In the world of performance vehicles, certain marques are well-known for their prowess. If you bring up the letter “M,” it’s hard not to dive into a discussion about the race-car heritage found in BMW’s E30 M3, the roaring V8 found in the early-2000’s M5, or even the on-rails handling provided by the M Coupe – all three of which were offered only with a standard gearbox. Talking about “SS” nomenclature stirs memories of the throaty muscle cars of yesteryear at your local small-town car show, while “STi” reminds you of a boxer engine’s distinctive rumble, and the likelihood of vape smoke billowing out of the windows.
Having trouble getting a car loan? Don’t worry – everyone hits a rough patch. But this time it may have less to do with that late payment and more to do with the automotive lending business. For the second consecutive quarter, lending institutions have tightened available credit – a seemingly cautious move that means car buyers with a “subprime” credit rating may be left taking the bus – or more likely paying a higher rate for their loan.
Not so long ago, luxury cars were defined primarily by the features they offered. During this era, coddling amenities such as ventilated seats and heated steering wheels were available only in premium models. Luxury brands led the way in safety, as well, and for many years, they were pretty much the only game in town if you hoped to equip your vehicle with key driver-assistive technology.
During the weekend prior to America’s celebration of 241 years of independence, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will hold a race at Daytona International Speedway. Contestants will drive vehicles that are styled to resemble the Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry, and after racing ‘em on Sunday, these car companies hope that NASCAR fans will buy ‘em on Monday.