Best Value Cars Not Cheapest. That’s Why Tesla Ranked ‘Incredible,’ Hyundai and Domestics Lead,” says Strategic Vision
San Diego – Strategic Vision has released the results of its 18th annual and comprehensive Total Value IndexTM (TVI) study. “Value is absolutely not cheap; that’s why you have incredibly performing models like Tesla Model S and its owners ranking it as one of the best Valued cars in America,” explains Darrel Edwards, Ph.D. Executive Chairman and Founder of Strategic Vision. Strategic Vision’s study of over 45,952 new car buyers examined the quality of the buyer’s complete ownership experience and adds the customer’s assessment of economic consequences from two perspectives: (1) Immediate – or what is influential today (e.g. total down payment including drive-off costs, warranty costs, special incentive programs, etc.), and (2) Expected – what they believe the costs that emerge over time will be (e.g. expected Reliability, expected Durability, Resale Value, Durability,
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When reporting on recalls, Autoblog generally tries to focus on the US market. However, a recent campaign in Canada seems important enough to be worth mentioning because it could eventually affect American drivers. General Motors is repairing 17,481 Canadian examples of the Cadillac SRX from the 2010-2015 model years because of the possibility of a loose nut in the rear suspension. For the moment, the automaker hasn’t yet announced whether the CUV in the US would require a similar campaign.
The notice was dated September 18, 2014, on the website for Transport Canada, similar to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US. It says, “the rear suspension toe link jam nuts” might not have been sufficiency tightened, which could allow a rear wheel to turn “inboard or outboard” while driving. If this happens, it could cause a
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The upcoming Cadillac XT4 compact crossover has once again been spotted, this time with less camouflage and an update to its lighting. Specifically, the little crossover is sporting production lighting front and rear, and it’s sure to make the luxury SUV one of the boldest-looking Cadillacs.
Part of the reason for this comes from the taillights. As we suspected from the last set of spy shots, the XT4 will have highly distinctive lights that run the full height of the C-pillar. Though it’s a similar design to that of the Escalade, it’s made more interesting by the significant forward rake of the rear pillar. Not only that, but that pillar is quite thick, too. The look is actually reminiscent of the old CTS wagon.
Moving around the side, the reduced camouflage reveals that the doors and quarter panels
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The 2019 ATS-V is Cadillac’s smallest car, slotting below both the CTS and CT6 sedans. It’s also the automaker’s only two-door model, helping compete against the Audi RS5, BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe. Based on the GM Alpha platform, the ATS shares more than a little with the Chevrolet Camaro. Unlike the Camaro, the high-performance V variant uses a twin turbo V6. Like the Chevy, power is sent to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.
Our Wave Metallic blue test car has about $10,000 worth of options, the most expensive of which are the $2,300 Recaro sport seats. The Luxury Package — alloy pedals, HID headlights, navigation and a Bose stereo system — tacks on another $2,100. There are some visual upgrades,
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The historic Beaver Bridge in Beaver, Ark., is rated to allow vehicles as heavy as 10 tons to cross the White River at Table Rock Lake. A video that went viral last week shows a bus that weighs more than 35 tons crossing the bridge. Do the math, and you’ll understand why this was a problem.
The video pasted up above shows the bridge visibly sagging under the bus’ weight as onlookers watch in disbelief and other motorists honk at the bus driver. Officials from the Arkansas Department of Transportation closed down the bridge after seeing the video to check for damage, and, according KATV in Little Rock, reopened it October 18.
According to a report from Mashable, local highway police are tasked with enforcing the bridge’s weight limit. Let’s hope that process proves more effective the next time a massive passenger bus tries to cross the one-lane wooden span
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Its name is new, but the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is really a rebranded, restyled and updated version of the second-generation Lincoln MKX, which has been on sale since 2016. Renaming your bestselling vehicle is risky, but Lincoln has been struggling, and it feels the names of its vehicles are partly to blame.
Recall that since 2007, Ford’s luxury brand has used letters to name some models, including MKZ and MKX, and traditional names on others like Navigator and Continental. Well, now it’s ditching the letters and renaming those vehicles. The MKX is now the Nautilus. The smaller MKC is rumored to become the Corsair, which was a name used by Edsel back in the 1950s. The seven-passenger Aviator will go on sale in 2019, and
... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/21/2019-lincoln-nautilus-first-drive-review-5d3we8x/
This week started with a chill, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a dire report with scientists warning, “The world we know today is not the world we will see in 50 years,” with temperatures rising at their current rates. In the meantime, the trend toward purchasing more SUVs and crossovers continues. Most automakers, though, have set goals toward more sustainable production. That includes General Motors, which, somewhat ironically, plans to use wind power to produce many of its vehicles, including pickups and full-size SUVs.
As the Detroit Free Press reports, several wind farms are coming online to support cleaner production as part of a partnership between GM and energy producer CMS Enterprises. At the beginning of October, the 100-megawatt Northwest Ohio Wind Farm began producing energy, supplying GM operations in Ohio and Indiana, where manufactured vehicles include
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Episode #169 of the Autoblog Podcast has arrived, and it’s Chris, Sam, Alex, and Dan again this week. As usual, the Autoblog Garage starts us off, this time with a couple Suzuki Kizashis, a Ford Transit Connect, and the Cadillac SRX. The first topic for discussion are the latest developments in the ongoing Toyota Recall issue. The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon catches our fancy next, and we stay on the wagon tip to talk about the Acura TSX Wagon, which will debut at the New York International Auto Show. Honda’s CR-Z is next, before we go big and talk about the 2011 Ford SuperDuty. Wrapping up on a sporting note, we offer totally uninformed commentary on the Carl Edwards NASCAR wreck before taking a few listener questions and calling this turkey done. Thanks for listening!
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An electric car moving at speed but producing next to zero noise could give new meaning to the term “silent but deadly.” That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation has drafted legislation to ensure that, starting in 2020, all EVs and hybrids must emit some sort of noise at any speed over 19 miles per hour. Turns out, though, that there could potentially be one exception to the rule.
According to The Verge, Ford submitted a comment back in 2015 for Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 141, shortly after the official public comment period ended, “regarding the legality of equipping certain vehicles used for security purposes with a means of turning off the required pedestrian alert sound.” Vehicles used for security purposes is most likely a roundabout way of saying police cars.
Although the actual comment from Ford
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It’s been a little while since we last heard from Lucid Motors about its luxury, performance, autonomous-when-you-want-it-to-be Air EV. There were acquisition rumors regarding Ford, then a move to a new headquarters and, most recently, investment talks with the same Saudi fund that was in the mix when Elon Musk kicked off Maybe-Take-Tesla-Private Month. Before all that, though, Lucid was taking the Air out for testing. Really fast testing. Well over 200 mph testing.
Now, the startup has resurfaced, again getting back to the thing we all really want to talk about: driving the Lucid Air. In its latest missive, Lucid describes tackling Laguna Seca with its powerful EV.
The Air that Lucid brought to the famed circuit was essentially a “showroom intent” prototype with the interior swapped out “for a 6-point roll cage and fire-suppression system [with] high-temperature brake pads
... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/06/lucid-air-ev-laguna-seca-video/