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Here’s a switch: replacing buttons

February 6, 2018 David Zatz 0

For decades, automakers have searched for ways to cut every possible penny from their costs, without making it obvious to prospective buyers. They experimented with putting the gauge cluster into the middle of the car, with moving physical controls into touch-screens, and with converting every possible knob into buttons. The […]


Mercedes not allowed to quote the Dalai Lama

February 6, 2018 David Zatz 0

You’re not allowed to quote the Dalai Lama — at least, not if you want to make and sell cars in China. Reuters pointed out that Mercedes has issued an apology in China, because it showed a quote from the Dalai Lama in a social-media message. The company backed down […]

GM’s ironic loss and actual gain

February 6, 2018 David Zatz 0

The United States’ 2018 tax laws will dramatically favor corporations and the wealthy, and a handful of companies announced that they would share their benefits with employees for the first year. On the other side stands General Motors, which will have to take a $7.3 billion charge based on changes […]

Guess who the best selling automaker is?

February 5, 2018 David Zatz 0

Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi — all bound together now — jumped ahead of Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors to become the world’s largest automaker. For many years, that place belonged to GM. Volkswagen, though, having gained Audi, Skoda, Seat, and Porsche, started battling Toyota for first place when they grew […]

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What name should Trumpchi switch to?

January 29, 2018 David Zatz 0

Long ago, Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC), which builds cars with Fiat Chrysler in China, decided to sell in the United States. Their name, in Mandarin, was created to sound like passing good fortune, but the English transliteration didn’t work out so well — “Trumpchi.” According to Reuters, the company was […]


Is this the production BMW X7?

January 21, 2018 David Zatz 0

BMW has released some photos of the X7 iPerformance Concept, but not the production car itself. Today, those photos have surfaced from a location near BMW’s facility. The biggest vehicle ever made by BMW, the X7 is a full-size SUV, chasing sales where they seem strongest; it will have three […]

A 40th-anniversary New Jersey show

January 19, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Restored Rusty Relics automobile club of New Jersey is now, for the first time, taking on-line pre-registrations for its annual show — the 40th annual show. The Relics attract around 400 classic cars per year, with a floating “25 years or older” requirement which means that, this year, the 1993s […]

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Coming to America: this Chinese SUV

January 18, 2018 David Zatz 1

GAC — Guangzhou Automobile Group — has been making cars with Fiat Chrysler for some time. Now, they want to make cars just for you, with the GS7 SUV appearing on American shores in 2019. Chinese companies have been selling directly in Europe for some time, with limited success. There […]

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GM, Ram may have diesel launches at the same time

January 16, 2018 David Zatz 0

Just this week, GM announced that it would build a new six-cylinder diesel for its Silverado 1500. The next day, Ram launched the new 1500 — with no mention of the V6 diesel option. Recent events have clarified the situation. Ram’s chief said that the diesel would appear later in […]