Raymond Chuang
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Honda Civic hatchback prototype heading to Geneva
Unlike the current European market Civic hatchback (which is based on a stretched version of the platform used by the Honda Fit/Jazz), the new Civic hatchback will be based on the current US-market Honda Civic saloon/coupe. Indeed, spy pictures of the new hatchback note the rear suspension is the same multilink independent rear suspension unit found on the new Civic model.
Feb 10th, 2016 3:37pm
Nissan Kicks being considered for United States
If they sell the Kicks in the USA, it will likely be powered by the 2.0-liter I-4 rated at around 150 bhp with CVT automatic. And I think it will sell, especially now with the US market so strongly interested in "crossover" vehicles.
Jan 23rd, 2016 3:17am
Analysis: Why F1 doesn't have doping scandals
Note that F1 drivers have never tested positive for EPO, a PED frequently used by marathon runners and long-distance cyclists in the past. The fact that a rider many years ago died from an EPO overdose during the Tour de France bicycle race may have scared F1 drivers from trying it.
Jan 11th, 2016 3:03am
2017 VW Golf rendering previews what to expect
I think the Mk. VIII Golf for the USA market will come with these drivetrains: 1.4-liter I-4 turbo (145 bhp), 1.8 liter I-4 turbo (175-180 bhp), 2.0-liter I-4 turbo (210 bhp in GTI and 280 bhp in Golf R form). The mild hybrid mentioned in the article could make it to the USA, but will use a lithium-ion battery pack.
Jan 9th, 2016 3:47am
2017 Honda Odyssey spied for the first time
I think the next segment that could become very popular in the USA is revival of the station wagon, but in a very modern form in a vehicle about the size of a Honda Accord or Nissan Altima sedan. Watch for the arrival in the next few years something akin to the Ford Grand C-Max, Mazda5, Chevrolet Orlando, Kia Rondo and Honda Jade, all powered by at least hybrid drivetrains. As such, the Honda Odysssy could be the last of its kind, its production ended with increasingly tight fuel economy restrictions.
Jan 8th, 2016 9:06am
2017 Chevy Bolt EV unveiled with 200+ mile range [video]
The shape of the Chevrolet Bolt looks a LOT like the 2015 Honda Fit, especially from the rear three-quarter angle.
Jan 7th, 2016 6:00am
Hyundai IONIQ to return 53 mpg in combined cycle?
Don't be surprised that Hyundai shows the Ioniq at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2016, earlier than expected.
Jan 7th, 2016 5:33am
Continental says VW scandal could kill diesels entirely in US
If you're talking Volkswagen Group TDI engines, most definitely. But I expect Mercedes-Benz and BMW--both of which only sell turbodiesel engines with urea-gas injection into the exhaust stream to reduce NOx emissions in the USA--to continue to offer turbodiesel engines for US-market models. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised that Mercedes-Benz shows the E220D BlueTec at NAIAS.
Jan 5th, 2016 3:15am
This is Honda’s new turbo 2.0-liter engine for hotter Civics
That 1.0-liter I-3 turbocharged engine could be installed on the Honda Fit to replace the current L15B engine.
Jan 2nd, 2016 11:05pm
Mercedes developing a unique platform for electric vehicles
By NOT having to accommodate an internal combustion engine, the EVA platform vehicles actually be very roomy, since there will be more interior space to work with in the body design.
Dec 31st, 2015 6:36am
I'm about to give up my car, forever
The physical size of the country has huge relevance. Look at Japan--they have an awesome passenger rail system because the relatively small physical size of the Japanese home islands makes it very viable for passenger railroads, especially on the corridor between Tokyo and Fukuoka. I'd still rather own a car because I can travel anywhere in the USA on my terms, not the terms of airline/railroad schedules.
Dec 24th, 2015 5:50am
I'm about to give up my car, forever
That'll be great--if your country is physically small. But given the size of the USA, I'd rather own a car so I can go anywhere on MY terms.
Dec 23rd, 2015 1:49am
Audi A3 facelift spied with an A4-inspired front fascia
Watch for the possibility that Audi may show an HCCI engine in the A3 very soon. After all, Volkswagen has been working on HCCI technology since at least 2000....
Dec 11th, 2015 2:45am
Hotter Fiat Aegea / Tipo Sedan leaked through patent office
I believe that the new Fiat Aegea could be a preview of the upcoming Chrysler 100, which will use this platform but with bigger, more powerful engines.
Dec 9th, 2015 7:01pm
Honda plotting S2000 comeback before baby NSX
I would not be surprised that Honda will offer either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters with the S2000 successor. With modern electronics, a modern dual-clutch automatic would weigh almost the same as the manual transmission.
