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Auto News: Ford Mustang, F-150 Police Duty, Chevy Cruze

Auto News: Ford Mustang, F-150 Police Duty, Chevy Cruze

Ford Mustang Best-Selling Sports Coupe

Ford is celebrating the Mustang’s status as the best-selling sports coupe in the world. A feat accomplished in just its first year of global availability.

Ford says according to IHS Automotive data, the automaker sold around 110,000 Mustang coupes globally last year, a number that tops all other sports coupe competitors.

It also sold about 30,000 convertible models, many of those in Germany with one in three sales for the ragtop.


Ford says global customers are more interested in the V8 engine, while U.S. drivers opt for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.

The Mustang had limited availability overseas until the fourth-quarter, when it went on sale in the U.K. and a larger volume of exports reached dealers in China.

2016 Ford F-150 Suits up for Police Duty

The 2016 Ford F-150 is now ready for police duty.

The automaker is offering a Special Service vehicle package for police departments, other government fleet services as well as roadside assistance providers.

It comes with a high-output 240-am240-amp unit for power needs and space for a K9 officer. The package is offered on both SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations. Customers can opt for a 4×4 or 4×2 drivetrain, along with the 5.0-liter V8 or high-torque 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Offers 42 MPG Highway

Fuel economy figures are in for the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. The automaker says it offers an EPA-estimated 42 MPGs on the highway. Chevy did the math and says that amounts to up to 570 miles on a single tank of gas.

The rating applies to the L, LS, and LT trims. The top Premier trim doesn’t do quite as well dropping to 40 mpg highway. The automaker says the Cruze the 40 mpg rating beats the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra FE, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and VW Jetta. The ratings are all pretty close though, and it depends on how each model is equipped.

BMW 7-Series Centennial Editions

BMW is rolling out very limited Centennial Editions of the BMW 7-Series in honor of its 100th birthday. And wow is its name a mouthful. Officially, it’s called the BMW Individual M760i xDrive Model V12 Excellence The Next 100 Years.

Here is the rub. BMW only plans to sell 100 of these metallic blue beauties worldwide and only note 5 are earmarked for the U.S. Those models will get the V12 under the hood.

The 12-cylinder in the 7-Series is historically significant to the brand. Back in 1987, it was the first post-war BMW series made with V12. The automaker says it was also the first engine ever to use throttle by wire technology.

Photo Credit: Ford