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Friday
Apr132018

April 2018

April 27, 2018: The big news out of Detroit is Ford’s plans to dump most of its car lineup in exchange for more trucks, SUVs and crossovers. Ford claims the switch is part of its strategy to wring out inefficiencies, lower costs and exit unprofitable segments. But is it too little too late, and a recipe for future disaster? Toyota, meanwhile, is doubling down on the sedan market, launching the new Avalon into a declining© Hyman Ltd. market. Is it a mistake, or a placeholder for a future where car sales stabilize?  Meanwhile, the Lexus division introduced the new ES, a near-copy of the Avalon in terms of size. The larger size and sportier style makes it a cinch to replace the GS, giving Lexus room to launch a, you guessed it, new crossover. Honda is another automaker fighting back, this time against bland autonomous mobility vehicles and automatic transmissions. It recently gave manual transmission old hands and neophytes alike the chance to experience its lineup of shift-for-yourself vehicles. And, if that wasn’t enough, it created a video showing how to properly drive a stick. VW, on the other hand, ripped a page from Car marketing 101 for its all-electric I.D. brand. The automaker has created an electric racer that will challenge Pikes Peak. On a completely different note, Aston Martin continues its assault on seemingly every lifestyle segment. This time it’s a furniture line created in collaboration with Formitalia, and previewed at Milan Design Week. Driven to improve the model’s image and usability, E-Type UK has upgraded Jaguar’s V12 E-Type. The addition of electronic fuel injection and a five-speed manual should make it everyday reliable, and more desirable than ever. Desirability and animal sexuality are baked in to most Alfa Romeos, but especially into the latest member of our Virtual Collection. The 6C 1750 SS featured was built for street and track, and set the tone for the sporting Alfas that followed. We first covered Evanta and its creator, Ant Anstead, back in 2013. That’s when the now-defunct craftworks was creating evocations of classic Aston Martins. Silverstone Auctions has one of the cars up for sale, and ­— compared to an original — it’s a steal. Rounding out this week’s coverage is Ducati. The Italian motorcycle maker is expanding its safety technology portfolio, and adding features you don’t expect to find on ‘bikes.

 

April 13, 2018: We welcome Contributing Editor Bill Sawyer back to our pages. Not only has his work on the Virtual Collection been sorely missed, the dearth of industry news and the editor’s painful bout of carpal tunnel means there’d be little content without him. That said, his contribution this time around centers on a brace of Jaguar E-Type lightweights. Two are tribute cars created with varying degrees of faithfulness to the Jaguar-built originals, and one is an interesting take on the theme created in-period by an intrepid group of privateers. Elsewhere, we take a look at the 2019 Ford Focus. The latest generation of Ford’s compact sits on a new platform, powered by a revised slate of engines, and features a rather Mazda3-like design. Chevy announced updates to the 2019 Camaro, including the addition of a 1LE model powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four exclusively mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Which means V6 and V8 variants get a paddle-shift 10-speed automatic. Also, Volkswagen announced pricing and equipment levels for the Jetta. Less expensive than its predecessor, it requires buyers to move up the price ladder if they desire more equipment, including one – mirror caps with integrated turn signals – that used to be standard.

 

Friday
Mar022018

March 2018

March 30, 2018: Rather than write an extended précis on the New York Auto Show coverage, we’ve decided to treat each vehicle separately, and provide a listing of links that take you directly to each vehicle. So, in no particular, or necessarily coherent, order we present the vehicles of the NYAS:

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Cadillac CT6 V-Sport

VW Atlas Cross Sport

Toyota RAV4

Cadillac XT4

VW Atlas Tanoak pickup

Lincoln Aviator

Nissan Altima

Hyundai Tucson

Subaru Forester

Kia K900

If that’s not enough to keep you busy over the Easter holiday, there’s also a new Analysis feature called “Off the Top of My Head" that weaves together a number of seemingly disparate stories and inside-the-industry scuttlebutt into a semi-coherent whole. Contributing Editor Bill Sawyer is still on vacation, if you can call closing TVD’s Georgia office and moving to the West Coast of Michigan a vacation, which means the growth of the Virtual Collection is currently on hold. So we bring this issue to an end with an infographic comparing a 1998 Chevy Silverado diesel with a 2018 Chevy Colorado diesel. The similarities are amazing.

