Top 10 Most Popular Stories of 2016
There’s always something exciting happening in the automotive world.
Although this year it seemed like Volkswagen hogged the headlines with its massive diesel scandal, there were plenty of car debuts, rumors, spy photos and videos to keep us all excited. AutoGuide.com takes a look back at the most popular stories of 2016, in case you missed out on any of them!
10. Audi T-Rex Commercial
Awesome car commercials are typically saved for the Super Bowl, but Audi broke tradition by introducing an amazing ad in September. Starring a T-Rex, the commercial is titled “The Comeback” and shines the spotlight on the German automaker’s self-driving technology. If you missed it earlier this year, take a few minutes to check it out above – you won’t regret it.
9. Cars That Look Fast… But Really Aren’t
Automakers generally want to make their cars look fast and sporty, but some cars look way faster than they really are. For fun, AutoGuide.com decided to look at which cars in today’s market are the complete opposite of sleepers — they look fast but aren’t. It turns out some of our readers did not agree with all our picks!
Read the full story: Top 10 Cars That Look Fast But Aren’t
8. 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Finally Debuts
If you thought people were no longer interested in the Honda Civic, think again. The official introduction of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback was one of our most popular stories of the year, with Honda spilling the details on the new model to much fanfare. The biggest news for enthusiasts was that the Civic Hatchback is heading to the U.S., including the high-performance Type R model for the very first time.
7. Chevrolet is Working on a Mid-Engine Corvette
The Chevrolet Corvette is one of those sports cars that the majority of automotive enthusiasts are interested in, and news that a mid-engine Corvette is in the works got the internet up in a frenzy. Spy photographers have caught a prototype testing from afar, and although it’s heavily camouflaged, it’s something to get excited over.
6. What are the Cheapest Cars to Maintain Over 10 Years?
There are a lot of hidden costs to owning a vehicle, such as maintenance and repairs. A report detailing the top 10 cheapest cars to maintain over 10 years garnered plenty of interest this year, as car shoppers continue to turn to the internet as a resource prior to purchasing a car.
5. What we Learned About the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback
Before the Honda Civic Hatchback made its official debut, the Japanese automaker previewed it at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. We were so excited to see it in concept form that we sat down with the car’s chief designer, Daisuke Tsutamori, to learn more about the model.
4. The Best Car Interiors Available Today
It’s a bit ironic that many car shoppers pay more attention to a car’s exterior than its interior, considering the cabin is where owners spend most of their time. But still, there are plenty of people who choose a car based on its interior, and the proof is in how popular the list of the top 10 best car interiors for 2016 became.
3. What are the Most Expensive Cars to Maintain Over 10 Years?
Just like the list of the cheapest cars to maintain over 10 years, car shoppers were interested in learning about the top 10 most expensive cars to maintain over 10 years. Some of them are a bit surprising, considering how popular they are in today’s market.
2. Uh oh, Chevrolet’s Pickup Trucks Have a Mysterious Shake
Volkswagen wasn’t the only automaker that was at the center of attention this year. Late last year, AutoGuide.com ran a report detailing buffeting and vibration issues found in some full-size GM SUVs and we followed that up by reporting that Chevy’s pickup trucks also have a mysterious shake. GM acknowledged the problem, but at the time, it wasn’t deemed a safety issue, so the automaker wasn’t obligated to recall the trucks. It was, however, working on a way to correct the problem.
1. Everyone Loves the 24 Hours of Le Mans
And the most popular story of 2016 shows just how important live streaming a motorsports event is to the internet. The world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans is the must-watch motorsports event each year and readers flocked to our live stream of the event. This year, several competing automakers hosted their own live streams, including Ford, Chevrolet, Audi and Porsche.
Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
More by Jason Siu