Archive for October, 2019

Oct
31
Dodge Caliber SRT4

2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2019 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Dodge performance history has largely been shaped by muscular V8s and smoking rear tires, but don’t forget the handful of turbocharged four-cylinder front-drivers. Memorable machines like the Omni GLH and Neon SRT-4 remain enthusiast favorites, but we’d like to look at a more recent Dodge “hot hatch,” the Caliber SRT4.

Oct
29
20119 GT500

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Consumer Guide Automotive

Just how many ponies does a pony car need? Well, certainly not 760 ….

That will undoubtedly raise the eyebrows of my fellow enthusiasts, to whom “too much power” is a phrase bordering on blasphemy. But honestly, it’s really hard to make use of that much power on the street … at least, for very long.

Oct
28
Worst Selling Cars of 2019

2019 Buick Regal TourX

It’s tough selling sedans today. American consumers have turned from the traditional sedan with surprising quickness and resolution. And while it’s possible we’ve seen a leveling off in the sales growth of crossovers, it’s almost certain that once-dominant sedan will remain a niche segment for years to come, if not permanently.

Oct
25
2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line

2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line in Urano Gray

2015 Audi Q52019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line w/4Motion

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 296

Fuel used: 13.6 gallons

Oct
24
2020 Lincoln Corsair

2020 Lincoln Corsair Reserve in Burgundy Velvet (a $695 option)

Consumer Guide Automotive

The past three model years have been especially momentous ones for Lincoln’s SUV lineup. For 2018, the full-size Navigator underwent a dramatic (and successful) redesign. For 2019, the two-row midsize MKX got a thorough revamp and a name change to become the Nautilus. For 2020, Lincoln has just issued a one-two punch in the form of an all-new Aviator three-row midsize SUV and Corsair compact SUV, which take the place of the MKT and MKC in Lincoln’s model roster. That’s essentially a complete product-line changeover, and it also represents a marketing-strategy shift, as Lincoln has dropped its alphabetic (and not particularly well-received) “MK” naming convention. The Corsair is the last piece of this puzzle, and it’s arriving at Lincoln dealers now.

Oct
23
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line in Symphony Air Silver

Quick Spin

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 641

Fuel used: 22.7 gallons

Oct
22
Vintage Auto Ad

What is this an ad for? See below:

In terms of classic print ads, and really life in general, I’m going to have to call autumn my favorite time of year. Sure, spring brings with it vitality and new growth, and if you were illustrating car ads, spring-themed ads might have worked well for sportier rides.

Oct
21
2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty

2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty Limited in Silver Spruce

Quick Spin

2019 Ford F-250 Limited 4X4 Crew Cab

Class: Large Pickup Truck

Miles driven: 218

Fuel used: 15.6 gallons

Oct
18
Passport Dealerships

These Canada-only General Motors franchises lasted only a few short years.

For American car guys, Canada can seem like a very foreign place. Not only do our neighbors up north refer to American cheese as processed cheese, or more charitably as “mild cheddar,” they have a history of buying and selling cars that many of us Yankees have never heard of.

Oct
17
2020 Toyota Corolla XSE

2020 Toyota Corolla XSE in Celestite Gray Metallic

2015 Audi Q52020 Toyota Corolla XSE

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 920

Fuel used: 25.2 gallons