Volvo’s New Plan: Bad for the Buyer?

2016 Volvo XC90

By trying to be different, Volvo is enacting a plan that many have already tried.

In the past I’ve been in full agreement with the concept behind Volvo’s plan. It probably is time that the way we purchase cars begins to change. The thing is, the change suggested could actually end up hurting consumers financially.

News is making the rounds this week about Volvo’s new marketing plan, which cuts out most auto-show participation and introduces online car buying to customers. The theory of shoppers being able to build their ideal cars online, then order with the push of a button, makes sense. But is the convenience really a good thing?

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2015 Mustang Knocks Camaro From the Top

2015 Ford Mustang GT

In November of 2013, a total of 5,376 Ford Mustangs found new homes. That’s not a bad sales month for a muscle car, and it’s about the range where the Chevy Camaro has held steady for the last year.

November 2014 was an entirely different story, mostly because the all-new 2015 Mustang hit the market with full force.

The result?

Let’s just say that the newly redesigned pony car has been exceptionally well received.

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Can You Return a Brand New Car?

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If your car needs normal maintenance, there’s a good chance you’ll take it to the dealer.

If you take your car to the dealer, there’s a good chance you’ll find out the car needs more repairs.

If your car needs more repairs, you’ll probably be upset about the repair bill.

If you’re upset about the repair bill, there’s a good chance you’ll think about trading your car in instead of repairing it.

If you trade your car in, you’ll probably wind up with a new car.

If you wind up with a new car, chances are, the next day you’ll wish you had your old car back.

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Win $90 Million, Buy a… Subaru!?

Even the Forester is someone's dream car

Even the Forester is someone’s dream car

If you won a $90 million jackpot, would you stay loyal to your car brand?

With the odds of winning the Powerball at about 1 in 175 million, most of us will never have to worry about the trouble of picking out a new car after winning big.

Should the gods of wealth ever grace me with some big bucks, I’ll look away from Audi and purchase a Porsche 911 Turbo. Probably a 1988 version! And a new Aston Martin would look pretty good parked next to it, though that might come across as too greedy.

A lady right here in my home state won the $90 million Powerball just after Thanksgiving and treated herself to perhaps the most popular car on the roads here: a Subaru Forester.

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Dubuc Motors: Canada’s Cousin to Tesla?

Dubuc Tomahawk

Have you ever heard of Dubuc Motors?

No. Of course you haven’t. There’s no reason why you, an average citizen of the world, would know about an obscure Canadian automaker that hasn’t produced a vehicle for sale in any mass market.

Then again, there was a time when you hadn’t heard of Tesla Motors, either.

Dubuc thinks it has a car that could rival the American electric automaker’s and is on the verge of “something huge.”

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An F430 Dressing Up Like an Enzo? Bad Idea

The F430 Enzo conversion

The F430 Enzo conversion

A savvy car buyer could pick up a gently used Ferrari F430 for somewhere between $130,000 and $150,000. Yes, that’s enough to buy a house in some places around these United States, but as far as modern Ferraris go, it’s not a bad price of entry.

The F430 was the predecessor of the 458 Italia and remains a mighty fine example of Italian supercar prowess. With its 4.3-liter V8 and 483-hp engine, the car can hit 100 mph before most cars approach 60. Plus it looks absolutely stunning and can hold its own against any other supercar on the market.

Yes, the F430 is a masterpiece, and well-cared-for cars should hold their value, if not increase in worth, over the coming years.

Or, as one F430 seller hopes, you can buy an F430 for almost four times the going rate and get a car that’s been mangled beyond recognition.

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Can Kia Compete With Porsche?

Porsche Panamera Exclusive

This is a crazy world in which we live.

If you’ll recall, our planet was nearly knocked off its axis by the outcry of Porsche purists who derided the loss of the brand when Porsche announced the four-door Panamera.

Apparently all has been forgiven, because the latest, and most expensive, Panamera to date has just sold out. At over $300,000 each.

As if the Panamera weren’t big and bloated enough, this ultra-luxurious version has been stretched even more and priced out of the stratosphere, but still managed to sell all 100 copies in less than 48 hours.

In the meantime, Kia has taken note of the German success and wants to replicate it on a budget.

Crazy, right?

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So Wrong: 2015 Corvette Z06 Burnout

2015 Corvette Z06

On this Monday morning I’d like to quickly summarize what’s wrong with this country in one video.

Supercars are fun and powerful—I get it. They can instill confidence in a guy or gal that might not otherwise have a ton, and they can convey a message of extreme financial success.

Supercars are masterpieces of the automakers that craft them and often combine the very best of style, technology and performance, then wrap it all in a carbon fiber shell. These are cars to be driven hard, pushed to their limits, and enjoyed as the wonders they are.

But they aren’t for kids.

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The Wellborn Sale: Get Your Rare American Muscle!

The million-dollar Daytona?

The million-dollar Daytona?

What do you suppose a 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi Daytona with a 4-speed 425-hp V8 with only 6,000 original miles would command on the auction block?

Here’s a little more info to help with your guess:

The car is in the Tim Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alabama and is:

a “pedigree” car that once did time in collector Otis Chandler’s stable and is among the fastest stock cars to ever rip up the roads. “It has a true NASCAR race motor from a brief age when you’d race that car on Sunday and sell the same one to the public on Monday,” says Wellborn. “That’ll never happen again.”

Yes, this car is going up for sale, along with 25 other classics from Wellborn’s 70-car collection. Price?

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Do We Really Need a New Ford GT?

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The last couple of days have been intense for fans of the Ford GT. Rumors are strong that the much-loved supercar could come racing back, with a debut coming as early as next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Why would Ford want to get back into the  supercar business? There are plenty of reasons but the biggest two, in my opinion, are the Corvette and the Viper.

Arch rivals Chevrolet and Dodge both have supercars, and the closest Ford currently gets is with the Shelby Mustang, which admittedly is almost as good. Almost.

In the game of car competition, though, “almost” doesn’t win many sales. The timing is right for the GT to come back, but does it make sense?

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