Latest News Regarding Mercedes Revealed

Aerodynamic ConceptMercedes-Benz has earned a reputation over the years for producing some of the most aerodynamic cars on the market.

However, it looks like Mercedes-Benz may have outdone itself with the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon, which is gaining an exceptional amount of attention.

The car is already being referred to as the most aerodynamic new car in the world. Due to the combination of a small hood and extended rear overhang, the A-Class Saloon has a Cd drag factor of just 0.22, which means it has the lowest drag of any vehicle in the world right now. The previous aerodynamic record was held by Mercedes-Benz’s CLA Coupe, which is the model the A-Class Saloon is essentially replacing.

Scheduled to make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in the fall, the A-Class Saloon is drawing comparisons to other beautifully designed luxury vehicles like the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A3 Saloon. It’ll come with either a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder gas engine or a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. It is expected to have a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Inside, A-Class Saloon owners will be treated to Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX infotainment system that features a touchscreen and voice recognition.

When the A-Class Saloon is finally available to the public, it’ll become the most affordable four-door vehicle offered through Mercedes-Benz. While it’ll likely be slightly more expensive than competitors, Mercedes-Benz is hoping that people are blown away by the aerodynamics of the car, the performance it puts forth, and the roomy interior.

Suzuki Vitara Gets Necessary Updates

Car Updates and Concepts in GraphThirty years ago, the very first Suzuki Vitara hit the market and the SUV has undergone quite a few changes since that time.

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Suzuki gave the original Vitara a facelift that will likely appeal to those who have followed the evolution of the vehicle.

The updated version of the Suzuki Vitara is unlike any other that has hit the road since the SUV was first introduced in 1988.

The first thing people might notice about the 2019 Suzuki Vitara is that the 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that normally sits under the Vitara’s hood has been replaced by turbocharged 1.0-liter thee-cylinder and 1.4-liter four-cylinder Boosterjet turbo units. Thanks to the upgrade, the new Vitara will have access to more power, more torque, and maybe best of all, improved overall efficiency.

However, you won’t need to pop open the hood on the Vitara to see that it’s gotten a major facelift this year. The 2019 model features a redesigned front grill as well as an updated lower bumper. It also includes new LED tail lights and will be available in two new colors when it hits dealer lots this fall.

Inside the SUV, the instrument panel also looks new and improved, covered with a new soft touch material. The instrument cluster should also benefit from the addition of a central information display that will come in color. The SUV also contains several new safety features including lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot monitor, and dual sensor brake, making the updated Vitara a safer option.

Highlighting the 2020 Ford Bronco

Inside of a Car Engine Gears and PartsWhen Ford first announced that they were planning on reintroducing the Ford Bronco in 2020 at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, longtime Bronco enthusiasts were thrilled. That excitement was heightened by the cameo the Bronco concept made in the recent Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson film, Rampage.

 Ford isn’t quite ready to roll the reborn Bronco off the production line just yet, but there is plenty of buzz surrounding it.

Here are some of the things that have people looking forward to its reemergence.

A Rugged and Timeless Design

One of the reasons Ford is bringing the Bronco back is because of the popularity the Jeep Wrangler has enjoyed among young drivers in recent years. They’re flocking towards the Wrangler because of its rugged look and off-roading capabilities. The Bronco is expected to have a similar look that captures the essence of what the old 1960s Broncos were all about.

An EcoBoost Engine
When Ford first announced the Bronco was coming back, some people speculated about it possibly including a V8 engine. That doesn’t seem very likely, though, seeing how Ford has maneuvered away from V8 engines in favor of EcoBoost engines. Experts are predicting that the engine that ends up in the new Bronco should be able to produce somewhere around 325 horsepower with a healthy serving of torque.

An Affordable Cost

The biggest mystery of all might just be how much the Bronco will cost. Ford has been tight-lipped with regards to the price tag that’ll come attached to the Bronco but the thought is that it’ll start somewhere in the low $30Ks and go up as high as $50K depending on additional features. That would put it in the same price range as close competitors such as the Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner.

