Do you want a small luxury hatchback to drive? The number of hatchbacks that come from luxury and exotic automakers that are sold in the US tells us we really don’t want to spend more for a small car. That is unfortunate because Alfa Romeo has come out with the Giulietta which could be a sporty and fun hatchback sports car for us to fully enjoy and love, but it’s not coming to the US anytime soon. This car has made the European tour, which is where it will be sold, but no argument has told us this car is coming to our shores. Here are some reasons we should all want this car on our market to drive:
In 1992 Mexico City was considered the most polluted city in the world. This city lies in the valley of surrounding mountains which causes the pollutants put out by manufacturing and vehicles to become trapped in the area. This causes the air quality around the city to deteriorate terribly and ozone levels to rise to a point of being a health risk to the people of the city and along with the wildlife of the surrounding area. Mexico City isn’t the first city to face this problem and there have been specific measures taken to help improve the situation.
The midsize luxury crossover SUV segment is full of amazing vehicles and the Mercedes- Benz GLK just wasn’t doing it for the three point star emblem anymore. Seeing the time for a refresh, rebuild and rebadging Mercedes-Benz offers us the GLC as a fitting replacement for the now gone GLK which will compete with the likes of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. This new SUV will be the one that gives us the ride we want that is matched with perfect power and adds a bit of fuel efficiency to make it all worth the price of admission to the show that now is found in the GLC.
The automotive world is full of companies with different personalities and ideas of what should be built and how it should be done. When you think of Ford the F-150 comes to mind or the Mustang, when thinking of Toyota the Camry and the Highlander may be the first you think of. For luxury automakers their cars are full of great features for us to enjoy and exotics are meant to be over the top impressive and make us wonder why all automakers haven’t done the same. What is unusual is when we see an automaker try something that seems to be completely against their personality, here are some great examples for you to admire and wonder about.
At some point we may have to let Sergio Marchionne know there is a danger in stating he would need to be shot before one of his brands does something. When it comes to protecting the Ferrari brand it’s certainly admirable on his part that he wants to keep the brand as clean and free of some of the powertrains we see today, but how long will Ferrari be successful with this type of thinking. Even though Ferrari was one of the only successful brands under FCA last year, how long with that continue if the thought process is to avoid what the rest of the market is doing.
In a world full of big power and massive vehicles it’s nice to see there are still some cars that carry on the tradition of having a beautifully crafted build that comes in a small size and price for you to enjoy. The Fiat 500 lineup is such a vehicle group. This car is smaller than the Mini Cooper and Ford Fiesta to be a fantastic little city car that fits perfectly wherever you need to drive. On the inside you find amazing Italian design and quality features to give you a car that allows you to feel you have a truly European luxury vehicle in a small size.
Just because a vehicle is labeled a luxury model does not make it an elegant performance vehicle, nor does it make it one that is efficient. Where can you find such a car that has the long and sleek shape and classy interior that can only be described as elegant while offering the fuel mileage and aerodynamics that make it efficient? Only one vehicle comes to mind when this is the description; the new Jaguar XF. This is the car that made the entrance in London by performing a high wire crossing at the Canary Wharf district, and has been remade by Jaguar for the new model year.