On Tuesday, Consumer Reports published a study on the 20 worst-scoring cars available right now. The list is full of economy cars with middling reputations, like the Smart ForTwo, Chevrolet Spark and outgoing cars like the current Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. Two Jeeps were on the list as well, and while we could understand the low ranking of the soon-to-be-replaced Jeep Patriot, we’re left scratching our heads at the low score of the iconic Jeep Wrangler.
Is America ready for an Italian-built baby Jeep? We better be, because it’s here, and it’s pretty freakin’ adorable. The 2015 Jeep Renegade just hit the web ahead of its official reveal in Geneva later this week.
The Land Rover Defender is arguably the UK’s more durable off-roader, and it has been on the market for over 30 years. But what happens when everyone’s favorite 4×4 gets the A. Kahn Design treatment? Two gorgeously tuned off-roaders, that’s what.
There was a time in most auto manufacturers’ histories when car companies attempted to build a wide range of products to serve a lot of needs, and niche manufacturers, sold one type of product to one type of customer. In 2014, we’ve come to a point where both have met in the middle. Middle-market manufacturers sell a smaller range of products, and niche builders are increasing the number of models to steal market share. When are we going to start being able to buy vehicles that we want again?
Renault makes some pretty wild and impressive concept cars, like the crazy Twizzy F1 Concept and the stunning Alpine A110-50. So forgive us as not being intially wowed by the Kwid concept from the Dehli Auto Show. Upon further examination though, we found something completely of note– the Kwid has its own drone. That’s right, a drone!
If a Porsche sedan or the prospect of a Bentley has taught us anything, it is that nothing is sacred when it comes to adhering to traditional vehicle classifications. From compact performance hatchbacks like the Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG, to four-door coupe-wagon “things” like the BMW 328 GT, the walls of car classification is meant to be broken, and if you are not carving out your own niche-type vehicle, you’re not trying hard enough as an automaker.
Volvo has been an automaker bent on reinventing itself. The Swedish car brand had once been a builder of stale-yet-pragmatic cars based around safety. But in the last decade, Volvo began rolling out new models with striking design features and artful interiors. One of the early vehicles in that push was the XC90, but the big Volvo SUV has gotten long in the tooth– and is due for an update.
The Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon and Lincoln Navigator are a set of vehicles that had gotten long in the tooth, while the rest of the auto industry was passing them by. Not so this time, as all of these models have been updated for 2015, though in varying degrees. But which one would you drive?
Question: what do Scientologists, Mac users, and Jeep owners all have in common? Answer: each has been accused of being in a cult at one time or another.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. For many of us, our vehicles are far more than simply a way to get around. They’re expressions of our values and personalities. In a very real sense they’re us. This helps to explain why so many rugged, outdoorsy types have been drawn to the Jeep brand, ever since the first surplus military vehicles appeared on the American market in the late 1940s.
Up in New England, if you have a nice car you don’t want to ruin in the snow, you have what’s called a Winter Beater. If you’re not so interested in getting anywhere particularly fast, your Winter Beater could be just as much fun as your nice car.
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