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We run down the UK s favourite cars of 2014: here are the top 10 best-selling cars of the year

At Auto Express we test every new car that goes on sale in the UK but ultimately it’s you, the car buying public, who are the final arbitors of whether a car succeeds or fails. The top 10 best-selling cars in the UK in 2014 were all success stories in their own right. Scroll down the page for the official Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders list in full.

Of course, some small-volume cars, like sports cars or dedicated off-roaders, won’t sell as many units in a year as these ten top bestsellers do in a single month. They have different targets but it’s still all about sales in the end: each car maker obviously wants to sell as many of each model it makes as it possibly can.

Supercars, luxury saloons and large SUVs are missing from the top 10 – the buying public in the UK was clearly very fond of hatchbacks and superminis  in 2014. The spread of cars included a few other bodystyles, though.

With the usual superminis and family hatchbacks supplemented by a city car. crossover SUVs and a premium hatchback, the top 10 bestsellers reflect both the increasingly diversified product ranges offered by manufacturers and the UK public’s broadening tastes.

The top 10 best-selling cars in 2014

1. Ford Fiesta – 131,254  registrations in 2014

The leading car in the supermini segment, Ford’s Fiesta was also the top-selling car in the UK. Ford’s finest manages to tick the practicality and economy boxes that are so crucial for any small car but it’s also a blast to drive, whether you opt for the entry-level version or the Fiesta ST hot hatch.

Alongside the Fiesta, the Focus is the powerhouse of the Ford range. It’s big enough to cope with the demands of family life but sufficiently compact to keep running costs to a minimum. As we’ve come to expect from modern Fords, the driving experience is first class and the Focus is about to get a styling refresh that should enhance its appeal further.

The new Vauxhall Corsa  is the best yet, offering plenty of practicality, quality and low running costs without a high price tag. It’s the closest yet to the Fiesta in terms of driving enjoyment, too. That’s clearly a winning formula: it was the third-highest-selling car in 2014.

The Volkswagen Golf is a thoroughly impressive family hatchback. It has a high quality feel that none of its mainstream rivals can match and the potential to pinch sales from premium hatches in the class above. Brilliantly-judged suspension, high-tech turbocharged engines and that classy VW image all count in its favour.

Vauxhall’s long-time rival for the Ford Focus continues to hold its place in the sales charts. The Astra  is a big, comfortable car for the family hatch class with attractive styling that’s shown-off best by the coupe-like GTC versions.

We have the Qashqai  to thank for kick-starting the current crossover SUV boom. By taking compact 4×4 looks and high-riding practicality then marrying the to the polished driving dynamics of a conventional car, the Qashqai has proved a sales sensation for Nissan. The second-generation model launched in 2013.

The Polo  is, to all intents and purposes, the junior Golf and it mirrors the qualities of its big brother in the smaller supermini segment. Despite its compact dimensions, the Polo has that highly prized ‘big car feel’ in spades. It’s pricier than its direct rivals but that doesn’t seem to be deterring buyers.

The Audi A3  uses the same platform and many of the same engines as the Volkswagen Golf but flexes its premium brand muscles to command higher prices. It’s a tactic that’s clearly working, however, because the A3 has muscled its way into the top 10 best sellers in the country.

Fiat hasn’t been having the best of times recently but the 500 city car is a big, retro ray of light for the company. Such is the 500’s sales success that Fiat has expanded the family to include MPVs and hot Abarth versions. It might not be the most technically adept city car but people just love the way it looks.



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The truck or pickup truck, to differentiate it from commercial cargo haulers, shares its roots with the most famous of all cars – the Ford Model T. It is a famous auto-lore how Henry Ford modified one of his Model T cars to make it into a truck by removing the top part of the back part and putting a flat base there for cargo. Henry Ford named this his Ford T Runabout with Pickup Body and its debut was in 1925. The Ford Pickup became very popular very quickly with all kinds of small businessmen from builders to farmers using this new revolutionary vehicle. Within 10 years, Ford had already sold well over 2.5m pickups prompting other manufacturers to quickly design and launch pickup designs of their own.

These days there are many different types of commercially available trucks ranging in size from the compact to the full and even super size truck. Compact pickups tend to dominate the truck market and surprisingly, given the very American roots of the pickup truck, the main manufacturers were and still are Japanese with the first ones introduced by Nissan and Toyota. American manufacturers have typically dominated the large truck sector of the market with the high horsepower high torque trucks generally commonplace in the more rural parts of the USA and Canada. These ‘power’ trucks are generally not very commonplace outside of the American continent as their huge size makes them impractical for most of Europe and the Far East.

There has been a dramatic shift in the construction of trucks over the last two decades largely driven by the growing popularity of the SUV sector of the market. The rise of the SUV initially ate into some of the market with many of them offering similar levels of power and the same kind of specialized equipment such as front winches. In addition to having many of the same benefits of a truck, the SUV was much more comfortable. As a result, truck manufacturers responded by starting to increase the level of luxury in their higher end models and included many of the same gadgets found in their Sedan lines.

Most modern pickups now include options for a larger cab so that the pickup can also be used as a comfortable family vehicle, have a variety of different interior designs including leather upholstery, and feature most of the common extras such as air conditioning, top quality sound systems and satellite navigation which has allowed the truck industry to reclaim much of the ground lost initially to SUVs.

The key modern manufacturers in the compact pickup range are still the Japanese with the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma dominating in this area. In the full truck size, the American manufacturers still reign supreme with the Ford 150 and 350 the most popular followed by the Ram 1500 and the GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500. There have also been some improvements in the fuel economy of modern trucks although most of the larger ones still struggle to get to 15mpg.



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Modern-day muscle cars of 2014

Muscle cars are part of an enduring high-speed American subculture that originated in the 1960s. But the era is far from over, and modern-day muscle cars for 2014 are making their debuts in showrooms at this very moment.

Karl Brauer, a senior director at the car valuation and analysis company Kelley Blue Book. provided his list of classic muscle cars in April. Today, CNBC.com presents his list of muscle cars for 2014, and what consumers can expect to pay for them.

“When it comes to American muscle cars they sure don’t make them like they used to. they make them much better,” he said. “With engines capable of producing between 400 and 650 horsepower, and zero-to-60 times approaching 3 seconds, the modern American performance car could chew the original 1960s versions into tiny bits of bias-ply rubber, and that’s in a straight line. Throw in some turns and hard braking and your classic American muscle car offers as much control and precision as a napalm blast.”

That’s quite an endorsement, but can these new vehicles really compare with the classics that Brauer ran down for us six months ago? Read CNBC.com’s list of top modern-day muscle cars to find out.

By Daniel Bukszpan

Updated 25 Oct. 2013

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The 2014 Morgan Plus 4 prides itself on its old school looks that frankly hasn t changed all that much from the models in the 60 s. It s quite charming, really, that Morgan continues to roll out a car that looks like this.

There are some redeeming qualities about Morgan and the Plus 4 . A lot, actually. One thing we ve come to appreciate about the company is its dedication to its classic sports car roots. Whereas other brands may have caved in to produce cars with designs that are up to the times, Morgan is sticking to its guns, determined to cater to that specific market that still appreciates an retro-looking burner when they see one.

And in a lot of ways, the Plus 4 s design actually makes it stand out these days. Thankfully, Morgan understands that just because the car looks like a `40 s hot rod, it doesn t mean it should carry an engine from those times. It has 154 horsepower under that elongated bonnet, more than enough to enjoy the thrill of riding in style with the Plus 4.

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We run down the UK s favourite cars of 2014: here are the top 10 best-selling cars of the year

At Auto Express we test every new car that goes on sale in the UK but ultimately it’s you, the car buying public, who are the final arbitors of whether a car succeeds or fails. The top 10 best-selling cars in the UK in 2014 were all success stories in their own right. Scroll down the page for the official Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders list in full.

Of course, some small-volume cars, like sports cars or dedicated off-roaders, won’t sell as many units in a year as these ten top bestsellers do in a single month. They have different targets but it’s still all about sales in the end: each car maker obviously wants to sell as many of each model it makes as it possibly can.

Supercars, luxury saloons and large SUVs are missing from the top 10 – the buying public in the UK was clearly very fond of hatchbacks and superminis  in 2014. The spread of cars included a few other bodystyles, though.

With the usual superminis and family hatchbacks supplemented by a city car. crossover SUVs and a premium hatchback, the top 10 bestsellers reflect both the increasingly diversified product ranges offered by manufacturers and the UK public’s broadening tastes.

The top 10 best-selling cars in 2014

1. Ford Fiesta – 131,254  registrations in 2014

The leading car in the supermini segment, Ford’s Fiesta was also the top-selling car in the UK. Ford’s finest manages to tick the practicality and economy boxes that are so crucial for any small car but it’s also a blast to drive, whether you opt for the entry-level version or the Fiesta ST hot hatch.

Alongside the Fiesta, the Focus is the powerhouse of the Ford range. It’s big enough to cope with the demands of family life but sufficiently compact to keep running costs to a minimum. As we’ve come to expect from modern Fords, the driving experience is first class and the Focus is about to get a styling refresh that should enhance its appeal further.

The new Vauxhall Corsa  is the best yet, offering plenty of practicality, quality and low running costs without a high price tag. It’s the closest yet to the Fiesta in terms of driving enjoyment, too. That’s clearly a winning formula: it was the third-highest-selling car in 2014.

The Volkswagen Golf is a thoroughly impressive family hatchback. It has a high quality feel that none of its mainstream rivals can match and the potential to pinch sales from premium hatches in the class above. Brilliantly-judged suspension, high-tech turbocharged engines and that classy VW image all count in its favour.

Vauxhall’s long-time rival for the Ford Focus continues to hold its place in the sales charts. The Astra  is a big, comfortable car for the family hatch class with attractive styling that’s shown-off best by the coupe-like GTC versions.

We have the Qashqai  to thank for kick-starting the current crossover SUV boom. By taking compact 4×4 looks and high-riding practicality then marrying the to the polished driving dynamics of a conventional car, the Qashqai has proved a sales sensation for Nissan. The second-generation model launched in 2013.

The Polo  is, to all intents and purposes, the junior Golf and it mirrors the qualities of its big brother in the smaller supermini segment. Despite its compact dimensions, the Polo has that highly prized ‘big car feel’ in spades. It’s pricier than its direct rivals but that doesn’t seem to be deterring buyers.

The Audi A3  uses the same platform and many of the same engines as the Volkswagen Golf but flexes its premium brand muscles to command higher prices. It’s a tactic that’s clearly working, however, because the A3 has muscled its way into the top 10 best sellers in the country.

Fiat hasn’t been having the best of times recently but the 500 city car is a big, retro ray of light for the company. Such is the 500’s sales success that Fiat has expanded the family to include MPVs and hot Abarth versions. It might not be the most technically adept city car but people just love the way it looks.



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With the need to save money increasing daily, many motorists need to look into whether they are prepared to pay for a new car, or settle for a used car. And of course there’s the question of arranging a car loan and finding good car insurance.

Fortunately, Review Centre is on hand to help. Our car review pages are dedicated to a huge range of makes and models, ranging from new car reviews for vehicles like the latest BMW X6, as well as second hand car reviews for almost anything from Audi to Vauxhall. So if you are still trying to decide which car to test drive, or what car to hire, then our consumer written car reviews will help you make that all-important decision a little bit easier.

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Six New Plug-In Electric Cars Coming For 2014

BMW i3 Coupe concept

This is an exciting time for electric car enthusiasts. From just a handful of choices only a few years ago, buyers in some states now have access to as many as a dozen different plug-in vehicles.

It’s set to get even better–over the course of the next few years, another six electric vehicles are on the way. Here’s our full run-down of the most important plug-in vehicles debuting over the next year.

The 2014 BMW i3 electric car isn’t just important, it’s exciting too–and it’s nice to be able to say that about a new electric car.

BMW has explored electric vehicles before with thorough testing programs–significantly, the MINI E and BMW ActiveE electric vehicles–and that knowledge is helping develop the i3, a compact car based on a dedicated platform. A range-extended model will also be available, to quell those with range anxiety.

It’s high-tech too, with a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) unibody, and the i3’s minimalist innards are trimmed in sustainable materials. It’s all very futuristic, yet as tasteful and considered as any internally-combusting BMW.

And if the i3 isn’t exciting enough, the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will arrive shortly after.

2014 Cadillac ELR

Back when Chevy launched the Volt range-extended electric car, it promised the Voltec powertrain would appear in other vehicles.

Well, this is the first “other vehicle” it’s appearing in–the 2014 Cadillac ELR. Behind the sharp-suited Cadillac styling is a thoroughly modern drivetrain, utilizing the same 1.4-liter gasoline engine as the Volt, and a similar electric drivetrain.

We say “similar” because to suit the Caddy’s upmarket status, ELR drivers do get a little more power and torque than their Volt counterparts. They also get two fewer doors, turning the ELR into a sleek and distinctive coupe. Electric range stays the same though, at around 35 miles. Deliveries should begin early 2014.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Initially, we suspected the Chevy Spark EV to be one of the small but growing range of “compliance cars”–electric vehicles designed and built solely to meet California’s requirements for electric vehicle sales.

Thankfully, that isn’t the case–Chevrolet is actually rather serious about the Spark EV, and as well as making it available beyond just west coast markets, they’ve thoroughly re-engineered the gasoline Spark for its new electric powertrain.

The styling differences are subtle–some blue paint here, a Volt-style grille there–but under the skin it’s a real wolf in sheep’s clothing. A 110 kW (130 horsepower) electric motor gives it far more shove than the gasoline model, and its 400 pounds-feet torque output matches that of a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar.

The Spark EV will go on sale in several U.S. markets, as well as Canada, South Korea and Europe. U.S. pricing starts at under $32,500, pre-incentives.



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Most Reliable 2014 Cars: Sedans

By Jeff Youngs, May 14, 2014

Every year, J.D. Power surveys thousands of new- and used-car owners, asking them about what has gone right, what has gone wrong, what they like, and what they dislike about their vehicles. The information is used to measure a variety of individual factors related to vehicle dependability, quality, and overall appeal, among others. Based on the company’s initial quality and vehicle dependability data, J.D. Power predicts how reliable new cars, trucks, and SUVs are likely to be in the future.

Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the top-rated, non-luxury sedans (and a few 5-door hatchbacks) in terms of predicted reliability, according to J.D. Power.

2014 Chevrolet Impala

Though redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Chevy Impala is expected to continue to offer the same level of dependability as the previous model. This new 2014 Impala is offered in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels, each powered by a choice between a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine. Much roomier than the previous model, the 2014 Impala features advanced safety and infotainment technologies, too.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Just one year after a complete redesign for 2013. Chevrolet re-boots the Malibu midsize sedan, installing a new standard 4-cylinder engine, repackaging the interior for greater comfort, massaging the underpinnings to improve ride and handling, and offering new safety and infotainment technologies. The 2014 Malibu continues in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels.

2014 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is not a traditional sedan. Instead, it is a 4-passenger, 5-door hatchback equipped with an electric motor. Plug it in to recharge the battery and enjoy nearly 40 miles of pure electric range. When the battery reaches a minimal state of charge, an onboard generator that runs on gasoline fires up to extend driving range. This unique setup allows a Volt driver to travel the average daily commuting distance using electricity, or to travel non-stop across the country on gasoline.

2014 Honda Accord

For 2014, the popular Honda Accord midsize sedan adds a new gas-electric hybrid powertrain that can be upgraded to plug-in hybrid status. Both versions continuously cycle between EV Drive mode, Hybrid Drive mode, and Engine Drive mode to best match power output with driving conditions, and with the plug-in hybrid the Accord can travel approximately 13 miles on electricity alone, according to Honda. The Accord Hybrid is rated to get 47 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA.

2014 Honda Civic

Honda refreshes its popular Civic Sedan for the second year in a row. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) improves fuel economy for the LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels, and all but the LX now feature a new touch-screen infotainment system with a 7-in. display and next-generation connectivity technology and services. New safety and convenience items debut, too, and the racy Civic Si gains a bit more power in addition to bigger wheels and tires.

2014 Toyota Avalon

Toyota makes few changes to its full-size Avalon sedan, which was redesigned for the 2013 model year. A reversing camera is standard for 2014, and a couple of lighting changes are new. That means the 2014 Avalon continues in XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited trim levels, each equipped with a standard V-6 engine. A gas-electric hybrid powertrain is optional, and the EPA says it will get 40 mpg.

2014 Toyota Camry

When shopping for a 2014 Toyota Camry, buyers should be aware that a mid-year update to the car’s underlying structure improved crash-test performance. That means it may be wise to look for a 2014.5 model, which also gains a standard reversing camera and can be upgraded with the latest version of Toyota’s Entune infotainment technology. The only other news for this year’s Camry relates to the new SE Sport trim level, which adds bigger wheels, a sunroof, and more; and a limited run of SE Hybrid models .

2014 Toyota Corolla

The 2014 Corolla is completely redesigned, featuring what Toyota calls “expressive, chiseled” styling, a roomier interior, and a new LE Eco version that adds power while improving fuel economy. It joins a lineup comprised of L, LE, and S trim levels, the latter equipped with sportier visual cues. Standard equipment for every version includes LED headlights.

