Black Friday discounts sure brought out those interested in a new ride, and then some.
Ford (F) reported on Thursday that sales in November rose 5.1%, spurred by an 11% surge in sales of its popular F-series truck. General Motors (GM) clocked in with a 10.2% sales increase, notching a record month across all four of its brands. Even Japanese automaker Toyota (TM) got in on the fun, with sales gaining 4.3% on the back of strong demand for its trucks.
According to J.D. Power, U.S. light-vehicle sales are projected to increase a solid 5% in November vs. a year ago helped by two extra selling days as well as incentives around Black Friday. If met, U.S. vehicle sales in November -- at 1.37 million -- would represent the highest November sales on record, beating out the 1.32 million vehicles that found new homes in November 2001.
Some of the Black Friday auto discounts haven't been too hard to find.
General Motors from Oct. 1 through Jan. 3 is offering supplier pricing to Costco (COST) members on new 2016 or 2017 Buick, Cadillac, GMC or Chevrolet models. It's also offering Costco members that buy a car "Costco Cash Gift Cards" for either $300 or $700, depending on membership type. Ford is currently offering a $1,000 "Smart Bonus" on most of its models on top of any local dealer discounts.
But hey, who really wants a discounted four-door hybrid parked out front on Christmas Day. Here are five of the most amazing new supercars TheStreet has tested this year that would make that special someone in your life extra happy come Christmas morning. We ranked them from most affordable to the most extravagant. It's highly unlikely that these hot machines will be on sale this holiday season.
Your dad deserves to haul ass in a 707hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
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Car: Jaguar F-Pace
The new 2017 Jaguar F-Pace marks the company's entry into the SUV luxury market. Inspired by the two-seater 500 hp F-Type, Jaguar has refined its visual language by incorporating elements from across their product line to develop the F-Pace. Under the hood it has a 3.0 liter, 380 hp supercharged V-6 engine. On the outside, it has a very distinct bulge in the hood, 22 inch forged wheels and a panoramic roof that will certainly set it apart from the competition. On the inside, the cabin has lots of top-stitching detail, grey wood trim, and accent mood lighting around the center console and doors. "Jaguardrive control" includes rotating gear selector with sport or eco drive modes. In sport mode, the accelerator response is quickened along with steering and suspension dynamics. In this mode, drivers get a deep throaty cat-growl from the big dual exhausts.
But this car isn't just about performance. It's also a capable off-roader with "All Surface Progress Control" which helps all four wheels maintain optimal control in all conditions along with torque vectoring technology which provides controlled braking. The F-Pace is spacious and practical and has multiple rear seats that can be folded down completely or individually making room for big family excursions.
Men, make the wife happy -- buy this SUV.
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Car: Dodge Challenger Hellcat
Billed by Dodge as the world's fastest production muscle car at 707 horsepower, it will easily torch the Ford Mustang GT -- which has a mere 435 horsepower. Even the 526 horsepower Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 is no real match for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCAU) awesome Hellcat on the track. The new Camaro ZL1 from General Motors would likely give the Hellcat a better overall race as it boasts about 650 horsepower and is lighter than the hefty Hellcat. Still, the Hellcat's 0-60 time of about 3.6 seconds would probably strike fear in the owner of any Camaro ZL1 in a battle for the checkered flag.
In short, the Hellcat is mean-looking, makes a frightening roar when the gas pedal is stomped on, and boasts a suspension that makes it seem as if the car is riding on rails. How could a responsible 30-year old male not be pleased with this ride as a holiday gift, mom and dad?
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Car: Corvette Grand Sport
General Motors newest Corvette is one of the most enjoyable TheStreet has reviewed this year. The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is an intimidating-looking car that when set to sport mode let's out a proud thunderous roar with a quick tap on the gas pedal. The Grand Sport's 6.2 litre 460 horsepower V8 engine propels this updated American icon from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, faster than the 4 seconds it takes for the Corvette base model Stringray.
There is a performance package option that adds big red Brembo brakes, extra wide and sticky Michelin tires and a carbon fiber spoiler. Oh, and don't forget the carbon fiber ground effects that give the Grand Sport the youthful manliness that many Corvette's of yesteryear lack. The interior is no slouch either. From Apple CarPlay in the dash to a convertible top that goes down in seconds to leather seats that may be some of those most comfortable in the Corvette's competitive class, the Grand Sport offers quite the thrilling ride.
Dad wants this car, trust us.
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Car: Mercedes Maybach S550
From the outside, the 2017 Mercedes Maybach looks like an auto from the German car-maker Daimler's (DDAIF) high-end S-Class -- just a little longer and swankier. But that notion is quickly proven false upon swinging open the front and rear doors to the roughly $160,000 (or upwards of $170,000 with all the bells and whistles), 5,120 pound Maybach. The driver is greeted by an extra plush stitched seat that can quickly be heated up, cooled down or set up to offer a relaxing massage. Once firmly belted in, one can toggle through a rich array of in-dash multimedia options before cranking up the tunes on a 1,540 watt, 24-speaker Burmeister stereo. Given the Maybach's extreme quietness while on the road, the tunes belting out from the Burmeister sound system makes one feel as though they are alone listening to Mozart in a concert hall.
Meanwhile, the Maybach serves up perhaps the closest thing to an office on four wheels. A passenger in the backseat could have their laptop plugged into an electrical outlet while set up on a fold out tray table. A cup-holder is arm's length away that can keep coffee warm (or a cold beverage cold) with a touch of a button. The Maybach's backseat reclines 43 degrees, there is a power leg rest, a hot stone massage feature (controlled via a remote) and a three-bottle wine fridge ($1,100 option).
In short, this is the perfect high-powered luxury car to shuttle the family to the country club.
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