Bugatti surprised fans around the world when it unveiled the Divo, a hardcore evolution of the monstrous Chiron designed specifically to carve corners. Photos of the Divo will perform background image duty on millions of devices around the world, but that’s not the direction the French firm will take as it looks to expand its brand. Decision-makers are seriously looking at how to expand the Bugatti brand. It’s a significant shift in their strategy; the company has limited its lineup to a single model since it returned to the scene with the Veyron in 2005. The big question the firm needs to answer is how to reach a new set of buyers without diluting the image of what’s unquestionably one of the most prestigious car brands in the world. “The brand is ready for more,” affirmed company boss Stephan Winkelmann in an interview on the sidelines of the Paris Auto Show. Bugatti showed a stunning sedan called 16C Galibier in 2009, and it seriously considered giving … [Read more...] about Hybrid, SUV, or both? Bugatti looks at ways to expand its family
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Our 2018 Toyota Highlander SE V6 AWD test car.Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider The 2018 Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular crossover SUVs in the US. Toyota sold nearly 216,000 Highlanders last year, making it the third best-selling, mid-size SUV in America. The 2018 Highlander starts at $31,230 while top-of-the-line Hybrid Limited Platinum models start at $48,480. We loved the Toyota Highlander's versatility and refinement, but we were disappointed with its poor driving dynamics and lackluster infotainment system. The Toyota Highlander has long been one of America's most popular family crossover SUVs. In 2018, Toyota sold nearly 216,000 Highlanders in the US, making it the third best selling mid-size SUV behind only the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Through May, sales are up 12% this year with more than 92,000 Highlanders rolling off American dealer lots. The Toyota Highlander originally debuted in 2000 as a softer, more family-friendly alternative … [Read more...] about We drove a $42,000 and a $50,000 Toyota Highlander to see why it’s one of the best family SUVs money can buy — here’s what we discovered
You'll have noticed them on your street, down at the supermarket or parked outside your office. There might even be one on your driveway. The SUV - or crossover - has become one of the UK's favourite types of vehicle.Thousands are replacing their old hatchbacks, saloons and estate cars with these high-riding, practical lifestyle wagons. While some still frown on the SUV, these cars are popular for a reason. You sit higher up - so they're easy to get into and out of - plus you get a great view out. And if you've got a family to carry around then they offer more space inside than a hatchback, but also tend not to be shorter than the estate car you might otherwise have bought for its carrying capacity.In this buying guide, we round up the best SUVs available. Given that the market is now so large and diverse we've split our list into three sections: Small crossovers Mid-sized family SUVs Large SUVs Small CrossoversWhat's a crossover? Quite simply it crosses-over the gap between a car … [Read more...] about Best SUVs 2018: from crossover to Range Rover — which 4x4s are king of the road?
NEW YORK—The New York International Auto Show opened its doors to the public on Friday morning. In recent years, it has found its place as the most important of the American auto shows—Los Angeles and Detroit have been cannibalized by CES and preempted by foreign shows, all to the Big Apple's benefit. This year's event didn't disappoint, as we discovered during the press preview days held earlier this week. There will be plenty more NYIAS content from us in the next few days, but let's kick things off with our Best Of awards. Outstanding in the Automotive Technology field: Nissan VC-Turbo engine Since this is a technology publication, I'll begin with our award for the coolest technology on display. I was tempted to give the honor to Waymo, which has just partnered with Jaguar to build tens of thousands of self-driving electric SUVs. Waymo is light years ahead of the competition for driverless technology, but these robo-taxis won't actually be deployed for another two years, … [Read more...] about Crafty new engine tech, two electric SUVs among best at New York Auto Show
The market has spoken, and crossover SUVs are the new family sedans. With massive growth in nearly every segment of the business and more and more models to compete against, designers have their knives out and are taking more chances to gain buyers' attention. The latest example? The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, which has gone from last year's rounded and somewhat predictable (if pleasant) appearance, to this decidedly edgier, more piercing look.With its prominent cascade grille and unusual split, two-piece lighting (the main headlamps are the larger lower LED units), the Santa Fe is no shrinking violet. That confidence carries over to the design's profile, where it has strong fender forms, a prominent character line than runs from nose to tail, and a windowline that tapers less dramatically than the third-generation model that precedes it. It's not a look that will be for everyone, but to my eyes, it looks unapologetically modern, assertive and surprisingly tech-forward. I like it.The … [Read more...] about 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Reborn SUV cops a winning attitude