2014 Toyota Prius

Reliable, affordable, and able to get 50 mpg according to the EPA, the 2014 Prius is also practical thanks to its 5-door hatchback design. Plus, this high-mileage, gas-electric hybrid is available with a Toyota Racing Development package that adds forged aluminum wheels, low-profile tires, and suspension modifications designed to make it more fun around corners.

2014 Toyota Yaris

First off, let’s clarify that we’re talking about a 3-door and 5-door hatchback here. The Yaris is no longer offered as a sedan. Secondly, aside from adding standard daytime running lights for 2014, there are no changes to the 2014 Yaris. That means L, LE, and sporty SE versions continue, each equipped with a 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and a total of 9 air bags.



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2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T

Although Volkswagen’s U.S. CEO can boast that 75 percent of all diesel-powered cars sold in America wear the VW crest, the really big volume in the mid-size-sedan segment comes from four-cylinder gasoline engines—more than four out of five Camry. Accord. and Altima models, and all Sonatas and Fusions. pack gas-fired four-holers. Despite investing big in a new U.S. assembly plant and refocusing the Passat as a larger, value-oriented proposition, the VW mid-sizer hasn’t counted a mainstream gas four among its powertrain choices for a while. That changes for 2014.

New Base Engine

This year, a 1.8-liter turbo four replaces the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-five as the new base engine (the TDI and V-6 Passats will still be offered). The transformation begins with the line-topping SEL Premium and will eventually expand to cover the S, SE, and Wolfsburg Edition trims later in the year. The force-fed 1.8-liter is the same Mexican-built gen-three EA888 four-cylinder that finds its way into Golfs and Jettas for 2014. The engine features a thin-wall crankcase and fewer counterweights for reduced mass, as well as smaller main bearings and reduced oil pressure to minimize friction. The exhaust manifold is integral to the cylinder head to allow the engine to warm up more quickly, and the turbo is smaller and spools up faster.

We drove a well-equipped, $31,715 SEL Premium automatic. Even though the Passat is several hundred pounds heavier than the Jetta, the 1.8-liter turbo’s 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque move the mid-size sedan smartly enough, with something near half-throttle summoning the turbine for duty. Telling is the torque curve of the 1.8T, which rises quickly to mesa from 1500 rpm to near the 6200-rpm horsepower peak. Contrast that to the peaks and valleys of the outgoing 2.5L five-cylinder, which proffers its 177 lb-ft of max torque at a relatively rev-happy 4250 and its 170 horsepower peak at 5700, making for a narrow sweet spot.

Ready to Rumble

The fuel-economy-optimized calibration of the six-speed torque-converter automatic keeps the Passat at low revs in the upper gears when cruising, during which there’s much less rumbly powertrain noise than in the Jetta 1.8T we recently drove. We’ll attribute that to more soundproofing and the fact that the engine doesn’t stay at 1200 rpm very long if road load increases. Climb even a slight grade or barely breathe on the throttle, and the automatic transmission downshifts, banishing the rumbling sound. Of course, you can use your own gearbox programming by tipping through the gears manually or by simply opting for a Passat with a five-speed manual—yes, the car will still be available with a stick even after the 1.8T completes its creep across the lineup.

One side benefit of the switch from inline-five to turbo inline-four is less weight on the nose. The current Passat is a former comparison-test champ ; although it subsequently fell to three newer cars, it remains excellent to drive. Hustle the big, roomy sedan down a twisty back road, and you’ll appreciate its balanced handling, good body control, and capable brakes. Segueing to 1.8T also means shifting from hydraulic to electrically boosted power steering, a fuel-economy move that usually means some loss in feedback, but VW has maintained most of the previous system’s low friction and linear feel.

Midyear, VW will introduce a Passat Sport model with a long list of cosmetic baubles. The full rundown: a black roof, black mirror caps, a special Urano Gray color, front fog lamps, a rear spoiler, aluminum pedal caps, sport seats, stainless-steel kick plates, paddle shifters, and 19-inch aluminum wheels. No word yet if a sport suspension or other performance upgrades are also a part of Sport content.

Casting a Wider Car-Net

VW is also introducing an OnStar-like connectivity system dubbed Car-Net. After a six-month free trial, the Verizon-based system will be available across all 2014 model lines at $199 a year for the full suite of services. Accessed via overhead buttons, Car-Net’s skill set includes automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, manual emergency calling, and live destination assist. Additionally, a number of other services such as remote door unlocking, service appointment scheduling, family guardian speed alert, and others can be selected via an iOS app (an Android-based app will debut later).

The most significant item of note for most shoppers, however, is likely to be the improvement in EPA fuel-economy ratings—the 1.8T is up 2 mpg city and 3 mpg highway over those of last year’s base 2.5-liter engine. At 34–35 mpg highway, the Passat 1.8T still doesn’t match highway-label leaders such as the Nissan Altima, Mazda 6. and Ford Fusion 1.6 EcoBoost, but it’s in the hunt. Taken with its improved manners and drivability, the volume Passat now finds itself in a position to snag more mid-size market share.



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New Maruti Suzuki cars to be launched in 2014

By Vikas Yogi | Mar 26, 2014

With new cars coming every now-and-then, competition in the Indian automobile industry is getting fierce and Maruti Suzuki India, being the biggest market shareholder, is on everyone’s target. Maruti’s current market share has fallen over the years owing to stiff competition and maturing purchase decisions of the consumers. It is now close to 50% while it used to be 70% at its peak in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Hyundai is one company that affected the sales of Maruti Suzuki, and in a sense became a threat for MSI. The reason why I said Hyundai is a threat for MSI is because of the exceptional sales performance shown by the Korean automotive giant in a relatively short span of time. Hyundai entered the Indian market in 1996 and rolled out its first product – the much-famous Santro – in 1998 and soon became the country’s second largest carmaker. Today it is the biggest passenger vehicle exporter in India. Now, when manufacturers like Honda and Ford, too, have joined the race against Maruti Suzuki India and are launching impressive products, while expanding their touch-points in India at the same time, it has become more of a necessity for MSI to bring in new cars and facelift some of its top-selling products. So, to keep enjoying the Numero Uno position, Maruti Suzuki is planning to bring in several new and refreshed products in next two years. This year we’ll see the facelifted Swift and Swift Dzire and the brand new Maruti Ciaz, while the XA Alpha based compact SUV and SX4 S-Cross will enter the market in 2015.

In this article, I’ll talk about the products that MSI will launch this year.

2014 Maruti Swift facelift

Already launched in markets like Japan and parts of Europe, the Swift facelift will hit the Indian shores in the second half of 2014. While the overall design of the car will remain almost similar to the existing model, new L-shaped LEDs, revised fog lamps and bumper with silver detailing will give it a refreshed face. The top-end variant of the car might have 16-inch alloy wheels as an option, while the non-alloy wheel variants might be offered with new wheel covers. The company might also launch the 2014 Swift in a new ‘boost blue’ metallic shade. There will be no major changes made to the interior, save for the blue-stitching that the seats may get. There might also be an auto-up touch function for the front passenger’s window, automatic headlamps, start-stop button and electronically adjustable side view mirrors. There will be no change made to engine options.

Expected Launch: Festive season, 2014

2014 Maruti Swift Dzire facelift

Since Dzire is essentially a 3-box (sort of) version of the Swift, all the changes made to the Swift will also be seen on the Dzire facelift. Mechanically too, the Swift Dzire facelift will have no changes. It will continue to come with a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel engines.

Expected launch: Festive season, 2014

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the Ciaz attracted a lot of attention. This is one of the most crucial launches from the stables of Maruti Suzuki. The mid-sized sedan segment has been doing moderately well for the industry and has given companies like Honda and Hyundai great reason to smile over the past few years. Maruti Suzuki hasn’t been able to make as much of an impact as it would’ve ideally hoped with its not-so-successful SX4. Ciaz will be the SX4 replacement for Maruti.

The Ciaz takes its design inspiration from the ‘Suzuki Authentics Concept’ which was first showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2013. With new extended headlamps, pronounced grille, increased dimensions and an all-new interior design, the car looks completely different from the SX4. However, it still broadly shares the platform with the SX4. Engine options to be offered with the Ciaz may include a 1.4-litre K2 petrol to go up against the cheaper rivals in the segment while a more powerful 1.6-litre petrol model will take the battle straight to the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine would continue to fight the diesel battle in the mid-size category. Both petrol and diesel engines will be mated to five-speed manual transmission. An automatic gearbox too is expected to be on offer.

Expected Launch: Third quarter, 2014



Every 2014 And 2015 Hybrid Car In The U. S: Ultimate Guide #car #sales


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Every 2014 And 2015 Hybrid Car In The U.S. Ultimate Guide

2011 Toyota Prius

Turn back the clock by one decade, and there were just four hybrid cars on sale in the U.S.

One was the first-generation Toyota Prius . The original Honda Insight was still going strong as the most efficient vehicle on sale (and only plug-in cars still better it today). Honda also offered the Civic Hybrid. And Ford’s Escape Hybrid had just made its debut back in 2004.

Today, including different transmission options that figure has risen by dozens, giving consumers a fantastic range of options for fuel-efficient hybrid motoring.

Our guide to every diesel vehicle on sale in the U.S. has proven popular, so below is our guide to every hybrid vehicle currently on sale. We’ve only featured vehicles that don’t require plugging in, so you won’t find the plug-in Prius or Chevrolet Volt in the list.

Click on any vehicle’s name to go straight to our overview pages, with reviews, news and more.

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Small Cars and compacts

It’s business as usual at the top, where the 2014 Toyota Prius C reigns supreme. It tops the list with 50 mpg combined economy, and an impressive 53 mpg city rating.

Next up is a relatively new entrant, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. With a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine VW promises plenty of fun, but a Jetta diesel-beating 45 mpg is also there for the taking. Its closest rival in size, the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid. matches it for combined economy, beats it in the city (44 mpg versus 42 mpg) and lags 1 mpg on the highway (47 mpg to 48 mpg).

Further down you’ll find the classy CT 200h from Lexus. It’s basically a Prius underneath, and although it manages a lower 42 mpg combined, it has the extra prestige that some buyers may be seeking. It also features a price tag that starts significantly higher, at $32,050.

The 2014 Honda Insight doesn’t have prestige to its name, but manages the same 42 mpg (41 mpg city, 44 mpg highway). If you want one for any reason you’ll have to act fast, as it isn’t long for this world .

The Insight might be on the chopping block but Honda’s sporty CR-Z  has earned a stay of execution. It returns 37 mpg combined with a continuously-variable transmission, or 34 combined with the six-speed manual–the only manual hybrid on the market.

It’s not the most efficient hybrid on the market but it’s peppy to drive–and the recent introduction of a supercharger kit makes it even more fun.



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2014 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

Edmunds’ Review

Edmunds Expert Review of the 2014 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

What’s New for 2014

A rearview camera is now standard on all 2014 Nissan Leaf models. Also, the Leaf’s EPA-estimated driving range has increased from 75 to 84 miles. This is due to the way the EPA calculates range, however, as the Leaf’s battery and drive systems are unchanged.

Introduction

Electric vehicles are no longer just a novelty for automakers to showcase their vision of the future. They’ve finally broken into the mainstream, and leading the charge (pun intended) for four years running is the Nissan Leaf. Thanks to its regular-car driving experience, reasonable pricing and pioneering status, the Leaf has convinced more than 100,000 buyers worldwide to make the leap to EV ownership. There are some drawbacks, yes, but short of spending three times as much for a Tesla Model S, the 2014 Nissan Leaf represents a top pick among all-electric vehicles.

The main concern for those looking to make the switch to electricity is range. The Nissan Leaf’s 84-mile EPA-estimated range might not seem like a lot, but it’s enough to accomplish almost any daily-use task and ranks as one of the highest in its class. Notably, this 84-mile rating is higher than the 2013 Leaf’s 75-mile range. The car’s electrical hardware hasn’t changed, but Nissan deleted the Leaf’s former in-car software option to charge the battery to only 80 percent capacity (which helped prolong long-term battery life). Previously, the EPA was blending both the 80 percent and 100 percent battery capacities into its rating, so the 2014 estimate is a more accurate (and more marketable) number.

When it comes time to recharge the battery, how long it takes will depend on which trim level of Leaf you buy. The base S trim comes with a slower 3.3 kW onboard charger, but all others have the quicker (and recommended) 6.6 kW charger. With this upgraded charger hooked up to a 240-volt station, a full charge takes about four hours, which should easily fit into most drivers’ daily routine. The Leaf is also rare in that it offers an optional quick-charge port. In conjunction with a special high-capacity power source, it allows you to charge the battery to 80 percent capacity in a claimed 30 minutes.

Inside, the Leaf shows flashes of cutting-edge technology, but you don’t need to be an early adopter to figure out how to operate its various bells and whistles. The cabin is also pleasantly roomy and comfortable, with enough cargo space to handle errands with ease. With public charging stations becoming more prevalent, the Nissan Leaf truly is an EV that doesn’t require much sacrifice.

Since the Leaf’s introduction, the EV market has gained a handful of similarly priced entries. Of these, the 2014 Ford Focus Electric has risen to become the most significant alternative. It boasts a little more power than the Leaf and sharper handling, but its EPA estimated range is less, at 76 miles. The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV and 2014 Fiat 500e are also appealing, but they’re not as roomy and they’re only on sale in a few states. All things considered, we think the 2014 Nissan Leaf is a great choice for an EV.

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Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The all-electric 2014 Nissan Leaf is a four-door hatchback available in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. Standard features for the base S model include a 3.3 kW onboard charger, 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, full power accessories, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control, a trip computer, heated front and rear seats, cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver seat (four-way front passenger seat), 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a tilt-only heated steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 4.3-inch color touchscreen, a rearview camera and a four-speaker CD player with iPod/USB input and satellite radio.

Stepping up to the SV trim gets you a 6.6 kW charger, a B-mode transmission setting for enhanced regenerative braking, alloy wheels, a navigation system with a larger 7-inch touchscreen, Nissan’s Carwings telematics to remotely monitor and manage charging and climate control, a more efficient heating system for better range in cold weather, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, partially recycled cloth upholstery and a six-speaker audio system with Pandora integration for iPhones.

The range-topping SL trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, foglights, a quick-charger port, a solar panel mounted on the rear spoiler to help power accessories, leather upholstery and a cargo cover.

Options are sparse and grouped into packages. The S model can add the 6.6 kW charger with the quick-charge port, and the SV can be upgraded with the automatic LED headlights, foglights and quick-charge port. Both SV and SL models are eligible for the Premium package that adds a seven-speaker Bose stereo and a 360-degree parking camera system.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive 2014 Nissan Leaf is powered by an 80-kilowatt electric motor (107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque). The system utilizes a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In Edmunds performance testing, a Leaf accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 10.0 seconds, which is a bit slower than the Focus Electric and about 2 or more seconds off the pace of the Fiat 500e and Spark EV.

The EPA’s estimate for range with a full charge is 84 miles, but real-world range varies due to driving style, traffic conditions, cruising speed, battery age and ambient temperature. The agency also says the Leaf will typically use 30 kWh per 100 miles driven (the lower the number here, the better). Both of these estimates are good, though not quite class-leading.

With a 240-volt power source, a Leaf with the 6.6 kW charger can recharge a depleted battery in about four hours (eight hours with the S model’s standard 3.3 kW charger). The quick-charge port (standard on the SV, optional on the others) can potentially be used to recharge the Leaf’s battery to a claimed 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes utilizing a special high-capacity power source.

Standard safety features on all 2014 Nissan Leafs include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is also standard, while SV and SL trims are eligible for a 360-degree parking camera system. In Edmunds brake testing, a Leaf came to a stop from 60 mph in 126 feet, which is average for a compact hatchback, but better than most EV competitors.

In government crash testing, the Leaf received four out of five stars across the board for overall, frontal- and side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Leaf its highest rating of Good in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests. The Leaf’s seat/head restraint design was also rated Good for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Interior Design and Special Features

Despite the 2014 Nissan Leaf’s economy car leanings, the interior is surprisingly pleasant, with a strong emphasis on modernity. The large center stack in the middle of the dash houses a majority of all vehicle system controls, and split-level instrument panels reinforce the high-tech feel with sharp graphics that relay critical information. Materials used throughout the interior are also slightly above average for an EV in this price range.

Operating the many systems is easy thanks to logical menus in the central touchscreen and physical buttons for climate control. With this display and the Carwings telematics, owners can take advantage of more favorable utility rates by scheduling their charge during off-peak hours. While you can plug into a standard 110-volt household outlet, that’s best reserved for when you can park the Leaf overnight. For most owners, a 240-volt home charging station is almost a necessity.

Since the Leaf was designed from the outset as an electric car, Nissan was able to locate the battery pack underneath the floor, and that results in a pretty roomy cabin. There’s plenty of front-seat headroom, though taller drivers may find legroom a bit cramped. Cargo room behind the rear seats is generous, at 24 cubic feet. Folding them flat increases maximum capacity to 30 cubes.

Driving Impressions

In the absence of an internal combustion engine, the all-electric 2014 Nissan Leaf is eerily quiet during acceleration and generally very agreeable. Even during quicker starts, a high-pitched whine is barely detectable. This level of silence tends to accentuate road and wind noise, but the Nissan’s cabin remains impressively quiet.

