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These Are The New Cars With The Highest Dealer Markups
We all know that dealer markups have got a little crazy of late, but a new study has revealed that dealers are adding, on average, 10 percent on top of the MSRP. The research by iSeeCars also revealed that the Jeep Wrangler, Ford Bronco, Genesis GV70, and Porsche Macan were all sold for a premium of around 20 percent. Click the link for the full breakdown.
2024 Renault Scenic E-Tech Coming To Reclaim The Practicality Crown
MPVs have been more or less unceremoniously killed off by the SUV scourge, with nameplates like the Scenic from Renault thought to be firmly on the chopping block. However, there’s some hope for the Scenic nameplate, but it won’t be returning on another people carrier and will instead be reborn as a crossover SUV — as illustrated by the above rendering created by Jean Francois Hubert/SB-Medien for CarScoops.
We Tried Out Harman’s Ready Care Technology That Helps You Drive Smarter And Safer
At the North American International Auto Show, we tried out Harman’s Ready Care tech, which aims to reduce accidents by improving real-time driver monitoring. The company’s Eyes and Mind on Road technology monitors drivers by looking at their facial expressions, eye gaze, and eyelid movements, among other things. Using that data, advanced algorithms determine if drivers are drowsy or distracted and respond accordingly.
10 Car Features That Came Back From The Dead
While some of the more advanced new car features, such as semi-autonomous capabilities, truly are new tech, there are many cases of manufacturers revisiting the past and reworking old ideas into new vehicles. Take for example, turbocharging — once an experimental technology used in just a handful of performance cars but now present in almost every internal combustion application. Or what about digital dashboards and automatic headlights? See our full rundown, and comment if you have any others to add.
Dodge Not In The Business Of Making “Jelly Beans”, Wants Their EVs To Be Stylish
The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept eschews the smoothed and sculpted lines of other aero-efficient EVs for a more retro-inspired take on the future of the muscle car. And that was something that was key to the new concept, says Stellantis Chief Design Officer Ralph Gilles, who says that muscle car lovers are happy that it doesn’t “look like a jelly bean.”
Lancia Aurelia Is A Premium Italian EV Crossover Coming In 2026
With three new models coming to Lancia showrooms in the next six years, the brand is gearing up for a rather busy time ahead. The Aurelia, which will go on sale in 2026, will be the most significant shift for the brand as a fully-electric crossover that will serve as the brand’s flagship. These speculative renderings by Jean Francois Hubert/SB-Medien for CarScoops depict what the new car could indeed look like.
What Else Is Making The News
Pound Sterling Falls To 37-year Low Against The Dollar
The pound plunges to its lowest level against the US dollar – at just over $1.03 – since decimalisation in 1971 https://t.co/65JIcjD3xT
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) September 26, 2022
The pound has dropped to a 37-year low, below $1.09, after a massive shakeup of Britain’s tax regime. The tax cuts are the largest that has been seen in 50 years and have triggered worries about the UK’s economy while the dollar continues to gain strength.
Oil Prices Drop To Their Lowest Since January
Oil prices have dropped to their lowest levels since January this year, reports Reuters. The decline in values is said to be in light of the likelihood of an upcoming global recession, as well as a surging U.S. dollar.