Automobile

  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
    • A perennial feature on our 10Best Cars list and a beloved member of our longterm test fleet, the Porsche 718 Boxster is a summer day turned sheetmetal.
    • It’s one of our favorite cars to drive, with nearly perfect dynamics, timeless design, and a fabric folding top.
    • Not to mention, the new turbo fours are quicker and more powerful than the engines they replace.
    • In short, the years have not dulled the sweet sting of our love for the Boxster, and we don’t think they will any time soon.
    • The only real question is how to afford one.
  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
    • The last of the naturally aspirated Boxsters.
    • It will be missed.
  • Truth About Cars 2 months 2 days ago
    • On the dealer side of the equation, Mazda now wants those dealers to improve.
    • Of Mazda’s roughly 600 dealers, the brand acknowledges that some have forsaken the automaker, though Mazda won’t say how many.
    • Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s North American CEO, thinks it could take a decade to thoroughly overhaul the brand in the United States, though the 2percent market share tally could be achieved before 2026.
    • Yet it can’t be encouraging for a brand with market share goals to see market share stagnating one year after the brand’s 2016 market share fell to a 10year low.
    • That means the CX5, already the company’s bestselling U.S. model by a long shot, will be largely responsible for taking Mazda from 1.7 percent market share to a good 2 percent market share.
  • Truth About Cars 2 months 2 days ago
    • Let’s trot on over and take a look at the Colt Vista.
    • The Dodge or Plymouth Colt Vista was a captive import at a time when Chrysler had substantial tieups with Mitsubishi.
    • Mitsubishi had their version, the Expo LRV. Dodge called it the Colt Wagon, Plymouth added a Vista to that name, and Eagle had its own version — the Summit.
    • Like the Stanza Wagon, front or fourwheel drive was on offer.
    • While the price sounds high, the Colt has just over 80,000 miles, and it’s almost a case of “Don’t like the price?
  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
    • There are myriad reasons a car could be declared a total loss, including, apparently, an incredibly tiny crack in the structure of your Chevrolet Corvette.
    • That’s precisely what happened to Corvette Forum user cdm85251 and his 2017 Corvette Grand Sport.
    • One big problem right now is the dealer has shown me pictures of a rear structural member that has a crack.
    • As cdm85251 told Jalopnik, once the dealership told him that the frame couldn’t be repaired by them or by Chevrolet, a backandforth conversation began with the insurance company.
    • For its part, the insurance company declared the car a total loss and assessed a fair value for the car.
  • Truth About Cars 2 months 2 days ago
    • Occupational hazards exist in every industry, and we used to adhere to the notion of “acceptable losses” for certain projects.
    • Fifteen years later, five men perished during the construction of the Empire State Building, which was pretty good for the time.
    • As a result, VW and other automakers are closely watching the efforts of Germany’s Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics in order to build a safer robot.
    • The company said it is “in contact with Cobotect and is watching their developments for safety,” according to a VW spokesperson.
    • That’s small potatoes when you compare it to the nearly 5,000 jobrelated injuries in 2015 alone.
  • Truth About Cars 2 months 2 days ago
    • Moreover, Lexus continues to offer some models for which the badge makes sense.
    • The Lexus IS350 we tested earlier this month utilizes a 3.5liter V6.
    • The 2018 Lexus IS350, both with rear or allwheel drive, continues with the same 3.5liter V6 from before, only now with five additional horsepower (for 311 in total).
    • Down a rung on the ladder you’ll find the 2018 Lexus IS300 AWD. A 260horsepower version of the 2GRFKS 3.5liter V6 is linked to a sixspeed automatic.
    • At the base of the range there’s now a rearwheeldrive 2018 Lexus IS300.
  • Truth About Cars 2 months 2 days ago
    • PSA Group, maker of Citroën, Peugeot and DS cars, plans to reenter a market it hasn’t done business in since the last Peugeot left a U.S. dealer in 1991.
    • Speaking to Automotive News at the Frankfurt Motor Show, PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares said the company is developing its nextgeneration vehicles with America in mind.
    • Tavares has said in the past that PSA can’t call itself a global company unless it offers products in America.
    • According to Tavares, the company has already made a decision, though the CEO won’t say whether the country’s first French vehicle in over a quarter century will carry a Citroën, Peugeot, or DS badge.
    • Two years ago, we reported that PSA was mulling the premium DS brand for this role.
  • Truth About Cars 2 months 2 days ago
    • Thankfully, I found a loophole while driving the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth – I asked my 23yearold self to drive the turbocharged roadster, alongside the current 38yearold edition.
    • Young Chris: Those patches of gray in your beard seem to perfectly match the Grigio Argento paint on the 124 Spider Abarth, old man.
    • I found that the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth was well balanced at the limit, only transitioning to mild oversteer on corner exit.
    • YC: So, how did the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth perform?
    • So, I must ask, Young Chris – would you buy a new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth?
  • Car Driver Blog 2 months 2 days ago
    • Allegations of cheating on diesel emissions controls were only days old the last time the auto industry gathered for the Frankfurt auto show, and the ensuing headlines overshadowed whatever announcements carmakers had planned.
    • But German chancellor Angela Merkel was in no mood to put the emissions scandals of her country’s largest automaker in the rearview mirror.
    • She singled out Norway and Finland as aspirational examples and touted financial incentives as a means of encouraging car owners to dump their older diesel vehicles in favor of electrics.
    • German chancellor Angela Merkel chats with Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, right, during her appearance at the Frankfurt auto show on Thursday.
    • Following her remarks, Merkel toured this portion of the show, stopping at the Qualcomm showcase and asking about the longtime microchip maker’s role in the evolving auto industry.