Front-wheel drive is boring. So goes the perception. Having the wheels supplying the power as the same wheels that control direction is an inherent compromise that sacrifices speed for turning ability (or vice versa.)
I can’t say this is an unfair argument. Take a roundabout in an RWD car than an FWD drive one, especially after some heavy rain, and the one that left you smiling more is the winner. Dollars to donuts that it’s the one that pushes that beats the one that pulls.
Continue reading “Volvo Show their (Rear) Bias”
Recalls can have a devastating effect on manufacturers. Wide coverage of an existing issue can create real problems with brand perception, be it Toyota’s unintended acceleration, or pretty much anything Fiat/Chrysler.
Unlike in the tech world, however, where products can hit the market with glaring issues later addressed by patches, the car world doesn’t have the same luxury. You’re not going to download a new back bumper for the Tesla Model 3 that was just delivered.
Continue reading “Subaru Recalls, Replaces Ascents”
Recent patent filings show that Cadillac plans on sticking with their current naming scheme. The current nomenclature was introduced by since-departed CEO Johan de Nysschen.
de Nysschen was the same brain-genius behind Infiniti’s Q and QX nameplates, a methodology he brought to Manhatten’s (nee Michigan) premier auto manufacturer, in the guise of the CT and XT signifiers, representing sedans and crossovers respectively (run on sentence, what.)
Continue reading “Caddy Sticks to the CTs and XTs”
The traditional icon of Indian automotive heritage, Jaguar (and corporate sibling under Tata Motors, Land Rover) will be phasing out V8 engines for future vehicles.
Reports have Jag revamping their entire line-up through 2024, with a focus on an all-new inline-six and inline-three on the way. Electric turbochargers will be bolted on, ensuring maximum power with minimum fuel consumption. These engines will presumably each have different tunings based on the application.
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BMW has gotten ridiculous with their product offerings. They took their cue from Mercedes offensive ‘four-door coupe’ lead and introduced a reckless number of variants to flood their lineup.
Whether it’s renaming the 3 Series coupe as the 4 Series (because it has, uh, four doors?) to offering a Gran Coupe version of the 4 Series that turns it back into a sedan (the first person to say four-door coupe gets a smack across their filthy mouth.)
Continue reading “BMW 3 Series GT to GTFO”
2018 has been a weird year, right? Every day we slip deeper and deeper into some funhouse mirror universe that defies logic and common sense.
Case in point: Hyundai chief designer, SangYup Lee, recently told Automotive News that, in a step away from their current grey-on-grey style, will introduce some Italian swagger.
Continue reading “Hyundai to Out-Sexy Alfa”
Subaru has found themselves in the crosshairs of an unlikely competitor — it seems that Ford is looking to develop a ‘high-roofed wagon’ to compete directly with the Japanese name-plate.
Taking the Fusion name from the soon-to-be-extinct sedan, the Blue Oval is looking to model the new iteration after the Outback, the ever-more-popular wagon-ish vehicle renowned for its symmetrical all-wheel drive and off-road capabilities.
Continue reading “Ford to Take Fusion Outback”