So we hear the East Coast got hit with a little bad weather this past week. We wouldn’t know; we’re in California. It’s warm and sunny here. Don’t worry, you can jeer when our state falls into the ocean. It’ll happen eventually.
Very seriously, our hearts go out to those affected by Sandy this past week. If you’re reading this from over there, we thank you for your patronage, and we wish you the best.
But back to cars! Which were also affected by Sandy with slowed sales and flooded cars. But there were many other things going in this week beyond the inclement weather, from spy shots of upcoming cars to Halloween happenings to another disaster of sorts from the Korean car brands.
Monday, October 29
With the differentiation we’ve seen from Chevrolet and GMC in the drastic efforts each has had to define their products, we’re kind of disappointed to see how similar the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size trucks look to one another. They’re basically the same thing anyway, but we were expecting the Chevy to look a little rounder compared to the chunky designs we’ve seen emphasized by GMC. Alas, in the latest set of spy photographs we’ve received, there’s not much new to report. We’ll be able to tell you more closer to their official debut on December 13 in Detroit. And we’re hoping under the camo are more extensive changes.
Tuesday, October 30
Did you know there’s a presidential election next week? We don’t know how you could avoid it; there’s been a mudslide of pandering, frightening, and slinging as each candidate tries to gain advantage. President hopeful Mitt Romney latched onto a Bloomberg story saying Jeep would be opening up production in China to meet heightened demand. He twisted it to say that Jeep was moving all of its production to China, to which Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne could no longer sit by idly. He cleared the air, but since then, The Donald has gone on to Twitter-battle SRT exec Ralph Gilles to the point where Gilles laid down some profanity—and created a legendary meme in a matter of days. It’s not safe for work, but it’s funny as heck, so we implore you to check it out after you’ve completed your car search on Automotive.com.
Wednesday, October 31
There are three things worth knowing about October 31: 1) It’s Halloween. 2) You get to act like a kid for an entire day, and no one will hold it against you the next day. And 3) car can celebrate the holiday, too. Matt Askari dug through a long list of cars and trucks that got all “dressed up” for Halloween, from the Lincoln Futura that became the first Batmobile to the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation. We hope you had fun on Halloween. We know the creators of these classic film cars did.
Thursday, November 1
Thursday officially marked the end of October, so you know what that means, right? Sales day. We’ve compiled all the industry data and split it up by how each automaker performed and how they performed within each respective segment. You want it, we’ve got it. As the warm months are officially over, sales are starting to slow down—but not by much. October was unusual because of Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy, which slowed down says towards the end of the month, knocking yearly projections down from 14.9 million new car sales to 14.3 million. We’ll see how it affects the last two months of the year.
Friday, November 2
Hyundai started a clever marketing campaign two years ago, saying it had four models—the Accent, Elantra, Sonata Hybrid, and Veloster—that could achieve 40 mpg without any need for aero aids or special models. It was incredible, shocking to the market that the Koreans could come from nowhere to create such amazingly efficient vehicles. Sales picked up rapidly month after month. And now we find out the companies’ fuel economy claims were in some cases false. Together, Hyundai and Kia call it a calculation error from their joint engineering facilities in South Korea when it came to calculating fuel economy. They’re both trying to make it right by way of refillable debit cards that will make up the difference in what people couldn’t achieve. The two automakers, which operate autonomously in the U.S., were caught with their pants down and now have to make it right. It was a good thing they released this announcement on a Friday in between a natural disaster and the most important election in the world. With those two in the way, this will likely blow over quickly. But should it?