While it’ll still be a while before people can start buying the 2020 Ford Bronco, it shouldn’t be too long before everyone gets a first glance. The 2020 Bronco could make its premiere as soon as January at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

Jeep Ventures Out With the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup

Man Reading Form in Car ShopIt’s been over 25 years now since Jeep last manufactured and sold a pickup truck. The Jeep Comanche was taken out of commission back in 1992, and while Jeep has occasionally teased people with concept pickups, they haven’t produced one

However, with the upcoming release of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler pickup, Jeep will be producing a pickup for the first time in decades.

Here are some of the things you need to know about it.

It’s likely going to be based on the latest Jeep Wrangler design.

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler pickup is expected to reflect the design of the latest Jeep Wrangler, which debuted at the end of 2017. That means it’ll likely be made from aluminum and will probably come standard with the 3.6-liter, 285 horsepower Pentastar V6 engine. It could also have a diesel option for those wishing to go that route.

It’s going to have a removable roof and removable doors.

Because the Jeep Wrangler will of course be a pickup, there was some speculation about whether it would come with a removable roof and removable doors like most Jeeps do. An image of the pickup being produced in a Jeep factory in Ohio captured earlier this year seemed to suggest that it will have a removeable roof and doors, but we can’t yet be sure.

It might have an official name.

Jeep isn’t ready to reveal the official name of the Wrangler pickup just yet. But there is a rumor going around that it could be called “Scrambler.”

It’s probably going to make its premiere in late 2018.

Jeep also isn’t ready to reveal when they’ll unveil the pickup just yet. But it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it show up at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. That would put it on course to hit Jeep dealerships next April.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Has Arrived

Car Key Exchange Between Two MenThe anticipation for the forthcoming mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8 is steadily building. But in the meantime, Chevrolet is dropping something that will keep Corvette lovers’ minds occupied.

 The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, which is likely the final variant of the seventh-generation Corvette, is here.

It comes jam-packed with 755 horsepower and is already being hailed as the best Corvette ever in some circles. Here’s what you need to know about it.

It features Chevy’s new LT5 motor.

The first thing those who drive this car will fall in love with is the LT5 motor that Chevy designed specifically for the ZR1. It’s what makes the ZR1 and its supercharged V8 engine capable of generating 755 horsepower. The 6.2-liter LT5 includes a number of upgrades from the LT4 motor like a 95-millimeter throttle body as well as a new oiling system and upgraded crankshaft.

It can go from 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds.

Thanks to the LT5 motor and supercharged engine, the ZR1 has absolutely no problem going from 0 to 60 in a hurry. It’s capable of achieving the feat in just 2.9 seconds and can also complete a quarter mile in just 10.6 seconds while traveling more than 130 miles per hour.

It has world-class handling and brakes.

With all of the power that’s packed under the hood of the ZR1, it was important for Chevrolet to outfit it with world-class handling and brakes. That’s exactly what they did, allowing ZR1 drivers to go from 60 to 0 in only about 90 feet. The ZR1 is also designed to handle corners admirably due to its braking and steering.

Starting at just over $122,000 for the ZR1 “High Wing” model and just over $132,000 for the ZR1 “Low Wing” model, the ZR1 is exactly what enthusiasts were looking for from the C7 setting the bar high for the upcoming C8.

When to Consider Purchasing a Used Car

People Looking at Used Car in DealershipAre you in the market for a used car? There are certain times of the year that are better than others when it comes to purchasing preowned vehicles.

By choosing to shop for a used car during specific times of the year, you can often get the best deal possible.

Check out a few of the best times to purchase a used car below.

At the End of the Month

Just about all new and used car dealerships establish quotas at the beginning of a month that they then attempt to hit. If you walk into a dealership looking for a used car at the end of a month when they haven’t yet hit their quota, you’re more likely to get a better deal on it. While this technique won’t always work if a dealership or an individual salesperson has already hit their quota for a month, shopping for used cars at the end of a month might work to your advantage.

In the Middle of Winter

When you imagine test driving a used car, you probably think about doing it on a warm spring day when you’re able to put the windows down and see what a car can really do. The truth is that you can get a better deal on used cars in the dead of winter when few others are out car shopping. Car dealers are usually slow in the winter, which entices them to offer better deals to customers looking for used cars especially in colder climates.

Close to Certain Holidays

Car dealerships often use holidays to try and bring business into their dealerships. But there are a few holidays that could prove to be especially beneficial to those on the hunt for used cars. Christmas Eve, Black Friday, and even President’s Day can all be ideal for used car sales. Visit a used car lot on those days if you’ve been thinking about buying one.

