These Are the Cars You Should Avoid(Mar 01, 2014)Just a reminder that Consumer Reports will always recommend a Camry over anything simply because they're cheap to maintain and old people like them. That's basically their entire criteria for what makes a "good" car.
Turns Out It's Hard to Sell BMW i3s(Feb 24, 2014)Volts aren't flashy but they have a clean design. The i3 is just weird for the sake of being weird and I can understand why dealers wouldn't want to gamble on using up showroom space for them.
Fisker Production Starting Again - Now With V8s(Feb 22, 2014)Whoop-de-do, another $100k Corvette engined boutique car that everyone will forget about in a few months. Forgive my lack of enthusiasm, but would anyone even care if these weren't being built from Fisker's leftovers?
Prius Owners Are Ditching Toyotas for Teslas(Feb 13, 2014)Toyota should really put the Prius out to pasture and apply the technology to something fresh. It just looks horribly dated now compared to things like the Model S or even the Chevy Volt.
Prius Owners Are Ditching Toyotas for Teslas(Feb 13, 2014)Can't say I'm too surprised, now the people who bought a Prius because hybrids were trendy at the time can have an upscale car they can still be all smug about. The fact that the Model S really is a nice car helps too.
Nano-Decimation: Watch the World's Worst Crash Test(Feb 02, 2014)64 kph is 40 miles per hour, and at that speed the entire front half of the car just crumples like tinfoil. Something tells me an airbag isn't going to improve the survivability any, especially at any higher speeds...
Tesla Model S Now in All 50 States(Jan 31, 2014)Pictures really don't do this car justice. When you get to walk around one in person you can truly appreciate just how nice the overall design is.
Tesla Model S Now in All 50 States(Jan 31, 2014)They just opened a Tesla dealership here in Columbus, and people around here love trendy (and expensive) cars so Ohio may be getting a few more registered ones in short order.
It's Official: Fiat + Chrysler = Fiat Chrysler Automobiles(Jan 31, 2014)Fiat's done more with Chrysler than Daimler-Benz ever bothered to and invested a huge amount of money into it. That's far better than being shuttered and split up as investment portfolio fodder like I was expecting to happen.
Mercedes C-Class Can't Stop Leaking(Dec 14, 2013)It has less power because it's lighter than the current model, and the boring middle managers that make up the bulk of the C-class buyer's market only care about the badge on the front so there's no point in wasting performance engines on these.
XchangE: The Driverless Lounge Concept(Dec 14, 2013)Interesting idea, but I'm sure most governments will mandate the steering controls be placed in the same areas they are now in case of emergency. That steering wheel looks like it was tossed in as an afterthought the way the seats are positioned.
Holden to End Australian Manufacturing in 2017(Dec 13, 2013)Y'know, if Saab can be resurrected from GM mismanagement purgatory then there's still hope that Holden could be too. It's gotta be worth quite a bit to the right investors wanting a piece of the Aussie market.
End of the Road for the Honda Insight?(Dec 09, 2013)Bland as it is, at least it's not the first-gen model with the melted back end and pointless rear wheel skirts. Now that one's a real design disaster!
Cadillac Says $76k ELR Totally Worth It(Dec 07, 2013)It does look nice, and from what I've heard Volts are pretty reliable so this should be too... but at the same time for what they're asking you could probably get a fully decked out Tesla and those are nicer all around.
GM Dropping Chevrolet in Europe(Dec 06, 2013)My guess is GM must be planning to sell more rebadged Vauxhalls as Chevys, and want to avoid the mistake Chrysler made with Plymouth in the late '90s of selling the same car under two different marques in the same market.
It's Finally Happened: Fisker Files for Bankruptcy(Nov 24, 2013)I'm expecting Fisker is now just portfolio filler for an investment firm in China or India. I think the name is just too toxic to consider reviving for a few years, at least until hybrid tech becomes more affordable.
Dodge Dart Becomes Fiat Hatchback in China(Nov 24, 2013)Y'know, I would be perfectly okay with a hot hatch version of the Dart. They could even Fiat brand it so the dealerships finally have something other than the 500 to sell over here.
$3.4M Lykan Hypersport Ready for Production(Nov 08, 2013)I'm pretty sure that they'll be building more than the original seven, especially with some people willing to pay even more than the original price to have a fully customized one.
Lutz Confirms Vette-Powered Karmas for 2014(Oct 22, 2013)Oh boy, another overpriced, LS-powered boutique car. Only now this one will look exactly like one of the biggest automotive debacles of the last 10 years! Hooray!
Rolls-Royce SUV Simply Rendered(Oct 22, 2013)To be fair, it does at least look a lot better than that Bentley-nosed monstrosity that was making the rounds a few months back.
