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One last look back

January 10, 2019 David Zatz 0

Since we’re right here in the United States, we’re going to look at the “Detroit” automakers first. FCA was arguably the best performing company last year, with strong year-end finishes from Ram, Dodge, and Jeep. One factor in FCA’s results is that it is close to becoming a pure-play light […]

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Who won the van/minivan sales races?

January 7, 2019 David Zatz 0

For many years, van sales in the United States were fairly dull; Ford and Chevrolet took nearly the entire market with ancient, inefficient designs, and Mercedes/Freightliner/Dodge took the rest with the Sprinter, a modern, efficient, and unreliable design. Today, the competition is red-hot, mostly because companies realized that to get […]

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They’re still selling cars

December 5, 2018 David Zatz 0

Reports that cars are dead have been grossly exaggerated. The market for sedans and coupes is falling fast, but there are still hundreds of thousands of buyers in the United States. The #1 best selling car in America, the Toyota Camry, may be down by 9% from last year (year-to-date), […]

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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 […]