If you live in a major metropolitan area, you know that traffic snarls are a way of life. You can either rail at the heavens as you putter from Point A to Point B, or you can close your eyes and think of England.
One year ago, we reported on an unusual showdown between Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over a proposed recall of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty. Despite Chrysler's initial resistance, the stalemate was short-lived, and within a couple of weeks, the automaker had agreed to fix the faulty models.
GM has found a problem with its supercharged 6.2 liter V-8s, ones fitted into the Chevy Camaro and Cadillac CTS-V.
2015 Audi A8 L
Audi announced pricing for the refreshed 2015 A8 model line, which is set to hit dealers this summer. The 2015 prices represent increases of $2,300 to $2,800 over 2014 models, in keeping in line with the extra equipment offered.
It was at the 1973 Frankfurt Auto Show that Porsche first showed a prototype of a turbocharged 911 that would go on to spawn the original 911 Turbo just one year later. However, what many may not know is that 1974 wasn’t the first year for 911 Turbo production because an example had already been built and presented to Louise Piëch on her birthday in 1973.
While brand stores are quite common for the companies that build supercars and other exotics, they’re still a rather new concept for more mainstream makes although that is slowly starting to change. BMW has opened a series of brand stores over the past couple of years and now Mercedes-Benz is hopping on the bandwagon with its first 'Mercedes me' store in the German city of Hamburg.
2015 MINI Cooper 5 Door
2015 MINI Cooper 5 Door
MINIs aren't really Mini any more, but modern safety, comfort and equipment standards mean we'll never have a car quite as small as the original Mini ever again. That, and relentless niche-filling from parent company BMW means the car must be hugely profitable--something the classic car never really was.
Many entrepreneurs have tried to start car companies in the U.S. over the past century, but the last person to do so from the ground up with a brand that survives to this day was Walter P. Chrysler. He started his company in December 1924--which indicates the magnitude of the challenge faced by Elon Musk, CEO of startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors.
It's not uncommon for small cars to get 40 mpg these days, or hybrids to hit 50 mpg. But vehicles doing more than that are conspicuous by their absence. Elio Motors claims its three-wheeled car does 84 mpg on the highway, far exceeding that of any car on sale.