Brad flies private jets for a variety of clients, but despite the flashy nature of his job he has a pretty modest car. He is looking for something that can “blend in” a little better with some of the fancier rides that show up at the airport. However, he is working with a reasonable budget of around $30,000. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy ? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. ) Advertisement Here is the scenario - I fly people around in private jets. As you can imagine, passengers arrive to the hangar in some shockingly nice vehicles, parking next to my taupe 2006 Toyota Corolla. Inevitably I get some good natured ribbing. My regular passengers drive lifted Shelby and Roush-tuned Ford pickups. There’s also a smattering of Ford Raptors, top-trim Lincoln Navigators, and maybe a Jeep or Land Rover. The problem is 1.) I only have $25-$30k to spend 2.) I have no real need for a truck or full-size SUV. Is … [Read more...] about I Fly Private Jets And I Need A Car That Blends In With High Rollers For $30,000! What Should I Buy?
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I know that's a bold statement to make in that headline there, but I mean it. I should clarify though— "interesting" does not mean "best" in any sense of the word. It's not the fastest, most advanced, most comfortable, or really any superlative (other than maybe "cheapest"). But some of the cars that are currently being built in India— the indigenous designed ones, not the license-built ones— are genuinely interesting automotive solutions to very unique Indian problems. Throw enough money into a car and of course it'll be fast and beautiful and comfortable. Duh. Car companies are doing that every day. But build something that can handle awful roads, sip fuel, and haul whole families and craploads of cargo and sell it for under $5 grand, that's a genuinely interesting vehicle. Advertisement In fact, today's equivalents of post-war people's car legends like the original Mini, Ciitroën 2CV, Volkswagen Beetle, and (earlier) the Ford Model T are all being built … [Read more...] about Why India Is Making The World’s Most Interesting Cars
Badge engineering has been part of the auto industry ever since someone figured out the magical mix of calculus and alchemy that somehow makes money by selling the same car under different names. I've never been entirely sure how this actually works, but it must — because automakers continue to do it. But which car gets the platform prostitution crown? I think I know the answer. Badge-engineered cars are also fascinating in the way that studies of twins are fascinating: when you start with two things that are essentially the same, even the most minor of differences take on vast new levels of importance. For example, looking at, say, the Ford Pinto and Mercury Bobcat can tell you all you need to know about how the two brands see themselves. The Ford is the base model, the Mercury adds fussier, more delicate trim, a more chrome-laden grille, wider taillights– little things, but they all add up to the more upmarket tone the Bobcat aspires to. Advertisement Eventually, … [Read more...] about This Is The Most Badge-Engineered Car Of All Time
With four-doors’ and crossovers crazily co-opting the mantle of Coupe,Nice Price or Crack Pipe Jetta around to legitimately own that I’m ashamed to admit that amongst the dozens of cars I’ve owned in my life, not a single one has been Italian. Oh, I’ve driven plenty of Italian cars, everything from lowly Fiats and an actual Innocenti Mini all the way up to Ferraris, Maseratis, and D Advertisement That likely would have all changed if yesterday’s 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce had been within spitting distance of me. At $3,500, I could probably swing it, I do have one of those fancy new Apple Cards after all. I also didn’t think that any of the work it needed was beyond my skill level. Most of you agreed that it would have been a reasonably good idea, showering the car with praise in the comments and awarding it a solid 70 Now, I want to start out today’s discussion by first apologizing for featuring two VW’s this week. I do try to mix … [Read more...] about At $8,000, Is This R32-Swapped 1987 VW Jetta A Total Coupe De Grâce?
Rather than make this a straightforward review of the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed, which sounds dreadfully boring, I'm simply going to list all the things that make it completely, utterly ridiculous — in a good way. Advertisement (Full disclosure: Bentley needed auto writers to drive the new Mulsanne Speed so badly they flew them down to Austin, paid for their hotels, food and booze, and let them hang out at the Pirelli World Challenge race at Circuit of the Americas. We weren't invited. But they let me borrow a car for a couple hours on Monday instead, which was kind of them.) Even if Jalopnik readers aren't really a bunch of basement-dwelling, semi-employed lepers scouring Craigslist for discounted Cavalier timing chains with stolen wifi in the Starbucks parking lot like the TTAC writers think they are, a crazily expensive ultra-sedan like this Bentley is hardly up our alley. At least that's what I thought going in. Advertisement But after driving one for a few hours … [Read more...] about Champagne, iPads And Torque: The Bonkers Toys On This $406,527 Bentley