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10. Acura TSX - 34.3%
How do you get Generation Y interested in cars? To answer that question perhaps the best move is to take a look at what cars they do already like.
Thanks to new stats provided by J.D. Power and Associates we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 cars with the highest percentage of buyers aged of 16 to 35 in 2012. And if there is one common theme, it’s that Generation Y isn’t big on domestics, with just one vehicle from the Big 3 making the list.
Kicking off the top 10 list is the Acura TSX, where 34.3 percent of its buyers were between the ages of 16 to 35. The entry-level sedan offers luxury amenities at a budget price, while providing owners with the reliability and comfort that Acura is known for. The Acura TSX had an average MSRP (the average price across all trim levels) of $32,251 last year.
Price, looks and size… these are the few factors that used to decide what vehicle you’d park in your driveway. Looking for a cheap and small car? A Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic will do. Need something bigger, perhaps a mid-size Hyundai Sonata or an SUV. Things used to be pretty easy.
With increasingly high gas prices and an overall movement towards green, fuel efficient vehicles, fuel economy has become more important. In fact, for many price, looks and size are now completely trumped by fuel economy.
“Buyers just look at the MPG on the sticker,” says IHS Automotive Analyst Devin Lindsay commenting that car buyers are now completely mesmerized by the EPA sticker label.
Take a look at the Toyota Prius, for example. It’s not terribly big, is fairly expensive, and looks… well… weird. But that didn’t stop three million of them from being sold, all thanks to a hybrid gas-electric engine that provides excellent fuel economy.
The Prius isn’t the only option for someone looking for a fuel efficient car, however; especially those in search of a more engaging driving experience. If you want to cut down on trips to the pump, and still drive a fun, powerful, good looking car, your best bet might just be in a diesel powered vehicle. That does mean you’ll almost certainly have to drive German, although a flood of new diesel-powered vehicles are about to hit our shore.
The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is destined to hit the marketplace later this year and it’s now believed that the new GTI model will make 260 horsepower.
The German automaker is also claiming that the new GTI will deliver “more agile steering behavior” thanks to a new VAQ electronically-controlled front differential. Apparently a VAQ-equipped Golf has already done a lap at the famed Nürburgring eight seconds faster than prototypes with a standard differential.
If the horsepower rating is correct, GTI enthusiasts and virgins alike will have quite a time racing around in the new model. The current 2012 model only makes 200 horsepower, meaning the refreshed version will have 30 percent more power than its predecessor.
The GTI won’t be the only variant that the new Golf will come in, a plug-in hybrid with 246 horsepower capable of more than 50 mpg is also destined to hit the marketplace along with an electric model, and a natural gas model.
Those looking at the standard Golf models will have plenty of engine choices including a 1.8L and 2.0L standard gasoline engine, a 2.0L diesel with 181-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, a twin-turbo GTD with 220-hp, and a 1.4L turbo gasoline engine with 138-hp.
GALLERY: 2013 VW Golf MK7 Spy Photos
10. Chevy Impala: 14M units sold
There are some surprises on the list, but for the most part it all makes sense. Whether they’ve been in production for a long time or they’re reasonably priced worldwide, the top 10 best-selling cars of all time might not be the most exciting, but are clearly the most popular throughout history.
The Chevrolet Impala is the only GM vehicle on the list and has quite the history since hitting the market 54 years ago. Starting its life as a large two-door performance coupe, the Impala evolved into a versatile sedan. Or as we like to call it, a rental car. Ironically, it isn’t actually offered as a coupe anymore, which seems like a distant memory after 10 generations of upgrades.
Numbers might not mean much to most people, but this will put things into perspective: at 1.6 million units worldwide, BMW stood fast as the world’s largest luxury car brand. Those are worldwide sales figures. VW came close to the half-million mark in Europe alone and with just one model.
