What’s the Hold Up for 2017 Diesel BMW Models?

09.16.16 - BMW Headquarters

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.

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It’s time to Reduce the City Noise

08.18.16 - Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

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?

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The Volvo Transition

02.08.16 - Volvo Logo

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.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado:  The Midsized Truck You Want

2016 Chevrolet Colorado

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

The Manual Transmissions that Aren’t All Manual

Manual transmissions

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

2016 Hyundai Sonata: Another Fan Favorite

2016 Blue Hyundai Sonata

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

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

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

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

Can You Have Fun at Under 200 Horsepower?

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Driving

For a vast majority of us, we will never drive a car that is our own that has over 200 horsepower. There are a few reasons we are going to be left out of the high-powered class of vehicles. First of all, most of us will certainly scoff at the idea of spending the money on a car that offers a high horsepower number because the shear price tag turns us away. Second is the lack of need, what will this additional horsepower be for and where can we drive it, so with practicality in mind it just doesn’t make sense. Third is fuel mileage. Less power typically equates to better fuel mileage, making it an easy choice between the two as we don’t want to be pumping gas 3-4 times a week for our power hungry V8 beast.

Because of all these reasons doesn’t it make sense to have something fun to drive that falls in our range of driving? Certainly many car manufacturers feel that way and offer several models that are both fun to drive and fall in the under 200 horsepower club to give us the fuel mileage (at least most of them) that we desire. Read more

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