September 10, 2014

  • The next wave of smaller-than-full-size pickups is coming, and, well, for now it’s flowing exclusively from General Motors. While Toyota and Nissan seem content peddling decade-old rigs in this space, GMC and Chevrolet are reviving the Canyon and Colorado nameplates for a pair of all-new mid-s...
  • The Russian auto industry is not in a great place right now. A weakened currency, the rouble, is stinging automakers, and in the case of Volkswagen, has prompted a trimming of production. VW lowered production projections at its Kaluga factory from 150,000 units per year to just 120,000. Kaluga, which builds the Tiguan crossover (shown above with Russia's Vladimir Putin) and Polo compact, as well as the Skoda Fabia and Octavia, kicked off its production reduction yesterday, with the start of a...
  • Today is turning into a big one for senior leadership changes in the automotive industry. Hot on the heels of Ferrari announcing the replacement of its chairman, Infiniti has announced the appointment of its new chief executive in Roland Krüger. Serving until now as a senior vice president at BMW, Krüger joins Infiniti as its president as well as senior VP at parent company Nissan, reporting directly to Carlos Ghosn. Krüger had been with BMW since 1998, primarily as a regional...

September 8, 2014

  • With nearly 30 million cars worldwide covered under recalls, General Motors hasn't exactly had the best year. While sales haven't suffered too badly in the US, the cost of all of the safety campaigns has been a big drain financially for the last two quarters. As investors' representatives within the company, you might have expected GM's board of directors to have seen these problems coming. However, according to a new report from The New York Times, the board was just as in the dark about it...
  • There are two kinds of supercars: those made by niche manufacturers and those made by mainstream ones. The niche supercars tend to be a rarer and more exotic sight, but some buyers opt for more mainstream supercars because, for one reason at least, they'll be more reliable. Right? That's not always the case, as Car and Driver recently found out. The publication's Corvette Stingray long-term tester blew out its LT1 V8 engine entirely after only 6,000 miles, necessitating a complete replacement...
  • Luxury coupes like this new, 2015 Lexus RC 350 have got, to my mind, a more challenging mission than their all-out-performance variants; in this case, the recently reviewed RC F. That's not to say that I think actual owners and shoppers of cars like the RC F, BMW M4 and Cadillac CTS-V Coupe only care about output figures and lap times. In fact I'd say that those are outliers in terms of how they get used most often. But the story that we reviewers tell - and that shoppers in the ego-boosted...
  • To most people, Bill Ford is most famous for being the great-grandson of Henry Ford. But, as the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, Ford has also been leading the company into greener and greener territory. At the morning plenary session for the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Detroit today, Ford discussed a wide variety of topics, including connected cars (of course), plug-in vehicle and how Ford's collaboration with Zipcar came about because of he liked...
  • Chevrolet has just unveiled a special edition of its Silverado specially tailored for fans of the University of Texas (and its Football team, the Texas Longhorns). The truck is painted in the school's official colour, Burnt Orange. A white stripe adorned with the team's logo runs down both sides of …

September 7, 2014

  • We all know that self-driving cars are coming. It's not so much a question of If so much as When. And when it comes to General Motors products, we now have something of a date to work with, as Cadillac has announced plans to roll out what it is calling Super Cruise technology in an unnamed new model within the next two years. As you would expect, this new tech can speed the car up, slow it down and keep it in its intended lane, but GM isn't expected to release a fully self-driving car, saying...

September 6, 2014

September 5, 2014

  • Despite the tens of millions of recalled vehicles this year, it's somewhat rare that we get a glimpse into what goes into deciding when to conduct one of these safety campaigns. New documents published by General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are giving us an interesting opportunity to see how the sausage is made and show the number of meetings it takes to declare a recall. In early August, GM added about another 269,000 vehicles to its 2014 recall tally in the...

September 4, 2014

September 3, 2014

  • 2015 Jaguar F-Type V6 S Coupe reviewed We've enjoyed the Jaguar F-Type in several forms now, but which one would we actually buy? Brandon Turkus makes the case for the middle child F-Type, the V6 S Coupe, with its supercharged V6 engine and absolutely excellent driving dynamics. Read his full report in our review, here. By The Numbers: August 2014 Once again, we've compiled the automotive industry's monthly sales data into one handy-dandy chart for your perusal....
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