It's not often that a new car debuts at a music festival, but that's exactly the case with this 2020 Nissan Versa. The all-new entry-level sedan is taking to the stage at Fort Lauderdale's Tortuga Music Festival this weekend alongside artists like Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Sheryl Crow. Exactly what this small four-door has in common with Flo Rida or Elle King isn't quite clear, but apparently the Nissan will be unveiled in middle of a surprise performance from an unnamed country music star before it heads to next week's New York Auto Show.On sale since 2012, It's fair to say that today's Nissan Versa sedan has sold primarily on the strength of its low sticker price and a surprisingly capacious cabin and trunk — not on virtues like its appearance or tech. Indeed, any model that manages to earn the title of "Least-Expensive New Car In America" is highly unlikely to sell based on desirability or features — it's often simply the choice of consumers looking for the most … [Read more...] about 2020 Nissan Versa: Still America’s least-expensive new car?
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caption Time to buy a new car! source Joe Raedle / Getty Images New-car buyers should ask themselves some basic questions. You’ll want to consider the value of your trade-in, your financing options, and the way a new vehicle with fit into your life. The process might seem intimidating, but it’s actually quite straightforward. It’s easy to overthink buying a new car, particularly if you spent your life buying used cars. It isn’t like buying an iPhone. But it isn’t like buying a house, either. In fact, buying a new car can take as little as a few hours. You want to arm yourself with knowledge, however. And take advantage of things like a good credit score, a trade-in on your old car, and an existing relationship with a dealer. The key is to ask some simple questions. I’ve listed eleven, and I think that’s about right for most new-car buyers. Read on to see what questions make the most sense for the majority of … [Read more...] about 11 questions to ask when buying a new car
CES 2019 again illustrated that many of the industry’s brightest minds are working on making self-driving cars a reality in the not-too-distant future. Several not-insignificant issues continue to stand in the way of autonomous driving, including middling consumer acceptance and the lack of a comprehensive legal framework, but car and tech companies are confident they’ll find best way to knock them down. Digital Trends sat down with Kay Stepper, one of Bosch’s self-driving car experts, on the sidelines of CES 2019 to learn more about the company’s plans for deploying automated cars. Digital Trends: Bosch is a human-centric company. How does autonomous driving improve the life of the average consumer? Kay Stepper: Our aim is to improve people’s lives in a number of different ways. The first thing that comes to mind is getting people from point A to point B. If you look at individual transportation, to get around, you need to own your own vehicle, you need … [Read more...] about Bosch cautiously moving full-speed ahead with self-driving car tech
Cars are getting smarter and more capable. They're even starting to drive themselves, a little. And they're becoming a cause of concern for European and American safety agencies and groups. They're all for putting better tech on the road, but automakers are selling systems like Tesla’s Autopilot, or Nissan’s Pro Pilot Assist, with the implied promise that they’ll make driving easier and safer, and a new study is the latest to say that may not always be the case. More worryingly, drivers think these systems are far more capable than they really are. Euro NCAP, an independent European car safety assessment group (similar to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the US,) has just released the results of its first round of tests of 10 new cars with driver assistance technologies. It also published the results of a survey of over 1,500 car owners in seven countries, asking them what they believe these cars are capable of. “Seventy percent of people believe … [Read more...] about Drivers Wildly Overestimate What ‘Semi-Autonomous’ Cars Can Do
Lyft just launched a new version of its All-Access Plan monthly ridesharing subscription. The plan will be available throughout the U.S. by October 19. With the All-Access Plan, subscribers pay $299 each month for 30 rides that cost up to $15 each. If you call for more than 30 rides in a month, Lyft discounts the extra rides by 5 percent. There’s no option, or obligation, that is longer than one month for the All-Access Plan, and you can cancel at any time. If you don’t cancel, however, you will be charged for the next month’s subscription. The subscription plan is not guaranteed to save on individual rideshare trips, though. The convenience of buying Lyft rides in bulk each month might help with budgeting, but you could still spend more for rides with the All-Access Plan than by paying for trips as needed. If an individual ride costs more than $15, you pay the additional amount. If a ride costs less than $15, though, the extra doesn’t … [Read more...] about Lyft has a new fixed-price subscription plan for frequent passengers