Some 1.5 million people are employed in the endeavor of designing, engineering, building, and selling new vehicles. It’s a Herculean effort, one we celebrate annually with our New Cars issue. You’ll find 83 cars that have either just come out or will debut very soon. This year, we’re also shining a spotlight on a few of the lesser-known folks who help make the cars you see on these pages. Look for them throughout the section. And as always, we’ve included our unvarnished opinions to aid your car shopping, because the person that matters most to us in this whole process is you. Without you, there are no new cars and there is no annual issue. Click the links below to learn about some of the hottest new cars available for 2016. <img src="http://enthusiastnetwork.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/sites/11/2015/08/New-Cars-Under-25k.jpg" alt="See all new cars under $15k” class=”wp-image-707655″ /> Chevrolet Spark — $14,500 (est)Smart Fortwo … [Read more...] about The 83 Hottest New Cars for 2016
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In the auto industry, change is the only constant. For evidence, see the barrage of new products for 2013 — more than seventy new offerings, which we’ve gathered here. Rather than simply reporting on the facts and specs, we attempt to give these new cars a bit of context. It’s a dynamic, fast-moving industry, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Acura ILXAcura has been without a true entry-level model. (The TSX has become too close to the TL in size, design, and price to perform that function.) Enter the smaller, cheaper ILX. Is it the second coming of the Integra, the frisky subcompact that once attracted young people to the brand? Not really. The ILX has a bit of an identity crisis, as it comes in three distinct iterations. The car is based on the Honda Civic sedan, and although Acura designers did a good job of disguising that fact, we wouldn’t exactly call it handsome. The interior, at least, is a wholesale improvement over the Civic’s more … [Read more...] about New Cars 2013
>> Click here for Gavin Green's LA show analysis>> Click here for CAR's live blog filed from the show floor>> Click on our A-Z links for news on each car:• Bentley Azure T • Ford Mustang• Honda FC Sport• Infiniti G37 Convertible• Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4 Spyder• Lexus RX450h hybrid• Mazda 3• Nissan 370Z• Nissan Cube• Porsche Boxster and Cayman• Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85>> Ben Pulman's live blog is below, taking you inside the goings-on at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Top tip: start at the bottom and work your way up, in blog format! All times quoted are local LA time on Wednesday 19 November 2008. 4.49pm: The press conference schedule shudders to a haltIt's my first LA show and I'm surprised how early the press conference trail finishes. I'm done for the day and reckon I've heard enough clichés from German suits and hollow claims of enviro concern, seen enough tacky … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Auto Show 2008: A-Z of every new car
Forecasts for April U.S. new vehicle sales differ widely amongst the industry soothsayers this month.J.D. Power expects total light-vehicle sales for April to come in at 1,147,300 units, 13 percent higher than in April 2010.Truecar thinks that new light vehicle sales in the U.S. (including fleet) will be 1,145,209 units in April, up 16.6 percent from April 2010.Edmunds is the most bullish of the augurs, expecting April new car sales (including fleet sales) to be approximately 1,171,000 units, a 19.3 percent increase from April 2010.Edmunds immediately rains on its parade: “As inventories rapidly deteriorate, April could be the last month that we’ll see strong sales numbers until late summer or early fall,” said Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell. “May and June are traditionally high-volume months, and with anticipated supply constraints — especially on the fuel-efficient vehicles that have been in higher demand with spiked gas … [Read more...] about April New Car Sales: The Last Hurrah?
Despite solid gains at most brands, losses at tsunami-afflicted Honda and Toyota were sever enough to reduced the July bottom line of U.S. auto sales to a tepid 1 percent gain. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate (SAAR) for July stands at 12.24 million units. The pent-up demand is still in hiding, but automaker have not given up the hope for its return:“There are people who put off vehicle purchases because of uncertainty about fuel prices, vehicle availability and the economy,” said Don Johnson, head of U.S. sales for GM, told Automotive News [sub]. “As these conditions improve in the latter half of this year, many of these buyers will return to the market.”Others take a more cautious stance.“The auto industry is having a difficult time shaking off adversity,” Jeff Schuster, executive director of global forecasting at J.D. Power and Associates, said.“The recovery is clearly in a stall mode,” Paul Ballew, the chief economist … [Read more...] about July New Car Sales: Tepid Growth While Some Cars Get Scarce
BRZ: Now in its third year, the BRZ gets updates similar to its sister car, the Scion FR-S, plus new dampers at all four corners. Those in search of something a bit different will want to check out the BRZ Series.Blue special edition. Limited to a run of 1000 units finished in either WR Blue Pearl or Crystal White Pearl, the package also includes aero enhancements, black STI 17-inch wheels, red calipers, and special interior trim. See full pricing, specs, and reviews ›› Legacy (shown above): Introduced this summer as a 2015 model, Subaru’s all-new sedan emerged from finishing school having checked all the boxes: fresh sheetmetal, a quieter and more spacious interior, improved fuel efficiency, and standard brake-based torque vectoring. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, and 2.5i Limited trims get the standby 175-hp, 2.5-liter flat-four with a CVT; the 3.6R Limited gets the 256-hp flat-six mated to a beefier “high-torque” CVT. No manual is offered. See Legacy … [Read more...] about New Cars for 2015: Subaru
FR-S (shown above): The FR-S gains a shark-fin roof antenna and gets bigger exhaust tips. Oh, and the key fob has been redesigned. Heady stuff. But the real changes are a stiffened front suspension and retuned rear shocks that supposedly curtail body roll. We found the setup darn good before, and it had the bonus of a smoother ride than the closely related Subaru BRZ, so hopefully the chassis tune is untarnished. See full pricing, specs, and reviews ›› Minor trim changes: tC, xB Unchanged: iQ Dead: xD New Cars for 2015: Return to Full Coverage … [Read more...] about New Cars for 2015: Scion
iA (shown above): One needn’t even strip away this tiny sedan’s Scion badges or pop off its mad-grouper face to ascertain that this is not, in fact, a Scion. It isn’t even something borrowed from Scion’s parent brand, Toyota. No, the iA is 100 percent a Mazda 2 sedan—a Mazda that won’t be sold here, except, y’know, as a Scion. Billed as the brand’s first-ever four-door, the iA comes in a single spec with 16-inch aluminum wheels, forward-collision warning, air conditioning, cruise control, a backup camera, a seven-inch central display, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder making 106 horsepower, all for around $16K. Given Mazda’s recent product excellence, the iA should be a nice piece and the only way to get the new Mazda 2. See test ›› iM: In stark contrast to Scion’s previous hatchbacks, the new (to Scion, at least), iM appears as though it’s trying to be an actual serious hot hatch. Too bad the only engine … [Read more...] about New Cars for 2016: Scion
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?
Chrysler Group up 20 percent, GM up 16 percent, Toyota up 60 percent. Across the board sales up 22 percent (see table.)June sales of new cars and trucks come in stronger than the cautious estimates of analysts. Why? America’s most successful sales predictor thinks everybody needed to “make that quarter.”Edmunds Senior Analyst Michelle Krebs names the usual suspects: “High auto sales volumes in June can be attributed to pent-up demand, some targeted incentive programs, low interest rates and falling gas prices. According to one of the latest consumer confidence surveys, consumers think now is a good time to buy a car, and they are finding deals on the 2012 model year vehicles that need to be cleared away.” Her colleague, Edmunds Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell has other suspicions: “There was great pressure from automakers to close June strong, especially after the unexpectedly weak Memorial Day holiday … [Read more...] about Big June New Car Sales Jump: Strong Month, Or Strong Will To Succeed?