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The New King of the Muscle Cars… For Now

July 2nd, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

How’d it feel, Camaro, to be the muscle-car sales king?

It lasted about 6 years.

You managed to outsell the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger while giving the automotive press and middle-aged gearheads aneurysms with your cartoon-ish retro looks.

The Challenger had never been a real contender sales-wise, even though the vicious Hellcat could take the other two cars and burn their rubber straight to, well, hell.

How do the numbers stack up, and does the Camaro stand a chance of reclaiming the throne?

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The Most American Car in America Isn’t American

July 1st, 2015

2015 Honda Odyssey

It seems the old days of American-made cars consisting only of Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler have faded into the past faster than this season’s Red Sox victories.

Today’s “most American” cars come from foreign car companies, which makes things difficult for the people who like to buy American and who still believe American cars come only from the traditional Big 3 automakers.

Our friends over at Boston.com have a story about the “most American” cars, and three out of seven of them are from Honda or Toyota, with the number-one car being the Toyota Camry. Number two is the Toyota Sienna, and number four is the Honda Odyssey.

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Bad Timing for the New Prius, But Does It Matter?

June 30th, 2015

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Gas prices are low, hybrids have lost their luster, and competition is fierce for alternative-fuel cars. So now is a great time to introduce a hybrid, right?

There was a time when the Toyota Prius was the only option for buyers who wanted to advertise the fact that they love the environment. Celebrities and consumers alike proudly drove the efficient little soapboxes as a statement of being different.

Today things have changed, as relatively low gas prices and an influx of new hybrids, electrics, and diesels sit on dealer lots around the world while the Prius has lost favor among trendsetters.

Basically, the timing for an all-new Prius couldn’t be worse. You know who doesn’t care?

The all-new Prius.

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Should Fiat and General Motors Merge?

June 29th, 2015

Fiat_GM_merger

Is Chrysler ready for another merger?

The U.S. automaker recently wrapped up a takeover by Italian automaker Fiat and was subsequently renamed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, or FCA.

Now FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has his eyes on another merger:

A takeover of General Motors.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia: Hard to Say, Easy to Love

June 26th, 2015

alfa_romeo_giulia

I have mixed emotions about the arrival of the Alfa Romeo Giulia in the United States.

On one hand, it’s one of the biggest moments in the history of cars in this country. On the other hand, the Pagani Huayra is no longer the hardest car name for me to spell and pronounce. If this thing takes off, I’m going to have to commit the spelling to memory.

Darn you, Giulia.

Thank you, Giulia.

Alfa Romeo this week has revealed its all-new, highly anticipated, Giulia sedan for the world to admire. It’s something special, even if you never figure out how to say it.

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The Next Porsche Killer: A Baby NSX?

June 25th, 2015
Can anyone beat it?

Can anyone beat it?

There aren’t many ways to compete with the Porsche Cayman.

Porsche is the most formidable player in the sports-car world, and the Cayman is as good as somewhat-affordable sports cars get. Very few companies field competitors to the Cayman. In fact, the biggest competitors are other Porsches, so the German automaker pretty much has a monopoly on the market for performance and luxury.

Buyers looking to avoid the price premium of Porsche can look to the Nissan 370Z and pay half the price but get half the car. There’s also an exciting newcomer on the scene in the form of the Alfa Romeo 4C, which is probably the fiercest competitor to the Cayman. The problem with the 4C is availability. Even if you can afford one, the odds of getting one aren’t good.

So who can step up and actually deliver a genuine competitor to the Cayman?

Honda.

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The Big Subaru Sell Out

June 24th, 2015

2013 Subaru Legacy off-road

While Volkswagen remains obsessed with selling enough cars to become the largest automaker in the world, Subaru remains content with being one of the smallest.

This is the tale of two opposite strategies, and it seems to be paying off for the smaller underdog while the larger champ slowly falls to its knees.

Volkswagen has entered desperation mode and is giving away cars in order to boost its sales numbers. That’s almost a literal statement, as $39/month lease deals on the Jetta have popped up around the country.

Subaru, meanwhile, routinely sells out of its production runs and has no need to slash prices or offer major incentives.

Subaru supplies what the market demands, while Volkswagen tries to create a market and inflate demand. Guess which business model is more profitable?

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You Could Be Closer Than You Think to Driving an Electric Car

June 17th, 2015

Tesla Model X Falcon doors

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about Tesla, because things at the electric automaker are about to get seriously supercharged.

Bad puns aside, electric cars are becoming more accepted in the U.S. and around the world, and Tesla is a big reason why.

With immediate plans to get into the crossover and small sedan markets, the Tesla logo could soon be found in driveways across America. With at least one model priced near a loaded Honda Accord, perhaps one of those driveways could be yours.

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Are Collision Avoidance Systems Really Necessary?

June 16th, 2015

collision avoidance system

“Hey, watch this, kids,” I said as I lifted my feet off the pedals off my 2013 Subaru Legacy. “This car’s so cool because it senses cars in front of it and stops itself.”

I should mention that I was on the Interstate going about 60 miles per hour as traffic up ahead slowed to a crawl.

With my car careening toward the brake lights, I trusted the car would perform as it always has and apply the brakes before I even had to worry.

Except I started to worry.

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Find the Best Certified Pre-Owned Deals

June 11th, 2015

2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Right now the certified pre-owned (CPO) market for used cars is as strong as it has ever been. May 2015 was the best month ever for top-of-the-line manufacturer-certified used cars, pickups, and crossovers.

According to Autodata Corp., via AutoRemarketing.com, there were an estimated 232,842 CPO used cars sold in May. Through May, more than a million have been sold.

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