The English language includes many words that mean different things to different people. Just last week we published Test Drive Reviews of two very different 2018 cars that have each been called “sexy”: the debuting Audi A5 Sportback and the re-designed Toyota Camry. We think both cars have significant strengths, but we also think they’re different enough that Audi and Toyota must have very different definitions of that word. And because we want to know which automaker understands car shoppers better, we wonder which car you, dear readers, would be more likely to call “sexy.” Continue reading >>>
It’s finally happening.
Some 60 years after the Volkswagen Microbus became a symbol of peace, love, and happiness in the United States, a new version will land on dealer floors aimed at the modern, and somewhat affluent, hippie.
The ID Buzz has been a concept floating around the blog-o-sphere for at least six months, and now VW has confirmed that it will indeed go into production. However, it won’t happen until after a smaller electric compact car, simply called the ID, goes on sale by 2020. Continue reading >>>
Last week we brought you news that FCA, the company born out of the Fiat/Chrysler merger, may be sold to a Chinese automaker.
That would turn the once-iconic American Chrysler brand into a wholly foreign-owned corporation while giving a Chinese automaker entry into the coveted American car market.
This is a sale that could actually happen, but it may affect only one brand, leaving the rest of the FCA stable with a questionable future. Which brand looks most appealing to the Chinese? Continue reading >>>
Cadillac currently offers four sedans, and it’s getting ready to axe three of them.
By 2019, the Cadillac ATS, CTS, and XTS will be history, leaving just the CT6 and two new replacements to handle sedan duty at Caddy dealerships. Not surprisingly, Cadillac is joining the masses in whittling down its sedan offerings to make room for SUVs and crossovers.
Sales for the sedans have been falling, and Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen is ready to take action to make sure Caddy remains a relevant and compelling brand. Continue reading >>>
Coeur d’ Alene is a small sleepy city in north Idaho with a population of about 50,000 people. It’s nestled between mountains and a large alpine lake and serves as a summer playground for boating enthusiasts and a winter wonderland for ski bunnies. Its downtown is lined with mom-and-pop shops and locally owned restaurants.
Not much happens in Coeur d’ Alene, but it’s a popular escape from the crowds of Southern California and Western Washington. Aside from the mansions lining the lake, there’s no real indication that Coeur d’ Alene is a city with money. In fact, driving through town suggests quite the opposite.
So you can imagine my surprise when I drove by a dealership, in a part of town surrounded by convenience stores and fast-food joints, lined with row after row of Maseratis and Alfa Romeos.
You know those large Toyota dealers in big urban areas that are packed with acres of cars? That’s how this dealership looked. It was an exceptionally out-of-place sight and left me wondering why all those cars are there and who’s buying them.
I looked to Google for the answer. Continue reading >>>
The Genesis car brand has grown up quickly.
Not long ago it was nothing more than a speck in the eye of its parent, Hyundai. Its early childhood was spent as the top model in the Hyundai range, then it grew into the new role of becoming its own brand while safely still living under its parents’ roof.
Now Genesis is already all grown up and desperate to leave the nest to try life on its own. Continue reading >>>
The Toyota Tacoma is losing market share to the Chevy Colorado and Honda Ridgeline. This isn’t happening because people are losing interest in the venerable Toyota, but because Toyota can’t build them fast enough.
There’s a shortage of Tacomas at dealerships around the country, and buyers are turning to some very worthy competition instead of waiting for Toyota to catch up and deliver more trucks. This is a problem that’s new to Toyota, as decent competition in the midsize truck market hasn’t been a concern since… well… ever.
What’s Toyota’s plan to prevent more buyers from crossing over to competing brands?
Ask Mazda for help. Continue reading >>>
Maybe you’ve noticed, but gas prices are going up again.
That’s bad news for drivers, automakers, and car dealers, but could be good for people in the market for a new car.
Low prices over the last couple of years have driven sales of trucks and SUVs while stifling sales of sedans and compact cars. If you’re one of the people who recently bought a big SUV, you might regret your choice once filling up the tank starts draining Benjamins from your bank account.
But there could be a great deal on a gas-sipper in your near future. Continue reading >>>
Over the last couple of years, General Motors, Volkswagen, and Toyota have vied for the title of World’s Largest Automaker.
Last year, VW took the title by selling more cars globally than any other automaker and proudly wore the crown as the largest carmaker on the planet.
For the first half of this year, Nissan has quietly snuck up and overthrown the reigning king. Did anyone see this coming? Continue reading >>>
Don’t say you saw this coming: The Honda Ridgeline is making a name for itself as a competitive midsize pickup.
In fact, it’s creating a new niche of buyers who want the handling, ride, and everyday drivability of a sedan with the ability to haul loads of stuff every now and then.