Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley start-up automaker that is clearly here to stay, is working to ramp up production on its all-electric 2013 Tesla Model S luxury sedan in response to overwhelming demand. With 8,931 units sold in the U.S. in 2013 through the end of June, the luxury electric has outsold the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt, not to mention the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series.
Nissan Motor Company’s Datsun brand was officially retired more than 30 years ago, when Nissan execs made the decision to start selling cars in the U.S. and other world markets exclusively under the carmaker’s namesake brand. As we reported some time ago, Datsun is poised to make a return, this time as a new low-cost sub-brand targeting emerging markets. The Datsun Go will be the first of several new affordable models, Automotive News reports, and will go on sale in India early in 2014.
While most of the top midsize luxury sedans on the market battle it out with their best sports car impressions, the top-selling Lexus ES has a character all its own. Featuring a Rolls-Royce-like level of interior comfort and ride quality, the ES has been redesigned for the 2013 model year. For one, it’s larger, now riding on Toyota Motor Corp.’s large sedan platform shared with the Avalon.
You can expect a full complement of modern interior technology and active safety features, and while the front-drive ES is still not a true sport sedan (for that, Lexus will gladly sell you the much-improved 2013 GS), handling dynamics have come a long way from the floaty models of old.
A shocking report came to our desks today by way of ABC’s “The Lookout”, where reporters and expert auto mechanics went undercover to test the theory that mechanics attempt to swindle women more often than they do men.
New car leases are more popular than ever as consumers embrace the idea of lower monthly payments and a brand-new vehicle every 2 to 4 years. In 2004, leases represented just 16.3% of all new car sales. By 2013 to date, that number has grown to a full 25.6%.