Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers It’s hard waiting patiently for a new Land Rover Defender, especially after hearing that it’s coming to the U.S. Fortunately, Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern says the model is “not far away.”At the Automotive News Europe Congress last week, McGovern talked about the much-hyped successor, which will bring back to life the original model that ended production in 2016 after a run of more than 60 years. The new version is expected to keep the same toughness as the original. “You’ll be able to kick the hell out of them and they’ll get up for more,” McGovern said.<!-- -->While the new Defender’s appearance will retain an emotional connection to the previous generation, McGovern hinted the new version will be more modern, saying it’s meant to appeal to a new generation of buyers as well as current Defender owners.“This … [Read more...] about Will appeal to a new generation of buyers
Despite making some gorgeously designed motorcycles, troubled Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta has no financial resources to produce a new superbike for the 2017 model year, according to MV Agusta chief executive officer Giovanni Castiglioni in an Australian Motorcycle News report. For the next year, MV Agusta will instead concentrate on the design and production of a 1200 cc, four-cylinder naked sportsbike, perhaps a replacement for the current Brutale 1090. “We know that a Brutale 1200 will sell very strongly, so we have to concentrate on that,” said Castiglioni. MV Agusta has had a very tumultuous year, from a less than ideal relationship with 25% stakeholder Mercedes-AMG, to reducing production capacity as well as legal entanglements. It has, however, obtained new funding in new shareholder Black Ocean, which holds somewhere between 30%-40% of the firm. It was also reported that MV Agusta would be scaling down production in 2017 to 5,000 units, down from the … [Read more...] about MV Agusta has no cash for a new superbike in 2017
Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Select Make Acura Alfa Romeo Aston Martin Audi Bentley BMW Buick Cadillac Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Ferrari FIAT Ford Genesis GMC Honda Hyundai Infiniti Jaguar Jeep Kia Lamborghini Land … [Read more...] about Is GMs Bowling Green Plant Retooling for a New Chevrolet Corvette? – Motor Trend
The European Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (EALABC) will soon inform automotive industry executives of the environmental and cost benefits of advanced lead-carbon batteries now being commercialised for a new generation of low cost 48V 'super hybrid' vehicles. "The low additional cost of introducing 48V mild hybrid powertrains is proving a major attraction to carmakers, because it will help them comply with stringent CO2 regulations being introduced in 2020 with even tougher rules following in 2025," says Allan Cooper, European projects coordinator for ALABC. "Significant emissions reduction and major improvements in fuel efficiency can be achieved with advanced lead-carbon batteries using materials that can be fully recycled into new batteries. This electrochemical breakthrough provides the most cost effective solution for 48V hybrids, which have a unique requirement for a battery demanding a high rate partial state-of-charge (HRPSoC) capability." The state-of-charge (SoC) of … [Read more...] about Advanced lead-carbon batteries could help deliver a new generation of low cost 48V super hybrid vehicles
Yes, it’s the Toyota Yaris Trend, but not the one announced for the UK market recently – this one is the 2013 version that will make its debut in Paris. It’ll go on sale next year, specific to the Continent. The new Trend has been stylised further, all aimed at capturing the eye of younger customers. What’s new then? The 2013 version – which retains the blacked out B and C-pillars – gets chome elements in the headlamps and foglight surrounds, and versions with white paint have matching white covers in the headlamp units. The new list also includes two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome door sills and door mirror covers, a roof spoiler and hybrid-style LED rear lamp clusters. The car also gets a distinctive Deco line stripe (if the car is picked in silver or white), and the detail surface runs back across the bodywork from the headlamps on. As for the interior, the cabin gets dressed in black and white, with a contrasting touch of ochre. The … [Read more...] about 2013 Toyota Yaris Trend – dressed up for a new year
Car sales in Malaysia are continuing to drop, and given that our protected car industry has many government-linked players including our national car manufacturer, it won’t be long before they step in with some kind of incentive program that actually works and appeals to the rakyat other than the earlier proposed car-scrapping scheme that wanted to put an age limit to cars on the road and force you to scrap your old cars for a measly sum. This new proposal sounds alot more appealing, IF I am interpreting the news reports correctly, otherwise it is still the same old thing they’ve been proposing, which I suppose is decent if it is voluntary. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry is proposing a RM 5,000 incentive scheme if someone with a car that’s 15 years old or older sells their car and buys a new one. So he doesn’t need to scrap his car for a pathetic amount, he can actually sell it off for whatever value it has and on top of that get an additional … [Read more...] about MITI Proposal: RM 5,000 incentive if you sell your old car for a new one?
