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Cars Coming Soon: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

March 28th, 2013


Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

With all the coverage of the New York Auto Show this week, one little car has been mostly ignored. In a sea of exciting new debuts, convincing Cadillacs and luscious Land Rovers, coverage of a small but exciting new electric has mostly fallen through the cracks.

People in the United States are not used to small cars from Mercedes-Benz. The smallest offering here has been the C-Class, but our roads are smothered in M-Class SUVs and large, powerful sedans. We have equated MB with big luxury, so smaller cars with a premium price here may be hard for buyers to accept. But with the new CLA-Class on the way, and the coming B-Class EV, things are about to get small.

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Grading Model Names from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

March 8th, 2013

Another year, another Geneva Motor Show. Sure, we Americans get to kick back and watch the unveiling of generational updates to familiar friends such as the Volkswagen GTI, but the Geneva Motor Show really serves two main purposes. The first: to show us what awesome European cars will remain off-limits to American car fans. The second: to provide us with endless laughs at the peculiar names car manufacturers give to their newest rides. What’s in a name? Let’s find out.

Lamborghini Veneno

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Cars Coming Soon: Pro_cee’d to LaFerrari

March 7th, 2013

Ferrari LaFerrari

It started out being referred to as the next Enzo. Then the next Ferrari supercar took the moniker F150, which drew obvious questions about originality in the company’s naming choices.

Well, prepare yourself for a new level of Ferrari naming weirdness: the Ferrari LaFerrari.

Like all names, I’m sure soon enough we won’t be able to imagine the hypercar having any other name. For now, though, it just doesn’t seem sinister enough to suit the fastest, most advanced Ferrari ever built.

Then again, as car names gravitate toward the alpha-numeric, it’s kind of nice to see actual words used. Or, in Kia’s case, made-up words, but still words nonetheless.

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Five Things I Learned at My Local Auto Show

February 19th, 2013

2013 Porsche Boxster

While it’s nowhere near as exciting as the big U.S. auto shows in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, the show in my quaint little part of the Pacific Northwest is enough to whet the automotive appetite of plenty of local aficionados.

I’d have to travel to the big shows to see some of the latest offerings from Ferrari, Lamborghini or Rolls-Royce. Heck, even cars like the all-new C7 Corvette don’t bother to make the trip out here. I guess that’s what happens, though, when the show is put on by the local dealers’ association rather than supported by the automakers.

Still, I enjoy attending, and this year I learned 5 very important things.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Hottest of the Hot Hatches

February 14th, 2013

Mercedes-Benz A45

Ford, Volkswagen and Subaru each build hatchback cars designed for performance. Each offering has a unique set of abilities and drawbacks, yet each will leave a driver smiling after a high-speed flog through twisty roads.

Even in the hot hatch segment, though, there are good cars, and there are great cars.

Typically the most sought-after performance hatchbacks don’t arrive in the U.S. Instead they spend their days happily taunting us from the shores of Europe. Could things change with the introduction of the Audi S3 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG? Well, as long as there’s hasn’t been a firm “no,” we will hold on to hope.

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Cars Coming Soon: Excitement Builds for Geneva Debuts

February 7th, 2013
Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder

Could Spyker build a car to compete with the Porsche 911? C8 Aileron seen here

The Geneva Motor Show, which gets underway one month from today, already promises plenty of exciting debuts. From new convertibles to new entries from existing automakers, this should be a show to remember!

What I love about the Geneva show is that anything is possible. It’s a place to dream of what could be and question what is. It’s a place to challenge pre-conceived notions, introduce new ideas and boldly declare oneself as an imposing new competitor.

Of course, some of the attempts fall flat, while others could potentially change the course of an industry.

Here’s a quick peek into just a little of what will come to Geneva this year.

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Cars Coming Soon: A 30,000-Pound Tow Capacity!

January 10th, 2013

2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty

The Toyota Tundra towed a space shuttle. Sort of.

Okay, not really.

In what was a brilliant marketing ploy and an exceptional illusion of capability, the Tundra, and its official 10,000-pound tow capacity, towed a 300,000-pound space shuttle over a Los Angeles bridge. The trick to the feat was a specially engineered tow rig the space shuttle sat on.

If you are fond of your U-joints, transfer case, transmission and the overall integrity of your truck’s frame, you’ll avoid any space-shuttle towing.

But the 2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty will be just one zero away from space-shuttle capacity.

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Cars Coming Soon: Peek Into the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

January 3rd, 2013

2014 Corvette, front

The 2013 North American International Auto Show, informally known as the Detroit Auto Show, opens to the media on January 14.

This is a big one, friends, with hotly anticipated debuts coming from BMW, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Lexus and more.

Chevy could steal the show, for better or worse, with its new C7 Corvette (rendering above). Whether it stuns or disappoints, you can count on epic media coverage of America’s supercar. Ford, by contrast, will show up with a new van called the Transit. Yawn. Come on, guys, where’s the next iteration of the great GT!?

Keep reading for a quick look at what’s in store from Detroit!

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My Oh My, Bring Us More TDI!

December 5th, 2012

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

While I don’t think we here at CarGurus can take *all* the credit, we are pretty excited about some new diesel-powered vehicles entering the U.S. market. On this blog alone, we’ve sung the praises of the oil-burner for years and made the case for more of them here, while watching the gas/electric hybrid run away with the hearts of Americans.

Can you feel the shift coming, though? I sure can.

In addition to existing diesel offerings from Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, Mazda, Audi and Porsche will soon join the party. And once those floodgates open, who knows what will come next.

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LA Auto Show Delivers Fuel Efficiency and Raw Power

November 30th, 2012

2014 Jaguar XFR-S

One in 10 new cars sold in the United States is registered in California.

That’s quite the statistic and justifies the importance of the Los Angeles Auto Show to automakers. With the unveilings officially under way in Southern California, it’s time to take a look at the most exciting, potentially game-changing vehicles that have debuted so far.

The show this year is an interesting representation of the different directions the car industry is getting pushed. Cars powered by gasoline, electricity and diesel are represented, along with plenty of raw performance cars that somehow manage to take decent fuel economy into account while shredding tires and blistering the pavement.

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