sales up more than 2 percent from 2013’s record led by strength from North America and China.

2015 is set to be another strong year for GM and its 4 brands, as record truck demand and an overall boom in the North American market is expected to offset slowing sales in China. The American automaker is also benefiting from external market conditions, as it saw its 2015 2Q profits rise despite declining global vehicle deliveries and a 3.5 percent decline in worldwide revenue.

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2. Volkswagen Group

Country of Origin: Germany

Unit Sales (2014): 10.1 million

Number of Employees: 592,586

The biggest industry news of this year came from Volkswagen, which surpassed Toyota as the world’s largest automaker in the first half of 2015, despite falling sales in the U.S. Whether the German automaker can retain the #1 title for the full year remains to be seen.

In the U.S., sales of the Volkswagen vehicles fell 10% in 2014, despite a 5.9% gain in overall industry sales. For the first six months of 2015, Volkswagen brand sales fell 2.6%, compared to a 4.4% increase for the overall industry.

However, given that the automaker claimed the top spot in China, the world’s largest vehicle market, and remains dominant in Europe, 2015 is looking to be a bright year for the company.

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1. Toyota Motor

Country of Origin: Japan

Unit Sales (2014): 10.2 million

Number of Employees: 330,000

Toyota Motor surpassed the milestone of 10 million unit sales in 2014, taking the lead as the world’s largest automaker.

And although it lost out on the top spot for the first half of 2015, Volkswagen’s ascension to the top spot is not a particularly devastating blow to Toyota, which remains immensely profitable and retains strong global market share.

Riding on the back of the ever falling Yen, Toyota’s operating profit margin was 10.1%, while Volkswagen’s global operating profit margin was 6.3%. With the Yen expected to continue its fall and Toyota’s U.S. sales expected to maintain its growth (5.2% in the first half of 2015), it may be still too early to write off Toyota as the king of auto sales in 2015.

Top-10 oldest new cars you can buy

Although most models are treated to a thorough refresh every few years, there are cars that haven’t been treated to a substantial update since they first went on sale.

Just because they aren’t the latest and greatest though, doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. There are some advantages to buying something that’s been around a while. For one, the car maker would have worked out all of the model’s foibles, but also with a long production cycle there should be a good supply of parts. With this in mind we scoured the new car price lists to find the ten best oldest models you can buy now.

1.Land Rover Defender

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With production ceasing in the UK this year, the Defender just makes our cut. Although it has changed substantially over the decades, it’s visually, conceptually and philosophically close to the 90 and 110 it replaced in 1984. The pick-up version even shares a component with the 1948 version.

It’s crude and noisy by modern standards, but it’s the epitome of ruggedness, strength and capability. To acknowledge the car’s passing, Land Rover launched three special editions priced from £27,800 which will be available to buy from August – the last chance you’ll get to buy a current Defender in England. Although rumours are, there is an all-new Defender coming next year.

Launched in 1984.

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10 Best Off-Road Vehicles

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Modern trucks and SUVs have gotten more comfortable on a day-to-day basis, but they have also gained considerable off-road capability as technological and engineering advances have helped to create virtually unstoppable four-wheel drive systems buttressed by electronic driver’s aides. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to sample some of the best off-road vehicles currently available, but if you want to, there are certainly top-dollar models out there that happily pair up luxury and a go-anywhere attitude. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best off-road vehicles that money can buy.

1) 2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

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The 2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X mid-size pickup truck is a great all-around package for those who are interested in leaving the asphalt behind. The Nissan Frontier PRO-4X package includes Bilstein off-road dampers, skid plates to protect delicate components underneath the chassis, a locking differential out back, knobby BFGoodrich tires, and, of course, four-wheel drive. All versions of the PRO-4X Nissan come with a robust 4.0-liter V-6 engine that generates 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, yoked to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Examples equipped with the automatic gearbox also have the option adding on hill descent control and hill start assist features.

2) 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

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The Toyota 4runner is pretty capable of getting you where you want to go, but the TRD Pro was designed specifically for those who are serious about their off-road adventuring. It’s powered by the everyday Tacoma’s 4.0-liter V-6, which puts out a capable 270 horsepower and is paired to a five-speed automatic gearbox with manual shift mode. The TRD Pro’s off-road credentials are real, though, thanks to a locking rear differential, a terrain select system, crawl control, lifted front suspension, and upgraded Bilstein shock absorbers.

