Car Models that Will Be Discontinued in 2020

There are a ton of cars on the road. Sometimes it becomes hard to know which ones have faded from the production lines. There are a multitude of vehicles that are no longer being rolled out for 2020.

 

Chrysler 2020

 

One of the more noticeable cars that is fading from production is the Chrysler 200. This car was a smaller car several years ago, but this vehicle would be redesigned with a bigger body style in 2016. This car would do fairly well on the market, but it has become a vehicle that has been cut from production by Chrysler in 2020.

 

Ford Fiesta

 

It is surprising to see the Ford Fiesta dropped from the 2020 lineup for Ford. This was marketed as the Ford comeback vehicle. It would become one of the best-selling vehicles for the Ford brand. In the area of subcompact cars it became a very appealing vehicle to young drivers. It was also a very affordable vehicle. This is another thing that made it stand out with drivers, but Ford has still decided to discontinue this model.

 

Toyota Prius

 

The fans of short cars that are great on gas would find themselves gravitating towards the Toyota Prius when it hit the market. It became an easily recognizable car on the highway, but it never became the favorite that the Toyota Camry or the Toyota Corolla became. It was a good attempt by Toyota at the fuel economy car, but Toyota never bothered to push any serious updates for this vehicle.

 

Volkswagen Beetle

 

So many people that have fallen in love with the Volkswagen Beetle are going to have to look for an older used model if they plan to buy one in 2020 or beyond. This is another popular car that has been discontinued. It has been around for a long time, but Volkswagen is finally shutting down production on the Beetle.

 

Chevrolet Impala

 

It is not just the compact cars that are being discounted. The Impala is one of the American staples in the sedan world. The design has been altered in a number of ways over the years. It has become a widely recognized vehicle that has evolved, but 2019 marked this end of the Impala’s evolution and production.

This blog was originally published on Taurosa’s website.

Car Models that Will Be Discontinued in 2020

This Car’s Mind-Blowing Speeds

Koenigsegg is a Swedish car manufacturer that has been gradually developing numerous supercars and hypercars. Their cars are well-known for high quality, high-performing, and innovation. After Bugatti broke the 300 mph speed limit barrier with their new Chiron model, Koenigsegg noted that they will soon be completing a hypercar that can exceed the speed set by the Bugatti Chiron. The latest Koenigsegg model, the hybrid Koenigsegg Regera, recently reached nearly 250 mph without the use of a gearbox. Christian Von Koenigsegg, the founder of Koenigsegg, mentioned that the brand has even faster cars in development.

Koenigsegg Regera
The Koenigsegg Regera is powered by the combination of a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 engine and three separate electric motors. Rather than using a traditional gearbox setup, the Regera uses Koenigsegg’s Koenigsseg Direct Drive powertrain. The Direct Drive transmission allows the power curve of the Regera to be much more linear than the power curves of other cars. Additionally, the Regera can apply power to the ground more smoothly as a result of its transmission. The Regera makes over 1500 horsepower and 1475 pound-feet of torque depending on the fuel that a driver uses. The Koenigsegg Regera can be fueled with 91 octane, 95 octane, and E85 fuel.

Koenigsegg Jesko
The Koenigsegg Jesko hasn’t been released yet but is expected to release by 2021. With a cost of nearly $6.5 million, four Jesko models have already been pre-ordered in Australia. The Jesko is capable of producing nearly 300 horsepower through the use of a 5.0-liter engine. While the Jesko hasn’t been tested for top speed yet, Koenigsegg believes that the model will surpass 300 mph. The company may encounter issues with testing the top speed, however.

To read the full article, written by Robert Taurosa, make sure to click the link.

This Car’s Mind-Blowing Speeds

Value in the Vehicle: When Buying New Over Used Makes Sense

A vehicle is one of the greatest investments a person is going to put their money towards. There are several factors to consider when trying to decide which vehicle is the correct purchase. Sometimes it turns out that certain vehicles provide more value new than used. Take a look at some of the remarkable automobiles that fit that distinction.

Better New Than Used

SUVs are one of the most popular types of vehicles on the roadways today. They provide plenty of cargo space, entertainment, safety features and overall performance that gets consumers excited about taking one out for a spin. SUVs are not only a popular choice on the roads but a popular choice to purchase new compared to used.

There are large SUVs, compact SUVs and subcompact SUVs to transport people all over the place. Many SUVs provide more value purchased new as opposed to used. The Porche Macan makes the list. Those looking for luxury would find a 14.5 percent price difference with new compared to used. The Macan is the lowest cost-model of the lineup offered by Porsche, making it a desirable SUV for those looking for the luxury badge.

