2019 Jeep Renegade

Meet the new 2019 Jeep Renegade

June 11, 2018 David Zatz 0

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

2019 chevy pickup

Big Three clobbering each others’ profits?

June 5, 2018 David Zatz 0

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

2018 dodge durango srt

Torque, towing, t’ree rows: Dodge Durango SRT

May 25, 2018 David Zatz 0

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

BYD electric buses

Tesla doesn’t matter much — BYD does

April 25, 2018 David Zatz 0

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 radios

Car stereo bugs that drive me nuts

April 23, 2018 David Zatz 0

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

classic vs new cars

Were classic cars better and cheaper?

April 16, 2018 David Zatz 0

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