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
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
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
We are in the midst of what could easily prove to be the single largest US auto sales year in history. If trends are correct the US market will hit 17.7 million units sold before the calendar turns to 2016 which is simply amazing considering only a few years ago the industry was struggling to project even 10 million. This is of course new car sales and doesn’t account for the certified preowned or other markets, which is even larger, but with such amazing sales we can certainly appreciate the awesome numbers we are seeing right now. Read more
When you have to play in a sandbox with the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon you can expect to have some sand thrown in your face, but the Chevrolet Impala certainly has the ability to throw some back as well. The Impala is one of the only sedans in this class that does not offer AWD but it does offer a bi-fuel engine, a wireless charging pad for multiple mobile devices, a roomy interior and the most powerful naturally aspirated V6 engine in the class. Take that Taurus, 300 and Avalon, the Impala just kicked a big pile of sand in your face. Read more
MINNEAPOLIS, July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Greater Twin Cities Honda Dealers Association (GTCHDA) has selected Tier10 as its new agency of record. Tier10 was chosen based on its multi-channel and data-driven approach to marketing, and track record of facilitating enormous growth for its current automotive associations. The GTCHDA is the seventh automotive dealer association to choose Tier10 for full-service advertising and marketing support. Read more
Every year we see a long list of new cars come out and sometimes a short list of cars that will no longer be built. With these new offerings on the market it’s nearly impossible to contain the excitement that we feel before they finally make it to market. Before these cars even find their way to the dealerships we want to learn all we can about what they are capable of doing and how they will drive. Of course the actual driving of a new car is what makes it the most exciting, but until they reach the market and offers us a drive here are seven new cars that are coming out soon which you should be excited about and ready to drive for a lot of fun.
What do you do when with the best-selling sedan? You find a way to improve it, offers something that may be limited, and give it some treatments that just might drive some great sales of a trim level that will easily entice and excite the public. With Toyota you know this is the direction they have gone with something new and interesting for the Camry. This new version will allow a select number of 2016 Camry owners to take full advantage of what Toyota can offer on this great new car and have bragging rights over their coworkers and neighbors who were not quite so fortunate with their Camry selection. Read more
The Subaru WRX has been known to be a high-performer on the desert floor racing in rally form with awesome power and performance. What was going to happen when Subaru tamed the beast and created a sedan out of the racer. Well, we saw the results last year in the form of a powerful pair, the WRX and WRX STI which both showed themselves with the features you want from this car that is built on the platform of the awesome desert racing machines that Subaru loves to send across the hottest areas of the world.
Infotainment systems are becoming the norm in vehicles today. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are invading cars near you everyday. Soon, they will be available in many models as either standard features or upgradable options. So what is the difference between the two systems, and what can you expect from either an Android or iPhone when you connect them to the infotainment systems in your car, truck, or SUV? Read more