The New York International Auto Show’s press preview is less than 24 hours away, and CarGurus will once again be in attendance, delivering updates and footage of the show’s most exciting and noteworthy debuts. As we prepare for two whirlwind days of coffee (courtesy of Volvo), jokes (courtesy of Dr. Z), and discarded laundry (courtesy of every automaker pulling sheets off their cars), here are the debuting models we’re excited to see. Continue reading >>>
Mexico isn’t known for its thriving economy or world-class production facilities. A week spent there earlier this month showed me that it’s a country filled with delightful people, gorgeous beaches, and a rich and colorful culture—but is also rife with political turmoil, poverty, and violent crime.
Mexico is still classified as a developing country but has potential to overcome its problems and compete in the world economy.
The auto industry has become one of Mexico’s bright spots and continues to shine, even as the market in the United States begins to tighten up and shrink.
Repetition inspires varied emotions here in New England. Pats fans nearly lost their minds in February, when Tom Brady and company managed to mount an insane comeback to win another Super Bowl. But we were much less happy about the blizzard last Saturday, exactly 20 years after an even bigger April Fools’ Day snowstorm and one brief year after Snowmageddon. Happily, our forecast calls for 60 degrees and sunshine on Tuesday, when we’ll head to the Javits Convention Center in NYC to cover the New York International Auto Show.
We visited the Detroit Auto Show in January, so have already seen some fantastic 2018s, but we can’t wait to meet the new Dodge Demon, Buick Regal, Volvo XC60, Subaru Crosstrek, and Audi RS3, among others. We’ll spare ourselves hours of traffic on I-95 by taking the train to get there and back, but if that weather forecast proves accurate, I know my team and I will be looking forward to top-down driving from the Acela. Continue reading >>>
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been driving around and have uttered the words, “Man that’s a pretty car. I might want one if it had a different logo on the grille.”
Isn’t branding a funny thing?
Throw a BMW logo on a Hyundai and suddenly the practical $30,000 Korean sedan looks like a $50,000 German luxury car. So much of the value we put on a car comes from the perception of the logo adorning its front and back ends.
I’ve long wondered why, once Kia came out with its modern and sexy car designs, it kept the same logo from the 1990s that people associated with ultra-cheap basic transportation. Seeing a beautiful car with the clunky Kia logo can immediately take $10,000 away from its perceived value.
Kia may have finally gotten the message and will remove the logo from an upcoming performance sedan, at least in its home market. Will that translate to more buyers? Continue reading >>>
Trying to sell someone a hybrid car while gas prices are low is a little like selling summer clothes in Barrow, Alaska.
It might be a great concept, but if there’s not a lot of need, there won’t be a lot of sales.
Such is the case with the newest version of the Toyota Prius. Yes, it’s one of the best hybrids that the market has ever seen. Yes, it’s at least somewhat fun, engaging, and, some might say, even good-looking.
The new Prius Prime is so good, in fact, it might render the regular Prius obsolete.
If, that is, anyone can be convinced to buy one. Continue reading >>>
Although its perceived dominance pales in comparison to Toyota’s and Honda’s, Nissan has actually crept close to both automakers in its attempt to strengthen its presence in the United States. Through a series of tactics, Nissan managed to crack 10% market share this year—besting Honda in the process. Continue reading >>>
Let’s play a game of what-if for a minute.
I’ll set the stage for you. Think of the cars in the stables of Porsche, Jaguar, Aston Martin, or any other luxury/performance automaker. What do they all have in common? A full range of automobiles that meet the needs of specific target markets, of course.
Some of the bigger automakers now even have family haulers and SUVs. That was nearly unheard of when Porsche introduced the Cayenne SUV, but today it’s standard fare, even for the likes of Bentley and Lamborghini.
Now think about General Motors. The U.S. automaker owns Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac, but doesn’t currently have a luxury performance brand to compete at the top of the auto market.
But it could have one waiting in the wings. Continue reading >>>
Volkswagen has approval to bring back the diesels!
Not since 2015 has a VW TDI left a dealer’s lot. In September of that year, news broke that the German automaker had been cheating on government emissions tests and its diesel-powered cars actually emitted many times the legal limits of nitrogen oxides during normal driving conditions. All new diesel-powered Volkswagens were suddenly illegal and a stop-sale followed immediately.
No doubt you’re overly familiar with the scandal and its far-reaching fallout that killed not only VW’s diesel business, but has virtually knocked diesel out of the American market just as it was gaining steam here.
After criminal charges and billions of dollars in fines and repair costs, the EPA has finally approved Volkswagen to sell repaired 2015 TDI models in the U.S. Continue reading >>>
This is an exciting time for all of you rock-hopping, river-traversing, boulder-crushing off-roaders.
What makes now perhaps the best time ever for folks who love to spend their weekends getting dirty?
The upcoming selection of vehicles purpose-built to tackle any road not covered in asphalt, of course.
The stalwarts from Land Rover and the ultra-luxurious Land Cruiser are mainstays as far as off-road capability goes, but the vast majority never see anything dirtier than a manicured gravel road leading to a hidden lake cabin.
The drive toward full autonomy in cars continues on its relentless march, but setbacks continue to plague the new technology.
Google was among the first to publicly test self-driving cars and has logged millions of mostly trouble-free miles. Tesla is also proving the technology, though not without occasional tragedy.
Automakers around the world are also going all-in on the self-driving craze. Ford has promised full autonomy by 2021, as have Tesla, Audi, and more.
BMW just announced its intent to join that list, while Uber has abruptly halted its autonomous testing after a crash in Arizona.
Will we see full autonomy in just four short years? Continue reading >>>