The fun side of the NY auto show

March 30, 2018 David Zatz 0

If you wanted a quick overview of the New York Auto Show, we posted one yesterday; but what of the lighter side, the fun and games? Subaru had two little gaffes. One was having the wrong image up. This lady chatted silently while an executive, unseen by those of us […]

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Ford, FCA attacking squeaks the easy way

March 26, 2018 David Zatz 0

Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) are the first companies to use an innovative new substance, “Hushlloy™,” to virtually eliminate squeaks caused by plastic parts — a problem keenly felt by Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep owners. As cars age, the manually-applied felts or grease patches normally used to stop plastics […]

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Toyota’s quiet transmission changes

March 23, 2018 David Zatz 0

Toyota announced two new transmissions today, quietly, as part of an otherwise fairly dull release on the Toyota Corolla Hatchback née Scion iM. First is the new K120 CVT — a continuously variable transmission, but not purely driven by belts or bands. Now, Toyota has included a special launch gear […]

Some very important cars to be revealed next week

March 23, 2018 David Zatz 0

Some very important cars will be revealed next week at the New York Auto Show.  A host of major automakers will be hosting press conferences, from Acura to Volvo. Even though the “major reveals” schedule has been cut from two days to one, there are still some important revelations: The […]

A new Caddy V8 — with twin turbos

March 21, 2018 David Zatz 0

General Motors showed it’s serious about Cadillac today, unveiling a brand new twin-turbo V8 engine pushing out 550 horsepower. It’s no match for the Dodge Hellcat V8, which has707 horsepower in normal form and 840 in the Demon, but the new engine— prosaically named “4.2L Twin Turbo V-8” — is […]

Feature request: What do you want in your car stereo?

March 8, 2018 David Zatz 0

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 […]

How are they still around?

March 3, 2018 David Zatz 2

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. Last February, Daimler […]

Detroit: well, duh.

March 2, 2018 David Zatz 0

The organizers of Detroit’s big auto show — the North American International Auto Show — are talking about moving their date from January to October, according to Crain’s Detroit Business.  They think it might help to stop losing exhibitors, after Mercedes announced it wouldn’t have any unveilings there in 2019. […]