US sales, year to date

October 4, 2019 David Zatz 0

The master of American auto sales remains General Motors, which still beat Ford and FCA easily despite having dropped Pontiac and Oldsmobile years ago, and many of its cars within the last year. GM hit 737,270 sales in the third quarter, albeit driven by incentives; Ford moved 576,006 vehicles and […]

How cars are designed, in a new book

May 15, 2019 David Zatz 0

How are completely new cars designed? According to a new book, Mopar Minivans, there can be a lot of arguments, postponements, and even rejections before a vehicle’s time finally comes. Even then, engineers, designers, and executives can still argue over specifics—and launch timing can made all the difference in how […]

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What’s the most exciting NYC reveal this year?

April 10, 2019 David Zatz 0

On the “very exciting” list, we have a new Subaru Outback, Toyota Highlander, Ford Escape, Lincoln Corsair, Cadillac CT5, and Hyundai Venue (the latter is my vote for “most likely to be misspelled”). On the dull side, we have Alfa Romeo special editions and the Maserati “One of One” program, […]

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Meet the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks

March 3, 2019 David Zatz 0

The 2019 Ram heavy duty pickup series will start at $35,090, including a hefty (and mandatory) destination fee. The starting price is for a Ram 2500 Tradesman, with a regular cab and rear wheel drive. Going up to the biggest and plushest pickup, the Ram 3500 Limited Mega Cab 4×4 […]

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1972 Chevrolet Chevelle: the Hollywood star in Tehran

February 20, 2019 Mostafa Anisi 0

The Chevelle gained a good reputation as being one of the best-selling A-body GM cars. A mid-sized automobile in GM’s collection of the giants back in that era, the Chevelle packed a perfectly-shaped Coke-bottle body design with a good range of powertrains left almost everybody satisfied. The Chevelle nameplate was […]

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Oops: Fords randomly jerking into first gear

February 13, 2019 David Zatz 0

GM and Ford worked together on a ten-speed automatic transmission which has, so far, proven to be reliable and likable. Not so much Ford’s home-grown six-speed automatic, a conventional and conservative transmission. Around 1.5 million Ford pickups with that slushbox are being recalled because they can, without warning, suddenly slam […]

US sales are a mildly worrisome mixed bag

February 3, 2019 David Zatz 0

Sales in the United States carry a bit of worry in the details, even if the bottom line is okay—especially given the frigid weather in much of the country during the end of January. It‘s hard to tell how General Motors is doing, because they’re only reporting sales quarterly now […]

Who was hot in Europe? and Jeep’s good year

January 18, 2019 David Zatz 0

The car market in Europe is very, very different from the United States and Canada. Most people know that Europeans tend to buy smaller cars, and many are aware of their predilections for diesel engines (given very high gasoline prices). However, the dominance of the top three players is probably […]

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One last look back

January 10, 2019 David Zatz 0

Since we’re right here in the United States, we’re going to look at the “Detroit” automakers first. FCA was arguably the best performing company last year, with strong year-end finishes from Ram, Dodge, and Jeep. One factor in FCA’s results is that it is close to becoming a pure-play light […]