Unlike traditional gasoline engines, electric motors can deliver their maximum power output from a standstill. As a result, the Leaf’s initial acceleration is brisk, though getting up to highway speeds can feel a little belabored, and most other EVs are quicker. More positively, the brake pedal is reassuringly firm and there’s none of the vagueness associated with some other EVs or hybrids. The Leaf is also stable around turns, thanks to a low center of gravity made possible by the car’s floor-mounted battery pack.



12 Best Family Cars of 2014 – Kelley Blue Book #europa #car


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12 Best Family Cars of 2014

Posted: 2/11/2014 9:16:03 AM

Finding the best family car means more than just counting seatbelts and cup holders. Even what qualifies as a “family car” isn’t so clear cut these days. Minivans are an obvious choice, but not if you don’t need all that space. SUVs are great, but that extra cargo room’s a waste if you don’t use it. Then there’s the good ol’ family sedan: Would you like that in regular midsize, or upgrade to full-size? On the flip side, just because something’s big on the outside doesn’t mean it’s useful for families inside. So we had our work cut out for us when we decided to identify the Best Family Cars available in America for 2014.

Happily, we had a good place to start. Based on our Expert Ratings of all the vehicles – more than 300 of them – that we test each year, we gathered the 21 vehicles from across classes we believed had the stuff to be top-shelf family haulers. The selection of the 21 was a rigorous process itself. Each of our nine editors received a list of candidates, then individually voted for up to 20 of them, and they were given the opportunity to nominate any additional vehicles that they felt should be included. We culled the responses, tallied the votes, and the vehicles that received four or more votes were invited to participate in our driving-and-usability test. We requested mainstream models from each manufacturer for our test, and most complied, although we did receive a few fully loaded exceptions. We were careful not to give added advantages to those heavily equipped vehicles, because we wanted the test to be as “real-world” representative as possible.

The resulting list included seven sedans, six small SUVs, five midsize SUVs, two minivans, and one hybrid wagon, from a total of 11 different brands. With these all on premises at our Kelley Blue Book offices our staff installed and uninstalled car seats, loaded up the cargo area with various objects, and even brought their kids down to climb in and out, and maybe test out the rear-seat entertainment. When we were done, we tallied up our results, compared notes, and picked what we thought were the best of the bunch.

Here, then, are the 12 Best Family Cars of 2014:

What did we learn? Certainly it is not surprising to most that the 2014 Honda Odyssey and 2014 Toyota Sienna minivans were at the top of everyone’s favorite family car lists, since the sole purpose of minivans is to be as good at family car duties as a Porsche 911 is at sports car ones. The assembled full-size SUVs also proved their mettle as popular family car choices, with the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014 Honda Pilot, 2014 Ford Flex and 2014 Chevrolet Traverse all winning honors. As a choice for smaller families, smaller SUVs demonstrated they had what it takes as well, with the 2014 Honda CR-V, 2014 Nissan Rogue, and 2014 Subaru Forester all making our list of honored vehicles.

What was surprising was the number of sedans that we feel qualify for the highest accolades as family cars. Once upon a time, sedans were the family car of choice before minivans and SUVs showed up on the scene. Yet the modern sedan still makes a fine family car, and the 2014 Honda Accord, 2014 Chevrolet Impala, and 2014 Nissan Altima each impressed us enough to land spots on our list.

So what about the other nine on our original list of 21? Well, as you might surmise from the fact that we chose to nominate them, we believe they have many attributes that qualify them as good family-car choices. But compared to the vehicles that did make our honored Best Family Cars list, they were either lacking features available in the cars listed above or were too narrowly focused to provide the array of features that marked our top choices. That said, if you need excellent fuel economy, want to tow heavy loads, or just want to go farther off the beaten path, there are some solid alternatives worth checking out on the included list of what are essentially our semi-finalists.



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13 Electric Vehicles Coming To Market In 2014

Unfortunately, playing catch-up over the holidays kicked an article idea out of my head. Fortunately, an article on GM-Volt kicked it back in. Jeff Cobb of GM-Volt went ahead and published 9 new plug-in cars to look forward to in 2014 last week. I m more or less copying his list, but I will change things up a little bit and add my own notes. Check out these new plug-in vehicles for sale in 2014, and share with your friends!

[Three notes: 1) the list doesn t include updates of models already for sale, such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, etc.; 2) links on the subheadings are links to our archives of these vehicles, while links on the names in the descriptions are to the manufacturers pages for the vehicles; 3) prices are before any tax credits or rebates.]

4. Volkswagen e-Up!

5. Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf  should be coming to the US market in 2014 (4th quarter). It made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show in November. Some early numbers for the e-Golf are: 25 mph from rest in 4.2 seconds and to get to 62 mph in approximately 10.4 seconds; 70 90 average miles of range on a full charge; 115-horsepower electric motor; 199 pound-feet of torque.

6. Cadillac ELR  (plug-in hybrid er, extended-range electric vehicle )



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Proton New Cars 2014

Details of the new additions to Proton Australia s showroom in 2014.

Proton Suprima S (January)

The Proton Suprima S will be priced from $21,790 driveaway when it goes on sale in Australia in January. The compact Preve-based hatchback will be offered in two specifications – GX and GXR – with the flagship variant priced at $26,590 driveaway. The duo will initially be available exclusively with a ‘seven-speed’ automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), with six-speed manual versions follow later in 2014 at $19,790 (GX) and $24,590 (GXR). Powered by the same turbocharged 103kW/205Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol as the Preve GXR, the Suprima S claims to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 9.9 seconds and consume 8.8L/100km combined. Highlights of the GX include 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear fog lights, USB input and Bluetooth phone connectivity, while the GXR gains larger 17-inch alloys, auto headlights and wipers, front parking sensors, push-button start, paddleshifters, cruise and climate control, leather upholstery, and a seven-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, DVD player and reversing camera.

Proton Preve GXR manual and LE (Q2)

Designed to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Up! and Mitsubishi Mirage city cars, Proton’s pint-sized GSC (Global Small Car) will launch internationally in the first half of 2014 before going on sale in Australia in the third quarter. The Malaysian maker ran a contest this year to name its Savvy successor (internally coded P2-30A), but has not confirmed its title yet. Although final technical details are yet to be released, given the car (previewed by the Proton Emas concept, pictured) has been benchmarked against the 66kW/110Nm 1.2-litre Honda Brio, indications are that the GSC will be powered by a small capacity (likely 1.2- or 1.3-litre) high-efficiency in-house-developed petrol engine. Expect entry pricing below $13,000.



New Maruti Suzuki cars to be launched in 2014 – News – NDTV #best #car #insurance


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New Maruti Suzuki cars to be launched in 2014

By Vikas Yogi | Mar 26, 2014

With new cars coming every now-and-then, competition in the Indian automobile industry is getting fierce and Maruti Suzuki India, being the biggest market shareholder, is on everyone’s target. Maruti’s current market share has fallen over the years owing to stiff competition and maturing purchase decisions of the consumers. It is now close to 50% while it used to be 70% at its peak in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Hyundai is one company that affected the sales of Maruti Suzuki, and in a sense became a threat for MSI. The reason why I said Hyundai is a threat for MSI is because of the exceptional sales performance shown by the Korean automotive giant in a relatively short span of time. Hyundai entered the Indian market in 1996 and rolled out its first product – the much-famous Santro – in 1998 and soon became the country’s second largest carmaker. Today it is the biggest passenger vehicle exporter in India. Now, when manufacturers like Honda and Ford, too, have joined the race against Maruti Suzuki India and are launching impressive products, while expanding their touch-points in India at the same time, it has become more of a necessity for MSI to bring in new cars and facelift some of its top-selling products. So, to keep enjoying the Numero Uno position, Maruti Suzuki is planning to bring in several new and refreshed products in next two years. This year we’ll see the facelifted Swift and Swift Dzire and the brand new Maruti Ciaz, while the XA Alpha based compact SUV and SX4 S-Cross will enter the market in 2015.

In this article, I’ll talk about the products that MSI will launch this year.

2014 Maruti Swift facelift

Already launched in markets like Japan and parts of Europe, the Swift facelift will hit the Indian shores in the second half of 2014. While the overall design of the car will remain almost similar to the existing model, new L-shaped LEDs, revised fog lamps and bumper with silver detailing will give it a refreshed face. The top-end variant of the car might have 16-inch alloy wheels as an option, while the non-alloy wheel variants might be offered with new wheel covers. The company might also launch the 2014 Swift in a new ‘boost blue’ metallic shade. There will be no major changes made to the interior, save for the blue-stitching that the seats may get. There might also be an auto-up touch function for the front passenger’s window, automatic headlamps, start-stop button and electronically adjustable side view mirrors. There will be no change made to engine options.

Expected Launch: Festive season, 2014

2014 Maruti Swift Dzire facelift

Since Dzire is essentially a 3-box (sort of) version of the Swift, all the changes made to the Swift will also be seen on the Dzire facelift. Mechanically too, the Swift Dzire facelift will have no changes. It will continue to come with a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel engines.

Expected launch: Festive season, 2014

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the Ciaz attracted a lot of attention. This is one of the most crucial launches from the stables of Maruti Suzuki. The mid-sized sedan segment has been doing moderately well for the industry and has given companies like Honda and Hyundai great reason to smile over the past few years. Maruti Suzuki hasn’t been able to make as much of an impact as it would’ve ideally hoped with its not-so-successful SX4. Ciaz will be the SX4 replacement for Maruti.

The Ciaz takes its design inspiration from the ‘Suzuki Authentics Concept’ which was first showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2013. With new extended headlamps, pronounced grille, increased dimensions and an all-new interior design, the car looks completely different from the SX4. However, it still broadly shares the platform with the SX4. Engine options to be offered with the Ciaz may include a 1.4-litre K2 petrol to go up against the cheaper rivals in the segment while a more powerful 1.6-litre petrol model will take the battle straight to the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine would continue to fight the diesel battle in the mid-size category. Both petrol and diesel engines will be mated to five-speed manual transmission. An automatic gearbox too is expected to be on offer.

Expected Launch: Third quarter, 2014



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12 Best Family Cars of 2014

Posted: 2/11/2014 9:16:03 AM

Finding the best family car means more than just counting seatbelts and cup holders. Even what qualifies as a “family car” isn’t so clear cut these days. Minivans are an obvious choice, but not if you don’t need all that space. SUVs are great, but that extra cargo room’s a waste if you don’t use it. Then there’s the good ol’ family sedan: Would you like that in regular midsize, or upgrade to full-size? On the flip side, just because something’s big on the outside doesn’t mean it’s useful for families inside. So we had our work cut out for us when we decided to identify the Best Family Cars available in America for 2014.

Happily, we had a good place to start. Based on our Expert Ratings of all the vehicles – more than 300 of them – that we test each year, we gathered the 21 vehicles from across classes we believed had the stuff to be top-shelf family haulers. The selection of the 21 was a rigorous process itself. Each of our nine editors received a list of candidates, then individually voted for up to 20 of them, and they were given the opportunity to nominate any additional vehicles that they felt should be included. We culled the responses, tallied the votes, and the vehicles that received four or more votes were invited to participate in our driving-and-usability test. We requested mainstream models from each manufacturer for our test, and most complied, although we did receive a few fully loaded exceptions. We were careful not to give added advantages to those heavily equipped vehicles, because we wanted the test to be as “real-world” representative as possible.

The resulting list included seven sedans, six small SUVs, five midsize SUVs, two minivans, and one hybrid wagon, from a total of 11 different brands. With these all on premises at our Kelley Blue Book offices our staff installed and uninstalled car seats, loaded up the cargo area with various objects, and even brought their kids down to climb in and out, and maybe test out the rear-seat entertainment. When we were done, we tallied up our results, compared notes, and picked what we thought were the best of the bunch.

Here, then, are the 12 Best Family Cars of 2014:

What did we learn? Certainly it is not surprising to most that the 2014 Honda Odyssey and 2014 Toyota Sienna minivans were at the top of everyone’s favorite family car lists, since the sole purpose of minivans is to be as good at family car duties as a Porsche 911 is at sports car ones. The assembled full-size SUVs also proved their mettle as popular family car choices, with the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014 Honda Pilot, 2014 Ford Flex and 2014 Chevrolet Traverse all winning honors. As a choice for smaller families, smaller SUVs demonstrated they had what it takes as well, with the 2014 Honda CR-V, 2014 Nissan Rogue, and 2014 Subaru Forester all making our list of honored vehicles.

What was surprising was the number of sedans that we feel qualify for the highest accolades as family cars. Once upon a time, sedans were the family car of choice before minivans and SUVs showed up on the scene. Yet the modern sedan still makes a fine family car, and the 2014 Honda Accord, 2014 Chevrolet Impala, and 2014 Nissan Altima each impressed us enough to land spots on our list.

So what about the other nine on our original list of 21? Well, as you might surmise from the fact that we chose to nominate them, we believe they have many attributes that qualify them as good family-car choices. But compared to the vehicles that did make our honored Best Family Cars list, they were either lacking features available in the cars listed above or were too narrowly focused to provide the array of features that marked our top choices. That said, if you need excellent fuel economy, want to tow heavy loads, or just want to go farther off the beaten path, there are some solid alternatives worth checking out on the included list of what are essentially our semi-finalists.



New Maruti Suzuki cars to be launched in 2014 – News – NDTV #old #cars


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New Maruti Suzuki cars to be launched in 2014

By Vikas Yogi | Mar 26, 2014

With new cars coming every now-and-then, competition in the Indian automobile industry is getting fierce and Maruti Suzuki India, being the biggest market shareholder, is on everyone’s target. Maruti’s current market share has fallen over the years owing to stiff competition and maturing purchase decisions of the consumers. It is now close to 50% while it used to be 70% at its peak in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Hyundai is one company that affected the sales of Maruti Suzuki, and in a sense became a threat for MSI. The reason why I said Hyundai is a threat for MSI is because of the exceptional sales performance shown by the Korean automotive giant in a relatively short span of time. Hyundai entered the Indian market in 1996 and rolled out its first product – the much-famous Santro – in 1998 and soon became the country’s second largest carmaker. Today it is the biggest passenger vehicle exporter in India. Now, when manufacturers like Honda and Ford, too, have joined the race against Maruti Suzuki India and are launching impressive products, while expanding their touch-points in India at the same time, it has become more of a necessity for MSI to bring in new cars and facelift some of its top-selling products. So, to keep enjoying the Numero Uno position, Maruti Suzuki is planning to bring in several new and refreshed products in next two years. This year we’ll see the facelifted Swift and Swift Dzire and the brand new Maruti Ciaz, while the XA Alpha based compact SUV and SX4 S-Cross will enter the market in 2015.

In this article, I’ll talk about the products that MSI will launch this year.

2014 Maruti Swift facelift

Already launched in markets like Japan and parts of Europe, the Swift facelift will hit the Indian shores in the second half of 2014. While the overall design of the car will remain almost similar to the existing model, new L-shaped LEDs, revised fog lamps and bumper with silver detailing will give it a refreshed face. The top-end variant of the car might have 16-inch alloy wheels as an option, while the non-alloy wheel variants might be offered with new wheel covers. The company might also launch the 2014 Swift in a new ‘boost blue’ metallic shade. There will be no major changes made to the interior, save for the blue-stitching that the seats may get. There might also be an auto-up touch function for the front passenger’s window, automatic headlamps, start-stop button and electronically adjustable side view mirrors. There will be no change made to engine options.

Expected Launch: Festive season, 2014

2014 Maruti Swift Dzire facelift

Since Dzire is essentially a 3-box (sort of) version of the Swift, all the changes made to the Swift will also be seen on the Dzire facelift. Mechanically too, the Swift Dzire facelift will have no changes. It will continue to come with a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel engines.

Expected launch: Festive season, 2014

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the Ciaz attracted a lot of attention. This is one of the most crucial launches from the stables of Maruti Suzuki. The mid-sized sedan segment has been doing moderately well for the industry and has given companies like Honda and Hyundai great reason to smile over the past few years. Maruti Suzuki hasn’t been able to make as much of an impact as it would’ve ideally hoped with its not-so-successful SX4. Ciaz will be the SX4 replacement for Maruti.

The Ciaz takes its design inspiration from the ‘Suzuki Authentics Concept’ which was first showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2013. With new extended headlamps, pronounced grille, increased dimensions and an all-new interior design, the car looks completely different from the SX4. However, it still broadly shares the platform with the SX4. Engine options to be offered with the Ciaz may include a 1.4-litre K2 petrol to go up against the cheaper rivals in the segment while a more powerful 1.6-litre petrol model will take the battle straight to the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine would continue to fight the diesel battle in the mid-size category. Both petrol and diesel engines will be mated to five-speed manual transmission. An automatic gearbox too is expected to be on offer.

Expected Launch: Third quarter, 2014



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The 2012 SUV model year saw outstanding sales results in comparison to other car segments and things don’t look to be changing for 2013. These days, all of the car manufacturing giants are investing millions of dollars into creating their version of the best 2013 SUV for the 2013 model year. From the Acura ZDX SUV Crossover. Cadillac Escalade SUV to the Kia Sorento SUV. the battle for the title of best 2013 SUV is fierce. Each company is trying to outdo their competitors in appearance, performance style and comfort whilst offering cutting edge technology and consistently lowering prices. The race for best SUV has become ferocious.

