Just in time for the Fourth of July, Cars.com's American-Made Index highlights the most American cars built and bought in the U.S. The 2018 index has a new top model in the Jeep Cherokee, an SUV built in Belvidere, Ill., with high domestic content and U.S. sourcing for all of its available engines and transmissions. The Cherokee was last year's No. 2 car, but it moved up to No. 1 as the prior highest-ranking model, the Jeep Wrangler, was redesigned with lower credentials. Related: Cars.com 2018 American-Made Index: What About the Least American Cars? Cars.com redesigned the American-Made Index last year to really focus on the impact of a shopper choosing one model versus another. Factors include where a car's final assembly occurs, how much domestic content it has — expressed as U.S. and Canadian content by the American Automobile Labeling Act — as well as where the available engines and transmissions come from, plus how many U.S. factory jobs each automaker provides. … [Read more...] about Driving Smart: What’s the Most American Car?
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Cars.com's American-Made Index determines the 10 U.S.-market vehicles with the greatest economic impact. Jeep took the top spot this year with the No. 1 Cherokee SUV, while Honda had the next two spots with the Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline pickup truck. Related: The Cars.com 2018 American-Made Index But what about the least American cars? From the AMI's vantage, hundreds of nameplates are less American simply because they're assembled outside the country, a list that includes every 2018 model-year car from Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mini, Mitsubishi, Porsche and Volvo. All eight brands have no passenger-vehicle assembly plants in the U.S. — though Volvo and Mazda are building or plan to build such facilities, while Audi, Mini, Mitsubishi and Porsche are tied to automakers that do build their cars here. Just how removed from U.S. assembly does a brand have to be for its cars to be among the least American? That's up to interpretation, but many … [Read more...] about Cars.com 2018 American-Made Index: What About the Least American Cars?
1976 Ford Thunderbird There is no longer space in the American new-car marketplace for vehicles with hoods and trunklids that consume more linear space than their passenger compartments do. While I know that the passing of the giant coupe was inevitable, I also lament that automotive designers no longer have a free hand with such large and expressive canvases. Personal-Luxury Place Holder: 1975-1976 Ford Elite As things turned out, 1976 was something of a benchmark year for the luxury-coupe segment. Oldsmobile and Buick, for example, would drop their 455-cubic-inch engines after the ’76 model year, and Cadillac would lose its monstrous 500-inch V8 as well. (Lincoln, however, would hold on to its 460-cid mill through the 1978 model year.) This would also be the Ford Thunderbird’s last year as a true luxury car. The T-Bird would be significantly downsized and decontented for 1977—and become much more popular in the process. To celebrate the the big … [Read more...] about 10 Most-Expensive American Coupes of 1976
Lexus of Henderson Varuzham Adamyan, left, and his brother, Sarkis, recently purchased their third Lexus LS, a 2018 LS 500, from Lexus of Henderson. Built upon the platform of Lexus’ high-performance LC coupe and adopting a sporty coupe-like profile, the new Lexus LS 500 sedan is debuting a twin-turbocharged 416 horsepower engine paired with the first ever 10-speed automatic transmission in its class. The LS is also available in two other models for 2018. The LS 500h pairs a potent 3.5-liter V-6 engine with two powerful electric motors and a new lightweight lithium-ion battery, and the LS 500 F Sport features LFA-inspired gauges, larger brakes and an all-new performance package with active-rear steering and active stabilizers pushing intensity even higher. Available in all-wheel and rear-wheel drive, the 2018 LS has been designed to deliver exceptional balance with an overall lower height and driver position for enhanced handling due to its lower center of gravity. The 2018 LS … [Read more...] about 2018 Lexus LS reinvents luxury styling
GENEVA — When it comes to gawking at high-end sports cars, the Geneva International Motor Show is a pretty good place to be. There's one every few steps. They're sleek, fast and the product of the latest engineering technology. They are also some of the most expensive cars you can buy. As the show prepares to open to the public Thursday through March 18, here's a look at five of the most eye-catching models. ITALDESIGN ZEROUNO DUERTA The vehicle designer and builder located near Turin, Italy, offers "racing performance in a street-legal vehicle." The lightweight carbon fiber body is propelled by a 10-cylinder engine to a top speed of 193 mph. The low-slung two-seater with a rear spoiler has a carbon-fiber hard top that can be removed for sunny days. It is made in low numbers and sold to wealthy collectors. The company says five will be built, and three are available for sale at around $2.5 million. ZAGATO ISORIVOLTA VISION GRAN TURISMO This is a driveable car in the Sony … [Read more...] about Expensive cars at Geneva’s auto show
