(BLOOMBERG) ANDREW STOY: For the second time in my life, it appears that the U.S. diesel passenger car market has been mortally wounded by a car company claiming to be its champion.
The first time, it was due to incompetence: GM foisted an underdeveloped diesel V-8 engine on customers, dealers and technicians who were ill prepared to maintain it.
This time, it’s due to outright dishonesty on the part of Volkswagen ... Continue reading "Why VW's betrayal with diesel engines is different" » () Post Comment | Permalink
Available features on the latest Astra compact hatchback include a massaging driver's seat, a perfume diffuser and high-end LED adaptive headlights, made up of 16 ultrabright bulbs.
MIKE COLIAS: BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Mainstream brands have been nuzzling closer to their luxury counterparts in recent years, adding everything from heated steering wheels to high-end sound systems and high-tech safety packages.
But General Motors' Opel brand has reached a new level of luxury incursion with its redesigned Astra, a cousin of the Chevy Cruze.
Available features on the compact hatchback includ ... Continue reading "Opel pins compact car comeback on Astra's posh comforts" » () Post Comment | Permalink
A show car developed by Brose for the Frankfurt auto show.
NEAL E. BOUDETTE: FRANKFURT -- Auto suppliers are not only working to make for clean air. Some also want clean hands.
At the Frankfurt auto show, German components maker Brose showed off its latest innovations -- among them, a rear door that can be opened automatically and a gas tank door that can be opened with a simple gesture.
The rear door uses electronics similar to those found in automatic liftgates, someth ... Continue reading "Wave your hand, watch the hood pop (minus grimy fingers)" » () Post Comment | Permalink
JAY RAMEY: The Mercedes-Benz pickup that isn't a Unimog is coming, and it'll share some underpinnings with the Nissan NP300 Navara pickup, Automotive News Europe reports.
The latest Nissan Navara NP300 1-ton truck made its debut in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show, with Daimler announcing plans to use it as the basis for a yet-unnamed midsize pickup that will be sold in a number of markets under the Me ... Continue reading "Mercedes pickup won't be a 'fat cowboy truck' " » () Post Comment | Permalink