Whereas the Hellcat Hemi V-8 is a Braveheart mallet to the face, the 460-hp ’Vette powerplant is a black-ops sniper with a clear shot in daylight. Other naturally aspirated small-blocks will outsell the LT1, but they will never outperform it....More
The successor to Chrysler Group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, has notified U.S. safety regulators that a loose fastener in the 2005 model-year pickups may loosen and cause the rear axle to lock up or detach....More
ZF hosted journalists for a 1-day TechAcademy at a former runway in Greenville, SC, to demonstrate its capabilities in chassis and driveline technologies. Eight-speed, 9-speed and dual-clutch transmissions were among the systems evaluated, as well as rear-wheel steering.
Mercedes-Benz rolls out the '15 Sprinter cargo van with new technologies such as part-time 4-wheel drive and a more sophisticated electronic stability control system to mitigate the effect of heavy winds and prevent rollovers during extreme maneuvers. A model also is available with a 7-ft. roof.
The technology is based on a modular and scalable architecture which allows for greater freedom of packaging and design for a broad range of applications and helps lower lifecycle costs, the supplier says....More
Government safety regulators say they have received 508 complaints about loss of steering power in certain Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid, and Mercury Milan midsize sedans from the '10-'12 model years....More
The two companies argue global megatrends related to fuel economy, safety and autonomous driving are transforming vehicles and the auto industry, making their businesses more complementary than they may appear....More
The refreshed Navigator comes with a stout new powertrain, advanced adaptive suspension, new seats, exterior cosmetic updates, a user-friendly interface and a leather-wrapped instrument panel with distinctive cross-stitching....More
The upgrades to Navigator are appreciated, although there wasn’t much budget to change the overall aesthetic inside or out or to address interior fit-and-finish shortcomings, such as the substandard trimming of the headliner.
Tenneco’s “intelligent” suspension systems combine electronics with hydraulic valves to adjust shock absorber damping levels to road conditions, as well as speed and cornering inputs, to achieve an optimal balance between ride comfort and vehicle handling....More
Work at the technical center will continue to involve several Bosch divisions, including Electrical Drives, Starter Motors and Generators, as well as Chassis Systems Control and Automotive Electronics....More
If the Cayenne proved to be an easy layup for German engineers who knew nothing about SUVs, then the Macan is Air Jordan soaring through the lane, tongue wagging, ball raised like a lethal tomahawk about to find its target....More
Derived from the capable Audi Q5, the Macan proves Porsche’s absorption into the VW Group in 2012 hasn’t been all bad. Yes, it unflinchingly carries over the Q5’s general shape, but there the similarities end.
Mahle’s Energy Management Control system uses GPS data to “read” a known route and coordinate electric and ICE power so most of the EREV’s battery charge has been depleted when it arrives at its destination....More
Nissan’s VQ V-6, lauded since it came to the U.S. in 1994, has been heavily revised for the all-new Maxima sedan arriving now in showrooms. The automaker calls the VQ all-new as well, but many of the key specs carry over....More
CEO Mark Fields tells reporters at Ford’s new Silicon Valley R&D facility that an autonomous vehicle or driverless car will fit within the company's century-old tradition of offering affordable transportation....More
Regulators are granting Volvo, Mitsubishi, Mazda, JLR and Subaru an added hybrid option and a later compliance date of Jan. 1, 2018, by which time each company will be expected to have an approved pure ZEV or hybrid transitional ZEV on the market....More