Ford to end U.S. sedan sales

On Wednesday, Ford announced a new, more aggressive cost-cutting plan that will have a significant impact on its U.S. product lineup.

110 years after it began production of the first mass-market automobile, the Model T, Ford is exiting the mainstream passenger car market in the U.S.… Read the rest

Goodbye to the American car?

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal (paid subscription required), Ford and General Motors are planning to kill off some well-known models in the near future.

Ford, which has already moved production of the Focus to to its plant in Hermosillo, Mexico,  has announced that it will build next generation of the Fusion in China — and may not even bring the next Fusion to the U.S.… Read the rest

A new Caddy V8 — with twin turbos

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 far lighter and smaller, and can be used in smaller, lighter cars.… Read the rest

How are they still around?

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 rest