BMW reportedly is leading the development of the cars’ chassis, banking on its experience with aluminum, carbon fiber and high-strength steel to create a lighter and stiffer composite body structure, while Toyota is focusing on high-performance hybrid technology....More
The new C gets two excellent new gasoline engines, more space, top-notch active-safety equipment, solid driving dynamics, an available air suspension and a spot-on interior that looks and feels truly premium....More
The new C-Class sets up a showdown with the BMW 3-Series, consistently the best-selling luxury car in America and one that has pummeled the C for years. But look out, Bavaria. In the past two years, sales of the previous-generation C have been catching up with the 3.
Using ultra-high-strength steel can save 88 lbs. on a typical body, and adding aluminum can double that to 187 lbs. But the last improvement comes from the carbon-fiber panels, the automaker finds....More
A twin-scroll turbocharger teamed with twin independent variable camshaft timing and direct fuel injection helps the compact powerplant in the 2.3L engine turn out an unofficial 310 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque....More
A Japan Magnesium Assn. official predicts demand will grow 3% to 4% over the next five years thanks to a new alloy mix incorporating calcium, making it possible to die-cast magnesium components on the same line as aluminum parts....More