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Mercedes-Benz Parent Daimler Recalling 3m Diesels to Fix Emissions Systems

Porsche CEO says maker may abandon diesel technology.

by on Jul.18, 2017

Mercedes decided not to offer diesel models, like this ML320 BlueTec, in the U.S. for 2017.

Daimler AG plans to spend about $255 million to recall and repair 3 million diesel vehicles that are at the center of a probe looking at whether the automaker rigged them to illegally pass emissions tests.

The automaker has been accused of using a so-called “defeat device,” an approach similar to that used by Volkswagen AG to rig 11 million diesel vehicles sold around the world. The Daimler recall, for now, is limited to models sold in Europe. But an investigation is underway in the U.S., as well, the Environmental Protection Agency stating it is “continuing to evaluate light-duty vehicles from a number of manufacturers.”

Clearing the Air!

Separately, the CEO of Porsche AG said the automaker is considering whether to halt the sale of diesels all together. Porsche shared one of the two rigged diesels produced by its parent Volkswagen in a number of different models.


Tiny British EV Smashes Quarter-Mile Sprint Record

Modified '70s EV outperforms Tesla Model S, Lamborghini Aventador.

by on Jul.19, 2016

Measuring just 112 inches, nose-to-tail, the Flux Capacitor managed the 1/4 mile in 9.86 seconds.

Forget the Tesla Model S – even with its optional Ludicrous Mode. A tiny British electric city car now lays claim to being the world’s fastest, street-legal EV.

But don’t expect to go find the Enfield 8000, which has been out of production since the 1970s – and even if you do, it won’t quite match the performance of the modified model that passed through the trap clocking a record-smashing quarter-mile run of 9.86 seconds over the weekend.

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“I’m in awe of what this little yellow thing can cope with,” said John Wayland, the anchor of the British TV show, Fifth Gear. “I set out to build a British electric hot rod. I hope I’ve achieved something leftfield enough to prove that David certainly can beat Goliath.”


Long Decommissioned: Route 66 Lives On

The Mother Road still helps countless travelers, migrants “motor west.”

by on Jun.27, 2016

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Long stretches of "Historic Route 66" still are open to the public out West.

“It winds from Chicago to L.A., more than 2,000 miles along the way. Get your kicks on Route 66.”

Call it the Mother Road, the Main Street of America or the Will Rogers Highway. U.S. Route 66 may just be the most famous stretch of tarmac in America, and it lives on despite officially being decertified by the federal government on June 27, 1985.

Drive on In!

Perhaps only New York’s Broadway has been more celebrated on film and television and, of course, in song. The song, “Route 66,” was written by a nearly penniless wannabe song writer Bobby Troup and turned into a 1946 smash hit by Nat King Cole, the tune encouraging countless millions of Americans to “motor west,” and transform California into the country’s most populous state.


VW CEO Insists the Maker “Didn’t Lie”

California regulators reject proposed diesel emissions fix.

by on Jan.13, 2016

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller.

Even as he continues to apologize for the diesel emissions scandal embroiling his company, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller has touched off another firestorm with comments he made this week in Detroit, insisting that the maker “didn’t lie.”

Mueller’s comments, made to NPR at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, came the same day regulators in California rejected the fix Volkswagen had proposed for close to 500,000 diesel vehicles equipped with a so-called “defeat device” designed to help it illegally pass U.S. emissions tests.

Keeping Things Honest!

“We had not the right interpretation of American law,” Mueller said in an interview with the network. “We didn’t lie. We didn’t understand the question first. And then we worked since 2014 to solve the problem. And we did it together and it was a default of VW that it needed such a long time.”


Lincoln Looks to Build Momentum with Redesigned MKX

Maker moves redesigned crossover up-market.

by on Jan.13, 2015

The new Lincoln MKX will be offered in standard trim or with the choice of two optional Black Label "themes" this year.

Looking to carve out a niche in the crowded crossover market, Lincoln has unveiled an all-new version of its midsize MKX at the North American International Auto Show, adding new engine choices, improved technologies and its new Black Label personalization program.

The debut of the 2016 MKX comes at a critical time for Lincoln which has just begun to see some daylight after years of declining sales and market share in its home market. And with its recent launch in China, the maker is now ramping up plans to expand its narrow product line-up.

Auto Show Insight!

“We are focused on delivering engaging and refined luxury vehicles with innovative and thoughtful technologies,” said Kumar Galhotra, the new president of Lincoln. “The all-new Lincoln MKX reflects that focus.”


What Sort of Car Can You Get for $1 Million?

by on Aug.05, 2014

The Mercedes-Benz Pullman S600 is expected to be almost 8 inches longer than the old Maybach S62.

