April 14, 2014

April 13, 2014

  • The late-80s and early-90s saw the Canadian government divest itself from some of its largest state-owned businesses (known in Commonwealth countries as Crown Corporations) - particularly when it came to transport and energy companies. In a sweeping implementation of Thatcherism led by Conservative premier Brian Mulroney, Ottawa privatized aerospace companies Canadair and de Havilland in 1986, sold off Air Canada in 1988, liquidated its majority stake in Petro-Canada in 1991 and finished...
  • Already weighing more than most other types of vehicles and with the space to accommodate the extra equipment, crossovers and SUVs arguably make for one of the more ideal platforms to transform into a hybrid. And there have been a handful of them - like the Audi Q5, Infiniti QX60/Nissan Pathfinder, Porsche Cayenne/Volkswagen Touareg, Lexus RX450h/Toyota Highlander and Cadillac Escalade/Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon - but by and large the majority of hybrids on the market are sedans and hatchbacks. BMW...
  • While it may be a tad too small for some buyers, Chevrolet seems to be quite happy with the sales of its Spark microcar. In its first 12 months of sales in the US, the little guy actually posted numbers 35-percent higher than the Bowtie had anticipated. However, the current model was already on sale abroad for a few years before coming to these shores, and it looks like Chevy has a radical change in mind for the next-gen Spark. These spy shots from Europe indicate that the next Spark is...
  • This is the Opel Vivaro, and as much as it may look like a rebadged Nissan NV200, it isn't (it's quite a bit bigger). Instead, it's a rebadged Nissan Primastar, which in turn is a Renault Trafic. Weird family links aside, this is the all-new, second-generation Vivaro, which Opel originally launched in 2001. Slated to arrive this summer, the all-diesel powertrain is available in four different power levels. The 1.6-liter, CDTI engine can be had with either 90 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of...
  • The Chevrolet Cruze has proven to be one of the brand's best-selling cars worldwide with over 2.5-million moved globally since its launch, and for the 2014 New York Auto Show, Chevy is taking an if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it approach to the sedan with a slight exterior refresh and some tech upgrades. This isn't to be confused with the global Cruze that is rumored for the Beijing Motor Show, which rides on a shorter wheelbase. On the outside, the refresh is limited to some small changes to the...
  • Not all Chevrolet Cruzes are created equal—at least, not this year. China is getting an all-new Cruze, one that shares some similarities to the upcoming next-generation global model, which eventually will make its way here to the U.S. So don’t confuse that car with the Cruze you see here: a mildly r...

April 12, 2014

  • Federal safety regulators had grown frustrated with what they felt was the company's indifferent attitude toward safety issues. General Motors has attempted to distance itself from a widening crisis over its botched handling of a deadly defect by dividing its company history into two distinct periods. The "old" GM existed prior to the company's 2009 bankruptcy and conducted itself one way, and the "new" GM that emerged from the bankruptcy with a...

April 11, 2014

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