About That Chicken Tax on Pickup Trucks

With the “chicken tax” removed, the Volkswagen Amarok could be readied for the US market. “The power to tax is the power to destroy” — John Marshall There may be no subject more contentious in the United States than taxation. Every citizen pays taxes and it is nearly impossible to … Read more

Fiat Chrysler Product Delays Mount

Product delays will keep several Jeep, Ram, Dodge and Chrysler products from reaching showrooms when originally planned. FCA is pouring its resources into Alfa Romeo, a gambit that might backfire. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been in the news a lot lately, mainly due to chief executive Sergio Marchionne’s efforts … Read more

Lotus Announces New Models, Plans US Return

Lotus Cars says that it is moving its US operation and is readying the Evora 400 for the US market. A limited-edition Lotus 3-Eleven model will go into production in February 2016. A federally compliant Lotus Evora 400 arrives at the end of 2015. The Lotus automotive brand has been … Read more

Hatchback Chevrolet Cruze Set For US Introduction

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

June 25, 2015: Corrected to include accurate details about the body styles the Cruze’s competitors offer in the US market. An earlier Cruze hatchback will set the stage for a new model. The Chevrolet Cruze may be the best compact car General Motors has ever built even though its sales … Read more

Yet More Jobs Follow Volkswagen to Tennessee

University and industry researchers have examined the impact of Volkswagen’s operation on the Tennessee economy. They have concluded that the upcoming expansion will create thousands of new jobs and pump millions of dollars into the local economy annually. Ever wonder why state governments throw out the welcome mat and offer … Read more

Kia, Hyundai Star in 2015 J.D. Power Survey

The Dodge Challenger is the top-ranked midsize sporty car. It wasn’t much more than a decade ago when Hyundai and Kia models were the butt of jokes. Kia especially was held in derision, as models such as its Spectra and Sephia were readily dismissed by critics. Well, a funny thing … Read more

Meticulous Product Changes Propel Honda

Help me Honda. For much of the first two decades of Honda’s US marketing thrust, the brand relied on just three models and variants of the same for its business: Civic, Accord and Prelude. But by the late 1990s, Honda’s product line had doubled. Today, there are 10 lines of … Read more

Lincoln Continental: Standard Front-Wheel Drive

The 2017 Lincoln Continental will come with standard front-wheel drive. That fact was discovered by Auto Trends in May and confirmed last week by Automotive News. Specifically, the Continental will be based on an extended version of the platform underpinning the midsize Ford Fusion and Lincoln’s MKZ. The Continental will … Read more

Thin SUV Line is Hurting Hyundai

Hyundai’s weakest link is its line of utility vehicles. As other manufacturers have the right product in place, Hyundai finds itself scrambling to compete. A Genesis-based SUV may be in the works, but it may not be the right product or the right time. Hyundai’s smallest SUV is its compact … Read more

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: No Takers

The Fiat Chrysler merger drama continues. The current narrative has boss Sergio Marchionne asking activists to pressure GM to buy FCA. Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne has been pressing hard to find a partner for his company. Trouble is, there are no takers and not a whiff of interest … Read more

Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline Debuts

Shell United States has developed a new premium fuel, claiming that it will extend engine life and increase efficiencies. The new fuel has gone on sale this month. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, the oil company is giving away 100 BMWs. Most cars run on regular-grade gasoline, but there are … Read more

NADA Used Car Guide Heads to J.D. Power

A renowned publication is expected to move from NADA to J.D. Power early in the second half of 2015. The NADA Used Car Guide is the oldest and most prestigious resource for used vehicle valuation on the market. There is a very good chance that if you ever wanted to … Read more

Pentastar Engine Family Passes 5 Million Milestone

Pentastar is the name of Fiat Chrsyler’s modern V-6 engine family. The engines are found in more than a dozen models, and power a variety of vehicles. To date, more than 5 million of these engines have been deployed worldwide. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was the first FCA model with … Read more

AAA: 100 Deadliest Days of Teen Driving Begins

Longer and warmer days have more teenagers taking to the road than at any other season. With the increased driving comes an elevated risk of accidents involving teen drivers. Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash than people of any other age group. Moreover, two-thirds of … Read more

