Quite a bit of work goes into something seemingly as simple as a 30-second car commercial. Motor Trend recently sat in with Jaguar, Source Link Media and the design house Mind Over Eye to bring us an inside look at the making of Jaguar’s most recent spot for the supercar-stomping 2013 Jaguar XFR-S sport sedan.
Just a few years ago, if you wanted a high-quality hybrid car to serve all your daily family needs, Toyota was really the only dance in town. The company’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system was so far ahead of competition during the 2000s that it almost wasn’t fair to call a Prius and, say, an early Ford Escape Hybrid by the same title at all.
Fuel efficiency continues to be a key contributing factor in U.S. car-buyers’ decisions, with July 2013 tying an all-time record for the sales-weighted average fuel efficiency of all new cars moved in the month.
At 24.8 mpg across the nation using the EPA’s window sticker efficiency and weighted for sales (two Toyota Camrys sold get counted twice), the figure ties a high set earlier in 2013 and represents a rise of nearly 20% since 2007.
Kia Motors America is on pace to sell more than 500,000 cars and crossovers in the U.S. this year, continuing its strong growth in brand equity, consumer awareness, and above all, the quality of its products. Just a few years ago, Kia execs were considering making an exit from the U.S. market entirely, David Kiley writes for AOL Autos, but now those dark days are past.
Nissan Motor Company now finds itself in a curious position after modern electric cars have been slow to gain any real steam on the new car market. With demand increasingly drastically in the U.S., especially in markets like Atlanta, Houston and Raleigh not thought of as havens for the environmentally conscious, the maker of the newly improved 2013 Nissan LEAF all-electric hatchback now cannot build the things fast enough.