Even more so than 2012 SUV range, the variety of 2013 SUVs offer widely different features and vary greatly in size, performance, and cost. Suv.reviewitonlinet.net provides you with the best SUV reviews for some of the most popular SUVs launched to retail markets worldwide for the 2012 and 2013 SUV model years.

SUVs can be broadly characterized into three different categories – sedan based SUVs or Crossover SUVs. mid-size SUVs and truck based SUVs. Your choice would largely depend on the number of passengers or cargo you are transporting, as well as your use. Some might want an SUV for urban driving while others might need it for towing their boat or trailer. A small 2013 SUV will carry 5 passengers; a mid-sized SUV will carry 7 passengers while a truck based SUV can carry up to 9 passengers comfortably. You should consider for smaller SUVs the Nissan Juke SUV and Mazda CX-9 SUV Crossover SUV. For mid-sized, the Kia Sorrento SUV is a fantastic start whilst with large SUVs. you can’t really look past the Chevrolet Suburban Three QTR-Ton SUV or Lincoln Navigator. For towing purposes, we recommend you look at the Toyota Sequoia SUV and Ford Expedition SUV .

Cost is an obvious factor when choosing an SUV which is not necessarily related to size. Luxury SUV manufacturers like Acura. BMW. Infinit, Porsche. BMW and Mercedes-Benz tend to make smaller SUVs but offer a superior level of style, comfort and technology – the quality of best 2013 SUVs in the luxury category is outstanding when compared to previous years. The designs are sleeker, the interiors are more luxurious and the riding experience is starting to resemble gliding. In starting your journey for the best luxury best 2013 luxury SUVs. we recommend you start your journey with the Infiniti JX SUV Crossover. Lexus RX SUV Crossover and of course, the Porsche Cayenne SUV .

Fuel efficient SUVs are something of a contradiction. The big car manufacturers understand that the battle for the best SUV will include the question of fuel efficiency. Obviously, a smaller SUV will be more fuel efficient (although the smaller luxury SUVs tend to drink fuel), even so it may consume more fuel than a large sedan. From a study conducted by our analysts, available in an infographic on http://suv.reviewitonline.net/fuel-efficient-suvs/. it is not surprising that the most fuel efficient 2012 SUVs, and 2013 SUVS, are Crossover SUVs with the Nissan Juke SUV Crossover and Mazda CX-5 SUV Crossover providing the most fuel efficient ride.

The market has changed dramatically with 2012 SUVs already eclipsed by the new 2013 SUV models. The bottom line is this -go to a dealer near new and test drive one for yourself so you can decide what the best SUV is for you.

Who Are We

suv.reviewitonline.net is an arm of www.reviewitonline.net which provides you with information on the best 2013 SUVs for all SUV models up to and including the 2013 SUV model year. We provide expert reviews written by our research analysts, as well as user reviews who have shared with us on our site their views on the best SUV.

We provide up to date research, news and analysis on all things related to SUV production, sales and developments. suv.reviewitonline employs a team of writers who have experience and a passion for cars, who are pleased to provide you with the latest breaking information about SUVS from all model years, including the best 2013 SUVs from the 2013 SUV model year. Check in regularly with us to see what is new on the site and of course, we ask you to contribute to the conversation about and leave reviews to help our other users choose the best SUV for them.



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Gayle Anderson was live in Burbank for the  AUCTIONS AMERICA 2014 CALIFORNIA COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION, which opens TODAY, THURSDAY, JULY 31 ST. 2O14 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport and runs through Saturday, August 2, 2014. This auction features 400 rare and quirky collector cars and trucks handpicked for Southern California’s unique car culture.

Highlights from the sale include more than 60 vehicles formerly owned by noted Palm Springs collector, the late Bob Pond. Cars from the Pond collection include a 1947 Chrysler Town Country Convertible Woodie, a 1957 BMW Isetta 300, 1959 Porsche Diesel Standard Tractor, 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, 1959 Fiat Jolly 500, and a 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible used in the film, Rain Man (1988).

Other notable cars include a 1954 Kaiser-Darrin Roadster, a 1960 Plymouth Fury Convertible, a 1946 Mercury Sportsman Convertible, a 1966 427 Shelby Cobra, and a 1953 Muntz Jet Convertible. Take a look at the complete Auctions America California Auction catalog by clicking HERE .

Doors open for preview starting at 9:00 a.m. TODAY, with the Auction starting at 1:00 p.m. Auctions will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 1 st and Saturday, August 2 nd. Admission prices are $20 for a day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Admission is FREE for children under 12 years of age with an adult and active/retired military personnel and their families. On Fireman Friday, Firefighters receive FREE admission upon presentation of ID.

To reserve a room at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, call (818) 843-6000 and ask for the ‘Auctions America Preferred Rate’. You can also click here to reserve a room.

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The New Diesel Cars For 2014 #smart #car


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The New Diesel Cars For 2014

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan

With an increasing number of diesel passenger cars appearing in showrooms, car buyers have more options for fuel-efficient driving than they did only a few years ago.

After a brief hiatus several years ago, when new and tougher emissions standards came into effect for diesel vehicles, the number has steadily increased–and 2014 has a bumper crop of new diesel vehicles.

Two of the most important are the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel and the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, both of which add a diesel engine to an already popular vehicle sold in high volumes.

We’ve already covered every diesel car on sale in the U.S.. but here’s our guide to the debutantes among the group.

2013 Audi A8 TDI

This is Audi’s year to expand its array of diesel vehicles, previously confined to the expensive and aging Q7 TDI large sport-utility vehicle.

For 2014, the company has added the Audi A6 TDI mid-size sedan, A7 “four-door coupe,” and A8 TDI large luxury sedan, as well as a Q5 TDI compact crossover.

The three sedans all use a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel, which puts out 240 horsepower and a substantial 406 pounds-feet of torque.

The mid-size A6 TDI gets a 29-mpg rating, with a starting price of $57,500.

The sleek, stylish A7 TDI comes in at the same 29 mpg combined, but adds an extra $9,400 to the starting price–making it your call if you want the extra $10K of style in your German luxury diesel sport sedan.

The large aluminum-bodied 2014 Audi A8 TDI is rated at 28 mpg combined by the EPA, and starts at $82,500.

Then there’s the Q5 TDI crossover, which also uses the V-6 engine, and is rated at 27 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway) at a starting price of $46,500.

For the record, that’s $4,400 lower than the all-but-invisible Audi Q5 Hybrid, a rare beast indeed on U.S. roads.

All four of the new 2014 Audi diesels will be arriving in showrooms this summer.

2014 BMW 328d, 2013 New York Auto Show

This year marks the return of the BMW 328d. the diesel-engined version of BMW’s 3-Series sport sedan–along with a new Sports Wagon model to sit alongside the four-door sedan.

The latest model for 2014, however, uses a 180-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that puts out 280 lb-ft of torque rather than the more powerful but thirstier straight-six turbodiesel in the previous generation of 335d 328d 3-Series diesel.

It powers the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the combination is rated at 37 mpg combined, made up of a city rating of 32 mpg and a high 45-mpg rating in the EPA’s highway cycle.

Add the xDrive all-wheel drive option, and those ratings fall slightly, to 35 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway).

The first diesel 3-Series cars for 2014 will arrive at BMW dealers later this fall. The base 328d sedan with rear-wheel drive starts at $39,525; the xDrive sedan adds another $2,000 to that; and the Sports Wagon (only offered with xDrive) is priced from $43,875.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is Chevy’s first diesel passenger car in 28 years, and it’s a bit of an experiment for the carmaker.

It’s fitted with a 151-horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, built in Germany and adapted from one that’s the larger of two Cruze diesel options in Europe, where diesels take roughly half the total new-car market.

That engine powers the wheels through a six-speed automatic built by Aisin, and slightly tougher than the six-speed automatic used on all gasoline-engine Cruzes sold in the U.S.

The list price starts at $25,695, near the top of the Cruze range, but Chevy hopes the diesel Cruze will attract new buyers to the brand who might not otherwise have considered a Chevrolet compact sedan.

The EPA rates the Cruze Diesel at 33 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 46 mpg highway).



New Maruti Suzuki cars to be launched in 2014 – News – NDTV #value #used #car


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New Maruti Suzuki cars to be launched in 2014

By Vikas Yogi | Mar 26, 2014

With new cars coming every now-and-then, competition in the Indian automobile industry is getting fierce and Maruti Suzuki India, being the biggest market shareholder, is on everyone’s target. Maruti’s current market share has fallen over the years owing to stiff competition and maturing purchase decisions of the consumers. It is now close to 50% while it used to be 70% at its peak in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Hyundai is one company that affected the sales of Maruti Suzuki, and in a sense became a threat for MSI. The reason why I said Hyundai is a threat for MSI is because of the exceptional sales performance shown by the Korean automotive giant in a relatively short span of time. Hyundai entered the Indian market in 1996 and rolled out its first product – the much-famous Santro – in 1998 and soon became the country’s second largest carmaker. Today it is the biggest passenger vehicle exporter in India. Now, when manufacturers like Honda and Ford, too, have joined the race against Maruti Suzuki India and are launching impressive products, while expanding their touch-points in India at the same time, it has become more of a necessity for MSI to bring in new cars and facelift some of its top-selling products. So, to keep enjoying the Numero Uno position, Maruti Suzuki is planning to bring in several new and refreshed products in next two years. This year we’ll see the facelifted Swift and Swift Dzire and the brand new Maruti Ciaz, while the XA Alpha based compact SUV and SX4 S-Cross will enter the market in 2015.

In this article, I’ll talk about the products that MSI will launch this year.

2014 Maruti Swift facelift

Already launched in markets like Japan and parts of Europe, the Swift facelift will hit the Indian shores in the second half of 2014. While the overall design of the car will remain almost similar to the existing model, new L-shaped LEDs, revised fog lamps and bumper with silver detailing will give it a refreshed face. The top-end variant of the car might have 16-inch alloy wheels as an option, while the non-alloy wheel variants might be offered with new wheel covers. The company might also launch the 2014 Swift in a new ‘boost blue’ metallic shade. There will be no major changes made to the interior, save for the blue-stitching that the seats may get. There might also be an auto-up touch function for the front passenger’s window, automatic headlamps, start-stop button and electronically adjustable side view mirrors. There will be no change made to engine options.

Expected Launch: Festive season, 2014

2014 Maruti Swift Dzire facelift

Since Dzire is essentially a 3-box (sort of) version of the Swift, all the changes made to the Swift will also be seen on the Dzire facelift. Mechanically too, the Swift Dzire facelift will have no changes. It will continue to come with a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel engines.

Expected launch: Festive season, 2014

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the Ciaz attracted a lot of attention. This is one of the most crucial launches from the stables of Maruti Suzuki. The mid-sized sedan segment has been doing moderately well for the industry and has given companies like Honda and Hyundai great reason to smile over the past few years. Maruti Suzuki hasn’t been able to make as much of an impact as it would’ve ideally hoped with its not-so-successful SX4. Ciaz will be the SX4 replacement for Maruti.

The Ciaz takes its design inspiration from the ‘Suzuki Authentics Concept’ which was first showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2013. With new extended headlamps, pronounced grille, increased dimensions and an all-new interior design, the car looks completely different from the SX4. However, it still broadly shares the platform with the SX4. Engine options to be offered with the Ciaz may include a 1.4-litre K2 petrol to go up against the cheaper rivals in the segment while a more powerful 1.6-litre petrol model will take the battle straight to the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine would continue to fight the diesel battle in the mid-size category. Both petrol and diesel engines will be mated to five-speed manual transmission. An automatic gearbox too is expected to be on offer.

Expected Launch: Third quarter, 2014



Best SUV 2014 – 2015 -Top 10 #car #insurance #companies


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The SUV – Background Review

The 2012 SUV model year saw outstanding sales results in comparison to other car segments and things don’t look to be changing for 2013. These days, all of the car manufacturing giants are investing millions of dollars into creating their version of the best 2013 SUV for the 2013 model year. From the Acura ZDX SUV Crossover. Cadillac Escalade SUV to the Kia Sorento SUV. the battle for the title of best 2013 SUV is fierce. Each company is trying to outdo their competitors in appearance, performance style and comfort whilst offering cutting edge technology and consistently lowering prices. The race for best SUV has become ferocious.

Even more so than 2012 SUV range, the variety of 2013 SUVs offer widely different features and vary greatly in size, performance, and cost. Suv.reviewitonlinet.net provides you with the best SUV reviews for some of the most popular SUVs launched to retail markets worldwide for the 2012 and 2013 SUV model years.

SUVs can be broadly characterized into three different categories – sedan based SUVs or Crossover SUVs. mid-size SUVs and truck based SUVs. Your choice would largely depend on the number of passengers or cargo you are transporting, as well as your use. Some might want an SUV for urban driving while others might need it for towing their boat or trailer. A small 2013 SUV will carry 5 passengers; a mid-sized SUV will carry 7 passengers while a truck based SUV can carry up to 9 passengers comfortably. You should consider for smaller SUVs the Nissan Juke SUV and Mazda CX-9 SUV Crossover SUV. For mid-sized, the Kia Sorrento SUV is a fantastic start whilst with large SUVs. you can’t really look past the Chevrolet Suburban Three QTR-Ton SUV or Lincoln Navigator. For towing purposes, we recommend you look at the Toyota Sequoia SUV and Ford Expedition SUV .

Cost is an obvious factor when choosing an SUV which is not necessarily related to size. Luxury SUV manufacturers like Acura. BMW. Infinit, Porsche. BMW and Mercedes-Benz tend to make smaller SUVs but offer a superior level of style, comfort and technology – the quality of best 2013 SUVs in the luxury category is outstanding when compared to previous years. The designs are sleeker, the interiors are more luxurious and the riding experience is starting to resemble gliding. In starting your journey for the best luxury best 2013 luxury SUVs. we recommend you start your journey with the Infiniti JX SUV Crossover. Lexus RX SUV Crossover and of course, the Porsche Cayenne SUV .

Fuel efficient SUVs are something of a contradiction. The big car manufacturers understand that the battle for the best SUV will include the question of fuel efficiency. Obviously, a smaller SUV will be more fuel efficient (although the smaller luxury SUVs tend to drink fuel), even so it may consume more fuel than a large sedan. From a study conducted by our analysts, available in an infographic on http://suv.reviewitonline.net/fuel-efficient-suvs/. it is not surprising that the most fuel efficient 2012 SUVs, and 2013 SUVS, are Crossover SUVs with the Nissan Juke SUV Crossover and Mazda CX-5 SUV Crossover providing the most fuel efficient ride.

The market has changed dramatically with 2012 SUVs already eclipsed by the new 2013 SUV models. The bottom line is this -go to a dealer near new and test drive one for yourself so you can decide what the best SUV is for you.

Who Are We

suv.reviewitonline.net is an arm of www.reviewitonline.net which provides you with information on the best 2013 SUVs for all SUV models up to and including the 2013 SUV model year. We provide expert reviews written by our research analysts, as well as user reviews who have shared with us on our site their views on the best SUV.

We provide up to date research, news and analysis on all things related to SUV production, sales and developments. suv.reviewitonline employs a team of writers who have experience and a passion for cars, who are pleased to provide you with the latest breaking information about SUVS from all model years, including the best 2013 SUVs from the 2013 SUV model year. Check in regularly with us to see what is new on the site and of course, we ask you to contribute to the conversation about and leave reviews to help our other users choose the best SUV for them.



13 Electric Vehicles Coming To Market In 2014 #new #cars


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13 Electric Vehicles Coming To Market In 2014

Unfortunately, playing catch-up over the holidays kicked an article idea out of my head. Fortunately, an article on GM-Volt kicked it back in. Jeff Cobb of GM-Volt went ahead and published 9 new plug-in cars to look forward to in 2014 last week. I m more or less copying his list, but I will change things up a little bit and add my own notes. Check out these new plug-in vehicles for sale in 2014, and share with your friends!

[Three notes: 1) the list doesn t include updates of models already for sale, such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, etc.; 2) links on the subheadings are links to our archives of these vehicles, while links on the names in the descriptions are to the manufacturers pages for the vehicles; 3) prices are before any tax credits or rebates.]

4. Volkswagen e-Up!

5. Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf  should be coming to the US market in 2014 (4th quarter). It made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show in November. Some early numbers for the e-Golf are: 25 mph from rest in 4.2 seconds and to get to 62 mph in approximately 10.4 seconds; 70 90 average miles of range on a full charge; 115-horsepower electric motor; 199 pound-feet of torque.

6. Cadillac ELR  (plug-in hybrid er, extended-range electric vehicle )



Average used car price hits record high in 2014 #car #batteries


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Average used car price hits record high in 2014

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Feb. 12 photo of two-year-old certified pre-owned cars at a Nissan dealership in Marlborough, Mass.

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In another sign that the auto market’s recovery has not yet peaked, the average used car price hit a record $16,800 last year, according to a report from Edmunds.com

That was up 5.7% from 2013’s average of $15,900. Higher used car prices mean that the resale value of three- and four-year-old vehicles coming off leases is strong. They also mean that people looking to buy new cars are likely to get reasonable offers on the models they trade in.

