Road & Track columnist Peter Egan once wrote, “Cars are considered to be an art form, yet the Mona Lisa, I’ve noticed, never needs a cooling system flush or new brake pads.” Automotive design has been an integral part of the car industry since the 1920s, when GM began to develop the first year-over-year changes to their cars’ visual appearance. As makes and models have evolved, so have the varying design languages associated with them—with varying degrees of success.
Tom Brady received a Chevrolet Colorado as his Super Bowl MVP prize, a vehicle a lot of people thought was an odd choice for such a prestigious award. This makes some sense when you consider how much of a marketing push has surrounded Chevrolet’s resurrected midsize pickup, and the resulting publicity around the choice will certainly move some Colorados off Chevy lots. Last year, General Motors gave Malcolm Smith a Silverado High Country, straying away from the trend of giving performance sports cars in the handful of years Chevy has had the contract with the NFL.
With the year coming to a close, we thought it might a good time to look into the hottest cars of the year for consumers on CarGurus. So we dug into our data mines to determine exactly which vehicles were generating the most interest among our users this last year. These are not necessarily the most purchased vehicles, but rather the vehicles most inquired about by CarGurus users.
I think it’s safe to say that Top Gear is a respected and trusted source of automotive news and opinion. When the television hosts or blog writers give an opinion, the world tends to listen.
When I saw the headline that the British blokes had driven the upcoming 2015 Mustang, I prepared myself to read about Ford’s still-inferior performance, interior, steering, yada, yada, yada.
Instead what I read was an absolutely glowing take on the pony car that has taken 50 years to finally arrive on UK shores. That’s great for them, but what will it mean to Mustang purists here in the United States?
Wow. Where to start on the new 2015 Mustang?
Today has provided an all-out cacophony of news as the worst-kept secret in Mustang history was officially unveiled, along with pictures, videos and almost all the information we could ever want on the newest pony in Ford’s stable.
Oddly enough, some of the only information missing from today’s reveal are the minor details of horsepower, fuel economy and price.
That aside, though, it looks like Ford has hit this one out of the park.
Shopping for used muscle cars is fun.
What could be better than prowling through the used listings looking for giant V8 engines, high horsepower ratings and low prices?
The last decade or so has been super good for fans of muscle cars as the Big 3 have churned out a nearly endless supply of retro-styled cars meant to satisfy the primal urges of middle-aged men wanting to relive their youth.
The era of retro may be about to come to an end, as the next Mustang will ditch its familiar looks and morph into a svelte and modern sports car.
Will that force some people to only consider older Mustangs when looking for used muscle?
Ford is creating all kinds of controversy regarding the next Mustang. First of all, the design will abandon its retro looks and evolve into a sleeker sports car worthy of worldwide distribution. The car’s infamous rear suspension will finally be modernized, and to top it all off, a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine will be on the options list for the first time since the mid-1980s.
That’s a lot for Mustang fans to digest all at once.
Even more controversial than the existence of the four-banger is the determination of who will get access to it.
If there are deities in the car world, the Ford Mustang and Ferrari Enzo might be candidates for the top job. Both have reached legendary status, have legions of fans and have spawned many years of devotional writings and devout followers.
Both the Mustang and the Enzo are about to undergo changes and reveal all-new versions, and both have been spotted in cloaked disguises on the streets of their respective countries.
Like hidden sentinels, these gods of all things automotive will surely redefine their categories… as soon as the cloaks come off.
The Ford Mustang will soon turn 50 years old.
In planning for the 2015 edition of the beloved and classic muscle car, Ford has some options.
Option 1: Let the car finish out its natural life then fade into history, proud of the contribution it has made to American culture.
Option 2: Carry on as usual, with a slight nip and tuck but no drastic changes, because Americans will keep buying it.
Option 3: Completely redesign the car, throw out everything the Mustang has ever been and relaunch it to a worldwide audience.
The Ford of the past would be perfectly content with option 2. Plenty of folks throughout the country surely believe the Mustang has run its course and deserves the dignity of option 1.
Option 3, though, could be what’s in store.