Asian OEMs have tried to upset Detroit’s dominance in fullsize pickups. With a stout 5.0L V-8 from diesel specialist Cummins, a stylish and functional interior and impressive offerings for those who tow, Nissan may have a grip on this U.S.-centric market.
With the supremely capable 5.0L, the Titan XD can go anywhere, do anything. Most importantly, this twin-turbo V-8 may be a plow in fertile terrain, helping Nissan cultivate a small patch of neglected turf in the ground war that is the U.S. pickup market.
The Chevy Impala’s bi-fuel 3.6L V-6 runs both on gasoline and compressed natural gas. Cost is a hurdle, however. A non-CNG V-6 Impala LT bases at $30,895. The bi-fuel version of that same car will cost an extra $9,500.
Three V-6s displacing 3.6L are in the hunt for 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines: the “High Feature” LGX in Cadillac ATS, the twin-turbo LF4 in ATS-V and the bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala, which runs on compressed natural gas.
From the pavement-shaking might of V-8s in the Ford Shelby GT350 and Nissan Titan XD to all-new versions of the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 pool of 31 nominees for Wards 10 Best Engines reflects OEMs’ divergent powertrain strategies.
Eight editors are evaluating 31 vehicles with new or improved powertrains as part of the 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines competition. Winners will be announced Dec. 10 at the WardsAuto Outlook Conference in Birmingham, MI. This is the 22nd year for the competition.
The new MKX CUV is arriving in showrooms as dealers sell down the old model. Next year, Ford’s luxury brand will bring back the Continental nameplate based on a sedan concept that was well-received at auto shows in New York and Shanghai.
With a 4.0L bi-turbo V-8 packing 503 hp, the Mercedes AMG GT S is a 2-seat coupe on a mission to impress with sharp looks, an intoxicating exhaust note and a back end that breaks free with some regularity.
The Mercedes AMG GT S looks, feels and sounds like Germany’s best efforts to launch an American-style muscle car, right down to the high-rpm howl, the gentle shake and burble at idle and the delicious gasp of backpressure during downshifts as a corner approaches.
Time is of the essence on the top floor of the main building at Bosch’s new research center in Renningen, Germany, where the freedom to contemplate in an unconventional space is purposely designed to yield the next great invention.
Platform 12 at Bosch's new research campus in Germany is a large, open room surrounded entirely by glass on three walls, and the space is peppered with work stations. As ideas flourish here, the goal is to bring advanced innovations to production.
The company wants its new 14-building research campus in Germany to function like a university, specifically Stanford. Each building is designed to foster interaction and exchange of ideas between students and engineers.
Lexus’ GS F sedan corners great with its torque-vectoring differential, sounds great with its active sound control exhaust system, goes hard with its 467-hp V-8 and looks awfully spiffy, prepped for battle with German rivals.
Nissan’s 3.5L “VQ” will be among several new or improved naturally aspirated V-6s in this fall’s Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition. In this Under the Hood installment, we look at the VQ after its most significant redesign since its launch in 1995.