Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EDT Sep 28, 2018 OJAI, California — Despite surging SUV sales, the midsize sedan ain’t dead yet. Don’t take my word; take a look at the 2019 Nissan Altima. Better yet, take a test drive. If you want good handling and advanced tech in a mass-market family sedan, you won’t do better. The all-new Altima — hitting dealerships in October with prices from $22,855-$35,750, excluding destination charges — looks great, drives great and is loaded with appealing features, including optional all-wheel drive. The only thing you can get in an SUV but not an Altima is a high seating position for better visibility and easy entrance and exit. In exchange for that, the Altima provides loads of features and outstanding handling in one of the best-looking sedans on the road. More: 7 reasons buyers will want the 2019 Nissan Altima Who needs a new sedan? While automakers including Ford and Fiat Chrysler … [Read more...] about First Drive: $22,855 2019 Nissan Altima midsize sedan fun, fast, safe
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Eric D. Lawrence Detroit Free Press Published 9:43 AM EDT Sep 7, 2018 The U.S. auto sales numbers for August appeared almost shocking for several iconic cars — Dodge Challenger down 26 percent from August 2017, Dodge Charger down 45 percent, Ford Mustang down 35 percent. The numbers, out just after Labor Day, appeared to bolster reports suggesting that declining performance car sales might be imperiling "a nostalgic, high-horsepower cruising culture that dates to before the 1950s." Could the end really be at hand for the American muscle car — and are millennials to blame? Not exactly, although muscle cars are certainly not immune to the changing tastes that have elevated trucks and SUVs over cars in the minds of many consumers, according to several industry watchers. The four vehicles that fit the muscle car category most directly — the Challenger and Charger, the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro … [Read more...] about Charger, Mustang, Challenger sales fall: What’s the cause?
Volvo returns. Safely, in style. Meet the 2017 Volvo S90 sedan. Going head to head with the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Audi A6, Volvo is entering the midsize luxury sedan category. With the new S90, Volvo delivers the goods. The S90 takes many excellent things about Volvo’s XC90 SUV and condenses them down to sedan size. By focusing on design, safety and comfort, Volvo offers a luxurious driving experience. Pursuitist traveled to New York to spend a week with the 2017 Volvo S90 sedan. Soaring high above the East River, we flew in a thrilling seaplane to The Hamptons. In this lush and affluent beach community, we took the S90 for a spin around Montauk. From the city to the country, this sleek yet smart sedan loves to multi-task. Go to the museum, to the golf course, to the resort — and arrive in style. Enjoy our photo and video road trip review with the 2017 Volvo S90 sedan. Join us as Pursuitist visits our favorite New York destinations before … [Read more...] about Pursuit Of Volvo: Safety In Style With The S90
Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Auto Critic Published 9:45 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 For Ford, deciding to quit building sedans was easy. Demand and prices for cars like the Taurus and Fusion are falling, with no end in sight. Choosing to sell something else isn’t the kind of insight that gets you a Nobel for economics. Now comes the tough part: Creating new SUV-type vehicles that will outperform the Taurus, Fusion, Focus and Fiesta in sales, profits and production. Nearly every automaker faces this challenge as the market moves toward SUVs, but none more immediately than Ford, which allowed its car lineup to become the oldest in the industry at the same time buyers’ interest in sedans flagged. “This is a step in the automobile’s evolution,” design consultant and former GM design chief Ed Welburn said. “Coupes were the rage for decades. That transitioned to sedans and now crossovers.” Many industry insiders use the term “crossover” … [Read more...] about Ford’s plan without sedans: 9 things to know
The all-new 2019 Nissan Altima takes its inspiration from the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept, which debuted at the 2017 Detroit auto show. The production Altima has an athletic stance that’s lower, wider and more dynamic than previous generations, made possible in part by two new low-profile engine designs. By G. CHAMBERS WILLIAMS III After a major update just three years ago, the Nissan Altima midsize sedan gets a complete makeover for 2019, moving it into its next generation, with numerous new high-tech features and its first turbo engine and all-wheel drive options. This massive redesign comes on the heels of similar makeovers of the Altima’s top competitors for 2018 – the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The sixth-generation Altima, which goes on sale this fall, will be offered in five trim levels – S, SR, SV, SL and Platinum — as well as what Nissan calls a “limited-production launch edition.” As for groundbreaking new technology, the SV, SL and … [Read more...] about Nissan introduces the 2019 Altima sedan, with optional turbo engine, all-wheel drive