Two years ago FCA put together a proposal to merge with GM and create the largest automotive company in the world that would be American based. Their proposal was quickly rejected by GM and hasn’t really been a topic of discussion for the past couple years. With new changes in the leadership of the country this merger could be back on the table and could be a possibility, especially with the new position that FCA finds itself in financially. Will there be a merger between these two companies, let’s take a look and see what the ramifications could be.
Most of us don’t expect to be in a wreck at any time in our driving on the road but we see accidents on a daily basis during our commutes to and from work. This means someone else who probably headed out for the day without any thought of being in an accident, found themselves in a crash. Unfortunately accidents do happen every single day and it’s important that you know what to do when you’re in an accident. There are some things you need to do and others that you don’t in order to help the authorities and the insurance companies do their job better for you.
While the project that was the Google self-driving car is now headed to the new company called Waymo, it will still be a sibling to Google under the Alphabet umbrella of companies. This car has logged more miles than Uber or Lyft combined when it comes to self-driving with over 2.3 million miles on the road and a large number of impressive situations that have made it possible for these cars to have brought back data that is able to better understand human driving and make changes based upon what many drivers will do on the road.
For a few years the Toyota RAV4 has offered us a hybrid powertrain and Subaru gave it a go as well with the XV Crosstrek but now there’s another option if you want an SUV that can give you the ride you want while sipping on the fuel instead of guzzling it. With the XV Crosstrek gone from the market, the new model that has entered is the Nissan Rogue Hybrid which offers you more fuel mileage than the standard model and a great way for you to enjoy the drive you want on the road.
There is a vehicle that offers you limited off road capabilities, a small amount of cargo and passenger space, and lacks sporty style but is still one of our favorites to drive on the road. This vehicle is the BMW X6 and it is a baffling model to be sure. This SUV has a tall ride height, but looks like a car that’s been lifted, much like the Subaru Outback. It does offer you the impressive AWD and sleek fastback style that makes it a vehicle you can enjoy driving on any road, and with the BMW badge at the front, you know the drive will be a majority of the appeal of this SUV.
Most of the time we see sports cars come out as a hardtop coupe model before we even think about the convertible possibilities. in Europe many of the convertible sports cars are called Spider models and the newest item to wear the Fiat badge is the 124 Spider. This is a car that’s based off the Mazda Miata, which is no surprise since it’s built in the same plant, but the 124 Spider gives us Italian style and more engine options than the Miata to be a fantastic variation of the small roadster that comes at an affordable price.
BMW does a great job of building vehicles that we want to drive. If you own a BMW and you aren’t excited to drive there’s something wrong with how you’re driving it because the BMW brand is exceptional to drive and lots of fun on the road. When you need a midsized luxury SUV to drive, BMW offers you the impressive ride of the BMW X5 which is called, by them, a sports-active vehicle to remind you this is a vehicle that’s been built to be driven and for you to enjoy the ride.
Recently we saw Mercedes-Benz show off their first EV platform at the Paris Motor Show which is being called the Generation EQ Concept. This vehicle is made to carry the sophisticated elegance of Mercedes-Benz in an EV model that is meant to rival the i-Brand from BMW. It might feel as if Mercedes- Benz is a little late to the party, but having these two automaker duke it out for the lead in any technology is usually great for the auto industry and us as consumers. Now it appears Mercedes-Benz is ready to make yet another electric commitment.
Alfa Romeo has certainly had its ups and downs over the years. This is an Italian brand that we’ve loved at some times and hated at others, but it’s been one that carried with it a stellar reputation of sporty models for us to admire and enjoy. Unfortunately the brand lineup in the US was depleted to the point of only having the 4C and the 4C Spider on the market. The new release of the Giulia has given the brand confidence once again to bring more models to market and the next place they have aimed their gun is at the SUV market.
Even though we were presented with the new Volkswagen ID which will be the next generation of electric vehicles from the brand that has undergone a huge amount of scrutiny because of the recent diesel scandal the current electric model has a place that needs to be kept. Volkswagen needs to continue to be a brand that has success and is trusted as one of the leaders in the market for EV models. Because of this it’s important that the current e-Golf pave the way for the new ID to be ready to be the right EV model for us to enjoy.