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Auto News: Best-Selling Pickups, Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Auto News: Best-Selling Pickups, Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2017 Ford F-150 fuel economy numbers, the best-selling pickups in America and the first 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF roadsters roll off the assembly line. It’s all here this Friday’s edition of Automotive News in :60.

2017 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy

The 2017 Ford F-150 will offer a slightly improved fuel economy thanks to its new powertrain duo: a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

By slightly we do mean just a little. The rear-wheel drive version is EPA-rated at 25 highway miles, 18 city miles and 21 miles combined. All of those figures are 1 mpg higher than the 2016 model. It has a V6 and a six-speed.

The four-wheel drive’s fuel economy improves 2 mpgs combined – going from 18 to 20. Drivers will get 17 city miles and 23 highway miles. Both also up 1 mpg.

Best-Selling Trucks in America

As we head into the final months of the year, we’re getting a pretty clear picture of who’s winning this year’s truck wars. Looking at the numbers through September, there is no doubt Ford will once again have the #1 selling truck and vehicle for 2016. So this puts it in the number one spot.  

Meanwhile, the race for #2 pickup is getting interesting. While Chevy has a pretty substantial lead for the year, Ram outsold the Silverado in September.

Here are your best-sellers in pickups through the first nine months of 2016:

  1. Ford F-Series – 595,656
  2. Chevy Silverado – 425,556
  3. Ram – 361,086
  4. GMC Sierra – 164,440
  5. Toyota Tacoma – 142,711
  6. Toyota Tundra – 84,822
  7. Chevy Colorado – 80,047
  8. Nissan Frontier – 69,388
  9. GMC Canyon – 27,206
  10. Honda Ridgeline – 12,747
  11. Nissan Titan – 10,974

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Production Begins

The first 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF’s are rolling off the production line at Mazda’s plant in Hiroshima, Japan.

Mazda’s new 2-seater with a power retractable hardtop will arrive stateside in three trims come early next year. The base manual Club trim starts from $32,390, including destination. The base Grand Touring manual starts from $33,455. Drivers have a choice of a manual or automatic.

Public preorders for the Launch Edition are now underway with limited number up for grabs. It starts from $34,68 and you’ll need to put down a $500 refundable deposit.

Photo Credit: Ford