Nathan Bomey USA TODAY Published 3:27 PM EST Jan 3, 2019 The SUV boom is finding a new gear, decimating sales of passenger cars and raising the average price of new vehicles. In 2015, cars represented 43 percent of sales, according to Cox Automotive. In 2018, it was down to 30 percent. About 1 in 2 vehicles sold in 2019 will be SUVs or crossovers, according to projections by car-buying advice site Edmunds. Those larger vehicles are more expensive than their smaller car counterparts. Thus, average vehicle prices in November were up 9 percent from three years earlier to an all-time high of $37,188, according to car-buying advice site Edmunds. So it should come as no surprise that four of the six vehicles on our list of the hottest selling models of 2018 are SUVs or crossovers. Here's our 2018 list of the hottest-selling new vehicles in the auto industry, based on a subjective mix of increased sales volume, momentum, buzz and industry chatter: 1. Jeep Compass 2018 sales: up … [Read more...] about Jeep, Honda, Tesla make list of 2018’s hottest selling new vehicles
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CAR MAKERS can charge you a small fortune if you blow an LED bulb if the headlights come as one sealed unit. Volkswagen is the worst culprit with the highest cost for its Polo GTI model - setting owners back £846 just for the part. Other manufacturers that have set extortionate prices for their headlights include Seat. The VW sister brand charges £827 for its Ibiza's LED unit on the FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux models. Honda is just as bad, with Jazz EX and Sport owners having to spend £714 per sealed headlight. Fellow Japanese car maker Suzuki charges £684 for HID (High Intensity Discharge) units on the SZ5 trim of its Swift. The data was put together by consumer publisher WhatCar?, which looked into the cost of 13 popular small cars' headlights. Prices soar when replacing LED or HID headlights in comparison to halogen bulbs that cost as little as £4 on the Swift's SZ3 and SZT models. LED and HID bulbs are far brighter with a wider and whiter beam … [Read more...] about It’ll cost you up to £846 for a new headlight in these popular city cars – find out if your motor is one of them
I have a 1998 Opel Astra 5dr 1.2-litre petrol, which I love and will hate to part with. I feel safe in it and it has a large boot for storing golf clubs etc. Recently a truck went into the back left-hand passenger door, which may force me to change now rather than later. I am told by my mechanic that I got one of the last good Opels. I am retired on state pension and my car opens life possibilities for me. Budget is €16k/€20k. I need a large boot and five seats. If I could get a demo model or a car one or two years old in good condition, it might suit, but would this be chancy? Annual mileage 6,000km. I am considering a Hyundai i20 or i30, Toyota Yaris, Peugeot 208 or Skoda Octavia. I'd appreciate your opinion. Gillian: A demo or one or two-year-old isn't chancy at all. If you can find one out there it would be great. Demo models come to the market at this time of year. A Hyundai i20 is a good option, but the current model has been around since 2015. The i30 would be a … [Read more...] about Thinking of buying a new or second-hand car? Here are the answers to readers’ queries
Michael B. Sauter and Grant Suneson 24/7 Wall Street Published 3:26 p.m. UTC Aug 29, 2018 As auto sales hit their first slow period in years and margins are down, automakers must rely more on their reputations for quality and reliability to keep sales at current levels. According to the latest results of a highly regarded poll on auto industry customer satisfaction released Tuesday, some brands are better able to deliver a positive customer experience. These findings come from the 2018 American Customer Satisfaction Index, which surveys car owners on their overall service and product experience with specific auto brands. Scores range from 1 to 100. According to the latest edition, the experience of owning an automobile has improved. The industry-wide score for 2018 is 82, up from 81 in 2017. The best-rated brands this year are a make that held the spot last year and one that moved up several spots. At the other end of the list, one brand holds the unfortunate distinction of … [Read more...] about What are the best and worst car brands in the U.S. in 2018?
We have a 1997 Nissan Primera that's still going strong; but the time has come to move on. Perhaps it might be wise to avail of a scrappage deal with warranty etc. We tend to keep cars for the long haul. Finance will be from savings. Ideally mid-range budget but absolute maximum €24k.We are keen to go hybrid. Annual mileage is 20,000km, mainly short journeys on rural roads with longer roundtrips of 500km once a month on motorway. A 5dr hatchback or small SUV required. Generous boot space required for large dog, good rear legroom and slightly elevated seat positions for elderly passengers. We have no preference for any car or brand, but our local dealers are Nissan and Toyota. Gillian and Eddie: Best to stick with your local dealers, we think. Nissan screams scrappage offers now and, as your current car is 20 years-plus, your local dealer will have plenty in their range. It won't be hybrid, but why not go petrol or diesel with your mileage? For both boot space and rear legroom, … [Read more...] about Time to change on the double; What car for €25k? One for wife? Motor on €10k budget?