My time in the 2011 Hyundai Equus that I tested in Korea was divided as follows: two minutes in the driver's seat guiding the car up and down a flat, parking-lot-like surface at Hyundai's R&D Center outside Seoul, and three days sitting in the right rear passenger seat being chauffeured around the city by a skilled Hyundai company driver.
The main "ups" of buying a used car are the lower initial purchase price, as well as lower property taxes (where applicable) and insurance costs. The main "downs" of buying a used car are that it's a used car, not new -- so there's no new car warranty and you are more vulnerable to used car problems that could cost you money, as well as aggravation.
For a luxury-car maker like BMW, the unveiling of a new model at the Geneva auto show is as important as a New York opening for a Hollywood movie. The Geneva show is considered the premier showcase for upscale automobiles, and a positive reception there can create invaluable buzz.
The conventional wisdom, among most folks, anyway, is that buying a used car is usually something done out of necessity, by those on a budget -- that is, people who want, or need, to "move down" from the new-car market because a new model is simply out of their reach.
I have been accused of many biases in my car-critiquing life. My supposed German addiction usually tops the list, but lately a British prejudice is showing, some readers tell me. And now, it seems, I'm besotted by the Italians. Their cars have always been sinful and sexy - but now they're on a quality and performance roll. Specifically, Maserati has giant-stepped up with the limited-edition 2009 GranTurismo S.
"Did he see us?" I screamed to my automotive accomplice, whom I'll call Speed Queen, as I dug into the carbon ceramic brakes and wrestled the new Lamborghini LP560-4 to a standstill. About 100 feet off the car's chiseled bug-green nose, a California Highway Patrol cruiser was attempting to herd the black Lambo Murciélago to the shoulder.
When it comes to advertising on the Internet, industry experts say "funny" sells. Viral video ads are a relatively new market and in just a short time have managed to change the rules of traditional advertising.
A 1961 Ferrari California Spyder sold for $10,894,900 at an auction in Maranello, Italy, Saturday. It was the highest price ever paid for a vintage car at auction, according to RM Auctions and Sotheby's, the companies that organized the sale.
I have committed a Sue sin the size of Texas: I have knowingly requested, driven, and (wo)manhandled the least expensive, least horsepowered BMW in the U.S. today, the 128i. And I loved every minute of it.
When Ford's new flagship Lincoln sedan, the MKS, goes on sale later this year it will be available with all-wheel-drive, a six-speed transmission and plenty of rear-seat legroom. But one feature usually found on full-size luxury cars will not be available on the MKS at any price: a V8 engine.
Big Al, the used car dealer with that small lot down on the corner, may be your mother's cousin, but that doesn't mean you'll get the best used car deal in town from him. He sells all brands of cars, has no visible shop or mechanical staff, and he is the only one that stands behind the quality of his cars ... until the rear tires clear his driveway.
Toyota Motor Company does a better job than any car company in America of keeping its customers coming back, according to data from J.D. Power and Assoc. General Motors ranks second in customer retention.
Have boutique luxury car brands gone out of fashion? So it would seem. Not long ago high-profile upscale automakers sold faster than blue-light specials at Kmart. Buyers raced down the aisles, filling their shopping baskets with the likes of Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and Saab, not to mention Jaguar and Land Rover.
The pages of the 2007 calendar can't disappear fast enough for auto lovers, because the 2008 model year ushers in a bumper crop of fascinating redesigns and an unusually large number of first-time models.
Marcellus Wiley's expression doesn't change as he sifts through a batch of car keys placed atop his office drawer. Looking at each set, the sound of clinking steel drowning out the music in the background, he finally comes to an obvious conclusion.
The Greek philosopher Diogenes carried a lantern in broad daylight, in the search, he said, of an honest man. I was thinking of bringing a lantern -- or at least one of those little squeeze lights -- over to the Tour de France this year, in search of a clean rider.