Honda offers the HR-V, the subcompact crossover that is one of the best cars to buy new over used with its 10.5 percent price difference. The subcompact vehicle is known for having a surprisingly large amount of cargo room and terrific fuel estimates. If one is looking for a vehicle on the list other than an SUV, the Toyota Tacoma should do.

The Tacoma is known for its durability and reliability on the roads. It holds value well in the used vehicle market, remaining 12.3 percent more expensive new. There’s always demand for a pickup truck, and the Tacoma is just the right size to satisfy plenty of consumers nationally.

In order to read the full article, written by Robert Taurosa, make sure to click the link.

Value in the Vehicle: When Buying New Over Used Makes Sense

Volvo’s First All-Electric Vehicle

Electric vehicle (EV) technology has come an immensely long way since its initial introduction in 1827. As a result of the urgency to find more environmentally-friendly vehicle solutions, there has been a race between automotive manufacturers to develop more efficient EV technologies. The new Volvo XC40 Recharge is a pure EV that was recently unveiled at a 2019 Los Angles auto show. The XC40 is a model that is currently in production among Volvo’s lineup of vehicles, but the Recharge is an EV trim level of the XC40.

Power
The Volvo XC40 Recharge will be powered by a 78 kWh battery pack that sits underneath the passenger side of the SUV. The dual-motor setup of the XC40 Recharge will produce a total of 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. Volvo has estimated that a dead XC40 battery pack can be recharged to 80% of its power in around 40 minutes. This rapid-charge will require a DC fast-charging port.

Tech Features
The Volvo XC40 Recharge will be home to an Android Automotive operating system (OS) and will allow updates to the system to be completed wirelessly. Much like Tesla, Volvo is expecting to offer routine updates to their XC40 Recharge models. These updates will allow the models to retain optimal performance while reducing any bugs in the operating systems.

In order to read the full article, written by Robert Taurosa, make sure to click the link.

Volvo’s First All-Electric Vehicle

Checking Your Tire Pressure

Your tires are the physical connection between your car and the road. The state of this connection can determine the quality of your driving experience, and there are good reasons to make sure your tires remain in good condition.

Safety is reason number one, of course. According to NHTSA, under inflated tires lead to a variety of safety hazards including longer stopping distances and blowouts. If they’re overinflated, tires will wear unevenly, resulting in weak spots. The bottom line is that improperly inflated tires can result in unreliable performance and potentially tire failure.

Avoiding fuel waste is another important reason to monitor tire pressure. Poorly inflated tires roll over the road inefficiently, resulting in fuel waste. According to DMV.org, you can save up to 3% in fuel mileage by keeping tires properly inflated.

Maintaining the correct air pressure in your tires is pretty simple.

It’s so easy today to know when you need to check tire pressure. If your car was made in or after 2008, it’s required to have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). If one of your tires loses air, a warning light shows up on your dash. You can then use a tire pressure gauge on rested, cooled tires to see which tire is low on air.

Just fit the bulb over the tire’s valve stem and push until the pin causes a small amount of air to escape. As the air leaves the tire and enters the pressure gauge, a rod resembling a ruler will extend from the other end of the gauge. The number closest to the gauge is the air pressure expressed in PSI (parts per square inch).

If the number is lower than your car’s manufacturer recommends, you need to add more air. If the number is higher, you need to release air by pressing on the valve stem carefully. Let out a little air at a time and measure frequently to make sure you don’t wind up with too little air.

If your car doesn’t have TPMS, you can still check the air pressure regularly and add or remove air to keep tires performing well.

While weather and street conditions are beyond your control, the state of your tires is not. Checking and maintaining correct tire pressure will help to keep yourself and others on the road safe.

Checking Your Tire Pressure

These Are the Best Family Friendly Cars in 2018

  1. Honda Odyssey, Minivan

Ranked #1 of minivans by U.S. News and by Kelly Blue Book, the Honda Odysseyis considered the best minivan in the U.S. because it affords comfortable space for cargo and any size rider. It drives like a car and is equipped with driver assist and safety features such as collision mitigation braking. Inside there is a new infotainment system and even a vacuum for quick cleanups. The redesigned Odyssey with Magic slide seats, five child safety seats, and an in-cabin camera is a reliable vehicle with a high resale value.

  1. Subaru Outback, Crossover

The respected Outback is versatile like an SUV and rated as the best vehicle for the money. Larger and sleeker than other crossovers, it rides like a family car with room for five passengers and a generous cargo area of 35 cubic feet (73 cubic feet with the back seats down). This Subaru accommodates baby seats, small children, teens, and adults without crowding anyone.

