Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. The 2019 Mazda Miata takes an already-great, sharply styled tiny convertible and adds even more power. It’s a great buy. But the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI sports an updated look, has even more power and is probably the best-driving hatchback on the road without even trying too hard—but it’s not a true sports car. So if you’re looking for something fun and new for around $26,000 bucks, which one should you get? (Full Disclosure: Once upon a time I had never driven a Golf GTI, nor a Mazda Miata. Over the last couple of months I decided to remedy this gross oversight by requesting the GTI for a week, and later stealing the Miata my coworker had for a weekend.) What Are We Working With, Here? The Miata and GTI are both blue-collar heroes in their own right. The Miata is a rear-wheel drive, two-seat convertible, often not taken seriously by select groups of enthusiasts and unfairly judged despite … [Read more...] about 2019 Mazda Miata VS. 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Which To Buy?
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The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? The Youths aren’t killing cars, they just don’t like the way cars are sold. But it’s okay, because this hell planet won’t last long anyway. This is The Morning Shift. 1st Gear: Nobody Likes It Almost no one on Earth seems to enjoy the car buying experience. It can feel sleazy, it can feel scammy, haggling can be nerve-wracking and complicated, and it can be just downright anger- and sadness-inducing. So you might get why no one seems to want to work at a car dealership, either, the Wall Street Journal writes: Car dealerships are facing a roadblock: convincing workers in their 20s and 30s to work and stay in an auto retail business defined by long shifts, weekends on the selling floor, haggling and commission-based pay. Nearly 60% of dealership hires are millennial workers, and more than half of those new hires turn over annually, according to a study by … [Read more...] about Young People Don’t Want To Work In Dealerships
Mark Reuss, GM’s Head of Product Development. He’s one of the guys who introduced the Corvette C7 to the world back on 1.13.13. But more importantly for the Corvette brand, he’s the guy who will now always be remembered for crashing the new ZR1 Pace Car into a wall at last week’s Indy race. In the process, though, Reuss helped get at least $3.4 million in free publicity for the car, according to industry analysts. Not a bad tradeoff for GM perhaps, huh? While it’s definitely not the way he and Chevy would have preferred to get that free publicity for their car, it all goes back to that old saying about any publicity, good or bad, being good publicity. Nevertheless, Apex Marketing Group says the exposure Chevy got for the ZR1 on Sunday, after the crash, was worth more than 70 times more than the exposure it got at the first race of the weekend the day before – when the ZR1 just did its job and didn’t crash a bit. Sort of the old making lemons … [Read more...] about Corvette ZR1 Pace Car Crash Generated Over $3.4 Million in Free Publicity for the Corvette Brand
Detroit carmakers and their foreign counterparts are taking different roads when it comes to small cars. Ford is parking its sedan lineup, including the entry-level Fiesta and Focus compacts, as the carmaker follows the market-shift to SUVs. Only the Mustang and a Focus-based crossover will remain. Fiat Chrysler killed its mid-size Chrysler 200 and compact Dodge Dart two years ago. And Chevrolet is expected to thin its compact offerings from three to two by dismissing the Sonic subcompact. Their Asian and German competitors, in contrast, see small cars as ways to introduce younger buyers to the brands. They are doubling down on compact passenger cars while also expanding their SUV lineups. The dueling strategies are not just apparent in product but also in plant location as Asian makers invest in U.S. plants that build sedans. Take Subaru, for example. Following Subaru’s strategy of jacking up a compact car (the Impreza) and calling it a crossover (the Crosstrek), Ford next year … [Read more...] about Small cars: Detroit 3 pull back, foreign rivals all-in
Have you ever ordered something on Amazon just to receive the wrong item? It has happened to many of us, but maybe not to the dollar level we’re about to see. A member of the M3 Forum has recently placed on order on Amazon for a replacement clutch for his E46 M3 in the form of a ZF Sachs clutch kit, but instead he received a Formula 1 racing clutch. According to ZF, the clutch is not sold to the public and some forum members claim it could be worth upwards of $30,000. Design wise, the Formula 1 racing clutch features four discs but is actually tiny in diameter. The user also laid down a Sharpie marker to compare the size of the racing clutch to what a typical clutch would look like. Found deep within the clutch is a diaphragm spring which allows it to operate at temperatures of up to 752 degrees Fahrenheit or 400 degrees Celsius for short periods of time. It’s reportedly capable of handling 664 lb-ft of torque. The mistake is quite hilarious and as always, the … [Read more...] about When you order an M3 clutch and Amazon sends you a $30,000 F1 race clutch