Automobile

  • NYT > Automobiles 2 months 2 days ago
    • More G.M.branded cars are now sold in China than in the United States.
    • Plugin hybrids may prove popular in places with a lot of intercity driving, like the United States, G.M.’s home market.
    • China is unenthusiastic about plugin hybrids because most of the patents are owned by foreign automakers, particularly Japanese multinational companies.
    • Those draft rules, which would reward automakers for the number of newenergy cars they make, emphasize batteryelectric cars over plugin hybrid electric cars.
    • G.M. is particularly vulnerable to any broad divergence of policy between China and the United States.
  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
    • Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?
  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
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  • NYT > Automobiles 2 months 2 days ago
    • The shift to something more like a buyer’s market is a plus for consumers because new cars have generally become quite expensive.
    • The high prices have pushed buyers to extend the terms of car loans to five and even eight years, increasing overall interest costs.
    • For the many buyers who need to finance a car purchase, rates for new cars are still favorable, according to an analysis by WalletHub.
    • Labor Day weekend is traditionally a busy weekend for car shopping, and dealers will probably be offering cashback incentives and lowinterest rate financing, to attract buyers.
    • Here are some questions and answers about car shopping: Q. Should I buy a new or used car for a teenage driver?
  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
    • A new model was known to be in the works, and speculation said it might appear in time for the inauguration, but it didn’t.
    • Now a third round of spy photos proves the nextgen presidential limo is nearly complete.
    • Seen testing on public roads in Milford, Michigan, the new Beast, as it is known colloquially, trades the current limo’s dated cubist style for actual curves.
    • Through the heavy camouflage, we can see that the exterior design—a collusion of current Cadillac Escalade SUV and CT6 sedan elements—looks a lot tidier now than it did when we first saw the new Beast in August 2016.
    • Delivery of the new presidential Cadillac now looks to be imminent, but like everything else surrounding the armored sevenseater, the actual inservice date is classified.
  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
    • Like its S4 sedan and S5 coupe and cabriolet siblings, the S5 Sportback comes standard with Audi’s Quattro allwheeldrive system and an eightspeed automatic transmission.
    • Turbo lag is palatable so long as the dashboardmounted Audi Drive Select switch is set to Dynamic mode or you use the steeringwheelmounted paddle shifters to select first gear.
    • Leave the transmission to shift for itself and the car in its Comfort setting, though, and the S5 will launch in second gear in the interest of fuel economy.
    • This annoyingly maximizes the twinscroll turbo’s initial lag, and it doesn’t leap off the line like a performance model should.
    • An Individual setting allows S5 Sportback owners to tailor the car’s various Drive Select functions to their liking, including the steering, suspension, transmission shift points, and more.
  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
    • The best way to put more junk in the S4's trunk.
  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
    • About half of the HondaJet buyers are owneroperators.
    • They’re handson flyers who want to move up from prop planes and make the jump to jets.
    • To get type certification in the HJ, pilots spend two weeks in Honda’s simulator at the Greensboro campus, with a few more days tacked on if they aren’t familiar with the Garmin G3000–powered cockpit.
    • Its five screens, including three 14.1inch main displays and two smaller 5.7inch touchscreens for management, give the pilot all the information one needs and, in general, clean up the layout.
    • Most insurers prefer that pilots new to such planes spend 25 hours in the cockpit with an instructor alongside, too.
  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
    • Waymo and Intel have been working together to develop the technology that powers selfdriving cars for the past eight years.
    • As Waymo inches ever closer to commercializing autonomous technology and Intel seeks greater prominence in this nascent market, the two companies have now disclosed their longtime partnership.
    • The nature of that relationship has deepened as Waymo prepares to launch hundreds of automated vehicles.
    • The announcement came ahead of scheduled remarks from Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at a tech conference in the Bay Area.
    • Now, with the understanding that Intel has already been working on FCA’s minivans for Waymo, the context behind FCA’s involvement in the BMWIntelMobileye partnership becomes more apparent.
  • Truth About Cars 2 months 2 days ago
    • Car dealerships are an American institution.
    • Most car dealers, they don’t care. [The dealership] is just the box. [Their attitude is] ‘I got the manufacturer off of me.
    • I see them actually owning everything in the car industry,” said McDaniels. “I also see that down the road, once the dust settles, the car business will become an Amazon.com.
    • So yeah, eventually, in the very near future, I would welcome some of those big boys to come in and write me my big check.
    • But it will probably be the saddest day of my life because I really love the car business and it’s fun.”