A major driver for last year’s gain is the growth in what automakers and their dealers call the “certified pre-owned” (CPO) market. These are mostly off-lease vehicles that dealers recondition and offer as alternatives to bargain hunting consumers who don’t want to buy a new vehicle.

U.S. dealers sold a record 2.3 million CPO vehicles last year or 21% of the nation’s used car market, up from 1.53 million in 2009.

“We fully expect CPO popularity to continue throughout 2015 because many leased cars are being returned in excellent shape and lightly used cars are being traded in at faster rates than in previous years,” said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst at Edmunds, a car-shopping information service.

Edmunds broke down the 2013 to 2014 used car price changes by age of vehicle. The increase in average selling price of 1-year-old and 4-year-old vehicles was about the same as the 5.7% jump of the overall used car market.

Surprisingly, prices for older cars rose even faster. The average price of 8- and 9-year-old models jumped 8.8% and 8.5% respectively, and they ranged between 10.5% and 15% for those that were 11-years-old or older.

Edmunds’ Caldwell said vehicles between 11 and 16 years old benefited more from falling gasoline prices because buyers weren’t as concerned with fuel economy as they were with utility.

Melinda Zabritski, director of automotive credit for Experian, a credit analysis firm, said the increase in subprime auto lending could be another contributing factor reinforcing older vehicle prices because subprime borrowers tend to purchase older vehicles.

Another factor driving the certified pre-owned market is the rebound in leasing, which now accounts for about 27% of all new vehicle transactions, up from about 18% in the worst of the Great Recession in 2009. But more than half — 53% — of luxury car transactions were leases last year, up from 42% in 2008. So the population of vehicles those lessees return in 2017 or 2018 will be skewed toward the higher end of the price spectrum.

As leasing approaches 30% of the new vehicle market, used car prices could soften sometime later this decade. A study released last November by Autotrader.com and its affiliate Manheim Consulting, projected that the number of vehicles coming back to dealers will climb from about 2.2 million last year to 3.4 million in 2017.

“The supply is building and prices are dipping some, but not collapsing,” said Michelle Krebs, an analyst with Autotrader.com.

Experian’s Zabritski predicts used car prices will remain strong for the near term.

“You’ve got a combination of rising prices coupled with an increase in the end-of-lease returns so we’re probably going to see used prices leveling off,” she said.

USED VEHICLE AVERAGE TRANSACTION PRICE

Vehicle Age, 2013, 2014, % Change

1 year old, $28,357,,$29,967,,5.7%

2 years old, $24,055, $24,415, 1.5%

3 years old, $22,810, $22,567, -1.1%

4 years old, $20,298, $21,413, 5.5%

5 years old, $17,687, $17,990, 1.7%

6 years old, $15,687, $15,435, -1.6%

7 years old, $13,476, $13,934, 3.4%

8 years old, $10,911, $11,872, 8.8%



Cheapest New Cars For 2014 Under $14000 – Top 5 #morethan #car #insurance


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Cheapest New Cars For 2014 Under $14000 – Top 5

N ew year, new life, goes the saying, and for some people, new life means new car, why not? who would not like to start the year with a new car? at least, I would. For those lucky ones that have in their plans to get a new or used car this coming 2014, but are still not quite sure because a new one could be more expensive than a used one, let me contradict you, show you and tell you a little bit, about what are the best and cheapest new 2014 cars you can get today in the US for less than $14000 only, an affordable figure for someone with decent credit and decent job. All of them are economical, great for the city and good for all tastes and ages.

Starting with the most expensive, this is the top 5 list of the cheapest new cars in America for this coming 2014:

5) Kia Rio 2014 – MSRP Price: $13,800

In the new model of the 3rd generation of the Rio, Kia keeps the youthful and sporty style which has helped it to gain a lot of worldwide followers in recent years. It is available in two different versions, sedan and 5-door hatchback, being the hatchback only $100 more expensive.

KIA RIO 2014 SEDAN. For the low price, this vehicle is simply amazing. To find more about the new Rio, please visit its official site .

Its exterior design shows the constant evolution of Kia in recent years. With daring and aerodynamic cuts that inspire a sense of youth and rebellion. Includes sunroof and alloy wheels making the Rio one of the favorite cars of the youth segment looking for an economical but well equipped car.

It has some qualities that place it above the others in its segment. Its exterior European style, an interior perfectly clean with well designed controls, and above all, a friendly and efficient powertrain. This model will amaze you instantly once you are seated behind the wheel. If I had to pick one of the reasons that most attract me from the Rio, compared to other inexpensive small cars, it would be its lively style, quiet acceleration and fresh look.

4) Smart ForTwo Pure 2014 – MSRP Price: $13,270

The fact that a car is tiny does not mean it has to be unsafe or poorly equipped, and the smart Fortwo Pure is living proof of that.

The subcompact segment is gaining momentum in developed markets due to high gas prices and pollution emissions, and the smart fortwo pure, a car designed for urban living space, has been developed from these requirements.

2014 SMART FORTWO PURE. An high quality urban car unique in its kind. To find more about the new fortwo, please visit its official site. Photo source: smart.com

This tiny coupe comes with 5-speed smartshift transmission with automatic or manual mode. It also features hill start assist, and lots of standard safety features such as 8 full-size airbags.

The fortwo is a car that, as its name implies, is designed for two people. Its exterior design is very distinctive, especially because of the already famous Tridion safety cell, which everyone knows as the silver stripe we found across the car. This safety cell was created considering that the small car could withstand impacts of much larger vehicles and achieved its goal in spades.

The smart fortwo pure comes equipped with a 1.0L 3 cylinder in line engine of 70-HP that delivers up to 38 mpg combined. Its gas tank has a capacity of up to 8.7 gallon, this means that with the current gas prices, you can fill up to the tank with less than $30.

3) Mitsubishi Mirage 2014 – MSRP Price: $12,995

Is characterized by being compact on the outside, but plenty of room and comfort inside. It was presented in April at the New York auto show and it is now being released in the U.S. market. The main goal of this model is to expand to emerging markets, and become a practical and economical choice.

2014 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE. The incredible gasoline vehicle that yields like a hybrid. To find more about the new Japanese Mirage, please visit its official site .

The latest creation from the Japanese manufacturer took the basic concepts that define a “compact car” such as: efficiency, functionality and performance, achieving with the Mirage an urban size car, friendly to the environment with low CO2 emissions, with high safety standards for all occupants and low fuel consumption.

The Mirage is available as a five-door hatchback for five-passenger, with an 1.2L DOHC MIVEC three-cylinder engine of 74-HP, that according to Mitsubishi has a combined EPA fuel efficiency rating of 40 mpg (37 in the city / 44 on highway). If those numbers are accepted in the industry, Mitsubishi says that the Mirage will be the more efficient gasoline vehicle that isn’t a hybrid, sold in the U.S.

2) Chevrolet Spark 2014 – MSRP Price: $12,170

With eight expressive colors, the new 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a tone for everyone. It has a navigation system unique in its class. The smartphone application BringGo offers plenty of user-friendly features, such as a pager and traffic data in real time that can be experienced when it is connected through Chevrolet MyLink.

CHEVROLET SPARK 2014. A globe-trotting city car with lots of cutting-edge features and positive consumer reviews at a miserable low price ;-J that surely you can afford. To find more about the new Japanese Mirage, please visit its official site .

For the new 2014 model, the highlight is the addition of a new continuously variable transmission CVT, instead of the current 4-speed automatic. The 5-speed manual will also be offered. In both cases, they will be together to a 1.2L 4-cylinder engine which can generate 84 horsepower. The car is rated at 34 MPG combined with a 5-speed manual transmission which decreases to 32 MPG when using an automatic transmission. The inclusion of this new CVT transmission would intend to improve the EPA rating, plus it is also expected to improve the driving experience.

In short, the Spark is an unpretentious city car, focusing on doing well what it has to do. Its light weight and compact size allow it to have a small engine enough to move you into the big cities. Honestly, the interior, although it is not remarkable, it is enough for the rear passengers can make short trips without any problems, and taking into account the segment to which it belongs, it is not so bad at all.

1) Nissan Versa Sedan 2014 – MSRP Price: $11,990

The Nissan Versa sedan is an economical car that focuses on the family. For this 2014, it enters its third year on the market and does so without external changes. Its exterior design is a bit quirky as it looks like two cars in one. From the rear, it looks like an Altima. large and square, but at the front becomes rounded. In short, the 2014 Versa still has proportions a bit unorthodox for current standards, and although some pictures of an alleged facelift have come out, apparently we will have to wait until 2015 to see it on the dealerships.

2014 NISSAN VERSA SEDAN. The best deal of all five. For less than $12000 you can buy a new car that is perfect for the daily commuting and for the family too. To find more about this Japanese sedan, please visit its official site .

The Versa sales target is clear: those people looking for a modern car, affordably priced with good performance and enough interior space. So far, Nissan has been successful. In 2012 were sold 774.846 units worldwide, figure that places it as the eighth best-selling car and the Nissan model with more acceptance in the automotive industry. Being known as the cheapest new car for sale in America has also helped it to have a place on the podium of the best cars for those looking for economy and reliability.

In terms of mechanical and specifications, The Nissan Versa S model, which is the one that cost $11,990 and the cheapest one of the four available, comes equipped with a 1.6 L DOHC Inline 4-cylinder engine of 109-HP which delivers up to 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on highways.



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Three new Proton cars heading to the UK in 2014

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Proton Suprima S, Exora Bold MPV and Preve saloon heading to UK in 2014

Proton is planning a major relaunch in the UK with three new models set to be offered early in 2014.

Leading the charge will be the Suprima S hatchback, and will be joined by the Exora Bold MPV and Preve saloon.

The Ford Focus rivalling Suprima S was launched in Proton’s home market of Malaysia earlier this year, with a 1.6-litre 138bhp turbo engine.

It was initially offered with a seven-speed CVT gearbox, but according to respected Malaysian website paultan.org. a six-speed manual will also be available in the UK. The power output is likely to remain unchanged.

The Suprima S on sale in Malaysia delivers a 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds and promises 35mpg. It was benchmarked against the Focus, VW Golf, Peugeot 308 and Mazda 3 during its development.

The Proton UK website is highlighting the relaunch, with both the MPV and saloon featuring prominently on its home page.

Both models are also fitted with the 1.6 turbo in Malaysia.

Proton sells a limited range through its UK dealer network at present, with only the Gen-2, Savvy, Satria Neo and Ecologic on offer.



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Pursuit of the perfect blend: The best hybrid cars

Simply put, the automotive industry is changing. A few years ago, hybrid models had a reputation for being more expensive and less powerful than their gas guzzling counterparts. These days, however, that s not the case. Thanks to advancing technology and a growing interest in green vehicles, hybrid cars are not just more efficient than they were two years ago, they preform better on the road.

There are lots of options out there. Most manufactures offer a few hybrid options. There are dozens of options priced under $30,000. Going gas electric might cost you more, but it s likely that you ll make up for it in the long run.

Here s our updated list of the best Hybrids currently on the market. Whether you re looking for a traditional hybrid like the Toyota Prius, or have the money (and voltage) to burn on a luxury laden option like the Tesla Model S, there is something here for everyone. While you re at it, check out our car reviews and our guide to the best used car websites .

This article was originally published August 14, 2012 and has been updated to reflect new hybrid offerings and model years. Amir Iliaifar contributed to this article.

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Car Search Engines – Top 10 Car Search Sites 2014 #car #hire #london


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Best Car Search Engines

This is a comprehensive list of search engines that allow car buyers to find cars, trucks, SUVs, and other types of vehicles online.

Some of the web sites listed here only return automobiles that were posted specifically to each respective site, while others aggregate listings for sale from various other places and display them in one central location. Dealers can also use some of these resources to submit their available inventory for sale or lease.

Top 10 Car Search Engines

*Alexa Traffic Rank (global). **Monthly Unique Visitor estimates from Compete.com (U.S. only). Updated for 2015.

Summaries

AutoTrader.com Established in 1997, it s the leading online vehicle marketplace and information website. Auto dealers and private sellers can list cars and trucks for sale. Consumers can read reviews, connect with lenders and insurance companies, and research deals on all types of vehicles.

Cars.com Created in 1998, this is a top search engine for online car shoppers, offering information from consumers and experts to help buyers determine which vehicles to buy. The site allows people to search millions of used listings, get pricing details, dealer quotes, read expert reviews, and sell their own. It provides a side-by-side comparison tool, photo galleries, videos, editorial content and has a large selection of new and used inventory.

Edmunds.com Launched in 1995, Edmonds claims to be the first automotive information Web site. It s a car buying guide that lists new and used prices, comparisons, buyer s advice, ratings and values. Consumers can also get price quotes and find vehicles in their area.

CarGurus.com Created in 2000, this website provides over 750,000 vehicle reviews with photos and opinions from real people. It offers the DealFinder search engine that analyzes millions of active listings to give purchasers instant access to the best promotions in their area. It also creates records for private-sellers and dealers.

MotorTrend.com Launched in 1996, MotorTrend is the Official Motor Trend magazine web site. It features new and used vehicles, concept cars, road tests, auto shows, and a ton of additional buying info. MotorTrend.com also provides a news blog, events, videos, forum, classifieds, price comparison and shopping tools.

CarMax.com Launched in 1996, it s the front-end website to the CarMax automotive dealer chain. Users can research all types of models, view detailed specifications, compare ratings, or sell their vehicle to the dealership. It offers payment calculators, financial tools and allows users provide feedback.

CarsDirect.com Started in 1998, this is one of the best online car buying services. It provides used and new automobile info, plus extremely helpful financial-related content. People can search vehicles by make and model, sell a used vehicle, and get help with financing.

Hemmings.com Auto classifieds that allows you to view thousands of classic cars, parts and service available for sale. It has an online auction, provides helpful content, and is a huge community of automotive enthusiasts.

Autobytel.com Since 1995 Autobytel has been providing innovative products and services to help consumers buy, and auto dealers and manufacturers sell, more used and new cars. Shoppers can browse hundreds of thousands of cars for sale, and read their car buying cuide with vehicle reviews, videos and pictures.

Automotive.com Started in 1996, it s one of the Internet s leading auto buying portals. You can locate autos in the classifieds, find trade-in values, and insurance quotes. Consumers can receive information on recalls, safety-ratings, resale valuations, and use the available tools to help during the buying process.

Keep in mind this top ten list of car search engines is based on Alexa Traffic Rank only; not necessarily which ones are best from a user s perspective. If you d like us to review another search engine missing from our one of lists don’t hesitate to send us the web site information via our contact form.

3 thoughts on Best Car Search Engines

    John March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

MotoMiner.com is one of the newer car search sites. It is an ACTUAL search engine, in that it goes out and gets vehicle information from dealer websites, so it has a lot more available cars to search through than the other search sites (like Cars.com or whatever). You should check it out and maybe include it in your list.

Great to hear, Wes, thanks for the feedback. Definitely understand why you can t list it yet. We re working on the traffic part. Really appreciate you bending the rule here for the comment. If you have any further feedback for us, we d love to hear it, as we are always looking to improve.



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The Truck – Background Review

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The Truck – Background Review

The truck or pickup truck, to differentiate it from commercial cargo haulers, shares its roots with the most famous of all cars – the Ford Model T. It is a famous auto-lore how Henry Ford modified one of his Model T cars to make it into a truck by removing the top part of the back part and putting a flat base there for cargo. Henry Ford named this his Ford T Runabout with Pickup Body and its debut was in 1925. The Ford Pickup became very popular very quickly with all kinds of small businessmen from builders to farmers using this new revolutionary vehicle. Within 10 years, Ford had already sold well over 2.5m pickups prompting other manufacturers to quickly design and launch pickup designs of their own.

These days there are many different types of commercially available trucks ranging in size from the compact to the full and even super size truck. Compact pickups tend to dominate the truck market and surprisingly, given the very American roots of the pickup truck, the main manufacturers were and still are Japanese with the first ones introduced by Nissan and Toyota. American manufacturers have typically dominated the large truck sector of the market with the high horsepower high torque trucks generally commonplace in the more rural parts of the USA and Canada. These ‘power’ trucks are generally not very commonplace outside of the American continent as their huge size makes them impractical for most of Europe and the Far East.

There has been a dramatic shift in the construction of trucks over the last two decades largely driven by the growing popularity of the SUV sector of the market. The rise of the SUV initially ate into some of the market with many of them offering similar levels of power and the same kind of specialized equipment such as front winches. In addition to having many of the same benefits of a truck, the SUV was much more comfortable. As a result, truck manufacturers responded by starting to increase the level of luxury in their higher end models and included many of the same gadgets found in their Sedan lines.

Most modern pickups now include options for a larger cab so that the pickup can also be used as a comfortable family vehicle, have a variety of different interior designs including leather upholstery, and feature most of the common extras such as air conditioning, top quality sound systems and satellite navigation which has allowed the truck industry to reclaim much of the ground lost initially to SUVs.

The key modern manufacturers in the compact pickup range are still the Japanese with the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma dominating in this area. In the full truck size, the American manufacturers still reign supreme with the Ford 150 and 350 the most popular followed by the Ram 1500 and the GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500. There have also been some improvements in the fuel economy of modern trucks although most of the larger ones still struggle to get to 15mpg.



