Daily Archives: November 15, 2016

Report: The Fix Is In for VW’s Cheating V-6 Diesels

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November 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm by Joe Lorio Volkswagen has reached an agreement with the government on a fix for its emissions-cheating 3.0-liter V-6 diesels, according to a report in Bloomberg. This would follow the previously announced settlement regarding the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel cars. Unlike the 2.0-liter TDI, for which there is no approved remedy that ...

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO: Beyond the SR Turbo, But Not by Much

We’re not exactly enamored of the current Nissan Sentra. It finished last in a recent five-car comparo, and its lackadaisical personality and poor handling are even more keenly felt by those who remember the performance-minded Sentra SE-R from back in the day. Nissan seems to be trying to address the situation, though, having rolled out ...

The Greatest Concept Cars of the 1950s

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Future Past: Self-Driving Cars Have Actually Been Around for a While

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It’s easy to think that driverless cars or Tesla’s lane-changing advances are inventions of the very recent past. But as Arizona State University historian Jameson Wetmore explains, people have been dreaming about self-driving cars for a very long time. “At every point in the past 50 years, someone mentioned that autonomous vehicles were just 20 ...

How Car Companies Choose Paint Colors

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If you’re able to match your car’s paint to your Berluti briefcase, please disregard this story and let your assistant continue customizing your next Rolls-Royce. For the rest of us, choosing an exterior paint isn’t much of a choice. You get what you get on the lot, and often it’ll be white, gray, or black. ...

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Driven: The First Hybrid Minivan Arrives in America

When the first Chrysler minivans hit the market in 1984, they revolutionized family transportation. The front-wheel-drive vans offered carlike ride and handling in a compact shape that preserved a lot of the space and practicality of larger vans and station wagons. It was a risky proposition at the time as Chrysler needed a mass-market success ...

A Dadgum Bargain! BMW Announces 2017 M760i xDrive Pricing

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November 15, 2016 at 11:00 am by Davey G. Johnson | Photography by Marc Urbano Look, we get it. The BMW Alpina B7 is a marvelous car. It has unique badging. It goes like stink on a greyhound fleeing an encounter with a trigger-happy skunk, and it wafts along in a manner that might just make its very ...

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Driven: More Civic Goodness

Honda Civics used to come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, from the stubby little CRX to the tall, four-wheel-drive Civic wagon. But long ago, the funneling effect of mainstream consumer tastes (another way to say that we are all sheep) caused Honda to pare the Civic line to its two biggest sellers, ...

Jaguar I-Pace EV Crossover Concept: 400 HP, AWD, Coming in 2018

Few descriptors in the automotive realm can match the versatility of the word “concept.” Often manufacturers slap it on not-quite-fully-baked vehicles to gauge public opinion, leaving plenty of leeway to redesign or abandon any project that fails to excite. That’s not the case with Jaguar’s new I-Pace EV concept. As Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of ...

2018 Ford EcoSport Revealed: Small but Important

Ford was one of the early contenders in the compact-crossover segment, beating most of its competitors to market when it launched the Escape back in 2000 as a 2001 model. Among subcompact crossovers, however, which are surging in popularity much like compacts did 15 years ago, Ford has been remiss in not offering one here ...