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Toyota, citing consumer buying habits, is going with V-8 engines only on the Tundra pickup for 2015. Editor's note: The horsepower and torque ratings on the Ford F-150 with V-6 engines were incorrect in the chart accompanying earlier versions of this story.
DETROIT -- It’s rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy.
But that’s what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and revealed that its big truck would be available only with V-8 engines.
How did that happen when truck buyers are purchasing more V-6s than ever?
Simple: Led by ... Continue reading "Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15" » Sep 18, 2014 11:58 am U.S. ET
DETROIT -- It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one.
Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car’s speed and direction.
Drivers would use a radio to contact a control tower to get real-time traffic information. When they were ready to switch into automated driving mode on the Safety Autoway, an “electronic brain” would take over control of the car, w ... Continue reading "The connected car -- circa 1956" » Sep 9, 2014 1:30 pm U.S. ET
As I was coming of age in Indiana, Coors enjoyed elite status as an exotic beer you couldn’t buy anywhere east of the Mississippi River.
Coors was brewed without preservatives and would spoil quickly if it was transported long distances and allowed to get warm, or so the myth went. Because of its perceived purity and because it was not readily available, Coors became liquid gold to beer lovers, a hard-to-get delicacy that presaged the growth of the modern craft beer movement.
Hauling a case of Coors east became a rite of passage for college students in the 1970s. The 1977 action comedy film Smokey a ... Continue reading "Mustang and Coors -- scarcity made fans want them more" » Aug 29, 2014 4:33 pm U.S. ET
TOKYO -- Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus’ new “Shampoo” TV spot seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd the luxury brand craves.
But the brilliant, visually enticing commercial
for the new NX compact crossover won’t air stateside. It’s a Japan-only pitch that Lexus execs deemed too retro for beyond these shores.
Blame it on the foam party, that turn-of-t ... Continue reading "See the wild Lexus NX spot too retro for outside Japan" » Aug 27, 2014 10:35 am U.S. ET
DETROIT -- Bigger. Heavier. Thirstier. More expensive.
It’s a recipe for killing a sports car.
The Toyota Supra, the original version of the Datsun/Nissan Z car, the Mitsubishi Eclipse and dozens of other sports and high-performance cars burned out and then faded away when they became bloated and less fuel efficient or moved up the price ladder.
Perhaps one reason Ford has been slow to dribble out all of the technical details surrounding the redesigned 2015 Mustang is to soften the blow of some major changes.
The new Mustang ... Continue reading "Is Ford rolling the dice with changes to 2015 Mustang?" » Aug 21, 2014 2:26 pm U.S. ET
MONTEREY, Calif. -- Fiat aside, Italian cars live in a rarefied world of the very rich and the very few.
Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Pagani, Zagato -- those luminary brands barely add up to a percent of a percentage point worth of sales in America.
But oh, the mystique.
Oh, the power of the Italian design -- the curves of the Italian body and the seductiveness of their bold ways, even among Americans who in many cases have never owned one or even driven one.
This weekend, some 8,000 people will pay $155 each to cra ... Continue reading "Why Americans are rediscovering Italian cars" » Aug 16, 2014 8:52 am U.S. ET
It’s the second coming of the Toyota FT-1.
Toyota pulled the cover off of a second concept version of the FT-1 super sports car in Monterey, Calif., on Wednesday.
Both versions of the FT-1 were shown, squeezed between classic supercars and big business jets. Showing off both the first and second FT-1s in California is a good way to gauge popular reaction to the car among people who might buy it -- and to use that popular reaction to present a case to Tokyo to build the car.
Will it be built? No one is saying yet, but consider this: in the 41 years that Toyota's ... Continue reading "Toyota redresses FT-1 concept" » Aug 13, 2014 3:29 pm U.S. ET
Ahead of its media reveal next month, an Instagram user in Japan may have snagged an early glimpse of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster.
A Miata fan snapped a photo of a roadster wrapped in line-blurring camouflage, but the car’s proportions make it seem like a plausible sighting of Mazda’s fourth-generation roadster.
Our colleagues at Autoweek
say the giveaway is the rims used on the current-gen car. All will ... Continue reading "Is this the next-generation MX-5 Miata roadster?" » Aug 13, 2014 1:32 pm U.S. ET
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