The arrival of a new model year represents the promise and possibility that comes with freshly stamped sheet metal, form-fitting seats, aesthetics that speak directly to one’s desires and, simply, stuff that works better.
Honda’s new paint line, ready in 2017, will use waterborne primer (replacing a solvent-based coating) and requires no sanding or baking of the primer coat. The new “Line 1” incorporates two baking processes in between coats, instead of three previously.
VW is intent on turning the tide for the slow-selling Passat, jazzing up its appearance with a new hood, front fenders, grille, front and rear bumpers and trunklid and taillights, although sheet metal carries over on the roof, doors and bodyside panels.
Galpin and designer Henrik Fisker recently unveiled the Rocket Speedster Concept, a 2-seat version of the $109,100 Rocket coupe, derived from the ’15 Ford Mustang GT. The Speedster has not yet been confirmed for production.
Without 2-step variable valve lift, the ’15 version of the Pentastar always operated in high-lift mode, consuming more fuel. FCA says the new system results in less overall pumping work, singlehandedly accounting for a fuel-economy gain of up to 2.7%.
The Cummins engine plant in Columbus, IN, is in pilot production of the 5.0L turbodiesel V-8 soon to be delivered to Nissan for the all-new Titan XD fullsize pickup truck. Sales are set to begin by year's end.
Both Audi and BMW have reached 4-cyl. penetration rates as high as 40% in their A6 and 5-Series sedans, so Lexus hopes to gain ground in the segment by offering a 241-hp 2.0L turbo-4 in the midsize sedan in ’16.
Monterey Car Week was crawling with car events, including Concorso Italiano, held Saturday on the fairways of Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, CA, to celebrate the contributions of Italian automakers.
A new digital lab in Dearborn ramps up Ford’s ability to use virtual reality in solving problematic vehicle-assembly operations. Ergonomic issues are down 90%, and the number of days missed by injured employees has dropped 75%.