“If you see any of this crap in the press that it’s not a 707-hp engine, it’s absolutely untrue,” says Chrysler's Chris Cowland. “SAE were here; they witnessed it. No one should be doubting that’s the real number.”...More
At just about every turn, Chrysler engineers developing the 6.2L supercharged Hemi Hellcat V-8 – the most powerful U.S. muscle-car engine ever produced – encountered forces that required unique solutions.
IHS data shows registrations of Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks in California soared 86.3% in the first seven months of 2014 to 12,477 units. In the Los Angeles area, which accounted for nearly 40% of the total, registrations spiked 84.1%....More
VWA has led the U.S. in the diesel category, where TDI take rates have hovered around 40% for the Passat sedan, 35% for the Jetta and 23% for the brand overall. So the expanded availability of the even better new 2.0L should be a hit....More
The outstanding fuel economy comes from a unique hybrid powertrain that uses air instead of electricity. The technology combines a 3-cyl. PureTech gasoline engine with a compressed-air energy-storage unit that powers the automatic transmission....More
An Italian consumer group claims in a class-action lawsuit that Fiat's Panda 1.2L and VW's Golf 1.6L TDI models fall short of their manufacturers' fuel-efficiency claims by 18% and 50%, respectively....More
Mahindra has come to realize its products are out of sync with the compact or entry-level sedans and utility vehicles the market now demands. It plans new platforms and will launch three new compact SUVs over the next two years....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.
By 2025, when cars and light trucks fall under the same Tier 3 emissions regulations, an automaker intending to sell one “dirty” vehicle at the top of the bin scale must sell 13 vehicles at the bottom to achieve the Bin 30 fleet average....More
Ford Transit earns a standing ovation for its excellent 5-cyl. diesel engine, two wide-swinging rear doors, a side slider and a full-length vinyl floor covering that is heavy-duty, sweepable and easily cleaned....More
Ford Transit van is big enough to fit Keith Richards’ wardrobe and all of his on-stage amplifiers (a wall of nine speaker cabinets and amps) and guitars, as well as the medicine chest of tonics, pain killers and other substances necessary to keep him alive.
The prevailing view that automated systems first will be used in Europe and North America is being challenged by Chinese interest in what Magna International executive Frank O’Brien calls the digital lifestyle....More
The local industry recognizes there’s still work to be done to improve quality and upgrade technology – huge tasks, in fact. But government officials and company insiders say it’s time to prepare for a bigger play around the world....More
Model-year changeovers in the truck business these days bring with them more updates than in the recent past. Competitive pressures are too intense to let a product go untouched, GM marketers say....More
Next year, GM expects to have 14 core platforms and 12 regional architectures in play. That will decrease to 11 core and two regional platforms, plus two flexible architectures in 2020, before going solely to four component-set platforms in 2025....More