Sales of diesel cars in the used market have grown by 4.2% in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, despite an almost 30% slump in diesel sales in the new car market last month. Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that a decline of 2.1% in the past quarter across the entire used market is contradicted by the buoyancy of second-hand diesel sales. SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes highlighted the deals available in the used car segment, but clarified that, even though this market echoes the new market, it is often slower to react. “As demand in the new car market cools, used car sales normally follow suit unless there are significant tax changes affecting the new car market. Fleet renewal is the fastest way to improve air quality, however, so we need economic and political certainty to boost buyer confidence and keep both markets moving.” In the used market, sales closely … [Read more...] about Used diesel market buoyant despite new car sales slump
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Congratulations to the Big H; Honda managed to capture the top spot in Canadian passenger car sales for the 15th year running, while also earning the dubious honor-or, honour, as it would be spelled in Canada – of offering the slowest-selling vehicle in Canada.Despite the volley of criticism leveled at the 2012 Civic, Canadians made it the best-selling passenger car yet again by a massive margin (by Canadian new car market standards). The second place Hyundai Elantra trailed the Civic by some 14,000 units. 8 of the top 10 passenger cars on the list were small, with the Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Jetta and Hyundai Accent rounding out the list.Adding light trucks to the mix bumps the Civic down to #3, with the Ford F-Series and Dodge Ram taking the top two spots, with the Dodge Grand Caravan bookending the Civic at #4. Following the 5th place Elantra is the Ford Escape and GMC Sierra, while the Chevrolet Silverado trails the Corolla and Mazda3 … [Read more...] about Honda Captures First And Last Place In Canadian New Car Market
570S (shown above): An entry-level McLaren, like an entry-level Ferrari, is an oxymoron. But the new 570S is the first model of a lineup called the Sports Series, featuring cars with sub-$200,000 pricing that makes them competitors to the 911 Turbo S rather than the cars of Maranello. Nearly the same size as the 650S and resembling its more expensive brother, the 570 also evokes the million-dollar P1 with its funky taillights. In the interest of daily use, the two-seat 570S has a carbon-fiber tub that’s easier to get in and out of thanks to narrower doorsills than any other McLaren. A 562-hp 3.8-liter V-8 that is closely related to the 641-hp engine in the 650S connects to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic; McLaren claims a zero-to-62-mph time of 3.2 seconds. See official photos and info ›› 675LT: A lighter and more powerful version of the 650S, it adds 25 horsepower for a total of 666 and features new bodywork with a larger front splitter, rear wing, and … [Read more...] about New Cars for 2016: McLaren
Automakers saw boom times for new-car sales in 2015 and 2016, and the notion that what goes up must come down (or plateau, if you’re being generous), has appeared to take hold in 2017. Car buyers are, after all, a finite resource. People don’t need to buy new vehicles regularly, and data shows people are hanging on to their cars and trucks longer. Rising technology only compounds this increasingly harsh reality for automakers, as underscored in a new report by the consulting firm Capgemini.For automakers, the first bit of bad news is that people seem quite receptive to buying a vehicle from a tech brand such as Apple or Google, according to Capgemini’s 17th Cars Online report, which surveyed some 8000 consumers in eight countries. This interest is despite a “lack of substance,” said Matthew Desmond, North American automotive market lead at Capgemini, meaning that tech brands do not yet have their own vehicles ready for sale. The firm’s survey … [Read more...] about Tech Brands and Ride Sharing Could Worsen New-Car Sales Hangover
C-class: The old coupe carries on for one more year before being updated to the new chassis for 2017. The sedan, introduced last year, sees three new variants in 2016: a plug-in hybrid for ZEV states based on a turbocharged 2.0-liter four augmented with an 80-hp electric motor and a 6.2-kWh battery; a four-cylinder diesel C300d; and a C450 AMG that replaces the C400. This last one is the first in the new AMG ’tween range, which sits below “full” AMG cars but above regular Mercs. With standard four-wheel drive and a 362-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, consider it a C63 (469 horsepower) with training wheels. See C450 AMG first drive ›› CLS-class: Four-wheel-drive models now use the same nine-speed automatic as rear-drivers. Stop asking about the shooting brake; it’s not coming to the U.S. G-class: The world’s only factory-restomod SUV gets an even more ridiculously over-the-top powertrain. For the first time, the Mercedes-AMG offers … [Read more...] about New Cars for 2016: Mercedes-Benz
In the now-infamous article on the Scion FR-S and the relentless hype campaign leading up to its launch, I invoked the Chevrolet Camaro as an example of how a new car can be praised as the Second Coming of Christ during its debut, only to have cooler heads prevailed down the line, when the novelty wears off and its flaws become apparent.Thanks to reader and contributor Jeff Jablansky, I was able to dig up perhaps the most egregious example of this phenomenon.For the true car snob, nothing is held in higher esteem than the British buff books. Even as sales of the American color mags declined, people would willingly shell out upwards of $12 for a copy of CAR, EVO or the print edition of Top Gear. Their ruthless criticism of certain cars (sometimes warranted, sometimes not), hyperbolic tales of driving derring-do and beautiful aesthetics lent them a credibility that no American publication could match.How could one not love a publication that summed up Kia’s sub-par sub-compact … [Read more...] about QOTD: What Is The Biggest Case Of Misplaced Hype For A New Car?
