Car stereos can do more than ever before, but they don’t always work the way people want them to — playing albums in alphabetical order, listing every song in “album view,” grinding to a halt when they find an odd file, stalling for ten minutes when they encounter a large USB thumb drive.… Read the restRead More
Car radios have come a long way since their debut — with a single speaker and vacuum tubes that needed to be warmed up. Today, it’s not uncommon to see base economy cars with 200-watt six-speaker stereos — far from the old aftermarket-upgraded 30 watts per channel — that can read USB drives or use your phone as a music library.… Read the restRead More
Automakers announced their United States sales for February. If you sort the brand sales, at the very bottom, you will find some surprises.
First is Smart, which sells a cheap car with terrible safety ratings, midgrade fuel economy, and mediocre acceleration — but it’s easy to park.… Read the restRead More
Traditionally, there are two groups facing off over fuel economy (gas mileage) standards. On the side of raising standards are environmentalists, consumer groups seeking to lower lifetime ownership costs, and a few small groups such as generals wanting to reduce our reliance on oil from “threat-producing” countries. … Read the restRead More
German newspaper Bild am Sonntag printed a report claiming that Mercedes planted two software devices that turn on emissions-reduction equipment only when diesel engines being tested.
The first, Bit 15, turned off emissions equipment after 16 miles of driving, presumably the longest they expected government or private testers to be using a car, truck, or van for testing.… Read the restRead More
In the United States, Toyota was most successful when it mercilessly copied General Motors. The Camry was specifically tuned for American tastes, using, among other things, former General Motors engineers. The first Avalon interior was practically a carbon copy of a past Chevrolet. … Read the restRead More