23 Feb

Volkswagen Cross Up! Suits Up! for Geneva Motor Show Debut

We quite liked the Volkswagen Up! after we drove it Up! to our test track about a months ago, and now VW has Up!ped the Up! lineUp! by one. The “rugged” Volkswagen Cross Up! – the lifted light off-road version of the Up! city car – is suiting Up! for its Geneva Motor Show unveiling. With the VW Cross Up!, VW hops at the mini-crossover bandwagon started by the Fiat Panda 4
21 Feb

Race-Inspired Aston Martin Vantage SP10 Launches With Manual Transmission

Aston Martin can be paying tribute to its GT4 racing success with a brand new special-edition V8 Vantage S for continental Europe – the manual-transmission-equipped Vantage SP10. Named after the Vantage SP10 GT4 race car, the Aston Martin Vantage SP10 gives enthusiasts the opportunity to finally get their hands on a V8 Vantage S with a correct six-speed manual gearbox. Sooner than the announcement of the Vantage SP10, the sole transmission available inside the V8 Vantage S was a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. Otherwise, the Vantage SP10 is generally unchanged out of your run-of-the-mill V8 Vantage S, and we’re pleased with that. The SP10 remains to be available in coupe or convertible forms with the similar 4.7-liter V-8 making 430 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. The special-edition V8 Vantage S...
19 Feb

Spied! Refreshed Hyundai Tucson Caught Covering Revised Grille, Taillights

The Hyundai Tucson has sat at the sidelines because the new Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport get the entire headlines, but that isn’t be the case for long. A camouflaged Hyundai Tucson, often known as the ix35 in Europe, was spied testing, suggesting a refreshed model is likely to be at the way. Although the crossover wears an honest amount of camouflage, we are able to see a brand new grille design peeking out from underneath. Don’t be surprised if the refreshed Tucson’s front end resembles the only found at the fuel-cell powered Tucson (pictured below), meaning a trapezoidal front grille with chrome horizontal slats replacing the split grille found at the current car. Foglights also seem to have a circular design versus squared-off ones at the current Tucson....
17 Feb

Thread of the Day: Scion FR-S TRD – Better With All Show and No Go, or All Go and No Show

The Toyota GT86 TRD will soon go on sale within the U.K. with some upscale visual upgrades, but no performance enhancements. Some commenters in a Motor Trend forum thread suggest a low-volume special-edition car like that GT86 TRD should compromise a section on style so as to add some dynamics improvements for a similar price. That U.K.-only car got us thinking – would you mind a Scion FR-S TRD special edition if it solely upgraded looks or should the automaker improve other aspects of the auto for a similar price, sacrificing one of the vital parts that increase the car’s curb appeal To the limited-edition GT86 models, TRD adds a brand new front lower lip, new side skirts, 18-inch alloy wheels, a revised rear fascia, and dual exhaust tips per...
15 Feb

Top 10 Low-priced Non-Luxury Brands to Insure Relative to Sticker Price

CoverHound is unveiling a brand new metric here on WOT called Insurance Over Sticker (IOS) — the number represents the common cost of insuring a brand new model or make for a year, divided by its sticker price. The price of insurance is frequently an afterthought when considering the financials of a brand new car purchase or lease – but with this metric it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. So which vehicle makes have the bottom IOS ratios Listed here are the head 10 vehicle makes, that specialize in vehicles with average MSRPs under $30,000; the typical IOS ratio for all vehicles on this dataset (2011-2013 makes only) was 5.8 percent. 10. Hyundai 6.6%9. Honda 6.6%8. Kia 6.3%7. Nissan 6.2%6. Mazda 5.8%5. Ford 5.5%4. Volkswagen 5.5%3. Toyota 5.0%2....