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.
GM CEO Dan Akerson was told Congress this past January that the Chevrolet Volt is a “political punching bag.” He’s right, of course. The car has not come close to meeting GM’s previously-stated sales targets (which have since been unceremoniously dropped), and part of the blame does lie at the feet of the fact that GM accepted a taxpayer-funded bailout. But could there be other reasons the Volt isn’t selling well? We borrowed a 2012 model for a week to find out.
Following a stream of leaked images and information that flooded the Internet yesterday, Aston Martin has decided to lift the veil of secrecy from its upcoming replacement for the DBS coupe. Known officially as the Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish, this new sports GT car aims to bring a whole new level of design and engineering to the iconic British brand.
I seldom read the press releases anymore that automakers and their media consultants dump into my inbox by the hundreds each week. Time is too scarce for me to spend absorbing all the minutae of sales figures, new trim levels, and strategic social media partnerships that fill my Techshake inbox. That said, when I saw the subject line reading “2013 BMW ALPINA B7 super-high performance luxury sedan…” I had to open the message.
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?