Archive for July, 2017

Jul
13
2012 Lancia Delta

2012 Lancia Delta

Note: Presented here is a Consumer Guide blog post originally seen in May of 2012. At the time, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was developing a fastback compact sedan for the Chrysler brand based mechanically on the Dodge Dart. Poor Dart sales, and a general shift in consumer interest to crossover vehicles prompted FCA to kill the compact Chrysler project midstream. The Chrysler 200, which also shared Dart elements, was also killed around this time. The text of the Future Car report below is presented unaltered and as it was published back in 2012.

Jul
12
2017 Miata RF

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF in Soul Red Metallic,  a $300 option

2015 Audi Q52017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 1069

Fuel used: 31.7 gallons

Jul
12
1990 Chrysler TC by Maserati

1990 Chrysler TC by Maserati

It is a general expectation that when two separate companies cooperate to develop a product, said product would represent the best that each partner has to offer.

Jul
11
1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport

1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport

Note: This article is reprinted from the October 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile

By Jack Stewart

Ramona and Mike Wilson knew that their 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport fastback coupe was special when they bought it new. The Madison, North Carolina, couple liked it so much that they still have it 44 years later.

Jul
10
1977 Chrysler 318, The Small V8s of 1977

The Chrysler corporate 318-cubic-inch engine was the smallest V8 available in the 1977 Plymouth Fury.

Car-guy discussions regarding automotive downsizing usually center on styling. I have done my share of kvetching about how a few model lines that were “resized” in the late Seventies and early Eighties came off looking like caricatures of the cars they replaced.

Jul
07
Rolls-Royce Dawn Wood Trim

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn with Full Canadel Paneling option package

The 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn we recently had through the Consumer Guide head office had a lengthy list of optional equipment that pushed its $341,125 base price all the way up to a bottom line of $413,030. We’ll do the math for you…that’s $71,905 in options alone—enough to buy a very nicely equipped 2017 BMW 5-Series sedan.

Jul
07
1952 Kaiser Manhattan, Vehicles Named for Islands

1952 Kaiser Manhattan

One of the easiest shortcuts in marketing is to name a product for a well-regarded geographic location. In doing so, a company can evoke the charm/ruggedness/sophistication/opulence of said place, thus saving considerable advertising time and effort.

Jul
06
2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Iguazu Blue

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Iguazu Blue

2015 Audi Q52017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

Class: Premium Large Car

Miles driven: 97

Fuel used: 7.5 gallons

Jul
06
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited in Symphony Air Silver

2015 Audi Q52017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited

Class: Electric Vehicle

Miles driven: 344

Fuel used: N/A

Jul
05
1970 Chrysler Imperial Review

1970 Chrysler LeBaron Imperial

For 2017, Consumer Guide awarded 43 Best Buys across 20 different vehicle categories. You can check out all of our 2017 Best Buys here.