The changes we see in the automotive world have been widespread for many years. We have gone from low power to learning how to create power with turbocharging and supercharging, from terrible engines to efficient and powerful smaller engines and even added hybrid powertrains to the mix. Lately EVs have gotten a lion’s share of the attention because they are made to run on nothing but electricity, at least for a period of time and with the new announcement from Tesla the conversation continues. Until very recently there was one area that hybrid technology had not dared venture but it seems even that time is now over.
The automotive world has been one that has experienced delays in a way that others haven’t. Most of the time a delay in the automotive world causes moans and groans, but is somewhat expected, especially when the delay is for a much anticipated model that could be the next great sports car from a boutique brand name or is expected to take over a segment. Regardless of the reason or the subject of the delays there is usually an understanding that the automaker ran into some problems during testing or the final production isn’t quite adding up to the numbers expected.
The reality of life is many of us are on a tighter budget than we would like to be. When it comes to the challenges of having a family and needing a serviceable and reliable vehicle that can fit everyone while giving you the space you want it’s hard to imagine being able to buy an SUV for less than $10,000, but it can be done. You do need to do your homework and you probably won’t have any factory warranty left, but there are plenty of great SUVs on the market today in the used car lots of the world for this price or less.
Ford has announced it has a new EcoBlue engine that will be the diesel used in smaller diesel powered vehicles in the future. This engine is expected to eventually be part of the Transit lineup and is made to not only work well in the European market that has less stringent requirements, but also to be made to function in the US. In the wake of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal this could be a step in the right direction for diesel and as it appears, Ford could be working to capture some of the customers Volkswagen will lose from the scandal.
When a car has been on the market for forty years or more there is expected to be changes that make the car look much different with every model year. Take a look at the Chevrolet Camaro; the models of today don’t look anything like what we saw ten years ago, twenty years ago, in the 1980, 1970s or even during its original time on the market. If you were to look at this car as an evolution you couldn’t as the Camaro has been built and rebuilt over the years to bring us dynamic designs that have finally taken it back to the muscle car days of old.
When you have to shop for a new vehicle there are many factors to consider. On today’s market we have to consider not only the vehicle itself, but what it offers compared to others on the market. Many of today’s sedans have a style and performance that make the sedans of years ago look and feel like they were afterthoughts just because this was the segment of the market that we shopped the most. Even though it felt as though automakers weren’t making an effort for years in this segment, they really were and this has been one of the most competitive segments for many years.
We know about Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and even McLaren. These four are supercar companies that stay at the top or near the top of our lists at all times but what we forget about are some of the other companies in the world that are making supercars as well. Possibly it’s because these boutique companies are only creating a handful of each of their creations or some of them have faced tough financial times and we feel like they have been dissolved. Either way the supercars we don’t think about are some of the most fascinating and attractive on the market to give us a look at what the automotive industry is capable of offering.
The change of SUVs to smaller unibody builds and designs has brought us full circle when it comes to the minivan. Even though these vehicles have only been around for a short period of time compared to the entire automotive market, they are quickly disappearing from the market, but there are still some that make a great choice. The benefit to a minivan is the fact these vehicles are made for the family in a way no others are. Nothing else is made to handle every need you could have and give you added storage in places you might have not thought to put it.