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2016 Buick Enclave : Current Models
2016 Buick Enclave : Current Models

The 2016 Buick Enclave full-size SUV is priced at $39,990, including a $925 destination charge, reflecting a $15 price increase over the base 2015 Enclave, according to the vehicle configurator at Buick.com.

On sale now at Buick dealerships, the midlevel 2016 Enclave Leather Group and the top-of-the-line Enclave Premium models get a $210 price increase for the new model year.

The 2016 Enclave Leather Group model starts at $44,585, while the Premium model starts at $48,440. Prices include shipping.

This is a carryover model with minimal changes. Three new exterior colors are Summit White, Ebony Twilight Metallic and White Frost Tricoat.

Connectivity is highlighted for 2016, with the introduction of OnStar 4G LTE and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

All 2016 Enclaves are powered by a direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 engine.

Key Enclave competitors include the Acura MDX, Hyundai Santa Fe and Lincoln MKT.

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The Most Hated Car In America : News
The Most Hated Car In America : News

Among America's car buyers, one brand in particular is on the outs.

That honor belongs to Fiat, the car brand owned by Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, an independent national benchmark of consumer experiences of products and services sold to U.S. consumers.

Fiat Chrysler, formed by the merger of the Italian car maker Fiat and the American automaker Chrysler, has several brands that win little respect from consumers, including Jeep and Dodge, the survey found. Overall, Americans are less in love with their cars than they were a year ago, with declines in satisfaction most likely tied to a record number of recalls and rising prices.

"More defects point to quality issues, and customers perceive the quality isn't up to the standards that they had seen in past years," David VanAmburg, ACSI's director, said.

The auto industry recalled nearly 64 million vehicles last year because of safety issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said earlier this year. Among the largest recalls were those from General Motors, which recalled about 27 million vehicles, followed by Honda (8.9 million vehicle recalls) and Fiat Chrysler (at 8.8 million recalls).

"While we haven't seen the results of this year's ACSI survey, Fiat has done very well recently in similar studies that measure customer satisfaction and vehicle quality," Fiat Chrysler said in a statement emailed to CBS MoneyWatch. "Several FIAT models just earned top honors in the 2015 J.D. Power U.S. APEAL Study and Strategic Vision's 20th Annual Total Quality Index."

Across the board, consumers rated their satisfaction with their cars at 79 points out of 100, or a decline of 3 percentage points from a year earlier. Among the brand names that saw declining consumer satisfaction were Honda, GM's Chevrolet, and Fiat Chrysler's Jeep.

Why are consumers feeling pressure on car prices? VanAmburg points out that automakers heavily discounted vehicles or offered incentives in the recession and recovery years, as a way to get consumers through the showroom doors.

"We're seeing a return to normalcy," he notes. "The economy has improved somewhat. Automakers don't have to show quite as much love on the price side."

Interestingly, the cars that held up best among consumers' perceptions are the luxury brands, with Toyota's Lexus holding steady at 84 points and Honda's Acura rising to 83 points from 77 a year earlier, making those brands the first and second most-liked high-end cars with consumers.

Fiat vehicles haven't scored very well with reviewers, either. The U.K.'s Car magazine said the Fiat 500 provides "little" for enthusiasts, adding that the "ride is nothing special." The rear row is best designed for toddlers, with even school age children likely to feel cramped, the reviewer added.

The ACSI asks consumers about their experiences with cars that they bought about six months to three years prior to the survey, which means many of those car owners may be expressing the joys -- and dings -- of owning particular brands. Because of that, consumers who are considering buying a new car may want to add the survey's longer-term trends into their decision-making, VanAmburg said.

"Look at the trends over time," VanAmburg said. "This is a phenomenon with Chrysler that goes back since we've been doing this really, showing that they've hovered near the bottom. That means something."

Below is a list of the ACSI's 2015 ratings for car brands, ranked from top to bottom, with their parent company and customer-service scores.

1. Lexus (Toyota) -- 84
2. Acura (Honda) -- 83
3. Lincoln (Ford) -- 83
4. Mercedes-Benz -- 83
5. BMW -- 82
6. Subaru -- 82
7. Toyota -- 82
8. Hyundai -- 81
9. Buick (GM) -- 80
10. Cadillac (GM) -- 80
11. Honda -- 80
12. Mazda -- 80
13. Volkswagen -- 80
14. Chevrolet (GM) -- 79
15. Ford -- 79
16. Volvo -- 79
17. Audi (Volkswagen) -- 78
18. GMC (GM) -- 78
19. KIA -- 78
20. Infiniti (Nissan) -- 77
21. Dodge (Fiat Chrysler) -- 76
22. MINI (BMW) -- 76
23. All other brands -- 75
24. Jeep (Fiat Chrysler) -- 75
25. Chrysler (Fiat Chrysler) -- 74
26. Fiat (Fiat Chrysler) -- 73

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2017 Hyundai Elantra : Concept Cars
2017 Hyundai Elantra : Concept Cars

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is getting a new look and the brand is previewing the car with a rendering.

For now, Hyundai is only offering one glimpse of the new car, though it revealed the Elantra’s new design, which seems to be influenced by the larger Genesis sedan.

“The subtle and innovative appearance enhancements reflect Hyundai Motor’s vision for design. Furthermore, this car indicates a move from traditional to modern styling by communicating the new model’s comfort, fashion and sporty feel,” said Peter Schreyer, Hyundai’s chief of design.

