Next year marks Chevrolet and Hot Wheels 50th anniversary of working together to create some of the flashiest finger powered vehicles the toy industry has ever seen. To celebrate, General Motors has decided to reverse its role in that partnership as the inspiration for the toy maker’s cars.
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.
Jeep’s recipe for the Wrangler is pretty simple. Always has been, always will be. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to learn that after scanning more than 300 pages of a leaked 2018 Jeep Wrangler owner’s manual, first published by enthusiast forum JL Wrangler and then reported on by Automotive News, the redesigned Wrangler JL is much the same as it ever was…only better.
The compact crossover segment has become a cash cow for many automakers, and the pressure is on for each manufacturer to put its best foot forward in this competitive category. Though the previous generation of the GMC Terrain was popular, it was starting to get a bit stale, having been on the market since 2009. To properly compete in this bustling segment, GMC needed an entrant that was less dated and more modern.
Volvo station wagons are, and have been, cool without even trying. Arguments can be made whether the original PV445 Duett met the standard when it was new, but it sure is today. Its successor, the 140, the original “brick,” most certainly did. After all, it established the squared-off design parameters for Volvo wagons for the next four decades.
Nearly two decades have passed since the first RX went on sale, riding a ripple of enthusiasm for crossover SUVs that has since transformed into a towering tidal wave. Fast-forward to today, and the RX faces an onslaught of competitors from nearly every premium automaker. Nevertheless, it not only leads its segment in terms of sales, but it is also the most popular luxury model in America.
In days gone by, pretty much the only things that came to mind when people thought of Volvo vehicles were outstanding safety content and boxy sheet metal. There’s nothing wrong with either of these attributes, but Volvo is a luxury brand, and the best luxury vehicles pique your desire by offering features and amenities that help you transcend the mundane.