Author Archives: anik

5 sleek new compact crossovers that are more than just a pretty face

LOS ANGELES — Carmakers care a lot about millennials — customers who may prioritize style, status and connectivity over driving itself. That means the rough and tumble truck-based SUVs of the early 2000s are all but gone; in their place is a new compact segment of high-riding crossovers that are essentially fancy hatchbacks with suspension lift. SEE ALSO: The 5 ... Read More »

Cadillac XT5 SUV, Fiat Spider to star at L.A. auto show

The eagerly anticipated Cadillac XT5 midsize luxury SUV and a reincarnation of the dashing Fiat 124 Spider convertible will lead dozens of new vehicles onstage at the Los Angeles auto show this week. Other newcomers include the replacement for Buick’s staid LaCrosse large sedan and an oddity from Land Rover:  the convertible Range Rover Evoque SUV. The show in downtown ... Read More »

The Top 5 Tips for buying a used Car in Liverpool

Despite the on-going controversy that has engulfed the Volkswagen brand in Germany, European car sales rose by an impressive 9.8% during September. The UK market played a prominent role in this growth, with new and used cars selling at an increased rate nationwide. Buying a used car is something of an art-form, especially if you purchase from a private vendor ... Read More »

Rock Hill plans new rules for used car lots

ROCK HILL -Gerald Black has done his car shopping at big franchise dealerships before, but this week, he was comparing cars at a smaller, independent used car lot, one of several that line the main roads coming off of Interstate 77. They tend to be good places to hunt for a deal, he thinks. “If you don’t have great income ... Read More »

Auto Trader announces maiden dividend as sales zoom ahead

Auto Trader has unveiled its maiden dividend after sales accelerated in the first six months of the year. The online marketplace for buying and selling cars said sales in the six months to September 27 grew 8pc to £138.2m, while underlying operating profit jumped 17pc to £83m. The company, which listed on the London Stock exchange in March this year, ... Read More »

New car sales soar by 30% so far in 2015 and the drive is expected to continue

New car sales have rocketed by 30% so far this year and are expected to surge by another 20% in 2016, industry bosses revealed today. And sleepy Leitrim recorded the biggest county-by-county boom, selling 44.6% more 2015-reg motors. Wexford , on the other hand, showed the slowest growth with a sales boost of 15.4%. The Society of the Irish Motor ... Read More »

New car gizmos can’t stop per capita auto sales decline

For the last several years car manufacturers have been trying to attract car buyers by equipping their new vehicles with a plethora of dazzling innovations such as rear-view cameras, built-in night vision,and global positioning systems. Judging by per capita new car sales figures, these efforts have largely failed. Americans are far less likely to buy a new automobile than they ... Read More »

Why the Bugatti Veyron is the most expensive car to own in the world

Unlike Ace Hood, I’ve never had the pleasure of unexpectedly waking up in a new Bugatti. Which works out well for me because the upkeep and maintenance on Bugatti’s high-performance cars are enough to make them prohibitively expensive for most everyone on the planet. Just this past week, Floyd Mayweather dropped a hefty $3.5 million on a brand-new 2015 Bugatti Veyron ... Read More »

Fresh Ideas for Future Cities

Historians will probably describe the hundred years to 2050 as the century of the city, the period when people around the world moved away from the countryside in search of jobs and prosperity. As we approach that mid-century point, the pace of urbanisation is only accelerating. Today, about half of the world’s population lives in cities, rising to an expected ... Read More »

Future Islands conquer ‘258-headed beast’ of a world tour

This is our last show for four or five – maybe even six or seven – months,” says Samuel T Herring to a sold-out crowd at the Triffid inBrisbane. For most bands, this would hardly be noteworthy. For Future Islands, it will mark their longest continuous break from live shows since they first got together in 2006. “It’s not like ... Read More »