The Toyota Corolla, introduced in the U.S. in mid-2008 as a 2009 model in its current generation, has not aged particularly well. But man, can Toyota ever sell the hell out of this car. Despite fairly consistently lukewarm critical reviews, the Corolla manages to stay near the top of the sales charts for a few reasons: reputation, reliability, and habit. Did you notice that I didn’t mention excitement or features?
Hey, have you heard that Volkswagen wants to dominate the auto industry by 2018? It wants a million sales in the U.S. (between itself and Audi) by 2018? We said that it was going to be tough to reach, basically increasing sales fourfold from their 2008 pace when the goal was announced. But now that VW is among the fastest-growing brands in the U.S. (and just wrapped up its best sales year here, ever, even higher than the 1970 Beetle-fueled peak), maybe fewer pundits are laughing at them.
When Techshake first laid eyes on the 2014 Jaguar F-Type Roadster, It was at the 2012 LA Auto Show, where its stylish exterior and asphalt-ripping performance numbers helped Jaguar’s newest feline claw its way to the number one spot on our “Five Most Anticipated Cars of 2013” list. However at the time, Jaguar’s newest roadster was closed to the public with no seat time available for curious members of the media. That all changed at the 2013 North American Auto Show, where I had the opportunity to slip behind the wheel and take a detailed look at Jaguar’s newest two-seat sports car. Does it still have what it takes to remain number one on our list of most anticipated cars of 2013 or has it fallen a few rankings?
Do you know the Infiniti G37? How about its immediate predecessor, the G35? As we’ve talked about before, you can just forget about that name (as Infiniti meanwhile hopes that buyers don’t forget about their brand), because the G is no more. Long live the Q. Q50, that is.
Though tagged as a concept, and though it has many concept car-like features (the real metal trimmings on the seats is a dead giveaway that this is not a production-intent vehicle), make no mistake that the Lincoln MKC is coming, and most likely with the MKC name, and will be an absolutely critical launch for the Lincoln brand next year.