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Here’s the Lincoln Aviator, a big SUV for a small brand

October 14, 2018 David Zatz 0

Lincoln sells a lot of cars — well, they sell a lot of car models, anyway. Sales for any particular Lincoln have been minuscule since Ford stopped making Crown Vics, which was the death knell for the closely related Lincoln Town Car. Now, “black car” companies are buying Toyota Avalons, […]

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Serious emissions tests killing EU diesels

October 12, 2018 David Zatz 0

The European Union has clarified its almost insanely vague rules surrounding diesel emissions, and started new tests which are tougher and, more important, not chock full of loopholes. The new rules came into effect on September 1, and diesel sales have already been plummeting. One immediate result appears to have […]

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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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US, Canadian auto industries saved by the bell

October 1, 2018 David Zatz 0

For over half a century, the United States and Canada have freely moved cars and parts across the border. The Auto Pact, taken for granted from the 1960s into 2017, ended the practice of making nearly every model sold in Canada, in Canada — which was quite expensive for American […]

Is Toyota nuts?

September 28, 2018 David Zatz 0

Toyota, citing a desire for autonomous-car technology, has made a heavy investment in embattled American phone-based-taxi service Uber. Uber itself has a history of worker abuse and fraud, which resulted in changes at the executive level. It’s also been responsible for self-driving-car casualties, as one of the two outfits testing with […]

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Cadillac’s New York gimmick is over

September 26, 2018 David Zatz 0

Cadillac moved its headquarters to New York City just three years ago, under a new brand leader who wanted to bring employees closer to America’s center of financial power.  The idea came from Johan de Nysschen, who had worked with hoity-toity brands Audi and Infiniti — one a stunning success, […]

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2020 Ford Explorer: hybrid coming, police continues

September 21, 2018 David Zatz 0

The 2020 Ford Explorer will add a new hybrid-electric option, while keeping the “Interceptor” police pursuit version, which has been far more popular than Ford’s Interceptor sedans. As in the past, the vehicle — now a unit-body crossover — will share its platform with the Lincoln Aviator. Most of its […]

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Prepare for a flood of electric cars

September 20, 2018 David Zatz 0

As Elon Musk claims to be shooting for production of 100,000 cars per year, someday, other automakers may be nodding and saying, “That’s cute.” The world automotive markets are soon to be flooded with electric cars from just about every automaker, from mild-hybrid to full-on-electric (minus range extenders). Companies are […]