There have been some rumors and some grumblings. Ford has hinted at the possibility of a 400 horsepower Ford Focus RS that will be the hot hatch for all others to chase around Nurburgring, but this hasn’t come to fruition at all so far. In fact if feels as if Ford has put this project on the back burner for the time being which leaves those of us who are anxious for this power in our Focus with a bit of an unsatisfied feeling. What can we do to have the power we want in the hot hatch we love?
Subaru has an odd reputation in the US automotive market. This is a brand that has a cult following for the Outback, an admiration of followers for the Forester and even some who think the Legacy is still a niche car. This used to be the car you bought when you needed AWD, but it’s become more mainstream than ever before and now the Legacy is equipped with the technology and features you want to have while still giving you the AWD that made it the popular choice in the world of midsize sedans where there seems to be nearly too much competition.
While most of us can easily recognize many of the automotive logos we see on vehicles around us, many don’t know the meaning behind them. Why does Ford have a blue oval, where did the Chevrolet bowtie come from and what in the world does the snake mean on the Alfa Romeo logo? These are all questions we can ask ourselves and maybe only wonder about on those long nights with nothing else to do. While this may not be a topic of everyday conversation you can impress your friends with your knowledge of what different car logos mean. You can also see this list in the form of a video, if you want.
There’s no doubt that expected delays and added scrutiny would be in place after the Volkswagen diesel scandal of last year. Any diesel powered vehicle would have to pass more stringent and comprehensive testing by the EPA and other agencies who also received a black eye for allowing Volkswagen to have vehicles on the road that could defeat the emissions testing needed for vehicles to be sold in the US. Because of these expected delays it seems the diesel models from BMW aren’t able to be sold yet, but there’s more to this story than it seems.
When you live in a city there are a variety of noises that make their way around you on a daily basis. If you leave your windows open on garbage day you can hear the trucks and their airbrakes in the streets around you, if you live near stores and shops that have regular deliveries you might use them for your early morning alarm clock and when it comes to construction its likely you hear the noise of jackhammers and heavy equipment on a regular basis. Over time you might not even notice the noises around you in the city, but should you have to live with the noise pollution that takes place?
What changed at Volvo? You remember the Volvo of old which was touted simply as a brand full of safe to drive vehicles even if they were ugly, clunky and devoid of any style. These cars were actually admired not only for their safety but for the fact you could easily add a more powerful engine and still feel safe and secure in these cars was something of a benefit, but as we have evolved in our desires for vehicles, the old style offered by Volvo was passed over for cars that offered more enticing appearances, which meant the brand needed to do something to make a change.
When it came back on the market the Chevrolet Colorado did not offer a diesel engine at all but now it does. For this new model year the Colorado not only ups the selections with the diesel but also increases the towing to 7,700 pounds and brings in even better fuel mileage. All this might be a bit boring so the Colorado also adds the Apple CarPlay, a new off road package known as the “Trail boss” and plenty of great safety and driver assistance features. The Colorado is certainly not a boring midsized truck you have to settle for but a great workhorse that gives you good fuel mileage and a lot of awesome features to love and enjoy. Read more
With the current technology the only reason to actually buy a car with a manual transmission anymore is to have the purist connection with the car to enjoy the driving experience. For those that are new to driving, a manual now offers a variety of ways to ensure the transmission has some control over what is happening. As many car enthusiasts that can’t seem to see the progress involved the answer is they don’t want these systems either. Let’s take a look at where we are with the manual transmission and add some automatic advisory as well. Read more
What do you want in a car? If the answer includes great fuel mileage, an engine that doesn’t mind accelerating from a stop, a comfortable and high tech interior and plenty of protection from the manufacturer with a great warranty then you are in luck. The Hyundai Sonata is and has been that car for you to choose and make the next great purchase for your driving pleasure. The Sonata has been a favorite for a long time because of all these features and by taking a page from the book of many competitors the Sonata offers you a wide variety of great choices to have the car you really want. Read more
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