In general, cars today are so competent that even some of the most basic rides are better than some much pricier vehicles from 20 years ago. Of course, there’s still unpleasantness residing on dealer lots—but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled the 10 cheapest cars for sale in America today, along with our unvarnished assessment of each to help you know which ones to avoid and which ones are absolute steals.Oh, and a note: In the cases where more than one body style of a given model would make our list, we’ve included only the least expensive among them in the interest of diversity. Away we go! 10. Mazda 2 Sport: $15,515Why is this car smiling? Because the compact Mazda 2 knows it’s an entertaining daily driver while also being economical at the pump and easy on the wallet. Its low curb weight and excellent chassis combine to deliver tossability and driving enjoyment despite its meager 100 hp. Be sure to spec the five-speed manual for … [Read more...] about The 10 Cheapest New Cars Sold in America for 2014
Camaro: Hang up your jorts and trim that extra length of hair covering the backs of your necks, America—the Camaro just got fancy. All-new this year, America’s greaser Corvette sheds more than 200 pounds, shrinks in every major dimension, and transitions onto the same fine-handling Alpha rear-drive platform that sits beneath the Cadillac ATS and CTS. Both a coupe and a convertible are available, with Chevrolet claiming that the droptop’s weight penalty is just 55 pounds. Following the lead of its blood rival, the Mustang, the Camaro adopts a three-engine strategy that’s nevertheless slightly different than Ford’s hierarchy. Chevy starts the pricing with the turbocharged four-cylinder, moves to the V-6, and headlines with the requisite V-8; Ford puts the turbo in the middle. Camaro’s turbo 2.0-liter is shared with the ATS and makes 275 horsepower, while the new 3.6-liter V-6 is good for 335. Like nearly every other V-8–powered GM vehicle, the … [Read more...] about New Cars for 2016: Chevrolet
With the return of two storied nameplates like the Ford GT and Acura NSX, it’s easy to understand why the only Chinese automaker with a display at the North American International Auto Show last month in Detroit, Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., didn’t get much attention. For the past decade or so, a number of Chinese car companies have had displays and press conferences at the media previews to the Detroit show, some of them with plans to export cars to North America, but so far little or nothing of substance has come to fruition from those plans. Whether or not they end up selling Chinese cars here, it does make a little bit of sense to take advantage of the presence at the NAIAS of thousands of members of the international press. That’s probably why GAC used the 2015 NAIAS to have the world premiere of their GS4 compact SUV. In addition to the GS4, which appears to be more of a car based crossover than a serious SUV, GAC also showed their GA6 sedan (which they … [Read more...] about How Do You Say “New Car Smell” (or “Offgassing”) in Chinese?
If I’ve seen it once in the comments on this site, I’ve seen it a hundred times.Never once in the history of the Internet has anyone, anywhere admitted that they paid more than invoice for a new car.Everybody gets the best deal possible. We all “stick it to the man.” However, despite the well-known and understood tendencies of most people to lie on forums, in comments, or even when writing about their own business practices on the Internet, this might be one of the few times when the braggadocio matches reality.The truth is that virtually everyone gets a “good deal” on a new car.The invoice price now seems to be the starting place of negotiations on commonplace cars. And yet, franchise owners all across these great United States (and Canada, I presume) are raking the money in, hand over fist.Many of the questions you’ve all been so kind to send into the Ask Bark mailbox lately have been regarding crazy leases, manufacturer … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: How Do New Car Dealers Make Money?