Cars and trucks are more expensive than ever before. In order to boost sales and help consumers afford new vehicles, automakers are offering long and long terms for auto loans. This past week, Bloomberg reports FCA’s Ram Trucks division current offers the longest loans. Some currently stretch to 73 months. Jeep, Fiat and Chevy aren’t far behind. Even more noteworthy is that we’re likely soon see lenders moving from 73-month to 84-month loans. That’s seven years worth of interest.
It seems that Volkswagen is rolling out a new I.D. concept every few months, all previewing a production car arriving next year. In just the past few months, we’ve seen the I.D. Buzz, I.D. Crozz and I.D. Vizzion. Today, there’s a new high-performance version, the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak. As the name implies, this is made to tackle the world’s most infamous hill climb.
Just last month, we learned that the new all-electric BMW iX3 crossover would debut soon at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show. On Friday, BMW finally revealed a short teaser video on Twitter, showing off a new take on the company’s iconic grille design. Though next week’s car may simply be a concept, it’s the first we’ve seen of the German automaker’s answer to the Jaguar i-Pace and upcoming Audi E-Tron.
It seems there’s always room at the top. Each year, automakers add more and more luxurious trims for their trucks. That’s how we get near-luxury vehicles like the 2019 Ram 1500 Limited and 2019 Chevy Silverado High Country. In order to separate higher trims from lower brethren, most get a few unique styling touches and a whole sea of chrome. Just look at these photos of the slightly updated 2019 Ford F-150 Limited.
After nearly three decades away from motorsports, Brabham is back from the dead. David Brabham, son of company founder Jack Brabham, announced in February that he has plans to return to Formula 1. In addition to a new F1 car, the company will be building a new roadcar. Two weeks ahead of its debut, we get some of the big specs and a single teaser image of the Brabham BT62.
Oklahoma-based Classic Recreations might have bit of a tainted history, but for the past few years, the company has been building some pretty sweet Shelby Mustangs using modern running gear and chassis packed underneath classic bodywork. The company has something new on the horizon. Later this year, Classic Recreations will offer officially licensed 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969-1970 Mustang Boss 429 and 1969-1970 Mustang Mach 1.
It’s been more than a year since the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. While we’ve driven the gasoline-powered variants, news on the upcoming diesel model has been scarce. We know the truck’s 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 will make 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, but the all-important fuel economy figures weren’t revealed until today. The new engine will net the big truck 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city with a combined rating of 25 mpg.
Big news today from GM’s luxury brand. Cadillac ousted Johan de Nysschen after four years at the helm. It’s unclear exactly what let to his departure, but slumping sales and a lack of crossovers surely influenced GM’s decision. Cadillac currently has one crossover and one SUV on sale. The Cadillac XT5 will soon be joined by the smaller XT4. New spy shots show that the new three-row Cadillac XT6 will soon join the lineup.
Although it seems like we’re seeing a new variant of the Porsche 911 every month, the current generation is nearing its end. The 991 debuted in 2011 with the updated 991.2 model stepping in for the 2017 model year. We’ve seen photos of the new 992 model for a while, but this new batch of the 911 Turbo out on the Nürburgring might give us our best look yet.
Last fall, Ken Block teased his next big project, a custom rally-spec Ford Escort RS Cosworth. This isn’t just some 25-year-old economy car. The Escort RS Cosworth was a fully homologated rally machine. Block’s is one of just a few thousand that were ever built. This isn’t just some show car either. Block plans to race it in several rally series around the world. The Escort RS Cosworth will also star in “GymkhanaTEN” sometime this fall.