Used Pontiac Vibes in New York may be the only option for buyers looking to purchase the station wagon, as General Motors has officially cut production of the car.
The company has ceased production of Vibes and other vehicles at a California factory jointly owned with Toyota, according to Bloomberg.
While GM is looking to increase the numbers of hybrids it offers to 14 by 2012, one of the first may actually be a re-badged Toyota Prius if a deal is reached between the two manufactures, reported the news provider.
The change in strategy comes as the ailing manufacturer asks a bankruptcy court to allow it to shed off several unprofitable assets, according to the Associated Press.
They are hopeful, that as with the Chrysler sale with Fiat, shareholder protests will not affect the creation of the new business entity, reported the news provider.
“Chrysler was the test case for General Motors,” Professor Jack Williams told the Associated Press. “GM’s got momentum, government financing and lots of people that would like to see this happen.”
Subaru recently announced that a continuously variable transmission has increased the fuel efficiency of its Outback models, but those considering used Subaru Outbacks in New Jersey can get similar statistics in older models.
The compact wagon has always come with all-wheel drive as a standard feature, and the combination of “great on- and off-road capability, comfortable space, incredible cargo carrying ability and fuel economy” could interest consumers, according to Tim Mahoney, Subaru senior vice president and chief marketing officer.
A 2005 model could be one option for buyers looking at Subaru Outbacks in New Jersey, due to its expanded size over earlier models, increased ground clearance of nearly 9 inches and greater structural integrity, according to Cars.com.
“Outback sedans and wagons are easy to drive and have extra advantages over the [Subaru] Legacy for driving on less-than-perfect roads,” wrote Jim Flammang in a Cars.com review. “These cars make a satisfying alternative to a sport utility vehicle.”
He added that the acceleration is quick in the Outback which offers combined fuel mileage of around 22 miles per gallon according to EPA estimates.
Buyers looking at used cars in New York who have internet access on their phone could take advantage of an updated service that allows them to monitor traffic bottlenecks on the Triborough bridge and throughout New York City.
Navteq says that its website for mobile phones offers motorists the ability to check for updates on their planned route, including average speeds on various roads, delay information and accident reports that can be customized based on their normal commutes.
“As people become more reliant on having access to real-time traffic [information], drivers want convenient access when they’re on the go,” said Alex Wiegand, Navteq vice president. “NAVTEQ real-time traffic content is highly localized [to help motorists] plan their day.”
Those looking to access the service in used cars in New York on trips to the Garden State should use the services before they start their trip, as New Jersey legislators have banned texting while driving, and both states have laws against talking on a cell phone while operating a vehicle.
Drivers in a recent survey agree: a used Jeep Liberty in New York is one of the most satisfying vehicles in its segment.
The results from automotive industry research firm AutoPacific have found that for the past several years, the Jeep Liberty is an “ideal vehicle” for consumers based on their ratings of the car’s performance compared to expectations.
“Because of their positive experience, these consumers become promoters for our brands and in this difficult market, their endorsement is priceless,” said Doug Betts, Chrysler Group LLC senior vice president of quality.
For those who may be considering a used Jeep Liberty in New York based on the reports of their fellow motorists, a 2006 model could offer consumers a high-torque diesel engine that is helpful for the stop-and-go nature of U.S. motoring,” according to Cars.com reviewers.
They say that the increased fuel economy that averaged 26 miles per gallon in highway driving and engine longevity with the engines helped it to become a best seller when it was first offered. The torque also improves the towing ability of the midsize SUV.
While magazines like AutoWeek may be a resource used by consumers to determined what the best options are among used cars in New Jersey, they may not have time to flip through the pages or have access to the website.
A new radio show that targets those on-the-go used car buyers first aired on June 27 as a weekly report from AutoWeek contributors broadcast on the Radio America Network.
For consumers who may not reside in one of the 40 markets where the show airs at 10 p.m. EST, the magazine’s website has a link to the show’s segments that can be downloaded to an MP3 player or another mobile device, including the June 27 reports on F1 racing and an explanation of “hypermiling.”
Not having to try and open a website or read a magazine is one benefit for buyers considering used cars in New Jersey who may listen in during “their commuting time or their garage time,” according to Thomas Michael Berg, the show’s host.
