Goodwin Motor Group News
During the British Invasion in the 1960′s, music charts were dominated by The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones, James Bond was the epitome of charisma, and the Jaguar E-Type was launched. Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made,” and this superb work of art and engineering was produced for more than a decade. After a long hiatus, Jaguar has introduced its successor, the all-new 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE, into the U.S. market to the roaring soundtrack of a supercharged engine. Welcome back!
It is now “Your Turn,” Jaguar says to America; an invitation to experience the new generation of the quintessential British sports car. The F-TYPE is available in three impressive trims. The 3.0-liter V6 Supercharged engines yield 340 horsepower in the base model and 380 in the F-TYPE S. Leading the pack is a 5.0-liter V8 Supercharged that generates a phenomenal 495 horsepower. But brute power alone is not what distinguishes a Jaguar sports car from the competition. The F-TYPE exterior design is clean and pulls from its predecessor’s timeless look while appearing refreshingly modern with its large four-sided front grille, bold lines and distinctive J-Blade LED headlights.
Precise handling is made possible by a host of technological features and aerodynamic design elements. Aluminum body panels and suspension help the F-TYPE shed weight and squeeze more speed out of the engine, while a hidden rear spoiler, high performance brakes and a limited slip differential allow drivers to keep the powerful engines firmly bridled. The plush interior also conveys a feeling of calmness and control. A low seating position makes drivers feel connected to the road, and an 8-inch touch screen serves as the command center for audio, navigation and connectivity.
Winter Mode is an added standard bonus that will satisfy the needs of New England drivers, adjusting gear changes and throttle response in slippery conditions for improved traction. Now you can test-drive the 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE, already available at our Maine Jaguar dealership. Take your turn!
Purchase price is typically the number that most car shoppers fixate on, but Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com says those initial costs can be outweighed by the out-of-pocket expenses that follow in the first five years of ownership. That is why the automotive-research site compiles its annual 5-Year Cost to Own Awards, which give vehicles buyers a clearer picture of long-term costs. In this year’s awards, KBB.com recognized Mazda as the most affordable auto brand in America.
For its 2013 5-Year Cost to Own Awards, KBB.com determined its winners based not only on purchase price and depreciation, but also on costs related to fuel, financing, insurance, state fees, repairs and maintenance. Mazda was predicted to have the lowest overall ownership costs of any automaker during a five-year period, thanks to its above-average fuel-economy ratings, low maintenance costs and high resale value. Meanwhile, the 2013 Mazda5 earned individual recognition in the Minivan/Van category.
“It’s easy to get hung up on the price of a vehicle, but taking the long view ensures a more satisfying car-ownership experience as the years go by,” said Jeanette Downing, general manager of Goodwin Mazda, a Brunswick, Maine Mazda dealer. “Mazda’s lineup manages to appeal equally to the head and the heart by offering plenty of performance, style and technology without costing owners much for maintenance or fuel.”
Mazda’s fuel-efficient lineup recently welcomed a new member to the family: the redesigned 2014 Mazda6. As the second Mazda vehicle to feature the brand’s full suite of efficiency-focused SKYACTIV technologies, the latest Mazda6 jumps to the head of the midsize-sedan class with its 38-mpg rating on the highway. The first model to fully embrace the SKYACTIV suite, the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover, also leads its segment by returning 35 mpg on the highway.
Fuel efficiency isn’t the only area where the Mazda6 mimics the CX-5, as both models feature Mazda’s KODO, or Soul of Motion, design language. In the sedan, that means an aggressive five-point grille flanked by sweeping, angular headlights that pull back over the flared front fenders, a look that is punctuated in the rear by dual exhaust pipes. Inside, the 2014 Mazda6 features advanced technology like an available 5.8-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, which makes for simple and safe control of the navigation system and audio settings.
“Midsize sedans have a reputation for being bland and boring, but the new Mazda6 turns that notion on its head,” Downing noted. “Mazda has made a name for itself by building exciting vehicles that buck trends, but the new Mazda6 really takes that idea to new heights with its daring design.”
When he’s not cracking jokes and hosting The Tonight Show, Jay Leno can usually be found in his garage, where he keeps more than 100 vintage and modern automobiles. As a certifiable car nut, Leno’s opinion is one you can trust, so we were excited to see what he had to say about the Volvo S60 Polestar! The sports car recently made an appearance at Leno’s garage before going out for a test-drive. Check out the video to see Leno get behind the wheel.
Looking for a dash of Swede speed? Visit our Maine Volvo dealership today and check out the Volvo S60.