January 29, 2016: FCA chairman Sergio Marchionne presented a revised business plan for the automaker, and confirmed that the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart will be replaced by crossovers. He also has big plans for Jeep, and new plans for Alfa. We assess the changes. Continuing with this theme, NASCAR announced the Chase format would extend to the Xfinity and Camping World series. But it’s the other change made to the truck series races that has us scratching our head. Recently, we had the opportunity to test the GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma, and spent some time in a Canyon diesel. We compare, contrast, and choose a winner. Nissan launched a raft of accessories for its Titan XD pickup, and we take a look at how you can personalize your Titan. Mini pulls the covers off the Clubman ALL4 station wagon, while Opel brings back a name from the past – GT – for a concept with seemingly little future. The same isn’t true for Ducati’s Scrambler concepts. These three were created by outside designers, and show how far you can stretch the entry-level bike. Goodwood’s Member’s Meeting brings ground effect F1 cars back to the track, while we tell how BRM almost beat everyone to the punch by nearly a decade. Also, Hyundai’s latest take on the Elantra goes live. We bring you the details along with a new feature that summarizes a vehicle in as pithy a manner as possible. Racers can look forward to a new ultralight throttle body setup matched to their engine, while GT350R buyers clamor for, and receive, a back seat kit for their two-seater track car. All this, plus Al Vinikour’s take on cockpit roominess.
January 15, 2016: As promised, we’re back with full coverage of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Hot on the heels of sales reports that broke volume records, the industry was ready for a celebration. However, a few storm clouds crossed the horizon, taking Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini and others off the show floor. Though last-minute substitutions were made, the show had a pall cast over it that only the most optimistic could ignore. Is this a portent of things to come, or will Detroit rally back? It’s too early to tell. A new survey of British drivers shows that demand for EVs may have peaked. With emissions legislation forcing automakers into the EV business, there may not be enough demand from buyers for the coming glut of electric vehicles. Finally, Al Vinikour takes an rather, uh, interesting look at drivers who follow their fellow motorists too closely.