Although Jaguar recently announced a supercharged XF sedan with a 470 horsepower engine, drivers considering a used Jaguar S-Type in New Jersey could find a more affordable option with similar power.
The XF was introduced several years ago by Jaguar as an update to the S-type line of sedans, and the mid-year introduction of the XF with supercharged engines ranging from 470 to 510 horsepower could offer some drivers the ability to go 0-60 in less than 5 seconds.
The main sticking point could be price, as the most affordable model with a less powerful engine starts at $52,000 MSRP according to the manufacturer.
Buyers may be able to find more inexpensive used Jaguar S-Types that offer similar quality, according to Edmunds.com editors.
The 2003 model was “the best Jaguar sedan available,” they wrote, and had an upgraded suspension front and rear in addition to a bevy of safety features.
Motorists looking for more power could find the 2003 S-Type R to their liking, as its 400 horsepower engine helps propel the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.
Used cars in New York that offer hybrid technology may be one segment that buyers could consider, as a new market forecast find that the global hybrid market will increase by 20 percent over the next three years.
Research and Markets developed the forecast based on consumer focus on the cost effective and fuel efficient models first popularized by Honda and Toyota, as well as investments by companies who have seen demand for hybrids grow in 2008 even as the overall market declined.
While the trend will move towards hybrid cars in the future, consumers can find cars like the used Honda Civic Hybrid in New York that could offer better fuel mileage than similar conventional models without waiting for new car development programs.
Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder wrote that the 2006 model has a “higher-quality, quieter interior,” along with a more efficient electric generator that helps the car travel 50 miles per gallon whether motorists drive the used Civic Hybrid in New York City streets or on highways.
While Nissan is trying to help drivers in the UK become more environmentally friendly with a new service combining GPS-tracking and websites, similar benefits could be found when driving a used Nissan Sentra in New York by following certain habits.
The Nissan Intelligent Driver Project is monitoring cars’ fuel mileage and efficiency using data from the engine and other measures to analyze the driving habits of motorists in the UK after a similar effort in Japan helped motorists save the equivalent of $500 at the pump over the course of a year.
Drivers can access the information either through satellite navigation displays or a password-protected website, and the data from dozens of vehicles will be compiled by Nissan.
While a 2006 model year used Nissan Sentra in New York already gets 32 miles per gallon on the highway, drivers may still want to consider similar eco-driving techniques to save more money when filling up on gas.
Trying to maintain a steady speed, shifting as early as possible, and maintaining the proper tire pressure are all steps that drivers could take for more fuel efficient trips, according to Ecodrive.org.
Consumers looking for used BMW cars in New York may have spotted a pre-production version of the BMW 5-series GT near the Holland Tunnel or in New Jersey, as user-submitted photos on Jalopnik.com and other websites found the cars in the tri-state area.
The GT incorporates a “fastback” style design where the trunk lid slopes up into the rear windshield giving it a look that most closely resembles a sedan mixed with a hatchback.
But for buyers considering a used car in New York, the design may not be as enticing as the classic BMW 5-series, which has come in sedan and coupe versions for decades.
A 2004 model could be one option for shoppers who are taken with the newer designs instituted by BMW that year including curving body panels. The car’s control panel incorporatesthe iDrive, an integrated control system that handles radio, air conditioning and other interior amenities through a single screen. I would consider making this two sentences.
Edmunds.com editors say that the optional V8 is even more powerful than older engines, and “buyers can expect greater handling from this premier midsize sedan than before.”
A consumer recently wrote into the Boston Globe, asking what inexpensive used cars had the lowest maintenance costs, and while buyers considering used cars in New Jersey may have expected to see Japanese makes dominate in the answer, other options could be just as affordable.
While compact and mid-size offerings from Honda and Toyota like the Civic, Accord or Camry have long been thought of as reliable cars in the used market, John Paul, public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England, says they’re not the only choice. He also recommended some domestic mid-size cars like the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick Century.
For the 2005 model year, a no-frills used Chevrolet Malibu in New York came with a four-cylinder engine rated at 145 horsepower that offered a range of 400 miles in combined city and highway driving, with “plenty of passenger and cargo space,” according to Edmunds.com
The website also estimated the cost to own a Malibu, and drivers can expect to pay about 34 cents per mile including maintenance costs, repairs and fuel. That’s 20 cents lower than the federal government’s rate for mileage.