The DeLorean is Back for the Future(Oct 04, 2013)@Joe: There's a company that bought out DMC's assets, and you can send a DeLorean to them for restoration and some rather pricey upgrade packages. Supposedly it makes the car more like what it was originally planned to be, but the cost is... eh.
The DeLorean is Back for the Future(Oct 04, 2013)I've seen photos of a DeLorean with a Cadillac NorthStar V8 jammed in the back, so it is possible. Although putting in a proper turbo V6, shedding weight and fixing the dodgy suspension would definitely be a much better solution.
Seriously? This is India's New Cop Cruiser?(Oct 03, 2013)This actually makes sense because India barely has any paved roads outside the major cities and those inside the city are constantly crammed with vehicles. Something the size of a Crown Vic would get hopelessly deadlocked over there.
Tesla Wants to Ditch Side Mirrors(Aug 17, 2013)Of course, when this goes mainstream it'll just give carmakers an excuse to raise the average price up about another $2k to compensate for it.
End of the Road for the Honda Ridgeline?(Jul 14, 2013)It's more or less a Pilot with the back cut open, so it's an SUV for people who want something that looks more "rugged" than an SUV. Of course now the luxury fullsize truck market is taking over that area so nobody wants this anymore.
End of the Road for the Honda Ridgeline?(Jul 14, 2013)Yeah, the light truck market fizzled out because automakers wanted to push more expensive (and more profitable) full size trucks and SUV's onto buyers during the mid to late '90s.
Bentley Unveils Continental GT3(Jul 12, 2013)I believe that rear wing mounting was done because of regulations that require easy access to the rear compartment for fuel cell inspections. I think it's actually more aerodynamic than a "normal" looking wing as well.
Pimped Hummer Gets Sounds to Match(Jun 18, 2013)Giant rims, giant subwoofers, no actual performance parts... add in some pulsing neon underglow, LEDs glued everywhere and a bunch of audio company decals and it'd be straight out of 2004.
Pickup Prices are Rising Really Fast(Jun 13, 2013)The super-expensive trucks like the King Ranch are aimed at people who want to look "rigged" but don't want an SUV like their neighbors have. A standard no-frills work truck is still plenty affordable.
5 Affordable 60s & 70s Classics(May 31, 2013)There was a company that bought the rights to this car and made them in limited numbers until the mid '90s, if memory serves. So if you want an original one, do some fact checking first.
Tesla Wants a Leaf Rival(May 29, 2013)Seems like Tesla really is committing to breaking into mainstream production. I sure hope they don't end up sinking themselves like Fisker did.
Top 5 Luxury Pickups(May 29, 2013)"1794 Edition" makes me think it's an Italian Renaissance themed package.
Lamborghini Urus to Make Production(May 13, 2013)2017, eh? So they gave themselves enough time to quietly kill the project off in case the economy goes south again. Or maybe they just want to see how other brands fare in the super-luxury SUV game first.
5 Eighties American Luxury Blunders(May 12, 2013)I still laugh when I see one of these pop up in an auto trading magazine as a "rare luxury car" with an optimistic price. These heaps aren't even worth the cost of towing them to the scrapyard.
Blowing the Crowd Away at NASCAR(Apr 30, 2013)I can't believe there are that many people standing so close to the track with no ear protection. Even when you're halfway up in the stands those cars are loud enough to give you hearing damage if you're not careful.
More Embarrassment for Fisker(Apr 24, 2013)Having them be loss-leaders to encourage sales and promote development of the technology isn't really a bad thing, provided the loss is reasonable. Half a million dollars per car is not reasonable by any stretch of the imagination.
Toyota Me.We Thinks Out of the Box(Apr 24, 2013)Interesting idea, but they seem to be aiming this at the same market the Honda Element was meant for, and we all know what happened there.
Fiat Builds its Millionth 500(Apr 23, 2013)Driving a full size car through most European cities is like trying to steer the Titanic through a wading pool and speed limits in urban areas are much slower, that's why they're popular.
Vencer Sarthe Debuts at Top Marques(Apr 22, 2013)@Jacob: GM sells the LS engines for a fraction of what a comparable BMW or AMG engine would cost, and they're easier to integrate into a custom-built car as well. That's why you see them in all these boutique supercars.
Nissan Friend-Me Bows in China(Apr 21, 2013)It's just a design concept, so the engine specs are pretty much irrelevant. This is just to show off features they want to put in the next batch of production cars.
Three-Wheeled Cars: Reliant Robin(Apr 21, 2013)I was rather shocked to discover that there's a company making three wheeled cars and selling them here in the US. There's two places in Columbus alone that have a couple for sale.
Nissan Friend-Me Bows in China(Apr 21, 2013)Oh sure, let everyone see the dashboard and just encourage them to be horrible backseat drivers. Wonderful idea!