Next week’s New York International Auto Show will mark a first for Japanese automaker Subaru – it will show the company’s first gasoline-electric hybrid. Though we don’t know many details yet, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid will use hybrid technology provided by Subaru’s partner Toyota.
Popular wisdom in the car business is that it’s impossible to close underutilized assembly plants in Europe. Dozens of plants were closed in the U.S. over the past 10 years, and though the capacity reductions were no doubt painful for the workers previously employed at those shuttered plants, not to mention the communities around them that those workers lived in and bought things in, they did right-size the U.S. auto industry’s production footprint for the market share for the Detroit 3. The day of reckoning in Europe has eluded them so far, but it’s coming.
Jaguar has taken the veil of secrecy off of the latest member of its high performance “R” lineup, the 2014 Jaguar XJR sedan. It will make its official public debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show next week.
You may not believe this about a guy who runs a website about cars, but I have been pulled over from time to time for exceeding the posted speed limit. I’ve actually been pretty fortunate in that I usually know where it’s safe to take some liberties, and when I do see the flashing lights, I’m respectful and apologetic, which gets me a warning, or at worst, a “failure to obey a traffic control device” ticket (no points) instead of a moving violation. But for those other times, it’s nice to have a gadget that has your back.
In a surprise unveiling early yesterday, Chrysler and SRT revealed the 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack), a special track oriented variant of the SRT Viper that was designed and built in-house by the company for enthusiasts that wanted a honed piece for road course racing, while also using the car as a response to its eternal rival (and our own Editor-in-Chief’s favorite car) the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
While I haven’t had the chance to devote time to writing for Techshake lately, I have had the opportunity to spend plenty of time in airplanes, airports, hotels, and . Sadly, I’ve been covering way more miles lately on commercial airline flights than behind the wheel – the latter of which I would prefer.
An almost audible gasp from the automotive world was heard when Porsche announced – unapologetically – that the newly revealed 991 GT3 will come equipped with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) only. It will be the first time ever in the GT3’s history that a manual gearbox will not be offered. Apart from the change of the Mezger engine to the new, completely unrelated direct fuel injection (DFI) engine of the lesser 911 models, Porsche’s decision on PDK has got to be the single most talked about controversy surrounding the 991 GT3.
I have always considered the XF’s looks to be severely compromised because of its awkward-looking headlights with ‘exposed eyeballs’. But now that is all gone – the facelift has fixed the last blemish of the design, and now the XF looks complete – it is, from bumper to bumper, absolutely handsome.