Should Honda Build a Replacement for the S2000?

2008 Honda S2000

Should it come back?

“Hey guys, I wanna play, too!”

We’ve all had that one friend. That one guy who isn’t interested in playing until he realizes all the others are having the time of their lives, and suddenly he feels left out and wants to jump right in like he’s always been there.

Sometimes the late kid blossoms and becomes the star, while other times he just never catches up and languishes until he gives up.

In the world of inexpensive rear-wheel-drive sports cars, Honda appears to be the late kid.

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Minivans: Going, Going…

2013 Grand Caravan Redline 5

There’s a difference between necessity and aspiration.

Aspiration is a reason to buy a car. People save money, make goals and dream of owning their chosen make and model. Maybe it’s because a certain model represents success, or maybe it’s just for the pure sexiness of a powerful sports car.

People love to pay for aspiration, but they loathe paying for necessity.

Nobody dreams of buying a minivan. Minivans are purchased out of necessity—they are not the items of dreams.

Which is why the segment is slowly dying.

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GM’s New Behemoths: Can the Tahoe, Yukon and Suburban Win Buyers?

2015 GMC Yukon Denali

People just don’t buy giant SUVs anymore. The old body-on-frame people-movers have been replaced by car-based crossovers and miniature versions of the big utes that used to rule American roads.

It’s hard to even find full-size truck-based SUVs anymore. One automaker, though, is determined to not let the big land yachts die and has released images and some specs of its next round of unapologetically large vehicles.

Say hello to the brand new 2015 Chevy Suburban, Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon.

They are so good, you should probably buy a used one instead.

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1967 Corvette Sells for Record Price

1967 Corvette L88

Corvette.

What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word? While probably not the most flattering of terms, cheap thrills is what comes to my mind first.

The Corvette, by design, is a vehicle meant to provide a lot of horsepower and cubic inches at a fraction of the price of cars with comparable power. That’s true whether you’re looking at used Corvettes or even the new C7 Stingray.

One thing I don’t associate with Corvettes is the term “million-dollar car,” and certainly not $3.4 million car.

That all changed, though, this week.

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Time for a Reminder: How to Safely Sell Your Car

199 Toyota Tercel

When I was in my early 20s, I sold a car in my living room.

The car was a 1994 Toyota Tercel, which back then, wasn’t any more than 5 or 6 years old. I loved that little car and its manual transmission. I couldn’t take the lack of air conditioning and sticky vinyl seats. With an ad in the local want ads, I had a buyer come look and make me an offer after the test drive.

I think back on that day and am shocked at how lazy I was in protecting myself, and the car. Then again, times are different today, so it’s a good idea to learn from mistakes of the past.

I’ll quickly tell the story, you see if you can point out all that I did wrong.

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Choices, Choices: Jaguar SUV, Porsche Macan or Used Cayenne?

Jaguar C-X17 SUV

It’s finally happened. After years of rumors and rendered speculation, Jaguar has unveiled what will likely become a production SUV.

To some, it’s unthinkable. To others, it makes perfect sense.

In one sense, Jaguar is a luxury and sports car maker that creates sleek and powerful vehicles that devour the open road. On the other hand, the carmaker needs to make business sense for itself and sell as many vehicles as possible.

The truth is, to be a mass-market automaker, a crossover/SUV has to be on showroom floors. Porsche knows all about this, thanks to the massive success of the Cayenne and the almost certain success of the new, smaller Macan.

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Mazda Gears Up for Change, Should Remember its Past

1988 Mazda 323 GTX

Mazda might be doing some cool things right now, but I wonder what would happen if it looked into its past. Specifically, I think Mazda should point the rear-view mirror back to 1988 and create a modern version of the 323 GTX AWD.

Back in the mid-1980s, Mazda experimented with Group A rally racing, which meant its race car needed to have a production version with at least 5,000 copies available to the public.

The resulting vehicle should have been a superstar.

Instead it languished in the U.S. market and sold just over 1,400 copies over 2 years. The rest, presumably, were sold overseas, and the 323 GTX got axed after the 1989 model year.

As Mazda gears up for an all-new brand campaign, I think the time is right to resurrect the car that really should’ve become a legend.

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Nissan’s Obliteration of Bugatti

Nissan GT-R

People who buy the Bugatti Veyron don’t buy it because of its 0-60 time. The Veyron is purchased because it’s an expression of ultimate extravagance. The Veyron is the best of the best, the creme de la creme, the most extreme example of a vehicle money can buy.

With costs over $2.5 million, a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds and a top speed upward of 250 miles per hour, the Veyron remains the ultimate supercar, accessible only to the very few who have bank accounts full enough to support the purchase price and the maintenance costs.

Those people who have plunked millions into their Veyrons expect to own the best and the fastest. They certainly don’t want to be upstaged by a “cheap” Nissan.

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New Car Shortage! Real or Imagined?

2014 Honda Accord

Remember when Twinkies went extinct? There was a mass panic, and stores sold out immediately when news broke that the spongy yellow cake was about to be gone forever.

Fast forward to last weekend and I’m at a convenience store somewhere in the middle of Oregon, and there’s a stack of Twinkies at the cash register, with a label on the packaging that said something like, “Best comeback story ever.”

Right. Anyone else think the Twinkie panic was nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell more Twinkies?

I feel something similar might be happening in the auto industry at this very moment.

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The Perfect Teen Car for Back to School

Smart Fortwo, front

The arrival of September signals the departure of endless boat days, the end of steamy summer nights and, for nearly everyone, a reintroduction to the snooze button as school gets under way.

Not all of us go to school, of course, but odds are if we aren’t in school, we have kids who are dreading the idea of going back.

Parents of teens may have kids who have the ability, or at least the legal right, to drive themselves to school. This raises the question of what kind of vehicle they can be trusted with. For them I’d like to introduce the perfect back-to-school car.

Perfect, though, is just a matter of perspective…

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