January 17, 2014 |
Mustang versus Camaro. BMW versus Mercedes. Camry versus Accord. These are among the biggest rivalries in the automobile world. Get ready for the next epic battle: aluminum versus steel. "This has become a real competition," said Golam Newaz, an automotive materials engineer at Wayne State University in Detroit. The growing contest between the two metals was evident in the new car introductions at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Automakers are looking ahead to the stringent federal standard requiring a near-doubling of fuel economy by 2025.
January 4, 2014 |
Walk blindfolded into a Nissan dealership and you'll soon bump into a vehicle with a CVT. Twelve models come with this new type of transmission. No other brand has so thoroughly embraced the technology. Honda sells four vehicles with such a setup; Toyota has one. So it's with a bit of irony that, after a week of testing the all-new Rogue crossover, our biggest headache came from - yes, the CVT. For all the development Nissan has put into the gearbox, it apparently still can't figure out how to build one that drives well.
December 26, 2013 |
Volkswagen Group of America will easily clear sales of 100,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. this year, marking a milestone for both the German carmaker and the auto industry. Although diesel engines date back to the dawn of the automotive age, it's a technology that American consumers have never taken to. Credit their memory of an older generation of smelly, smoky and hesitant diesel cars. But by building a generation of fuel-efficient, clean and quiet turbo diesels with lots of zip, and making a diesel an engine option in almost every vehicle VW and its luxury Audi brand sell here, the German company has become a pioneer for the technology.
December 23, 2013 |
Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America, the U.S. sales arms of the sibling South Korean automakers, said Monday they have reached a settlement in class-action litigation over inflating the fuel economy claims for their vehicles. Hyundai will offer the owners of the models with the inflated ratings a lump sum payment that will average $353. The payment varies depending on whether the vehicle was purchased or leased. Kia's average payment will be $667. Owners can also decline the offer and stay on a previous plan initiated by the automakers last year.
December 12, 2013 |
America's cars, trucks and SUVs took a record step in 2012 toward a cleaner future, with the average fuel economy for new vehicles hitting an all-time high of 23.6 miles per gallon, according to a new report released by the EPA. That average is a 1.2 mpg increase over 2011 vehicles, a jump that is the second highest in the last 30 years. Fuel economy has increased in seven of the last eight years, the agency announced in Thursday's report. "Today's new vehicles are cleaner and more fuel efficient than ever, saving American families money at the gas pump and helping to keep the air that we breathe cleaner," Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, said in a statement.
November 20, 2013 |
Subaru added a little heat to its lineup Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the global introduction of the all-new 2015 WRX. A turbocharged version of the compact Impreza, the WRX has earned a cult-like following by mixing all-wheel-drive handling and a high-strung four-cylinder in a practical car that starts at about $26,000. The 2014, offered in four-door form only, will also be offered in more extreme STI trim. “The WRX is the everyman's pocket rocket,” said Mike Wall, an analyst at IHS Automotive.