  1. Ford Expedition, Large SUV

The Expedition is ranked #1 in its group. The redesigned Expedition has the best third row of all SUVs, and like other SUVs, the Expedition can be purchased as a four-wheel-drive vehicle. (No minivans other than the Toyota Sienna have this capability). With 3.5-liter V6 engines, this SUV has 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque so that the family can pull a boat or other things.

  1. Acura MDX, Midsize SUV

Acura MDX is ranked #5 among luxury midsize SUVs by U.S. News. This stylish vehicle is particularly accommodating to older members of the family as entry is much more comfortable than climbing into a van and some SUVs. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard equipment. The cushioned seats in the second row slide forward, and the backs tilt to a comfortable angle. Acura has a smooth ride, safety features, and a quiet cabin. With its three rows for seating or storage, along with excellent fuel efficiency, the MDX makes a great family vehicle.

  1. Honda CR-V, Compact SUV

Easy to drive and maneuver, the Honda CR-V is ranked #1 among compact SUVs by Kelley Blue Book and US News as the top vehicle for smaller families and the money. Having earned a rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel-efficient CR-V has 40 cubic feet (76 ft. with the seats folded)of storage space, and senior passengers can quickly enter it. Because of its safety/driver assist system, the Honda CR-V is also rated as one of the safest crossovers.

These Are the Best Family Friendly Cars in 2018

Handy Car Gadgets You’ll Want to Have For Your Next Roadtrip

If the warm summer weather creates a sense of wanderlust in your adventurous spirit, it can lead to various road trips being planned. Before you set out on your next road trip adventure, however, you should purchase some handy car gadgets that will improve your convenience and safety while out on the open road.

Portable Jump Starter Kit

While keeping a set of jumper cables in your car will assist you in a battery emergency, they’re only beneficial if there’s another car in the area to provide you with a charge. Being out on a road trip means that you’ll encounter many solitary miles with no other drivers around to provide you with assistance should your battery malfunction. Bringing a portable jump starter kit will ensure that you can jump start your car battery on your own since it holds its own charge. Additionally, some jump starter kits, such as the Bestek Jump Starter, also features a flashlight and USB ports so that you can charge your various mobile electronic devices.

Car Safety Tool

Although it’s something that no one wants to experience, a car accident is an unfortunate reality of venturing out in any automobile. It’s better to prepare for such an eventuality rather than to hope you never experience one. In keeping with this proactive mindset, investing in a car safety tool will prove to be invaluable to you and your companions’ survival in the event of an accident. A car safety tool acts as a hammer that can shatter windshields or door windows to allow you to escape from a wrecked car. There are also blades on the safety device that can cut you free from a malfunctioning seat belt. Be sure to keep the car safety tool in an easily accessible place such as inside the glove compartment or the console between the driver’s and passenger’s seats.

GPS Keychain

While out on your road trip adventure, the last thing you want to deal with is a set of lost keys. Some clever tech-savvy entrepreneurs have realized this and invented a keychain that is Bluetooth-equipped. This GPS keychain will allow you to locate your lost keys using a mobile app that can be downloaded onto any of your mobile devices for quick and easy use.

Handy Car Gadgets You’ll Want to Have For Your Next Roadtrip

The Most Expensive Cars of 2018

Automobiles have been around for over 100 years, and in that short time, they’ve managed to become relatively affordable. However, much like any product or service, there are still quite a few vehicles in the world that cost exorbitant amounts of money. Considering my deep passion for cars, I figured I would highlight some of this year’s most expensive vehicles that most of us can only dream to obtain.

Rolls Royce – Sweptail – $13 million

I thought we should start the list off with the absolute most expensive car on the planet. If you’re familiar with cars, you know that Rolls Royce is synonymous with vast amounts of money. However, even the most automobile savvy person would be forgiven for not knowing just how expensive the company’s models can be. The Sweptail, however, is a bit of an oddity, in the fact that it is not a mass-produced vehicle. It is actually a one-of-a-kind model that was specifically created for an undisclosed client. The Sweptail seats two, features a full panoramic sunroof and has an interior made of wood and leather. It is a shockingly “basic” car, in terms of features and design.

