Archive

Archive for the ‘Foreign Cars’ Category

Dream Cars of the Not-So-Super Rich

April 29th, 2016
If the Ferrari 488 is too rich for your blood...

If the Ferrari 488 is too rich for your blood…

Most of us dream of one day hitting it big and being able to afford the car of our dreams.

Traditionally we’ve lusted after the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, and Aston Martin. Today’s dream cars still include those brands, but they also include newer models from Tesla, Ford, Lexus, and Nissan.

Most people won’t ever be able to afford a new Ford GT, Nissan GT-R, or Ferrari 488, but there are plenty of dream cars available to satisfy the need for speed at a much more reasonable cost.

A friend comes to mind who recently purchased a couple of cars he’d wanted for a long time. He didn’t sell his company to Google, didn’t inherit tens of millions of dollars, and hasn’t become rich off an IPO. He did, however, work hard for many years and is now enjoying a comfortable, if not extravagant, income.

Keep reading for the cars he purchased, along with a few other choices that prove you don’t have to be among the super-rich to own a car of your dreams.

Continue reading >>>

Car Lists, Car Minded, Car Shopping, Classic & Vintage Cars, Domestic Cars, Exotic Cars, Foreign Cars, General Chat, New Cars, Trucks & SUVs , , , , , , , , , ,

The Impact of the Japanese Earthquakes on Lexus, Toyota Models

April 28th, 2016

2015 Toyota Camry

The news of the recent earthquakes that struck Japan had a strong impact on the U.S. auto market when it comes to Toyota and Lexus. Several models have had to suspend production while the factories are inspected and repaired.

It’s even affected Toyota’s position as the number-one automaker. That spot was usurped by Volkswagen because of the shutdowns. Yes, in spite of the diesel emissions scandal, VW is on top because of the popularity of its Audi, Porsche, and Skoda brands.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Lists, Car Minded, Car Shopping, Cars Coming Soon, Foreign Cars, General Chat, New Cars , , , , ,

Volkswagen Agrees to Settlement, New Lawsuit Targets Mercedes-Benz

April 25th, 2016

volkswagen-tdi-badge

A couple of Germany’s largest automakers have had what can only be described as a terrible week.

Volkswagen has agreed to a plan that would compensate owners of cars affected by its diesel emissions violations, in addition to either buying back the cars, cancelling leases, or repairing vehicles.

This should be welcome news for owners of Volkswagen vehicles equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI engine who have seen their cars’ resale values plummet in the seven months since the scandal became public.

More details will become clear in the coming days but, in the meantime, another automaker may be exposed for also manipulating emissions data.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Foreign Cars, General Chat , , , ,

Will Audi Build a Boxster-Based R6?

April 21st, 2016

2015_audi_r8-pic-8826728875904120766-640x480

Here’s another one to file in the “sports cars aren’t dying” folder.

Audi is one of the carmakers that have thrived in the sports car world. The R8 and TT sit at opposite ends of the sports-car scale, but both have found a niche and generate enough sales to justify their existence. And the automaker’s S line turns its sedans and coupes into formidable performance machines.

Now Audi may be working on a rear-engine sports car to slot under the R8. Presumably called the R6, the new Audi would be based on the Porsche Boxster/Cayman twins, but would involve a lot more than a simple badge job.

Continue reading >>>

Car Minded, Cars Coming Soon, Exotic Cars, Foreign Cars, General Chat, New Cars , , , , ,

Land Rover Discovery Sport Vs. Ford Explorer

April 20th, 2016

discovery-sport-explorer1

A review of the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport isn’t complete without a reference to the Ford Explorer.

The two vehicles share an uncanny similarity in looks, right down to the thick C-pillar, rear spoiler, and headlight shape. Their silhouettes are nearly identical. Pricing on the two SUVs isn’t very far apart either: base prices for the Ford range between $31,000 for the base and nearly $53,000 for the Platinum trim, and the Range Rover runs from $34,400 for the base SE trim to just under $46,000 for the HSE LUX.

