In Europe there are four supreme countries that are at the fore-front of the automotive industry that is Germany, England, France and Italy. Take any of this countries out of the automotive world and the industry will lose something. If Italy is taken out of the equation will definitely lose the passion of the industry. Italy is a country renowned for la dolce vita, which is Italian for the “good life.” Now, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is about that life, and is a compact sports sedan meant to recapture the attention of the American market especially.
The Volkswagen Group seems to have a plethora of compacts everywhere you go. Offerings from Skoda, SEAT and VW seem to match up to the conglomerate’s plan to inundate this segment. Thus, Golf is the ultimate offering from VW, followed by the Skoda Rapid and then eventually we have the SEAT Toledo. The Toledo as a model for SEAT features somewhere between the Ibiza and Leon. The car is a lot larger than the Rapid and offers more practicality, other than that don’t expect much except for affordability.
If you happen to read the Bible, then you already know it’s a collection of books, with Genesis being the first book. Sadly, as great as that is, the Hyundai Sonata could use some help if it wants to be the first car on everyone’s luxury sedan list. Simply, Asian automakers always find it hard in this segment. European exports are simply always way ahead. It’s an unenviable task to compete against the likes of Audi, Mercedes or Jaguar. I mean an A6 or an E-Class and you’ve got the Genesis standing alongside, you get the picture. However, the Genesis does have its benefits and deserves to be given a chance.
Whenever you think of a coupe, the first car that comes to mind has to be a Porsche. Whether it be a 911 or a Cayman, Porsche seem to be the best coupe automaker in the world. However, oddly enough they find themselves competing with Audi who are also part of the Volkswagen Group conglomerate. The Audi TT is a great car and it seems to be getting better with each new generation. However, as with all coupes it finds itself competing with SUVs.
What’s in a Name?
The TT gets its name from the successful NSU racing tradition in the British Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) motorcycle race. NSU started to race back in 1911 and later in its history it merged into what we now know as Audi. The TT moniker also follows the NSU 1960s models 1000TT, 1200TT and TTS. First forwarding to today the TT is also known after the phrase “Technology & Tradition.”
If you like the Q5 or Q7 then you already know about the Q3. Think of it as a more miniature sized SUV offering from Audi. With Audi you are always assured quality design and of course loads of technology, and the Audi Q3 doesn’t fall short of this.
The Audi Q3 first appeared as the Audi Cross Coupe Quattro, which was unveiled in the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show. It was designed by Julian Hoenig a year earlier, and his design was approved and scheduled for development by the board in the latter half of 2007. Later in 2009 Hoenig’s design was frozen and chosen for production. The first and current generation of the Q3 was then released in the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Later in June 2011 the Q3 went on sale.
A mirage is an illusion usually in the middle of the desert. As you know when in the desert you really don’t have as many options, thus the sight of even an illusion gives you hope. However, the subcompact category is anything but a desert, it is brimming with great cars. Thus, the Mitsubishi Mirage may be the least in this category, however if you are living in a financial desert, then this subcompact will offer you hope.
What’s in a Name?
The Mirage has had a number of names that it has used in the past, such as Lancer, Colt, Dodge Colt etc. Most of these names came about as the result of various partnerships it has had in its history. Currently, it is known as the Mirage and in select European markets as the Mitsubishi Space Star, due to naming rights issues.
Being a movie buff myself, I couldn’t help but take a keen eye on the car chase of Captain America: Civil War. I liked the movie especially it proved that Ironman is smarter, faster and stronger than Captain America. My biases away, the car chase scene was great the Black Panther, Captain America and add our Q7 into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for an epic. The Q7 is the biggest SUV and most technologically advanced Audi that’s ever been made. The Q7 is available as either a seven-seat three-row crossover or a 5-seat SUV.
Sportscars aren’t in the reach of everybody, rather they are in the reach of the rich, pan intended. The funny thing is the McLaren 570S still feels like a bargain. Porsche and Ferrari should be worried about what the 570S is trying to do. McLaren seem to be riding on the legacy of the F1, to rather great success. However, looking at models like the 570S, McLaren definitely mean business. The 570S belongs to McLaren’s sport series which are its entry level supercars. McLaren has big expectations for the 570S as they predict it will triple the company’s sales volume by 2020.
As with everything in life there are levels that you must respect. With that in mind just being rich isn’t enough to get something in life like the Phantom, for that you’ll have to be wealthy. As for the Ghost being rich is enough. I honestly don’t know what to make of the names that Rolls Royce chooses to brand its cars with. I mean Phantom, Ghost and Wraith seem more like names that are trying to scare us rather than impress us. However, the names aside Rolls Royce makes some if not the best luxury cars out there. On that note, meet the Ghost, which shares its platform with the BMW 7-Series, and is known internally as the RR04. The Rolls Royce Ghost is supposed to play second fiddle to the Phantom, but it could easily be the car that is at the pinnacle of automotive luxury.
If you know anything about Roman history, then the name Ocatavia won’t sound all that alien to you. Octavia was the sister to the first Roman emperor Augustus Caesar. She has been heralded by Roman historians as virtuous and the model Roman girl. Thus another car gets a girl’s name. Skoda is a Czech automaker owned by the Volkswagen Group. Skoda sells its cars worldwide except for the American market. The Skoda Octavia is a step behind the Volkswagen Golf and the SEAT Leon. It’s available as either a five door hatch or as an estate.