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The newly redesigned Mustang is barely a year old, and Ford is already unfurling a series of updates and upgrades for the 2016 model year.
Some of the motivation for these quick changes is, of course, aimed at blunting an expected strong challenge from the revamped (read: leaner, meaner) 2016 Chevrolet Camaro due this fall.
But there’s more to it than that.
Ford, ... Continue reading "With sports cars, hit reset (often) for success" » May 26, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET Permalink
Sometimes you can’t really see something for what it is when you are in the middle of it.
Right now, we are truly in the golden age of high-performance cars, be they gasoline, electric or hybrid.
Who knows how long it will last?
The original muscle car era spanned from 1964 -- when Pontiac dumped a big engine in a midsize car (a V-8 in the Tempest) and created the ... Continue reading "A new golden age for high performance" » May 19, 2015 11:30 am U.S. ET Permalink
The Ford GT was introduced five months ago at the Detroit auto show. We can’t remember any car that received more attention in the following weeks.
Ford is trying to keep that momentum strong until the GT goes sale next year, lest we have an Acura NSX situation where we see the car dozens of times before getting behind the wheel.
To keep our attentio ... Continue reading "The science, psychology and secrecy behind the Ford GT" » May 19, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET Permalink
David Letterman’s professed passion for cars may not be on a par with that of his former late-night TV rival, Jay Leno. But Letterman, whose final “Late Show” airs Wednesday night, is quite a car buff, keeping his collection hidden away, a CBS spokesman says.
And Letterman -- whose Top Ten List is a nightly segment -- featured plenty of automotive follie ... Continue reading "Celebrating David Letterman's top 10 automotive moments" » May 18, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET Permalink
DETROIT -- In an unusual move, Chevrolet on Sunday allowed auto writers to test drive one pre-production version of the redesigned 2016 Camaro before the final calibrations are made.
With the revamped 2015 Ford Mustang handily outselling the outgoing 2015 Camaro, Chevrolet is trying to build buzz around the new car, which, like the Mustang, will be offered with a choice o ... Continue reading "Revamped Camaro gains power, agility to battle Mustang" » May 17, 2015 1:00 pm U.S. ET Permalink
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The F-150 isn’t the only Ford Motor Co. icon that’s been changed to aluminum this year.
Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you’ll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval.
For the most expensive Explorer series ever, with a starting price of more than ... Continue reading "Why Ford's Blue Oval is missing from the 2016 Explorer" » May 15, 2015 3:51 pm U.S. ET Permalink
Nearly every part of the Ford Shelby GT350’s suspension is purpose-built for the sports car: It has the most powerful brakes ever fitted to a Ford, the lightest wheels and probably the most aggressive tires anywhere south of a V-8 supercar.
Ford invited journalists to Allen Park, Mich., near Detroit recently for a deeper dive into its latest high-performance pony ca ... Continue reading "Is the Ford Shelby GT350 the most extreme track Mustang ever?" » May 12, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET Permalink
This is a story about what you see and what you can’t see; what you’d like to see and what they don’t want you to see. And mostly, it’s a story about the lengths people go to make sure you can’t see what they don’t want you to see.
The Detroit 3 all operate test tracks in southeast Michigan. All have high-speed ovals, paveme ... Continue reading "The secrets behind all that camouflage" » May 12, 2015 11:45 am U.S. ET Permalink
The Hellcat was never meant to be a tame kitty.
Judging by the early sketches of the logo that now adorns the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, the attitude was there from the start.
While most of the logos show aggressive, roaring Hellcats that are befitting of the beastly 707-hp engine, one took on a more playful theme.
The sketch in the upper right-hand corn ... Continue reading "The evolution of the Hellcat logo" » May 11, 2015 2:53 pm U.S. ET Permalink
The Dodge Dart set an all-time sales record in April, and so far this year, the compact sedan is moving off dealer lots 52 percent faster than it was the year before.
So, if you’re Dodge, do you need to fix a car that’s doing those things three years after its launch?
Why, yes. Yes, you do.
According to Dodge’s five-year product plan that it presented ... Continue reading "Why Dodge should make the next Dart look like a baby Charger" » May 8, 2015 4:12 pm U.S. ET Permalink
Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation.
But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating.
In a call with analysts last week to discuss Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ first quarter earnings, Marchionne went rogue and launched into a discussion further pressing his case for automaker megamergers. Car comp ... Continue reading "Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation" » May 5, 2015 11:30 am U.S. ET Permalink
Last week at the Shanghai auto show, Land Rover was coming to terms with selling the Range Rover Evoque alongside its half-priced Chinese clone, the Land Wind X7.
Not to be outdone, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding unveiled its own version of a western SUV, opting for the classic Mercedes-Benz G class.
The relationship between Daimler, Mercedes' parent, and BAIC& ...