Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Truck, Etc., Crossover, Hatchback, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Electric, Luxury, Ram Employing complex scientific formulas and methodologies probably best described as “Whatever we felt like choosing,” Automobile has named its All-Stars for the 2013 model year. The 11 vehicles earned their trophies for being “the best and most significant” offerings to the mag’s staff and contributors, and while we were surprised to see a couple of them on the list, none of them were shocking.
Filed under: BMW , Toyota , Earnings/Financials An annual market study of the strongest brands across various industries has seen Toyota leapfrog BMW as the world’s most valuable automotive brand.
Filed under: Performance , BMW , Toyota Earlier this year, BMW and Toyota confirmed a four-part joint venture mostly focusing on increasing improving vehicle efficiency using fuel cells, lightweight materials and better battery technology. Also tucked into the announcement was a “feasibility study” for a shared platform to underpin a future midsize “sports vehicle.” In terms of the latter, it seems that things have stepped up from the feasibility stage to the conceptual stage, as Motor Trend reports we could see a pair of new sports car concepts debut later this year in at the Tokyo Motor Show . There isn’t much information about the new program, but the article suggests the sports cars could be all-wheel drive hybrids, with electric motors powering the front wheels and a gas engine powering the rear wheels.
Filed under: Podcasts, BMW, Chevrolet, Jaguar, Jeep, Lexus, Shanghai Motor Show, Diesel Shanghai Motor Show, 2014 Jaguar F-Type, 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Episode #330 of the Autoblog Podcast is (finally!) here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Executive Editor Chris Paukert talk about the Shanghai Motor Show, our time with the 2014 Jaguar F-Type and the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. We also give extra attention to your questions and comments
Filed under: Convertible , Coupe , Sedan , Performance , Wagon , BMW , Toyota , Read This According to the Toyota UK blog , engineers for the automaker were so excited developing the GT86 coupe that they investigated producing a whole family of models based on the rear-wheel drive sports car. And at least one engineer – product chief Tetsuya Tada – still hopes it can happen, even if not everyone at Toyota is onboard
Filed under: Etc., Acura, BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Subaru, Toyota The U.S.
Consumer Reports criticizes small turbo engines for misleading performance, fuel economy claims [w/video]
Filed under: Sedan, Crossover, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai Consumer Reports has taken aim at at small-displacement, forced-induction engines, saying the powerplants don’t manage to deliver on automaker fuel economy claims. Manufacturers have long held that smaller, turbocharged engines pack all power of their larger displacement cousins with significantly better fuel economy, but the research organization says that despite scoring high EPA economy numbers, the engines are no better than conventional drivetrains in both categories. Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, says the forced induction options “are often slower and less fuel efficient than larger four and six-cylinder engines.” Specifically, CR calls out the new Ford Fusion equipped with the automaker’s Ecoboost 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
Filed under: Motorsports, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Mazda, Porsche, Racing It took 24 hours to run the race, but it was the last one was stuffed with the high action as four cars were still trying to figure out how to gain victory on the track and in the pits. Along with the obligatory crashes, spins, mechanical issues and retirements had come numerous penalties, a double-digit number of full-course yellows and two hours of fog that turned early Sunday morning into a stretch of parade laps
Filed under: Performance, Truck, Etc., BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, GM, GMC, Jaguar We record Autoblog Podcast #313 tonight, and you can drop us your questions and comments regarding the rest of the week’s news via our Q&A module below. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven’t already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.
Filed under: Safety, BMW, Chevrolet, Jeep, Nissan, Diesel We’re almost ready to record Episode #291 of the Autoblog Podcast, and tonight is the last hurrah for our departing Chris Shunk. We’ll be joined by Autoblog Editor-In-Chief John Neff, and you can check out the topics below, add your own to the Q&A and join us live via UStream, as well.