Raymond Chuang
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May 28, 2009
54 years old
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Audi to match 6- and 8-cylinder engine smoothness with all-new 4-cylinder unit - report
Essentially, the VW Group looked at what Ford successfully achieved with that unusual unbalanced flywheel on the 1.0-liter I-3 "Ecoboost" engine and applied what was learned to create an I-4 engine so the mechanical vibration forces cancel each other out for very smooth performance throughout the re...
August 18, 2014
Toyota is working on an entry-level sports car to slot below the GT 86 - report
I would LOVE to see thisturned into the next-generation MR2 that is influenced by the original model from 1984, but with a modern drivetrain and very low weight (but still meet US DoT FMVSS safety certification).
August 15, 2014
20 percent of all new Euro-spec Fords have 1.0 EcoBoost engine
But I believe that is for the 100 bhp engine only sold in Europe. The US-market 1.0-liter "Ecoboost" engine is rated at 123 bhp, and that has yet to be paired with an automatic transmission.
August 15, 2014
20 percent of all new Euro-spec Fords have 1.0 EcoBoost engine
I think this engine will be a lot more popular in North America once Ford offers an automatic transmission with this engine. I believe that Ford will make an announcement soon about the 1.0-liter I-3 "Ecoboost" engine with the Powershift automatic.
August 11, 2014
Honda kills off the eco-friendly Insight & Fit EV - report
I think Honda dropped the Insight for one possible reason: they've decided to bring over the Fit Hybrid based on the current version of the Fit to the US market, and will show it as early as the Los Angeles Auto Show.
July 31, 2014
Mercedes AMG GT promises to have "insane acceleration" [video]
For many, the Porsche Cayman series is more a "driver's car" than the Porsche 911--the 911 has gotten a tad too "luxurious" in the eyes of old-time Porsche fans. If I had to money to buy and own a Porsche right now, I would own a Cayman S with the PDK gearbox.
July 27, 2014
Kia Soul updated for 2015
I still remember test-driving the early versions of the Kia Soul--not a fun car to drive because of its primitive (for its day) drive train. The current Soul with the 138 bhp 1.6-liter GDI engine and six-speed automatic is actually a pretty fun car to drive because the acceleration is pretty strong ...
July 26, 2014
Volkswagen Group to be renamed Auto Union - report
I don't think they will do it. The outcry from Jewish organizations due to Auto Union's strong association with the Nazi regime in the 1930's will put a quick end to the proposal.
July 23, 2014
Elon Musk says 500-mile range car could happen 'quite soon'
I think Volkswagen could make the transition to full electric because they've been working on electric cars for at least a couple of decades. And the company's resources is big enough to engineer this transition over the next 15 years.
July 22, 2014
2015 Mazda2 / Demio goes official [videos]
One thing I'm going to watch for is what engine will Mazda offer for the US-market version of thew new Mazda2. Is it possible the US-market Mazda2 will get a larger displacement Skyactiv engine in the 1.7-liter displacement size so the engine power is over 120 bhp to satisfy American driver preferen...
July 20, 2014
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