By Roger Boylan
All hail Prius V! Actually, that’s “V,” the letter, not the Roman numeral. The various trimlines of the Toyota Prius were once designated in dynastic fashion—Prius I, Prius II, etc.–but the new V designates “versatility,” or “versatile.” Certainly not “Vroom.” Of course, the Prius was never intended to be a driver’s car.Toyota’s market demographic is the no-nonsense general public with a penchant for frugality and right thinking and no interest in cars except as A to B appliances. With over 2 million Prii sold since 2001,that seems to be a good business model.
By Chris Haak
Cadillac calls itself the “New Standard of the World” these days. I suppose the implication is that the old standard of the world, when Cadillac made The. Best. Car. In. The. World. is of another era, and expectations are different today. For what GM and some buyers see as a “luxury” brand, it’s curious that Cadillac doesn’t even sell what many would consider a true luxury car. Though Cadillac is without a luxury flagship for the foreseeable future, at least we get a performance flagship. One that can stand toe-to-toe with the best of what the rest of the world offers. That’s the CTS-V.
By Carl Malek
After months of speculation and numerous teases, Porsche has finally taken the curtain off of its latest redesigned offering, the 2013 Porsche Boxster Roadster. This car promises to be the most efficient and performance-oriented Boxster iteration the company has ever built. The 2013 Porsche Boxster will not be formally unveiled until the Geneva Motor Show in March but the company was kind enough to share some initial details about its newest droptop ahead of its official unveiling.
By Chris Haak
I love the Corvette. There’s just something awesome about the classic shape, front engine/rear drive layout, V8 power, and an awesome soundtrack that gives me goosebumps when I drive one. The car is getting old, though – not to the point that it is approaching 13 model years like the C4 did, but competitors have offered better interiors, more refinement, and in a few cases, better performance.
By Carl Malek
When smart unveiled the for-us urban pickup truck concept on the floor of the 2012 North American International Auto Show, it was hard for me to decide which aspect of smart’s press conference was the strangest, John Lovitz of SNL fame helping to introduce the concept to the assembled press, or a smart “pickup truck” that has somewhat reasonable cargo capability. While I could not make a clear choice when it came to that particular debate, the smart For-Us concept car does bring some fresh ideas to the brand as well as what the future could hold for smart.