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Ford latest for diesel-cheat suit

January 10, 2018 David Zatz 1

Ford is the latest Bosch customer to be named in a lawsuit for falsifying diesel emissions tests. The class action suit, aimed at Ford, Robert Bosch GMBH (the German headquarters), and Robert Bosch LLC (the American subsidiary), was filed yesterday in the Federal court for the Eastern District of Michigan by […]

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Bosch sale boosts Chinese auto industry

January 10, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Chinese auto industry took another step forward as Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group (ZMJ) purchased Bosch’s starter and motor generator division — a group which is bound to rise in importance as belt-starter-generator “mild-hybrid” systems become more popular. Chinese groups have already purchased other suppliers as well as Volvo’s […]

Chevy returning to medium-duty trucks

January 8, 2018 David Zatz 0

Chevrolet is returning to medium-duty trucks with new class 4 and 5 pickups, to debut at the Work Truck Show in early March. Generally, this type of truck is sold with extensive aftermarket customization, to commercial customers. While Ford dominates this segment, Ram has done well since launching new chassis […]


Why GM car keys went in with the teeth down

January 8, 2018 Richard Henley 2

In the grand old days before we, and probably our fathers, were born, Chrysler locks were built by Yale and Ford locks were built by Hurd. These were the common design called “pin tumbler” locks; they were pretty much identical to the locks on houses. These locks work best with […]

1910 Brush roadster car test drive

January 6, 2018 Terry Parkhurst 0

The new standard for pickup automatics is having eight to ten speeds in their automatic transmissions; but one of the foremost engineering innovators for fledging General Motors beat Toyota by about one hundred years. While he was at it, he also introduced some suspension ideas that would become commonplace. Alanson […]

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Peterbilt 387/Cummins: an exhausting problem

January 5, 2018 Richard Henley 0

I was leaving Colorado with a load of pipe heading for Midland, Texas, and running down US 287 between Springfield and Campo, Colorado when I  noticed the truck was sounding a bit different. By the time I got to Boise City, my eyes were beginning to water, so I pulled […]

Turn signals — amber or red? Yes, it matters

January 4, 2018 Daniel Stern 27

What color should rear turn signals be? In North America they’re usually red, and can also be amber. Almost everywhere else in the world, they have to be amber. Traffic moves and changes quickly. Fractions of a second make the difference between a crash and a miss. That means that […]