Car Buying

Cadillac Details The Development Of The ATS

Posted in Cadillac, Car Buying, Videos by Kurt Ernst | October 29th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Cadillac has a lot riding on its upcoming ATS model. It’s no secret that the car is designed to go head-to-head with the BMW 3 Series, something that no other Cadillac in history could do. To successfully compete in the same market, the ATS has to blend performance, value, reliability and sex appeal like no other Cadillac in history. Read More…

The 2012 Range Rover Evoque: SUV of the Year?

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Jaguar, Land Rover, News, Range Rover, SUV, Videos by Kurt Ernst | October 27th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

The Range Rover Evoque was designed to open doors for Jaguar Land Rover, and to attract new customers to the somewhat stodgy brand. For many American buyers, a Range Rover was nothing more than a way of telling the neighbors you made more money than them (and didn’t worry about details like depreciation or reliability). That may work in the suburbs, but it didn’t play well with young, urban hipsters, who Jaguar Land Rover desperately wants as customers. Read More…

The Fisker Karma Gets EPA Rated

Posted in Car Buying, Fisker, News by Kurt Ernst | October 23rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The 2012 Fisker Karma. Image: Fisker Automotive

The Fisker Karma, like the Chevrolet Volt, is best described as an “extended range electric vehicle.” During the car’s development and launch, Fisker had claimed a battery-only range of 50 miles and an “mpg equivalent” rating of 67.2 mpge. The mpge rating factors in both a car’s battery range and its fuel consumption in series hybrid mode to come up with a value that can be equated to a conventional, internal combustion engine automobile. Read More…

Want A New Trans Am? Trans America Muscle Will Build One

Posted in Camaro, Car Buying, Chevrolet, Design, Pontiac, Videos by Kurt Ernst | October 19th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The 2012 Trans Am. Image: Trans America Muscle

If you’ve worn black in mourning every day since the demise of Pontiac, and you wish that someone would build a decent Trans Am replica from the new Camaro, here’s some good news for you. Trans America Muscle builds new Trans Am, and I’ve got to say the cars look fantastic. They’re not inexpensive, and the car shown in the Street Fire video below would sticker out at $59,500. Assuming that includes the price of a 2012 Camaro SS, that’s a reasonable price to ask. Read More…

Driven: The 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Posted in Car Buying, Car Reviews, Hyundai, Import Review by Kurt Ernst | October 18th, 2011 | 10 Responses |

2012 Hyundai Veloster

Every once in a great while a car comes along that winds up defining a segment. For some the term “hot rod” automatically refers to a 1932 Ford Coupe. For others, mention “first car,” and the Volkswagen Beetle comes to mind. For sport compacts, it may be the Honda CRX Si. The 2012 Hyundai Veloster has that kind of potential, too, even if the segment it will come to dominate hasn’t yet been clearly defined. Read More…

The Five Worst Selling Cars Of 2011

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Lists, News, Rankings by Kurt Ernst | October 16th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

The 2011 Acura RL. Image: Honda

To be fair, 2011 isn’t quite over yet, so declaring five cars the worst sellers of the year prior to December 31 means opening yourself up to criticism and ridicule if a particular model bounces back. That said, it’s a fair bet that these five cars, picked by MSNBC as the worst sales performers among mainstream automobiles, won’t be rising out of the sales basement. Most are dated designs, and some soldier on simply because a manufacturer has paid for the tooling and can’t afford a new replacement model. Others are quirky for the sake of being quirky, which is never a good thing. At least Saabs were quirky for the sake of being innovative. Read More…

The Birth Of A Concept Car: The Mercedes Concept A-Class

Posted in Car Buying, Mercedes Benz, Videos by Kurt Ernst | October 15th, 2011 | 1 Response |

The Mercedes Benz Concept A Class has been given a green light for production. Don’t expect the A Class that hits showrooms to be quite as wild as the A Class you see in the You Tube video below, since concepts are built without regards to cost or even function. Still, the A-Class may be the most significant Mercedes-Benz to hit these shores in a long, long, time. Why? Because it’s edgy, not conservative, and it’s aimed at a much broader audience that previous Mercedes models. That’s a politically correct way of saying that it will be cheaper, too. Read More…

A Smoking Tire Classic: Matt Reviews The Mk VI VW GTI

Posted in Car Buying, Car Reviews, European Review, Favorite Cars, Videos, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | October 14th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Mark VI Volkswagen GTI was released in 2010, and the car upped the ante for Volkswagen’s entry into the hot hatchback class. Sure, cars like the Subaru WRX and the Mazdaspeed 3 were “faster,” but the GTI brought a level of sophistication with it that the others lacked. If going fast is your only concern, then either the Subie or the Mazda are better choices; if you live in the real world, where occasional track days are punctuated with daily commuting, then the GTI really starts to shine. Read More…

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster – What’s Your Take?

Posted in Car Branding, Car Buying, Design, Hyundai by Kurt Ernst | October 11th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster. Image: Hyundai Motor America

I’m heading off to St. Petersburg (Florida, not Russia) later this week to drive the new Hyundai Veloster. Hyundai has a lot riding on it’s funky-fresh hatchback, which features a third door on the passenger side for easy and safe passenger off-loading, Unless you live in a right-hand drive country, in which case the third door may well be for population control. Read More…

Smart fortwo Tops 500,000 Sales In Four Years

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, News, Smart by Kurt Ernst | October 5th, 2011 | 1 Response |

The 2011 Smart fortwo. Image: Smart

We Americans may not think much of the diminutive Smart fortwo urban commuter car, but the rest of the world loves it. In fact, the second generation Smart fortwo has just crossed the 500,000 sales mark, despite just hitting the market in 2008. Dr. Annette Winkler, head of Smart, called the car an “icon, which is indispensable in the cities of the world.” Read More…