by Stephen Cox It was the mid 1970's. NASCAR's aerodynamic supercars were a thing of the past. The great American muscle car had succumbed to a slow death, strangled by illegal government regulations and an absurd 55 mile per hour speed limit. The US auto industry fell into its own Dark Age and would not emerge for another 20 years. But in Nuremberg, Germany, a small band of merry rebels picked up where America left off.
The New Audi A6: Finally A Rival For The BMW 5 Series
by Luke Peters The brand new Audi A6 is a true return to form. The 2014 model has built on the disappointment of its predecessors. It has been reintroduced this year and is back to the top of the class. For a long time, the BMW 5 series dominated the market for this type of executive car. However, with the Audi A6, there is finally some competition.
First Twin Turbo V-Series delivers track-capable driving experience Cadillac today introduced the 2016 ATS-V, expanding the acclaimed ATS product range and elevating the brand's elite high-performance V-Series to its next generation. Available in sedan and coupe forms, the first-ever ATS-V will introduce class-leading twin-turbocharged power and a comprehensive suite of design and performance systems when production begins in spring 2015.
All-new Voltec extended range electric vehicle (EREV) propulsion system When the next-generation Chevrolet Volt debuts at the North American International Auto Show in January, it will feature an all-new Voltec extended range electric vehicle (EREV) propulsion system substantially developed from Volt owners including data collected on their driving behaviors. The Voltec system includes the battery, drive unit, range-extending engine and power electronics. The new system will be more efficient and offer greater EV range and fuel economy compared to the current generation.
Leading scientists describe future auto propulsion
Can you say electric! By 2050, most vehicles will need to be electrically propelled, with a battery to store energy or an on-board hydrogen fuel cell to generate electricity, if emission targets set by governments are to be met. That's the conclusion of an expert team responsible for penning Towards Sustainable Road Transport published by Elsevier. The three authors are senior research chemists who have spent their professional careers working in the fields of energy and electrochemistry. More than 300 pages packed with information describe the growth and technical development of road vehicles during the 20th century, and the state-of-the-art power sources and advanced vehicle designs now needed to meet the 80 per cent reduction required in global emissions over the next 35 years, and needed to protect the next generation.
Electric vehicles win MPG contest with zero pollution
Handwriting is on the wall for gasoline powered cars The electric vehicles taking part in this year's MPG Marathon demonstrated how cost effective and reliable they were by completing the course in virtually the same time as their competitors – but by using less energy and with no pollution. Three electric vehicles took part for the first time in the 23-team eco-driving event, which was again sponsored by ALD Automotive and TRACKER and was won by Honda engineers Fergal McGrath and James Warren, driving a Honda Civic Tourer and recording an outstanding 97.92mpg.
by Luke Peters The French car maker Citroen is in something of a state of flux at the moment. The PSA Peugeot Citroen Group that owns the company is reshuffling Citroen's model lineup. As part of that process, Citroen is making its DS luxury car brand an independent company. For those of you familiar with Citroen's long and rich history, the last time Citroen sold a car in the United States was back in 1972. The company stopped selling cars here in the US because of strict auto regulations.
by Ali Arsham Let's pretend that you wanted to move a very heavy load up a very long and steep hill. What vehicle would you use? We were at that point and selected a Dodge Ram 3500 dually for the job. Then we loaded it up and headed for the hills to see how it would perform and the results were amazing.
by Ali Arsham Leave it to the Italians to add style and performance to an electric car. The Fiat 500e was a pleasant surprise for us and we hated to see it go away. Most electric cars have the personality of a banana and can even be less fun to drive. The Fiat 500e delivered a terrific driving experience with 87 mile range in a good looking package during its stay with us.
Atherton underscores vital role of racing in innovation
at international SAE conference As they have for many, many years, every race car in last Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Circuit of The Americas had a rearview mirror. That's not news, as a rearview mirror is a simple, obvious and essential part of any automobile. But as IMSA President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Atherton pointed out last week in a keynote address to the SAE North American International Powertrain Conference in Chicago, the rearview mirror is one of the most basic examples of automobile innovation driven by racing.
by Luke Peters Alfa Romeo was once a great and popular car maker. But it’s no secret that the Fiat-owned firm is suffering financial problems. When you go on the Alfa Romeo website, you can only see two new models on offer - the Mito and Giulietta. Fiat recently announced that they are investing 5 billion euros into the ailing car marque. A total of eight new models will get introduced to the Alfa Romeo lineup, and one of those is the 4C.
by Michael Gartner My father never drove a car. Well, that's not quite right. I should say I never saw him drive a car. He quit driving in 1927, when he was 25 years old, and the last car he drove was a 1926 Whippet. "In those days," he told me when he was in his 90s, "to drive a car you had to do things with your hands, and do things with your feet, and look every which way, and I decided you could walk through life and enjoy it or drive through life and miss it."
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