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When the Volkswagen CC debuted in 2009, it provided a tony, coupelike supplement to the mainstream Passat sedan. Upon first glance, I deemed it “the people’s car for beautiful people.” With the advent of the next-generation Passat, however, Volkswagen eschewed a full redesign of the CC for a mild reskin. Would this move threaten the CC’s success? Continue Reading →
Autosavant Weekly News Digest: More 2013 Model Unveils, Dodge Departs NASCAR, and We Drive the Volkswagen Golf R
This is the Autosavant Weekly News Digest — your first stop for a recap of the week’s top stories in automotive news across the wide world of cars. A true Autosavant knows the value of a good story, well told. Continue Reading →
Nearly 35 years after the original Accord hatchback was introduce to the world, Honda has taken the veil of secrecy off the ninth generation 2013 Honda Accord which is smaller outside, but more spacious inside for the 2013 model year.
By Chris Haak
Of course, Valentine’s Day is about showing the people you love how much you love them, not about cars or even websites about cars and the car business. But that won’t stop us from considering which vehicles we truly love. To keep the conversation on track, let’s focus only on vehicles that we’ve actually owned. Which cars did you love, and what did you love about them?
I’ve owned about a dozen cars during my 20 years with a driver’s license (not counting the cars that I had the use of growing up as the son of a car dealer, which meant changing the car that I was driving – but not owning – a number of times ). The car I loved the most was…
By Kevin Miller
When the current-generation Chevrolet Malibu launched for the 2008 model year, I was impressed. In design and materials, it was leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor. It possessed some stylistic cues that I still feel are class leading (as well as beating vehicles several classes above); the Chevrolet symbol detail in lamp lenses and the continuous C-pillar trim on the rear doors are two of the details that continue to stand out as the Malibu gracefully ages.
Since the time when the Malibu launched to much fanfare (with a large advertising budget), key competitors such as the Accord, Fusion, Mazda6, and Sonata have launched new generations (or have had major updates). Among those three competitors, only the Sonata and Fusion actually improved upon the appearance of their predecessors since the Malibu’s launch date.
By Chris Haak
What’s the deal with with new cars today? In spite of uncertain fuel prices – which some experts feel are likely to spike again above $4 USD per gallon sometime during the next few years – when new cars are redesigned, they often times turn out to be larger and heavier than the model they have replaced. There are occasional exceptions, of course. Nissan’s 370Z weighs less than its 350Z, and its current Altima shrunk slightly from its predecessor’s size and weight. The 2011 Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta weigh less than did their non-US predecessors thanks to careful engineering and the application of high-strength steel. And now the 2011 Hyundai Sonata – the company’s volume model – is larger, more comfortable, more powerful and more attractive than the 2010 model. But somebody forgot to tell Hyundai that when cars gain size and power, they’re supposed to gain weight. This car weighs more than 100 pounds less than the model it replaced – and gets better fuel economy.
We’re not going to spill much digital ink re-hashing the Hyundai story, but the company made its US debut in the 1980s with the Yugo-competitive throwaway Hyundai Excel econobox, but has steadily improved the quality, engineering, performance, and design of its vehicles over the ensuing quarter century to the point that the company’s vehicles (as well as those of its Kia subsidiary) have made their way onto the shopping lists of many US consumers. As we noted recently, Hyundai-Kia has outsold Nissan-Infiniti in the US so far in 2010.
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