October 2016

Mercedes’ Inline-Six Makes the Rest of Its Impressive New Motors Look Like Mechanical Plebs

October 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

Mercedes-Benz is introducing a host of new engines with clever shared modular components, including a standard 500cc cylinder displacement. These new engines include a new AMG-developed twin-turbocharged V8 for the S-Class and one of the most encouraging mechanical additions to the automotive landscape seen in a while — a high-tech inline-six specifically designed to compete with, and […]

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Low-Cost Piston Engine of the Future Could Be Doomed by Lack of Interest

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Despite paying lip service to the growing — but still minuscule — electric vehicle market, automakers do love piston engines. The companies that built their current empires around internal combustion engines take comfort in the technology, finding stability and solace in the seemingly timeless act of burning fuel in exchange for power. Batteries and electric […]

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Ford is Either Playing the Long Game Well or the Short Game Poorly

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General Motors and the Ford Motor Company both saw U.S. sales declines in the third quarter, but GM was the only one achieving earnings that widely beat expectations. Still, which company is playing the game better is up for debate. This could turn out to be an Ant and the Grasshopper situation if there is another economic […]

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic Review – Uppercase C or Lowercase S?

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Style is subjective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You believe the Mini Paceman is the ugliest of Minis; I say it’s the best. You believe the X6 is BMW at its masculine and modern best; I believe the X6 stands in stark and unfortunate contrast to the beautiful delicacy of the BMW […]

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TTAC News Round-up: The Chrysler 200 Was More Unpopular than Anyone Imagined

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There is something sincerely wrong with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ math, although things are starting to add up for why some of its sales numbers were so inflated. That, Ford decides to get a little less global at the expense of the small car, Hyundai pays the price for lying, and parts suppliers see doom and gloom […]

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These Are The 15 Questions That Caused George Hotz to Cancel Comma.ai

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George Hotz announced he was cancelling the Comma One project last week in response to an information request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At first glance, this might appear to be a bit of government overreach. However, once you start digging into the letter, it’s apparent the questions are reasonable and easy to answer. The […]

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FCA: We Know You Love That Old Ram 1500, So We’ll Keep It Around Awhile

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The next-generation Ram 1500 is still expected to trundle out of Sterling Heights in January of 2018, but don’t expect a familiar face to go away just yet. As it readies a new full-sizer to better challenge Ford and General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to keep the old Ram 1500 in production for the […]

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Junkyard Find: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL, Bubba’s Cab Edition

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The Mercedes-Benz W126 S-Class was the king of 1980s sedans and it sold very well in the United States. You’ll still see plenty of them on the street today and it’s rare that a California self-service wrecking yard doesn’t have at least one fully depreciated, high-mile example in stock. I haven’t paid much attention to […]

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