The coupe and sedan, displayed in their world premiere at this year’s North American International Auto Show, go on sale simultaneously early this summer with a more powerful engine, aggressively bolstered seats, bold styling and an emphasis on lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber.
Mercedes will not mention its use of the Tesla powertrain in marketing its new B-Class EV. “We have an ownership stake in Tesla, but the B-Class is still a Mercedes product,” MBUSA President Steve Cannon says....More
Panasonic’s automotive division previously has partnered with Fender and recording veteran Elliot Scheiner for audio systems and now teams up with the legendary London studio where the Beatles recorded hit after hit during the 1960s....More
Takeaways from this year’s competition: Direct injection and forced induction remain extremely popular; diesels still hold a considerable fuel-efficiency edge over gasoline engines; and there is a future for pushrods....More
On a long road trip, we’re convinced 40 mpg (5.8 L/100 km) is within reach in this spacious luxury cruiser with its 8-speed automatic transmission, because diesels, unlike gasoline engines, routinely outperform their stated mileage estimates....More
The winners, which include three diesels, an EV, eight engines using direct fuel injection and six with forced induction, emerged from a field of 44 powertrains evaluated by WardsAuto editors in October and November....More
This is the 20th year for Ward’s 10 Best Engines, a competition created to recognize outstanding powertrain achievement, world-class technologies and those rare engines or electric propulsion systems that are so compelling they help sell the vehicle.
True to its history of rise, fall and rise again, Brazil’s auto industry has no intention of fading away, despite a stagnant economy that remains unaffected by the postponement of the government’s IPI tax increase on vehicles....More
“The human being is fantastic sensor and analyzer,” Klaus Kompass says. “He is probably the best we have today at analyzing a complete situation with the blink of an eye. We don’t have technical systems that can do that” yet....More
The 4-Series coupe is a new nameplate, which means WardsAuto will count it separately from the 3-Series. Subtracting coupe sales from the 3-Series tally will open the door to Mercedes’ C-Class becoming America’s best-selling luxury car....More
The Mini Cooper designers insisted on retaining certain characteristics – the soft edges, circular headlamps, short overhangs, tall roofline and go-cart handling – and BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer is glad they did....More
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