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Archive for September, 2010

Jaguar XF Gets New Look for 2012

September 30th, 2010

The 2011 Jaguar XJ has been well received by the public and auto reviewers alike. With a sleek and elegant design, the XJ sports a look that’s radically different from previous generations yet somehow still unmistakably Jaguar.

The look is so good, in fact, that Jaguar will likely adopt it on more of its models in the near future.

This new design direction represents a clean break from the Jaguar of yesterday and should set the tone for future models to come. With new, arguably younger styling, the 2012 Jaguar XF should appeal to an even broader audience than ever before.

In the mean time, you can quell your appetite by checking the latest pricing info on the 2011 Jaguar XF and 2011 Jaguar XJ.


Mazda Gets Fuel Economy Boost with SKY Engine Series

September 29th, 2010

By the year 2020, new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards will require automakers to have a fleetwide average of 35 MPG . Because of this, companies like Mazda are trying hard to meet or exceed those MPG numbers as early as possible.

With its innovative SKY technology, Mazda plans to lower its total combined fuel consumption by 23% as early as 2015. There are currently two SKY engines in development, including the SKY-G gasoline engine and SKY-D turbo-diesel engine.

With the goal of improving efficiency without the aid of turbochargers or complicated hybrid electric systems, the SKY-G project focuses on using modern technology to advance the conventional internal combustion engine. By using materials that reduce weight and friction, the SKY-G engine’s mechanical components require less energy to move—freeing up more power.

By design, this makes the SKY-G engine inherently more efficient. The current prototype SKY-G engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder achieving an incredible 30/40 mpg (City/Highway) in the Mazda3.

But the engine is only half of Mazda’s approach to efficiency. The SKY system also incorporates an advanced automatic transmission which has shift points optimized for the best possible mileage. Mazda’s engineers wanted to combine the smoothness of a CVT with the speed of a dual-clutch transmission. The result is a seamless yet natural-feeling gear change. This refinement also translates to better fuel economy.

The SKY-G engine is expected to find its way into the 2011 Mazda6 initially, while the SKY-D will likely be offered in both the 2011 Mazda3 and 2011 Mazda6.

If you simply cannot wait, you can still check out CarsDirect instant pricing and read the reviews on both the 2011 Mazda3 and 2010 Mazda6 here.


2011 Chevrolet Silverado Goes Tow to Tow With Ford

September 27th, 2010

The competition in the heavy-duty truck segment continues to evolve as Chevrolet unveils the specs for its new Silverado and GMC Sierra HD series pickups.

Chevy’s goal was clearly to best industry leader Ford outright, and it seems like the new line of trucks makes a serious case to accomplished that feat.

Chevy touts that the popular 2011 Silverado 3500HD and close-to-kin GMC Sierra 3500 will be able to pull up to 17,000 pounds for 2011 which is an increase from the 16,000 pounds previously reported.  The closest comparison is Ford’s F350 and similar 450 which both offer a 16,000-pound max conventional towing rating.  The comparable Dodge Ram 3500HD is lags far behind at a rated 12,000 pounds.

Chevy is swinging for the fences when it comes to payload ratings as well; their models will now carry up to 6,635 pounds. Ford is offering a maximum of 6,520 pounds in the F-350 and 4,920 pounds in the F-450. The Ram 3500HD continues to lag behind with a capacity of only up to 5,130 pounds.

Those improvements aside, it seems that Ford will continue to be king of the hill in the 5th wheel towing category: the Ford F-450 can tow up to 24,400 pounds in 5th wheel form. By comparison the Silverado and Sierra can only handle a maximum of 21,700 lbs.


BMW 0.9% APR on Select 2010 and 2011 Models

September 17th, 2010


September may be the perfect opportunity to own the “ultimate driving machine,” as BMW is offering remarkably low 0.9% APR financing on many 2011 and 2010 models. Right now, you can get 0.9% financing for 24 months on most 2011 models, including the 1-Series, 3-Series and 5-Series, as well as some 2010 models like the 6-Series or 5-Series Gran Turismo.

At that rate, you are guaranteed one of the best deals this Fall.   Which is not bad at all when you consider the priceless joy that comes with owning a BMW. Many models also have longer terms available for qualified customers, ranging from 25-72 months at 0 .9% to 3.9% interest.

And low APR combined with a long loan period means you pay less interest in the end. These offers end September 30, 2010, so you have roughly 12 days to take advantage of the deals.  Low interest deals will eventually disappear.


September’s Top 10 Deals on a New Car

September 14th, 2010

September marks the official end to summer—but one thing that hasn’t ended is a good deal on a new car.  Looking for low APR financing?  How about big cash back?  Can’t decide between leasing and buying? You’re not alone.

Below you’ll find September’s Top 10 Deals on a New Car.

To view the incentive, simply click on the incentive.

To view detailed specifications or reviews, click on the model name.

In order to take advantage of the September deals, you have to act fast. Please note that most of these incentives will expire by September 30th, 2010 but many will end as people scoop up the deals, thereby thinning inventory.

1. 2011 Toyota Prius$269/mo Lease

2. 2010 Nissan Cube0% APR, $179/month Lease

3. 2011 Hyundai Genesis$399/month Lease

4. 2010 Honda Civic$0 Due at Lease + $210/mo or $159/mo Lease

5. 2011 Toyota Camry0.9% APR, $249/month Lease

6. 2010 Ford Mustang$305/month Lease

7. 2010 Ford F-1500% APR for 60 months + Trade-In Assistance Cash

8. 2010 Kia Forte0% APR* + $1,500 Cash Back, $159/month Lease

9. 2010 Nissan Altima$199/month Lease or $1500 Rebate*

10. 2011 Ford Taurus0.9% APR or $1,500 Cash Back

*It must be noted that low or 0% interest financing offers will depend on your credit score. Additionally, cash back offers are limited to stock on hand, meaning not every model on the lot will carry that incentive.