We’re only a month into Spring, but most of us have already started looking forward to the summer months. Not long from now we’ll be having barbeques outside in peak humidity, baseball will be the only televised sport we’ll care to watch, and kids will try to find summer jobs to eat up some of their free time now that they’re out of school. It’s also almost graduation season, and if you’re a parent whose child is about to graduate high school or college, you may be considering purchasing a car for them so they can get around themselves, be it for college or a new job. And for your kid’s first car, you’ll probably want to consider something safe, cheap, reliable, and easy to get. And nothing exemplifies those attributes more than your everyday compact sedan. Continue reading >>>
There’s been a dilemma at my house this week. Every time I step out the door and need to take a bevy of children to lacrosse practice or Costco or wherever else our daily adventures lead, I’m faced with a choice between two vehicles:
Only the Toyota is mine. The Tahoe is on loan for the week. Both offer room for five kids and two adults (three of the kids are, like the Tahoe, on loan for the week) with just enough room to spare for some practice equipment and changes of clothes.
Neither SUV offers the cutting-edge technology or panache of modern versions of the Tahoe and Land Cruiser, but their affordability and work-a-holic attitudes make either one a solid choice for a buyer who needs a full-size SUV but has the budget for a used Civic. Continue reading >>>
Well, they did it.
Written off as a doomed automaker when Ford unloaded it to Geely Automotive in 2010, Volvo has defied the odds and roared back to life while keeping its Swedish charm under Chinese ownership.
That wasn’t supposed to happen.
While execs at Volvo remained confident through the transition that they’d bring the company back to life, we have to take a moment and point out that Saab’s executives once thought the same thing.
Sinking automakers rarely can find the cash—or the buyers—to become relevant again and—like Saab—tend to disappear into the night.
As part of a settlement with the federal government over its diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen will help electrify the United States of America by building charging stations and investing $2 billion in electric transportation over the next decade.
And you thought the company would get off with a slap on the wrist.
The federal government saw an opportunity to turn the scandal into something positive and ordered VW to contribute to the next generation of transportation. This could be exactly the kind of jumpstart that electric cars need, because it could conceivably allow EVs to embark on cross-country road trips without fear of running out of electrons somewhere in the middle of Wyoming.
Not that Wyoming will get a lot of attention in the project. California, not surprisingly, will benefit from some pretty major investment. The Golden State currently has more EV drivers than any other, which explains the high concentration of investment there.
In response to the court order, Volkswagen created a subsidiary called Electrify America, which will make four $500 million investments separated by 30-month periods over the next 10 years. Continue reading >>>
After seeing the Lucid Air—Tesla’s most formidable competition to date—at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, it’s clear that electrification is the future of transportation. Not only do electric cars deliver exceptionally low running costs and valuable peace of mind to more environmentally conscious drivers, but more and more examples are turning in performance benchmarks normally reserved for exotic hypercars. Continue reading >>>
Tesla is going to have to share the road.
The electric automaker could be credited with the mainstream acceptance of EVs and has inspired many new electric cars from other automakers. (Think the Bolt would be here if Tesla wasn’t?)
New automakers ranging from Faraday Future to Lucid Motors also have Tesla to thank for paving the way. Faraday Future has been in the automotive blog-o-sphere for a while now, but you might have never heard of Lucid Motors. It’s probably time to start paying attention to them.
The California automaker has showcased the Lucid Air, an electric sedan with a starting price of $52,500 (after tax credits) and enough technology to make the Model S look like a Model T.
But how likely is Lucid to actually produce cars and challenge Elon Musk and company? Continue reading >>>
58% of the New York International Auto Show’s attendees plan to shop for a car within 12 months. From practical options like the new Buick Regal Sportback and TourX to fan favorites like Subaru’s redesigned Outback and Crosstrek, auto shows provide an unparalleled opportunity to comparison shop. Even if you’re in the market for something a bit more exciting, such as the new Honda Civic Si or an Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the show in New York will provide an early look for interested shoppers. Continue reading >>>
Self-driving technology continues to develop faster than auto writers can report on it.
Tesla’s AutoPilot has paved the way for autonomous driving, but it may have an Achilles’ heel: Drivers tend to get lazy and forget that they need to continue keeping an eye on the road. If the system fails, which has happened at least a few times, drivers get caught off guard and unable to quickly respond.
Cadillac began working on an autonomous driving system called “Super Cruise” about five years ago and finally has it ready to debut on the upcoming CT6 sedan.
Will GM’s system show Tesla how autonomy is done? Continue reading >>>
Auto shows provide strong evidence to support the following proverb: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Gearheads from around the world arrive at the Javits Convention Center with eyes alight every Spring to get a look at and learn about the latest and greatest cars available for sale at the New York International Auto Show. The cars change from year to year, of course, but many other things stay pretty much the same. Continue reading >>>
If you’ve ever purchased an in-demand or limited edition new car, you’re familiar with dealer markups. The extra costs are added onto the MSRP and disguised as a “market adjustment,” “convenience fee,” or any other creative wording the dealer chooses.
Markups above and beyond MSRP are pure profit for a dealer and, for the right car, customers will begrudgingly pay it.
This recently happened with the Dodge Hellcats, which saw dealer markups of up to $25,000 beyond MSRP. Markups are legal and, some say, just a reflection of a vehicle’s true value based on demand. After all, a car is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.