August 8, 2014

  • We've had a brief reprieve recently from automakers suffering from ignition switch issues, but the problems have reared their ugly head, again. This time it's not from General Motors; instead, the 2009 model year Volkswagen Routan is getting swept up in Fiat Chrysler Automobile's recent repairs for some minivan models. This campaign covers 18,526 examples of the vans in the US because the key could turn in the ignition, causing the engine to shut off and powering off the airbags, power steering...
  • The evolution of automotive marketing has undergone a number of strange phases. Few, though, match the strangeness of the 1930s to 1950s, when automotive marketers turned to cookbooks as a means of promoting their vehicles. Yes, cookbooks. We can't make this stuff up, folks. This bizarre trend led to General Motors distributing cookbooks under the guise of its then-subsidiary Frigidaire. Ford, meanwhile, offered a compilation of recipes from Ford Credit Employees (shown above). The cookbook-...

August 7, 2014

  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a treasure trove for auto enthusiasts, especially those who double as conspiracy theorists. Why has Toyota applied to trademark "Supra," the name of one of its legendary sports cars, even though it hasn't sold one in the United States in 16 years? Why would General Motors continue to register "Chevelle" long after one of the most famous American muscle cars hit the end of the road? And what could...
  • Cadillac just published new pictures of its 2015 CTS. Since the car was completely redone last year, this year's modifications are much more subtle. The main differences are in the nose of the car. If you look closely, you will see that it now sports the new wreath-less Cadillac logo.
  • It's not unusual for there to be a lag between an automaker announcing a recall and the official documentation showing up on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. So it's no surprise that a recent GM campaign took about a month to appear in its official capacity. However, there appears to be some big differences between the two reports with potential safety implications. In late June, GM announced that it needed to recall 181,984 examples of the Chevrolet Trailblazer,...
  • It's been a long, strange trip for the Chevy Volt from the time when the now-odd-looking concept version (above) was introduced at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show to today. And now, General Motors announced that the second-generation Chevy Volt will make an appearance at the 2015 Detroit show in January. This debut represents a victory for GM with what has easily become the most politicized car of the 21st Century. There are plenty of reasons for someone to criticize the Volt, but what's amazing is...
  • Chevrolet’s Volt plug-in hybrid has been on sale in its current form since the 2011 model year, so it’s about time for a new one. Our latest spy photos of the 2016 model proved that the next-gen car is on its way, and now Chevrolet has announced that the sheets will come off at next Janu...
  • C/D: So have you added anything to your own collection lately? CJ: I think the last thing I bought was a new ZL1. General Motors made it with the same numbers as my ’69 Camaro ZL1. READ MORE ››...
  • Chevrolet has issued the first teaser of its second-generation Volt, seen above, along with an announcement confirming rumors that it will make its global debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January, as a 2016 model. Our most recent look at the next-gen hybrid came in April, when our spy photographers captured it during testing. Unfortunately, info on the next-generation Volt is still remarkably limited, even though we are barely five months away from its debut. The...

August 6, 2014

  • At the risk of sounding like old codgers, we must say: automakers just don’t make big, comfy, American-style sedans anymore—at least, not in America. Sportiness is in, and even corn-fed behemoths like Chrysler’s 300 and Chevrolet’s Impala exhibit levels of sharpness and poise that no Reagan-era Linc...
  • There is widespread agreement across the industry that Cadillac needs a proper, rear-drive flagship sedan that completes legitimately with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series. Fortunately, the same view is held within the company, and just such a car - possibly dubbed LTS - is under development. According to a high-level source at Cadillac, the new four-door, which is said to incorporate design cues from the marque's celebrated Elmiraj coupe concept, will debut at the New York...
  • The desire for more diesel vehicles on American roads has become a popular talking point among automotive enthusiasts. We hear about the super-efficient, high performance oil burners cruising all over Europe and don't see any reason that they couldn't work here. After all, their high torque figures and great range would seem like a perfect match for US roads, even if their fuel is generally more expensive than gasoline. It looks like General Motors might be listening, though. Steve Kiefer, the...
  • It ain't easy being the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Up until now, the compact luxury sedan has had a tough job description: offer sufficient driving dynamics to allow it to compete with the lauded BMW 3 Series, while also serving as the lowest cost of entry into the coveted Mercedes-Benz portfolio. Daimler has had to make it good enough to steal people away from BMW, Audi, Cadillac, Infiniti and Lexus, yet make it affordable and reasonable enough to win over first-time luxury shoppers. Talk about a...
  • Auto executives such as General Motors CEO Mary Barra could get life in prison if a new bill authored by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) passes in its entirety. Under the provisions of the bill, any employee responsible for vehicle safety could be jailed or even handed a life sentence for failing to...
  • What happens when a BMW X4 is possessed by the cursed spirit of a GMC Envoy XUV? For the Clemson University students who turned such forbidden thoughts into reality, the result is a pretty rad Bimmer with which to haul funky topiaries. Dubbed Deep Orange 4, it was built by graduate students in the C...
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