The Tokyo show has become less significant than those in Frankfurt, Geneva, Detroit and Los Angeles. Still, as the home market for Toyota, Nissan and Honda, it affords them a chance to bedazzle with their latest technologies....More
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....More
The Lexus GS F, on sale in December for $84,440, incorporates significant performance upgrades in the powertrain and chassis departments as every F-brand entry will differ from its base vehicle from the A-pillar forward.
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....More
Still ranking as the world’s leaders, Japanese and Korean brands registered a 10% year-on-year decline in hybrid sales between January and June to an estimated 805,000 units. Hybrid production in Japan alone declined 29% to 550,181 units....More
In the initial aluminum-to-steel production program, GM will be moving cautiously, replacing only a couple of the rivets currently used to test the manufacturing process and prove part durability before moving on to more extensive applications....More
Each vehicle nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors is scored based on aesthetics and design harmony as well as materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value and fit-and-finish. Editors also test the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface.
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
New-car sales in China are expected to grow at least 5% this year. But margins on those sales, already small, have vanished for many dealers. Retailers now are looking to look to areas such as finance and insurance and used-car sales for profits....More