Want a Performance Wagon Other than a AMG E 63 S or the Panamera Sport Turismo? Tell Audi You Want an RS Avant
The Audi RS Avant super wagons aren’t available in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean the status quo isn’t going to change. Audi is open to bringing its rip-roaring machines to the land of milk and honey; it just needs to make a good business case for it. In that vein, fans of the RS 4 and RS 6 Avants can do their part to convince Audi by “writing letters” to the German automaker. Tongue-in-cheek hints aside, these letters could go a long way in establishing a viable marketplace for both super wagons.
Audi May Bring RS Avant Models To The U.S. But It’s A Reach
Who doesn’t love a fast wagon? We’re certainly pretty big fans, and we can’t help but dribble a bit when considering the prospect of getting into something like Audi’s line of RS Avants. Now, it looks like the Four-Ring brand is actually considering bringing these quick-’n-practical machines stateside. Maybe. Hopefully? All told, the brand isn’t ruling it out - we’ll take it.
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Is PSA Bringing Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Vauxhall, or Opel to the United States?
We’ve known for a while that PSA was planning to invade the U.S. auto market and it has, in fact, already done so by kicking off its Free2Move mobility platform in Seattle last year. And, more recently – back in January of 2019 – PSA announced that it had chosen Atlanta, Georgia as it’s home away from home. The next move is adding certain PSA models to various car-sharing services, but PSA has reportedly already chosen what brand it will begin selling in the U.S. first, but we’re not privy to the information quite yet.
Donald Trump’s Tariff War Could Spell Big Trouble For European Automakers
Automakers rely heavily on global trade. Cars built here in the U.S. are exported into other markets while cars built in other parts of the world are sent here. In a perfect world, things would balance out but our world isn’t so perfect is it? Never has that been more evident than now with Donald Trump preaching a potential tariff war, all of which started with the suggestion of taxing imported steel and aluminum. Now, according to a recent tweet, he has his mind set on taxing European vehicle imports as a way to retaliate against any further increase in Tariffs toward U.S. companies in Europe.
Thieves and Vandals Destroy Michigan Dealership in Sickening Act of Vandalism
A dealership in Detroit, Michigan is facing the aftermath of an attack by two unidentified men, both of whom smashed almost 300 windows from 55 cars, resulting in damages amounting to $80,000. To make things worse, that amount only covers repairs to the windows. According to dealership owner, Ogeen Kada, a number of cars also suffered “physical body damage” from the act of vandalism and there was destruction of private property.
Ford Ranger Raptor Could be US-Bound but Will Drop the Diesel Drivetrain
The Ford Ranger is coming to the U.S. That’s good news for a lot of people who have been clamoring for a smaller pickup to complement the much larger F-150. But there’s the potential for better news on the horizon with the potential of a Ranger Raptor hitting the scene. The souped-up pickup made its debut in Bangkok last week, and there’s growing momentum that we might see it in American soil at some point in the future. Maybe.
Genesis To Get Its Own U.S. Dealership Network
Genesis is looking to separate itself from parent company Hyundai by establishing its own dealership network in the U.S. The move is seen as a way for Genesis to create its own luxury identity, something that it could struggle doing if it remains in the shadow of Hyundai. The Korean luxury brand is putting together a multi-year business roadmap that will create as many as 100 retailers all over the country, covering all of the company’s important luxury markets. In the meantime, the new network will conduct its business in temporary stores or shared facilities.
The French are Coming! PSA chooses ATL as it’s North American Home
Welcome to Atlanta, PSA Group. More importantly, welcome back to the good ‘ol U.S.A. The French auto group took its biggest step in returning to America after announcing that Atlanta will become the location of its North American headquarters. Don’t expect PSA to start shipping Peugeot, Citroen, and DS models tomorrow, though. The new HQ is the first of many steps the group still needs to make to achieve its goal of returning to the market after decades of absence.
PSA Wants Another Crack at the U.S. Market
It’s been decades since we last saw a Peugeot or Citroen presence in the U.S. All that could change soon because Peugeot has been angling for a possible return to North America in the coming years. No specific plans have been laid out, but Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato remains bullish on the idea of seeing the French carmaker return to a market it hasn’t been in since 1991.
Survey: Ford Mustang, Tesla Top List Of Most Desirable Cars of Average Americans
A recent survey conducted by marketing agency Digital Third Coast and automotive products company Golden Eagle revealed the average car tastes of most Americans. The survey had some predictable results, most notably the Ford Mustang staking claim as the often-stated “dream car” among most Americans. Surprisingly, though, Tesla came in second, followed by a Jeep, a Corvette, and a Camaro.
The sample size of the survey is small - only 2,000 Americans participated - relative to the study’s topic, but it did paint a seemingly accurate picture of the car tastes of most Americans. It’s not surprising that baby boomers still long to own a Chevrolet Corvette while Gen-Xer’s are still captivated by the mystique of the Chevrolet Camaro. For their part, millennials identified Tesla as their dream cars, an understandable answer considering that they’re literally coming into adulthood at the same time as Tesla is coming into its own as a legitimate automaker.
The survey also revealed that Tesla has a foothold in the Northwest, Southwest, and Pacific as the dream car among Americans living in those regions. The Mustang is well-represented by folks in the Midwest and Southeast while those living in the Mountain regions surprisingly identified the Range Rover over any kind of Jeep as their dream cars.
Tesla continues to pop up at various times in the survey, but there is a good bit of irony in the revelation that most people who identified themselves as “not knowledgeable” about cars chose the electric car maker as their dream car. It’s likely that they identify Teslas, whether it’s the Model S, Model X, or Model 3, as the cars of the future, in large part because of the company’s status as a pioneer in electrification and autonomous driving technology. These people are less captivated by the mechanical and technical intricacies of a car as they are about the possibility of going to work while the car drives them there autonomously.
On the flip side, those who identified themselves as “car experts” chose the Mustang as their dream car. Hardly a surprise there, either.
Mother Nature Is Pissed And The East Coast Is Frozen
Folks living on the East Coast are enduring a three-hit combo from the weather right now, with high winds, lots of precipitation, and icy temperatures overlapping to create one helluva knockout punch. The pictures and video are dramatic, showing cars either frozen solid, or up to their bumper in water.
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