Car safety is not the most glamorous of subjects, but it remains hugely important for obvious reasons. That’s arguably even more the case when it comes to choosing a used car rather than a new one, where crash performance and safety features might not necessarily be up to the latest standards.
OK While CarGurus is a used car marketplace, we also feel it’s important to keep abreast of what’s happening in the new car market. After all, today’s new cars are tomorrow’s nearly new ones. What that in mind, below we’ve rounded up the 10 best selling new cars on sale in the UK so far this year. By following the links below each car you’ll be able to find approved used examples for sale via CarGurus, with potential savings of thousands of pounds.
When the original Nissan Qashqai arrived on the scene at the end of 2006 it kickstarted a revolution in the way people thought about family transport. Here was a car that offered all of the space and much of the stylistic appeal of an SUV, but with the low purchase price and running costs of a five-door hatchback.
Japan took the American car industry by storm when it started making and selling cars in the United States. During the 1960s and ’70s, Japanese carmakers Honda and Toyota developed a reputation for quality, reliability, and efficiency and forced the American Big Three to take note. Today, South Korean Hyundai and Kia are doing the same. 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 >>>
Sometimes a modern problem is best solved by looking into the past.
Distracted driving, for instance, is a major cause of accidents, injuries, and deaths on roads around the world. Automakers have attempted to address the problem by connecting our phones to our cars so we may continue to receive the constant stream of information from our screens to our brains while driving.
That’s not working very well, though. People are still using their phones while behind the wheel to text, browse Facebook, make phone calls, and more.
Nissan has a solution that uses a piece of technology invented in 1836, and it just might work. Continue reading >>>
What if there were no more small automakers?
The automotive world continues to consolidate, and large automakers either push the smaller ones out of the market or swallow them up as part of an expanding empire.
It’s not too hard to imagine a world without small car companies, because they don’t have much of a presence in the United States. Suzuki left the market, Mitsubishi is a small player, and Subaru is only popular in cold climates. A few supercar manufacturers and startups exist to serve a tiny niche, but most of us are never influenced by their success or failure.
Recent news from the Toyota and Nissan camps demonstrates that carmaker consolidation shows no signs of slowing down.
Nissan will take a controlling stake in Mitsubishi after the latter’s fuel-economy scandal in Japan.
The scandal arose when Mitsubishi admitted it had falsified fuel-efficiency tests on at least 13 models over the last 25 years, resulting in a firestorm of negative publicity in its home market.
Mitsubishi said its investigation showed that company managers, under pressure to keep pace with fuel-economy rates reported by competitors, fabricated numbers while using procedures to calculate efficiency that did not comply with Japanese law.
The scandal has not had an impact in the United States and no cars here are affected. In fact, U.S. Mitsubishi sales have increased over the past year.
In Japan, though, the company is reeling, which has prompted Nissan to swoop in with a lifeline.
Conversation tends to drift toward Tesla and its competitors when the topic of discussion turns to electric cars.
That happens because Tesla is a sexy topic. Its cars are fast, beautiful, expensive, and represent some of the most advanced technology in the auto business. Both mainstream and upstart automakers want to compete with Tesla.
Audi and Porsche are scrambling to field a competitor to the Model S, while Karma Automotive teases us with the rebirth of an early EV. But these are all cars that will require an executive salary to afford.
The real money, though, is probably found where very few are currently looking: the mass market.