April 2017

Lexus Knows it Needs to Improve its Sedans or Prepare Them for a Merciful Death

April 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

With crossovers on the rise, and more car-like than ever, Toyota’a global branding chief Tokuo Fukuichi knows that Lexus sedans need to offer more to customers or prepare to join the Tyrannosaurus rex in extinction. Lexus has shifted to become SUV-inclusive, but sedans still comprise a large portion of its lineup. Lexus’ strategy is to improve the driving dynamics […]

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Nissan to Expand NISMO Performance Lineup Across the Globe by Twofold, New Models Could Include Trucks and Minivans

April 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Nissan is about to embark on a global expansion plan that would double the number of models wearing the NISMO performance badge. The brand says that it is aware that enthusiasts only make up a small fraction of prospective buyers, but it doesn’t want to ignore them — especially in segments where NISMO hasn’t left much of […]

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Tesla Teases a Big Rig; Musk Wants Your Car to Go Sledding

April 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Break out the acai berry juice — there’s another futuristic transportation vision emerging from the fevered mind of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. During a TED talk in Vancouver on Friday, Musk teased an image of his company’s upcoming electric big rig. The vehicle, scheduled for a September reveal, isn’t the only truck bound for Tesla showrooms — […]

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Kia Quietly Kills Off a Model You’ve Already Forgotten About

April 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

We’re not talking about the K900 flagship sedan, as Kia’s luxo barge actually gets people talking — mainly due to its slow sales and LeBron James connection. No, the model lying in the casket this morning bowed out of people’s minds long before it vanished from Kia’s product cycle. The Forte Koup. Kia has confirmed […]

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Automakers Want Higher Octane Gas and Are Starting to Do Something About It

April 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Higher-octane fuel holds more energy than bargain basement gasoline, giving it the potential to generate more horsepower and deliver highly marketable fuel economy figures to automakers. It should be at the top of every car manufacturer’s wish list. But, because an extra-high octane rating would warrant an extra-large bill at the pump, muscle car owners […]

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Uber Demotes Employee at the Core of Self-Driving Technology Lawsuit

April 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Anthony Levandowski, the man at the nucleus of Alphabet Inc.’s intellectual property lawsuit against Uber Technologies, has abandoned his position as the team lead for the firm’s autonomous vehicle development. Uber explained that Levandowski’s new role is less critical and has no authority over the company’s LIDAR technology, which he is accused of stealing from Alphabet’s Waymo when it was […]

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Volkswagen to Take Chainsaw to Engine Lineup in Modernization Push

April 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Volkswagen Group is about to drop gas and diesel engines like names at a swank party. The automaker’s CEO has announced a multi-billion push to prepare the company for a much more stringent marketplace, part of which includes giving its internal combustion engine lineup a haircut. Speaking at an auto industry conference in Vienna, Matthias […]

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Vellequette Cops to Automotive News Demon-Ban Piece, Proves You Can Be Right and Wrong at the Same Time

April 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

After the reveal of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Dodge Demon at the New York Auto Show, I thought all the hooplah would be over. We all did. Little did I know Automotive News’ editorial board would pen a screed calling for the Demon’s banishment from American roads, which then caused others to cry foul at the bylineless editorial, and […]

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QOTD: The Greatest Killer of All Time?

April 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Earlier this week, I told you about the fellow who was convinced that the Dodge Demon was unsafe at any speed. I did not agree, of course; the Demon has been carefully designed to present considerably less risk to its occupants than, say, a swing-axle …

Toyota Recalls 228,000 Tacomas in U.S. Over Potential Rear-wheel Lockup

April 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Toyota of North America is recalling 228,000 Tacoma midsize pickups from the 2016 and 2017 model years. The affected vehicles may be leaking oil from their rear differentials. If left unchecked, the affected component could eventually seize — opening the driver up to a sudden flurry of new problems, like losing control of the vehicle moments before a horrific crash. However, these […]

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