Highlighting the BMW 8 Series

Close-Up of Car WheelAnxiously awaiting the release of the new BMW 8 Series? If so, you’ll be happy to learn that BMW just started production on the 2019 8 Series coupe at their plant in Dingolfing, Germany.

BMW completed a series of upgrades at their plant specifically for the 8 Series production and is planning to roll the car out to the public in the fall.

There are a number of great features that make the 8 Series so enticing. For starters, the coupe is made up of a series of lightweight materials, such as steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and plastic, that keep it under 4,500 pounds. Under the hood, however, it’s a heavy-hitter with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that’s capable of providing 523-horsepower. BMW claims that the engine will allow the coupe to go from 0 to 60 in just 3.6 seconds, maxing out at about 155 miles per hour. It also includes an eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as an all-wheel drive system.

The interior of the 8 Series appears to be every bit as impressive as the exterior. A couple of the standard features include luxury leather upholstery and a Harman Kardon sound system that has a total of 16 speakers. Additionally, the 8 Series will include full LED headlights, BMW’s Adaptive M Suspension that comes equipped with active-roll stabilization, M Sport brakes, park assist, and much more.

If you’re interested in taking home an 8 Series this fall, the price will start at just under $113,000. BMW hasn’t revealed exactly when people will be able to start purchasing, but the fact that production is underway is a good sign for those looking to put an 8 Series in their driveway before 2019.

You Better Believe That Wagons Are Trending

Interior of Modern CarClose your eyes and picture the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “station wagon.” Chances are, you probably imagined an old wood-paneled wagon that looks incredibly outdated. Station wagons have gained a reputation for being unattractive, especially compared to many of the newer cars that are out on the road today.

However, station wagons are actually starting to make a trendy comeback and it’s honestly not all that hard to see why.

The first reason station wagons are starting to get more love is because there are numerous luxury car manufacturers making them. BMW, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz have always been in the mix when it comes to manufacturing wagons. However, Porsche, Jaguar, and even Ferrari are now throwing their hats into the ring, as well. They’ve found a way to rethink wagons and make them look attractive to those who don’t want to sacrifice style for function when purchasing a new car.

Station wagons are also becoming more popular today because of the long list of features that are tucked inside of them. Yes, you’ll find more legroom and plenty of cargo space in a modern station wagon, just as you would expect. But you’ll also find 550 horsepower tucked under the hood in some cases and supercharged V6 engines in others. It makes the new crop of wagons practical but also gives them a distinct edge that was previously missing.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the wagon craze, there are plenty of options available now. From the affordably priced Volvo V90 starting at just under $50,000 to the outlandish Ferrari GTC4Lusso starting at almost $300,000, they’ll change your impression of station wagons forever. It won’t be long before you’re wondering why it took so long for you to finally climb behind the wheel of one.

2019 Nissan 370Z Comes with Few Changes

Car Being Built in Car FactoryWhen the Nissan 370Z first replaced the Nissan 350Z in 2009, there was a lot of interest in the car among car enthusiasts. But over the last decade, Nissan has made minimal changes to the 370Z, which has caused some people to question why the company continues to manufacture new models at all. The car looks, feels, and performs about the same as it did when it was first introduced 11 years ago which has led to declining sales.

With that in mind, many people hoped that the latest 370Z would spice things up and provide fans with something to get excited about.

However, when Nissan showed off the 2019 Nissan 370Z, it seemed to have the same problems that have haunted many other models in years past.

The 2019 model looks very similar to the 2018 model and doesn’t offer the changes that people have been looking for.

There are a few new features on the 2019 370Z that make it stand out. Nissan has added an auto-dimming rearview mirror to the mix. They have also added a backup camera in the car to make it safer. Additionally, Nissan added two new colors, Deep Blue Pearl and Pearl White, to its “Heritage Edition” models. Outside of that, there are very differences.

The good news for longtime fans of the 370Z is that it still stacks up nicely to most of the other sports cars that are on the market today. The advanced NISMO model can push out 350 horsepower getting you from 0 to 60 in five seconds flat.

Many people believe Nissan might be doing away with the Nissan 370Z at some point soon, replacing it with a brand-new car concept. That alone might entice some people to buy the newest 370Z before it’s too late. However, others might wait to see what Nissan has up its sleeve next.

