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One Man’s Dismal Vision of a Future Without the Family-owned Dealership

Car dealerships are an American institution. Often controlled by a patriarch with an unusual amount of sway in the local community (and their sometimes cosseted children), dealer franchises dot the country’s landscape like moles on a back. Show More Summary

Mazda Plans U.S. Dealer Network Makeover, Still Wants 2-percent Market Share (and More CX-5s)

“We have been working more closely with our dealers to evolve their businesses and through that process,” Mazda tells Automotive News, “some new dealers have chosen to begin working with us, while others have made the decision to leave the Mazda brand.” Mazda has been open about its goal of earning 2 percent of the U.S. Show More Summary

Rare Rides: The Colt Vista from 1989 – a Handy Captive Import MPV

A couple weeks ago we took a look at a tidy, light blue Nissan Stanza Wagon, which we determined was a very early example of the crossover breed that would heat up decades later. I can happily report the Stanza was quickly snapped up by an automotive enthusiast who plans to take good care of it. Show More Summary

Porsche's Mission E pricing will be priced to lure away Tesla shoppers

This should make for an interesting battle Continue reading Porsche's Mission E pricing will be priced to lure away Tesla shoppers Porsche's Mission E pricing will be priced to lure away Tesla shoppers originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

For 2018, Lexus IS and RC Model Naming Scheme Is All Kinds of Warped

First things first: Lexus is hardly the only automaker deserving of blame for unintelligibly altering model nomenclature. Moreover, Lexus continues to offer some models for which the badge makes sense. A Lexus LX570, for example, is an LX with a 5.7-liter V8. Show More Summary

Building a Better Robot – One That Won’t Murder You

Occupational hazards exist in every industry, and we used to adhere to the notion of “acceptable losses” for certain projects. Over 20,000 people are estimated to have died under the French leadership of the Panama Canal’s construction, and another 6,000 when the Americans finally finished it in 1914 — two years ahead of its target date. Show More Summary

More Teasing From the French: Citroën and Peugeot Cars to Be Built America-ready

For some, including TTAC’s in-house Francophile, Chris Tonn, the wait is simply unbearable. PSA Group, maker of Citroën, Peugeot and DS cars, plans to re-enter a market it hasn’t done business in since the last Peugeot left a U.S. dealer in 1991. Show More Summary

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Review – A Tale of Two Drivers

I suppose it’s a bit like buying a car, but at once more limiting and liberating. Anytime I take the keys of a press vehicle, I must sign a long legal form agreeing, basically, not to be too stupid while driving someone else’s car. Invariably,...Show More Summary

2018 Audi TT RS Drivers' Notes | Five pots of turbocharged honey

Audi's new five-cylinder engine makes more power than a Porsche 718 Cayman S. Continue reading 2018 Audi TT RS Drivers' Notes | Five pots of turbocharged honey 2018 Audi TT RS Drivers' Notes | Five pots of turbocharged honey originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

2018 Jaguar XJ stars in 'Game of Drones'

That's one way to prove your car's roomy. Continue reading 2018 Jaguar XJ stars in 'Game of Drones' 2018 Jaguar XJ stars in 'Game of Drones' originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

McLaren teases 6 bespoke versions of its 570GT

Color honors a legendary Le Mans winner. Continue reading McLaren teases 6 bespoke versions of its 570GT McLaren teases 6 bespoke versions of its 570GT originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

Mazda will have a new rotary concept at Tokyo show, trying to bring it to production

It's still unlikely, but somewhat less so. Continue reading Mazda will have a new rotary concept at Tokyo show, trying to bring it to production Mazda will have a new rotary concept at Tokyo show, trying to bring it to production originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

As It Awaits New Models, Chrysler Does What It Can With the 300

If Chrysler’s model lineup was a parade, you wouldn’t have to wait long before crossing the street. With just two models on offer — the Pacifica minivan and elderly 300 full-size sedan — following the ill-fated 200’s demise, the Chrysler brand’s U.S. Show More Summary

Hennessey will turn your Camaro ZL1 convertible into an Exorcist, too

When you want Demon performance with a droptop. Continue reading Hennessey will turn your Camaro ZL1 convertible into an Exorcist, too Hennessey will turn your Camaro ZL1 convertible into an Exorcist, too originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

Ford to explore strategic partnership with Indian automaker Mahindra

It's a win-win for two big global players. Continue reading Ford to explore strategic partnership with Indian automaker Mahindra Ford to explore strategic partnership with Indian automaker Mahindra originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

Chevrolet Equinox Production Shut Down as Workers Go on Strike

Unionized employees at General Motors’ CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ontario, are on strike. Unifor Local 88 and General Motors were unable to reach an agreement by Sunday’s deadline. At 11:00 p.m. ET, workers at the plant traded the assembly line for the picket one, ending production of the recently redesigned Chevrolet Equinox. Show More Summary

Autonomy and alcohol: You'll be drinking while the car's driving

When fully autonomous vehicles hit the road en masse, we can expect fewer accidents, less traffic, and reduced tailpipe emissions. But according to two reports, we could also see sharp increases in the consumption of booze due to self-driving...Show More Summary

QOTD: What’s Your Definition of a Supercar?

Last week I had the good fortune to spend a couple of days with Andrew Comrie-Picard, wheeling some gnarly Jeeps and riding along in psychotic 600-horsepower rallycross cars at a GRC event in Seattle. The Jeeps growled like Chewbacca...Show More Summary

Tesla seeks patent for mobile EV battery-swapping machines

It could be placed where Superchargers aren't available. Continue reading Tesla seeks patent for mobile EV battery-swapping machines Tesla seeks patent for mobile EV battery-swapping machines originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

Aston Martin wants to get involved in F1 engines

Luxury automaker could become the Red Bull team's title sponsor. Continue reading Aston Martin wants to get involved in F1 engines Aston Martin wants to get involved in F1 engines originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

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