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Chevy keeps putting two fading designs together

July 23, 2018 David Zatz 0

Compact and midsize sedans sales are falling fast. So are diesel sedan sales. Why not combine the two and do a compact diesel sedan? Chevrolet must have a good market for the diesel Cruze, since it’s been making them for quite some time. The 2019s get a 1.6 liter version, […]

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2019 Ford Edge ST AWD: price leak

July 18, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Ford Edge ST, a new and well-tuned version of their ordinary “SUV” (medium-sized hatchback), is Ford’s first performance crossover, coming long after many competitors. Ford claims a hefty 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque from their turbo V6. With that much power, all wheel drive is practically a requirement, […]

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2019 Malibu freshened for abandoned sedan buyers

July 17, 2018 Robert S. Miller 1

Midsize sedan sales are down — but there are still buyers out there, and not all Ford, Chrysler, and Dodge owners are willing to move to crossovers. Chevy is taking advantage of that by updating the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu, which will have restyled fronts and rears along with three good […]

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Making sense of Fiat Chrysler, from Dodge to Maserati

July 16, 2018 David Zatz 1

For many years before Fiat arrived, Chrysler’s brands were poorly defined and overlapped each other. Marchionne, who oversees seven different brands, immediately started working on clarifying them — with effects that took years to become apparent. There are easy brands — Ram makes pickups and commercial vehicles; Jeep sells crossovers and SUVs, […]

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Making sense of Toyota: Lexus, Scion, Denso, and others

July 12, 2018 David Zatz 0

Before we get to the chaotic world of Fiat Chrysler, let’s look at the largely stable universe of Toyota, one of the world’s largest automakers. Toyota was created as a side project by an automated-loom company; the spelling was changed from the founder’s name, Toyoda, to Toyota to get a […]

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The 2019 Camaro for the rest of us

July 10, 2018 David Zatz 0

What’s that you say? You want a sports car, but you don’t want to pay crazy-high insurance or fill the tank with high-octane every day or two? Chevy heard you (okay, so did Dodge, Mazda, Ford, Fiat, and almost everyone else) and, as always, there’s a Camaro that handles well, […]

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Making sense of the GM brands

July 10, 2018 David Zatz 0

Some people may be baffled by changes in General Motors branding, especially if they’re relying on old memories of what they used to be. That’s no surprise; brands change over time, sometimes radically, as Pontiac did when John DeLorean decided being grand-dad’s car was less profitable than selling higher-performance Chevys. […]