JERUSALEM — Taher Herzallah, a Palestinian-American, rose from a chair at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for a potential ambassador to Israel. Holding a Palestinian flag, he shouted, “Mr. Friedman said that Palestinian refugees don’t have a claim to the land.” He was speaking of the land now controlled by Israel and addressing President Trump’s pick for ambassador. Herzallah, 28, is part of a generation of young activists whose opposition to the military occupation and what they consider Israel’s human rights violations has crystallized around the nomination of David Friedman, a Jewish American bankruptcy lawyer. The committee is expected to vote on his confirmation next week. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which Palestinians regard as a provocation. And he has given significant financial support to Israel’s expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank. The settlements are considered illegal under international law and … [Read more...] about A new generation of activists takes aim at Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel
After last week’s Time Machine Dilemma (in which you emerged from your time machine in 1973, on Auto Row and with enough cash to buy a new Ford LTD), I thought of doing a 1974 Oil Crisis Diminished Expectations Economy Car Time Machine Dilemma. However, the really challenging econobox-shopping decisions came a bit more than a decade later, when the Hyundai Excel and Yugo GV arrived in a marketplace full of Japanese subcompacts duking it out for supremacy and Detroit trying to stay relevant. Yes, 1986! So, you exit your time machine in front of the Chevrolet dealership with $5,645 in your pocket. That’s enough to buy a new Chevette at full list price (the out-the-door-price would almost certainly be lower, but we’ll go with MSRP for this exercise). Do you get the antiquated-but-simple rear-drive Chevy for your penny-pinching commuter… or something else? Let’s look at your choices.It turns out that the Chevette (which was on its second-to-last model year in … [Read more...] about It’s 1986 and You Have Enough Money For a New Chevette. What Do You Buy?
yesterday’s Junkyard Find, a 1973 Ford LTD, got a bit heated at times. Some felt that the ’73 LTD was an abomination too horrific to contemplate, while others (including most who had actually driven one back in the day) opined that it was a pretty comfy pseudo-luxo-chariot and no worse than its contemporary rivals. Both sides have valid points, which got me to thinking about what I would do if a time machine were to drop me off at Auto Row in 1973 with the money to buy a new LTD (assuming I was required to spend the money on a new car, instead of giving it to my 7-year-old 1973 self with instructions to buy Microsoft stock a few years hence). Would I get the LTD… or something else? If something else, what?Standard Catalogs, I’ve come up with a few choices in the same price range; those of you with your own sources for 1973 car prices should refer to them now.After a lot of agonizing, I’ve narrowed my choices down to two. One would be a ’73 Plymouth … [Read more...] about It’s 1973 and You Have Enough Cash For a New LTD. What Do You Buy?
There is a new Japanese bride on the Match.com equivalent of the international auto business. It’s Mazda. Despite pronouncements that Mazda’s “strategic alliance with Ford will remain unshaken” (as uttered at a Monday press conference by Mazda Executive VP Masaharu Yamaki,) everybody who knows the business knows: The bloom is off the rose between Mazda and Ford. What’s more, Mazda is on the prowl to do some nampa with another potent partner. Who will it be? Currently, all eyes are on Toyota. Last week, we reported that Toyota will sell Mazda the innards necessary to build a Prius-like Mazda hybrid. But Mazda doesn’t want an erector kit; they want to build the stuff themselves. So on Monday, Mazda announced it will get Toyota’s hybrid technologies under a license agreement. Says The Nikkei [sub]: “The deal, which allows Mazda to launch its own hybrid model as early as 2013, is the carmaker’s strategic response to its weakening ties … [Read more...] about Mazda On The Prowl For A New Beau
The departed Toyota FJ Cruiser was a vehicle of contrasts, depending on who you talked to. Too big, or not big enough. Too refined, or too often used as a grocery getter. Too retro, or not retro enough. An homage to its long-dead predecessor, the retro SUV defined “niche vehicle,” and it sold like one too. Not in huge numbers, but in consistent ones. When Toyota phased it out of the North American market after 2014, it left a vacuum that went unnoticed by most. Is Toyota now planning to fill that void? According to AutoGuide, the automaker has filed a trademark application for the “FT-4X” name, signifying a “future Toyota.” Dated October 10, the filing stirs hope in FJ Cruiser fans that Toyota plans to return with a new model that’s a little edgier than its current crossover and SUV lineup. Unless something’s changed in the automotive lexicon, “4X” implies a four-wheel-drive model with a penchant for offroading. Toyota keeps … [Read more...] about Is Toyota’s FT-4X an FJ Cruiser for a New Generation?