As far as American bravado is concerned, we can’t come close to touching those numbers. The top-selling car in the U.S. was the Toyota Camry with 308,510 units. To be fair, all you need to do is delve into the popular world of pickup trucks to find that the Ford F-150 sold about 100,000 more units in the States than the Golf did in Europe, but the fact remains that Volkswagen is killing the competition with their catchy compact.
If VW has its way, the Golf will remain in the top spot for its seventh generation— set to debut at the Paris Auto Show in September. Sales actually dropped by 2 percent last year, though such fluctuations are typical towards the end of a model cycle.
GALLERY: 2011 Volkswagen Golf
[Source: Automotive News]
With the Volkswagen Golf R hitting US dealerships this month, the German automaker has decided to release the “Golf R Drivers Forever” app to bring Golf R information to the masses.
The iPad app will provide access to everything anyone would ever want to know about the iconic performance model and features stories told through the perspective of VW enthusiasts and drivers that helped bring the coveted variant to America. It’ll include a mini-documentary about the world of Volkswagen, an exclusive interview with designer Chip Foose and accounts from key members of the Volkswagen of America Product Marketing team.
“The Golf R app was created to celebrate and thank the Volkswagen brand’s community of enthusiasts because they represent what makes the Golf R special,” said Jon Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “The app will help build awareness around the Volkswagen brand heritage and we are excited to offer this innovative approach that illustrates the performance of the Golf R.”
The 2012 Golf R is the most powerful Volkswagen sports performance vehicle ever sold on American soil. It packs 256-hp and 243 lb-ft of torque through a 2.0L TSI engine. The app is free to download.
Check out a video after the break highlighting what the app is all about.
GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf R Drivers Forever App
Volkswagen’s Golf is getting a makeover, marking the seventh incarnation of the marque.
Details on the Golf VII are still vague, except the official public reveal, which will take place at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. With the trend towards fuel economy, and the Golf’s history of being a very fuel conscious car, one can only assume that the next generation of the hatchback will move further in that direction. For power plant options, odds are that many of the engine choices from the current model Golf will carry over, such as the BlueMotion TDI engines and the smaller TSI motors – with of course GTI and Golf R models to follow. Then look for an electric model and possibly even a diesel-electric hybrid.
Based on the band’s new MQB platform, the Golf VII will also be getting a little bit lower and a little bit longer as VW looks to draw some sports car looks out of the little hatchback.
Volkswagen is out testing the 7th generation Golf, as seen here in spy shots, and the new car looks like it will retain much of the current car’s styling, but get a lower, wider and more aggressive profile.
For North America, expect the 2.0TDI diesel to carry over, but the base 2.5L 5-cylinder is out, to be replaced with a 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder (based off of the much-loved 2.0T motor). Golf production may move to the United States, but Volkswagen has been very tight lipped about details, as it remains Volkswagen’s bread-and-butter car in virtually every market except the United States,
Gallery: Volkswagen Golf MKVII
Volkswagen is recalling 168,000 diesel engine vehicles produced from 2009-2012 over a possible leak from the fuel injectors that could start a fire.
The vehicles in question are Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta SportWagen and Golf models as well as the Audi A3 TDI. 161,144 VWs and 7,131 Audis are involved in the recall, while no injuries or accidents have been reported so far. Volkswagen says that about 20 percent of the vehicles in question have fuel injector lines that could be potentially faulty. The company will begin notifying dealers and owners in November.
[Source: The Detroit News]
An enterprising drunkard in Germany found himself in a car accident, of his own doing. So with cops coming, what did he do to escape? He jacked a nearby forklift and attempted to move the car himself.
In the sort of drunk idea that only makes sense when you’re 7 Nordhäusers in, the 27-year old found an idle forklift nearby, drove it over to the site of his wrecked Volkswagen Golf, and attempted to raise the car. Police found the Golf off the ground when they stopped him and took him into custody.
“It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. He didn’t want anyone to call us so he tried to move the vehicle himself. It was, though, very dangerous and illegal,” said an officer.
[Source: German Herald]