(Photo: Ford Motor Company) By: Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press Ford is to unveil its redesigned 2019 Transit Connect Wagon on Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show, positioning the seven-passenger vehicle as an affordable alternative to the minivan for entrepreneurs, pet owners and grandparents. “Not everybody needs the DVD player and built-in vacuum,” said … More Ford Woo’s Baby Boomers and Dog Owners
Record number of car buyers ‘upside down’ on trade-ins BY:Greg Gardiner/Detroit Free Press The wave of easy credit and longer auto loans has left a record percentage of consumers trading in vehicles that are worth less than what they owe on their loans. In auto finance parlance, these folks are underwater, or upside down. They already are affecting … More A Window into the Future? Record number of car buyers ‘upside down’ on trade-ins
By: Mark Phelan/Detroit Free Press Early talk about the ★★★★ 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan focused on risk. Chrysler gambled when it revived the Pacifica name and dropped Town & Country. It rolled the dice by breaking from the looks of previous minivans and announcing it will eventually discontinue the Dodge Grand Caravan. Valid … More Minivan Chic? 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
The fast and luxurious ★★★★ 2016 Cadillac ATS-V coupe continues Cadillac’s assault on the BMW M Sport and Mercedes-Benz AMG high-performance brands. Those factory super tuners are the only other nameplates that are in the game with the sleek ATS-V. The Caddy hits 60 m.p.h. in 3.8 seconds, has a terminal velocity of 189 m.p.h. … More Mark Phelan @ Detroit Free Press Say’s 2016 Cadillac ATS-V leaves luxury rivals in dust
A man reacts as he looks at stock markets at a brokerage house in Shanghai China, Monday. The Shanghai Composite index fell by 8.5 % Monday. Photo Associated Press On what is shaping up to be one of the ugliest days ever on financial markets, General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are taking body blows … More Automakers’ dependence on China sharpens share declines
Why do people buy diesel-powered vehicles? Should you consider one? By Mark Phelan/Detroit Free Press The ★★★ 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen TDI station wagon and the ★★★ 2015 Audi A3 TDI sedan provide some answers to those questions. Both cars combine excellent fuel economy with lively performance, features that have long made diesels popular in … More VW and Audi diesels reach out to U.S. drivers
By: Mark Phelan/Detroit Free Press Should you care if a new Chevrolet is less than 1% more likely to have a problem than a new Toyota? If a new Honda is 2.8% more likely to have a problem than either? Some people who follow the auto industry carefully found themselves asking those questions recently after … More Do good auto quality scores produce sales and profits?