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You Get What You Pay For
Residual value is one of the most important factors to consider when obtaining a new vehicle, especially if you plan on leasing. How much it’s worth at the end of the contract has a huge impact on how much you’ll be paying each month. Which cars on the market today hold their value best? The folks at ALG have it all figured out. In no particular order, here they are.
10. 2013 Ford Fusion vs. 2014 Mazda6
This year was a busy year for AutoGuide as we put dozens of vehicles to the test in hopes of making your purchasing decision not only easier, but well informed. As we head into 2014, let’s take a look back at 2013′s most watched videos.
Starting off the list is our comparison video pitting the Ford Fusion against the new Mazda6. Both vehicles are stylish, efficient and fun family sedans that have quite the history together. In 2006, the two automakers were producing the Fusion and Mazda6 on the same platform as Ford held a one-third ownership stake in Mazda. But times have changed and the Mazda6 and Ford Fusion are now standing on their own. How do the two compare against one another?
SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Fusion vs 2014 Mazda6
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Mercedes just announced official pricing for its new CLA compact car, which will start at $29,900.
Thanks to leaked photos from Germancarforum.com, we see that the new CLA shares much of its styling with the A-Class hot hatch. The nose and grille on this new small coupe is almost identical to the A-Class, save the back end which of course gets smooth lines into a trunk rather than a hatch. This new design language is slowly being adopted across the line of Mercedes-Benz cars.
The CLA, which may be called the CLC, could also spawn an AMG variant. The base model CLA will likely come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 211 hp, while the AMG will probably use a turbocharged four cylinder engine that will produce more than 335 hp, sourced from the A25 AMG.
The Concept Style Coupe, or another updated CLA concept, will debut at the Transmission LA: AV CLUB festival, which aims to unite the local art and music communities in one event. It would seem that Mercedes-Benz is trying to cash in on the new trendy styling of the car by marketing it to younger people.
The Transmission LA: AV CLUB event starts on April 20, so check back for details soon.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe
Vehicle names are hard to get right (Remember the Ford Probe?). Mercedes-Benz has been using a letter and number naming scheme to help differentiate its cars from one another. However, it’s been causing some confusion with car buyers and journalists alike.
According to UK’s CAR Magazine, it seems like the luxury German automaker is looking to change up its three-letter naming style to help make its niche products a bit more friendly with consumers.
Mercedes-Benz announced the opening of a new assembly plant today in Kecskemét, Hungary and at the opening ceremonies let slip that a new small four door coupe, probably called the CLA, will be produced at the new plant.
We have already seen spy photos of this new Merc, which further stirred rumors of when and where the car would be produced. Now we know that it will be produced in the Hungarian plant, along side the car that is shares its platform with, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
Sharing with the B-Class should lead to most CLA models running with front wheel drive, although a premium all wheel drive and AMG models have been rumored as options. For base engines, the CLA will likely feature the 201-hp turbocharged 1.8-liter four cylinder sourced from the C-Class.
This new plant marks a €1.4 billion investment from Daimler into production plants, with €800 million going to the new Kecskemét plant and €600 million going to expand the Rastatt plant.
We should see a close to production concept version at an upcoming auto show, possibly the Beijing Auto Show or the L.A. Auto Show.