So this crossover thing? Yeah, it's starting to get a little out-of-hand. What we have here is the 2009 Chevy Traverse. If you want to use the promotional literature, it's an 8-passenger crossover vehicle. If you use your eyes, it's a minivan with big wheels and no sliding side doors. Thus the stage is set for that epic automotive battle: Marketing vs. reality. Advertisement Chevy's rationale makes sense: Soccer moms across the country are about to turn in their leased Trailblazers and Yukons. They've seen budgets battered by gas prices, but they still have to have something that can tote the brood around. With 7 or 8 passenger seating, a tall ride height, generous cargo room, and a fairly low load floor, the Traverse attempts to give them a reason to drive back out of the Chevy dealership in something new — something new that isn't a minivan. Chevy needs the Traverse pretty badly, considering they don't have squat between Malibu and Trailblazer. Although Traverse sits on the … [Read more...] about 2009 Chevy Traverse, First Drive
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The traditional quaff in the winner’s circle at the Indy 500 may be milk, but as today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Chevy proves, the race’s pace cars have to be a little flashier than a plain old bottle of moo juice. Let’s see how excited you could get over this older Indy pacer’s price. According to Kelly Blue Book, the average transaction price for a new car in 2019 is just north of $37,000. Of course, nobody wants to be average and that’s why used cars like yesterday’s 2015 Porsche Macan S—which also happened to be $37,000—are such an attractive proposition. Advertisement Oh sure, the purists may want to spend their Porsche pennies on something a little lower to the ground, but as was pointed out by many of you in the comments, if you’re going to get on the crossover caravan, the Macan is a fine contender in which to do so. That price tag just sweetened the deal with a narrow 53 percent Nice Price win for the … [Read more...] about At $8,500, Does This 1990 Chevy Beretta Indy Pace Car Deserve A Shot?
How things can change in just two short years. In September 2017, things looked bright for Kid Rock: His album Sweet Southern Sugar was poised to debut eighth on the Billboard 200 chart, he opened his own restaurant, Made in Detroit, at Little Caesars Arena, and he hadn’t yet gone on a profane rant against Oprah Winfrey while intoxicated at his Honky Tonk bar in Nashville. Heady times. Crain’s Detroit reports that Kid Rock is now closing Made in Detroit, opting against renewing its lease within the hockey stadium this coming April. This announcement comes just a week after a video of Kid Rock’s anti-Oprah rant was released by TMZ; in response to public outcry over his comments in the video, Kid Rock posted on Facebook, “I have a big mouth and drink too much sometimes, shocker! I also work hard and do a ton to help others out but that’s just back page news because the press hates I love Trump.” Advertisement Whether the closure of Made in Detroit … [Read more...] about Bawitdabad business model? Kid Rock to close his Detroit restaurant
The Democratic debates in Detroit promise to take on problems in the auto industry, car sales might still be plummeting, and the world is still a tough place for low-emissions and autonomous vehicles. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, July 30, 2019. 1st: Democrats Fight to Take Michigan Back With two Democratic debates taking place in Detroit this week, you can expect to hear a lot about potential solutions to Michigan’s problems. After losing the state to the Republican party in the 2016 election after Hillary Clinton didn’t even campaign there, Democrats are likely keen to Advertisement Reuters reports that GM has released two fact sheets about its U.S. operations and its status since the 2009 bailout. After Trump’s campaign promises to protect blue-collar workers, it’s very likely that huge job cuts from companies like GM will feature prominently at this week’s debate. The fact sheets seem designed to shield the company from … [Read more...] about GM Prepares to Get Dunked On at the Democratic Debates in Detroit
Buying a car is a pretty big deal—emotionally and financially. The last thing you want to do is have buyer’s remorse the second you drive off the lot or feel like you were suckered by the dealer. Let us help you with our top 10 car buying tips. 10. Figure Out If You Really Need a New Car or If You Can Repair Your Current One Advertisement Maybe you don’t even need to replace your car. Maybe you can keep your old one chugging along for a few more years. It’s not an easy decision, so you’ll have to do the math about maintenance and repair costs for your current car compared to its market value and your budget. This flowchart from Consumer Reports walks you through some of the considerations when weighing repairing or replacing your car. 9. Time Your Car Purchase There’s a best time to buy anything, and cars are no exception. A Sunday in the beginning August seems to be the overall sweet spot for saving money on a new car, but there are other times … [Read more...] about Top 10 Things You Should Know About Buying or Leasing a Car