Koenigsegg – CCXR – Trevita – $4.8 million

If you aren’t an automobile buff, you’ve probably never heard of Koenigsegg. The Swedish company produces high-end sports cars, and its CCXR Trevita is the most expensive of them all. The Trevita stands out, first and foremost, for the fact that it is literally coated in diamonds; technically speaking, the car is covered in a special kind of fiber that is coated with a diamond dust that allows it to shine with a silver color. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The Trevita also comes packed to the brim with features and power; boasting a dual-supercharged V8, iconell exhaust system, infotainment center and a dual carbon rear wing, the Trevita gives you a great deal of bang for your buck.

Lykan – Hypersport- $3.4 million

The Hypersport will literally blind you with its price. The car’s headlights are comprised of a whopping 240 15-carat diamonds! It also features a unique, slick design that gives the car an appearance similar to that of a pebble. It’s incredibly modern and very beautiful. The car not only features beauty, but also power, and can reach top speeds of up to 240 mph.

All three of these vehicles are all incredibly expensive and feature some of the most outlandish features on any car. This year is shaping up to be one of the greatest for car enthusiasts.

The Most Expensive Cars of 2018

The Worst Cars of All Time

The automobile is, undoubtedly, one of humanity’s most important inventions. Since the creation of the first car, engineers have worked tirelessly to improve upon their designs, resulting in better and better iterations. And although car manufacturers have created some of the greatest designs imaginable, there have certainly been some mistakes along the way. With that being said, I figured I could highlight just a few of the worst cars in history.

Overland OctoAuto

Aside from motorcycles and tractor trailers, almost every single vehicle on the road has four wheels. However, during the 1910s, when society was still figuring out the best design for cars, certain engineers felt that four wheels wasn’t enough. Milton Reeves, a pioneer in American automobiles, spearheaded efforts to incorporate a minimum of six wheels on his automobiles. His theory was that more tires meant a smoother ride. And so, he created the Overland OctoAuto. The vehicle measured in at 20 feet in length and featured eight wheels. Unfortunately for Reeves, not a single order was placed for the OctoAuto, and it went down in history as one of the biggest flops in automobile history.

Renault Dauphine

Let’s head over to France, the birthplace of the Renault Dauphine. A cheaply made car that still managed to appeal to the masses, the Dauphine was known to be a cheap, unreliable piece of junk. Its most well-known disadvantage was its speed. The Dauphine took 32 seconds to reach a speed of 60 mph.

Ford Edsel

The Ford Edsel is quite possibly one of the automotive industry’s largest failures. It is the definition of overhyped. At the time of its release, the Edsel was being touted by Ford as the next generation of automobiles. The marketing hype around the vehicle was off the charts and when the car was released, it flopped tremendously. The car’s design was hideous, it was a gas guzzler and it was far too expensive for the time. In the end, Ford lost a reported $250 million due to the Edsel.

Cars have come a long way since their creation. We want to continue to push our engineers forward so that they may further refine their designs. However, sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to look back on history so that we can avoid future mistakes.

The Worst Cars of All Time

What Is A Car Subscription Service?

Purchasing a car is one of the largest decisions a person can make. Humans rely heavily on cars to get them from point A to point B and everywhere in between. You’ll likely be spending several years with your vehicle, which makes it a very important investment as much as it is a simple purchase. Traditionally, in order to purchase a vehicle, you had two options: purchase it outright or pay for it in installments through a lease. But this is 2018, and we do things differently now.

In the last few months or so, several of the world’s most revered and successful car companies have revealed their newest plans for customers to purchase the latest and greatest models: subscription services. While each individual company’s service is slightly different, overall, they work on the same principle. In essence, customers pay a monthly fee in order to rent out the vehicles.

Cadillac’s subscription service, dubbed “Cadillac Book,” works very similar to Spotify or Netflix: you pay a monthly fee of $1,500 for the ability to rent out a car, but you never own it. For the acute observer, you will notice that, with that rate, you will likely wind up paying more for the car through Book than through a traditional financing payment plan, however, with Book, users are not responsible for insurance or maintenance costs on the device. Additionally, users can switch out cars whenever they desire, through the use of the mobile application.

Volvo’s version, dubbed Volvo Care, offers a slightly different service. With Care, subscribers pay a flat rate to lease a car (ranging from $600 to $700 per month) which includes insurance, maintenance, wear and tear, and no money down. At the moment, the Care program can only be used with the XC40 Momentum (from $600/month) and the R-Design (from $700/month).

Now, BMW is looking to get in on the subscription service action with their own spin on it. According to multiple reports, the service will be tested in Nashville, Tennessee to ensure its scalability.

Could these new subscription services be the way of the future? Will our grandchildren only know of leasing out a car through a subscription service? Although it is far too soon to call, it is most certainly a possibility.

What Is A Car Subscription Service?