3) 2016 Jeep Wrangler

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The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is the undisputed king of off-road SUVs, with even the base model’s solid front axles, excellent ground clearance, and standard four-wheel drive making it a formidable trail master. Upgrading to the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, however, introduces the vehicle’s most capable four-wheel drive system with a Rock-Trac transfer case, the strongest available axles front and rear, locking differentials, and the ability to disconnect the front sway bar electronically in order to improve suspension articulation. Power is derived from a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 285 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque, and buyers can choose between either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is available in coupe and Unlimited four-door body styles.

4) 2016 Ford F-150

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The 2016 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck is designed around a lightweight aluminum body with glued and riveted panels, over a high-strength steel frame. If it doesn’t sound that durable, well, Ford used to make Land Rovers with a similar procedure. The 2016 F-150 offers a choice of four drivetrains, all of which are mated to six-speed automatic gearboxes. The FX4 package adds upgraded shocks, skid plates, and an electronically locking rear axle for off-road chops. Not tough enough for you? Just wait for the F-150 SVT Raptor edition to make its highly anticipated reappearance, due later this year.

5) 2016 Land Rover LR4

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The 2016 Land Rover LR4 is a staple amongst families shopping for a luxury SUV, but the mid-size vehicle does far more than just coddle occupants. The Land Rover LR4 is a formidable trail weapon thanks to its relatively short wheelbase and its advanced full-time four-wheel drive system, which comes with Land Rover’s Terrain Response feature that can automatically adjust a wide range of vehicle parameters to specifically handle mud, snow, gravel, and rocks. A locking rear differential can also be added to the LR4’s list of features, and the vehicle’s air suspension system is adaptable to the driving conditions that the Land Rover is facing. All versions of the SUV are powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine that is good for 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

6) 2015 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X

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The 2015 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X is frequently lauded for combining a tough, full-frame, off-road ready platform with the kind of daily driving manners that make it a viable commuter option. The Nissan Xterra PRO-4X enhances the mid-size SUV’s prowess by way of installing special tires and wheels, adding hill start assistance and a hill descent control feature, providing a locking rear differential, and offering additional exterior lighting. Four-wheel drive is of course a major component of the PRO-4X’s personality, and a 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 (that is also good for 281 lb-ft of twist) is included free of charge with the Xterra. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic. Though the Xterra was discontinued for the 2016 model year, it’s worth looking around for a leftover 2015 model.

7) 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser

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The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is another high-dollar off-road contender. The Toyota Land Cruiser is the priciest vehicle in the Japanese brand’s fleet, and it offers no options (everything is standard), but in addition to its three rows of cushy seating, it also offers a full-time four-wheel drive system, excellent ground clearance, an adaptive suspension system, the Multi-Terrain Select feature for handling a range of different driving conditions, and a crawl control system that allows the vehicle to creep forward while negotiating tricky situations. Off-Road Turn assist uses the brakes on the inside wheels during a tight turn to help better rotate the big vehicle. The Land Cruiser is outfitted with a 5.7-liter V-8 that is good for 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

8) 2016 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

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The 2016 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is a serious three-quarter ton full-size pickup that makes use of an extremely aggressive rear axle ratio, locking differentials, a tough four-wheel drive system, a factory winch, skid plates, tow hooks, all-terrain tires, Bilstein shocks, and the ability to disconnect the front swaybar from inside the cabin. The Ram Power Wagon is a throwback to the days when one could spec out a heavy-duty truck to tackle the great wide open. A 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 is the only engine available with the Power Wagon, and it delivers 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission handling the gear-shifting duties and a Fuel Saver Technology feature for those breaks between climbs. (2015 model pictured.)

9) 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is not only a comfy people mover, but it also maintains Jeep’s high standards for off-road capability. The Trail Rated Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with the choice of three different four-wheel drive systems, although hardcore drivers will want to go for the Quadra-Drive II edition which offers Selec-Terrain (for configuring engine, transmission, stability, and traction control parameters for a particular type of driving situation) as well as an air suspension with adjustable ride height and a pair of locking differentials. The Grand Cherokee can be equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 putting out 290 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque or a 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 that also generates a respectable 390 lb-ft of torque. Both come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

10) 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the most expensive vehicle on this list, and it’s also the only one that was originally based on a military transporter. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class looks like a big box on wheels, and its upright charm conceals a host of serious off-road features, such as three locking differentials, a full-time four-wheel drive system with low-range capability, and exceptional departure and approach angles. The luxury-laden G-Class makes use of a 416-horsepower, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that also develops 450 lb-ft of torque, and it comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The AMG G63 version offers a twin-turbocharged V-8 that boasts 563 horsepower, and the new-for-2016 AMG G65 boasts 621 horsepower from its twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12