May 28, 2009
53 years old
1998 Honda Civic HX CVT coupe
1989 Acura Legend L sedan
1989 Acura Legend L sedan
Toyota introduces a new range of fuel-efficient engines
These engines are aimed primarily for smaller Toyota vehicles and are likely not make it to any US model Toyota for now. Now, a larger 1.5 to 1.7 liter I-4 with the Atkinson technology could end up on the US-market Yaris model, though.
April 10, 2014
2015 Mazda2 spied for the first time
I would love to see Mazda offer the new Mazda2 with the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D turbodiesel engine in the USA market, since the engine--being Euro6 emissions compliant--will only need very minor changes to make it EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 compliant necessary for US sale.
April 5, 2014
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, V8 Supercar and Red Bull F1 race at Melbourne [video]
I want them to repeat this test with the following cars: a current Formula 1 racer, a Porsche 918, a BMW M4 and a near-production version of Honda's next-generation Civic Type-R hatchback. I think the 918's 4WD and ridiculous amounts of power from its hybrid drivetrain could make a full lap of Silve...
March 29, 2014
Next-gen Mazda MX-5 getting naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter engine - report
It will be interesting to see if the 1,000 kg (2,205 lb.) weight also applies to the North American market model. If Mazda can make the next MX-5 weigh only 2,205 lb. even while meeting the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), then it would be quite an achievement by Mazda.
March 22, 2014
2013 vs. 2014 F1 car sound comparison gives you the truth [video]
I remember the turbo F1 engines from the 1980's were much louder than the 2014 turbo engines. What did they do?
March 18, 2014
2015 Mercedes B-Class facelift spied with minor changes
I would not be surprised that Mercedes-Benz is seriously looking at selling the B-class in the USA for the first time. The reason is simple: BMW's announcement they will offer the 2-Series Active Tourer in the USA market starting calendar year 2015. The obvious likely drivetrain: the 201 bhp turboch...
March 13, 2014
BMW X3 shows its new sharper face in Geneva
I wonder has BMW talked about offering the 181 bhp 2-liter turbodiesel and the 268 bhp 3-liter turbodiesel in the US market X3.
March 5, 2014
Ford Focus facelift officially revealed with new EcoBoost and diesel engines [videos]
Ford could do it, but the cost of getting the engine certified for EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 and the likely need to install a urea injection system into the exhaust stream could make the Focus too expensive to sell in the US market--look at the fairly steep price premium for the turbodiesel version of the Ch...
February 25, 2014
2014 Ford Focus facelift coming to Geneva - report
Very nice, but will the US version keep this nose design? Remember, NHTSA regulations require longer bumpers and (normally) the amber turn signal lights integrated into the headlamp housing, so the US version of the facelifted Ford Focus might look a bit different.
February 22, 2014
BMW 2-Series Active Tourer officially unveiled [videos]
If BMW USA does sell this car, it will likely be available in two versions: 220i with the 180 bhp turbocharged gasoline (petrol) engine, and 228d (US designation) with the 181 bhp turbodiesel engine.
February 15, 2014