jeep renegade for 2019

Deeper into the Renegade

June 20, 2018 David Zatz 2

Jeep released the European version of the 2019 Renegade recently, and we showed you (via Real Fast Fotography), a week or two ago, an American version being tested. But what’s under the hood? The Renegade will have the new GSE (Global Small Engine) turbo setup, with MultiAir III, versus the […]

Behind Apple’s odd VW hookup

May 24, 2018 David Zatz 0

Apple recently announced that it was outfitting Volkswagen vans with autonomous driving gear, to shuttle employees around their campus, in what seems to be a timid first test of Apple self-driving gear. There are two big questions here… Why Volkswagen? Why such a small test? To start with the second […]

Hybrids and muscle go together

April 27, 2018 David Zatz 0

Most car guys I know loathe hybrid-electric cars. You can probably blame the Prius — a hyper-efficient car that’s a bit dull to drive, like a four-cylinder Camry.  V8 afficianados, even if they only drive minivans, tend to get all worked up about the Prius, making rash assumptions about the […]

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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 […]

Inside the Karma Revero, née Fisker Karma

April 2, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Fisker Karma was in development quite a long time when the company could struggle on no longer; and Chinese parts supplier Wanxiang Group bought the project, along with battery-maker A123, which had gone from a bright future with DaimlerChrysler to bankruptcy. The Fisker Karma was actually unveiled back in 2011; […]