Fifth-Gen Honda Step WGN Debuts With New 2016 Civic Engine, Tailgate System

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Honda revealed the fifth-gen Step WGN for the Japanese market Thursday, which not only features a new flexible tailgate, but the same engine planned for the 2016 Civic. The main draw for the seven-passenger Step WGN is the “Waku Waku” tailgate, which can be lifted up in most circumstances, or can be opened from the side […]

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James May Bidding Farewell To Top Gear Unless Clarkson Returns

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Top Gear” presenter James May is saying farewell to the show, as hosting it with Richard Hammond and a “surrogate” Jeremy Clarkson would be “lame.” May explained that having a replacement for the dismissed host is a “non-starter” at best, as it the chemistry that made the trio what it was would be hard to […]

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Volkswagen Takes Silver In Quarterly Sales Amid Lingering Leadership Battle

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

While the dust-up between chairman Ferdinand Piëch and CEO Martin Winterkorn lingers on, Volkswagen looks to take silver on the global sales podium in 2015. Amid reports from German press agency dpa regarding Piëch’s desire to replace Winterkorn with either Porsche’s Matthias Mueller or Skoda’s Winfried Vahland prior to VW’s annual shareholder meeting early next […]

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Can American Honda Really Sell 2000 Civic Type Rs Per Month?

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s going to be a while before you can buy a next-gen Honda Civic Type R in North America. We’ve seen the relatively thinly veiled version of the next Civic. Patent images were published on TTAC last week. But, according to AutoGuide’s Colum Wood, American Honda’s Executive Vice President, John Mendel, told reporters after the […]

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Mercedes Slapped With $56M Fine in China for “Price Fixing”

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Chinese province of Jiangsu has levied a 350 million yuan ($56 million USD) fine against Mercedes-Benz in continued efforts to break perceived monopolies in car and part sales. It’s the largest fine given to an automaker to date. The latest fine aimed at a foreign automaker comes after similar actions against a “Chinese venture of […]

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QOTD: How Would You Rename All The Lincolns?

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Continental. Zepher. Coronation. Lincoln has some great names in its history – much better than the MK-add-a-letter-here nomenclature of today. Actually, if your model naming scheme is best described as nomenclature, you’re probably doing it wrong. I won’t bore you with the Lincoln history you already know. Wikipedia can do that for me. I just want to talk […]

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While You Were Sleeping: “Copy-and-Paste” Design, Dirt Track Racing, Real Fuel Economy, and Butterfly Wings

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Come on, China. We know you can design a car on your own. Jaguar Land Rover forced to accept Range Rover Evoque lookalike from China’s Jiangling (Automotive News, sub. req.) The same company that made that crappy Warthog-wannabee we talked about yesterday won’t get sued by JLR for their Evoque copy. The best part of the article is […]

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Suzuki Recalls 2M Amid Reports Of Smoking Ignitions

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Suzuki is recalling a record 2 million vehicles to replace ignition switches amid reports of smoke and fumes being emitted from the part. The recall adds 1,873,000 vehicles to the 168,000 previously recalled late last month, Reuters reports. Both figures apply to nine models made in Japan, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda AZ-Wagon, Mazda Carol, […]

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