Crossovers are all about fuel efficiency and family functionality. They blend attributes of cars with traits of traditional SUVs to create vehicles that are neither fish nor fowl; they’re the undecided voter of the automotive world, essentially the state of Ohio. Is it going red? Will it be blue? One thing’s certain; it’ll never go… Continue Reading...
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People buy hybrids because they think the “H” word is synonymous with fuel savings. While that’s true, hybrid appeal leaves a wide grey area between mildly improved mpgs and real returns at the pump, not to mention the higher cost of entry into the gasoline-electric segment. Toyota’s success with the Prius often leads people to… Continue Reading...
Volkswagen didn’t need a supercar during this year’s Geneva Motor Show to get attention; it had the XL1. Continue Reading...
Fuel economy is a major purchase consideration for new-vehicle shoppers; in fact it’s the No. 1 thing they look for in a car or truck. Consumers continue to demand ever greater mileage, and so does the federal government. Washington keeps turning up the wick on its Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. In response to… Continue Reading...
Pumping gasoline into a diesel Volkswagen voids the warranty and can lead to costly repairs, which is why the brand is kicking off a massive modification campaign. Continue Reading...
Automakers are always looking for an edge over the competition. Any spec-sheet advantage, no matter how insignificant, is fair game. Engine output is often something they brag about. One vehicle may have more horsepower but a competing car could offer more torque. What’s the difference between these two measurements? What do they mean? Surprisingly these… Continue Reading...
What does Mercedes-Benz have in common with facial tissue and soda pop? Continue Reading...
Put your ear to the ground. You’re probably going to hear the gravelly sound of a diesel engine coming… at least figuratively. Continue Reading...
Volkswagen announced today that it will build a 10-speed dual clutch transmission and a high-performance diesel engine. Continue Reading...
Mercedes plans to expand its C-Class line with a convertible, diesel and a hybrid option to better compete with BMW. Continue Reading...
AMG isn’t worried about building anything other than gasoline-powered engines for now, but when that changes the brand will look to hybrid systems. Continue Reading...
Grab your three wood and don your Tam o’Shanter because Volkswagen just revealed the North American version of its 7th generation Golf. This 2015 model is larger and roomier inside than its predecessor but lighter and more fuel efficient at the same time. Continue Reading...
Once upon a time trucks were built for work. They had manual door locks, crank windows and AM radios, if they had any sound system at all. Leather seats, air conditioning and voice-activated distractions were out of the question. Like a framing hammer, pickups were simple and effective. For decades they were purpose-made for hard-working… Continue Reading...
Attention foreign diplomats, drug lords and anyone living in Bogotá, Colombia: your new ride is ready. Mercedes-Benz is introducing an armored version of its M-Class SUV, the latest addition to its Guard family of vehicles. Continue Reading...
This Week’s Five-Point Inspection takes a look at the soon-to-be-overhauled Mercedes-Benz E-Class, what we love about it and what we’d like to see changed. About to become redundant, there is a mid-cycle refresh coming for the 2014 model year which will put the current E-Class out to pasture. This doesn’t mean the E-Class is necessarily… Continue Reading...
According to ExxonMobil’s recently published Outlook For Energy: A View to 2040, diesel will surpass gasoline as the number one global transportation fuel by 2020. Continue Reading...
Fine folks in Europe will get a gift from Land Rover soon: a diesel hybrid version of the 2013 Range Rover. But it won’t be marketed to Americans… for now. Continue Reading...
Recently emancipated and breaking new ground, Chrysler’s Ram pickup truck brand just announced that the RAM 1500 pickup truck will be available this year with a diesel V6. Continue Reading...
The National Biodiesel Board is commending Chevrolet for offering the its new diesel-powered Cruze compact sedan with an engine capable of burning B20 blended biodiesel fuel. Continue Reading...
Chevrolet unveiled its diesel sipping Cruze compact at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show yesterday, taking aim at the likes of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Continue Reading...
Hoping to cash in on growing diesel demand in the U.S. market, Chevrolet debuted the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel today in Chicago. Continue Reading...
Audi just announced pricing and fuel mileage estimates for the long wheelbase diesel version of its A8 flagship sedan. Continue Reading...
Chevrolet just confirmed that it will debut the diesel version of the Cruze compact sedan during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Continue Reading...
It’s a cliché analogy, but oil really is the lifeblood of a vehicle’s powertrain. Without its friction-cutting properties engines would literally grind to a halt, failing in spectacular fashion. Connecting rods would punch holes in blocks, camshafts would pulverize themselves and bearing inserts would spin like the blades of a jet turbine. Continue Reading...