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Dealer Holdback

On: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 10:29AM | By: Peter C Sessler

Dealer Holdback test 2

One has to wonder when shopping for a car, how a dealer can afford to sell a car for $100 over cost, or even at cost. Sometimes they'll sell you a car at "below cost", whatever that is. They'll tell you stories such as "the boss says it’s got to go" or something like that. The reality is, of course, even if the car is sold at "cost" (that is, what the dealer invoice price is) it really isn't. There is dealer holdback to consider.

Another WTF Moment Brought To You By Dartz

On: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Chris Weiss

Another WTF Moment Brought To You By Dartz test 2

Russian auto company Dartz seems to be in business for no other reason than to make a scene. Sometimes it's kind of good, like when they launch a futuristic, 2000-hp armored car, and sometimes it’s bad, like when the company suffers big fallout over the use of unnecessary materials like whale penis leather. Either way, Dartz just keeps making us scratch our heads in bewilderment.

In teasing its next debut, Dartz has us scratching our heads once again.

Fall Maintenance

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 5:22PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Fall Maintenance test 2

There’s no doubt about it, the fall weather is here and it’s only going to get worse. Not to worry though—your car is running fine and it’s unlikely that it’ll breakdown, right? It has been estimated that over five million breakdowns could be avoided each year if car owners would simply take the time to visually inspect their tires, belts, and hoses, etc. Although they’ve been covered before, I’ll go over them once again—five million is quite a big number!

Next Great Italian Sports Car? Vygor n.01 Coming Next Month

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 4:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

Next Great Italian Sports Car? Vygor n.01 Coming Next Month test 2

Ferrari. Lamborghini. De Tomaso. Pagani. Italy has a history of sexy sports cars like no other country in the world. So we're cautiously excited for the newest one. Italian newcomer Vygor has teased a new Italian sports car with an image and a rather cryptic press release. The car will debut next month.


Octane And Performance

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 2:47PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Octane And Performance test 2

I am always looking for ways to get better mileage, so I thought, perhaps the gas I’ve been using makes any difference, so I decided to try premium gas in my 1998 Neon commuter special.

I have always wondered if using premium would make any difference in my mileage. According to an oil company executive I know, the octane rating of a gasoline can be adjusted during the “cracking” process as the gasoline is being made—and at no or negligible cost.

I’ve read different opinions on gas mileage; the most common one is that, as long as your engine is tuned and in good condition, switching to a gasoline with a higher octane rating will have no effect on performance, power, or mileage. After some lengthy research on the Internet, I believe this to be true. Yet, why does my Neon now get 3 mpg more than it did before? When first bought the car, I got 30.5 mpg on the highway (75-80 mph, keeping up with traffic on I-75). Switching to Mobil 1 synthetic oil added another 1.5 mpg for a total of 32 mpg. And now I’m up to 35 mpg. What gives?

Ferrari Grudge Match: 599 GTB Takes On The F40

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Grudge Match: 599 GTB Takes On The F40 test 2

Next year, Ferrari will unveil two new cars: a replacement for the 599 GTB, Ferrari's current coupe flagship, and an all-new Enzo. For Ferrari fans, 2012 will be a banner year. But for the 599 and its successor, it will be a bit bittersweet because they'll lose the flagship role to the more exotic Enzo successor.

Well, the 599 GTB is going out with more than a whimper. The car recently took its frustration out on one of the Enzo's predecessors: the F40. The two cars battled it out in what Ferrari calls a "fictional race." Looks plenty real to us.

Extended Warranties - Are They Worth It?

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 12:00PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Extended Warranties - Are They Worth It? test 2

If you know anything about the car business, you'll know that car dealers these days don't make their money from the sales of new cars—dealer profits are made from used car sales, financing, the sale of aftermarket items, and extended warranties. In fact, extended warranties are extremely important to the financial well-being of a dealership—but are they necessary from a consumer's point of view? The answer is, it depends.

Fred Flintstone Would Be Proud: Pedal-Powered Hyundai Azera

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 11:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

Pedal-Powered Hyundai Azera test 2

Now that Hyundai has pulled a successful 180 on its image, it can barely build its cars fast enough. When you experience great success, you have a little extra time and money to invest in the finer things in life (though Hyundai might want to think about beefing up its production capacity instead). And sometimes the finer things in life are quirky, fun projects.

Hyundai's China team recently hit the street with a life-sized Hyundai Azera that traded an engine for a pedal-powered drivetrain. Talk all you want about the 40 mpg, this baby is as clean as it gets.

Cuba [Finally] Embraces The Automotive Age

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Salamone

Cuba [Finally] Embraces The Automotive Age test 2

When President Raul Castro assumed control of his brother’s communist-inspired island government, the world took a collective gasp—wondering just what would happen next. As it turns out, Raul seems to be opening Cuba’s restricted economy in an effort toward greater marketplace freedom. Back in April, more than 300 different reforms were put forth by the newly minted President at a congress of Cuba’s Communist Party. Among those reforms was a proposal to allow the buying and selling of cars made after the Cuban Revolution of 1959.

Previously, only cars that were in Cuba prior to 1959 could be legally bought or sold, which is why there exists such a plethora of pre-1959 cars in Cuba.

1994 Ford Boss Concept Mustang

On: Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 9:23AM | By: Peter C Sessler

1994 Ford Boss Concept Mustang test 2

This 1994 Mustang is not one you can buy—in fact, it is a concept car. It was built by SVE (Special Vehicle Engineering—Ford Motor Co.) as the right car to challenge a 572 c.i. Chevrolet ZL-1 Camaro. Which car is the fastest? The drag race took place in January, 2000—but without definitive results. Oh well, it still makes for interesting reading!

Hyundai Selling Cars Like Hot Cakes, On Its Way To Becoming World's Top-Seller?

On: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Selling Cars Like Hot Cakes, On Its Way to Becoming World's Top-Sel test 2

A few decades ago, Hyundai was known for one thing: cheap, unreliable cars. Today, the Korean automaker has successfully turned its image around, offering a diverse lineup that includes everything from entry level subcompacts to muscle cars. Hyundai has been so successful at diversifying, it may very well need a luxury brand to house cars like the $58,000 Equus. Hyundai has become a quality option in nearly every corner of the marketplace.

According to a Fortune report, the company is having so much sales success, it can barely keep up with demand.