Potential customers for 4x4 Sprinters include ski resorts needing to shuttle people through heavy snow; emergency crews needing to battle inclement weather; railroad workers coping with steep grades; and oil crews working in muddy conditions....More
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 redesigned '15 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon are a pair of finely engineered and sharply styled trucks almost certain to draw buyers back into the midsize-pickup segment. (See related story: Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Bold Move in Moribund Segment)
Kia's first all-electric powertrain in the U.S. comes in the style-heavy Soul, which carries over its internal-combustion-engine cousin's cute-squared appearance with some unique features. (See related story: Kia Electrifies Our Soul.)
The ’15 GLA CUV is based on Mercedes-Benz’s popular entry level CLA sedan. The vehicle shares the sedan’s sculpted good looks, but it has the practical appeal of a CUV, and unlike the CLA, rear headroom for adult passengers .
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 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.
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.
Without 2-step variable valve lift, the ’15 version of the Pentastar always operated in high-lift mode, consuming more fuel. FCA says the new system results in less overall pumping work, singlehandedly accounting for a fuel-economy gain of up to 2.7%....More
While private vehicle ownership is not particularly desirable, it can be regulated economically while complementing growth of the transportation ‟sharing economy,” specialists in urban mobility say....More
The combination of total LV inventory 3% above year-ago, and stocks of the strongest growing segment group increasing month-to-month, points to a fifth straight 17 million-plus SAAR in September....More
Research areas will include improving the ability for intelligent vehicle technology to recognize objects around the vehicle in diverse environments, as well as the safe collaboration between vehicle occupants, other vehicles and pedestrians....More
“We can get there with the technology,” Magna’s Swamy Kotagiri says at the Management Briefing Seminars. “The biggest hurdles relate to how much infrastructure (is necessary) and issues related to ethics and liability.”...More
“I don’t want to be in my vehicle thinking it will be truly a complete co-pilot for quite a few years. I use the term ‘teammate,’ because I think that’s important for the U.S. society in general to understand,” Toyota’s Chuck Gulash says....More