Will a New Corvette Appeal to Younger Buyers?

Chevrolet has a problem with the Corvette. Despite efforts to appeal to a younger audience with the sleek C7 Stingray, the Corvette remains an old man’s car.

The average ‘Vette buyer is a 59-year-old male, but Chevrolet would love to start sending Corvettes home with guys and gals a decade or two younger. Certainly the C7 appeals to a younger crowd, but the Corvette brand has become associated with being a mid-life crisis purchase. When was the last time you saw someone driving a Corvette who didn’t have white hair?

Younger folks tend to buy the Camaro or Mustang.

Part of the reason is because older buyers are usually better-equipped to buy such an expensive car than their younger counterparts. In fact, more than 40 percent of Corvettes are purchased with cash.

There’s a new Corvette on the horizon, though, that might be enough to persuade younger folks with extra cash to jump on the Corvette train. Continue reading >>>

Specs Revealed: 2017 Ford GT

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Back at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Ford surprised the automotive world with the debut of a brand new Ford GT supercar. Ford promised a return to Le Mans with the car to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary of its 1966 overall win.

That was two years ago and, in all the time since, we never knew just how fast the new production GT would be.

The original GT out-performed Ferrari and immediately made Ford a respectable player in the racing world. Since then, Ford’s performance division has cranked out high-performance Mustangs and briefly returned the GT for the 2005-2006 model years, but then seemingly dropped its supercar aspirations until the 2015 surprise debut.

Last week, just more than two years after the debut, Ford has announced the specs on its newest GT. How does it stack up to Ferrari this time? Continue reading >>>

The Trump Effect: Will More Car Production Stay in America?

For all the controversy President-elect Trump has created, his impending presidency seems to be having at least one immediate effect: Car production is staying in the United States.

In the last few weeks, Ford has cancelled plans for a Mexican production plant, and GM has committed to invest a billion dollars in U.S. manufacturing while adding 7,000 jobs. That news comes after Trump has publicly derided the companies for moving production out of the country.

German automakers, however, have stood firm on their existing plans for production in Mexico, even in the face of Trump’s proposed 35 percent tax on foreign cars being brought into the U.S.

Is this truly a Trump effect, or just coincidence?

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The Boston Auto Show: Where You Can See Cars You Can Actually Buy (from a Dealer)

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 >>>

Volkswagen Pleads Guilty, FCA Accused of Cheating

A short time ago, Volkswagen executives in Germany were warned about travel to the United States. Doing so could result in arrest for criminal charges stemming from the company’s massive defrauding of the U.S. government.

Perhaps Oliver Schmidt, the former head of VW’s environmental engineering office in charge of communicating with U.S. regulators, didn’t get the memo.

The FBI pounced when Schmidt was in Miami, arresting him to face criminal charges over doctored diesel engines in more than 500,000 cars, which emitted up to 40 times the limit for nitrogen oxide under U.S. pollution standards.

Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to three felony charges and now the EPA has accused another automaker of a similar cheating scheme.

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Welcome to the 5th Generation of Transportation

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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.

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Coming Soon: A Hybrid Mustang (With V8 Power)

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People get all bent out of shape when reading about their beloved Mustang going hybrid.

“I need my V8,” they say.

“A Mustang can’t be electric,” they say.

Part of the reason for the anti-hybrid sentiment is the legacy of the Prius. The slow, emotionless Toyota has branded hybrids as unexciting and something for the performance-minded to avoid altogether.

So the idea of a hybrid Mustang, the epitome of tire-smoking V8 power, has folks, well, up in smoke.

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How’d It Do That? Tesla Predicts Crash

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Self-driving software has been highly scrutinized over the last few months because of a few high profile accidents and at least one fatality.

One incident resulted after a driver’s Model S failed to distinguish a crossing truck trailer and crashed into it, killing the driver. Still, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is adamant that autonomous cars are many times safer than cars driven by humans and is accumulating millions of miles of accident-free driving to back his claim up.

One new video is definitive proof of the power of computers, and shows a Model S in the Netherlands predict a nasty accident just moments before it happened, potentially saving lives. It’s hard to watch this video and not think that autonomous vehicles are the wave of the future.

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Faraday Unveils its Future: The FF 91

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Even though its factory is still just a patch of Nevada desert, Faraday Future has finally unveiled its first production vehicle, the flagship FF 91.

So far, the reception isn’t good.

The car is being panned online for a design that is miles short of Tesla’s sexy EV lines and mocked for failing to drive itself offstage when intended after the big reveal.

The FF 91 comes after a disappointing 12 months that has included reports of dysfunction from within the organization, financial problems, and key staff departures. The company still hasn’t announced how much the car will cost, but will happily take a $5,000 refundable deposit from folks who think they might be able to afford one.

Yes, Faraday Future faces some steep hurdles to finding success, but the FF 91 does have some positives going for it.

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