If you don’t know the Porsche 911 tradition its time you were introduced. For more than fifty years the 911 has been the symbol of driving and racing excellence. This car has never been the most powerful on the road or track, but it has often been the most agile and easily the most active. The lightweight build and perfect balance of the Porsche 911 has carried on in the automotive industry as one of the sportiest cars to ever be made. With the addition of more options and builds than ever the 911 is a car you will love to drive no matter which one you choose.
Volvo has been anything but conventional for many years. Putting their name on the line in the world of vehicle safety Volvo has developed a stellar reputation for leading the automotive world when it comes to keeping you informed and in place in your vehicle. Recently they developed engine technology we hadn’t seen before that gives us vehicles that have both supercharging and turbocharging to give us fuel efficiency and power. Now, a new Volvo S90 sedan emerges onto the scene to fit in the midsized segment, but with more luxury and features than any other midsized sedan.
When an automaker brings back a vehicle after a long hiatus it’s often met with celebration and expectations of what the vehicle used to be. That might not be what we want to have when Jeep brings back one of the long gone but most admired names that have been part of its history. We’ve already been told the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will both come back to the Jeep brand but you shouldn’t expect to have the wooden sides and 1970s look that were a huge part of the signature look of these two vehicles, instead we will see something more.
Do you want a car that shows you a style that is a signature of Britain and appears to have jumped out at you from several decades ago? If you do the price of any of the Mini models might shock you. While Mini is a brand that does deliver on the promise of great looking vehicles and a wide range of choices, you do have to admit they seem a bit pricy compared to what you can buy at the same size from nearly every other brand. Even though you could say “you pay for the name” I don’t see Mini as a luxury brand, making this a moot argument.
The job of selecting the right way to celebrate an anniversary is one that can be a task that becomes a full time job for some people. The commitment it takes to be in any relationship for the long haul and last the test of time, tribulations, hardships and even success is one that should be celebrated, especially when the number creeps up near the century mark. One such automotive company has an anniversary they want to celebrate the right way, even though they are still thirty years way from reaching three digits.
Automakers are an interesting bunch. Even when they give you something new they are often looking to the next iteration of that item to keep the lineup and models fresh in your mind. If you drive the Focus RS and enjoy all the power that a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine can give you along with the dynamics of the nearly flawless AWD system that has been admired as one of the best you might not think there is anything that could top this vehicle. Even though the Focus RS is new to the market, Ford is already discussing the possibility of something even better.
When faced with this dilemma the first thing you have to know is what your lifestyle calls for. Do you spend most of your time driving in traffic before and after work? Do you work in an office and wear a suit to work? Sounds like you should choose the luxury car right? Maybe not. What if you like the idea of having a pickup truck with the added space of a truck bed that can be the perfect extended trunk? Are you going to give up a great deal of comfort in a pickup truck versus a luxury car, do you really have to make a choice like this?
Was the Volkswagen diesel cheating scandal enough to scare the rest of the German automakers? It seems that is certainly the case. In recent news Mercedes, Audi, Opel, Volkswagen and Porsche all have announced a recall that will affect 630,000 vehicles that are being brought in specifically to address their emissions management software. This is certainly a reaction to the scandal that was discovered by Volkswagen that had been using cheat devices to ensure their vehicles would pass the EPA standards in the US when the vehicles were being tested, which has caused a sense of alarm for the other German automakers.
The claim of every manufacturer is that their cars will be safer when the car is driven autonomously. Google has logged nearly 1.3 million miles in their self-driving cars since 2009 and has the most miles so far with relatively little error. Even so, what will it take for us to trust that the vehicles being developed to actually be autonomous vehicles? Will we need miles on the tires to show the car is safe or are we ready to nearly blindly trust that the technology installed will be adequate enough to ensure our safety while driving on any road?
You can often tell when an automaker is done working with a particular model. They tend to try and bleed every last bit of sales out of the model until they see they can’t get anything else from it, then there is a one year offering of a single trim that is packed full of everything that made that model great for many years. Not only do you see the development drop when it’s an older version of a vehicle but you also see less advertising for the car than before, making it more profitable and less of a drain on the numbers.