With the annual Worthersee Volkswagen Group Tuning Festival fast approaching, Audi engineers will be wowing the crowds in Austria this May with their latest concept vehicle the TT Ultra Quattro Concept, which was designed to showcase the company’s weight saving technologies and how they can improve performance.
With the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show only a few days away, Mercedes Benz has pulled the shroud of secrecy off of its GLA concept CUV which is a thinly veiled preview of the production GLA that will take on bitter rivals such as the BMW X1 SAV and The Audi Q3.
A leak of images by the folks over at CarScoops.com, has taken the veil of secrecy off the limited production Lamborghini Aventador LP-720-4 50 Anniversario, which was expected to make its official debut at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show this weekend.
Remember the Hyundai Veracruz? It was Hyundai’s Lexus RX-ish three-row crossover (though the RX that it looked like never had more than two rows of seats) that was a slow seller. Well, Hyundai figured out a way to increase sales of the Veracruz: name it the Santa Fe. You see, Hyundai discontinued the Veracruz model at the end of its life cycle and instead split the Santa Fe into two models – the Santa Fe Sport (5 passenger, four cylinder only) and Santa Fe (6 or 7 passenger, V6 only). Though the two models share (most of) a name and all sheetmetal from the B-pillars forward, they really do feel quite different from behind the wheel. The non-Sport Santa Fe is just launching, so Hyundai invited us to New York a few days ago to put it through its paces outside the city.
Every few years, we hear about how Cadillac’s management team is appalled about the way their brand is barely selling any cars outside of the U.S., and how they really want to make inroads into the Chinese and European markets, not to mention developing markets. Then, almost like clockwork, about two or three years later, GM cuts its losses, retrenches, and Cadillac continues to be primarily a U.S.-f0cused brand. Today, Cadillac announced that it’s going to try again.
What makes a vehicle a “crossover”? I thought I knew, and that it was some sort of small car-based SUV/tall wagon type vehicle, like a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. That being said, the CR-V, RAV4, and CX-5’s of this world fall more into the “cute-ute” camp rather than crossover, at least in my book. To take my misguided understanding a bit further, I consider cars like the XV Crosstrek, Volvo XC70, and Audi Allroad to be just jacked-up wagons. Suffice it to say, I don’t have a clear understanding of the definition of “crossover” in my own mind.
Following a leak of images earlier this week, Maserati has officially unveiled the 2014 Maserati Ghibli sedan, which will not only serve as the company’s sole competitor against the Mercedes E-Class and the BMW 5 Series, but also as a key component of the company’s ambitious plan of increasing its global sales volume by 300% over the next few years. Two key markets for Maserati are Asia and North America, and the Ghibli should sell reasonably well in those markets.
Except for the fact that I don’t like the idea of “renting” the car that I’m driving, and therefore have always chosen buying over leasing, I’m probably an ideal candidate for leasing a car. I quickly grow tired of a new car that I own, prowling the build-your-own section of various websites, the eBay Motors classifieds, and more. I don’t put many miles each year on my own car, and I hate the idea of selling my old car (or worrying about being gouged by a dealer on the trade-in).