You’re probably aware that Japanese companies often have diverse product lines. Among other things, Sony makes televisions, speakers, and video-game consoles. Yamaha goes further, making everything from pianos to golf carts. While we recognize companies like BMW, Tesla, and Volkswagen specifically for their cars, many automakers carry on side projects, too.
The Honda Civic has evolved into a practical and conservative form of transportation meant for folks who simply need a compact car that promises years of trouble-free existence.
The Civic doesn’t promise overly good looks or finely tuned driving dynamics. It doesn’t boast about acceleration numbers or compare horsepower ratings with competing cars. What it does do is offer good fuel economy and a comfortable, pleasant driving experience for the commute to work.
The Civic Type R, though, is a different beast. While it still wears the Civic name, the Type R is a formidable road racer that should instill fear into the hearts of any neighboring car at a stoplight.
And it’s coming to America with the intent of punching every other hot hatch right in the face. Continue reading >>>
Apple could be in discussions to purchase supercar maker McLaren.
That would be a major development in the auto industry, though conflicting reports keep this news from being anything more than a rumor at this point.
Apple, of course, has not-so-secretly been working on Project Titan, the “secret” venture that everyone knows will result in Apple’s first car.
But building a car may have become harder than Apple anticipated. A shakeup of the Project Titan leadership team and a possible delay of the Apple car make it plausible that the tech giant has decided to invest in technology that already exists. Continue reading >>>
Volkswagen hasn’t introduced a vehicle as revolutionary as the Beetle since, well, the Beetle.
In the decades since its 1945 debut, the Beetle has become one of the best-selling and longest-running production cars that the world has seen.
The idea for the Beetle began in 1934 when Adolf Hitler gave Ferdinand Porsche the order to build a “people’s car.” Both Volkswagen and the Beetle were born with that order.
Today, Volkswagen has produced more than 20 million Beetles worldwide, giving the Beetle a permanent place in the “world’s most successful automobiles” club.
This year, Volkswagen says it plans to introduce a car that history will remember for being as revolutionary as the Beetle. Continue reading >>>
Growing up, Legos held a special place in my heart and a special corner in the toy closet. I kept them in one large, white-topped Rubbermaid storage bin (lest my parents find one underfoot at the wrong hour of the morning) and can’t fully fathom how many hours I spent digging through piece after piece to find a color-matching, 2×1-size brick. I took great pride in my creations, but even greater satisfaction in dismantling each, pouring the bricks back into my big rubber container, and starting the process all over again.
The promise of an electric car that can travel a hundred miles, be recharged in three hours (on a 220-volt system), and costs just $15,500 is a tempting proposition for some folks.
Make the car a 3-wheeled single seater and the proposition gets a little more convoluted.
Are Americans ready for another 3-wheeled single-occupancy commuter car? A company called Electra Meccanica thinks so, and plans to make its 2017 Solo available in the United States.
But there are some problems. Continue reading >>>
The Chevy Colorado can be credited with making midsize trucks in America relevant again.
Ford abandoned the market after the 2011 model year and sent the Ranger off to foreign lands, believing Americans would rather buy a base-level F-150 than spend similar dollars on a smaller truck.
Ford was flat-out wrong and is now in the process of bringing the Ranger back to the United States.
As midsize truck sales continue to rise, how well are they really doing and do their full-size siblings have any reason to worry? Continue reading >>>
All the company wants to do is change the world with electric cars and sell them in a way that hasn’t been done since the turn of the 20th century.
Turns out some people in the auto industry aren’t big fans of change and are working really hard to try and keep things the way they’ve been for the last hundred years.
The latest example just went down in Michigan, where Tesla’s attempt to sell cars directly to customers has been blocked by the state’s government.
The Jeep Wrangler is an unlikely success story. For all intents and purposes, the lumbering fuel-thirsty behemoth shouldn’t have lived through the economic crisis and automotive bankruptcies of 2008 and 2009.
The Wrangler shouldn’t have lasted through the takeover by Fiat or made it through the transition to FCA. During a time when heavy road hogs were getting slashed left and right, the Wrangler powered through thanks to loyal followers who continued to open their pocketbooks.
The Wrangler has proven that neither stumps, rocks, creeks, nor economic recessions can stop the infamous utilitarian 4×4. Its future should be secured for another few decades with the introduction of an all-new generation, which will include a diesel version and the switch to aluminum.
Imagine driving across the country with a carload of children. Now imagine doing that twice, every year. CarGurus surveyed families to determine which cars best meet their needs, and among other findings, 1 in 3 parents reported driving his or her kids at least four hours per week. Cumulatively, that equals two round trips between Boston and San Diego per year. We’ve all lusted after a Mazda MX-5 Miata or Dodge Challenger at least once in our lives, but if kids are in the picture, the shortcomings of a sports car become readily apparent. Continue reading >>>