Will INFINITI’s New Engine Lure Buyers From the Competition?

The 2019 INFINITI QX50, which debuted at the LA Auto Show, is not only a stunner, it’s a technological marvel that will be surprisingly affordable when it hits the U.S. market next year.

In addition to coming equipped with a semi-autonomous driving system, the new luxury crossover will have the world’s first variable compression engine. What is that exactly?

We’ll get to that.

Let’s talk about the luxury crossover segment first. It’s red-hot right now, and entrants from Infiniti, Lexus, Jaguar, and more are stepping up the competition. Will Infiniti’s new engine make the choice easier for car buyers? Continue reading >>>

Volkswagen “Crozzes” Over to World of EVs

Volkswagen knows a thing or two about branding.

VW’s first hit the U.S. market in 1949. The Type 1 Beetle was a car with a deep military history, earning it its nickname “The Victory Wagon.” In 1959, the company stepped away from its military history with its “Think Small” campaign. It set its sights on a decidedly different audience with a new campaign with the goal of attracting a younger consumer eager to find an affordable car that was also fuel efficient.

The oil crises of the 1970s led VW to make a major pivot: It invested in diesel engines. And for decades, the company could, literally, go the distance with diesel.

But oh, how the times have changed. Nowadays, consumers want fuel-efficient cars that are also environmentally friendly.

Based on what we saw at the LA Auto Show, VW is up to the task.

Enter the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz.

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The Off-Road-Only Roxor May Hit U.S. In 2018

Image Courtesy of DC-Design

Image Courtesy of DC-Design

Cars sold in the U.S. come from all corners of the globe, and there are very few differences in quality, regardless of a vehicle’s country of origin.

The first Japanese import came in 1958, when the Toyopet Crown debuted here to very little fanfare. Few would have guessed that the little Japanese company, which we now know as Toyota, would have massive manufacturing facilities in this country and change the face of the U.S. and world auto industry.

It would be nearly thirty years before Hyundai, made in Korea, launched a car for the U.S. market. Now, the automaker is a household name.

We’ll see if Americans will learn to love a new import – this time, from India. Continue reading >>>

Could a Pickup Spark the Comeback of Mitsubishi?

America must have a soft spot in its collective heart for Mitsubishi.

Theoretically, the company should have gone the way of Suzuki years ago, yet it still hangs on in the U.S. market and has proven itself as a scrappy little brand that is liked by just enough people to keep it running. As you may remember, Nissan purchased a 34 percent stake in Mitsubishi last year, and a U.S. rebirth for the brand would fit with CEO Carlos Ghosn’s goal to turn that alliance into one of the top three automakers in the world.

Could the addition of a few more vehicles bring the small Japanese automaker back to glory? Continue reading >>>

This Land Cruiser May Be the Best-Looking SUV Ever

The Toyota Land Cruiser, with more than 50 years of history, remains one of the best-looking SUVs on the road.

Maybe that statement doesn’t include the most modern versions, but the classic Land Cruisers, up to model year 2007, were commanding and exotic. Bulky but grand. Stately and grandiose.

The early ones, as in the 1960 through 1984 models, are fully fledged collector’s items and resemble the classic Jeep Wrangler. Properly restored, those older models can demand a pretty penny on the collector’s market.

As far as modern Cruisers go, the 100 Series is, to my eye, the best-looking SUV on the road that doesn’t wear an Audi badge. There’s something special about that retro boxiness.

Even if you’re not a fan of Cruisers, it’s worth checking out this updated 1981 FJ40 Series and ogling the modern awesomeness it has become. Continue reading >>>

Newest BMW Crossover: The Sedan of SUVs?

She said she didn’t want an SUV, but who doesn’t want an SUV?

Sport utility vehicles, crossovers, sport activity vehicles, and other variants of the high-riding 5-door vehicle class have all but closed the coffin lid on sedans.

Why buy a 4-door low-riding sedan with a traditional trunk if you can get a roomier cabin with a view that can also haul your Costco treasures with less fuss?

I thought everyone, and I mean everyone, was eschewing sedans for sport utes and crossovers. Everyone, apparently, except for a friend who said she was interested in purchasing our 2013 Subaru Legacy after I mentioned it was for sale. Well, either that or she wants to wait for a new car she just heard is coming down the pipe: a brand new just-announced BMW X2. Continue reading >>>

This Exotic Carmaker May Finally Build an SUV

Choose the one that doesn’t belong:

Lamborghini Porsche Jaguar Rolls-Royce Bentley Ferrari Aston Martin Maserati

Those are some of the most prestigious automakers in the world. All produce cars worthy of royalty, and all are aspirational brands that only some of the wealthiest people in the world will ever buy. Everyone, however, can appreciate them.

But there’s one that doesn’t fit with the rest—one that has held onto its exotic roots and never strayed from its 2-door sports car recipe for success.

Until now. Continue reading >>>

Will Ram Change Everything, Again?

In 1994, the Dodge Ram changed everything.

Advertising for the new generation of early ’90s pickups took America by the storm, as the newest Dodge and its sleek, curvy looks captured the most macho of hearts.

People compared the front end to a semi truck, and the look transformed Ram pickups forever while elevating their perceived toughness.

While Ram trucks remain the third-best-selling truck brand in America, behind Ford and Chevy, the trucks have continually improved over the decades and have a devoted following of fans.

Now, thanks to a gust of wind and a well-timed photograph, we know how the next-generation Ram will look. Does it pay homage to the 1994 version that changed it all? Continue reading >>>