Cyber security became a top priority for the auto industry last summer when two researchers wirelessly hacked into a Jeep Cherokee and took control of steering, the transmission and brakes. The stunt was for demonstration purposes.
In many ways, the remarkable aspects of the CT6 are hidden behind the sheet metal, such as the 13 complex lightweight aluminum castings that make the CT6 so nimble; the patent-worthy joining of aluminum and steel structural components; and the Magnetic Ride Control that counteracts road imperfections and body roll and keeps the sedan absolutely buttoned down on winding, mountain roads.
Standard with a manual transmission, the 365-hp M2 coupe will be available with an optional 7-speed M Double Clutch automatic. Also unveiled in Detroit is the X4 M40i utility vehicle, using the same N55 3.0L turbocharged inline-6.
As TRW, with its electronics, chassis, safety and steering systems, comes together with driveline specialist ZF, engineers from both sides are collaborating on ideas for more than 400 products that might be possible from the new organization.
As the Toyota Research Institute steps up its work in autonomous vehicles, the automaker realizes people can tolerate human error but are less forgiving of machines. Cars must become incapable of causing accidents.
With the arrival of high-efficiency hybrids, there’s something comforting and nostalgic in an engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that needs a giant hood scoop to pull in enough air to let the intercooler do its job. That’s kickin’ it old-school.
Two diesels, the Nissan/Cummins 5.0L V-8 and General Motors’ 2.8L Duramax 4-cyl., were in the running for Wards 10 Best Engines but could not keep up with the Ram 1500’s 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6, which completes a three-peat of fairy-tale proportions.
For more than 20 years, the Nissan VQ’s calling card has been its unmistakably creamy midrange. But the new version displays a lot more composure when pushed hard, even to the brink of the 6,600-rpm redline.