The 2014 Nissan Leaf has finally been priced in the US. Available in three different trim levels including S, SV and SL, along with seven exterior colors, this 100% electric vehicle will be sold for $28,980 for the S model, $32,000 for the SV model and $35,020 for the SL model. All models are equipped with a RearView Monitor as standard equipment, which make reversing safer than ever. [AR]
Buying a new car is an exciting experience. There’s that new car smell, and the thrill of getting it out on the highway for the first time. You feel great just seeing it parked in your drive, and really enjoy when the neighbors drop over to ask you what you think about it. However, perhaps the sweetest part of buying a new car is knowing that you got it at a great price.
The best way of doing this is to arm yourself with all the facts before you start to look for a car. Visit sites like Car and Driver to read reviews of the different models that you are considering, and make up your mind about exactly what you want before you head off to the dealer. When you get there, stick to your guns – don’t let them try to talk you into something else, even if they do offer you a great deal. The chances are that they are doing this because they have a car that isn’t selling well and they want to get rid of it – and there’s always a bad reason for this.
Another thing to do before you head to the dealer is to find out what other people have been paying for the same model in your area. Clearly, you don’t expect to pay the MRSP, but the question is whether you can get close to dealer invoice – the amount that the dealer pays the manufacturer before any further factory-to-dealer incentives. In fact, some dealers will go below invoice – they still make a profit when the additional incentives and the money they make servicing the car are taken into account. One good site to find out what other people have paid is TrueCar – you can find out more about them on the True Car Facebook page.
If you want to drive down the price of your new car even further, wait until the start of the next model year. For instance, if you have your heart set on a 2013 model, then wait until just before the 2014 model year is about to be released. At this point, dealers will want to move their existing inventory off the lot, and will be willing to drop the price because of this. Of course, this means that you can’t order a car with the exact options you want – you have to take what the dealer has – but you can usually get fairly close and the savings are worth it.
Finally, if you don’t mind having a few extra miles on your car when you buy it – typically less than 500 – then see if you can get a demonstrator. This is the vehicle that the lot gives to prospective customers for test drives. The car is essentially brand-new, but you will save thousands of dollars. Just make sure that you drive a hard bargain – if you buy a demonstrator and find out later that you could have bought a new car for the same price, you’ll be mad at yourself.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled their newest crossover, the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG. This all-wheel-drive compact SUV is powered by an EU 6-compliant turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine (w/ a three-mode seven-speed dual-clutch transmission) that delivers 265kW and 450Nm of torque. Performance-wise, the car has an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds. The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG will make its world premiere at next week’s Detroit auto show. [Car Advice]
Rolls-Royce is set to showcase another special edition car at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March, the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Spec. Coming in a Sapphire Black exterior paint scheme, the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Spec is powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine that produces 601HP (an increase of 31HP), and comes with a set of 21-inch alloy wheels taken from the Wraith model. [AR]
The new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has finally been priced in the US. The car will go on sale in the US this spring for a starting price of $75,000. Coming in five exterior colors including Red Hot, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic and Summit White, this musclecar is equipped with a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine (w/ a six-speed manual transmission) that produces 505 HP and 481 pound-feet of torque. [Autoevolution]
The all new 2014 Hyundai Azera has just been introduced. This near-luxury sedan is powered by a 3.3-liter Lambda II V6 engine (w/ a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control) that outputs 293HP and 344Nm of torque. The 2014 Hyundai Azera will go on sale within the next few weeks for a starting price of $31,000 for the standard model or $34,750 for the Limited trim level. [AR]