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Toyota Prius owners get a lot of flak, but they’re apparently the most loyal car buyers in the United States.

According to a study from iSeeCars, 13.7% of Prius buyers keep their vehicle for at least 15 years. That’s more than twice the average of 6.1%.

Continuing down the list is the Toyota Highlander, which 12.4% of owners keep for at least 15 years. It was followed by the Toyota Tacoma at 11.6%.

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Toyota vehicles not only swept the podium, but took all top five spots in the study. 11.5% of Sienna owners keep their minivan for at least 15 years, while 11.3% of Tundra buyers do the same.

Rounding out the top ten spots are the Honda CR-V (10.7%), Honda Pilot (10.4%), Subaru Forester (9.8%), Toyota 4Runner (9.4%) and Toyota Sequoia (9.1%).

As you’ve probably noticed, the list is entirely made up of vehicles from Japanese automakers. iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer suggested the reason for this is that “Japanese vehicles, especially Toyota and Honda, are known for their reliability and durability, and attract practical consumers who want vehicles that can be kept on the road as long as possible.” He added, “Drivers are more likely to hold onto cars that they know they can rely on and don’t require a great deal of expensive maintenance.”

Crossovers and SUVs dominate the list and, on average, 5.9% of owners keep them for at least 15 years. That’s slightly less than truck owners as 6.3% of them hold onto their pickups for a decade and a half.

Speaking of trucks, the Tacoma and Tundra were followed by the Nissan Frontier which 8.5% of owners keep for at least 15 years. The GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado weren’t far behind at 7.8% and 7.6%, respectively.

On the sports car side of things, Mazda MX-5 Miata owners were the most loyal as 7.6% of them kept their car for at least 15 years.  The affordable convertible was followed by the BMW Z4 (6.7%) and BMW M5 (4.9%). Rounding out the top five spots were the Chevrolet Corvette (4.3%) and Ford GT (4.2%).

To determine the percentages, iSeeCars analyzed over 660,000 vehicles from the 1981-2005 model years that were sold in 2020. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily account for vehicles that parents have passed onto their children.

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Affordable hatchbacks are becoming increasingly rare in the United States and Volkswagen is dealing fans a major blow as the last US-spec Golf rolled off the assembly line last week.

While production has already wrapped up, Volkswagen believes they have enough inventory to sustain sales through the end of the year.

That remains to be seen, but Golf sales have plummeted in the United States. While the company sold 68,978 units as recently as 2017, sales have dropped every year since then. In 2020, Volkswagen only sold 25,693 Golfs in America and even pre-pandemic sales registered just 37,393 units in 2019.

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Volkswagen of America’s Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy, Hein Schafer, said “Over four decades, the Golf has delivered a great value to American drivers. It exemplified what Volkswagen does best—melding dynamic driving characteristics with purposeful packaging and unmatched quality.”

However, all good things come to an end and the Golf will go out in a single trim that features automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and 16-inch alloy wheels. The model also sports a panoramic sunroof, keyless access and leatherette upholstery.

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine pumping out 147 hp (110 kW / 149 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Pricing starts at $23,195 for the stick and $23,995 for automatic – both excluding a $995 destination charge.

Euro-spec VW Golf R

While it’s the end of an era, the Golf isn’t going away entirely. Instead, the redesigned Golf GTI and Golf R will arrive this fall as 2022 models.

Details will be announced closer to launch, but the 2022 Golf GTI should have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 242 hp (180 kW / 245 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. Likewise, the Golf R will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 315 hp (235 kW / 319 PS) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque.

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作為 Skoda 旗下入門小車,Fabia 即將在今年推出大改款車型,近日外媒《Carscoops》拍攝到卸下偽裝貼紙的測試車,換上新世代家族化語彙,並採用目前集團最新的 MQB A0 平台,預計今年上半年就會正式發表。

新一代 Fabia 採用新的家族設計語彙,預計今年上半年就會登場。

新一代 Skoda Fabia 將會跟隨同集團 Volkswagen Polo、Audi A1 等車的腳步,換上 MQB A0 模組化平台,預期會擁有更大的車身尺碼,同時受惠於平台優異的空間彈性,車室空間表現值得期待。

從測試車來看,新 Fabia 將配有分離式尾燈組。

從最新曝光的測試車身影來看,新 Fabia 換上最新的家族設計語彙,擁有更加立體的直柵式水箱護罩,並連接兩側頭燈組,同時車尾的改動幅度相當明顯,整個後保桿面積更大,尾門的造型也不同,並且從尾門處露出的光源來看,採用特別的分離式尾燈組。

內裝有望導入數位儀錶板與大尺寸觸控螢幕,不過預計會是選配。

內裝方面,雖然目前尚未有影像曝光,但參考 Volkswagen Polo、同品牌的 Scala 等車,可以預期會有數位儀錶板、大尺寸觸控螢幕等科技配備,不過按照 Fabia 入門小車的設定,上述配備預期會採用選配的方式。

動力配置方面,預期仍維持全車系搭三缸引擎的策略,將會有 1.0 升三缸渦輪動力,另外還有 1.0 升的自然進氣,作為更加入門的選項,而原本的 1.4 升柴油則預期取消,搭配上 5 速手排、6 速手排或 7 速 DCT 雙離合器自手排變速箱。

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