Last night kicked off the 2017 New England International Auto Show, held right here in Boston, Massachusetts. While the big event in Detroit earns the majority of attention around this time of year, New England’s exhibition this year is all about cars you can actually find for sale on dealer lots—cars you and I could actually go out and purchase, rather than a slew of concepts and debuting vehicles unavailable for months to come. Continue reading >>>
Family transportation all started with the station wagon. Anyone here remember riding in the “way back” seats of a Ford Granada or Country Squire wagon?
If you were lucky, your parents had the kind of wagon where the “way back” seats faced backward and you could see traffic approaching from behind while everyone else faced forward.
Station wagons were the preferred mode of family transport because they were big, comfortable, and offered plenty of room for people and their stuff. Station wagons were the first generation of family vehicles and were followed by minivans, SUVs, and then crossovers.
FCA thinks it has a direct line to the future and has introduced us to the next generation of family transport: the Portal.
When the 2017 Pacifica was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last year, Chrysler restarted its minivan team’s engine and started down the road toward family-moving domination. The advanced dual-monitor rear-seat entertainment system. The built-in Ridgid vacuum cleaner. The hybrid drivetrain. With the Dodge Caravan crumbling, the Pacifica managed to surge past the competition, and this morning was awarded the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.
Next week kicks off the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Although much attention has been directed at automakers’ decisions to move away from the traditional auto show format for their new-car debuts, with companies like Chrysler choosing instead to utilize the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the show in Detroit still remains one of the biggest events in the auto world, and CarGurus is excited to report on it this year. Continue reading >>>
Honda just gave us one of the coolest automotive teasers we’ve ever seen for the upcoming 2018 Odyssey. The Odyssey, of course, is one of the most popular minivans in the world and is much loved by the under-35 crowd, making it about as cool as minivans can get. Since the essential purpose of a minivan is the transport of kids and kid-related gear, Honda felt it appropriate to delineate teaser duties to children.
And the results are remarkable.
When was the last time you heard the words, “Whoa, that Buick is hot!” The answer is probably never, because those words are rarely assembled together in an English sentence. That’s likely to change as Buick continues to build cars that look nothing like the Buicks of the past.
Truth be told, though, Buick’s design has been surprising auto journalists and car buyers for the last five years or so. In fact, millennial car buyers may not even remember when Buicks were exclusively for grandpas.
Remember when Tesla was just a small startup company with a big dream? Very few people saw the potential for electric cars. GM had killed its original electric project, the EV1, and batteries were seen as an inefficient alternative to plentiful gasoline.
The Tesla Roadster was built for a very small niche of people who wanted the novelty of an electric sports car.
Compare the Tesla of 2009 with the Tesla of 2016, and it’s astonishing to see the growth of the company and the widespread acceptance of its automobiles.
Not only has Tesla represented the evolution toward electricity, it has spurred a revolution in automotive engineering.
We recently covered the sales explosion of full-size SUVs that’s happening over at GM. Obviously other automakers would love to tap into some of that success, but existing alternatives, such as the Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada, don’t have the same rabid following (or price discounts) as the GM offerings.
A couple of new vehicles will hit the market soon, but can they make a dent in the General’s market share?
Electric cars are having their day in the limelight at the Paris Motor Show.
Not only are electric cars starting to appear at the world’s auto shows, they are fast becoming the star attractions.
Some of the world’s best automakers have unveiled new EVs in Paris over the weekend that could soon be the norm on city streets everywhere, and at a cost nearly everyone can afford.