Volvo Shows Off First American-Made Car

Volvo Shows Off First American-Made CarVolvo was first launched way back in the late 1920s in Sweden and has been churning out vehicles ever since. It has grown into one of the largest car manufacturers in the entire world.

Volvo recently opened its first U.S. factory in Charleston, South Carolina in order to start producing American-made cars.

The $1.1 billion Volvo plant is situated on a 1,600-acre piece of property and is scheduled to build about 150,000 vehicles every year moving forward.

Volvo marked the monumental moment in its company history by introducing their first American-made car. That car is the 2019 Volvo S60, which is a compact sedan that will only be manufactured in Volvo’s South Carolina plant. It includes all of the safety and driver assist features that Volvo fans have come to know and love, and it’s also scheduled to be the first Volvo produced without the inclusion of a diesel engine. Those who want to get their hands on it will have the option of purchasing either a gasoline-powered model or a plug-in hybrid. The S60 is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. this fall and will be priced starting at $37,000.

Volvo is hoping the American-made S60 will be a sign of good things to come for the company. While there are going to be about 1,500 people employed at the new Volvo plant helping manufacture the S60 by the end of 2018, the plan is to have about 4,000 people working at the plant by 2021. The plan is also to continue producing the S60 sedan at the plant as well as the XC90 midsize SUV. About half of the vehicles produced by Volvo in the U.S. will stay in the country while the other half will be exported and sold elsewhere.

There are some trade issues that could eventually prevent Volvo from doing business in other parts of the world using vehicles made in the U.S. But for now, the company is excited to start manufacturing the S60 in America and hopes it will make Volvo vehicles even more popular in the U.S.

Porsche Uses Cutting Edge Technology to Repair Cars

Porsche Uses Cutting Edge Technology to Repair CarsAbout 70 percent of all Porsche cars that have been manufactured over the course of the last 70 years are still out on the road today which speaks to how well most Porsche cars are made.

Porsche recently introduced Tech Look Live, a new technological feature that is going to allow the mechanics at Porsche dealerships to connect directly with Porsche repair technicians located at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.

Porsche is hoping that this service will offer future customers and current Porsche owners a simple solution to maintenance and increase loyalty to the Porsche brand.

Porsche is attempting to jumpstart Tech Look Live by sending all 189 U.S. Porsche dealerships augmented-reality glasses that can be used as part of the program. When a mechanic is wearing the AR glasses, they will be able to touch base with a Porsche specialist in Atlanta who will be able to walk them through any tough repair job. The specialist will be able to see what the mechanic sees and supply them with tips as far as making repairs to a vehicle. The specialist will also be able to problem-solve along with the mechanic in order to work through any difficulties that might arise.

By taking this new approach to making repairs, Porsche is going to set itself apart from other car manufacturers. They’re also likely going to encourage other auto makers to consider using AR as part of their own repair processes. It could help mechanics industry-wise with repair issues and change the way that auto dealerships are providing better service to customers.

New Supercar Earns Title of “Most Expensive Lease Ever”

New Supercar Earns Title of Most Expensive Lease EverIn most cases, the main appeal of leasing a vehicle is the ability to drive a brand-new model at a reasonably affordable price compared to buying it outright. However, it looks as though the same cannot be said for the brand-new Pagani Huayra Roadster, which has been dubbed the “Most Expensive Lease Ever”.

The Pagani Huayra Roadster is an Italian supercar that is being manufactured in very limited quantities with massive required lease payments.

Only about 100 of these cars will be produced, which means it will be exceptionally difficult for people to get their hands on one. It’ll be even harder when you consider that the Pagani Huayra Roadster will retail for a cool $2.4 million. Now if you’re hoping to lease instead of purchase, a company called Putnam Leasing is offering Pagani Huayra Roadster leases starting at more than $25,000 per month. That makes it the most expensive new car lease in the history of automobiles.

You must be willing to do more than just fork over $25,000 per month, however. In addition to asking for 60 monthly payments topping $25K, Putnam Leasing is also requiring those who decide to lease the Pagani Huayra Roadster to put down $700,000 upfront. That means that by the time the lease is over, people will have paid more than $2 million total for the right to ride around in a Pagani Huayra Roadster.

