South Korea’s Hyundai-Kia has been playing a long game in quality. Over a decade ago, the company decided that, rather than going for low prices alone, it would try to compete based on quality, just as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan did when they first entered the United States.… Read the rest
Maserati has already announced its next step in crossovers — the V8-powered Levante Trofeo, designed to spark more interest in a vehicle that hasn’t gained quite as many sales as it was supposed to.… Read the rest
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 little plays, letting cattle run through the streets.… Read the rest
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 a crossover (the difference between a crossover and hatchback being defined largely by the marketing folk).… Read the rest
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 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
The Commerce Department has recommended that Donald Trump put tariffs or quotes on imported aluminum and steel, after concluding that importing too much of these metals poses a national security threat.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest