Jeep released the European version of the 2019 Renegade recently, but what about the North American version?
Here, Real Fast Fotography caught front and rear shots of a thinly camouflaged Renegade; the camo almost seems designed to shout “photography me!” Under the hood is, well, a surprise; in Europe, the Renegade is rumored to be switching to the new GSE series engines, a vast improvement over the current 1.4 liter “FIRE” engine.… Read the rest
General Motors has been on a roll since Mary Barra took over, racking up wins in customer satisfaction, quality, and profitability. Now, the company’s most important product is being prepared to do battle with the dominant Ford F-series pickups.… Read the rest
The American Big Three — General Motors, Ford, and, yes, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) — have already fled from sedans and coupes into pickup trucks to gain sales. There are a few reasons for that, including an apparent Japanese ineptitude at creating credible full-size pickups and odd American fuel-economy rules that reward making larger vehicles; but the fact remains that Ford relies almost entirely on the F-series pickups for sales and profits, and GM and FCA aren’t far behind.… Read the rest
According to a presentation to be made later today, Jeep is adding a new “Desert Hawk” version of the 2019 Cherokee, and a city-type “Hawk” will follow. There are already TrailHawks (with added off-road capability) and TrackHawks (replacing SRT for Jeep).… Read the rest
The Dodge Durango SRT has tons of torque and towing capacity, with three rows of seats to set it apart from the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (née SRT). With all wheel drive putting power to the ground, the big SUV allows for instant acceleration on wet concrete — from zero, from 50, and quite probably from 100 miles per hour. … Read the rest
Thanks to mis-steps on the part of Henrik Fisker, Elon Musk’s Tesla was the first major modern electric-car maker — but were they the most important? It seems unlikely.
Fisker was close to making electric cars before Tesla, but ran out of cash; Tesla has yet to turn an annual profit but has strong credit lines.… Read the rest
Car stereos have the best sound and features we have ever seen. Scant decades ago, cars came with single speaker AM radios; today, we can play music from phones, pods, satellites, and thumb drives, ignoring AM and FM entirely.… Read the rest
My “parade car” is a 1974 Plymouth Valiant. I enjoy driving it, now and then, and it still runs beautifully. It has plenty of torque, so there aren’t any issues with lack of power around town, though highway ramps require a little planning.… Read the rest