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Say Goodbye to the Porsche Boxster

January 6th, 2015

2015 Porsche Cayman S

In 1996, Porsche introduced the world to its new entry-level roadster, the Boxster. Every year since, the little Porsche has provided driving thrills to hundreds of thousands of happy motorists.

In recent years, talk of another entry-level Porsche has rounded the interwebs to the dismay of true Porsche enthusiasts. The car, to be called the 718 and slot beneath the ever-expanding Boxster/Cayman lineup, never got off the ground.

Now, though, there’s some news that the 718 may make production after all, but it would mean the demise of the Boxster.

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CarGurus’ Hottest Cars of 2014

January 1st, 2015

2014 Dodge Charger

With the year coming to a close, we thought it might a good time to look into the hottest cars of the year for consumers on CarGurus. So we dug into our data mines to determine exactly which vehicles were generating the most interest among our users this last year. These are not necessarily the most purchased vehicles, but rather the vehicles most inquired about by CarGurus users.

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Slingshot Blurs Line Between Sports Car and Motorcycle

December 30th, 2014

Polaris Slingshot

Described as a sports car, it sounds wildly unsafe.

There’s not a real windshield, no doors, no roof, no airbags, and it rides just 5 inches off the ground. It weighs under 2,000 pounds, has a weight distribution of 66/34 percent front/rear and is powered by a 2.4-liter GM engine with a 5-speed transmission sending power to the rear wheels.

Or shall I say wheel.

The Polaris Slingshot isn’t a car we’d normally cover on this blog, because it isn’t a car at all. The Slingshot is a three-wheeled motorcycle, but it’s the most car-like motorcycle ever made.

Which isn’t a good thing.

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What Car Would You Lease for $199 Per Month?

December 26th, 2014

1997 Honda CR-V

My brother didn’t get a new car for Christmas. He didn’t ask for one, but it would have been pretty cool if someone had given him a car yesterday with a big red bow on top.

Since it didn’t happen, it’s probably time he makes the investment on his own. My brother is newly employed as a teacher, so he can’t afford to finance a new $30,000-plus vehicle. What he can afford is a cheap lease, which he took the opportunity to ask me about at our family gathering yesterday.

My brother’s current car is a 1997 Honda CR-V that has provided almost 240,000 miles of service. It was a fine car for a college student, but it’s not a fine car for a newly employed teacher.

So here’s the challenge: What new car can be leased on a budget of around $199 per month?

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Merry Christmas! Here’s Your Brand New Alpha Romeo 4C!

December 25th, 2014

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Today is a special day indeed. It’s a day when we can take a break from work and spend time with family and friends while showering them with love in the only acceptable way: with gifts that have drained our bank accounts and maxed out our credit cards.

If you happen to have some room left on credit or some cash to spend on a late gift, allow me to suggest the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.

This is the car that hails the re-entry of Alfa into the U.S. market. Until now, the Spider version of the 4C has been mostly disguised, but it’s been caught in the raw during filming of a new TV commercial.

Keep reading to see more of the latest Italian sports car that Santa’s elves need to start building right away.

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The Blood of BMW Flows Through Hyundai’s Veins

December 23rd, 2014

Hyundai performance

Here’s some pretty huge news coming out of South Korea:

Hyundai has wooed a longtime BMW engineer to head up a new performance division.

This isn’t just any BMW engineer, either. It’s not like Hyundai was content hiring away some guy who stepped on board with BMW last year and is making his way up the career ladder by heading over to Hyundai. Nope. This is Albert Biermann, former vice president of engineering at BMW’s M Division. Biermann has been at BMW since 1983. This is the guy who helped bring us every generation of M car including the latest M3, M4, M5 and M6.

And in April, he’ll work at Hyundai.

Did I mention this was huge?

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Battle of the Microcar: Elio Versus Tango

December 22nd, 2014

Elio

Gas prices continue to fall, and guys like me, who lumber through town in big SUVs that swallow fuel as quickly as we suck down carmel macchiatos, are smiling, because fill-ups have gone from almost $90 to just over $50.

Saving money at the pump makes us happy, and we spend the saved money on extra macchiatos.

Yes, even macho SUV-driving guys drink macchiatos. We may not like to admit it, but we’re also interested in microcars. Why? Because sometimes we just don’t need the capability and room that giant utes offer. Sometimes we just want to drive to work quickly and cheaply.

A few microcars are hitting the market to fill that need. Two of them in particular are addressing the need for tiny driving in drastically different ways.

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Volvo’s New Plan: Bad for the Buyer?

December 17th, 2014

2016 Volvo XC90

By trying to be different, Volvo is enacting a plan that many have already tried.

In the past I’ve been in full agreement with the concept behind Volvo’s plan. It probably is time that the way we purchase cars begins to change. The thing is, the change suggested could actually end up hurting consumers financially.

News is making the rounds this week about Volvo’s new marketing plan, which cuts out most auto-show participation and introduces online car buying to customers. The theory of shoppers being able to build their ideal cars online, then order with the push of a button, makes sense. But is the convenience really a good thing?

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2015 Mustang Knocks Camaro From the Top

December 16th, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang GT

In November of 2013, a total of 5,376 Ford Mustangs found new homes. That’s not a bad sales month for a muscle car, and it’s about the range where the Chevy Camaro has held steady for the last year.

November 2014 was an entirely different story, mostly because the all-new 2015 Mustang hit the market with full force.

The result?

Let’s just say that the newly redesigned pony car has been exceptionally well received.

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Can You Return a Brand New Car?

December 15th, 2014

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If your car needs normal maintenance, there’s a good chance you’ll take it to the dealer.

If you take your car to the dealer, there’s a good chance you’ll find out the car needs more repairs.

If your car needs more repairs, you’ll probably be upset about the repair bill.

If you’re upset about the repair bill, there’s a good chance you’ll think about trading your car in instead of repairing it.

If you trade your car in, you’ll probably wind up with a new car.

If you wind up with a new car, chances are, the next day you’ll wish you had your old car back.

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