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Serious emissions tests killing EU diesels

October 12, 2018 David Zatz 0

The European Union has clarified its almost insanely vague rules surrounding diesel emissions, and started new tests which are tougher and, more important, not chock full of loopholes. The new rules came into effect on September 1, and diesel sales have already been plummeting. One immediate result appears to have […]

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Watch out for E15

October 11, 2018 David Zatz 0

Some time back, SEMA and other “grassroots” (yet company-funded) organizations sent dire warnings of destruction to our cars, because the EPA was going to allow 15%-ethanol blends to be sold. Never mind that the EPA was ordered by Congress to do this; the EPA was definitely “the bad guys.” Earlier […]

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US, Canadian auto industries saved by the bell

October 1, 2018 David Zatz 0

For over half a century, the United States and Canada have freely moved cars and parts across the border. The Auto Pact, taken for granted from the 1960s into 2017, ended the practice of making nearly every model sold in Canada, in Canada — which was quite expensive for American […]

Is Toyota nuts?

September 28, 2018 David Zatz 0

Toyota, citing a desire for autonomous-car technology, has made a heavy investment in embattled American phone-based-taxi service Uber. Uber itself has a history of worker abuse and fraud, which resulted in changes at the executive level. It’s also been responsible for self-driving-car casualties, as one of the two outfits testing with […]

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2020 Ford Explorer: hybrid coming, police continues

September 21, 2018 David Zatz 0

The 2020 Ford Explorer will add a new hybrid-electric option, while keeping the “Interceptor” police pursuit version, which has been far more popular than Ford’s Interceptor sedans. As in the past, the vehicle — now a unit-body crossover — will share its platform with the Lincoln Aviator. Most of its […]

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GM pitching in with direct hurricane aid

September 14, 2018 David Zatz 0

Sometimes, General Motors doesn’t get quite the credit it deserves for innovation — such as when the company quietly pioneered building emergency services into every car it made. GM pioneered the idea of instantly connecting drivers to emergency services or concierges with OnStar two decades ago, and made it standard […]

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Outside of pickups, is Ford stuttering?

August 30, 2018 David Zatz 0

There’s no question but that Ford absolutely dominates the American pickup truck market — a huge, profitable slice of the pie. If they didn’t, the company would be in big trouble, though. Moody’s just dropped Ford’s bond rating from Baa2 to Baa3, saying it could fall to junk status, following […]

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What the new US/Mexico trade pact means for cars

August 28, 2018 David Zatz 0

Pushed on by Donald Trump, the United States (US) and Mexico have renegotiated their part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, with some new rules to help protect US-based auto production. The compromise deals increases the percentage of parts that must be sourced from North America to be considered […]

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Pickup sales figures are a bit misleading

August 8, 2018 David Zatz 0

Ford sold 522,087 F-series trucks in the USA from January to July 2018. If that figure doesn’t stun you, consider that full-line sales of Subaru and Volkswagen were just 382,286 and365,799 in the same period. Hyundai-Kia’s full line sales were 733,474 — less than Ford F-series plus Ram pickup/chassis cab sales. In […]