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Dealer Markups Lead To First Decrease In Customer Satisfaction In Over A Decade
The latest “craze” of dealers pushing the boundaries of new car markups has led to an unsurprising result: for the first time in over a decade, customer satisfaction at dealerships has fallen. That’s according to a new study by J.D. Power, which found that, surprise, surprise, no one likes to be overcharged.
2024 Volvo EX90 Is A Polestar 3 Electric SUV Dressed For A Court Appearance
The EX90 will serve as Volvo’s flagship SUV as it enters a new age of producing EVs. The EX90 also continues the brand’s tradition of focusing on safety, offering Lidar technology as standard for autonomous features and pedestrian detection, as well as radar to monitor occupants inside the vehicle.
2023 Honda Accord Debuts With New Looks And Techy Interior, But Drops 2.0 Turbo
Manufacturers may be killing off sedans left, right, and center, but for Honda, extending the life of the Accord still made sense. The 11th generation Accord features sleeker styling, with a longer bonnet and softer lines. It sadly drops the 2.0-liter turbo engine of its predecessor in favor of a less-powerful NA 2.0-liter hybrid.
2024 Audi Q8 E-Tron Realigns Itself With Bigger Battery And Improved Looks
In an effort to make their electric lineup a little less confusing, Audi has decided to rename the e-Tron SUV and e-Tron Sportback as the Q8 e-tron and Q8 e-tron Sportback, respectively. The Q8 e-tron is still smaller than its ICE counterpart, but it nevertheless sits at the top of Audi’s electric SUV range. Other improvements include bigger batteries, faster charging, and updated looks.
Mercedes-AMG ONE Is Now The Fastest Production Car Around The Nürburgring At 6:35.183
The F1-tech-filled Mercedes-AMG ONE is now the fastest production car around the Nurburgring. The supercar managed to beat the previous record set by Manthey-Racing’s tuned Porsche 911 GT2 RS by 3.65 seconds. Even more impressive was the manner in which the lap was set — the track was reportedly damp and dirty in sections, while the actual time was set just a minute before the circuit closed for the day.
The 2023 Honda Pilot Is A Big, Rugged, Powerful SUV With Some Tricks Up Its Sleeve
After many teasers, Honda finally gave us our first full look at the new 2023 Pilot. It’s bigger and more powerful than any Pilot before it, and adds a TrailSport model to the lineup that has been designed to offer a greater level of off-road performance. Under the hood is a new 3.5-liter V6 engine, which makes 285 hp (212 kW/289 PS) and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque.
Artist Imagines Exotic Hypercars Left To Rot In An EV Future
We won’t blame you if you were convinced that a set of images depicting abandoned supercars was real. While they look convincing enough, they’re actually CGI renderings by Italian 3D artist Dizzy Viper. Illustrated on his Instagram page, you’ll find sorry examples of a Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, McLaren Senna, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, and Ferrari LaFerrari, among others.
New Cars Teased This Week
Porsche Confirms Dakar Name For Go-Anywhere 911, Launches Nov 16
2024 Subaru Impreza Teased Again Prior To Next Week’s Debut
Abarth New 500 EV Hot Hatch Teased Prior To November 22 Debut And New Abarth 500 EV Caught Undisguised During A Photo Shoot
New Toyota Prius Hybrid Officially Confirmed For November 16 Debut
What Else Is Making The News
Twitter Continues To Change
It’s been a tumultuous week for Twitter as new owner and CEO Elon Musk settles in to his role. Earlier this week, a second verified tag was briefly introduced before being pulled altogether. Various impersonators have obtained the blue tick that used to represent verified accounts as Musk has made it a part of a paid subscription, and several employees that had been fired were reportedly asked to return.
Ash From Pokemon Has Finally Won The World Championship
He’s done it! Ash has become a World Champion! ?? pic.twitter.com/a2jPb8pym3
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) November 11, 2022
Ash Ketchum, the fictional Pokemon trainer that has been a key character in the anime series, has finally won a World Championship after 25 years. The Pokemon series has become embedded in popular culture, spawning video games, card trading games, and more than 20 movies, reports BBC News.