No Mazda2 Planned for the US Market

Lack of consumer demand for the smallest of all cars is due in large part to low gas prices. As a result, no Mazda2 model is planned for the US market. Meanwhile, an all-new CX-3 crossover arrives this fall. The smallest of all cars sold in the US occupy the … Read more

First Generation Chevrolet Volt Clogs Dealer Lots

Here a Volt, there a Volt. Car-buying consumers continue to make the shift to heavier and less fuel-efficient pickup trucks and crossover utility vehicles. As demand for veers to other body styles, both traditional and electric sedans and hatchbacks falls. The Chevrolet Volt is one such EV that consumers have … Read more

Takata Recalls to Pace Yet Another Record Year

With tens of millions of vehicles under recall for replacement airbags, other recalls may get buried. Millions of other models are also under recall for an assortment of mechanical and software problems. Takata is in the process of working with 11 car manufacturers to recall 33.8 million vehicles in the … Read more

Ford Brings its EcoBoost Challenge to the Masses

The Ford Motor Company has a certain technology that it wants potential customers to know about. Called EcoBoost, it is all about enhancing engine performance, by adding direct fuel injection, turbochargers and variable valve technology to the affected engines. The result is more power squeezed from a smaller footprint, boosting … Read more

13 Top Fuel Efficient 2015 Models by Category

The 300h is the hybrid variant for the Lexus NX. With gasoline prices trending somewhere below $2.50 per gallon, the rush to fuel-efficient vehicles has certainly come to a grinding halt. On the other hand, demand for pickup trucks, large utility vehicles and other less-efficient models has soared. Even though … Read more

Hydrogen Toyota Mirai Hits the Track

Fuel cell vehicles may change the way we drive, offering zero emissions leading to cleaner air. Toyota’s entry will become available in California late this year and may help lead us into a new era of hydrogen infrastructure development and utilization. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are the next big thing, at least … Read more

Will Lincoln Toss Its Current Naming Convention?

The Continental name has served Lincoln well and returns in 2017 in time for the marque’s centennial. Widespread support for the model name could mean that Lincoln will return to its heritage names. The 2017 Lincoln Continental. The Lincoln Motor Company (Lincoln) may have started something when it showcased its … Read more

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Pricing and Production Set

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Anticipation is growing as Mazda announces both the launch edition and prices for the MX-5 Miata’s trim levels. The first models are expected to arrive late summer with regular shipments commencing by autumn. Mazda Motors may be one of the smaller car manufacturers with a presence in the US market, … Read more

Give Me a Chevrolet “B” as in Bolt

Naming conventions aside, the Chevrolet Bolt brings a more reasonably priced electric vehicle to the market for the 2017 model year. Gas prices are expected to trend higher, possibly increasing demand for all electric vehicles with it. General Motors has decided to embrace controversy after all. In January, at the … Read more

Price Cut, More Power for the 2016 Cadillac ELR

GM is staying with the Cadillac ELR despite a paucity of sales. For 2016, this exquisite coupe will benefit from a price cut and notable changes to its technologies. Those changes, however, will provide only modest gains for the ELR. The General Motors Company is nothing if not persistent. The … Read more

Why No One Wants To Hook Up With Fiat Chrysler (FCA)

Rumors of a possible Fiat Chrysler (FCA) alliance with another automaker have been circulating for the past several months. That’s understandable as FCA chairman Sergio Marchionne has iterated that his company’s best chance for long-term survival may be tied with the fortunes of another automaker. Highly-regarded Reuters is one of … Read more

Scion is Back With Two New Models to Show For It

Scion never went away. But for many enthusiasts and analysts, the brand’s best days in its too-short history can be seen in the rear view mirror. Two New York Presentations However, Toyota Motors has other plans for the Toyota sub-brand, launched in 2004 to appeal to young, urban buyers for … Read more

Next Generation Kia Optima Bows in New York

Five years after releasing its most advanced Optima midsize sedan yet, Kia is not resting on its laurels. Indeed, the Korean automaker has moved the Optima forward a full generation, by presenting a new design with European styling, an updated premium cabin, and improved ride and handling. The front-wheel drive, … Read more