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Big March boosts Detroit three

April 4, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

Double-digit gains reported by FCA and General Motors added nearly two percentage points to the Detroit automakers’ share of the U.S. light vehicle market. GM delivered the largest increase of any major car company with total sales up 16%, followed closely by FCA’s Jeep-fueled 14% growth. Ford sales rose about […]

Jeep sales surge 45% for best month ever

April 3, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

According to figures released this morning, Jeep sales jumped nearly 45% in March as deliveries of the Compass exploded by triple digits and propelled the brand to a new monthly benchmark. Compass turnover skyrocketed 553%, and sales of every other Jeep model were up by double digits. Jeep Sales for […]

General Motors to report sales only quarterly

April 3, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

In a surprise late announcement today, General Motors said it would stop providing monthly sales figures for the U.S. market. GM will continue reporting monthly sales for the Canadian market, where it currently trails FCA and Ford in year-to-date deliveries. The company said the move is due to monthly sales […]

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; […]

The fun side of the NY auto show

March 30, 2018 David Zatz 0

If you wanted a quick overview of the New York Auto Show, we posted one yesterday; but what of the lighter side, the fun and games? Subaru had two little gaffes. One was having the wrong image up. This lady chatted silently while an executive, unseen by those of us […]

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Ford, FCA attacking squeaks the easy way

March 26, 2018 David Zatz 0

Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) are the first companies to use an innovative new substance, “Hushlloy™,” to virtually eliminate squeaks caused by plastic parts — a problem keenly felt by Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep owners. As cars age, the manually-applied felts or grease patches normally used to stop plastics […]

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Toyota’s quiet transmission changes

March 23, 2018 David Zatz 0

Toyota announced two new transmissions today, quietly, as part of an otherwise fairly dull release on the Toyota Corolla Hatchback née Scion iM. First is the new K120 CVT — a continuously variable transmission, but not purely driven by belts or bands. Now, Toyota has included a special launch gear […]

Some very important cars to be revealed next week

March 23, 2018 David Zatz 0

Some very important cars will be revealed next week at the New York Auto Show.  A host of major automakers will be hosting press conferences, from Acura to Volvo. Even though the “major reveals” schedule has been cut from two days to one, there are still some important revelations: The […]