The World Health Organization released an official announcement yesterday stating that it has discovered significant evidence that links inhalation of diesel fumes with various types of cancers in human beings.
Way back in 2009, I was fortunate to spend a week in the then-new Jaguar XF sedan. The XF broke new stylistic ground for Jaguar, pulling the company out of a rut of quad-headlamp sedan sameness that they’d been in, literally, for decades. Back then, I thought the XF looked awesome and drove even better.
In an announcement released yesterday at Telematics Detroit, INRIX a leading provider of driver services and traffic information revealed that BMW of North America will be utilizing the firm’s premium traffic information software for upcoming advanced connected navigation systems which will be targeted towards the North American market.
How’s this for a crazy notion: Is Chrysler the new Hyundai? The answer, I think, is “no,” but there are some interesting parallels between two automakers who at face value probably could not be any more different. Specifically, I’m referring to the fact that recent Hyundais have been dramatically better than the models that they replaced. Where Hyundai previously sold cars mostly on the strength of its warranty coverage and price, its products are now improved to the point that they occupy positions among the class leaders.
The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the best full-sized SUVs. It looks good, it rides well, it offers towing capabilities up to 8,500 lbs., and it can haul up to nine passengers, admittedly at a pinch for a couple of them; or two passengers and a bunch of stuff; or numerous variations on these themes. The first two rows—captain’s chairs in the LT and LTZ, split bench in the base LS—are very comfortable and have as much leg- and head room as most sedans but more wiggle room for shoulders and hips, because the hefty Tahoe is 6 ½ ft. wide. If you fold down the second row of seats and remove the third row (not without some heaving and grunting) the Tahoe boasts almost 109 cu. ft. of cargo space.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told the Detroit News that one of the first things he would do if elected president is to completely divest of the government’s stake in GM. He made the case to the paper that the Obama Administration is holding onto its 26 percent stake in GM solely so that the extremely-likely loss that would come from the shares is not locked in.
There was an interesting that explored part of the reason behind Chrysler’s dramatic sales rise over the past few months. While industry-wide sales growth in the US has been around 10 percent, Chrysler is growing far more rapidly around a 30 percent clip. The rub: Chrysler appears to be catering to sub-prime auto buyers more than most other manufacturers.
BMW has taken the wraps off the mid-cycle refresh it has bestowed upon its top tier 7 Series sedan for 2013. This refresh brings new technology, better power trains and other goodies to help make the 7 series a top tier competitor once again.