fiat chrysler

Yes, Fiat Chrysler is really one company

May 29, 2018 David Zatz 0

When Daimler bought Chrysler, for the price of a name change, the joke instantly because “DaimlerChrysler is pronounced ‘Daimler’ — the ‘chrysler’ is silent.”

While there were engineers who respected their Chrysler counterparts, who often did more (or the same) with much less, leadership was quickly and clearly concentrated in Germany, and Americans were generally pushed underneath.… Read the rest

2018 dodge durango srt

Torque, towing, t’ree rows: Dodge Durango SRT

May 25, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Dodge Durango SRT has tons of torque and towing capacity, with three rows of seats to set it apart from the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (née SRT). With all wheel drive putting power to the ground, the big SUV allows for instant acceleration on wet concrete — from zero, from 50, and quite probably from 100 miles per hour.  … Read the rest

Toyota picking up dropped car sales

May 1, 2018 David Zatz 0

American automakers are dropping their traditional cars, and import companies are picking up the sales that are being left on the table — possibly led by Toyota.

Dodge and Chrysler started the trend by dropping their compact and midsize cars (their large cars will continue).… Read the rest

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 drivers.… Read the rest

Ford to end U.S. sedan sales

April 26, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

On Wednesday, Ford announced a new, more aggressive cost-cutting plan that will have a significant impact on its U.S. product lineup.

110 years after it began production of the first mass-market automobile, the Model T, Ford is exiting the mainstream passenger car market in the U.S.… Read the rest

BYD electric buses

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 profit but has strong credit lines.Read the rest

car radios

Car stereo bugs that drive me nuts

April 23, 2018 David Zatz 0

Car stereos have the best sound and features we have ever seen. Scant decades ago, cars came with single speaker AM radios; today, we can play music from phones, pods, satellites, and thumb drives, ignoring AM and FM entirely.… Read the rest

classic vs new cars

Were classic cars better and cheaper?

April 16, 2018 David Zatz 0

My “parade car” is a 1974 Plymouth Valiant. I enjoy driving it, now and then, and it still runs beautifully. It has plenty of torque, so there aren’t any issues with lack of power around town, though highway ramps require a little planning.… Read the rest