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Three new Proton cars heading to the UK in 2014

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Proton Suprima S, Exora Bold MPV and Preve saloon heading to UK in 2014

Proton is planning a major relaunch in the UK with three new models set to be offered early in 2014.

Leading the charge will be the Suprima S hatchback, and will be joined by the Exora Bold MPV and Preve saloon.

The Ford Focus rivalling Suprima S was launched in Proton’s home market of Malaysia earlier this year, with a 1.6-litre 138bhp turbo engine.

It was initially offered with a seven-speed CVT gearbox, but according to respected Malaysian website paultan.org. a six-speed manual will also be available in the UK. The power output is likely to remain unchanged.

The Suprima S on sale in Malaysia delivers a 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds and promises 35mpg. It was benchmarked against the Focus, VW Golf, Peugeot 308 and Mazda 3 during its development.

The Proton UK website is highlighting the relaunch, with both the MPV and saloon featuring prominently on its home page.

Both models are also fitted with the 1.6 turbo in Malaysia.

Proton sells a limited range through its UK dealer network at present, with only the Gen-2, Savvy, Satria Neo and Ecologic on offer.



Every 2014 And 2015 Hybrid Car In The U. S: Ultimate Guide #car #games


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Every 2014 And 2015 Hybrid Car In The U.S. Ultimate Guide

2011 Toyota Prius

Turn back the clock by one decade, and there were just four hybrid cars on sale in the U.S.

One was the first-generation Toyota Prius . The original Honda Insight was still going strong as the most efficient vehicle on sale (and only plug-in cars still better it today). Honda also offered the Civic Hybrid. And Ford’s Escape Hybrid had just made its debut back in 2004.

Today, including different transmission options that figure has risen by dozens, giving consumers a fantastic range of options for fuel-efficient hybrid motoring.

Our guide to every diesel vehicle on sale in the U.S. has proven popular, so below is our guide to every hybrid vehicle currently on sale. We’ve only featured vehicles that don’t require plugging in, so you won’t find the plug-in Prius or Chevrolet Volt in the list.

Click on any vehicle’s name to go straight to our overview pages, with reviews, news and more.

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Small Cars and compacts

It’s business as usual at the top, where the 2014 Toyota Prius C reigns supreme. It tops the list with 50 mpg combined economy, and an impressive 53 mpg city rating.

Next up is a relatively new entrant, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. With a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine VW promises plenty of fun, but a Jetta diesel-beating 45 mpg is also there for the taking. Its closest rival in size, the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid. matches it for combined economy, beats it in the city (44 mpg versus 42 mpg) and lags 1 mpg on the highway (47 mpg to 48 mpg).

Further down you’ll find the classy CT 200h from Lexus. It’s basically a Prius underneath, and although it manages a lower 42 mpg combined, it has the extra prestige that some buyers may be seeking. It also features a price tag that starts significantly higher, at $32,050.

The 2014 Honda Insight doesn’t have prestige to its name, but manages the same 42 mpg (41 mpg city, 44 mpg highway). If you want one for any reason you’ll have to act fast, as it isn’t long for this world .

The Insight might be on the chopping block but Honda’s sporty CR-Z  has earned a stay of execution. It returns 37 mpg combined with a continuously-variable transmission, or 34 combined with the six-speed manual–the only manual hybrid on the market.

It’s not the most efficient hybrid on the market but it’s peppy to drive–and the recent introduction of a supercharger kit makes it even more fun.



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The 2014 Morgan Plus 4 prides itself on its old school looks that frankly hasn t changed all that much from the models in the 60 s. It s quite charming, really, that Morgan continues to roll out a car that looks like this.

There are some redeeming qualities about Morgan and the Plus 4 . A lot, actually. One thing we ve come to appreciate about the company is its dedication to its classic sports car roots. Whereas other brands may have caved in to produce cars with designs that are up to the times, Morgan is sticking to its guns, determined to cater to that specific market that still appreciates an retro-looking burner when they see one.

And in a lot of ways, the Plus 4 s design actually makes it stand out these days. Thankfully, Morgan understands that just because the car looks like a `40 s hot rod, it doesn t mean it should carry an engine from those times. It has 154 horsepower under that elongated bonnet, more than enough to enjoy the thrill of riding in style with the Plus 4.

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The Cheapest New Cars of 2014

Update: I have since published a list of the cheapest new cars of 2015. What follows is for the 2014 model year.

If you re new to this blog and in the market for a new car, you might as well start your search with a list of the least expensive new cars on the market. And this post serves as just that a list of the cheapest new cars of 2014 .

I research and revise this list each year you can find last year s cheapest new cars here. for comparison and since dealers want to move on to 2014, you might be able to find a great deal on last year s models.

But before you take this article as a testimonial to run out and buy a new car here is my advice:

  1. Live without a car, if at all possible (take public transportation/bike/walk).
  2. If you have a significant other, downsize from 2 cars to 1, if you can. I did this about 5 years ago and it s been a HUGE cost saver .
  3. Drive your existing car as long as it is economically feasible to continue doing so.
  4. If you do need a car, look long and hard for a great deal. I don t believe in the always buy used motto. Sometimes new cars are the cheaper option if you can find a great deal and you ride it until its death, particularly with the used car market being over-priced, as it has been in recent years. Do your homework to find the most economical option for you.

We good? OK, now I can rest easy.

Pricing Out a Vehicle

There is a whole lot more to finding the cheapest vehicle than just looking at sticker price. In this post, for your convenience, I ve included:

  • the base auto transmission model (manuals are often cheaper, but hard to find and sell)
  • the MSRP (which you should never pay)
  • the factory invoice

As well as other important variables that impact total cost:

  • city and highway MPG ratings
  • average annual fuel cost (from the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov at $3.24 per gallon, 15,000 miles driven (45% city, 55% highway).
  • length of powertrain and basic warranties

You ll also want to price out insurance premiums at a number of insurers BEFORE choosing a car to purchase.

Notes on the Cheapest New Cars of 2014

Not a huge list of newcomers this year.

One that is exciting, in its cheapness, if not styling is the Mitsubishi Mirage. This car enters the list at #4 as a 4-door hatchback. It gets outstanding fuel economy at 37 city and 44 highway, and carries an excellent warranty at 10 years or 100,000 miles for original owners, 5 years/60,000 for subsequent owners on powertrain, and 5 years 60,000 miles on a basic limited warranty.

There is a new cheapest new car this year, as the Nissan Versa surpasses the Smart Car ForTwo (which has had sizable price increases the past two years) for the #1 spot. The Versa also adds an S+ version to its lineup, which is the same as the basic, but with a continuously variable transmission which pushes it up to 40 MPG highway.

Most of these models did not exist 5 years ago, so it s encouraging to see a renewed focus by automakers on making compact, inexpensive vehicles.

None of these vehicles make my list of the most fuel efficient cars of 2014 because of their newer engine technology but most do have very respectable fuel economy due to their small sizes.

Foreign Automakers Still Own the Market for the Cheapest Cars

Foreign Automakers claim ownership of 7 of the top 10 cheapest new cars. The Spark and Sonic (Chevy) and Fiesta (Ford) are the only models to make the list from U.S. automakers.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 cheapest new cars of 2014 from #10 up to #1. What s your pick, if you had a choice?

10. Mazda 2

  • Base Automatic Transmission model: Mazda 2 Sport 4-Door Hatchback
  • Engine: 1.5L, 4-speed Auto Transmission, 16-valve, 4 cylinder, 100 HP
  • MSRP: $16,355
  • Factory Invoice: $16,354
  • City MPG: 28
  • Highway MPG: 34
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,600
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 100,000 miles
  • Limited Basic Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Notes: The cousin to the Ford Fiesta, The Mazda2 actually has a 4-speed transmission vs. the Fiesta s 6-speed giving it lower fuel efficiency. Zero price increase year/year, while the Fiesta actually declined. My money is still on the Fiesta.


Average used car price hits record high in 2014 #car #insurance #singapore


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Average used car price hits record high in 2014

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Feb. 12 photo of two-year-old certified pre-owned cars at a Nissan dealership in Marlborough, Mass.

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In another sign that the auto market’s recovery has not yet peaked, the average used car price hit a record $16,800 last year, according to a report from Edmunds.com

That was up 5.7% from 2013’s average of $15,900. Higher used car prices mean that the resale value of three- and four-year-old vehicles coming off leases is strong. They also mean that people looking to buy new cars are likely to get reasonable offers on the models they trade in.

A major driver for last year’s gain is the growth in what automakers and their dealers call the “certified pre-owned” (CPO) market. These are mostly off-lease vehicles that dealers recondition and offer as alternatives to bargain hunting consumers who don’t want to buy a new vehicle.

U.S. dealers sold a record 2.3 million CPO vehicles last year or 21% of the nation’s used car market, up from 1.53 million in 2009.

“We fully expect CPO popularity to continue throughout 2015 because many leased cars are being returned in excellent shape and lightly used cars are being traded in at faster rates than in previous years,” said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst at Edmunds, a car-shopping information service.

Edmunds broke down the 2013 to 2014 used car price changes by age of vehicle. The increase in average selling price of 1-year-old and 4-year-old vehicles was about the same as the 5.7% jump of the overall used car market.

Surprisingly, prices for older cars rose even faster. The average price of 8- and 9-year-old models jumped 8.8% and 8.5% respectively, and they ranged between 10.5% and 15% for those that were 11-years-old or older.

Edmunds’ Caldwell said vehicles between 11 and 16 years old benefited more from falling gasoline prices because buyers weren’t as concerned with fuel economy as they were with utility.

Melinda Zabritski, director of automotive credit for Experian, a credit analysis firm, said the increase in subprime auto lending could be another contributing factor reinforcing older vehicle prices because subprime borrowers tend to purchase older vehicles.

Another factor driving the certified pre-owned market is the rebound in leasing, which now accounts for about 27% of all new vehicle transactions, up from about 18% in the worst of the Great Recession in 2009. But more than half — 53% — of luxury car transactions were leases last year, up from 42% in 2008. So the population of vehicles those lessees return in 2017 or 2018 will be skewed toward the higher end of the price spectrum.

As leasing approaches 30% of the new vehicle market, used car prices could soften sometime later this decade. A study released last November by Autotrader.com and its affiliate Manheim Consulting, projected that the number of vehicles coming back to dealers will climb from about 2.2 million last year to 3.4 million in 2017.

“The supply is building and prices are dipping some, but not collapsing,” said Michelle Krebs, an analyst with Autotrader.com.

Experian’s Zabritski predicts used car prices will remain strong for the near term.

“You’ve got a combination of rising prices coupled with an increase in the end-of-lease returns so we’re probably going to see used prices leveling off,” she said.

USED VEHICLE AVERAGE TRANSACTION PRICE

Vehicle Age, 2013, 2014, % Change

1 year old, $28,357,,$29,967,,5.7%

2 years old, $24,055, $24,415, 1.5%

3 years old, $22,810, $22,567, -1.1%

4 years old, $20,298, $21,413, 5.5%

5 years old, $17,687, $17,990, 1.7%

6 years old, $15,687, $15,435, -1.6%

7 years old, $13,476, $13,934, 3.4%

8 years old, $10,911, $11,872, 8.8%



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When the time comes to buy a new or used car, either as your first car or as a replacement for your current one, the choice can be difficult. With a huge range of cars available to motorists, deciding whether you should buy a large family car, small people carrier or an estate car can be a daunting task.

With the need to save money increasing daily, many motorists need to look into whether they are prepared to pay for a new car, or settle for a used car. And of course there’s the question of arranging a car loan and finding good car insurance.

Fortunately, Review Centre is on hand to help. Our car review pages are dedicated to a huge range of makes and models, ranging from new car reviews for vehicles like the latest BMW X6, as well as second hand car reviews for almost anything from Audi to Vauxhall. So if you are still trying to decide which car to test drive, or what car to hire, then our consumer written car reviews will help you make that all-important decision a little bit easier.

Finally, if you are thinking about buying a new or used car, then we suggest taking a look at our buying a car FAQ page.



New 2014, 2015 & 2016 Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren & Used Car Dealership in Atlanta #car #finance #calculator


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Welcome to Motorcars of Georgia

Motorcars of Georgia is here to help you find the new Aston Martin. Lamborghini. Lotus or McLaren that matches your style. Additionally we are the leaders in pre-owned and used luxury and exotic vehicles with a fantastic selection of: Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren, Mercedes, Porsche, Rolls Royce and more. We also want to help new car enthusiasts stay on the road with expert factory authorized car service, repair & parts.

If you’re in the market for a new 2014, 2015 & 2016 Rapide, Rapide S, Gallardo, Huracan, Evora, Aventador, Vanquish, MP4-12, MP4-12c, 650S, P1, Exige V12 Vantage, V12 Vantage S or V8 Vantage. you’ll find it at Motorcars of Georgia. We have all the newest 2014, 2015 & 2016 Lotus, Aston Martin, McLaren and Lamborghini models you could ever want. You’ll also find a team committed to ensuring that you find the right vehicle for you. On our end, that means answering questions, comparing new and used Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Lotus models, and getting you behind the wheel for a closer look. We are car enthusiasts serving other enthusiasts and you will love our team of dedicated specialists.

Looking for the car of your dreams, but maybe not looking to spend quite as much as you would for a brand new luxury vehicle? We totally understand new cars aren’t for everyone. As such, we also have an expansive array of low-mileage, like-new used cars for hitting the roads of Atlanta, the surrounding areas or anywhere for that matter. Our selection of used Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Lotus, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, McLaren, Mercedes, Porsche and Rolls Royce are in spectacular shape and are a little more affordable than our new cars. Making the trip to see us from anywhere is worth it as long as you know you will be driving home in a pre-owned Aston Martin, McLaren Lotus, Lamborghini or other luxury or exotic vehicle that could easily pass for brand new.

Time to Talk Auto Financing in Atlanta

You don’t have to fret about auto financing in Atlanta. That’s because our car loan and Aston Martin, Lamborghini, McLaren and Lotus specialists want to help you reach your goal: to drive home in the vehicle you desire. Motorcars of Georgia takes the time to explain all the details, making sure you understand every comfort, safety and entertainment feature (there are many!) and get the best deal possible. It’s part of our job; but also, we enjoy helping turn dreams into reality.

Looking for Aston Martin, Lamborghini, McLaren and Lotus auto service done right? Then bring your vehicle to the Motorcars of Georgia service center, serving Atlanta, and the Southeast. We can also help you transport your vehicle from anywhere in the country or even the world. Our experts do more than perform oil changes and tire rotations. They can diagnose any problems that your vehicle may have and implement a fix sure to take years off of aesthetics or performance. What’s more, they do it all using time-tested, genuine Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Lotus and McLaren parts. We are also happy to serve your needs on most other luxury and exotic cars such as: Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren, Mercedes, Porsche, Rolls Royce

When you have Motorcars of Georgia on your side, finding and owning a new or used Aston Martin, Lamborghini or Lotus becomes easier and more enjoyable. Take your time and browse our site. You’ll find a wide range of info, from up-to-date inventories to online appointment scheduling forms and everything in between. We look forward to seeing you here at 7865 Roswell Rd Atlanta, Georgia in the near future; and we strongly encourage you to give us a call or stop by and see us during regular business hours if you have any questions. Follow our directions to find our Southeast exotic car dealership

Motorcars of Georgia located in Atlanta, Georgia specializes in the world most exclusive motorcars. We are the franchised new car dealer for: Aston Martin, LAMBORGHINI, LOTUS, McLaren & SPYKER. We are also one of the top independent pre-owned Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Lotus and McLaren dealers and well known as “The Bimmer Store”.  Our pre-owned CERTIFIED & CPO options offer great alternatives to new exotics.   A visit to our dealership will engross you with the finest sales and service of: Aston Martin, McLaren, Lamborghini, Lotus, Spyker, Mercedes, Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Audi. Aston Martin models are available to make any buyer happy; Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin DBS, VOLANTE and more. We also have the greatest model’s like; Corvette, Viper, Alpina’s, Dinan enhanced McLaren’s and more. In Atlanta and the Southeast we are well known as the leading provider of McLaren M3, M5, M6, M coupe, M roadster and more. Whatever you find at Motorcars of Georgia will be sure to be pristine, unique and entertaining!

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New Car Reviews 2014 #national #car #hire


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S Best Lease Deals for February 2014 #economy #car #hire


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Cars.com’s Best Lease Deals for February 2014

By Jesse Toprak

February 11, 2014

As winter storms grip most of the country, shoppers will find some of the best lease deals on several SUVs along with many of the top-selling cars.

Cars.com ranks all available lease specials by considering how much car consumers are getting for their money. The calculations include the advertised monthly payment, lease term (length), allowed mileage and down payment.

We are currently in the middle of a perfect storm of ideal leasing conditions. Residual values continue to be near-record levels and interest rates are at historical lows, both helping to lower lease payments for consumers.

Top Lease Offers for February 2014

$399/month, 36 months, $1,999 down, $35,415 MSRP, 10,000 miles per year, expires 3/3/14

2014 BMW 328i sedan

$369/month, 36 months, $3,844 down, $41,325 MSRP, 10,000 miles per year, expires 2/28/14



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Proton New Cars 2014

Details of the new additions to Proton Australia s showroom in 2014.

