Twenty vehicles comprise the 2014 compact-car class. It used to be that driving a compact car meant making serious sacrifices in comfort and performance in the name of affordability and fuel economy. Not anymore. Today’s compact cars offer impressive all-around refinement and a broad array of available comfort and convenience features in an affordable, easy-to-manage package. No, these small cars usually can’t match the outright passenger and cargo room that bigger cars provide, but their efficient design makes many so-called compacts more spacious inside than you might expect. Plus, those tidy dimensions give compact cars an inherent maneuverability–and even hints of sportiness–that larger vehicles can’t match. Front-wheel drive and 4-cylinder engines are the rule here, though a couple compacts offer all-wheel drive, and a few are available in sporty performance versions with gutsy turbocharged fours. A 4-door sedan is the predominant compact-car body … [Read more...] about 10 Best Compact Cars
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VW Jetta * See the Top 306 All-models ranking by clicking on the title! * Contact me at [email protected] for a more in-depth analysis of this market. New passenger car sales are up a very robust 10.5% year-on-year in China to 1.24 million units, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. According to Bloomberg, this result was achieved on the back of larger discounts to clear inventory. An index tracking vehicle inventory levels in China fell to 53.2 in July from 56.1 a month earlier, however remaining above the 50-point mark that demarcates a “reasonable” level of stockpile. Total vehicle sales including LCV, buses and trucks gained 10% to 1.52 million in July, adding up to 12.3 million year-to-date and still on track to pass the symbolic 20 million mark at year end for the very first time. The Great Wall Haval H6 is the first Chinese model to rank in the Top 10 in over one year. This milestone will most likely be reached … [Read more...] about China July 2013: VW Jetta up to #3, Great Wall Haval H6 at #7, Honda Crider above 10,000 sales
2019 Hyundai Veloster More from the Detroit Auto Show Base Veloster models are powered by Hyundai’s 147-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, which can be paired with a 6-speed-manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. The performance Turbo model returns, and now offers an R-Spec version. Veloster Turbos get a turbocharged 1.6-liter that puts out 201 horsepower and is available with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission. All Veloster Turbo models are equipped with an Active Sound Design feature, which enhances sporty powertrain sounds in the cabin. 2019 Hyundai Veloster The high-performance Veloster N boasts special trim inside and out, as well as a turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching capability. The powertrain makes up to 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and includes a multi-mode performance exhaust system. Other high-performance … [Read more...] about 2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Veloster
Prepare for blood… Discover the Top 8 trends currently affecting the Chinese market below. China’s new vehicle market growth is smoothing out. The perception out there is that the entire market is slowing down, whereas only its growth is for now – a big difference. Some analysts say this is the beginning of the end, I say the Chinese new vehicle market remains the most dynamic and the fastest evolving in the world and will continue to be so for many years to come. Even if its growth did stop forever, we would still be left with a 25 million annual units Chinese market in our hands vs. 17 million for the U.S. and 15 million for Europe currently – including commercials. But the growth hasn’t stopped and Chinese sales trends are evolving faster than ever, with segments like microvans rapidly losing ground while others like MPVs and SUVs outperforming the market 6-fold… A record 75 new nameplates have kick-started … [Read more...] about Where is the Chinese market headed?
Nasir Al-Mulk mosque in Shiraz, Iran With Iran agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the end of economic sanctions, carmakers are scrambling to the starting blocks in order to best benefit from the opening of a high-potential market to competition. If you are a regular BSCB reader, you will know that the best-selling cars in Iran are for the most part decades-old designs assembled locally as the lack of true competition in the market has stifled innovation. The domestic best-sellers revolve around just a handful of ageing staples: the Saipa Pride – in essence a 1986 Kia Pride, the Peugeot 405/Pars – a mere facelift of the original Peugeot 405 launched in 1987, the Peugeot 206, Iran Khodro Samand and the new leader: the Saipa Tiba. Tehran, Iran We are therefore potentially on the cusp of a complete reshuffle of the Iranian car market. Freer trade with foreign countries will undoubtedly boost imports and manufacturers will make plans to … [Read more...] about STRATEGY: What future for new car sales in Iran?