The Ford has a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder that makes 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is available. The Land Rover has a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder along with a nine-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. And get this: it’s an engine built by Ford.

These two vehicles might seem like they’d compete fiercely for sales, but under the skin they are vastly different animals. One is the rig to use if the highway leads to your destination, while the other is the one to use if the highway is just a speed bump to cross on your way to grander adventures.

Continue reading >>>

Car Minded, Domestic Cars, Foreign Cars, General Chat, New Cars, Trucks & SUVs , , ,

FCA Wants to Merge With Ford, Toyota, or Volkswagen

April 19th, 2016

 

FCA plus VW 2

FCA could be in real trouble.

The company that used to be known as Chrysler, until acquired by Fiat after bankruptcy, finds itself with an unclear future.

Last year Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne desperately tried to force a merger with General Motors. GM, of course, wanted nothing to do it and the effort fizzled out. Now FCA seems to be on the lookout again, with a list of its top three prospects for a merger that, it hopes, can help it keep relevant into the 2020s and beyond.

One of those three, though, has already responded with a big fat “No.”

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Domestic Cars, Foreign Cars, General Chat , , , , ,

Ford Mustang: The Most Popular Sports Car in Germany

April 18th, 2016

mustang_911_germany

The best way to validate the existence of the Ford Mustang is to offer it for sale in a land where it shouldn’t be popular.

The Mustang, of course, has been a hot seller for as long as it’s been on the market in the United States. In the past, however, foreign markets have seen it as an outdated and mechanically inferior excuse for a sports car. It’s a car that was built for straight-line acceleration and paled in comparison to true sports cars, most of which hailed from Germany.

Now, though, the car has a true independent rear suspension and can hold its own against any other sports car, no matter where it’s from.

Ford felt like it had something special with the latest Mustang and decided to roll it out in the country famous for producing Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Surely, if it could sell there, it could sell anywhere in the world.

The Germans, though, would have a superiority complex and shun the Mustang, right?

Not so much.

Continue reading >>>

Car Minded, Domestic Cars, Foreign Cars, General Chat, New Cars , , ,

Some Say the Sports Car Is Dying, But We Beg to Differ

April 15th, 2016

2016_ford_shelby_gt350_coupe-pic-6517559440689480564-640x480

Some say sports cars are in serious trouble.

Generally speaking, yes, it could be argued that sports cars have lost popularity in recent years, and some reports say that sales are down.

Sports cars, it is argued, are losing ground because they can’t take the family to Costco, are surrounded by massive SUVs, and have no use in an Uber-dominated world.

But hold on a minute. Before we go writing the obituary for the high-performance sports car, let’s remember a few things.

Continue reading >>>

Car Minded, Domestic Cars, Foreign Cars, General Chat , , ,

BMW Will Launch Car Sharing Program… Again

April 12th, 2016

bmwi3

Why own when you can borrow?

The average payment for a new car in the United States is $479 per month. Insurance can cost an additional hundred bucks or more, so let’s figure it costs somewhere around $600 per month to own a new car. Factor in monthly fuel costs, parking fees, and general maintenance, and costs can get close to $1,000.

It’s no wonder some people choose to forgo car ownership in favor of public transportation or car sharing.

Car sharing has found pockets of success in the U.S., but BMW hopes that the new service it’s starting in Seattle will eventually benefit car sharers nationwide.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Foreign Cars, General Chat , , ,

4 Reasons Why Volkswagen Should Leave the U.S. Market

April 5th, 2016

2016_Volkswagen-Passat

Volkswagen is bleeding out.

The company once had grand hopes of becoming the largest automaker in the world but now finds itself struggling to dig out of a crippling emissions scandal that will likely cost tens of billions of dollars, not including pending litigation from consumer groups and the United States government.

Volkswagen’s marketing has turned toward promoting its turbo lineup and gas-powered SUVs and crossovers, but sales are in a spiral.

Recovering from this mess will take years, so maybe the time has come for VW to seriously consider abandoning the U.S. market. Here are some reasons why:

Continue reading >>>

Car Minded, Foreign Cars, General Chat , , , ,