Proton Suprima S (January)

The Proton Suprima S will be priced from $21,790 driveaway when it goes on sale in Australia in January. The compact Preve-based hatchback will be offered in two specifications – GX and GXR – with the flagship variant priced at $26,590 driveaway. The duo will initially be available exclusively with a ‘seven-speed’ automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), with six-speed manual versions follow later in 2014 at $19,790 (GX) and $24,590 (GXR). Powered by the same turbocharged 103kW/205Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol as the Preve GXR, the Suprima S claims to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 9.9 seconds and consume 8.8L/100km combined. Highlights of the GX include 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear fog lights, USB input and Bluetooth phone connectivity, while the GXR gains larger 17-inch alloys, auto headlights and wipers, front parking sensors, push-button start, paddleshifters, cruise and climate control, leather upholstery, and a seven-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, DVD player and reversing camera.

Proton Preve GXR manual and LE (Q2)

Designed to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Up! and Mitsubishi Mirage city cars, Proton’s pint-sized GSC (Global Small Car) will launch internationally in the first half of 2014 before going on sale in Australia in the third quarter. The Malaysian maker ran a contest this year to name its Savvy successor (internally coded P2-30A), but has not confirmed its title yet. Although final technical details are yet to be released, given the car (previewed by the Proton Emas concept, pictured) has been benchmarked against the 66kW/110Nm 1.2-litre Honda Brio, indications are that the GSC will be powered by a small capacity (likely 1.2- or 1.3-litre) high-efficiency in-house-developed petrol engine. Expect entry pricing below $13,000.



NADA Used Car Guide: Used Vehicle Prices to Slip in 2014 – NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 25, 2014 #free #cars


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NADA Used Car Guide: Used Vehicle Prices to Slip in 2014 Greater supply of used cars to end five years of price growth, but prices will remain at historically high levels.

NEW ORLEANS. Jan. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A sharp rise in the supply of late-model used cars and light trucks is expected to end a five-year run of price growth, according to the NADA Used Car Guide.

Late-model used vehicle supply will be more plentiful in large part due to an 18% surge in off-lease volume. The supply of units six to eight years in age, however, will continue to fall as a byproduct of the new vehicle sales decline from 2006 to 2009.

“These diverging trends will result in late-model used vehicle prices dropping more substantially than their older counterparts,” said Jonathan Banks. executive automotive analyst for the NADA Used Car Guide, at the 2014 NADA Convention Expo in New Orleans .

NADA predicts prices of used vehicles up to four years in age will decline by an average of 2.5% on an annual basis in 2014. By comparison, prices of units from five to eight years in age will essentially remain flat.

Collectively, NADA anticipates the average price of used vehicles up to eight model years in age will fall by 0.5% to 1% this year. In 2013, prices grew by a slight 0.4% and have increased 18% since 2007.

“Although availability of off-lease units will be better this year, it’s important to place volume levels into historical context,” Banks said. “Despite the increase, lease volume will still be 11% below 2009 levels.”

Volume growth will be highest for the segments with higher new sales over the past few years — compact utilities, subcompact cars, luxury cars and utilities. Conversely, tight supply for certain truck segments — mid-size vans, large SUVs and compact/large pickups — will see prices increase once again in 2014.

Supply aside, the outlook for other market fundamentals remain positive. The economy is expected to grow at its highest level since 2012, unemployment will continue to fall, home prices remain on the rise and credit conditions will continue to be advantageous.

“Economic factors, in addition to the increased dealer focus on used car operations and greater awareness of manufacturer certified pre-owned programs, will keep used vehicle prices at historically high levels despite the anticipated decline,” Banks said.

The four-day convention runs Jan. 24-27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. For more information, visit www.nadaconvention.org .

About the NADA Used Car Guide

Since 1933, NADA Used Car Guide has earned its reputation as the leading provider of vehicle valuation products, services and information to businesses throughout the United States and worldwide. NADA’s editorial team collects and analyzes over one million combined automotive and truck wholesale and retail transactions per month. Its guidebooks, auction data, analysis, and data solutions offer automotive/truck, finance, insurance and government professionals the timely information and reliable solutions they need to make better business decisions. Visit nada.com/b2b to learn more.

About NADA

NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships with more than 32,000 domestic and international franchises. For more information, visit www.nada.org .

SOURCE NADA Used Car Guide



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Most Reliable 2014 Cars: Sedans

By Jeff Youngs, May 14, 2014

Every year, J.D. Power surveys thousands of new- and used-car owners, asking them about what has gone right, what has gone wrong, what they like, and what they dislike about their vehicles. The information is used to measure a variety of individual factors related to vehicle dependability, quality, and overall appeal, among others. Based on the company’s initial quality and vehicle dependability data, J.D. Power predicts how reliable new cars, trucks, and SUVs are likely to be in the future.

Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the top-rated, non-luxury sedans (and a few 5-door hatchbacks) in terms of predicted reliability, according to J.D. Power.

2014 Chevrolet Impala

Though redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Chevy Impala is expected to continue to offer the same level of dependability as the previous model. This new 2014 Impala is offered in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels, each powered by a choice between a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine. Much roomier than the previous model, the 2014 Impala features advanced safety and infotainment technologies, too.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Just one year after a complete redesign for 2013. Chevrolet re-boots the Malibu midsize sedan, installing a new standard 4-cylinder engine, repackaging the interior for greater comfort, massaging the underpinnings to improve ride and handling, and offering new safety and infotainment technologies. The 2014 Malibu continues in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels.

2014 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is not a traditional sedan. Instead, it is a 4-passenger, 5-door hatchback equipped with an electric motor. Plug it in to recharge the battery and enjoy nearly 40 miles of pure electric range. When the battery reaches a minimal state of charge, an onboard generator that runs on gasoline fires up to extend driving range. This unique setup allows a Volt driver to travel the average daily commuting distance using electricity, or to travel non-stop across the country on gasoline.

2014 Honda Accord

For 2014, the popular Honda Accord midsize sedan adds a new gas-electric hybrid powertrain that can be upgraded to plug-in hybrid status. Both versions continuously cycle between EV Drive mode, Hybrid Drive mode, and Engine Drive mode to best match power output with driving conditions, and with the plug-in hybrid the Accord can travel approximately 13 miles on electricity alone, according to Honda. The Accord Hybrid is rated to get 47 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA.

2014 Honda Civic

Honda refreshes its popular Civic Sedan for the second year in a row. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) improves fuel economy for the LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels, and all but the LX now feature a new touch-screen infotainment system with a 7-in. display and next-generation connectivity technology and services. New safety and convenience items debut, too, and the racy Civic Si gains a bit more power in addition to bigger wheels and tires.

2014 Toyota Avalon

Toyota makes few changes to its full-size Avalon sedan, which was redesigned for the 2013 model year. A reversing camera is standard for 2014, and a couple of lighting changes are new. That means the 2014 Avalon continues in XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited trim levels, each equipped with a standard V-6 engine. A gas-electric hybrid powertrain is optional, and the EPA says it will get 40 mpg.

2014 Toyota Camry

When shopping for a 2014 Toyota Camry, buyers should be aware that a mid-year update to the car’s underlying structure improved crash-test performance. That means it may be wise to look for a 2014.5 model, which also gains a standard reversing camera and can be upgraded with the latest version of Toyota’s Entune infotainment technology. The only other news for this year’s Camry relates to the new SE Sport trim level, which adds bigger wheels, a sunroof, and more; and a limited run of SE Hybrid models .

2014 Toyota Corolla

The 2014 Corolla is completely redesigned, featuring what Toyota calls “expressive, chiseled” styling, a roomier interior, and a new LE Eco version that adds power while improving fuel economy. It joins a lineup comprised of L, LE, and S trim levels, the latter equipped with sportier visual cues. Standard equipment for every version includes LED headlights.

2014 Toyota Prius

Reliable, affordable, and able to get 50 mpg according to the EPA, the 2014 Prius is also practical thanks to its 5-door hatchback design. Plus, this high-mileage, gas-electric hybrid is available with a Toyota Racing Development package that adds forged aluminum wheels, low-profile tires, and suspension modifications designed to make it more fun around corners.

2014 Toyota Yaris

First off, let’s clarify that we’re talking about a 3-door and 5-door hatchback here. The Yaris is no longer offered as a sedan. Secondly, aside from adding standard daytime running lights for 2014, there are no changes to the 2014 Yaris. That means L, LE, and sporty SE versions continue, each equipped with a 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and a total of 9 air bags.



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The 2014 Morgan Plus 4 prides itself on its old school looks that frankly hasn t changed all that much from the models in the 60 s. It s quite charming, really, that Morgan continues to roll out a car that looks like this.

There are some redeeming qualities about Morgan and the Plus 4 . A lot, actually. One thing we ve come to appreciate about the company is its dedication to its classic sports car roots. Whereas other brands may have caved in to produce cars with designs that are up to the times, Morgan is sticking to its guns, determined to cater to that specific market that still appreciates an retro-looking burner when they see one.

And in a lot of ways, the Plus 4 s design actually makes it stand out these days. Thankfully, Morgan understands that just because the car looks like a `40 s hot rod, it doesn t mean it should carry an engine from those times. It has 154 horsepower under that elongated bonnet, more than enough to enjoy the thrill of riding in style with the Plus 4.

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Top 10 Cheapest New Cars of 2014 (Least Expensive Vehicles) #cheap #car #rentals.com


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The Cheapest New Cars of 2014

Update: I have since published a list of the cheapest new cars of 2015. What follows is for the 2014 model year.

If you re new to this blog and in the market for a new car, you might as well start your search with a list of the least expensive new cars on the market. And this post serves as just that a list of the cheapest new cars of 2014 .

I research and revise this list each year you can find last year s cheapest new cars here. for comparison and since dealers want to move on to 2014, you might be able to find a great deal on last year s models.

But before you take this article as a testimonial to run out and buy a new car here is my advice:

  1. Live without a car, if at all possible (take public transportation/bike/walk).
  2. If you have a significant other, downsize from 2 cars to 1, if you can. I did this about 5 years ago and it s been a HUGE cost saver .
  3. Drive your existing car as long as it is economically feasible to continue doing so.
  4. If you do need a car, look long and hard for a great deal. I don t believe in the always buy used motto. Sometimes new cars are the cheaper option if you can find a great deal and you ride it until its death, particularly with the used car market being over-priced, as it has been in recent years. Do your homework to find the most economical option for you.

We good? OK, now I can rest easy.

Pricing Out a Vehicle

There is a whole lot more to finding the cheapest vehicle than just looking at sticker price. In this post, for your convenience, I ve included:

  • the base auto transmission model (manuals are often cheaper, but hard to find and sell)
  • the MSRP (which you should never pay)
  • the factory invoice

As well as other important variables that impact total cost:

  • city and highway MPG ratings
  • average annual fuel cost (from the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov at $3.24 per gallon, 15,000 miles driven (45% city, 55% highway).
  • length of powertrain and basic warranties

You ll also want to price out insurance premiums at a number of insurers BEFORE choosing a car to purchase.

Notes on the Cheapest New Cars of 2014

Not a huge list of newcomers this year.

One that is exciting, in its cheapness, if not styling is the Mitsubishi Mirage. This car enters the list at #4 as a 4-door hatchback. It gets outstanding fuel economy at 37 city and 44 highway, and carries an excellent warranty at 10 years or 100,000 miles for original owners, 5 years/60,000 for subsequent owners on powertrain, and 5 years 60,000 miles on a basic limited warranty.

There is a new cheapest new car this year, as the Nissan Versa surpasses the Smart Car ForTwo (which has had sizable price increases the past two years) for the #1 spot. The Versa also adds an S+ version to its lineup, which is the same as the basic, but with a continuously variable transmission which pushes it up to 40 MPG highway.

Most of these models did not exist 5 years ago, so it s encouraging to see a renewed focus by automakers on making compact, inexpensive vehicles.

None of these vehicles make my list of the most fuel efficient cars of 2014 because of their newer engine technology but most do have very respectable fuel economy due to their small sizes.

Foreign Automakers Still Own the Market for the Cheapest Cars

Foreign Automakers claim ownership of 7 of the top 10 cheapest new cars. The Spark and Sonic (Chevy) and Fiesta (Ford) are the only models to make the list from U.S. automakers.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 cheapest new cars of 2014 from #10 up to #1. What s your pick, if you had a choice?

10. Mazda 2

  • Base Automatic Transmission model: Mazda 2 Sport 4-Door Hatchback
  • Engine: 1.5L, 4-speed Auto Transmission, 16-valve, 4 cylinder, 100 HP
  • MSRP: $16,355
  • Factory Invoice: $16,354
  • City MPG: 28
  • Highway MPG: 34
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,600
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 100,000 miles
  • Limited Basic Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Notes: The cousin to the Ford Fiesta, The Mazda2 actually has a 4-speed transmission vs. the Fiesta s 6-speed giving it lower fuel efficiency. Zero price increase year/year, while the Fiesta actually declined. My money is still on the Fiesta.


Car Search Engines – Top 10 Car Search Sites 2014 #family #cars


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Best Car Search Engines

This is a comprehensive list of search engines that allow car buyers to find cars, trucks, SUVs, and other types of vehicles online.

Some of the web sites listed here only return automobiles that were posted specifically to each respective site, while others aggregate listings for sale from various other places and display them in one central location. Dealers can also use some of these resources to submit their available inventory for sale or lease.

Top 10 Car Search Engines

*Alexa Traffic Rank (global). **Monthly Unique Visitor estimates from Compete.com (U.S. only). Updated for 2015.

Summaries

AutoTrader.com Established in 1997, it s the leading online vehicle marketplace and information website. Auto dealers and private sellers can list cars and trucks for sale. Consumers can read reviews, connect with lenders and insurance companies, and research deals on all types of vehicles.

Cars.com Created in 1998, this is a top search engine for online car shoppers, offering information from consumers and experts to help buyers determine which vehicles to buy. The site allows people to search millions of used listings, get pricing details, dealer quotes, read expert reviews, and sell their own. It provides a side-by-side comparison tool, photo galleries, videos, editorial content and has a large selection of new and used inventory.

Edmunds.com Launched in 1995, Edmonds claims to be the first automotive information Web site. It s a car buying guide that lists new and used prices, comparisons, buyer s advice, ratings and values. Consumers can also get price quotes and find vehicles in their area.

CarGurus.com Created in 2000, this website provides over 750,000 vehicle reviews with photos and opinions from real people. It offers the DealFinder search engine that analyzes millions of active listings to give purchasers instant access to the best promotions in their area. It also creates records for private-sellers and dealers.

MotorTrend.com Launched in 1996, MotorTrend is the Official Motor Trend magazine web site. It features new and used vehicles, concept cars, road tests, auto shows, and a ton of additional buying info. MotorTrend.com also provides a news blog, events, videos, forum, classifieds, price comparison and shopping tools.

CarMax.com Launched in 1996, it s the front-end website to the CarMax automotive dealer chain. Users can research all types of models, view detailed specifications, compare ratings, or sell their vehicle to the dealership. It offers payment calculators, financial tools and allows users provide feedback.

CarsDirect.com Started in 1998, this is one of the best online car buying services. It provides used and new automobile info, plus extremely helpful financial-related content. People can search vehicles by make and model, sell a used vehicle, and get help with financing.

Hemmings.com Auto classifieds that allows you to view thousands of classic cars, parts and service available for sale. It has an online auction, provides helpful content, and is a huge community of automotive enthusiasts.

Autobytel.com Since 1995 Autobytel has been providing innovative products and services to help consumers buy, and auto dealers and manufacturers sell, more used and new cars. Shoppers can browse hundreds of thousands of cars for sale, and read their car buying cuide with vehicle reviews, videos and pictures.

Automotive.com Started in 1996, it s one of the Internet s leading auto buying portals. You can locate autos in the classifieds, find trade-in values, and insurance quotes. Consumers can receive information on recalls, safety-ratings, resale valuations, and use the available tools to help during the buying process.

Keep in mind this top ten list of car search engines is based on Alexa Traffic Rank only; not necessarily which ones are best from a user s perspective. If you d like us to review another search engine missing from our one of lists don’t hesitate to send us the web site information via our contact form.

3 thoughts on Best Car Search Engines

    John March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

MotoMiner.com is one of the newer car search sites. It is an ACTUAL search engine, in that it goes out and gets vehicle information from dealer websites, so it has a lot more available cars to search through than the other search sites (like Cars.com or whatever). You should check it out and maybe include it in your list.

Great to hear, Wes, thanks for the feedback. Definitely understand why you can t list it yet. We re working on the traffic part. Really appreciate you bending the rule here for the comment. If you have any further feedback for us, we d love to hear it, as we are always looking to improve.



Cheapest New Cars For 2014 Under $14000 – Top 5 #car #paint #colors


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Cheapest New Cars For 2014 Under $14000 – Top 5

N ew year, new life, goes the saying, and for some people, new life means new car, why not? who would not like to start the year with a new car? at least, I would. For those lucky ones that have in their plans to get a new or used car this coming 2014, but are still not quite sure because a new one could be more expensive than a used one, let me contradict you, show you and tell you a little bit, about what are the best and cheapest new 2014 cars you can get today in the US for less than $14000 only, an affordable figure for someone with decent credit and decent job. All of them are economical, great for the city and good for all tastes and ages.

