From the monthly archives: March, 2015

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Credit Update: Times Are Good Now, But What About Tomorrow?

Credit availability and new and used vehicle sales are basically joined at the hip. After all, automaker captive finance companies were created with the mission to provide credit to consumers so more new vehicles could be bought and produced. Among many things, the Great Recession and the years since reaffirmed the lesson that as credit availability goes, so go new and used sales. Prices are also affected by access to lender cash. The incredible interest rate wave the market has been riding for the past few years combined with ever-increasing loan terms have allowed consumers to buy more richly contented vehicles with only nominal changes in monthly payments.

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Mercedes-Benz Bids Farewell to M-Class, Welcomes GLE

Having been in service since 1998 the M-Class will be given new life as the 2016 GLE.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T vs. 2015 Kia Optima SX

Even though the 2015 Kia Optima and 2015 Hyundai Sonata share from the same parts bin an are siblings from the same parent company, the two vehicles couldn't be more different when it comes to a few key areas.

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Used Price Update: Wholesale Prices Spring Into Spring

After increasing by 0.8% on a prior month basis in February, wholesale prices for used vehicles up to eight years in age grew by 1.9% through the first half of March. This month’s preliminary results are right in line directionally with NADA’s forecast, although slightly higher than originally anticipated. The month’s sharp increase can be attributed toward pent-up demand stemming from February’s tepid weather-afflicted performance.

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Reviewed: 2015 Kia Soul EV

With iconic design cues akin to the visage of a Star Wars storm trooper, the 2015 KIA Soul EV confirms that electric vehicles can be utilitarian, stylish and affordable to consumers not able to fork out Tesla-level money.

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Which Green Cars are Worth the Most Greenbacks?

Every year, the Washington Auto Show, also known as the nation’s “Public Policy Show,” holds a number of events that focus on the policies and developments influencing the direction of the automotive industry in America. As the health of the environment plays an ever more prominent role in the determining of emissions standards and related government regulations, green vehicles and technologies are becoming increasingly recognized for their positive impact on society. Consequently, the Green Car Journal holds its annual Green Car Awards program at the D.C. Auto Show to celebrate automobiles that best epitomize environmental performance.

While driving an environmentally-friendly car certainly has its merits, the question remains whether purchasing one makes for a sound financial decision. Knowing that money doesn’t grow on trees, we analyzed the second-hand market performance for the award nominees to help environmentally-conscious buyers identify the winners and losers in green car value retention.

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Reviewed: 2015 Mazda3s Grand Touring 5-Door

The fast lines and athletic stance of the Mazda3 convey this compact is a driver’s car. After spending significant time helming the top-spec’d Mazda3s Grand Touring model, it can be said it drives just as sporty as it looks.

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Ford F-150: “The Future of Tough” May Cost You More than the Competition

Ford Motor Company officially launched the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150 late last year and sales have been strong. That said, we’re not just talking about overall sales volume but, actual transaction prices. According to J.D. Power data, roughly 65 percent of new 2015 4WD Crew Cab Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost-equipped models sold have carried transaction prices above $56,000 since January this year (J.D. Power data does not include cash incentives).

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It's Official: You Can Now Control Your Car With Your Watch

Made available in the Google Play store earlier this week (Wednesday to be exact), Hyundai has released their Blue Link smartwatch app. According to the Korean manufacturer, “The app is compatible with first and second generation Blue Link equipped Hyundai models.”

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Will the New Honda Civic Type R Come to the US?

Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, the Honda Civic Type R looks to be a hit. The big question Type R fans in the U.S. are asking: "Will it be available here in the United States?"

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