C-class: The old coupe carries on for one more year before being updated to the new chassis for 2017. The sedan, introduced last year, sees three new variants in 2016: a plug-in hybrid for ZEV states based on a turbocharged 2.0-liter four augmented with an 80-hp electric motor and a 6.2-kWh battery; a four-cylinder diesel C300d; and a C450 AMG that replaces the C400. This last one is the first in the new AMG ’tween range, which sits below “full” AMG cars but above regular Mercs. With standard four-wheel drive and a 362-hp, tw [...]
Looking to buy a hybrid or an electric vehicle to help save gasoline and maybe the planet? The vehicles sporting an Editors’ Choice badge are our picks for the best hybrids and best EVs of 2016 and 2017.
MSRP: $33,995 – $38,345
EPA: 43 city/42 hwy
Overview: Despite the Volt’s eco image, it’s actually fun to drive, without the range anxiety of pure electric vehicles.
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
Overview: The A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi’s first plug-in hybrid; optimistic European testing yields 157 mpg, but your results, as the saying goes, may vary.
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport reached a Guinness World Records-certified top speed of 431 km/h or 268 mph. However, as Guinness notes, the cars shipped to customers are restricted to 258 mph — to protect the tires, which don’t hold up well at the higher speeds. The Veyron Super Sport has four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers; the 16-cylinder engine has a total of 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb.-ft. of torque. It is the fastest road car in production. The SSC Ultimate Aero held the previous Guinness record of 255.83 mph. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, depending on production details and foreign-exchange rates, will cost between $2.4 to $2.6 million.
Over the past 60 years Chevrolet has built more than 1.3 million Corvettes across six generations. Most of them have been good cars. A few of them have been lousy cars. And at least 10 Corvettes have been truly great.
Great as in a car that in the middle of the day while at work, you just think about driving it. Great as in a car that resets the standard for awesomeness among teenagers for decades. Great as in a car that is the subject of outlandish posters, intricate scale models and carefully crafted scotch decanters.
But for sanity’s sake this list is restricted to regular production Corvettes. So great Corvettes like the John Greenwood road racers from the early 1970s or the C5Rs and C6Rs that have taken multiple wins at Le Mans aren’t on the list. And movie cars like the right-hand-drive custom machine featured in Corvette Summer aren’t here either. Surely they’ll
Glamorized in Hollywood flicks like “Bullitt” and “Rebel Without a Cause”, muscle cars have long been a part of the automotive culture all over the world. Muscle cars used to refer exclusively to large coupes or sedans with burly V8 engines, but with modern technology, there are quite a few turbocharged V6 motors in this arena now. Check out GAYOT’s Top 10 Muscle Cars to find powerful, high-performance vehicles in a variety of price ranges. Ford Shelby GT350
With drivers still very enthusiastic about utility vehicles and crossovers, fewer wagons are on the road than ever before. Nevertheless, the wagon occupies a worthy niche in the vehicle market. In fact, the wagon remains a smart choice for the savvy shopper. It’s as comfortable, easy to handle and fuel-efficient [...]
If pickup truck sales were the sole indicator of economic health the U.S. would currently be experiencing a period of record prosperity. Full-size truck sales were up more than 5 percent last year, and midsize truck sales simply exploded, skyrocketing over 40 percent in 2015. While truck sales aren’t the U.S. economy’s only measure of financial strength they are among the hottest vehicle segments going these days, suggesting a strong hunger for open-bed options. This is welcome news for truck-heavy automakers like Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Ford, GM and Toyota. Over the past 10 years trucks have transitioned from rudimentary cargo haulers into luxurious image enhancers. Truck pricing has undergone a similar elevation. At Kelley Blue Book we’ve seen full- and midsize truck pricing jump ne [...]
When it comes to brand identity few manufacturers can rival Porsche for a singular dedication to speed and style. Although recent years has seen an increase in more family friendly concepts and adaptations, a mere glimpse of the famous Stuttgart coat of arms elicits memories of favorite models and iconic images. Despite financial hardship in other areas of the economy, Porsche have continued to register improved sales year on year- transactions in 2011 were more than double those rec [...]