The updated Elantra is expected to keep its existing 1.8- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, while a new turbocharged 1.6-liter motor mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is likely to join the lineup as a fuel economy focused model. Inside, styling will likely mimic the 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s new interior.

The 2015 LA Auto Show will play host to the official unveiling of the redesigned Elantra in November.

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1955 Lotus Mark X : Classic Cars
1955 Lotus Mark X : Classic Cars

Here we are delighted to offer this fascinating and very well known Lotus Mark 10, one of only seven of these ‘big-engined’ sports-racing aerodynes from the dawn of Lotus Engineering’s serious production in the mid-1950s.

This particular car was based (like all seven Mark 10s) on one of the trend-settingly lightweight and sophisticated Lotus Mark 8 chassis frames from the drawing board of Lotus’s dynamic and gifted prime mover, Colin Chapman. This particular car was sold new to enthusiastic British owner/driver Mike Young, and was completed by Mr Young himself with one of the very rare and expensive 2-litre Connaught 4-cylinder engines developed from a basic Lea-Francis power unit by Connaught Engineering Ltd at Send, Surrey. These engines had been developed originally to power the 2-litre Formula 2 open-wheel racing cars manufactured by Connaught from 1951-53. The particular unit adopted by Mike Young was serial 'C16' – and his new Lotus-Connaught Mark 10 was first road registered as new on September 8, 1955, bearing UK registration number 'NBA 806'. Initially the flowing Frank Costin-styled bodywork was left unpainted, in bare polished aluminium.

Mike Young promptly entered his new car in the 1955 Targa Florio road race around the legendary Piccolo Madonie mountain circuit just to the east of Palermo in far off Sicily. The event was run in October 1955 as the deciding round of that year’s FIA Sports Car World Championship race series, and would be the event in which Stirling Moss and Peter Collins would win in the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, thus sealing the World title for ‘The Three-Pointed Star’, to accompany the Stuttgart marque’s parallel Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship title that season, with Fangio.

To race against such august company, Mike Young and Geoff Richardson – British constructor/driver of the RRA series of Formula 2 racing cars - drove this Lotus on the public road all the immensely long way from London to Sicily, via Dunkirk and the Naples ferry. This is why this Lotus Mark 10 – unusually - was fitted from new with a full set of headlights and tail-lights, whereas most of its sister cars intended for aerodrome racing in the UK had no lights at all.

In the Targa Florio, the Young/Richardson Lotus-Connaught ran with race number 80 but most unfortunately failed to survive much more than the opening 44-mile lap. Mike Young stopped at the pits to investigate falling oil pressure at the end of lap 1 and then, according to Gregor Grant’s contemporary report in ‘Autosport’ magazine: ‘…charged a bank with his Lotus, damaging a wheel too badly to continue…’. For both drivers, particularly Geoff Richardson who did not get to run in the race itself, this must have been a huge disappointment after all the anticipation of building the car and the interminable yet exciting drive down.

In common with its sister Mark 10s, into 1956 the Lotus-Connaught was quickly rendered obsolescent for serious competition by the advent of Colin Chapman’s next great innovation – the beautiful Lotus Eleven and concentration upon the burgeoning 1100cc and 1500cc classes in British sports car racing. By 1959 this car – then painted red - was owned by Peter Simms of Sheffield. By 1965 it was owned by Edward Barnard who advertised it for sale, still with the Connaught engine 'C16' installed - for £295.

It was acquired by a Mr F. Slim before – in 1974 – it passed to well-known Historic racer and restorer Barry Simpson, who removed the original 4-cylinder Connaught engine and fitted instead a 2-litre Bristol 6-cylinder unit with the intention of using the car for Historic sports car competition. The Connaught engine had always been regarded as being quite a rare and somewhat tricky unit to maintain in good running order, whereas the Bristol power unit was far more commonly available, with good parts supply and its tuning potential for competition and/or high-performance road use was very well understood.

Connaught enthusiast Phillip Bowker bought the ex-Lotus 10 engine and fitted it into his A-Type Connaught single-seater. Fellow Connaught exponent Gerry Walton then bought both the ex-Bowker Connaught and this Lotus Mark 10, into which he fitted another Connaught engine, which we understand had been taken from the Les Leston sports Connaught ALSR car of 1955. Mr Walton subsequently raced the Lotus-Connaught Mark 10 until around 1980.

This Lotus was then sold to the Bradburn classic car dealership, in whose tenure a Bristol engine was refitted in 1984 and the car was then sold to Peter Kaus in Frankfurt, Germany, for what became his magnificent Rosso Bianco Collection displays. This most attractive, relatively unspoiled and quite original historic Lotus has seen very little use indeed over the past 22 years. It is perfectly eligible – of course – to have a 4-cylinder Connaught engine refitted to return it to its original 1955 specification, while for immediate use the Bristol 6-cylinder of course presents an immensely practical, potentially highly reliable and raceworthy proposition as it stands. In common with sister cars from this particular source we would recommend careful specialist inspection and preparation before any attempt is made to run the car in earnest.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of these wonderfully evocative Colin Chapman/Frank Costin aerodynamic-bodied, pioneering Lotus sports-racing cars. It is even more rare to see one become available with such exotic early FIA World Championship-round racing history.


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