Some people like being in control –especially where driving is concerned and that’s why they insist on a manual transmission in their vehicles, especially those who drive sporty cars and vintage vehicles. But while it used to be known as the standard transmission, the manual or stick shift is fast becoming endangered. Future electric cars won’t have them and most drivers now prefer an automatic transmission. But manufacturers still cater to those die-hard fans, who like to enjoy the ‘real’ experience of driving, pedals and all!
When we think about the need for AWD the first thing that comes to mind is climate needs. Most of the time, this means you choose to have an SUV like the Dodge Journey for the drive. That means you get to have a great drive on the road and the driving capability needed. Often, we … Read moreAWD in a Sports Car on the Horizon?
One of the most iconic vehicles ever built was the Volkswagen Microbus. With a look that was singular, a large VW badge up front and the feeling of being able to hit the road for the fun and adventure that we want this was the original go anywhere minivan. In the 1960s if you wanted to go somewhere for the ride and the fun you chose the Microbus. This cool vehicle has been known to be the right one for the hippie crowd or the beach bums to drive and show off.
The trust you had in the Volkswagen brand may have disappeared once you learned of the cheating scandal that was allowing VW models to emit as much as forty times the allowable limit of NOx into the air. NOx is a pollutant that has been linked as a cause of cancer and is easily something we don’t want in the atmosphere. Although the numbers have varied since Volkswagen agreed to buy back or fix the offending models, they are said to be spending as much as $25 billion between current vehicle owners, regulators, states and dealers to try and make good on this problem.
Yes, you’ll love driving the CC, but that’s only if you can stop looking at this car. The look of the four-door coupes that have been added to the market typically ride only in the luxury arena, but the CC is a four-door coupe that is built on the same platform as the Passat, but offers you the shape and appearance you want. This is the car that offers you the youthful exuberance and gorgeous curves of a car that feels like a car you will keep on driving for a long time just for the fun of the drive.
In a world where every car has a new class and it feels manufacturers are trying hard to have vehicles that can easily fit into a variety of categories I’m not sure what a normal car is anymore. If we define a normal car as one that looks like it should be made for driving on the commute to and from work then we still have a large variety, but for the most part we all know what a normal car is. What we don’t know is that some of these cars are made to be exciting to drive and are capable of turning even the stodgiest of us into an enthusiast with a huge smile on our faces.
The world is full of oddities that we can witness. When you look at a couple and they don’t seem like a pair that you would expect to be together but it seems to work for them, you get the opportunity to witness an odd marriage. There have been many of these cases over the years in the automotive world for us to see and enjoy as some vehicles that have either been a great way to make a vehicle or have let us down in some form. Let’s check out a few and you can decide for yourself.
The Volkswagen Beetle can be considered one of the most inarguable icons of the automotive world. It’s not fast, it’s not powerful, it’s not even stylish or elegant, but it sure is fun. No matter what age group you belong to this car has been around and in some way been a part of the society you have lived in. It was offered at times when cars were larger and more powerful to be a smaller and more economic option for many and many of the classic aged Beetles are still being updated and remade to be cars we want to love and drive. Let’s take a tour down memory lane and see how the Beetle has touched history and what it has been.