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Is Toyota’s sudden improvement too late for sedans?

June 14, 2018 David Zatz 0

Toyota, one of the world’s largest seller of sedans and hatchbacks, has just introduced a new “TNGA” platform/architecture that spans from the Prius to Lexus ES (in order of gas mileage). By doing that, Toyota transformed the feel and performance of the aged, cheapened Camry and the Corolla beyond recognition. The […]

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Are car shows fading fast?

June 13, 2018 David Zatz 0

Are car shows losing their relevance? It seems like just yesterday that automakers were spending millions of dollars every year on car shows (perhaps they still are), making blockbuster presentations in their allocated 20-minute spaces, with Chrysler, for a time, taking the lead — crashing a car through glass, performing […]

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Coming soon: the 2019 Holden Acadia (now with pics)

June 12, 2018 Robert S. Miller 1

Australian, like North America, is rapidly changing from sedans cars to SUVs. With no automaker still making cars in Australia itself, brands like GM’s Holden are looking for crossovers and SUVs across the globe to launch in Australia. Holden already has crossovers and SUVs like Chevrolet’s popular Equinox, Captiva, and Trax; […]

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Gotcha! Germany forces Mercedes recall over new diesel cheats

June 11, 2018 David Zatz 0

According to Bild am Sonntag, the German government has found no less than five illegal devices for switching off emissions controls in Mercedes’ new Euro 6 diesel engines, so far placed under the hoods of around one million vehicles. A Reuters article noted that Mercedes parent Daimler objects to the […]

2019 Jeep Renegade

Meet the new 2019 Jeep Renegade

June 11, 2018 David Zatz 0

Jeep released the European version of the 2019 Renegade recently, but what about the North American version? Here, Real Fast Fotography caught front and rear shots of a thinly camouflaged Renegade; the camo almost seems designed to shout “photography me!” Under the hood is, well, a surprise; in Europe, the […]

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Chevy Sparking new car for ’19

June 8, 2018 David Zatz 0

The little 2019 Chevrolet Spark, engineered in South Korea and largely ignored by American buyers, will have a minor facelift, if these photos from Real Fast Fotography are any indication. In April, Reuters claimed that the Spark was being replaced by a crossover, though one could argue it already is […]

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Here’s the 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty!

June 7, 2018 David Zatz 0

General Motors has been on a roll since Mary Barra took over, racking up wins in customer satisfaction, quality, and profitability. Now, the company’s most important product is being prepared to do battle with the dominant Ford F-series pickups. For the Silverado/Sierra 1500, buyers will see two V8 options, a […]

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Big Three clobbering each others’ profits?

June 5, 2018 David Zatz 0

The American Big Three — General Motors, Ford, and, yes, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) — have already fled from sedans and coupes into pickup trucks to gain sales. There are a few reasons for that, including an apparent Japanese ineptitude at creating credible full-size pickups and odd American fuel-economy rules that […]

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FCAftermath: where Chrysler and Dodge end up

June 2, 2018 David Zatz 0

In the aftermath of FCA’s big investor presentation, we find ourselves going down a familiar road. First, let’s get Fiat out of the way. One of the two FCA namesake brands, Fiat is being downsized to the 500 and Panda, except in Latin America, which also gets the Tipo/Neon.  Sergio […]