Nissan has introduced their latest concept car namely the Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept. Inspired by racing cars, the car comes in Bright Pearl White exterior paint and boasts a 1.8-liter direct injection turbocharged engine (w/ a six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential) that outputs 240 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. The car is also equipped with a set of 19-inch RAYS aluminum-alloy wheels matched with 225/35R19 Michelin Super Sport performance tires and red-painted 370Z brake calipers. [AR]
Subaru has unveiled the all new 2014 Subaru WRX STI. This sports sedan is equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder ‘boxer’ petrol engine (w/ a six-speed manual transmission) that generates 227kW at 6000rpm and 392Nm at 4000rpm. In terms of performance, this powerful sedan can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds. [Car Advice]
Check out this special edition version of Smart Fortwo, the Citybeam. This two-seater city car is equipped with LED daytime running lights, titanium-colored headlights, ‘Citybeam’ written on at the base of the A-pillar and a special type of 3-double spoked wheels measuring at 175/55 R15 at the front and 195/50 R15 at the back. Under the hood, the Citybeam is powered by either a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine with 71 hp, a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine with 84 hp or an electric motor with 55 kWs of power output. Prices start from 14,490 Euro (about $19,704). [AR]
Audi is preparing to launch their newest compact SUV ’2015 Audi Q3′ in the US market. The car will become available in the US from fall 2014 for around $34,000. The 2015 Audi Q3 will be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine (w/ a six-speed Tiptronic auto transmission) that produces 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The new SUV will make its American debut at next week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. [Autoevolution]
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.