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.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
By now you’ve heard about the big launches in New York City. The GMC Sierra was first, launching before the show; the Toyota RAV4 was probably most important, given that hundreds of thousands are sold in the US each year.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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 2019 Toyota RAV4, one of the best selling crossovers in the world, will make its global debut in New York on March 28 at 9:10 am.
General Motors showed it’s serious about Cadillac today, unveiling a brand new twin-turbo V8 engine pushing out 550 horsepower.
It’s no match for the Dodge Hellcat V8, which has707 horsepower in normal form and 840 in the Demon, but the new engine— prosaically named “4.2L Twin Turbo V-8” — is far lighter and smaller, and can be used in smaller, lighter cars.… Read the rest
Car radios have come a long way since their debut — with a single speaker and vacuum tubes that needed to be warmed up. Today, it’s not uncommon to see base economy cars with 200-watt six-speaker stereos — far from the old aftermarket-upgraded 30 watts per channel — that can read USB drives or use your phone as a music library.… Read the rest
Automakers announced their United States sales for February. If you sort the brand sales, at the very bottom, you will find some surprises.
First is Smart, which sells a cheap car with terrible safety ratings, midgrade fuel economy, and mediocre acceleration — but it’s easy to park.… Read the rest