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In the automotive industry, we’ve see quite a few types of philosophies when it comes to building cars. There is the exclusive, hand-built, limited production track, a la Ferrari (no pun intended); then there is the mass-production, cheapest parts we can use to make an affordable car and still make a profit, which brings several companies to mind (we’re looking at you Scion and Kia). Sometimes carmakers want to build something completely of their own design, with no help from anyone anywhere. Take for example the Lexus LF-A: Here was a car that took Toyota a decade to build. Granted, it was a great car, but it took so long that by the time it hit the market, some of the tech they used to make it was already outdated. No bueno. So what is a company to do when they want to build a car, yet may not have the necessary capital, research and design know-how, or simply don’t want to wait out the process and need to get a car with their name out there as soon as possible? Simple, use someone else’s car with your name on it.
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Tags: car reviews, 2017 Fiat 124, reviews, fiat, 124
Aston Martin has big plans for its future model lineup over the next several years, and has already unveiled a key cog in this long-term offensive: The DB11 coupe.
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Sometimes, it’s hard to predict the future. Well, actually, it’s almost always hard to predict the future. Whether it’s the future of an election, the weather, who’s coming to Thanksgiving dinner, or where Waldo is going to turn up. It’s also difficult for automakers to predict just where and how their cars will be located, and how they will act when they get there. A car that is sold in Minnesota is going to have to deal with much different environmental challenges than say, a car Arizona, or Florida. Each region has its own set of characteristic weather, and this can have adverse effects on cars. Such is the case for Mitsubishi Motors. They produced a number of cars, quite a number, in fact: 174,382 in all that have been subject to a voluntary recall thanks to Mother Nature.
Posted In: Recalls, Safety
Tags: safety, recalls, mitsubishi, lancer, outlander,
In the modern world of SUVs, it seems like the choice are endless; yet, somehow, everyday there are even more choices. Nearly every manufacturer on Earth has been trying to get a piece of the rapidly growing pseudo-truck market (Can a Bugatti SUV really be that far away?). When it comes to SUV choices, there are small, large, low cost, high luxury, very off-road capable, very on-road capable, fast, extremely fast, slow, slower, three-door, five-door, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and dozens of other minor options to choose from.
GM has a plan to provide an out-of-this-world tool for earth-bound users. It’s a tool you are going to love when you work on your vehicle and need a little more oomph while leaning awkwardly over the engine or sprawled beneath it.
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The automotive landscape in the United States has certainly changed a lot of over the last 30 years or so. Technological innovations, including increased fuel efficiency, are part of this evolution. These are positive steps, but there are some changes that could be described otherwise. For example, there is the shifting of the manufacturing base that has impacted the American middle class. The massive incursion of imported vehicles absolutely transformed the playing field. Companies like Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Subaru became ubiquitous on American roadways, and American stalwarts like Oldsmobile fell by the wayside. Plus, the remaining American automobile manufacturers transitioned away from manufacturing facilities on our home soil.
Bugatti has had a long storied history with the bulk of that history centered on a very small lineup usually consisting of one lone model. The Veyron has served as a recent example; the Veyron has the task of not only upholding its role as the pinnacle of Volkswagen's engineering and technology, it also holds the fortunes of the entire Bugatti brand on its shoulders. The upcoming Chiron was expected to continue where the Veyron left off in this regard, but it appears that it is about to receive a companion model, according to a new report from Australia.
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In recent years, carmakers have been under tons of pressure to develop more fuel efficient vehicles. They have been obligated by the government to get their corporate EPA numbers up however possible. So that’s what they’ve been doing… Or saying that’s what they’ve been doing anyway. In 2014, however, Hyundai (along with its subsidiary Kia) were hit with the single biggest fine in the era of the Clean Air Act. Why such heavy discipline? Well, it seems that Hyundai sort of… embellished… the ability of a few models' ability to achieve 40 miles per gallon on the highway. And by “few”, we mean around 1.2 million vehicles in all. The Elantra actually got closer to 38 mpg, not the 40 as advertised. And while that small two-mile-per-gallon discrepancy may not seem like a big deal, when you are lying to customers who are basing their purchasing decisions on cars that are very similar and one edges the other out, or seems to anyway, in fuel economy and then doesn’t, you’re going to have quite a few angry folks knocking on your door. The fine levied by the government was enormous—$100 million in total—and beyond that Hyundai lost another $200 million in greenhouse-gas emissions credits it got for claiming to have high-efficiency vehicles. After they got kicked in the teeth for lying, Hyundai downgraded the Elantra’s highway mpg to 38 mpg, and made the decision to build a car that lived up to its claims.
Long rumored and often teased, the Mercedes-AMG GT-C convertible could be coming to production quicker than many have anticipated, if a new flurry of reports coming out of Germany are to be believed.
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It’s always instructive to glance at the vehicles car makers offer outside of the market you’re familiar with – often you encounter interesting, clever vehicles. The Skoda Citigo sits in a niche which doesn’t exist in the USA - cars smaller/cheaper than the Ford Fiesta. The Citigo has 995cc three cylinder turbo diesel usually mated to a six speed manual transmission, and returns a real world 65mpg and costs less than $100 a month.
Firstly, and most importantly, it goes down the road feeling like a real car: the Citigo fully occupies its lane, isn't blown around by other traffic and has the power to keep up with the ambient flow of traffic, as opposed to feeling like your writer felt on a rainy freeway on a Yamaha 125 being overtaken by 18 wheelers.
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Tags: Jon Summers, Skoda Citigo roadtest, Skoda Citigo review
I'm a guy who first got a drivers license during the latter portion of the 1970s. I grew up in New Jersey, where you could get a drivers license at that time when you reached the age of 17. As that fateful day approached, I started to evaluate the used car that would be right for me.