Archive for March, 2011

Following the steps of competitor car manufacturers, Ford has unveiled the outstanding Focus model.

With this vehicle, Ford presents all customers with the best of technology. Amongst the impressive functions, the new auto technology features : Active-City-Stop (resulting in the car stopping in the event of a low speed collision), the Auto-Start-Stop (resulting in turning the engine off if the car has remained immobile-and/or in neutral for a period of 1 second) and the Torque-Vectoring (resulting in better grip and handling while on the road).

The models also come with traction assist, electric front windows, remote central locking w/ key, Ford Intelligent Protection System, remote central locking with flip key, cd+usb and stereo radio.

Focus prices range from $29.500 for the 1.6 VCT 105 PS petrol 5 and $30730 for the 1.6 TDCi 95 PS.

Focus is considered to be one of the best new vehicles to be unveiled this year. Feel free to request a 100% free quote through our website.

Once again, as gas prices increase, small car sales also increase.

According to DesRosiers’ research, while fuel prices were low back in 2007, sales of small cars decreased by 50%, while in 2008, when fuel prices spiked, small car sales increased 50% back.

DesRosiers says, “it isn’t necessarily the amount that consumers have to pay for gas that is critical. Instead, it is the expectation of increase and/or decrease. Once gas prices stabilize, even if at a high level, then sales of entry-level vehicles stabilize”.

This remains true as long as car manufacturers don’t offer huge incentives and rebates. Statistics also show that most car buyers will go for the big incentives when these are substantially large, instead of the fuel economy factor. Prove of that is, the consistent number of trucks, pickups, minivans and SUVs sales during 2010 and 2011.

“Each litre per 100 km of fuel efficiency translates into between $3,000 and $3,500 of fuel savings over the life of a vehicle at current gas prices on a present value of money basis. Who knows what gas prices will be 20 years from now, but I’d bet they will be higher – indeed a lot higher – so the fuel savings could be much higher than this amount”.

“So over the life of a vehicle fuel efficiency makes a huge difference in the cost of operating a vehicle.”

Amongst the best small cars to buy at the moment are: Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai’s new and redesigned Elantra. Honda will launch its Civic 11th generation this coming spring, Toyota has redesigned its Corolla and Mazda will introduce a new line of engines in the Mazda3. Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent next generation models are expected to arrive sometime this fall. The new Fiat 500 mini-car redesigned will also be launched by Chrysler this year.

Toyota continues to be one of the best cars to buy this year. As months go by, the top manufacturer continues to maintain great offers on most of its vehicles.

For the month of March, customers can obtain a zero % percent vehicle loan rate for up to five years on the models: Highlander Hybrid, Tundra, Matrix, Camry Hybrid and Camry. The stylish Toyota Venza is interest free for up to 4 years and lastly, for a period of 3 years, zero% vehicle loan rate is available on models: RAV4, Yaris, Corolla, Avalon, Prius, Highlander and Sienna. If you wish to obtain a car deal for a longer period, you can still do it at a slight higher loan rate on select models.

Other great incentives such as no payments for the first 90 days, no down-payment and cash back bonuses, are also available when purchasing some Toyota models. 2011 Toyota Camry and Toyota Yaris have a $500 bonus customer cash rebate that buyers receive as a check or use it towards the payment of the vehicle.

Following on last week’s blog entry, consumer reports show the new top 3 picks of the year. One of these models was already in this category last issue, but 2 are brand new:

2011 Kia Sorento: Making it into this category for the first time ever, this car has been chosen as the best family SUV. Some of the characteristics that customers brag about are: its interior having lots of room and being able to fit seven passengers, being really comfortably to ride in, having controls that are easy to use. Price ranges from $26,590 to $32,390.

Ford Mustang: Making its way into the sporty category, it is a very fast car using a V-8 engine with the choice to switch to a V-6 engine increasing the gas mileage from 17/25 to 19/31 mpg city/highway. Mustang has been compared often to Chevrolet’s Camaro but its price ranges from $28,880 to $43,880.

2011 Hyundai Elantra: This model was redesigned this year and it is currently recommended as one of the best small cars . Consumers praise its stylish look inside and outside, smooth engine and transmission, as well as good gas mileage estimated at average 40 miles per gallon. Price ranges from $14,830 to $19,980).

As expected, the new annual Consumer Reports issue will be available next April. This information is based on random surveys done to subscribers and customers as well as multiple road tests scores collected by trained staff.

First position goes to Honda, followed by Subaru on the second spot. Toyota has made it to third place (excellent position taking into consideration this brand has made several recalls), Volvo takes the fourth spot and in terms of position gain, Ford has made the biggest one, jumping to number 5. Following Ford is Hyundai, on the sixth place.

Ford is currently getting 71% of its vehicles recommended. GM, despite all efforts made by launching high technology cars and unveiling many redesigns this year, ends up with just 46% of its models recommended. Chrysler managed to get only one vehicle recommended: the Dodge Ram 1500.

Honda and Subaru maintain a great record of reliability, resulting in all models recommended.

Kia Sorento SUV and Hyundai Elantra are both featured on top picks (Hyundai was already in that category). BMW and Mercedes Benz are left behind, both automakers are listed on the bottom places, consumers report issues with the SUVs. Volkswagen new Jetta model has been strongly criticized by having poor fuel economy.

These ratings are not based on best car prices on the market, rather by reliability, comfort and economy in gas prices, meaning these models might not be the cheapest ones to buy.