Posts from ‘Industry News’

Aug
20
Boring Car Colors

You’re not imagining it–most new cars and trucks are black, silver, or white. We try to figure out why…

If you have spent any time reading responses to our posts on the Consumer Guide and Collectible Automobile Facebook pages, you may have taken notice of a frequent lament: “New-car colors are dull.”

Aug
15
2021 GMC Granite

The GMC Granite Concept debuted at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

Future CarWord is out that GMC will be adding a new subcompact crossover to its lineup. The new small truck will be positioned below the brand’s compact Terrain crossover in size and price, becoming the smallest and most-affordable vehicle in the General Motors division’s product portfolio.

Jul
31

Automotive Heritage Awards

The quixotic tale of a doomed luxury car and an interview with a veteran car designer turned out to be golden opportunities for two freelance contributors to Collectible Automobile® magazine, a companion publication to Consumer Guide® Automotive.

Jul
18
Karma Revero

2018 Karma Revero

Here’s a fun thing to do: Visit the EPA’s public website, fueleconomy.gov, and do a search by manufacturer. The drop-down menu lists every automobile brand you might expect, plus a couple you might not.

Jul
02
Dancing on Tesla’s Grave

Why are so many members of the automotive media rooting for Tesla to fail?

“They’ve never turned a profit.”

This phrase has become the official battle cry of Tesla detractors nationwide. Industry pundits with an anti-Tesla axe to grind—and there are many–wield this sentence with the fervor of a sandwich-board prognosticator warning that the end is near.

May
21

Nissan e-Power

Though the overall numbers are still relatively small, consumers around the globe are buying more electric vehicles than ever before. That said, those motorists embracing electrification—at least in the U.S.–seem to still be of an early adopter mentality. Most mainstream shoppers remain skeptical that the switch to pure-electric driving will be worth the perceived hassles.

May
07
Ford is Killing the Taurus, Ford Killing Sedans

Taurus is one of the models Ford is planning to phase out.

To truly excite the passions of the American automotive media, you need news that strikes close to home. International news, no matter how significant, is generally met with indifference among many U.S. auto writers. General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra and the GM board of directors opt out of the European, Indian, and South African new-vehicle markets—yawn. The Chinese government mandates that 12 percent of new vehicles retailed in China (the world’s largest new-car market) must be pure electric by 2020—whatever.

Apr
30
2018 Honda N-Box

2018 Honda N-Box

On a per-person basis, Americans buy more new cars than do the Japanese. In 2017, for example, American buyers snatched up roughly 17.3 million cars and light trucks. That works out to approximately one car for every 18 U.S. residents.

Mar
15
2020 Ford Bronco

Ford isn’t quite ready to take the wraps off its forthcoming Bronco just yet, but the company issued this teaser photo that reveals a rugged-looking boxy profile, a high-riding stance, and what looks like a rear-mounted spare tire.

Ford Motor Company today unveiled its plans to replace more than 75 percent of its model lineup by 2020, and is aiming to have the “freshest” product roster in the North American market by that time. The manufacturer will focus heavily on trucks, SUVs, and hybrid vehicles in the next 24 months. More pure-electric vehicles are slated to follow starting in 2020, with six battery electric vehicles (BEVs) planned for introduction by 2022.

Mar
12
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.

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