What Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics Earn

Audi A6

Diesel engines have long been used in trucks and buses as well as in cars. Diesel acceptance among US car consumers has been mixed with too many people still remembering the poorly designed GM engines of the 1970s and 1980s that were notorious for failing. These days, car manufacturers are … Read more

Bargain Hatch: 2014 Nissan Versa Note SV

Heated seats, power accessories and a CVT. Survey Nissan’s product line and you will find multiple models priced from under $20,000. That price point is important for some consumers, especially people who simply do not want to pay anywhere near the current $31,200 average price for a new car. Five … Read more

Yawn! What Drivers Do to Fight Sleepiness.

Most methods for combatting sleepiness do not work. Mile after mile of interstate driving can takes its toll on any driver. Including at night and especially during the early hours of the morning. A feeling of sleepiness begins to creep in and before you know it your head is moving … Read more

New Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Priced Near $70,000

US introduction planned for summer 2015. Toyota’s plans to bring a mass produced fuel cell electric vehicle (FCV) to the market continues to unfold. Today, the world’s largest automaker supplied photos of the vehicle’s exterior and announced pricing for the Japanese market. At 7 million yen, Japanese consumers would pay … Read more

Proposed Gas Tax Hike and America’s Roads

An election year tax increase proposal announced. In 1956 the federal Highway Trust Fund was established in a bid to fund the country’s interstate highway system and certain other roads. Since then, a mass transit fund was added and the federal tax currently stands at 18.3 cents per gallon for … Read more

Volkswagen Amarok: The Key to Unboring?

Volkswagen has a crisis on its hands. No, that crisis does not involve recalling millions of its vehicles as Toyota and now GM are doing. Rather, it is a lack of interest in its cars, particularly here in the United States. Sales Auto Trends Through May 2014, year-to-date Volkswagen sales … Read more

Peak This: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

One year after taking delivery of my first 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee test vehicle, the fourth model pulled into my driveway. Among Grand Cherokees the Summit appropriately occupies the apex of the model line although the Grand Cherokee SRT costs much more and acts like a sports car. It is … Read more

GM Recalls Top 20 Million Vehicles Worldwide

That the General Motors Company is facing a recall crisis is understood. That the number of vehicles affected have pushed past the 17 million mark in the United States and 20 million worldwide boggles the imagination. Incidentally, the domestic number is more than five times the amount of vehicles GM … Read more

Lincoln, GMC Shine in 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

AutoPacific announces latest winners. Two domestic brands received some very good news this week when AutoPacific announced the results of its 18th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA). Ford’s luxury brand, Lincoln, and GM’s truck brand, GMC, won the premium and popular brand ratings respectively. Lincoln Revival Continues The results were … Read more

Compact Crossover: 2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited FWD

Invariably, when I am asked my opinion about a new passenger vehicle, the conversation includes one or more crossover utility vehicles (CUVs). These models are immensely popular and represent today’s version of the sport utility vehicle. SUVs are built on truck-based platforms while CUVs have “crossed over” to car-based platforms. … Read more

Auto Trends: Average Age of Cars is 11.4 Years

IHS Automotive issues latest snapshot of vehicles in operation. That aged clunker you are driving might be in good company after all. On Monday, IHS Automotive released its latest analysis of the 252 million passenger vehicles registered in the United States and found that the average age for this “fleet” … Read more

MINI Hardtop 4 Door Drops Cover

Yet another MINI variant for this iconic British brand. The MINI Hardtop 2 Door will soon have a four-door companion. Late last week, MINI USA showed photographs of its latest model and shared some details about its newest product. The MINI Hardtop 4 Door will go on sale after the … Read more

Bavarian Fest: 2014 BMW 535d xDrive

Placing smaller engines in larger cars is a common trend among manufacturers today. BMW, in its 5 Series, takes the same route by offering a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder gasoline engine with its base 528i model ($49,500). For some, 240 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque is sufficient to move … Read more

Downward Displacement: Four Cylinders for Porsche?

Small engines to deliver big power for future Porsche models. Flathead sixes and Porsches go together. At least they have so for decades. From time to time rumors that a V-6 might be used have surfaced, but quickly have been disputed by experts if not dismissed outright by Porsche itself. … Read more

Source Interlink Media Rebrands as The Enthusiast Network

Publishing shake up changes the automotive print landscape. Newspapers have been whacked in recent decades as declining ad revenue and a shift to all things Internet has essentially ended print media as we know it. Magazines have also been affected, including household names such as Motor Trend and Automobile. TEN: … Read more