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).
Following the leak of several images by a Russian automotive magazine yesterday, BMW has spilled the beans on its upcoming X4 Concept which will make its debut at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show later this month and serve as an early albeit thinly veiled preview of what the production version of the X4 will look like.
With all the attention that texting and driving has gotten from the media and law enforcement these days, its not surprising that many drivers cite it as a key cause of distracted driving deaths when asked about the subject. However, in a new study released by the Erie Insurance Group, they found that while texting and driving is a serious issue, it is not the number one cause of fatalities.