Adding crossovers is key to growing sales volumes Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Maserati and Alfa Romeo must do better. The premium Italian brands join Jeep and Ram as the global brands that FCA is relying on for profitability in its new five-year business plan that will take the automaker through 2022. Other brands, including Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, and SRT, have a lesser and more regional role, accounting for only 20 percent of sales. Whereas Jeep and Ram deliver big sales and profits, Maserati and Alfa have failed to meet past targets. Ensuring they meet their new expectations is the job of new brand boss Tim Kuniskis, who has held the global chief job for just four months. His last job was managing the smaller passenger car brands (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, and SRT). In our first sit-down with the global chief since FCA released its five-year plan in Italy last month, … [Read more...] about Maserati Alfieri, Alfa Romeo 8C Lead Revival of FCA’s Premium Brands
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YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE URUS WILL COME DOWN TO HOW much you romanticize Lamborghini. A dispassionate, engineering-minded driver would step away and proclaim the Urus a highly competent and speedy SUV— undeniably impressive as an entirely new undertaking for a company that sells a limited number of cars. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Such a person might also note that the Urus has many mechanical and architectural similarities to Volkswagen Group stablemates—a big reason it’s so competent out of the gate—yet still feels distinct. On the other hand, for a person who innately and perhaps naively believes a brand is more than the sum of its vehicles, and who tends to consider a company’s history paramount, driving the Urus might cause unease. That person would be me. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below I’m no purist. Lamborghini’s history is interesting but doesn’t quite rival some of the greatest automotive stories, like the … [Read more...] about The First Drive: 2019 Lamborghini Urus
Sergio Marchionne studied philosophy in college, went on to save Fiat ahead of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession, then picked up Chrysler from bankruptcy and used that company’s strongest brand, Jeep, to save Fiat once again. He’s media savvy and eminently quotable, making him an automotive press favorite even when we question or doubt his methods. Marchionne fought off Ferdinand Piech’s advances in trying to snag Alfa Romeo for the Volkswagen Group and then struggled through the first two Five-Year Plans to remake Alfa as the new Italian BMW. Marchionne unsuccessfully courted various potential partners for Fiat Chrysler as it made substantially smaller profits than his Detroit rivals. He couldn’t buy a meeting with General Motors’ Mary Barra in one “merger” attempt, and never-confirmed visits from Chinese automakers have gone nowhere, so far. But with a half-year left as CEO of Fiat Chrysler, Marchionne leaves the … [Read more...] about Sergio Marchionne’s Legacy Will be Global Jeeps, Premium PHEVs, and EVs
When you think of a luxury SUV, a Cadillac Escalade or Land Rover Range Rover might come to mind. But the luxury SUV action right now is in a smaller size class, so Cars.com has staged its first Luxury Compact SUV Challenge, pitting seven models from around the world against one another in more than a week of testing in the city, suburbs and on a drag strip. 2018 Luxury Compact SUV ChallengeHow We Tested | Video We set a price target of $50,000 as equipped, plus or minus $3,000, and requested volume-selling engines. Willing contestants included several new or freshly redesigned models: the 2019 Infiniti QX50 and 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60; the popular 2018 Cadillac XT5 and Lexus NX 300 also participated. All came equipped with optional all-wheel drive. Four judges individually awarded points in 13 categories: interior quality, front-seat comfort, backseat comfort, cargo storage, in-cabin storage, multimedia features, convenience features, handling, … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Luxury Compact SUV for 2018?
