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April 2012 Blog Posts

  • Looking For The Best Deals? Find Flexibility.

    So you’re in the market for a new vehicle. Let’s say a minivan. You’ve always heard great things about the Chrysler Town & Country; they're packed with cool features, and heck, they invented the segment. But when you finally get down to price, the deal is okay, but nothing spectacular. On a whim you check out the Volkswagen Routan. Eerily similar to the Town & Country. Well it should be; the Routan is mechanically identical. It’s an example of some friendly sharing between the two companies to help VW get a minivan to market quickly without developing their own from scratch.

     The real difference you find though is when you starting talking deals. The VW dealer is giving you much more wiggle room. What gives?

  • Is A Hybrid Right For You?

    Hybrid

    With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon with no relief in sight, more people than ever are considering hybrids to get some relief at the pump. According to a report by HybridCars.com, hybrid sales hit an all-time high in March 2012 with over 48,000 vehicles sold.

    Yet a report by Polk indicates that only 35% of hybrid owners buy another. So before you take the leap you may want to ask the question: Is a hybrid right for me?

    The answer to that questions involves factors both economic and social.

  • Leading Green Cars for 2012

    With Earth Day right around the corner, it only makes sense to take a look at the leading  environmentally-friendly green vehicle market. What was once a market dominated by the Toyota Prius has ballooned in the last year or so to include a wide range of manufacturers, models, and features. The green car is here to stay and with recent legislation proposals in California and other States, we’re likely to see even more of these environmentally-friendly vehicles on our highways and city streets.

     

  • Diesel Vehicles You May Have Missed

    Diesel

    More and more people have gas prices and fuel economy on their minds. This has in part resulted in a surge of interest in hybrid and electric vehicles and now we’re seeing another interesting shift - more people are considering a diesel vehicle. A mainstay in Europe, diesel vehicles have often been overlooked in North America - considered to be noisy and not worth the dollars at the dealership - but this perspective is slowly changing.

     With this in mind, we thought it would be useful to take a closer look at the diesel vehicle market and highlight a few vehicles that you may not have realized do come with a diesel option.

  • Auto Inventory Shortage Possible After German Plant Explosion

    Car makers worldwide may face a severe shortage of a resin used in the production of brake and fuel lines, causing a major kink in the manufacturing supply chain.

    A March 31 explosion at the factory of German chemical company Evonik killed 2 workers, and completely halted the production of Cyclododecatriene, also known as CDT. CDT is required in the making of the resin PA-12, which is used for coating brake and fuel lines supplied to all major manufacturers.

    Asia’s largest supplier of PA-12, Ube Industries, is already fielding requests from manufacturers for increased production, but states that they are already running at full capacity.

  • Suzuki On Their Way Out of the US Market?

    Suzuki
    In recent years Suzuki cars appeared as though they finally had the opportunity to carve themselves a small niche as interesting alternatives in a couple of key segments. The SX4 is the most affordable AWD car on the market, and the Kizashi proved to be a stylish, engaging drive in the mid-size segment.
     
    However a report in Automotive News paints a picture of an auto company in retreat. Marketing budgets have been cut. Social media has evaporated. They skipped the Detroit and Los Angeles shows altogether.
     
    Meanwhile, sales have shrunk and dealerships are vanishing.
  • Comfort At An Affordable Price

    Chrysler 300

    Think about what you’re looking for in your next new vehicle or even what it is you like about your current vehicle. Chances are that you’ll list comfort high on the list. Seats that support your back and legs, lots of room so you’re not knocking elbows with your passengers, room for any gear you need to bring with you, and a quiet ride - yes - we all want a comfortable ride.

     

  • 2012 Brand Image Awards

    Kelley Blue Book

    In every industry, perception and what we think of specific companies, brands and logos goes a long way in contributing to our purchase decisions. When it comes to buying a new car or truck, this brand awareness and perception goes a long way in how we research our vehicle purchases and ultimately in the vehicle we choose to buy.

     

  • Looking to Sell Your Used Car? Now’s the Time!

    There are several different stress points involved in the new car buying process, but the hardest one to get a handle on is what to do with your current car. “I could trade it in, but I won’t get what it’s worth. And how do I even know what it’s worth? The dealers say they don’t use Blue Book prices,” or “I know I can get get more if I sell it privately, but who knows how long it will take?”

    Well, the best time to minimize the angst might be right now.

    Trade-in values on used cars, especially late model, fuel efficient vehicles, should peak in the next few weeks, according to the National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA) Used Car Guide.

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - Ram

    Ram 1500

    Ram has something they want you to know: the 2013 Ram 1500 has best in class fuel economy. Seriously, they REALLY want you to know that. They must have used that exact phrase, with an accompanying metal-slamming dust-raising graphic, a half-dozen times before they even showed us the truck.

    To achieve this best in class fuel economy, they utilized a host of improvements: a redesigned stronger and lighter frame, 8-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, stop-start technology, active grill shutters, and active air suspension for aerodynamic benefit.