Dec 7th, 2015 3:51pm
Mercedes E-Class to feature a new family of engines
I think M-B will bring over the 2.1-liter I-4 201 bhp BlueTEC engine to the new E-Class for the USA market. Given this engine was designed right from the start with a full BlueTEC emissions control system, the engine should easily meet EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 (CARB ULEV-II) emissions certification.
Dec 3rd, 2015 8:46am
2017 Chevy Bolt spied in Palm Springs photo shoot
I wished GM kept the Bolt's body shape as close to the original concept as possible. Right now, it really reminds me of my 2015 Honda Fit EX hatchback.
Dec 3rd, 2015 8:37am
Genesis gets more than 4,300 G90 orders in 24 hours
I don't know--I nearly bought a 2015 Hyundai Accent hatchback earlier this year (I was pleasantly surprised by the power of the "Gamma" GDI engine with the six-speed automatic and quite competent handling).
Nov 29th, 2015 8:41am
How does the BMW Compact Sedan Concept look in the metal?
Maybe not, especially if it takes away sales from the MINI Countryman (this BMW sedan is built on the same platform used on the Countryman).
Nov 22nd, 2015 2:45am
How does the BMW Compact Sedan Concept look in the metal?
I think BMW may not bring over the 1-Series sedan and 2-Series Active Tourer to the USA market because of fears it may too much overlap the market for several MINI models built by BMW, notably the Countryman five-door hatchback (the 2-Series Active Tourer uses the same platform as the Countryman).
Nov 21st, 2015 7:09pm
Honda Civic Coupe spied with very little disguise
Watch for the possibility that Honda may show a concept version of the new Civic Coupe that could be a preview of the US version of the Civic Type-R.
Nov 13th, 2015 3:58pm
Porsche Cayman facelift spied virtually undisguised
Porsche would have loved to keep the current Flat-6 engine, but fuel economy considerations forced them to go with turbocharging. Fortunately, today's turbocharged engines aren't the old engines with serious turbo lag issues, as anyone who've driven a Volkswagen Golf GTI or Ford Fiesta ST can attest to.
Nov 13th, 2015 8:08am
Porsche Cayman facelift spied virtually undisguised
Despite what people think, the 2.0-liter "Boxer" 4-cylinder turbo engine should have very fast throttle response, thanks to modern engine design. In fact, it may result in a lighter car, which may improve not only fuel economy but handling.
Nov 12th, 2015 8:35am
Fiat Tipo bows in Dubai
Maybe possibly based on stretched version of this platform?
Nov 12th, 2015 1:41am
Fiat Tipo bows in Dubai
In many ways, the new Fiat Tipo is a preview of the upcoming Chrysler 100 compact sedan.
Nov 11th, 2015 6:35am
Daimler boss says dieselgate blow to German auto industry
We forget that Daimler-Benz did a LOT of the research that made the whole BlueTEC technology possible in the first place by combining two well-tried diesel emissions reduction technologies--selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with urea gas injection in to the exhaust stream and diesel particulate filters--into a system that could fit into an automobile. As such, it is in their interest NOT to do anything that would make a BlueTEC engine violate EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 and Euro6 emission laws.
Nov 10th, 2015 3:32pm
Toyota hints S-FR will get 1.2-liter turbo engine with 115 PS
Hopefully, Toyota will use its Toyota Racing Development group to carefully tune the suspension to get good handling without overly sacrificing ride quality. I do think the US version (probably badged as "Scion S-FR" will get the 1.5-liter direct-injected engine for reliability reasons.
Nov 9th, 2015 2:51pm
Volkswagen Golf VIII rendered ahead of late 2016 launch
Given the HUGE problems Volkswagen admitted to on pretty much their entire diesel engine lineup, they may have no choice but to seriously consider ending all diesel engine development. It should be noted that VW has been working on HCCI technology for many years, and could have a production engine ready by the time the Golf Mk. VIII reaches the US market in calendar year 2017.
Nov 9th, 2015 2:46pm
Volkswagen Golf VIII rendered ahead of late 2016 launch
My guess is that VW will no longer offer a diesel engine option on the new Golf Mk. VIII. Instead, they will offer HCCI engines in 1.4, 1.7 and 2.0 liter displacements, along with hybrid and pure-electric drivetrains.
Nov 8th, 2015 9:41pm
Hyundai Toyota Prius-rivaling hybrid to be called Ioniq?
It sounds like this car will use the 138 bhp Gamma engine as part of the hybrid drivetrain.
Nov 5th, 2015 9:36am
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