It’s possible that Corvette fans who also dig the Ferrari FF might go for Callaway Cars’ “Aerowagon. While not completely bowled over by the design, we wouldn’t kick this out of our garage either. The well known Corvette customizers want to produce an add-on kit for the new Stingray. The cost would be a mere $15,000. If enough takers are there this project may get greenlit. Certainly it’s better than other attempts to create a sports car station wagon. See below.
Are you having maddening conversations with your dashboard? Then join the club. It seems drivers are getting frustrated by all the “gadgetry” in their vehicles. According to J.D. Powers, since 2011 there’s been an 8% increase in problems associated with audio, entertainment and navigation. But that’s nothing. Problems in the aforementioned categories since 2006 have risen by 45%! During the same period other categories have improved 24%. While everyone has been working on developing the connected car, they’ve ignored the possibility that some people don’t want to be that connected to their cars, even if they do want to be connected to the virtual world while on the road. Perhaps the silver lining here is for the automotive aftermarket. Electronics manufacturers and audio companies may offer the solution for the OEs aggressiveness in trying to integrate some technologies into vehicles. Let individual owners choose what they want, or don’t want, instead of forcing people to buy features they ultimately find annoying.
With the rising cost of new cars more people are looking at the used car market for deals. That’s increasing the prices for the latter vehicles. So what that means is that buyers need to do their due diligence and research what they might purchase. When costs go higher they need to maximize the value they get. Here’s Consumer Reports’ “disappointing dozen”, the cars you should avoid! You may not be surprised to see some Jeeps and Dodges on this list, but Toyota’s FJ Cruiser, the Tacoma and the Yaris are also there. Read the entire list on the link below.
Congrats to Derek Pace and Certified Sounds in Wailuku, Hawaii. It was the shop of choice for Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler who took his dune buggy there for a sound system. Apparently he likes CS’ work and he’s going to take his ‘41 Ford truck in as well. Obviously the store is doing something right. You can get a peek at the install (and read the closing quote—which is great advice) here:
The iPhone dominates the smartphone conversation but of course Android has a big chunk of the market. Users of the latter who drive a 2002-2005 Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep should be pleased to hear there’s an integration solution for their phones and cars. A new kit from GROM Audio allows you to connect directly to the in-car stereo systems. You get full control over media files from the car stereo or the steering wheel buttons. Read more below.