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Anyone else have “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People stuck in their heads? Well, you do now. I couldn’t be the only one. Anyway, the 2018 Nissan Kicks is a thing. It replaces the Nissan Juke, which Mr. Stocksdale thought was a bad idea and Mr. Myself thought was a smart idea. Nevertheless, neither of us were especially pumped up by the Kicks.
One hundred miles per hour, 6,000 rpm. I shift up to fourth gear at the start/finish line and return the throttle to the floor. The 289 cubic inch V8 revs quickly, feels great over four grand, and sings a sweet howl from the Mustang’s side-exiting exhaust. We’re at Willow Springs Raceway driving a 1965 Shelby GT350 Competition model, a brand-new build constructed by the Original Venice Crew, with license from both Carroll Shelby Licensing and the Ford Motor Company. And I’m four-wheel-drifting i
Plug-in vehicles make up just a little over one percent of cars sold in the U.S. That’s not a huge share, but it is quickly rising. And if a new survey from AAA is any example, the country’s taste for electric vehicles should only help accelerate demand, as the insurance group found that 20 percent of customers want their next car to run on electricity, up from 15 percent in 2017.
During our first drive of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the all-new SUV’s product manager was asked to identify competitors that might have been benchmarked in its development. The look on his face was about the same as if someone had asked him to recite King Lear in Klingon. As far as Andreas Hoeppel was concerned, the G 550 and AMG G 63 doesn’t actually have a rival, or at least something the engineers and designers thought to compare it against. The G-Class is a G-Class, who cares what the
The 2018 Nissan Rogue presses a lot of the right buttons in the highly competitive market for family-friendly SUVs. The Rogue comes with plenty of standard equipment, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and LED daytime running lights, along with safety features such as blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert.
It was like telling a fourth grade class they were going to Disneyland. Upon landing in southern France to drive the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the assembled group of jet lagged automotive writers were informed that they were not only about to drive the first next-generation G-Class ever (incredibly cool and exciting in its own right) but were also going to get a chance to drive a selection of classic G Wagens as well. An audible gasp was heard.
Amid the industry-wide shift to larger trucks, SUVs and crossovers, the Chevrolet Cruze represents an increasingly rare breed: an American compact car that’s actually built in the U.S., not imported from overseas. First released in the U.S. in 2008 and built in Lordstown, Ohio, the nameplate goes back to the turn of the millennium in Japan as part of a joint venture with Suzuki. It’s part of a generation of American small cars credited with salvaging their ilk’s once-poor reputation.
Timing is everything so, when it comes to car buying, dealership document fees are like the late party-guest who suddenly arrives while you’re saying final goodbyes and putting leftovers in the fridge. To put it mildly, they’re an annoying but common part of most car transactions. For car buyers who don’t expect them, however, they can seem like a blatant rip-off.
Genesis will apparently open the doors to its nascent dealership network to all existing Hyundai dealers, reversing its earlier plan to launch a separate, much more limited retail network as a way to distinguish the brand.