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - Subaru

    Subaru XV Crosstrek

    Subaru's one debut was the XV Crosstrek. In a past life you knew this as the Outback Sport. Basically an Impreza that's been jacked-up and called a crossover. You'll get 8.7 of ground clearance, same as the Outback wagon, so feel free to bust through those snow drifts.

    Also previewed were a refreshed Legacy and Outback. A new 2.5 boxer engine, and minor styling updates are the only news.

    Subaru also introduced a new technology called EyeSight that offers adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and throttle management, and lane departure warning. Normally only seen in more expensive cars, Subaru has concocted a more affordable system using stereo cameras rather than radar.

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - Toyota

    Toyota Avalon

    Toyota's press conference featured a "concept" that was suspiciously devoid of a name. After the full show and tell, the big surprise was that this wasn't a concept at all; it was the new Avalon, exactly as it will appear in production form.

    The Avalon has always been referred to (or derided) as Toyota's Buick; large, plush, smooth ride. Blandly inoffensive. The perfect choice for retirees. But with the changing definition of Buick has forced Toyota to step if up a notch. The new Avalon takes a giant leap forward in styling. Is there anything particularly original going on here? Nope. But it is a handsome, balanced, well-executed design that should broaden the Avalon's appeal further down the age scale.

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - Lexus

    Lexus ES350

    For Lexus the big story was the debut of the new ES350. This mid-sized luxury model always follows on the heels of the Toyota Camry debut because it's the Camry that provides the platform for the ES line. So we're talking about a FWD-based vehicle here, not RWD as in the rest of the Lexus sedan stable. Not necessarily a bad thing; plenty of shoppers in this segment are just looking for a quiet comfortable ride to go with the plush amenities.

     The styling is pleasant, inoffensive, with some cues from the top-of-the-line LS, and a slightly toned-down version of the new Lexus family Predator face

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - Acura

    Acura RLX

    Acura has caught a bad case of Lincoln-itis in recent years.  Bland product and strategy adrift. What are they? They aspire to be a premium brand, but nothing in their product line speaks to the essence of their identity. Where is the flagship? The current RL is barely adequate and painfully long in the tooth (talking about its age, not its awkward grille) when compared to the competition.

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - Nissan

    Nissan Altima

    Nissan debuted the new mid-size Altima sedan. It's their best-seller and has been redesigned from the ground up.

     How's it look? If you like the Maxima, you'll probably like the new Altima. Sorta. If the Maxima is Peyton Manning, then the Altima is Eli. Clearly brothers, but one just doesn't look quite as sharp, and doesn't perform as well as the other. Don't feel bad for the Altima, though. Just as Eli has more rings than his multi-MVP brother, the Altima outsells the Maxima handily.

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - BMW

    BMW X1

    The new-to-us BMW X1 crossover made its American debut in New York. It has been on sale in Europe for a couple of years. BMW calls this a subcompact SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) and it slots below the X3.

     The X1 will be available with a 4 cylinder and exclusively in the US, a 6 cylinder. Acceleration in that model should be brisk, to say the least.

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - Mercedes-Benz

    Mercedes-Benz GL

    The full-size GL luxo-crossover has undergone a full redesign. Expect the usual dizzying complement of creature comforts and high technology, like Crosswind Stabilization and Active Parking Assist.

    Are the luxury brands in danger of running out of whiz-bang doo-dads? The only thing left may be time travel.

     Also from M-B, a styling refresh for the compact GLK crossover. 

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - Hyundai

    Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

    The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has undergone a type of automotive mitosis, splitting like an amoeba into two separate vehicles. One, the Santa Fe Sport, has a shorter wheelbase, with two rows of seats that seat five passengers. The other, simply known as Santa Fe, has a longer wheelbase, three rows of seats, and seats seven. Obviously, this broadens the range of crossovers with which the Santa Fe twins can be cross-shopped.

    The updated styling continues Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" theme, although perhaps with less fluid than the recent Elantra and Veloster. Attractive enough without being risky.

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - Lincoln

    Lincoln MKZ

    The Lincoln brand has languished in limbo for years, offering only the ubiquitous Town Car and badly blinged, badge-engineered vehicles thinly disguised from their Ford cousins. While the Japanese brands were seizing market share, and Cadillac was reinventing itself as a bold, brash competitor against the German marques, Lincoln plodded towards extinction, seemingly just one more bad quarter away from the ax.

  • 2012 New York Auto Show - Chevrolet

    Chevrolet Impala

    With apologies to Hertz and Avis, the 2014 Chevy Impala we finally take the leap from fleet car status to bonafide consumer desirability. No longer the province of county employees, the new Impala is designed in such a way that you may actually notice it on the road.

    Clearly, the success of the last iteration of Malibu proved to Chevy brass that style and design actually matter, even in the family sedan market. The sleek roofline with elegantly executed chrome trim, sculpted side sheet metal and long wheelbase combine to cut a stylish, sleek silhouette.

    Power will come from three engine choices: a 3.6L V-6, a new 2.5L four-cylinder and a 2.4L four-cylinder with eAssist, promising 35mpg. Expect the new Impala early in 2013.