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Hyundai's New Genesis Brand Set to Rival Luxury Kingpins

On: Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 2:40PM | By: Gary P Garry

Hyundai's New Genesis Brand Set to Rival Luxury Kingpins test 1-1

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 Considers Second Model Offering

On: Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 4:56PM | By: Carl Malek

Bugatti Considers Second Model Offering test 1-1

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.

Review of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra: The $100 Million Question

On: Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 6:20PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra:  The $100 Million Question test 1-1

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.

Mercedes AMG GT-C Making A Spring Debut?

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 2:04PM | By: Carl Malek

Mercedes AMG GT-C Making A Spring Debut? test 1-1

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.


Minitest: 2016 Skoda Citigo

On: Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 1:26AM | By: Jon Summers

Skoda Citigo at Motorshow test 2

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.

Dodge Dart Gets Mixed Reviews

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 8:30PM | By: Gary P Garry

2016 Dart test 2

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.

Review of the 2017 BMW M4 GTS: Show Some Respect!

On: Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 1:21PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2017 BMW M4 GTS:  Show Some Respect! test 1-1

No matter who you are or where you go, car fanatics will almost always be biased on certain cars. That bias may be in the positive, and you’ve seen these people. They think that their preferred car is the fastest, best built, and obviously most visually appealing automobile on the market, and nothing you can say to the contrary, even if it is meant in a purely benign manner and only to stimulate productive discussion, will ever be seen as anything other than a slight to their beloved vehicle which they will defend to the death. German car owners are the first group to come to mind when talking about this auto hubris; American owners are second. Conversely, those that are against a certain group of cars will simply dismiss any and every piece of information that may lead them to draw a different conclusion than their already predisposed idea that the car they have always hated is forever still a piece of junk, that it is either overpriced, underperforms, looks hideous, or some combination of negative traits. Once again, American, German, and even Japanese cars come to mind. But, sometimes, even though you may hate a car, and may want to dislike it profusely, sometimes, you have to just shut up and give it the respect it deserves.

Mecum auction coming to Louisville

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 5:24PM | By: Gary P Garry

Mecum test 2

People who love cars are invariably going to enjoy road trips. Now that we are in the sweet spot of the summer, the time is right for a weekend getaway or two before the leaves start to turn. There are many different destinations that are ideal for classic car aficionados. There are car museums, car shows, and, of course, there are collector car auctions that take place throughout the year. One of the major automotive auction companies is Mecum, and these people have done a lot for the industry.

Minitest: 2016 Jeep Renegade

On: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 1:37PM | By: Jon Summers

Minitest:  2016 Jeep Renegade test 1-1

Practical, pleasant to drive, and showing some design flair were the impressions left by a few hours spent with a 2016 Jeep Renegade. Chrysler's design team has long been noticeable for their ability to “do the most with the least”—Charger immediately springs to mind—and Renegade is cut from this cloth. In both size and ethos the Renegade reflects the original military Jeep, now reinvented for twenty-first century urban living.

Review of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline: The best yet?

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 7:27AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline:  The best yet? test 1-1

It may be too long ago for half of the people who are considered ‘legal adults’ at this point to remember, but there once was a time when if you wanted a pickup truck, you had one choice per company. Chevy had the Silverado, Ford had the F-Series, and Dodge had the Ram. And that was it.  Oh, you wanted a smaller truck?  Buy a Ranchero or a station wagon.  But, enough people clamored for a smaller truck and, suddenly, they were everywhere. Chevy created the S10 line, Ford had the Ranger, Dodge had the Dakota. Even Toyota jumped into the mix in the 1990s with the Tacoma, and then moved up to create the full-sized Tundra. Then, carmakers started realizing that people enjoyed the interior volume of four-door pickups with the versatility of having a bed, just in case they had to hit up Home Depot on the weekends with the kids in the car. Suddenly, there was a new kind of pickup truck. A pickup truck that wasn’t quite a full pickup truck. Technically, a mid-sized sport utility truck. These were trucks like the Chevy Avalanche, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, Lincoln Blackwood, and the Cadillac Escalade EXT. Seeing all the success companies were having creating trucks, especially companies like Japanese rival Toyota, the folks at Honda decided in the mid-2000s to step into the mix. Enter the Honda Ridgeline. 

Some Made in America cars are almost All-American

On: Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 4:11PM | By: Arnold Knox

Some Made in America cars are almost All-American test 1-1

These days, with cries of America First, Made in America, and Buy American heard from all parts of the country, there are those who insist on American-made automobiles. That’s MADE in America, not just assembled. The point was that things made in the U.S. help the economy here, and provide jobs and wages and opportunities to actually be able to afford the products we produce. Lots of people laughed at that idea; globalization and free trade were taking jobs and money out of the country, and that finding a car that was really made in America or could be called an American car was no longer possible. Well, that is true; however, there are cars that are almost all-American, and that should count for something.