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in “Rhino” dark gray 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Class: Midsize Crossover Miles driven: 257 Fuel used: 22.5 gallons Real-world fuel economy: 11.4 mpg CG Report Card Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester. Room and ComfortB Power and PerformanceA+ Fit and FinishB+ Fuel EconomyD ValueC- Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup. Big & Tall Comfort Big GuyB Tall GuyA Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway EPA-estimated fuel economy: 11/17/13 (city/highway/combined) Base price: $85,900 (not including $1095 destination charge) Options on test vehicle: Harman … [Read more...] about Test Drive: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The NX has undergone a mild mid-cycle update for 2018, bringing a slew of tech improvements, active safety enhancements, and revised styling – so, as you might remember, we took one for a test drive to get a first-hand experience of Lexus’ premium compact SUV. Along with the update, Lexus also changed its naming policy. Thus, the NX 200t became the NX 300, although it’s basically the same model, powered by a 235-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. In that, at least, it falls in line with the Germans’ somewhat confusing nomenclature in which the badge has no connection whatsoever to the engine’s capacity. Go-Fast Looks, Not-So-Fast Performance The name might have changed, but the 2018 NX 300 still hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in roughly 7.2 seconds. That’s fairly slow for something with “Sport” in its name, never mind the competition: the Lexus trails the BMW X3 xDrive30i by a whole second, while the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which we have … [Read more...] about 2018 Lexus NX 300 F-Sport 2.0 Turbo Review: Is It As Edgy As It Looks?
Expect to hear about more crossovers and the fate of Chrysler, Dodge brands Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car We love FCA’s five-year plans. The automaker does not adhere strictly to them, but they provide a detailed snapshot of what the company sees as possible and which brands and vehicles are part of the vision. CEO Sergio Marchionne will present his third product and business plan on June 1. The first one was back in November of 2009 after he assumed leadership of the new entity known as FCA, a merging of Chrysler and Fiat that was a prerequisite of government loans for Chrysler to emerge from bankruptcy. The first plan outlined financial targets and a product rollout for each brand for the period from 2010 to 2014. It was followed up by another five-year plan through 2018. Loading... ? Watch RelayCars 4 demo Related Videos … [Read more...] about A Glimpse Into the Post-Marchionne FCA Product Plan Coming June 1
Full Car Details More Reviews Hyundai could have easily played it straight when it redesigned the 2019 Veloster. There's no longer a need for the compact hatch to continue embracing the asymmetrical, 2+1 door design that it wore when it first debuted all the way back in 2012, a move that was guaranteed to score major press for a company that had, to that point, been frozen out of the small, sporty car space. And yet, a funny thing happened along the way from the dare-to-be-different first-generation Veloster to the all-new 2019 model: that two-stubby, one-long door setup became a defining characteristic of this unusual little hatchback's personality. So much so, that to remove it from the car's DNA would be akin to putting the Pillsbury Doughboy on a diet. That's not to say that there haven't been key changes made to the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Veloster. The good news is that almost all of them are for the better, which is no surprise from an automaker that finds … [Read more...] about First Drive: Hyundai’s redesigned 2019 Veloster walks its own path to practical small car fun
This isn’t the Alfa Romeo that your dad had in college, the Spider that was great on sunny days but wrecked his bank account over and over again with its repair bills. This isn’t the Alfa Romeo of the 1990s, after it left America and turned out one dismal Fiat-sourced front-wheel drive hatchback after another. This isn’t even the Alfa Romeo that recently cranked out the 4C, a wonderful, hardcore and at times objectively bad car designed only for crazy people. The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the vanguard of the new Alfa Romeo, the one that’s the recipient of a huge cash dump from parent Fiat Chrysler in hopes that it can take on the German luxury brands. It does so with a Ferrari-derived turbocharged engine and some of the best driving dynamics you can find in this class. It also does so with a series of letdowns you might expect from Alfa Romeo, but let me tell you this: when this thing is on, it’s on. (Full Disclosure: On a recent visit to … [Read more...] about 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: The Jalopnik Review
Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few years or you simply don’t follow the automotive industry, odds are you’re aware of how SUVs have been taking over our streets. We’re long past the point where we can justify this uptrend with sensible and practical arguments. Nobody really needs a Mazda CX-3 instead of, let’s say, a larger and actually more affordable Mazda3 hatch, and there’s certainly no reason why someone’s Jaguar F-PACE should be putting down 550 PS and hit 60 mph in nearly 4 seconds flat. Yet, the SUV fever is here to stay and small crossovers, as well as really fast ones, are all part of the group. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of all the new SUVs presented during this year’s New York Auto Show, be it in production, near-production or concept form. The following list is in no particular order. # 2019 Subaru Forester The all-new, fifth-generation Forester looks to build on everything the previous model … [Read more...] about The 2018 NY Auto Show Is A Complete SUV Fest