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MINI Goes Crazy, Shows Off Truck Concept

April 29th, 2014

MINI_Paceman_adventure

There are many reasons why GMC doesn’t build a micro car. They are the same reasons why Ferrari’s stable lacks an econobox.

GMC makes trucks and Ferrari produces supercars because that’s what they’re good at doing. They do what their customers expect and they reap the benefits when they do it exceptionally well.

Sometimes carmakers try and push the limits, but usually those experiments end in spectacular failures on the level of the Subaru Baja.

Now it seems another unwary automaker is treading into unfamiliar territory, surely to be eaten alive by mobs of consumers who refuse to buy it.

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Did Mercedes-Benz Just Get Caught Copying BMW?

April 24th, 2014

mercedes-benz_concept_coupe_suv

Squashed crossover coupes that try to look like SUVs are officially a thing. From the Land Rover Evoque to the BMW X6, the impractical mash-up between sports coupe and sport utility vehicle has slowly infiltrated the car market.

I don’t know why, exactly, because they don’t sell very well. In fact, the Acura ZDX came and went faster than a Lyrid meteor. Very few ever left dealership lots, probably because the ZDX looked like a duck that had been hit by a car.

Mercedes-Benz wants to take a shot at the crossover coupe and has introduced the Concept Coupe SUV, which the head of design at MB called, “Sensual as a coupe – visionary as an SUV.”

What he should have said is,

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2014 New York International Auto Show Gallery, Part 1

April 19th, 2014

We came away from the 2014 New York International Auto Show so loaded with great images of fantastic cars that we wanted to put together a quick slideshow of some of our favorites for you. The show will offer a great time to car fans of any age, and as usual, it offers plenty of interactive fun as well as stands full of gorgeous new cars. Attendees can participate in the “Camp Jeep Ride Along” on an obstacle course or take a quick trip in Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle. Multiple simulators will keep gamers battling on electronic tracks, and Spongebob Squarepants will make an appearance.

The New York International Auto Show runs through April 27th, and anyone interested in attending or keeping tabs on the excitement should check out the NYIAS app and look for the official #NYIAS hashtag in social media.

Which is your favorite car at this year’s New York Auto Show?

-hollerin

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Audi: Road-Trip Chariot of the Giants

April 14th, 2014

2008 Audi Q7

Four giant 18-year-old boys. One coach. About four dozen assorted pieces of luggage. All surrounding yours truly in one car for a 9-hour ride to a state tournament.

At this point I’ll stop and ask: Which vehicle would you choose for such a task?

No, a school bus wasn’t available, nor was a Suburban or other appropriately large vehicle that could comfortably transport a bunch of 6-foot-4 rowdy high schoolers.

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Invisible Hoods Could Help on Blind Curves

April 10th, 2014

Land Rover's transparent hood

There’s a blind curve on my way home that both thrills and frightens me. On adventurous days, I push my right foot down on the accelerator and take the uphill hard-right turn fast and tight while hoping there’s not a stalled car or deer or some other obstacle looming as I let my mind transport me to Laguna Seca.

On other days I approach the curve with caution, even slowing to a near crawl as intuition alone tells me to be wary.

I haven’t encountered a problem on this turn, but I know it’s quite possible that someday I will, because there are a few moments when all I can see are my hood and the sky.

Is this a curve that technology can outsmart, or will I forever be doomed to navigate those few seconds blindly?

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What to Drive If You Want to Look Rich

March 7th, 2014

1980 Porsche 911

A Kia will never make you look rich. Nor will a Ford Focus.

I don’t care how shiny and sleek it looks on the showroom floor, once it’s out on dirty roads and covered in grime and leftover road salt, you’re going to look like any other guy or gal in a value econobox. There’s nothing wrong with having a cheap Ford or Kia, it’s even a bit admirable, but don’t think for a second that you’ll be perceived as having a lot of money.

For some reason an article at Men’s Magazine included the Kia Soul and the Focus on their list of cars that make you look rich. The list sinks in quality from there.

If you want to look rich, you simply need to be seen in the brands that are perceived as “for the rich.”

Keep reading to find out how to really do it.

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10 Best Convertibles for All Seasons

February 28th, 2014

2008 Land Rover Defender

Every once in a while, Mother Nature likes to throw us a real curveball. This February was a perfect example here in New England. After weeks of getting pounded by heavy snow, the clouds went away, the sun came out, and the temperature shot up. It was a little taste of spring—just enough of a taste to get us thinking about things like convertibles.

In a move any good New Englander should have predicted, Mother Nature ripped that all away after just a few short days, sending the region back into a bitter cold and bringing intense snowfall to some parts. Even with the temperature below 30, we still can’t get our minds off convertibles. If you’re like us, you probably don’t want to wait any longer to put the top down and drive with the wind in your hair. There are likely to be a few days in the near future when that will be possible, but what if Mother Nature changes her mind again, and you find yourself stuck with a convertible in the middle of a snowstorm?

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Chevrolet Wants to Be More Like Ford

February 20th, 2014
2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

Talk about being ahead of its time.

There’s nothing better for a company than introducing a new product so revolutionary that your closest competitor can’t touch it for about 4 years.

Even better is when the competition’s product chief wants to get his hands on your product and examine how it was done so it can be copied. That’s called hitting a home run.

That is what Ford has done to GM. It’s not a knockout punch by any means, but the blow has effectively left the General staggering and grasping for ways to catch up. Round 1 goes to Ford.

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2015 Lincoln Navigator Poses One Question: Why?

January 27th, 2014

2015 Lincoln Navigator

Despite the decreasing practicality of the giant luxury SUV, I see some really compelling reasons to get a used Navigator.

A new one… not so much.

Getting a second-hand Navigator means substantial savings over buying new, along with guaranteed access to a proven, sturdy, rumbling V8. Getting a Navigator that’s about 5 years old can easily save 50 percent or more off the cost of a new one, which is a real no-brainer for people who enjoy the status that a luxury SUV offers.

We could sit here all day and debate why Lincoln even built a new Navigator. Honestly, I was under the impression it had gone extinct quite some time ago.

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Another Great Year Gets Under Way

January 17th, 2014

The 2014 New England International Auto Show

We’re biased, of course, but it looks like 2014 should be another amazing year for car fans. We unfortunately couldn’t attend this year’s Detroit Auto Show, but based on the heaps of coverage we’ve seen, automakers are doing exceptionally well, and that means they’re putting on quite an impressive show in Motor City this week and next. CarGurus did attend the New England International Auto Show press preview this week, and while our local show featured fewer debuts and smoke machines, we did get to see plenty more evidence that the car business feels strong—and that new cars keep getting better and better.

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