Mazda has some big news for Miata lovers at the New York Auto Show, with an exhibition of some of their favorite Miatas over the car’s 25 year history. Both myself (97 C Package, 2003 Shinsen) and Jack (former owner of a 93 ) will be attending, and we will make sure to get detailed photographs of everything – but don’t be surprised if we come back empty-handed when it comes to the 2015 MX-5. The latest in a long line of silly rumors (diesel MX-5? puh-leeze) is that the new MX-5 will make a surprise debut at the New York Auto Show. As much as I’d love for this to happen, I am not getting my hopes up. Why? Because Mazda doesn’t typically make big reveals at auto shows. The 3, 6 and CX-5 all made debuts on their own schedule, and for Mazda, this is a smart play. They are a small brand and don’t have a lot of money to spend on marketing. By launching them on their own terms, they can own whatever time slot they choose, rather than having to dole out big … [Read more...] about Editorial: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up For A New Mazda MX-5 Debut
For: Easy to arrange, the loan isn't secured against the car.Against: A good credit rating is required, can be expensive, possible delays while funds clear. Arranging a personal loan for a car essentially means you're borrowing the amount of money you need from a third party, and it's downto you how you spend it. Some car dealers will offer this facility in-house using their own finance providers, but you can also go direct to a bank for the loan. Just compare the APR interest rates carefully to make sure you get the best value deal. Going for a personal loan means it won't be secured against the car. If the loan is secured against the car, it's referred to as a hire purchase deal. This works in the same way, but it means that your car will be more at risk of reposession if you don't keep up repayments. • Best new car deals There are two main advantages to an unsecured personal loan. The first is that you don’t have to put down a deposit, which you almost certainly will do … [Read more...] about Getting a personal loan to pay for a new car
Kia added the full-size Cadenza to its lineup for 2014, so normally we'd anticipate a refresh three years later, but what turned up for the New York auto show is an all-new car for 2017. Continuing with front-wheel drive and V-6 power, it now uses Kia's own eight-speed automatic transmission and offers a suite of advanced safety technologies bundled under a new Drive Wise sub-brand. Designed in the firm's California studio, the new shape puts a more refined and polished gloss over similar proportions—the same length overall, but a bit lower and wider—in keeping with its mission to compete with the plushest versions of the Buick LaCrosse and the Toyota Avalon. Pricing hasn’t yet been released, but expect Kia to aim again at the Acura TLX and the Lexus ES, putting the low end in the mid-$30K zone and topping out in the upper $40,000s. The vertical-bar, Maserati-like grille design first seen when this car debuted as the Korean-market K7 is crossing the Pacific to dress … [Read more...] about 2017 Kia Cadenza: Time For a Second Generation, Already?
No matter who you are or what status you hold in society, at some point in the past 34 years you did something in a Chevrolet Cavalier, and it was probably a lackluster experience (barring anything in the backseat, though even then…). For reasons unknown, the nameplate that once summed up everything that was wrong with domestic compacts will return to the automotive landscape on a China-only Chevrolet model, GMInsideNews reports. The name will return on a compact model built by SAIC General Motors Corporation, hopefully without the peeling paint, tinny body panels and bargain basement plastic that graced its American-market predecessor. Slotted between the Cruze and subcompact Sonic in terms of size, the new compact adopts plenty of Cruze styling up front but not much in the rear, if photos leaked to the Chinese media are accurate. GMInsideNews notes that the Cavalier shares an identical wheelbase to the Daewoo Lacetti, which underpins the Chinese market Buick Excelle. Their … [Read more...] about China Resurrects a Great Nameplate for a New Chevy: ‘Cavalier’
After last week’s Time Machine Dilemma (in which you emerged from your time machine in 1973, on Auto Row and with enough cash to buy a new Ford LTD), I thought of doing a 1974 Oil Crisis Diminished Expectations Economy Car Time Machine Dilemma. However, the really challenging econobox-shopping decisions came a bit more than a decade later, when the Hyundai Excel and Yugo GV arrived in a marketplace full of Japanese subcompacts duking it out for supremacy and Detroit trying to stay relevant. Yes, 1986! So, you exit your time machine in front of the Chevrolet dealership with $5,645 in your pocket. That’s enough to buy a new Chevette at full list price (the out-the-door-price would almost certainly be lower, but we’ll go with MSRP for this exercise). Do you get the antiquated-but-simple rear-drive Chevy for your penny-pinching commuter… or something else? Let’s look at your choices.It turns out that the Chevette (which was on its second-to-last model year in … [Read more...] about Time Machine Dilemma: It’s 1986 and You Have Enough Money For a New Chevette. What Do You Buy?
