Archive for December, 2015
Class: Midsize Car
Dates tested: 11/09/2015 – 11/23/2015
Miles Driven: 474
Fuel Used: 24.1 gallons
Presented here is an unedited press release received by Consumer Guide today.
Boxster and Cayman to be branded as 718 model range next year
Porsche’s mid-engine sports cars to receive new name
Atlanta, Georgia. The mid-engine sports cars from Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG will be named 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, respectively, when the models are introduced over the course of 2016. The 718 designation is a reference to the ground-breaking sports car Porsche introduced back in 1957, which achieved great success in a number of renowned car races. The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will share more similarities than ever before – both visually and technically. In the future, both will have equally powerful turbocharged flat-four cylinder engines. The Roadster will be positioned at a higher price level than the Coupe – as is the case with the 911 models.
Although it ceded its “most popular segment” title to compact SUVs last year, midsize cars are still a thriving business. And Chevrolet is hoping to increase its market share to improve upon its fifth-place ranking in the class.
With a legacy that spans eight decades, the Pontiac brand is rich with model names that are the stuff of legend. Even those entirely disinterested in things automotive would recognize such monikers as Bonneville, Firebird, Grand Prix, and GTO.
Miles Driven: 119
Fuel Used: 6.8 gallons
The evidence has been piling up for a while now, but the verdict is unavoidable: The traditional automobile is all but dead.
There are a couple of paths we can take to reach this conclusion, and a couple of different definitions of “dead” that we can employ, but there’s one particular path and one outcome that I am most saddened by.
This random collection of holiday-themed classic car ads is probably a poor representation of automaker Christmas marketing efforts over the years, but it’s worth noting that three of six ads include Santa Claus, three a Christmas tree, and one a very, very expensive gift. Make of that what you will.
Class: Midsize Crossover
Dates tested: 11/09/2015 – 11/16/2015
Miles Driven: 298
Fuel Used: 16.3 gallons
It may not be your fault, but it’s embarrassing just the same. Like a random pimple on your forehead, or finding spinach stuck to your teeth after a staff meeting, cloudy headlamps are many car owners’ secret shame.