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Dodge Charger Hellcat engine: made to be legendary

Dodge Charger Hellcat engine: made to be legendary

In over a century of automobile production, only a handful of vehicles have become legendary. Say the name Mustang, Corvette, or Challenger, and people know exactly what you’re talking about. But while these and a few other nameplates have reached legendary status, a short list of engines can make that same claim. Say Cleveland 351 […]

October 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Do you see what I see? Driving while talking, what’s safest

Do you see what I see? Driving while talking, what’s safest

There’s evidence that talking on a hands-free mobile phone while driving is just as dangerous as driving while holding a mobile phone and, aside from the obvious problem of not having enough hands for both driving and phone holding, it seems somewhat counterintuitive. After all, the first is just talking. But talking with someone in […]

October 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Volkswagen has new 2.0-liter diesel engine for 2015; dubbed EA288

Volkswagen has new 2.0-liter diesel engine for 2015; dubbed EA288

Volkswagen has cornered 90 percent of the American automotive diesel market, a remarkable achievement, especially considering the diesel engines now in everything from BMW and Audi to even the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Chevrolet Cruze. To be fair, Volkswagen has had an exclusive on smaller diesel engines in the U.S. No one else has […]

September 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Honda hops up CR-Z hybrid sports with HPD supercharger

Honda hops up CR-Z hybrid sports with HPD supercharger

Honda finally recognized what everyone else saw from the beginning—that the sporty Honda CR-Z hybrid is too slow—and is finally correcting the shortcoming with a factory-developed supercharging kit that will boost horsepower output to a max 197 horsepower. Back in 2011, when we first drove the Honda CR-Z, we liked it, not only the irreverent […]

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Three-liter diesel in a Ram 1500: The first diesel in a full-size pickup

Three-liter diesel in a Ram 1500: The first diesel in a full-size pickup

The 2014 Ram 1500 with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel could be considered the first full-size pickup with a diesel engine. Or it could be considered the first diesel in a full-size pickup. That’s not a tautology. There is a difference. The latter is an engine with a truck around it. And it’s a great truck, as […]

August 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Early airbag designs were bulky, with the steering wheel bag assembly making the wheel look like a hassock with a grab ring. Over the years, however, the inflatable safety devices have become smaller and more compact, and engineers have found more ways to deploy them. Side curtain and side torso seatbelts help prevent side impact […]

June 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Land Rover’s concept Transparent Hood gives drivers X-ray vision

Land Rover’s concept Transparent Hood gives drivers X-ray vision

“Spotters” have been an integral part of off-roading. Cresting a hill or picking a way over obstacles is difficult when the hood is in the way seeing what’s there. The spotter, standing along the trail, points just where to go, how fast and how much to turn the wheel. But spotters will soon be on […]

April 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
What happens to electric car range when, baby, it’s cold outside?

What happens to electric car range when, baby, it’s cold outside?

The freshman chemistry student knows chemical reactions are typically slowed by cold temperatures, and everyone who owns a pure-electric automobile knows—or should know—that basic chemistry means there’s less electricity available from a battery when the weather turns cold. But by just how much? That’s a question that the American Automobile Association asked as well. It […]

March 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Cadillac Vsport 3.6L puts power underhood for XTS Vsport, CTS Vsport

New Cadillac Vsport 3.6L puts power underhood for XTS Vsport, CTS Vsport

The Cadillac CTS has suffered, if that’s the right word, a gap between the regular CTS models, powered by a two-liter four-cylinder engine, or a V-6 of 3.6 liters, and the V-8-powered Cadillac CTS-V. The four-cylinder engine, turbocharged and making 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, is not the anomaly-in-a-Cadillac one might expect. And […]

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Five driving tips that could save your life

Five driving tips that could save your life

Your car has thousands of dollars in safety equipment, from seat belts and air bags to, perhaps, automatic brake drying and even collision avoidance braking. They’re all worthwhile, certainly, but here are five simple no-cost ways avoid collisions and maybe even save your life: Do a good turn daily  When waiting to make a left […]

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