Dr. Werner Lang, the engineer and mastermind behind the iconic Trabant 601 sedan (which would become a symbol of East German communism and horrible Eastern Bloc cars) has died due to a heart attack that occurred at his home in Zwickau, Germany. He was 91 years old.
Following on the heels of its official debut a month ago, BMW has officially revealed the final pricing ladder for the 2014 BMW X5 which aims to bring in new buyers with its updated exterior and interior styling to compete against rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz ML class, the 2014 Porsche Cayenne, and the Land Rover LR4.
Yesterday’s news that GM had topped the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey (IQS) came as a surprise to many observers. GM earned a well-deserved reputation over the past several decades as a seller of crappy cars littered with quality problems (though 1990s Buicks tended to do pretty well in this same survey). Had someone told me a few years ago that in 2013 GM would occupy the top spot in the survey, I would have found it hard to believe. Well, pigs are flying and GM is on top. Now let’s look at some of the reasons why.
With the sleek and elegant 2014 Vanquish Coupe making its way into Aston Martin showrooms, the company has unveiled the next chapter in the Vanquish story, the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. The Volante (Aston speak for convertible) aims to introduce buyers to a stylish droptop that is not only an elegant alternative to the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider and the Mclaren MP4-12C Spider, but also chronicles several key milestones for the iconic British Brand which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary.
If you’re a car industry fanatic like many of us are, you may recall that in the early days of the U.S. auto industry, there were far more than only three companies (or a few more if you count startups like Tesla) selling new cars in the U.S. Long-forgotten nameplates like Maxwell, Pierce-Arrow, Studebaker, Rambler, Packard, Nash, and others eventually either consolidated their operations into a larger automaker, or shut their doors outright. China’s auto industry today in many ways parallels the early days of its U.S. counterpart – many players, not all strong, and not all good, vying for ever-growing pieces of a pie that’s not growing as quickly as everyone there would like. On top of that, pollution in many Chinese cities is abysmal. Thanks to more and more cars, motorbikes, factories, and electricity generation, air quality in places like Shanghai is almost un-breathable. So what’s the solution?