The good news for those who want to lease the Pagani Huayra Roadster is that Putnam Leasing is offering an open-end lease on it. That means drivers will have some flexibility at the end of their lease as far as buying goes. Putnam Leasing is also offering those who lease a Pagani Huayra Roadster the opportunity to transfer their lease over to a comparable vehicle at any point without subjecting them to a penalty. Sounds like quite the deal, doesn’t it?

Keeping Safe with Keyless-entry Cars

Keeping Safe with Keyless-entry CarsWhen they hit the market, the main selling point of keyless-entry vehicles was pure convenience; you’d be able to get into your car without having to fumble around for your keys. As long as your keys are in your pocket, purse or somewhere else on your person, you can unlock your vehicle at the touch.

However, footage and stories have surfaced that show the vulnerabilities keyless-entry cars can present with theft of remote access vehicles.

With that in mind, it’s important to understand how to keep your car safe from theft if it uses keyless-entry technology, as theft is slowly becoming a common occurrence. Using relay boxes to steal the signal from car’s key fob, carjackers have been able to trick the cars into thinking that it’s the real thing, thereby giving them remote access to unlock and use the car.

Now, security experts are advising owners to undertake certain safety precautions to ensure that their keyless-entry cars are protected against theft.

First and foremost, you should make sure your system’s software is updated by contacting your dealer to see if any new versions have been released to help protect against the latest theft tactics. Parking your vehicle in a garage or in view of cameras can also help to make it a bit more of an obstacle to steal.

You should also check if your key fob can be turned off overnight when you’re not using the car. If not, keep the fob away from your house’s entry points and in a safe place, such as a metal box where radio signals can be blocked. The idea is to put as much distance between your key fob and the thief, making it more difficult for them to hijack.

Highlight of the 2018 Auto Trader New Car Awards

Highlight of the 2018 Auto Trader New Car AwardsEvery year, Auto Trader puts out the Auto Trader New Car Awards, and they’re a lot different from other car awards that are handed out by other organizations.

One thing that sets these awards apart is that the awards are based on the votes cast by 43,000 real car owners. Another thing that sets them apart is that the award categories are very unique with awards given out for everything from “Most Fun Car to Drive” (the Mazda MX-5 won this year) to “Best Car for Dog Owners” (the Honda Civic).

Below, Permaplate has highlighted some of the most popular awards won at the Auto Trader New Car Awards in 2018.

The Award for “Most Reliable Brand” Goes to…Lexus

Lexus could also win the “Most Reliable Brand” award for years to come. The Japanese manufacturer creates luxury rides that are reliable year in and year out. But Auto Trader gave the brand the award this year, in particular, because of the emphasis it’s put on creating alternative-fuel vehicles. Just about every Lexus on the market today is available as a hybrid, which is what makes the company notoriously reliable.

The Award for “Best Car for New Drivers” Goes to…Kia Rio

The Kia Rio was actually the winner of not one but two Auto Trader awards this year, making it the only car to earn that achievement. It won the “Best Value New Car” as well as the “Best Car for New Drivers.” It won the second award because Auto Trader believes it’s “a very decent car that does its job extremely well.” It’s hard to imagine all the accolades heaped on the Rio not making it a more popular car among both new drivers and those looking for value out of a vehicle.

The Award for “Best Car for Long Distances” Goes to…Hyundai Tucson

Have a road trip coming up this summer? Auto Trader recommends getting behind the wheel of the latest Hyundai Tucson. They describe it as a “stylish and practical family car” and suggest that it’d probably be your best option for the long drives you have coming up. They also recommend the Nissan Qashqai and the Skoda Karoq as other worthy options.

A Look at the Future through the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

A Look at the Future through the Porsche Cayenne E-HybridOne of the most prominent trends in the automotive industry right now is the preparation for a renewable energy future.

Driven by new emissions standards and a changing market, car manufacturers across the world are rethinking the way cars are built.

Porsche is currently one brand at the forefront of that movement and the release of the Cayenne E-Hybrid is a perfect example. Although many people have been skeptical on Porsche creating hybrid vehicles, they’ve dived in head first and managed to silence many of the nay-sayers.

At $81,000, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has managed to strike a balance between energy efficiency (with its plug-in adaptability) and the level of performance Porsche’s reputation has long been built on. The Cayenne has always been a beautiful build and brought a sense of refinement to the Porsche name when it first premiered in 2002. However, come 2019, Porsche is proving that hybrids can go beyond the likes of Toyota and Nissan; they now have a home in the luxury vehicle market.

