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Now we know why Nissan-Renault wanted Mitsubishi

October 18, 2018 David Zatz 0

Mitsubishi, known by some for their economy cars and by others for their sports cars, has done a surprising amount of work in hybrid-electric propulsion — which may (along with a bid for the #1 sales title) be why Nissan-Renault ended up buying into the small Japanese automaker. Some of […]

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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 […]

GM’s four-cylinder truck gives a bit more power, less economy

October 10, 2018 David Zatz 0

There’s no mistake in the headline; the 2019 Chevy Silverado four-cylinder engine actually gets lower fuel economy than Ford and Ram V6 engines. Where it shines, oddly enough, is in power, where it beats entry-level V6 engines from any American automaker. The EPA estimates for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado four-cylinder […]

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Where to buy car parts? It depends…

September 6, 2018 David Zatz 0

Where should you buy car parts? It depends on what you need them for, generally speaking, and how much time you have before you need them. Regardless, it’s good to find the part number — preferably from the old part. Most of them have a number stamped or inked on. The […]

Yes, there may are aftermarket sales for hybrid cars

August 20, 2018 David Zatz 0

Every year, aftermarket vendors, automakers, and regular parts suppliers show off their specialty parts, gadgets, kits, and doodads at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The most heavily customized vehicle is, perennially, the Jeep Wrangler, but people buy go-faster, go-further, electronics, and cosmetic bits and bobs for all sorts of […]

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Chevy’s diesel being tested; 2019 Ram’s still MIA

August 17, 2018 David Zatz 0

Ram had the first modern Class 1 pickup with a diesel — a VM engine originally created partly for General Motors. Ford and Chevy were caught flat-footed. Then came an emissions scandal, thanks, it seems, to placing too much trust in suppliers. Eventually, Ram got their engine certified for 2018 trucks, […]

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Tesla’s tough future (and Musk’s likely response)

August 14, 2018 David Zatz 0

Elon Musk rose from riches to more riches by being one of the creators of an online payment system. It was not a “save-the-world” project, but an opportunistic one. Since then, his main legacy has been the Tesla electric car company, which has made a profit in just two quarters […]

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The future of big rigs is open; what’s coming?

July 31, 2018 David Zatz 0

It’s always interesting to see how writing about cars focuses most on the vehicles that matter least. A car like the Corvette or Maserati GranTurismo will attract acres of verbiage, while the cars that people buy by the hundred-thousand, like the Corolla and Cruze get little attention at all. This […]