yesterday’s Junkyard Find, a 1973 Ford LTD, got a bit heated at times. Some felt that the ’73 LTD was an abomination too horrific to contemplate, while others (including most who had actually driven one back in the day) opined that it was a pretty comfy pseudo-luxo-chariot and no worse than its contemporary rivals. Both sides have valid points, which got me to thinking about what I would do if a time machine were to drop me off at Auto Row in 1973 with the money to buy a new LTD (assuming I was required to spend the money on a new car, instead of giving it to my 7-year-old 1973 self with instructions to buy Microsoft stock a few years hence). Would I get the LTD… or something else? If something else, what?Standard Catalogs, I’ve come up with a few choices in the same price range; those of you with your own sources for 1973 car prices should refer to them now.After a lot of agonizing, I’ve narrowed my choices down to two. One would be a ’73 Plymouth … [Read more...] about Time Machine Dilemma: It’s 1973 and You Have Enough Cash For a New LTD. What Do You Buy?
You have worked hard to save the $20,000 you need to purchase the car of your dreams. You’re ready to step into the dealership, walk straight to the manager in the back, plunk down those greenbacks, and say, “I have cash! Give me your best price!” This may have worked in the days before electronic banking and factory rebates, but paying cash today will likely cost you more. Friends and family members often come to me for advice when they’re looking to purchase a car. If they have some money saved up, their first negotiating tactic is to tell the dealer they have cash and are ready to deal. This thought process comes from a time when dealers preferred cash as they received their money right away and didn’t have to send someone to the bank across town to attempt to secure financing. With the advent of electronic banking and easy access to online loan information, this sneakernet financing task has gone away. Instead, an additional layer of profit has … [Read more...] about Should I Pay Cash for a New Car? Probably Not.
March was the 5th straight month of a SAAR above 15 million vehicles. Industry analysts have explained the strength of the market in a number of ways. The need to replace older vehicles is one (new car sales were hit hard during the recession as consumers held on to their vehicles for longer. This also caused used car prices to skyrocket, something TTAC has been documenting), while others have cited increasing fleet demand, and the desire to replace vehicles damaged in Hurricane Sandy. But one factor that is just starting to get attention outside of TTAC is sub-prime financing. Sub-prime lending, which involves giving high-interest loans to customers with poor credit scores, is driving the SAAR in a big way, by letting buyers with poor credit purchase new cars. In turn, the sub-prime bubble is being driven by Wall Street, whose clients cannot get enough of financial instruments backed by sub-prime auto loans. On the surface, it seems unbelievable. Unemployment is currently at 7.7 … [Read more...] about How A New Generation Of Sub-Prime Auto Financing Could Cause Another Catastrophe
It has been nearly four years since Mitsubishi has announced an all-new car for the U.S. market; apart from a few concept cars and mid-cycle updates, the company’s last big auto-show production-car debut was the Mirage hatchback way back in 2013. The good news is that the drought will end soon, as Mitsubishi is planning to introduce an all-new vehicle in just a few months, at the Geneva auto show this March. It’s scheduled to go on sale in America at the beginning of 2018, and to no one’s surprise, it’ll be another small crossover. The new entry is meant to fit in between the Outlander Sport and the Outlander in Mitsu’s lineup. The gap between those two, however, would seem to be too small to accommodate a new model. The five-seat Outlander Sport is slightly larger than other subcompact SUVs such as the Honda HR-V, while the seven-seat Outlander is a bit bigger than compacts such as the Honda CR-V. So Mitsubishi is planning eventually to grow the Outlander … [Read more...] about Yes, Mitsubishi Has Plans for a New Product (Hint: It’s a Crossover)