According to first reviews, the Cayenne E-Hybrid is certainly a car to contend with. It’s said to be versatile with an agile chassis, reaching intense speeds, and also includes an interior and infotainment system that is first in its class. It also opens the door to some zero-emissions driving; one of the first models of this caliber to achieve that. Needless to say, Porsche loyalists are excited to see the Cayenne E-Hybrid out on the roads in the coming year.

Backup Cameras Likely to Become Standard

Backup Cameras Likely to Become StandardThere are many benefits that come along with driving a vehicle that has a backup camera installed, including the elimination of blind zones and the ability to make parallel parking a much easier task. Once you get used to relying on your backup camera, it’s difficult to imagine owning a car without one.

Fortunately, everyone who buys a new vehicle in the near future will get the chance to enjoy the advantages of backup cameras.

A new federal rule is making it mandatory for auto manufacturers to include backup cameras in most new vehicles. The rule, which just went into effect at the beginning of May, calls for every single car, truck, and bus that is under 10,000 pounds and is either manufactured in the U.S. or made to be sold in the U.S. to come standard with a backup camera. Further, the backup camera systems must allow people to see a 10-foot by 20-foot picture of what’s going on behind the vehicle when in reverse. Ford, Nissan, and Toyota are just a few of the auto makers who are already rolling out new vehicles with standard backup camera systems.

According to federal data, there are more than 200 people who die and about 15,000 people who are injured annually in backup accidents. The goal of the new backup camera rule is to prevent these types of deaths and injuries from happening in the future.

Some people are arguing that auto manufacturers should be doing more to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. For the time being, however, this appears to be a step in the right direction. If all goes according to plan, it will help drivers enjoy the conveniences of backup camera assistance while keeping those around them safer.

Best Cars to Take When Hitting the Open Road

Best Cars to Take When Hitting the Open RoadPlanning to gas up and take a road trip this summer? Whether you’re going to be driving across the state or across the country, you surely have a long journey ahead of you. It would be wise to ensure your trip is spent in the comfort of the right vehicle.

Here are just a few vehicles that have been dubbed ideal choices for road trips:

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

When you think about families taking road trips years ago, station wagons are probably one of the first vehicles that come to mind. We would be shocked if you’ve ever seen a station wagon quite like this though. The AMG E63 S from Mercedes-Benz is capable of going from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds, perfect for zipping through congested highways on a holiday weekend. It’s also got plenty of interior space, which is a must-have feature for those traveling with the family.

Chrysler Pacifica

Planning on taking the kids along on your road trip this summer? The Chrysler Pacifica is an ideal car to consider. It features an entire rear entertainment system with dual touchscreens and HDMI hookups that will keep your kids occupied throughout the course of your trip. It also includes a unique Stow’n Go seating system that will give kids plenty of room to kick back and take a nap when the time comes. You might even avoid the famous “are we there yet?!”

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Now this is a great option for those traveling without family. Most people tend to fill their vehicle to the brim with “necessities” when taking a road trip, but isn’t hitting the open road and “leaving it all behind” supposed to be the best part? The MX-Miata from Mazda won’t give you much storage space but it makes up for that with a powerful 155-horsepower engine. Drop the top and let your hair blow in the breeze as you hit the open road in style!

2019 Vehicle Updates Worth Waiting For

2019 Vehicle Updates Worth Waiting ForWhile 2018 may have barely just begun, the automotive industry is already reeling over what’s to come in 2019. If you are one of the many who are currently thinking about buying a new vehicle, there are a few reasons why you may consider holding out until January comes back around again.

There is a large number of auto manufacturing companies that are already promising big updates for upcoming 2019 models.

Below, we’ve highlighted a few of the vehicles that may be worth the wait.

Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is already one of the most affordable vehicles on the road, but it looks like Kia plans to give drivers even more bang for their buck with the 2019 model. The upgrade will have a longer build than the previous model, offering more cargo space and more room for you and your passengers to stretch out. Great price and more room? Yes, please. Additionally, the Kia Forte will include some great new features, such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Nissan Altima

Altimas have long been known as one of the sleekest cars on the market. However, Nissan has found a way to make them even sleeker by revamping the exterior of the Nissan Altima. They’ve also found a way to pack a whole lot more value inside of the car. When you purchase a 2019 Nissan Altima, you will get a wide range of standard features, including automatic emergency braking, distracted-driver detection, and more. Did we mention the new 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 188 horsepower? That will come standard as well.

Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta has been a staple for the company for many years now but it looks like they have, yet again, found a way to improve the upcoming model. Volkswagen has overhauled the look of the Jetta and has made it a lot more spacious inside with a sleek and distinct exterior. It will also be the first Volkswagen in the U.S. to offer BeatsAudio to make your favorite playlist sound even better.

These aren’t the only vehicles getting updates. The Chevrolet Silverado and Acura RDX will also be getting redesigned looks. Additionally, there will be several brand new car models like the Subaru Ascent and the Jaguar I-Pace that will be hitting the market just in time for 2019. Which one are you looking forward to the most?

Audi Plans to Make Video Game Car Concept a Reality

Audi Plans to Make Video Game Car Concept a RealityMore than two decades ago, Sony Computer Entertainment released the very first Gran Turismo video game for the original PlayStation. Since then, there have been six other primary Gran Turismo games released for PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Portable, and almost 80 million Gran Turismo games have been sold worldwide.

Many gamers have fallen in love with the Gran Turismo series, and a big part of that has to do with the concept cars that they’re able to drive in them.

Thanks to Audi, gamers may soon have an opportunity to see a Gran Turismo concept car take a spin off the virtual track.

The Audi E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo was originally created as a car for the latest Gran Turismo Sport game made for PlayStation 4. Over the course of 11 months, however, developers who took part in what is called the Vision Gran Turismo program found a way to turn the Audi concept car into a reality. The vehicle looks and feel just like the one from the video game, and according to Audi, it will be capable of going from 0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds.

Unfortunately, Audi will not be releasing the car in any sort of official capacity, but they are showing the car off in Rome ahead of the Formula E race that’s set to take place in the Italian city. Professional race car drivers Rahel Frey and Dindo Capello will get behind the wheel and show Gran Turismo fans what the concept car can really do. The car will also be making appearances at several other European Formula E electric car races in the near future.

It’s amazing to see what a big impact a game like Gran Turismo has had on the world, and those who have been playing the game for years now will likely be blown away by what the Audi concept car looks like now that it’s a real thing.

Protect Your Vehicles from Spring Pothole Damage

Protect Your Vehicles from Spring Pothole Damage The start of spring brings warmer temperatures and more sunlight to most parts of the U.S., but it also brings one thing that can make driving feel more like a nightmare for most people: potholes.

Potholes tend to surface in the spring when the snow and ice from the previous winter melt away, resulting in impaired roads that could damage your vehicle.

Here are some ways you can protect your vehicle from enduring damage due to potholes.

Always be on the lookout while driving

Potholes, especially ones on the larger side, are usually pretty easy to spot when you’re driving. When you’re traveling down the road, keep your eyes on the street at all times and check for signs of potholes. If you see one, carefully and safely move your car out of its path to avoid having one of your tires fall victim.

Avoid the urge to swerve when you see a pothole

No matter how hard you try to spot potholes, some will sneak up on you. Your natural inclination will be to swerve sharply out of the way as soon as you come upon one, but doing so could make matters worse. You’ll likely swerve just as your car is hitting the pothole, which can cause more damage to your vehicle, or you may jerk the wheel without checking to make sure the other lane is clear. If you don’t have enough time to carefully move out of the path of the pot hole, simply reduce your speed to minimize potential damage when driving over it.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated at all times

Tires that aren’t well-inflated are more likely to go flat due to potholes than those that are inflated properly. You should check the tire pressure of your tires periodically and get into the habit of filling your tires with air in the spring. It could help to prevent a flat tire if you happen to hit a pothole.

Report pot holes you see to your city or state

Most cities and states are well aware of the presence of potholes in the spring. But just in case, you should report any large potholes you encounter so they can be fixed immediately. You should also contact your city or state if you need to have repairs made to your vehicle due to a pothole. They might be required to help you pay for the damage that was done.

Potholes are, unfortunately, something drivers will have to deal with almost every spring but by following these tips, you can steer clear of the consequences that often come along with them.