The Rare Rides series started off in the early part of 2017 with a concept Ghia that was all Ford underneath. A year later we featured the Quicksilver, which wore Lincoln badges. And more recently, a Mercury Grand Monarch Ghia caught our brougham attention. Time for some change, and to have a look at a Ghia which is all Chrysler beneath its luxury fittings and beautiful styling. Dual isn’t the name of this convertible, but rather the manufacturer which offered it for sale. The Dual Motors Company was founded in the 1940s by businessman Eugene Casaroll. In addition to building dual-engine (hence the name) military vehicles for use in WWII, the company contracted with Chrysler to take care of its automotive shipping needs. Working closely with Chrysler, Casaroll took an interest in its cars, and one concept in particular. It was the Ghia-bodied Dodge Firebomb concept, which was designed by Virgil Exner and debuted in 1955. After Chrysler decided it would not build the … [Read more...] about Rare Rides: The Extremely Luxurious 1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible
This was originally published on 10/15/2015, but with the news that the Viper has officially ended production, we thought you might want to read it. The story appears as it was originally published. - Ed.This is the way the Viper's world could end: not with the bang of obsolescence or defeat at the hands of its megabuck Eurotrash competitors, but with the whimper of a union contract that just happens to close one small-scale manufacturing facility. The supposed end of the Conner Avenue plant in 2017 would also be the end of the Viper. There's just no case to be made for restarting production somewhere else. It might impact FCA's ability to turn out more crossovers or something like that. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below There's still time for you to go out and buy a Dodge Viper. There's still time for me to go out and buy a Dodge Viper. Still time for all of us to save our pennies for a down payment. So we cannot say that we weren't given plenty of notice, plenty of warning. … [Read more...] about The Dodge Viper Is the Last Great American Car
It’s tempting for car-makers to branch out of the automotive industry. For some, it’s a way to invest the profits from car-building into more lucrative areas. For others, it’s a way to stay afloat when an economic downturn crashes the new car market. Sometimes, what they learn outside the automotive area helps them inside it - and vice versa. And sometimes it's all totally and often delightfully unrelated.1. Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz’s mapping serviceRivals BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz set aside their differences when they jointly purchased the HERE mapping service from Nokia in 2015. Each partner holds an equal stake in the company, which was formerly called Navteq. Mercedes parent company Daimler explained the purchase ensures car-makers can mold a mapping service for their future self-driving cars without having to play by rules set by Apple or Google. 2. BMW’s bobsledStarting in 2012, BMW’s North American division spent over a … [Read more...] about The most totally-random stuff also made by car companies
The all-new, 10th-generation Honda Accord has just bagged the 2018 North American Car of the Year Award, finishing ahead of two other finalists – the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry. Besides cars, there’s also the Utility Vehicle of the Year and Truck of the Year awards which were won by the Volvo XC60 (which was just freshly launched in Malaysia) and Lincoln Navigator respectively.The top award is reserved for models that are new or significantly updated for 2018, and this achievement represents the third consecutive win for Honda, with the Civic taking top honours in 2016 and the Ridgeline with the 2017 Truck of the Year award. Each winner was chosen by a panel of over 60 jurors from print, online and broadcast media across the United States and Canada. There were dozens of new vehicles shortlisted, and the evaluating process took into account the model’s segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for money. The process … [Read more...] about Honda Accord, Volvo XC60, Lincoln Navigator named North American car, utility vehicle, truck of the year
Detroit Auto Show has officially kicked off, as it always does, with the announcement of the North American Car, Utility Vehicle and Truck of the Year winners. For 2018, those are the Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and Lincoln Navigator, respectively.The Honda Accord beat out two other finalists, the Toyota Camry and the new Kia Stinger. The Accord stood out for its styling, drivability and standard equipment.The Volvo XC60 came out ahead of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Honda Odyssey minivan. It was chosen for its luxury, ride and value when equipped well.The Lincoln Navigator, a heavily updated model that remained true to the concept car on which it was based, beat the Ford Expedition, as well as the only pickup in the list, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 (which was a finalist for Autoblog's own Technology of the Year Award). NACTOY juror Ron Sessions complimented the "more dramatic update" compared to the Expedition. "With its design now aligned with the Continental, the Navigator becomes an … [Read more...] about Honda, Volvo, Lincoln are North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year