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The Early Death of the 3-Wheeled Car?

January 26th, 2016

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Starting a car company is probably one of the most difficult of all business ventures. Even the best ideas can fail due to a lack of funds or stifling government regulatory requirements.

And yet, people still try.

The people who start car companies do so because they believe they can change, or improve upon, the current state of automobile design, functionality, and performance. Starting a car company can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, though, and most who try eventually fall short of their goals because they simply run out of money.

One company, Elio Motors, wants to introduce an 84-mpg 2-seater that costs just $6,800 and is powered by a 3-cylinder gas engine. Sounds great, right?

Consider this: The Elio has only three wheels, meaning the company is trying to classify the car as a motorcycle to avoid the stricter safety and efficiency regulations that govern cars.

The government, though, has other plans, which could send Elio into the history books.

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Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt? No Contest!

January 25th, 2016

Tesla Model 3

Soon a $37,000, 200-mile electric vehicle will arrive on the market. The car could be the one that finally ushers in the era of the affordable, high-range, mass-produced electric car.

This car is well along in its development and will be available to purchase in the coming year.

The car’s designers made aerodynamics a top priority, so it slips effortlessly through the air. When in motion, wind flows around the vehicle from the headlamps to the rear wheels. The aluminum body and smooth proportions cut down on weight and drag to increase both range and acceleration. Plus, the bottom of the car is completely flat, since there aren’t any exhaust bits that need to be kept cool.

Yes, this car could be a game changer.

Oh, and Tesla is building one, too.

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Local Motors Could 3D-Print Itself Into the Future

January 21st, 2016

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A few weeks ago I made a statement on these pages that said something to the effect of how vehicle production hasn’t changed much over the last century or so.

Cars are still built on assembly lines using metal parts, a process that isn’t likely to change on a mass scale anytime soon.

There are companies, however, that are looking toward the future and coming up with innovative ways to build, and recycle, cars in the decades ahead.

Local Motors wants to be the one that disrupts the auto industry, and it wants to do so with 3D-printed cars.

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What Car Made You Fall in Love With Cars?

January 19th, 2016

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Do you remember your first car love?

The car that made me fall in love with cars was the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado. I was just a clueless pre-teen when my dad brought home the rusty old car on a flatbed trailer. Little did I know it then, but that car would change the directory of my car-loving life.

Over the next couple of years we worked together to bring that beat-up old car back to life. It received an engine rebuild on the 425-cubic-inch V8, a new paint job, and a new interior. When finished, the car looked like it could have rolled off the Oldsmobile assembly line just days earlier.

That old Toronado taught me that cars can be so much more than simple transportation. They can actually develop personalities and grow up with a person while helping a father and son build a deeper relationship.

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How to Enjoy a New England Winter Weekend Without Snow

January 15th, 2016

2016 New England Int'l Auto Show Press Day

CarGurus was honored to attend yesterday’s press preview of the 2016 New England International Auto Show. With more than 600 cars from 37 manufacturers valued at over $22 million, we were able to see and get into a bunch of brand-new vehicles for the first time. The show offers any car fan with an interest in new vehicles an unbeatable opportunity to take a close look at and ask experts questions about the wide world of cars available to American buyers.

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Five Biggest Impacts from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show

January 15th, 2016

Last week I wrote about seven Detroit Auto Show debuts to watch. The only one I got remotely wrong was the 2017 Chrysler Town & Country, but that was only because FCA pulled a fast one and changed that vehicle’s name to the Chrysler Pacifica.

Here are the five vehicles that made the biggest impact at the North American International Auto Show, which runs through Jan. 24 at Detroit’s Cobo Hall.

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Buick’s Terrific Trifecta: Avista, Cascada, and Envision

January 13th, 2016

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In 2008 I thought Buick should be sent to the chopping block. Its vehicles were aged, staid, not exciting, and overly bland for the tastes of most young Americans.

Yet instead of discontinuing the Buick brand, GM thought it would be more beneficial to send Pontiac packing. Pontiac was just beginning to get its chops back thanks to the beautifully crafted G8 GXP, but it died at the hands of a bankrupt GM that desperately needed to reorganize.

And reorganize it did. Here we are in 2016 and Buick is not only still here, it’s becoming a real player in the affordable luxury market.

This year we have three Buicks in particular to thank for that, though only two will likely be available for purchase.

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Chrysler Pacifica Replaces Town & Country, Goes Hybrid

January 12th, 2016

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

In 2002 Chrysler introduced a vehicle that it thought would be the next big thing in the new crossover SUV market.

The vehicle, a luxury people-mover with three rows of seats, was supposed to offer the capacity of a minivan, the stance of an SUV, and the handling of a sedan. Chrysler expected to unload 100,000 of those vehicles every year.

Problems arose quickly, though. This vehicle, the Chrysler Pacifica, didn’t excel as a minivan, was too expensive to compete with other luxury SUVs, and had an engine that barely gave it enough oomph to pass on the highway.

Chrysler discontinued the Pacifica in 2008. Yesterday the company brought it back, only this time the nameplate will grace the rear hatch of what used to be the Chrysler Town & Country.

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Faraday Future: The Car Company of the Past?

January 6th, 2016

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The best marketing device for a startup company is mystery.

Mystery builds intrigue and interest. It makes people wonder what the company is up to and how its products will influence life as we know it.  The larger a new company is, the more it can play up the mystery aspect of what it has to offer.

Faraday Future is a perfect example.

With billions of dollars in backing and plans to build a $1 billion manufacturing facility, along with months of hinting at a new car that promises to change the way we see cars, Faraday is primed to hit the big leagues and potentially change the auto industry as we know it.

Unless it under-delivers on its promises. Then it becomes nothing more than a modern-day Segway.

And guess what? It under-delivered.

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1963 Corvette Split Window: The President’s Childhood Dream Car

January 4th, 2016

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Who is the coolest car guy America has ever seen?

There would be a long list of names vying for that crown. James Dean, Steve McQueen, Jay Leno, and even Vice President Joe Biden might be considered top contenders.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is making a convincing case for himself as he drives some of the coolest cars known to man while chauffeuring comedians to coffee shops and discussing random idiosyncrasies of the world. His show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” just kicked off its seventh season.

Seinfeld’s first guest of the season is President Barack Obama, an unlikely car guy who may not earn the honor of the greatest car guy ever, but might have just cemented himself as one of the coolest car guys of the year.

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