Month: May 2020

Will Covid-19 Murder The Sports Car Before Our Very Eyes?

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Times are changing everywhere thanks to the recent pandemic, and not even the auto industry is safe.

When it comes to sports cars, you would think that we couldn’t live in a better time as automakers are competing more than ever to release factory cars generating impressive numbers right off the assembly line. The fastest street-legal production Mustang – the all-new 2020 Shelby GT500 – makes 760-horsepower out of a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 straight from the gates of the Blue Oval. But, there seems to be an ominous cloud looming in the near distance, one that has already caused massive destruction, much like a category 5 hurricane. That storm is named Covid-19.

A Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang at SEMA

While we were celebrating and bringing in the New Year with hopes and dreams of the best year yet, little did we know that a pandemic would be unleashed

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Junkyard Gem: 2004 Chevrolet Classic

What makes a discarded vehicle a junkyard gem? Sometimes it achieves this status due to inherent coolness or enthusiast love; other times the honor comes due to its place in an obscure corner of automotive history. Today’s car is the latter type: a two-model-year-only version of a previous-generation car with ancient platform roots, kept in production for sale only to fleet buyers. Let’s take a look at such a car, at the end of a short lifetime that took it from fleet service to Kansas to a career-ending crash in next-door Colorado, with stops at cannabis dispensaries along the way.

GM ditched the Malibu name after 1983, when it lived on the rear-wheel-drive G-body platform, then revived it for 1997 as the Chevrolet-badged sibling to the Olds Achieva and Buick Skylark. When the Malibu became sibling to the Opel Vectra family in 2004, GM kept

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Now Is the Best Time to Buy a Car

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Illustration by Marcos ChinCar and Driver

The past few months have upended virtually every plan anyone had made anywhere in the world, and that upheaval seems likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

So, with the knowledge that time makes fools of us all, and the understanding that pandemics speed the process, we’d like to make a prediction: This is going to be a great year to buy a car.

In some ways, this is a simple supply-and-demand argument. March was a brutal month for car sales, which fell by 27 percent across the industry in the first quarter despite slight increases in January and February. J.D. Power reported some improvement in sales by late April compared with earlier in the month, but numbers still trailed 48 percent behind pre-pandemic forecasts. Automakers temporarily shuttered U.S. plants in March to help slow the spread of the virus (and, in

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