Yes, That’s a Volvo

January 11th, 2016

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Volvo is about to become more popular than ever.

The Swedish automaker gained a reputation for safety as early as the 1920s, when Managing Director Assar Gabrielsson said,

Cars are driven by people. The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo, therefore, is and must remain, safety.

That’s a sentiment that remains with the company to this day. More recently, the principles of design, comfort, and performance have also played a large part in the company’s strategy.

With new models on the way, Volvo is evolving from the old days of “boxy-but-good” to a new era of innovation in technology and design.

The 2016 XC90 is a bit of an oxymoron because it’s the first all-new vehicle the company has introduced since being sold by Ford and picked up China’s Geely Automotive. Even under Chinese ownership, the XC90 is the most Swedish Volvo the company has built in decades.

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10 Best Cars to Tackle Winter: 2016 Edition

January 8th, 2016

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

Every neighborhood has one. The guy with the monstrous SUV and a driveway covered in ice. No matter how shiny their brand new snow-blower is (they usually have a snowblower), when the white stuff starts to accumulate, they hop in their Suburban, step on the gas, and let the 4-wheel drive do the rest. The machine specifically designed to clear driveways never even gets primed — why let your hands freeze pushing that contraption around when your SUV isn’t even really stuck?

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GM, Ford Invest in Industry Changing Technology

January 8th, 2016

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The automotive industry could change more in the next five years than it did in the last 50.

Think about the last five decades. We’ve seen cars get bigger, faster, safer, and more fuel efficient, but we haven’t seen any radical changes in the way cars are built, marketed, sold, or driven. Our car culture is built on a fossil-fueled desire for personal transportation and the freedom to go wherever we please whenever we choose.

Things are changing, though. Ride-sharing programs are gaining in popularity and cars that can drive themselves don’t seem to be very far behind.

Here’s one of the surest signs of coming change: General Motors just placed a $500 million bet that ride sharing is the wave of the future.

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Detroit Auto Show Debuts to Watch

January 7th, 2016

Location Front Quarter Volvo S90 Mussel BlueWe’re in the midst of an intense one-week period in the automotive industry that’s unmatched the rest of the year: The Consumer Electronics Show is currently in Las Vegas, and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicks off Monday with press days.

It’s a period that sees more new vehicles and concepts introduced than at any other time of year. The news is already out about vehicles like the production-ready Chevrolet Bolt and the Farraday Future FFZERO1 concept.

Now it’s time to look ahead to Detroit and its reveals. Here are a few that will make a big impact.

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Mercedes-Benz’s Turnaround Looks a Lot Like Audi’s

January 7th, 2016

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There’s a German automaker in the midst of a turnaround. The company has redesigned many of its vehicles and has plans to introduce additional models, including sedans, crossovers, and SUVs.

The brand is also forging ahead with plans for dedicated electric vehicles and cars with advanced autonomous driving technology.

The front-end design has evolved over the years into a signature look that the automaker hopes to expand into new models, while continuing to push design limits in future concept vehicles.

The automaker has also sworn off trends such as convertible SUVs and 2-door SUVs in favor of more traditional sedans, SUVs, and crossovers.

We’re talking about the new face of Mercedes-Benz.

But could the German car giant be gunning for some of Audi’s success?

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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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Volkswagen Sued by the United States

January 5th, 2016

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I can’t imagine anything much scarier than finding out your business is being sued by the United States of America.

Of course, to avoid that from happening, all you have to do is play by the rules and not intentionally deceive the government while taking home millions of dollars in profit. Pretty easy, right?

Volkswagen is learning that lesson the hard way. The U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit against the automaker over the emissions scandal that saw the German car giant install software in hundreds of thousands of cars to cheat emissions tests.

The allegations in the lawsuit, which accuse Volkswagen of intentionally violating the Clean Air Act by installing illegal devices to impair emission control systems in 600,000 vehicles, carries penalties that could cost Volkswagen billions of dollars. Yes, the wrath of the U.S. government will finally rain down on VW.

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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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Ring in the New Year with the Most Exciting Cars of 2016

January 1st, 2016

2016 Ferrari 488

Another year has passed, and as time goes on things in the auto industry are starting to get a little shaken up. Yes, we did have a pretty great 2015, with some amazing cars leaving a lasting impression. But as we look forward to the upcoming year, we can expect auto manufacturers to yet again step up and produce some cars that can get us really excited. These cars have been on our radar for quite some time as they’ve been teased and previewed, but now it’s time to buy.

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Cars That Will Set 2016 on Fire

January 1st, 2016

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Welcome to 2016, friends.

If the Chinese did their calendar correctly, this would have been the year of the car. I mean, the year of the monkey is all well and good, but 2016 will be among the best in a long time as far as new car debuts go.

We’ll see the new Ford GT, as mentioned yesterday, in addition to a made-in-China Buick, as well as an untold number of surprises at upcoming auto shows.

There are a few cars, though, that aren’t available yet but should set the pace for excitement in 2016. Are you ready for these?

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