 

March 17, 2018: Ford held a press conference this week to announce its future plans. These include a hybrid Mustang, F-150, Explorer, Escape and Bronco, a new small off-roader, a large reduction in spending on cars, and more. Is it enough to reignite Wall Street’s interest in Ford, or just a recitation of many things that already were known? Lexus introduced its own small crossover, but one that is more urban than off-road. The UX also offers a hybrid model, and is aimed squarely at the hot compact crossover market. Mercedes, on the other hand, did something unusual these days, it launched a new car. Or, to be more specific, a new high-performance sedan. The Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe is a four-door coupe with twin-turbo I6 or V8 power, and no off-road intentions. Halleluiah! Smaller in both size, output and — undoubtedly — price, the 2018 Fiesta ST promises to continue the mischief its predecessor started. Powered by a high-output 1.5-liter triple, the ST loses a cylinder, and its passport. It won’t be offered in the U.S. Ford will offer a diesel option for the 2018 F-150, however. Though aimed at the small number of buyers who tow or haul regularly, it is an important addition to the lineup, and more than a update of Ford’s current V6 diesel. Aston Martin unveiled the track version of its Valkyrie AMR Pro. Stripped to the basics, it is a potent weapon whose launch was surprisingly devoid of any technical substance. Then again, hype and marketing-speak is what we’ve come to expect from Aston Martin these days. And, as if to prove that point, the company’s reveal of the Lagonda Vision Concept was an orgy of pretense and hype. The four-passenger autonomous electric limousine combines Saville Row tailoring with a design flight of fancy to produce a sybaritic sedan for sports stars. One technology that could find its way onto the Lagonda is Pirelli’s Cyber Tire. It is the latest version of using tires as dynamic sensors, but will be offered on a production vehicle by the end of the year. Williams Advanced Engineering showed its scalable lightweight EV platform concept. Made of carbon fiber and aluminum, it brings F1 tech to the street. Finally, the folks at Zircotec have created a coating that can be used on Class A composite surfaces. This eliminates the need for a separate heat shield, and can be replicated in volume. It will debut on a high-line European vehicle.

 

March 2, 2018: As we approach press days for the Geneva Motor Show, automakers continue to pull the covers off their show stoppers in rapid succession. Porsche previewed its 520-hp GT3 RS, the most powerful naturally aspirated road-legal car it has ever built. It was followed by the 2019 Audi A6. Call us old fashioned, but it is troubling that the new A6 appears to be as much a rolling platform for electronic technology as it is an automobile. The big news pre-Geneva, however, is the introduction of Jaguar’s I-Pace SUV. The British car maker’s first fully electric model, it introduces a raft of new technology, including a modular “skateboard” to be used on other models, including the next XJ sedan. Hyundai, meanwhile, introduced its fourth-generation Santa Fe in Korea, and with it a new styling language and — surprise! — an optional diesel engine for the U.S. market. Buick, on the other hand, wasn’t quite so bold, freshening up its China-built Envision compact crossover by giving it more power and some useful upgrades. Plus, the folks at GMC finally unveiled the new Sierra pickup. It is lighter, stronger, and has two unique options: a carbon fiber cargo bed, and a tailgate with more variations than a Swiss Army knife. On the technical side, motorcycle clothing maker Dainese teamed up with Horacio Pagani to develop a lightweight, waterproof folding soft top for the Huayra Roadster. And the folks from auto parts maker GMB North America has put together an automotive periodic table of elements frequently used in making cars and trucks.

 

Thursday
Feb012018

February 2018

February 16, 2018: The technology revolution overtaking the auto industry may not be the one you expect. Autonomous vehicle are not “right around the corner,” and electric vehicles promise to take a significant share of the global market only if tax breaks, incentives and other sweeteners are used to get folks out of their conventionally powered vehicles. But one revolution promises to upend everything we know about how cars and trucks are designed, built, and made: Additive manufacturing. We have examples from Porsche, Bugatti, and a new company called Hackrod that may change your thinking about the real technical revolution facing the industry. On a more down-to-earth note, we take a look at three new vehicles. First up is the second-generation BMW X4. Built in Spartanburg, South Carolina alongside the rest of BMW’s sport utility lineup, the X4 is to the X3 what the X6 is to the X5, a Sport Activity Coupe built from the same mechanicals. Next up is Mercedes’ latest Sprinter. A clean-sheet design, it adds a drive option never before offered: front-drive. This should expand the van’s capabilities, market reach, and utility, while still retaining those who need a rear- or all-wheel drive version. And Hyundai has revamped its Sonata Hybrid for 2018, adding a more powerful battery pack, relocating it to increase cargo space, and adding a plug-in version. However, if you live outside of a few select states, you’ll have to custom order the plug-in. This week’s Virtual Collection takes a look at Henry Leland and the luxury brand he created, Lincoln. A handsome 1932 Lincoln Model KB Sport Phaeton, built after Leland’s departure from Lincoln, is the latest member of our collection.  Edsel Ford was in charge of the brand when the KB was built, and is the centerpiece of  Contributing Editor William G. Sawyer’s look at the processes and programs begun by the Ford scion may be just what the brand needs to survive and thrive today.