While it finally pulled the plug on the poor-selling Maybach line, Daimler AG hasn’t entirely abandoned the ultra-premium luxury car market. This image, used in a new patent filing, reportedly shows us what the German maker has in store for when it rolls out the new Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman line.

With prices expected to reach as much as $1 million for an armored version of the stretch limousine, Mercedes once again plans to challenge its two British-based ultra-lux rivals, BMW-owned Rolls-Royce, and the Bentley division of Volkswagen AG.

A Luxury You Can Afford!

The look of the new S600 Pullman won’t come as a shock to potential buyers. It largely follows the lines of the current Mercedes-Benz S600 – though those lines stretch on for quite some distance. The new limousine is expected to measure a whopping 21 feet, nose-to-tail. That would be nearly 8 inches longer than the old Maybach 62.


Mercedes Set to Debut Concept SUV in Beijing

Likely forerunner of upcoming Mercedes MLC coupe/SUV.

by on Apr.10, 2014

The Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe was previewed at the annual Daimler shareholders meeting.

If there are any white spaces left in the luxury car market, it seems like the German makers are intent on filling them as fast as possible.  We’ve been seeing a flood of new offerings in recent months and the tsunami is set to continue, if this image from Mercedes-Benz is any indication.

Dieter Zetsche, the Mercedes brand boss and Chairman of Daimler AG offered an unexpected sneak peak during the maker’s annual shareholders meeting of the Concept Coupe SUV.

What a Concept!

Set to make its official debut at the Beijing Motor Show later this month, it’s expected to reappear in the very near future in concept form as the new MLC-Class.

More aggressive than the familiar M-Class ute, the MLC is being targeted at the all-new BMW X6 five-door coupe/SUV.


Chrysler Net Income Surges 22%

Strong truck sales drive results – but mask other problems.

by on Oct.30, 2013

Strong demand for the Ram pickup -- the 2014 diesel model shown here -- buoyed Chrysler's Q3 earnings.

The resurgent boom in pickup sales was good news for the Chrysler Group which saw net income surge by 22% during the third quarter, in sharp contrast to the declines posted by both of the maker’s cross-town rivals.

Chrysler earned $464 million during the July to September period, up from $381 million the year before, marking the once-bankrupt automaker’s nine consecutive quarterly profit. Revenues, meanwhile, jumped 13.5%, to $17.6 billion, on the sale of 603,000 vehicles. That was an increase of 8% from a year ago.

Tracking the Numbers!

But barely one in seven of Chrysler’s products – 82,000 in all — were sold outside North America, in sharp contrast to the results at General Motors and Ford Motor Co., who now depend on overseas markets for the majority of their demand and an increasing share of their revenues. And there are other challenges revealed by Chrysler’s latest earnings report.


New Shelby 1000 S/C Set to Shake up Big Apple

At 1,200 hp, modified Mustang charges into Bugatti territory.

by on Mar.25, 2013

Shelby pushes into Bugatti territory with the new 1000 S/C - at barely a 10th the price.

While the legendary Carroll Shelby may be gone, but the Las Vegas-based tuner house he launched some years back is determined to make sure his name lives on, as we’ll see at the New York Auto Show this week.

Just a year ago, Shelby American rocketed out its 950-horsepower Shelby 1000, but apparently that isn’t enough power for some of its fans. So, this year, its heading for New York’s Jacob Javits Center with an updated version of that modified Mustang designed to push into Bugatti Veyron territory.

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Shelby claims its new, $154,995 version will now make a fiery 1,200 horsepower out of its rebuilt 5.8-liter V-8, making it “the world’s most powerful street production muscle car.”

Declares John Luft, the president of Shelby American, “The 2013 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”


Production Shortage Dragging Down Hyundai’s Market Share

But incentives fall while transaction prices soar.

by on Mar.15, 2013

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is the latest addition to the maker's line-up.

Hyundai has set sales records in each of the last two months yet could still wind up losing market share this year because of a chronic shortage of vehicles.

The problem is one of global scale and reflects the maker’s cautious approach to boosting production capacity, Hyundai Motor America Chief Executive Officer John Krafcik told But the Korean carmaker is beginning to look for ways to address the situation.

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There is a positive side to the shortage. It has reinforced Hyundai’s effort to transform itself from a “value-based brand to a valuable brand,” according to Krafcik, and in the process, the maker has been able to cut incentives while average transaction prices have jumped to record highs on most of its products.

“We’ve never sold as many cars in January and February as we did in the first two months of this year,” Krafcik noted.