Lower Battery Costs for GM

2016 Spark EV

Whatever the reason, GM has announced a much lower Lithium-Ion battery cost per kWh than just about anyone else.  The average cost is said to be around $300/kWh while GM states they are experiencing cost of $145/kWh which is much lower to give a savings to their EV customers and make their hybrids even better.  Adding to this, GM states they expects to see costs of $100/kWh or less by 2021.  What does this mean for the EV market?  This means many of these EV cars that seem to be priced too high compared to their gasoline counterparts should begin to experience lower prices to make the decision much more difficult on us as buyers. Read more

A Last Hurrah that Became Seriously Valuable

1987 Buick Grand National GNX

It’s not every vehicle that gains such an increase in value that it actually calls for a price that puts it in the rarified air of a collectible car, but the vehicle in question is one that was not built to be a collector car but as a farewell tour for a car that had not met sales goals for several years and was made to be the swan song.  Even though many times with collectible items we look for the first offering of an item such as a baseball card or an early printing of a coin or stamp, but with vehicles, specific years are what can make them highly valuable. Read more

2016 Toyota Corolla: More Room and Amazing Efficiency

2016 Toyota Corolla

Even though most of us don’t think about the Corolla gaining any benefit from the Prius, they are both made by Toyota and what Prius adds to the Corolla is the benefit of being an extremely efficient car.  The Corolla has been a leader in its class and comes in for 2016 offering more space in the back seat to give us what we want in the car, which is space that matches up well with the fuel efficiency we already enjoy.  Showing up in a class that includes the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and others, the Corolla is a sensible choice that can be fun to drive. Read more

2016 Dodge Dart: A European-Styled American Compact Sedan

2016 Red Dodge Dart

The title says it all; the Dart is a gorgeous compact sedan that answers every question in the class.  With it style and fun to drive personality it rivals the Mazda 3 and Focus.  The Dart also gives us a large menu of great features and setups to enjoy with ensure we have more options than the Elantra, Corolla and Sentra.  There is even a near luxury trim level that will make it hard to pass up and why would you want to, the Dodge Dart is the compact sedan that will surprise you and excite you at the same time. Read more

The Ultimate Hippy-Mobile

VW Minibus

When you think of the Hippies of the 1960s and 1970s what comes to mind.  Other than the drugs and the anti-war stance many who referred to themselves and Hippies or were part of this movement were in tune with nature and were a version of a conservationist society that is truly important in today’s world.  With so many companies working toward a way to save the planet and use as little of the fossil fuels and resources as possible Volkswagen is coming back out with the VW Minibus which was the iconic Hippy-mobile of the time when being a Hippy was actually cool. Read more

Garage and Barn Finds Could Bring You a Massive Price

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV

In the days of the American Muscle Cars (1960s-1970s) these cars were built with one goal in mind; win a drag race.  This meant the typical muscle car of the time did not have sophisticated chassis adjustments or tooling to make them great on a race track, but when it came to straight line power and speed these cars could not be beat.  The muscle cars of this era had a two door design in a strong and powerful body style that put fear into the hearts of lesser species of automobiles.  During this era muscle cars were actually very affordable but now many of these will fetch a high price.  It might be time to take a look in your garage or out in the barn to see if you have a veritable gold mine hiding in the dust and dirt. Read more

2016 Mazda 3: The Small Athlete

2016 Mazda 3

Mazda has shown a real knack for building cars that have a lot of pep and can really get going in a hurry. The Mazda 3 certainly shows itself as a car that can make things move and gets going quickly in the compact car class.  Out classing such long rivals as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus the Mazda 3 is more than just a car that gets going, its attractive, efficient, comfortable and a lot of fun to drive with great driving dynamics and a smart set up of controls and features that we all love to use. Read more

Concept Cars That Turned Out to be Duds

2013 Corolla Furia

Is it a stud or is it a dud?  That is as simple as the question gets but for many automakers this is what faces them when they are ready to take a car from concept to production.  The idea behind a particular car is sometimes more enticing and alluring than the car itself.  Other times we see production models that have too many problems right from the start, causing the manufacturer to need to go back and try again.  There are still several auto shows yet to take place this year and many of the concepts offered may be case studies that are being done to gauge reaction while others are possibly the answer an automaker thinks they have for previous problems.  Take a look at these concepts that turned out to be duds and see if you see a few duds coming out of the upcoming auto shows. Read more

Breaking the “Gentlemen’s Agreement”

2016 Silver Nissan GT-R

Making production cars that are all under a specific horsepower was thought to be the safest way to go for all Japanese automakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi.  With this in mind, somewhere along the lines there was a “gentlemen’s agreement” that was to limit the horsepower of all production cars to 300 horsepower.  Most have been happy with the results as they enjoy reaching close to this number and adding dynamic features such as more active suspensions or a more responsive steering system to cars in order to ensure they can still offer performance many will desire in their vehicles. Read more

Concept Cars Gone Crazy

Ford Gyron Concept

When you head to a car show you are certain to be amazed by the various nameplates you recognize that will show themselves in production later in the model year or after a couple years, but what can take you by surprise and bring your attention to a halt is an interesting looking concept car.  Some concepts are so far-fetched there is no way they are ever going to make it to production, but in other cases you can certainly see the potential, especially if the car happens to address a need we as a society are facing.

Every manufacturer from Chrysler to Toyota puts millions of dollars into developing them and they rarely make it to your local new car dealership, but they’re still interesting to see at the shows. With that in mind, here are several great concept cars from a variety of years. Read more