Porsche is in an interesting position. While it remains an enthusiast brand par excellence, adding SUVs and sedans has left the automaker with one foot in the upper-crust portion of a more mainstream market. Fortunately, this has worked out incredibly well for the company. Porsche has broken its own sales record every year since 2012. This week at the LA Auto Show, the German manufacturer paid service to its most ardent fans by unveiling the new 911. While not Porsche’s best-selling model, it’s easily the most iconic. But what if the brand tried to bridge the gap between adrenaline-seeking Carrera owners and the well-heeled soccer moms who drive the Macan crossover? Apparently, that’s a concept the company’s staff is currently mulling over — when they aren’t sorting and cleaning their wrenches. A specific member of Porsche’s Executive Board feels it might be a good idea. It’s easy to scoff at; we certainly did. … [Read more...] about Porsche Exec: 911-based Crossover ‘Could Be a Good Idea’
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In the mad dash to make Formula One a more exciting sport, everyone has their ideas that they think will be the biggest factor in crafting a consistently good race product. Now, even Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is pitching his ideas into the mix: hell yeah, he says, we should have Super Weekends. There’s already been talk lately that The Powers That Be in F1 are looking to change up the qualifying format. Instead of having three qualifying sessions, they’re looking to get pretty radical and add a fourth session. The idea here is that the front-runners will have to be consistently fast during three whole entire sessions just to make it into the final one, which will determine the top eight grid positions. Yeah. That’s really what they came up with. It’s supposed to make things more exciting, but if you’re predicting that we’re just going to continue seeing Mercedes be really good at everything even more now, you’re probably right. Now, … [Read more...] about No, Formula One ‘Super Weekends’ Are Not a Good Idea
For any car owner, taking your car to a mechanic can be intimidating, especially if you don't know much about car maintenance. It is hard to know who you can trust, and it's better if you can find a mechanic you can rely on before you desperately need one. Related: How Much Is the Average Car Repair Bill? "Most vehicle repairs are unplanned," Tony Molla, vice president of the Automotive Service Association, told Cars.com. Though you can't always plan for vehicle repairs, you can still be prepared for them. With a little bit of time and research, you can find a mechanic who will save you both headaches and wasted money in the long run, with the added potential bonus of developing a relationship with a business you can trust. Finding a Mechanic "Word of mouth is still one of the most powerful ways to find a business that others have used and are happy with," Molla said. Talk to friends, family and neighbors first to see if they have any recommendations on mechanics. If you're … [Read more...] about The Mechanics of Finding a Good Auto Shop
Dear Car TalkI own three worn-out old cars and likely will have to replace one or another soon. My neighbor has a 1992 Buick Regal he wants to sell for $2,200. Having always purchased pre-owned automobiles, I know what kind of challenges a 25-year-old car can bring (there aren’t any more in the junkyards, for one thing). But this car is perfect: Showroom condition, inside and out. My neighbor is proactive about maintenance. He replaced the alternator just because he thought it might wear out someday. The paint is double-coat, waxed twice a year. There are no cracks or splits in the upholstery. No leaks. No dents. No scratches, even. What do you think? Can I depend on a 1992 Buick to be a daily driver? — BobIt’s great that your neighbor has kept up his Buick. That certainly improves your odds of making it to work and back a few more times.But it's a 25-year-old car. And even though he may have replaced 100 parts with brand-new ones, there are a thousand parts that … [Read more...] about Is buying a pristine ’92 Buick a good idea?
If you’ve been thinking about whether or not selling your car yourself makes sense, there are lots of arguments for it and against it. We’ve approached this question in two different ways: One way is to consider when it is a good idea and the other way is to consider when it is not a good idea. You can read about the first way in our article about when it is a good idea to sell your car yourself. But if you want to know when selling your car yourself is not a good idea, then this is the article for you. We’ll cover ten different tips that will help you decide right now if you should sell your car yourself privately. 1. If the Most Important Thing is Selling Fast, Selling Your Car Yourself may not be the Best Approach When it comes to letting go of your car, sometimes the most important thing is to sell your car fast. But the industry average for selling a used car is 60 days. Knowing that piece of information, you then have to ask yourself this question: Are you going … [Read more...] about When Selling Your Car Yourself is Not a Good Idea