January 23, 1990 |
General Motors Corp. intends to recall 244,000 four-cylinder Pontiac Fieros--every one ever made--because of a nagging engine-fire problem that contributed to the company's decision to scuttle the two-seater, a company official said Monday. The plastic body, mid-engine Fiero was introduced as a 1984 model in September, 1983, and was an immediate sales success.
May 28, 2011 |
When it comes to cars, four is the new six. Stung by high gas prices, more Americans are seeking cars that can get 30 to 40 miles a gallon. And automakers, facing tougher federal fuel economy standards, are eager to meet that demand. Four-cylinder engines now account for about 65% of all cars built in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, up from 48% five years ago. Six-cylinder vehicle production slipped to 25% from nearly 40%. The shift marks one of the biggest transitions since the 1980s, when domestic car buyers traded in their big V-8s for smaller six-cylinder power plants.
October 15, 2011 |
BMW will introduce a new version of its popular 3-series sports sedan that will weigh less but have bigger dimensions, giving rear-seat passengers more space. The 2012 model, which will appear at dealerships in February, is crucial to BMW's strategy in the United States and for its global sales, said Tim Urquhart, an analyst with IHS Automotive. "The BMW 3 series is in many ways the company's keynote model," Urquhart said. "It is the bestselling premium passenger car model in the world and has long set the agenda as being symbolic of BMW's wider corporate strategy at any given point.
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September 4, 2011 |
One scientist was killed and another injured in an explosion at a technology company in the Bay Area suburb of Menlo Park, authorities said Saturday. The blast occurred in a laboratory at Membrane Technology and Research Inc. as scientist Adrian Martin, 56, of San Jose was transferring a mixture of several gases, including methane, from one cylinder to another about 4:15 p.m. Friday, said Harold Schapelhouman, chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. The explosion caused an unidentified female scientist standing near an open door to be blown out of the laboratory, Schapelhouman said.
November 15, 2012 |
Here comes the new F800GT. BMW plans to take the wraps off the new iteration of its popular F800ST middleweight sport touring model at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach next month. The new version of the big, belt-driven, water-cooled, two-cylinder has a bit more horsepower and a bit more comfort -- 90 horsepower, up from 85, and a new windshield and new, fuller fairing. It features standard anti-lock brakes and a slip-on Akrapovic silencer that cuts a few pounds off the weight and creates what BMW calls "a particularly earthy 2-cylinder sound.
April 29, 2010
2011 Toyota Sienna Base price: $24,260 Price, as tested: $46,472 Powertrain: 2.7-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder or 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve six-cylinder with VVT-i; six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive Horsepower: 187 at 5,800 rpm for the four-cylinder; 265 at 6,200 rpm for the six-cylinder Torque: 186 pound-feet at 4,100 rpm for the four-cylinder; 245 pound-feet at 4,700 rpm for the six-cylinder ...