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Ford, Toyota claim best-seller status in three key buyer categories for 2019

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According to fresh sales data, most Americans buy their pickup trucks from Ford and their cars and SUVs from Toyota. Where did everyone else rank? Let's take a closer look.

Trucks

The best-selling truck of 2019 was the Ford F-Series. Ram snatched away the second place trophy from Chevrolet, outselling them by around 63,000 vehicles. Chevy is already preparing to put up a stronger fight in 2020 with announcements of added production capacity at their plants to meet demand for the redesigned Silverado lineup.

The Nissan Titan and Honda Ridgeline didn't make it into the top 10 but the new Jeep Gladiator and Ford Ranger did.

To see the list of best-selling new trucks click here.

Cars

The usual suspects make up the top four in this category: Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, and Honda Civic. Then, it gets more interesting. There are three entries from Nissan (Altima, Versa, and Sentra) and Kia (Soul, Optima, and Forte). A Tesla makes the list and so does a Volkswagen. Hyundai, Dodge, and Ford models also sold well.

Click here to see the list of best-selling new cars.

SUVs

Whether it's a crossover or a true sport utility vehicle (or somewhere in-between), if it sold over 127,372 models in 2019, it's on this list. Toyota once again reigns supreme with its RAV4, boosted by its recent redesign. The Honda CR-V came in a distant second but the battle for third and fourth place between the Nissan Rogue and Chevrolet Equinox was tighter than many expected. And, despite having a new model launch at the end of the year, the Ford Escape slipped out of the top 5.

To see the list of best-selling new SUVs click here.

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The 2023 Acura Integra is a very good thing
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After years of rumors and speculation, we finally got confirmation that the Acura Integra is returning. The iconic Japanese sports car left the market in the early 2000s, and has been notably absent since. Now, though, Acura is bringing it back. Today, the automaker announced that production had begun. The new Integra will be the first to be built in the U.S., and production will take place at Acura's Marysville Auto Plant. Interestingly, Acura's five other models are built in the Ohio facility.

2023 Acura Integra2023 Acura Integra reservations begin soonautomotivemap.com

The Integra will start arriving on dealers' lots in early June, and will carry a starting price of $30,800 before destination. The car is the only liftback in its segment, and gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available, but buyers can opt for a continuously variable transmission.

2023 Acura IntegraThe new Integra comes as a five-door only. Acura

Acura says the Integra rolls down the same production line as the TLX sedan. The car required a rethink of Acura's production processes, and COVID-19 threw a wrench in development efforts. Acura notes its team worked rmotely and traveled to Japan to collaborate with home-office engineers. The Integra will also usher in a new training process for Acura, where associates learn the vehicle, the production process, and tooling before ever seeing the actual car.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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