November 21, 2014

  • Car and Driver is keeping new blood pumping into its annual 10Best cars list with three new entries making it on for 2015 and a perennial favorite falling off. Among the biggest shocks this year is that the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series are no longer named, despite years of some portion of that lineup earning a mention. In another surprise, the Tesla Model S (specifically in S 60 trim to fit under the $80,000 cost cap) makes it to the 2015 roster and is the only electrically motivated member of the...
  • Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen has some very, very lofty goals for the American luxury car manufacturer. That's according to a new report from Reuters, where the former Audi and Infiniti exec says that Cadillac is only 15 years away from selling a $250,000 car. "It is too early today for a $250,000 Cadillac," de Nysschen told Reuters at the LA Auto Show. "Fifteen years from now, it won't be." Now, provided de Nysschen doesn't envision a future of hyper-inflation, where an ATS rings up...
  • That executive is Stephen K. Carlisle, whose long career at GM started when he was still a student in 1982. He's since risen up through the ranks to serve from 2010 until now as Vice President of Global Product Planning and Program Management, previously overseeing regional operations in Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia and for the US market. In his new capacity as president and managing director of GM Canada, Carlisle succeeds Kevin W. Williams, who will retire at the end of the year after a...

November 20, 2014

  • "This is a problem that shows deep and wide issues in their quality-control process." - Sean Kane Exploding airbags that spray lethal amounts of shrapnel at unsuspecting drivers are "ticking time bombs" that potentially threaten millions of American motorists, a leading US Senator said Thursday. Although automakers have issued at least two dozen recalls to address problems with the defective airbags made by global automotive supplier Takata,...
  • "Coda did a good job developing the car ... but when they got to the starting line, it died." - Richard Curtis Let's get this out of the way right up front: the "new" Mullen 700e is not a whole lot different than the long-expired Coda Sedan, the all-electric version it's based on. Actually, "based on" is too generous. The 700e you see above is really just the Coda EV with different badges. When the 700e goes on sale, it will have some updates...
  • The name Chaparral is associated with lots of iconic racecars that were, more often than not, very advanced: from the 2C and its massive rear wing that could be adjusted with a pedal under the driver's left foot to the massive use of fiberglass by Jim Hall (chief engineer and …
  • ’Round here, us boys hanker for a certain Volkswagen pickup, the mid-size, twin-turbo diesel Amarok that Europeans take to their version of football tailgate parties. Since foreign-made pickups can’t turn a rock on American soil, we’ll never crack a Budweiser over an Amarok or see Brad Paisley pen a...
  • Lengthy vehicle development times make it difficult for automakers to cut and run from the supplier. You might expect automakers to be fleeing any connection with beleaguered supplier Takata in the wake of the company's exploding airbag inflator crisis. After all, with a Senate hearing, pending lawsuit, plummeting stock value and demand for a national recall, the tier-one supplier isn't at its strongest right now. However, years of cooperation...
  • "It takes the Colorado to a whole new place." - Mark Reuss The Chevrolet Colorado looks set to gain a more capable off-road version, with the company previewing a potential design direction with a ruggedized concept Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Called the Colorado ZR2, the concept brings back the name used on off-road-tuned S-10 and Blazer models in the 1990s and 2000s. The ZR2 has a track that's four inches wider than the Colorado...
  • General Motors is facing even more legal trouble after recalling roughly 26.6 million vehicles in the US this year. The latest case comes from the Arizona Attorney General and alleges that GM executives knew about the problems with its models but avoided disclosing them to the public. At its maximum, the suit could force the automaker to pay $3 billion. "It is difficult to find a brand whose reputation has taken as great a beating as has the New GM brand starting in February 2014 when the...
  • There's something wondrous about the Vision Gran Turismo series of concepts that has let companies go wild with completely imaginary concepts for Gran Turismo. For Chevrolet's crack at the idea, it has taken a page out of its performance past with the Chaparral Can-Am racers of the '60s and '70s, with its designers having reinterpreted that period look for the future of motorsports as the Chaparral 2X. In real life, the 2X looks even better than in earlier photos. The design takes inspiration...
  • The Turbo may be the most powerful model in the Cayenne range, but the GTS is arguably the enthusiast's choice. (In so far as a 4,500-pound crossover can be considered an "enthusiast's choice," anyway.) And now, after refreshing the rest of the Cayenne lineup, Porsche has revealed the new Cayenne GTS, alongside its new 911 GTS stablemate, here at the LA Auto Show. Like the new Cayenne S, the new GTS drops the previous version's atmospheric V8 for a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6, but ups the output...
  • Unfortunately, the slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission has been discontinued. UPDATE: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the 2.4-liter engine in the 2016 ILX is the same unit found in the Honda Civic Si. The ILX's new engine is the same direct-injected four-cylinder found in the new TLX. The text has been edited to reflect this. "It's just a badge-engineered Honda Civic." This (uninformed) criticism has been...
  • The popular little BMW i3 (popular in the US, at least) was named the 2015 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. The award doesn't just take into account a car's green credentials but also its "availability to the mass market." While the i3 is a bit expensive, starting at $41,350, it is becoming available at BMW dealers across the country, which cannot be said about a lot of other new plug-in vehicles released these past few years. The other finalists this year were the CNG...
  • It's now a tradition. Each auto show has its own award. Detroit has the Car and Truck of the Year. Los Angeles awards the Green Car of the Year. This year, 5 cars were considered: the Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit and Volkswagen Golf. Just …
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