Starting with the most expensive, this is the top 5 list of the cheapest new cars in America for this coming 2014:

5) Kia Rio 2014 – MSRP Price: $13,800

In the new model of the 3rd generation of the Rio, Kia keeps the youthful and sporty style which has helped it to gain a lot of worldwide followers in recent years. It is available in two different versions, sedan and 5-door hatchback, being the hatchback only $100 more expensive.

KIA RIO 2014 SEDAN. For the low price, this vehicle is simply amazing. To find more about the new Rio, please visit its official site .

Its exterior design shows the constant evolution of Kia in recent years. With daring and aerodynamic cuts that inspire a sense of youth and rebellion. Includes sunroof and alloy wheels making the Rio one of the favorite cars of the youth segment looking for an economical but well equipped car.

It has some qualities that place it above the others in its segment. Its exterior European style, an interior perfectly clean with well designed controls, and above all, a friendly and efficient powertrain. This model will amaze you instantly once you are seated behind the wheel. If I had to pick one of the reasons that most attract me from the Rio, compared to other inexpensive small cars, it would be its lively style, quiet acceleration and fresh look.

4) Smart ForTwo Pure 2014 – MSRP Price: $13,270

The fact that a car is tiny does not mean it has to be unsafe or poorly equipped, and the smart Fortwo Pure is living proof of that.

The subcompact segment is gaining momentum in developed markets due to high gas prices and pollution emissions, and the smart fortwo pure, a car designed for urban living space, has been developed from these requirements.

2014 SMART FORTWO PURE. An high quality urban car unique in its kind. To find more about the new fortwo, please visit its official site. Photo source: smart.com

This tiny coupe comes with 5-speed smartshift transmission with automatic or manual mode. It also features hill start assist, and lots of standard safety features such as 8 full-size airbags.

The fortwo is a car that, as its name implies, is designed for two people. Its exterior design is very distinctive, especially because of the already famous Tridion safety cell, which everyone knows as the silver stripe we found across the car. This safety cell was created considering that the small car could withstand impacts of much larger vehicles and achieved its goal in spades.

The smart fortwo pure comes equipped with a 1.0L 3 cylinder in line engine of 70-HP that delivers up to 38 mpg combined. Its gas tank has a capacity of up to 8.7 gallon, this means that with the current gas prices, you can fill up to the tank with less than $30.

3) Mitsubishi Mirage 2014 – MSRP Price: $12,995

Is characterized by being compact on the outside, but plenty of room and comfort inside. It was presented in April at the New York auto show and it is now being released in the U.S. market. The main goal of this model is to expand to emerging markets, and become a practical and economical choice.

2014 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE. The incredible gasoline vehicle that yields like a hybrid. To find more about the new Japanese Mirage, please visit its official site .

The latest creation from the Japanese manufacturer took the basic concepts that define a “compact car” such as: efficiency, functionality and performance, achieving with the Mirage an urban size car, friendly to the environment with low CO2 emissions, with high safety standards for all occupants and low fuel consumption.

The Mirage is available as a five-door hatchback for five-passenger, with an 1.2L DOHC MIVEC three-cylinder engine of 74-HP, that according to Mitsubishi has a combined EPA fuel efficiency rating of 40 mpg (37 in the city / 44 on highway). If those numbers are accepted in the industry, Mitsubishi says that the Mirage will be the more efficient gasoline vehicle that isn’t a hybrid, sold in the U.S.

2) Chevrolet Spark 2014 – MSRP Price: $12,170

With eight expressive colors, the new 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a tone for everyone. It has a navigation system unique in its class. The smartphone application BringGo offers plenty of user-friendly features, such as a pager and traffic data in real time that can be experienced when it is connected through Chevrolet MyLink.

CHEVROLET SPARK 2014. A globe-trotting city car with lots of cutting-edge features and positive consumer reviews at a miserable low price ;-J that surely you can afford. To find more about the new Japanese Mirage, please visit its official site .

For the new 2014 model, the highlight is the addition of a new continuously variable transmission CVT, instead of the current 4-speed automatic. The 5-speed manual will also be offered. In both cases, they will be together to a 1.2L 4-cylinder engine which can generate 84 horsepower. The car is rated at 34 MPG combined with a 5-speed manual transmission which decreases to 32 MPG when using an automatic transmission. The inclusion of this new CVT transmission would intend to improve the EPA rating, plus it is also expected to improve the driving experience.

In short, the Spark is an unpretentious city car, focusing on doing well what it has to do. Its light weight and compact size allow it to have a small engine enough to move you into the big cities. Honestly, the interior, although it is not remarkable, it is enough for the rear passengers can make short trips without any problems, and taking into account the segment to which it belongs, it is not so bad at all.

1) Nissan Versa Sedan 2014 – MSRP Price: $11,990

The Nissan Versa sedan is an economical car that focuses on the family. For this 2014, it enters its third year on the market and does so without external changes. Its exterior design is a bit quirky as it looks like two cars in one. From the rear, it looks like an Altima. large and square, but at the front becomes rounded. In short, the 2014 Versa still has proportions a bit unorthodox for current standards, and although some pictures of an alleged facelift have come out, apparently we will have to wait until 2015 to see it on the dealerships.

2014 NISSAN VERSA SEDAN. The best deal of all five. For less than $12000 you can buy a new car that is perfect for the daily commuting and for the family too. To find more about this Japanese sedan, please visit its official site .

The Versa sales target is clear: those people looking for a modern car, affordably priced with good performance and enough interior space. So far, Nissan has been successful. In 2012 were sold 774.846 units worldwide, figure that places it as the eighth best-selling car and the Nissan model with more acceptance in the automotive industry. Being known as the cheapest new car for sale in America has also helped it to have a place on the podium of the best cars for those looking for economy and reliability.

In terms of mechanical and specifications, The Nissan Versa S model, which is the one that cost $11,990 and the cheapest one of the four available, comes equipped with a 1.6 L DOHC Inline 4-cylinder engine of 109-HP which delivers up to 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on highways.



New Car Reviews 2014 #car #parts #direct


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The 10 Cheapest Cars Sold in America for 2014 – Feature – Car and Driver #car #check #free


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The 10 Cheapest New Cars Sold in America for 2014

April 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm by Kirk Seaman | Photography by Patrick M. Hoey and the Manufacturer

In general, cars today are so competent that even some of the most basic rides are better than some much pricier vehicles from 20 years ago. Of course, there’s still unpleasantness residing on dealer lots—but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled the 10 cheapest cars for sale in America today, along with our unvarnished assessment of each to help you know which ones to avoid and which ones are absolute steals.

Oh, and a note: In the cases where more than one body style of a given model would make our list, we’ve included only the least expensive among them in the interest of diversity. Away we go!

2014 Mazda 2 Touring model shown

Why is this car smiling? Because the compact Mazda 2 knows it’s an entertaining daily driver while also being economical at the pump and easy on the wallet. Its low curb weight and excellent chassis combine to deliver tossability and driving enjoyment despite its meager 100 hp. Be sure to spec the five-speed manual for maximum involvement; the four-speed automatic is antiquated and saps fun. The 2’s short wheelbase can yield a bouncy ride over rough roads, but a small overall footprint makes it perfect for zipping in and out of city traffic and squeezing into the smallest of parking spots. With a well-designed, roomy interior, the Mazda 2 is the poster car for small, affordable, and fun-to-drive transportation. A new 2 is on the way shortly, based on the super-hot Hazumi concept .

9. Hyundai Accent GLS sedan: $15,455

2014 Hyundai Accent SE model shown

Although this is the cheapest Hyundai on the market, the Accent GLS isn’t a stripped-out penalty box: Standard features include air conditioning, power windows and doors, remote keyless entry, and a power-operated driver’s seat. Its 138-hp 1.6-liter engine comes paired with a six-speed manual; the optional six-speed automatic adds cost ($1000) while subtracting performance. Other bummers: The suspension is too soft to be entertaining and the interior lacks refinement, with plenty of hard plastics where we’d prefer something softer. Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, however, adds peace of mind to the new-car purchase process.

2014 Toyota Yaris LE model shown

We don’t know what the definition of the word “Yaris” is, but it definitely doesn’t mean “pocket rocket.” While this tiny Toyota offers a tidy, practical hatchback body, its 106-hp 1.5-liter engine offers little in the way of performance. Low weight, however, does enable surprisingly good handling, and the Yaris is one of the few cars in this list that actually enjoys tucking into a corner rather than tucking in its tail and heading for home. We’re hopeful the next Yaris will be even better, since it will share key components (and be built alongside) with the next-generation Mazda 2.

7. Chevrolet Sonic LS sedan: $14,995

2014 Chevrolet Sonic LT model shown

While the sleekly sculpted Sonic can’t hit the 768 mph that its name implies, its 138-hp four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission will scoot it along just fine under normal driving conditions. The real appeal of the Sonic lies in its lengthy and comprehensive list of standard features, 10 airbags, remote keyless entry, and air conditioning among them. While the sedan is fine, the more versatile and attractive five-door hatchback can be had for $600 more, and would be our pick.

6. Ford Fiesta S sedan: $14,925

The frisky Fiesta is indeed a party on wheels, or as close as one can get in this company. Stick with the S and its 120-hp 1.6-liter engine; it provides sufficient pep when paired with the five-speed manual, and we’d advise against the somewhat uncouth PowerShift dual-clutch automatic. And while the Fiesta in any form largely lives up to its name, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the real rager here: the 197-hp Fiesta ST hatch, which we named to our 10Best Cars list for 2014. Sure, at $22,225, the ST costs almost 50 percent more than the base S four-door, but no one has ever accused us of having our priorities—or finances—straight. Why start now?

2013 Kia Rio5 SX model shown

The Kia Rio swoops in to pull this list out of its apparent downward spiral. We are pleased to report that the Rio ticks all the boxes: distinctive looks, a relatively powerful 138-hp engine, and an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Standard equipment includes a six-speed stick, USB and auxiliary inputs, satellite radio, air conditioning, and four-wheel disc brakes. And if you prefer the style of the hatch—we do—that model starts just $100 more.

2014 Smart Fortwo Passion coupe model shown

The Fortwo might be the least value-laden proposition here, even as there are three cheaper cars on our list. If we were plotting data points on a chart, the Fortwo would come in below the Mitsubishi at 70 hp and with a mere 1.0 liter of displacement; those two cars might, however, be tied were we to graph the “disappointment” factor. The Fortwo is built by Smart, but, well, you know how that joke ends.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES model shown

What we have here is a case of getting less for more: The Mirage hatchback offers one fewer cylinder (three versus four) and less horsepower (74 versus 84) than the Chevrolet Spark, while costing $795 more. The only way the Mirage comes off as a deal compared with any of these other cars is, well, it doesn’t. It reaches 60 mph in no quicker than 10 seconds, which makes the old Transformer Mirage, whose car mode was a Ligier Formula 1 racer. very sad indeed.

2013 Chevrolet Spark LT model shown

With a meager 84 hp on tap from its 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine, the sprite-sized Spark won’t be winning any drag races, and might even lose to foot traffic. A five-speed manual is standard; avoid the continuously variable transmission if at all possible. Fuel economy was just so-so in our testing, and the pricing seems awfully close to Sonic-ville to seem like a deal. Still, there are some good things here, including an attractive and well-assembled interior that can be had with an excellent infotainment system if you step up a trim level.



Every 2014 And 2015 Hybrid Car In The U. S: Ultimate Guide #pre #owned #cars


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Every 2014 And 2015 Hybrid Car In The U.S. Ultimate Guide

2011 Toyota Prius

Turn back the clock by one decade, and there were just four hybrid cars on sale in the U.S.

One was the first-generation Toyota Prius . The original Honda Insight was still going strong as the most efficient vehicle on sale (and only plug-in cars still better it today). Honda also offered the Civic Hybrid. And Ford’s Escape Hybrid had just made its debut back in 2004.

Today, including different transmission options that figure has risen by dozens, giving consumers a fantastic range of options for fuel-efficient hybrid motoring.

Our guide to every diesel vehicle on sale in the U.S. has proven popular, so below is our guide to every hybrid vehicle currently on sale. We’ve only featured vehicles that don’t require plugging in, so you won’t find the plug-in Prius or Chevrolet Volt in the list.

Click on any vehicle’s name to go straight to our overview pages, with reviews, news and more.

2014 Toyota Prius C

Small Cars and compacts

It’s business as usual at the top, where the 2014 Toyota Prius C reigns supreme. It tops the list with 50 mpg combined economy, and an impressive 53 mpg city rating.

Next up is a relatively new entrant, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. With a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine VW promises plenty of fun, but a Jetta diesel-beating 45 mpg is also there for the taking. Its closest rival in size, the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid. matches it for combined economy, beats it in the city (44 mpg versus 42 mpg) and lags 1 mpg on the highway (47 mpg to 48 mpg).

Further down you’ll find the classy CT 200h from Lexus. It’s basically a Prius underneath, and although it manages a lower 42 mpg combined, it has the extra prestige that some buyers may be seeking. It also features a price tag that starts significantly higher, at $32,050.

The 2014 Honda Insight doesn’t have prestige to its name, but manages the same 42 mpg (41 mpg city, 44 mpg highway). If you want one for any reason you’ll have to act fast, as it isn’t long for this world .

The Insight might be on the chopping block but Honda’s sporty CR-Z  has earned a stay of execution. It returns 37 mpg combined with a continuously-variable transmission, or 34 combined with the six-speed manual–the only manual hybrid on the market.

It’s not the most efficient hybrid on the market but it’s peppy to drive–and the recent introduction of a supercharger kit makes it even more fun.



Top 10 Cheapest New Cars of 2014 (Least Expensive Vehicles) #car #loan #interest #rates


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The Cheapest New Cars of 2014

Update: I have since published a list of the cheapest new cars of 2015. What follows is for the 2014 model year.

If you re new to this blog and in the market for a new car, you might as well start your search with a list of the least expensive new cars on the market. And this post serves as just that a list of the cheapest new cars of 2014 .

I research and revise this list each year you can find last year s cheapest new cars here. for comparison and since dealers want to move on to 2014, you might be able to find a great deal on last year s models.

But before you take this article as a testimonial to run out and buy a new car here is my advice:

  1. Live without a car, if at all possible (take public transportation/bike/walk).
  2. If you have a significant other, downsize from 2 cars to 1, if you can. I did this about 5 years ago and it s been a HUGE cost saver .
  3. Drive your existing car as long as it is economically feasible to continue doing so.
  4. If you do need a car, look long and hard for a great deal. I don t believe in the always buy used motto. Sometimes new cars are the cheaper option if you can find a great deal and you ride it until its death, particularly with the used car market being over-priced, as it has been in recent years. Do your homework to find the most economical option for you.

We good? OK, now I can rest easy.

Pricing Out a Vehicle

There is a whole lot more to finding the cheapest vehicle than just looking at sticker price. In this post, for your convenience, I ve included:

  • the base auto transmission model (manuals are often cheaper, but hard to find and sell)
  • the MSRP (which you should never pay)
  • the factory invoice

As well as other important variables that impact total cost:

  • city and highway MPG ratings
  • average annual fuel cost (from the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov at $3.24 per gallon, 15,000 miles driven (45% city, 55% highway).
  • length of powertrain and basic warranties

You ll also want to price out insurance premiums at a number of insurers BEFORE choosing a car to purchase.

Notes on the Cheapest New Cars of 2014

Not a huge list of newcomers this year.

One that is exciting, in its cheapness, if not styling is the Mitsubishi Mirage. This car enters the list at #4 as a 4-door hatchback. It gets outstanding fuel economy at 37 city and 44 highway, and carries an excellent warranty at 10 years or 100,000 miles for original owners, 5 years/60,000 for subsequent owners on powertrain, and 5 years 60,000 miles on a basic limited warranty.

There is a new cheapest new car this year, as the Nissan Versa surpasses the Smart Car ForTwo (which has had sizable price increases the past two years) for the #1 spot. The Versa also adds an S+ version to its lineup, which is the same as the basic, but with a continuously variable transmission which pushes it up to 40 MPG highway.

Most of these models did not exist 5 years ago, so it s encouraging to see a renewed focus by automakers on making compact, inexpensive vehicles.

None of these vehicles make my list of the most fuel efficient cars of 2014 because of their newer engine technology but most do have very respectable fuel economy due to their small sizes.

Foreign Automakers Still Own the Market for the Cheapest Cars

Foreign Automakers claim ownership of 7 of the top 10 cheapest new cars. The Spark and Sonic (Chevy) and Fiesta (Ford) are the only models to make the list from U.S. automakers.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 cheapest new cars of 2014 from #10 up to #1. What s your pick, if you had a choice?

10. Mazda 2

  • Base Automatic Transmission model: Mazda 2 Sport 4-Door Hatchback
  • Engine: 1.5L, 4-speed Auto Transmission, 16-valve, 4 cylinder, 100 HP
  • MSRP: $16,355
  • Factory Invoice: $16,354
  • City MPG: 28
  • Highway MPG: 34
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,600
  • Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 100,000 miles
  • Limited Basic Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Notes: The cousin to the Ford Fiesta, The Mazda2 actually has a 4-speed transmission vs. the Fiesta s 6-speed giving it lower fuel efficiency. Zero price increase year/year, while the Fiesta actually declined. My money is still on the Fiesta.