For example, a manufacturer that will remain unnamed regularly requires dealers to answer phone solicitations within two rings. How do they know that’s happening? Great question, and the answer is they‘re monitoring. Talk about invasion of privacy. Another quirk – flooring. Automakers like nice flooring and dealers might not always have the budget for nice flooring. But once you’re in bed with a dealer, demands follow.

Some have argued it is silly to blindly follow dealer whims just for a small cash grab of incentive income. But, dealers are quick to point out that not participating or following dealer whims can result in some painful repercussions. This can come in the form of reduced inventory allocation, limited access to desirable models, and perhaps the worst of all – reduced competitiveness with other dealers peddling the same brands. Multiply this phenomenon over entire states or large metropolitan areas and what you get are dealers eventually selling [...]

Ever heard the phrase, “nothing is free in life?” The typical annoying phrase our parents and grandparents would ram down our throats when we just couldn’t understand why having our cake and eating it to wasn’t possible. After all, who doesn’t want cake (for free) to eat all by themselves? Everyone, that’s the answer, but if you’re an adult reading this you know all too well that nothing in life is free and everything needs to be paid for one way or another.

 

In the U.S. especially, the demand for SUVs is tremendous. We’ve discussed the factors before (gas prices being front and center), but regardless of the reasons, SUVs keep selling like gangbusters. The Associated Press embarked on a study comparing the top 10 selling 2019 cars and SUVs with the objective of demonstrating which ones were more efficient. They selected similar gasoline powertrains and ended up concluding (to nobody’s surprise) that cars [...]

One web search of the Motorwagen and it’s honestly a miracle Bertha and the kids survived. A buggy with wooden wheels, imagining this contraption traversing across blackened cobblestone streets powered by a whopping 2 horsepower (I didn’t miss any 0’s there) and a four-stroke engine, this was as basic as well the first car ever invented could be. But driving today through Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, where the majority of the German automotive industry is based, it becomes clear the effect Bertha’s trip had on a nation. Post her 1888 trip the Motorwagen went into production and by 1900 Benz & Cie was the largest automaker in the world.

luxury cars sold across the globe

Fast-forward to the present and two-thirds of all luxury cars sold across the globe are German-designed. We say designed because with globalization a German car can easily be made anywhere nowadays. It’s the design and engineering however that matters. Over half [...]

In Part I we detailed some real sore spots, but if you think those were sad, get the Kleenex ready because here are some losers that truly take the gold medal.

Ford Pinto

For those over 40, we remember this ride. The constant barrage of insults hurled at the Pinto were legendary. The car, for all its practicality (rear storage was exceptional to say the least), would sadly burst into flames during rear-end collisions. A side note – bursting into anything while driving is frowned upon. And if you’re spending your hard-earned money, what is expected in return is a vehicle that will get you from A to B safely, as well as transport your newborn home from the hospital. Flames should never factor into the equation.

MGA Twin Cam

You might think we’re getting into the weeds a bit with this one, but the MGA was a hot number back in the day. First [...]

TIME Magazine is by far one of the most respected journalistic outlets the U.S. has ever known. Over the years, TIME has broken stories related to politics, the economy, pop culture and more. However, a piece by Dan Neil, a Pulitzer Prize-winning auto critic on the 50 worst cars of all time was unique. Mr. Neil took a critical look at models as old as the Horsey Horseless (1899) up to the present, detailing some of the worst models that have come to market. In this 2 Part series we will give you a taste of Neil’s “winners” (absolute losers).

Jaguar X-Type

The origins of the X-Type were quite simple – Jaguar was being pressed by BMW and Mercedes and needed something to compete with the 3-Series and C-class, respectively. The company was owned by Ford, and the Mondeo was a highly successful vehicle platform that Americans knew through the Ford Contour model. Jaguar’s goal [...]

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