How Nissan is Working to Improve its Quality

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How Nissan is Working to Improve its Quality
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Nissan’s all-new 2015 Murano crossover looks like a winner. It’s stylish, comfortable and drives well, but these aren’t the only feathers in its cap. Quality should be another one of this vehicle’s strong suits. Continue Reading...

Infographic: Jaguar F-Type Coupe Aluminum Structure

Infographic: Jaguar F-Type Coupe Aluminum Structure
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Jaguar’s sultry new F-Type Coupe is the real deal. This sports car offers jaw-dropping performance, beautiful coachwork and a luxurious interior. But there’s so much more to it than a pretty face. Continue Reading...

Mazda Reveals Skyactiv Chassis for Upcoming Miata

Mazda Reveals Skyactiv Chassis for Upcoming Miata
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Despite its dainty proportions the Mazda Miata is always a big deal, especially when there’s a new one on the way. To help celebrate this iconic roadster’s 25th anniversary the company brought in a throng of historic models and put ‘em on display here at the New York Auto Show. Continue Reading...

Everything You Need to Know About McLaren’s 3.8L Twin-Turbo V8

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Everything You Need to Know About McLaren’s 3.8L Twin-Turbo V8
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Like other supercars, McLarens are rarer than Sasquatch-fur coats. It’s hard enough to steal a glimpse of one at an auto show, but the chances of seeing one on the street are about as good as commuting to work on the back of a Pegasus. Continue Reading...

How One-Millionth of an Inch Can Add BIG Horsepower

How One-Millionth of an Inch Can Add BIG Horsepower
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Automotive finishes are important. Car buyers expect their new rides to have lustrous, durable paint that withstands the test of time. Nobody wants to see dull spots or drips on their $35,000 baby. Not surprisingly a vehicle’s internal components can also benefit from careful attention to detail. Continue Reading...

Titanium Could Help Lotus Build Even Lighter Cars

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Titanium Could Help Lotus Build Even Lighter Cars
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Titanium, it’s both light and strong… and pretty expensive. But the benefits may out-“weight” the tradeoffs for Lotus, as the premium sports-car builder is exploring the dusty silver-hued metal for use in its vehicles. Continue Reading...

2016 Audi R8 Supercar Spotted in Action… Again!

2016 Audi R8 Supercar Spotted in Action… Again!
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What is this, spy-photo Friday? First our intrepid picture-makers nabbed the 2015 Subaru Outback driving in Europe, then they tagged the new Audi A6 cavorting in the snow. Now they’ve sent us images of the German company’s upcoming 2016 Audi R8 supercar. Excited? You should be. Continue Reading...

GM’s All-New Ecotec Engine Family Detailed

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GM’s All-New Ecotec Engine Family Detailed
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General Motors unveiled its brand-new family of Ecotec small-displacement engines at its Powertrain Headquarters in Pontiac, Mich. this morning. The lineup will include 11 separate powerplants in both three- and four-cylinder configurations. Continue Reading...

Everything You Need to Know About the First Turbocharged Ferrari Engine in Decades

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Everything You Need to Know About the First Turbocharged Ferrari Engine in Decades
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The Geneva Motor Show always plays host to a throng of exciting ultra-high-performance automobiles and this year’s installment was no exception. Lamborghini revealed its sultry new Huracán, McLaren unwrapped the alluring 650S and even Pagani’s outlandish Zonda Revolución made a showing. But the folks in Maranello, Italy were not to be out done. Continue Reading...

Five-Point Inspection: Mahle Downsizing Demonstrator

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Five-Point Inspection: Mahle Downsizing Demonstrator
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In decades past, automakers produced more powerful engines by adding cylinders. As the old saying goes, there’s no replacement for displacement… Or is there?  Continue Reading...

How do Winter Tires Work?

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How do Winter Tires Work?
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With the Midwest and eastern states smothered in snow and accosted by abnormally frigid temperatures, this winter has been uncommonly excruciating for people in the Northern U.S. Given the brutal weather, tires are a surprisingly appropriate subject for discussion. Continue Reading...

How do Traffic Jams Start?

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How do Traffic Jams Start?
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It doesn’t get much better than zipping along in the fast lane on a beautiful day with your favorite tunes pumping and no vehicles ahead of you. But as is often the case this little slice of automotive paradise can quickly turn into the ninth circle of Hell. Continue Reading...

Toyota Investing $28 Million in Michigan Facilities

Toyota Investing $28 Million in Michigan Facilities
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Michigan, it’s more than just Great Lakes, the Big Three and the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. To the surprise of many, GM, Ford and Chrysler aren’t the only games in town. Practically every major OEM and supplier company has offices, technical centers or test facilities in the mitten state, and Toyota is making… Continue Reading...

Under the Hood: What is Torque? What is Horsepower?

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Under the Hood: What is Torque? What is Horsepower?
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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 a Formula 1 Car Looks Like Inside

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If there’s one thing that probably beats being on the drug that is Charlie Sheen, it’s driving an F1 car. For better or worse, the average person has about as much of a shot at piloting one as they would at surviving Sheen’s devil-may-care cocaine habit.  Continue Reading...

Lotus Lightens Toyota Venza for Drastically Better MPG

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Lotus Lightens Toyota Venza for Drastically Better MPG
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When Lotus isn’t engineering cool cars like the Evora, dealing with PR snafus, or worrying about whether or not it’s going to be sold in a few months, it takes on contract work to lighten vehicles for other firms. Continue Reading...

Chrysler Delays Introduction of Dual Clutch Transmission

Chrysler Delays Introduction of Dual Clutch Transmission
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Chrysler spokesman, Vince Muniga, said that despite the gearbox currently being offered in Europe, the company was “concerned about the refinement and how the American customers might perceive the transmission.” Continue Reading...

Holden Commodore Production May Leave Australia

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Holden Commodore Production May Leave Australia
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Between 250 and 300 engineering jobs in Australia may disappear in the next two years if Holden stops producing its Commodore at home. If the decision becomes final, it means a big change considering the company has designed, engineered and built the Commodore on Australian shores for 64 years. In an interview with OptusZoo News,… Continue Reading...

Pininfarina To End Car Production

Pininfarina To End Car Production
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Legendary design firm Pininfarina is ending its auto production business, but will retain its engineering and design divisions. Pininfarina said it will shed 127 jobs due to the division’s closing. “Unfortunately we are having to stop our production activities, given the way the car market is. So we are focusing on design and engineering,” a… Continue Reading...

Porsche To Hire 100 Engineers, Likely For Hybrid R&D

Porsche To Hire 100 Engineers, Likely For Hybrid R&D
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Porsche is going on a hiring blitz, looking to recruit 100 engineers for its Weissach research center, ostensibly to help shore up ranks for the expected hybrid car blitz that was alluded to at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Porsche’s official press release (posted below the jump) directly mentions that engineers will be able to… Continue Reading...
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