There's good news and bad news on the automotive front. The good news is for auto shoppers: according to Experian Automotive, the average interest rate for U.S. car loans fell to 4.27 percent in the third quarter of 2013.
Chrysler has issued a voluntary recall for select 2013 models of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Ram 1500. According to a statement from the automaker, transmission shafts in some of those vehicles could be prone to breakage.
The term 'managed expectations' comes to mind when we think of how the 2014 Nissan Versa sedan and Versa Note hatchback fit into the market. If you're looking for cheap transportation—and the benefits of having a new car (and a new-car warranty)—and you're okay forgoing some refinement, style, and technology in the name of that goal, then these models do belong on your shopping list.
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante first drive, Palm SpringsEnlarge Photo
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is probably the sexiest car in the planet--the Internet says it is so--but what good is it in winter? If you're in the third of the country currently buried under a soul-crushing blanket of ice and snow, the only transportation you really want right now is a tauntaun with a DNR and a death wish.
Land Rover introduced an updated LR2 for the 2013 model year, with the vehicle receiving a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a much more luxurious interior and the latest version of the automaker’s brilliant Terrain Response off-roading system. Despite all the updates, there’s no hiding the fact that the current LR2 is starting to show its age, having been on the market since the 2007 model year. The good news is that a successor is in the works, a prototype for which has been spotted by one of our spy photographers.
We might even choose the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible over the Coupe. There, we said it—and it feels a bit like a confessional.
Teaser for Hyundai Intrado conceptEnlarge Photo
Hyundai announced this morning that it will unveil a new hydrogen fuel-cell concept vehicle, to be known as the Intrado, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. The Hyundai Intrado Concept will be constructed around a "super-lightweight structure" that employs a "mixture of advanced materials" that are joined together using a "revolutionary technique" that the carmaker says "has the potential to change" the way cars of the future are assembled.
Don't let the name fool you; Normal, Illinois, is actually unique. That's because this small town--with a population of 53,837--has more than 300 plug-in cars roaming its streets. And that's because the town, along with neighboring Bloomington, has made a concerted effort to encourage the adoption of electric cars.
It wasn't so long ago that all-wheel drive was restricted to Jeeps, trucks, and the occasional esoteric supercar. Now, according to data from Polk, it's fitted to almost one third of the vehicles sold in the United States.