Yesterday, we posted a review of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, a car that is controversial for a number of reasons, from GM’s bailout, to the huge expectations heaped on the car, to the giant pre-release hype that GM built for it. I thought it might be interesting to look at what the Volt might need in order to be more successful in the marketplace.
There have been some rumblings over the past few weeks that the 2015 Mustang – which will be all-new, not heritage styled, and smaller and lighter than the current car – will drop its base 3.7 liter V6 in favor of an EcoBoost four cylinder. Thinking back to the many dark days of pony car powertrains (with the likes of 105-horsepower 2.3 liter four cylinders under the hoods of Mustangs and 90-horsepower 2.5 liters under the hoods of Camaros), does this mean that more-stringent CAFE standards are going to kill the fun that these cars are currently delivering by the truckload?
Looking over the photos in GM’s media website this afternoon, an infographic caught my eye. (Actually, two infographics caught my eye, but this is the more interesting of the two. I’ll mention the other one at the end). In the particular item I’m focusing my attention on, GM defines the competition for its upcoming Chevrolet Spark minicar. It’s an interesting choice for comparison, and seemingly one out of left field. Read on for the punchline.
On March 6, 2007, I wrote the following post for Techshake:
“Within the context of buying a new car or truck, people often ask me whether I think gasoline will be $4 a gallon or $5 a gallon soon. In case you have the same question, here is the general answer I give them:
These days, numbers no longer do the talking.
We have comfortably exceeded every available record to break for the modern sports car. Fastest lap times – check. Fastest acceleration – check. Shortest braking distance – check. You get what I mean; there is so much improvement from cars of yesteryear that now we are spoilt by excellence.