 

February 2, 2018: For the second issue in a row, Contributing Editor William G. Sawyer takes top billing, this time with a story about a man who set the style and the tone for many import automakers, Max Hoffman. A refugee from Germany, Hoffman had the talent and the pull to demand certain models, features and powertrains, and gave us such cars as the Mercedes 190 SL and 300 SL and BMW 2002. He also was instrumental in bringing together an unlikely trio — engine, company and designer — to create the legendary BMW 507. It is this car that is the ultimate addition to our Virtual Collection, though Hoffman himself deserves induction as well. Coming off the Detroit show, industry news has been a bit sparse. So, rather than scatter a number of small stories across the site, we gathered them together in a single piece for your convenience. There’s everything from America’s most beautiful roadster, to a couple of interesting auction subjects, to a luxury pickup and more. In the Lifestyle section, there’s a review of Nick Hull’s new book on Ford U.K. Design, a well-researched and well-written look at 70 years of Ford’s British design base, as well as a look at the latest in the Speed Read series, Speed Read: Car Design. They make a compelling pair for the enthusiast’s library. And we end on a sad note with a remembrance of the late racing legend, Dan Gurney. Rather than recite his many and varied accomplishments, we take a personal look at the man most people never saw in Driving Dan Gurney.

 

Friday
Jan052018

January 2018

January 19, 2018: Contributing Editor William Sawyer stumbled upon a group of car savvy entrepreneurs in Georgia who could turn out to be the next Colin Chapman or Eric Broadley. These pioneers have created their own American take on the Ariel Atom and Nomad, and created a track day car that’s loads of fun. Not content to stop there, they scrounged the power and drive systems from a crashed Tesla Model S (which is easier than you might think), and combined it with their exoskeletal sports car to move from Ludicrous to Totally Insane. Insanity also was on display at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Though the number of reveals was up slightly and the air of desperation had subsided, there was no lack of silliness onsite. In order to cover the news in (relatively) bite-sized pieces, we have divided our report into three sections:

NAIAS 2018: The Cars

NAIAS 2018: The Trucks

NAIAS 2018: Behind the Scenes

Due to the time crunch involved with covering the show, there wasn’t enough time to write an obituary for American racing legend Dan Gurney, who died this past Sunday at the age of 86. We hope in the near future find the time to pen a personal remembrance of one of the sport’s towering talents.

 

January 5, 2018: The Detroit show is just around the corner, which means there’s scant time to catch up on our car reviews. First up is the Lexus IS350 F Sport, which has new front and rear fascias, but few other © Hamann Classic Cars 2018changes. Is this a sign of malaise, or proof that Lexus actually has the best interests of its best sport sedan buyers at heart? Mazda’s latest Miata has replaced the previous Power Retractable Hard Top , or PRHT, with its new Retractable Fastback. Only it’s more the former than the latter. Nevertheless, the power hard top makes it easier to use the sports car year-round…. if you fit. The Toyota Avalon is scheduled for a big change for 2019, but that didn’t stop the company from quietly updating the 2018 version, even if the changes are minor. We drive the 2018 Avalon Hybrid, and ask if it’s a placeholder or a potential bargain. Unlike the Avalon, Mazda’s CX-5 has been updated significantly, and builds on the base the first-generation small SUV established. The result is a handsome, surprisingly sophisticated crossover. Speaking of sophistication, Kia’s Cadenza sedan boasts a striking interior and deep equipment list. Is it enough to allow it to punch above its weight? It’s a question that also could be asked of Hyundai’s Elantra Limited, a compact class car with midsize interior space. Now in its sixth generation, the more subtle and refined Elantra has progressed rapidly, but still falls short. Ford’s GT program also fell short on a number of occasions in the 1960s. Our two picks for the Virtual Collection include a race car caught up in internecine politics, and a road car unable to live up to the promise of its racing cousin.