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2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6

2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6 in Silky Silver

2015 Audi Q52018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 501

Fuel used: 28.2 gallons

Chevrolet Spark Activ

By employing a number of trim upgrades, Chevrolet transformed its conventional Spark subcompact hatchback (left) into the Spark Activ, a model designed to retain small-car shoppers being lured away by crossover SUVs.

It’s getting hard to sell cars. And when I say cars, I mean cars specifically, because automakers are having no trouble at all moving crossovers. Take last year, for example. In an overall market that was down slightly, car sales slipped a significant 11 percent, while crossover sales rose a healthy seven percent.

2018 Subaru 50th Anniversary Models

2018 Subaru 50th Anniversary Models

CAS 2018 logoIn celebration of the company’s 50th Anniversary of selling cars in the U.S., Subaru announced special commemorative editions of each of its vehicles at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

2018 Fiat 500

2018 Fiat 500

CAS 2018 logoFiat announced at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show that gas-powered 2018 editions of its little 500 would all sport turbocharged engines.

2018 Subuaru Crosstrek Limited, Cool Gray Khaki

2018 Subuaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited in Cool Gray Khaki

2015 Audi Q52018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 361

Fuel used: 14.3 gallons

2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring

2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring in Wilderness Green Metallic

2015 Audi Q52018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring

Class: Midsize Car

Miles driven: 174

Fuel used: 24.5 gallons


Renault LeCar

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The Renault 5 went on sale in France in 1972, but the car wasn’t available in America until 1976. The front-drive subcompact was 141.5 inches long and rode an average wheelbase of 95.2 inches. Yes, average wheelbase. The independent rear suspension used transversely mounted torsion bars, and for simplicity they were mounted one in front of the other. This resulted in the wheelbase on the left side of the car being 1.2 inches longer than on the right. Curb weight was 1819 pounds no matter what side the scale was on.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Osmium Grey Metallic (a $595 option)

2015 Audi Q52017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 952

Fuel used: 39.7 gallons

2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

Consumer Guide Automotive

As the first mass-market electric car to be sold by a major manufacturer, the original Nissan Leaf was a landmark vehicle. And it only gets better with its 2018 redesign.

Golf Harlequin

1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin

Special-edition, limited-run vehicles have long been a part of most automakers’ bag of sales-boosting tricks. Producing a limited number of specially trimmed examples of a given vehicle—unique paint, wheels, interior and exterior trim, and maybe some stripes or special emblems—is a relatively easy, cost-effective way to drum up a little excitement over a given model line without incurring the significant expenses of a serious styling update or mechanical refresh. The special-edition model is a time-honored practice that has been going on in one form or another since the Fifties.

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