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.
Cycling up through gears on Road America’s long straight-aways to 140 mph, the dual-clutch transmission shifts with the clean-cut precision of a guillotine. It’s about this time the driver recognizes the M3/M4 as the king of the sports-car jungle....More
Four generations of M3 have earned BMW the kind of respect every automaker envies. The dual-purpose car is designed to be just at home on the racetrack as tootling through suburbia. Having done a little of both here at the legendary Road America track and in and around this quaint Upper Midwestern town, it’s easy to understand this car’s vaunted status.
The third-generation CUV now appears more wedge-like and benefits from deep-drawn sheet metal, a slightly lower roof and short front overhang. It’s both bigger and lighter, with three excellent powertrain offerings....More
The front end of the previous X5 was disjointed, suffering from a perfectly horizontal line that left the lower fascia detached from the grille and headlights. The new front end is styled with emotion – without any horizontal separation – and the pinched headlamps convey more anger and tension. The X5 has a powerful presence.
From the passenger seat, the all-new 2.3L EcoBoost propels the car with gusto through three laps on a short handling track about the size of a football field in the Charlotte Motor Speedway parking lot....More
It was only five minutes in the passenger seat, but that was enough time to draw some first impressions about the all-new '15 Ford Mustang with its 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cyl. engine, independent rear suspension and upgraded interior.
Chief Johan de Nysschen is looking to lead Cadillac out of a “no-man’s” land, where its vehicles are priced too high for legacy customers and the brand lacks the equity required to conquest Mercedes and BMW buyers....More
In 2017, California’s emissions rules will change and FCVs will carry the traveling credits automakers use to remain 50-state compliant. The rule change could lead to a shift in OEM capital investment....More
The new model should appeal to customers of high-end European makes but “who really want an American car,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s chief marketing officer. “This is an in-your-face (car); there’s nothing subtle about it.”...More
Statistics substantiate the argument too many moms and dads engage in dangerous behaviors and tasks such as driving unbelted, texting while driving and driving intoxicated. Our kids are watching....More
A very senior Toyota executive told me that if gasoline prices are around $3 a gallon in 2018, the company will not be able to meet CAFE regulations. If Toyota can’t meet CAFE targets, then who can?...More
Automotive engineers gathered recently at Detroit's Cobo Center for SAE 2014 Convergence to map the future of electronics as it enables autonomous vehicles, electric drivetrains, new human-machine interfaces, greater connectivity and faster computing speeds. The conference featured several panel sessions, and 70 companies exhibited on the show floor. IAV also demonstrated its highly automated concept vehicle on Detroit highways.
With NFC, “we can now add things like unpairing, which is something that we really, really want to promote people to do, especially if you’re driving rental cars and so on,” says Ford's Jim Buczkowski. “You don’t want to leave any of your identity in the vehicle. Often today, we’re so quick to get out of the vehicle, we don’t do that.”...More
Underwood's research suggests the first two types will be in the market by 2020, but that the era of fully automated vehicles will not begin until about 2030. In 2025, Underwood says highly automated cars that drive themselves on urban highways and surface streets should be available....More
As learning new technology comes to some buyers more naturally than others, automakers need to find ways to mimic the easy-to-use interface found in personal communication devices, such as smartphones and tablets....More
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
With the technology a driver can get out of the car, push a button on his key fob and the car will go find its parking place. Later, after another button punch, the car comes back to find its driver....More
Older customers for premium cars are unlikely to leave their preferred German brands, but the new generation coming into money is ready to consider Infiniti, global marketing chief Vincent Gillet says....More