For many years the diesel engine was thought of as reserved for trucks, especially semi-trucks as they trudge along bringing huge trailers loaded with materials to their destinations. At some point automakers started putting diesel engines into smaller passenger vehicles which meant more of us could begin to learn how this type of fuel worked. The diesel engine was originally thought of as a dirty engine that was used only for hauling and carrying but the tradeoff was a huge amount of pollutants in the air. As the diesel made it into passenger cars the only concern was whether or not this engine burned clean enough.
Whether you think a copycat of something else is annoying or want to find out if the new version is actually better than the previous one the curiosity might get the better of you. Think about it, how many Spider-Man movies have we had, how many times can they remake Batman and do we really need more Star Wars? Movies aren’t the only place where we see things copied in an effort to have more technology than before. Even the more powerful versions of the cars we love have been repeated and copied over time.
When you’re ready to head out on the road and want to explore the country you need to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the road trip you have in mind. If your vehicle breaks down close to home you most likely have family and friends that can help you out, but if you end up miles from home you’re going to have a problem. The best way you can make sure your vehicle won’t fail you on the road is to make sure you have checked everything and done the maintenance needed to make sure your car is ready to head out on the road.
While the dependence upon electronics to drive us down the road and be able to read all of the lane and road markings is still a few years off, too often we discuss a driver that’s chosen to rely solely on the automation offered inside a vehicle to make sure they can stay safe on the roadways. Even though we are our own worst enemies on the road with our coffee, driver through lunches, makeup applications and even cell phone usage from behind the wheel, there is a responsibility we still have on the road when it comes to driving.
As the place where more cars are making their mark and showing up to debut what we’ll want to see on the market we’ve seen a ton of great supercars that have cross the stage in Geneva. Something has to be special for a relatively unknown name to make it to this show and be something we want to talk about and the Dendrobium from Vanda Electrics is a car that certainly gives us a great look and some impressive features that have made it worthy of at least one discussion.
As the story goes there are times when some cars offer us the performance we want and other cars let us down. If you start the tale with “once upon a time” but replace it with “there once was a car” you see how this could sound very much like a fairy tale. The reality is, there once was a car that was built so perfect it set top speed records that destroyed the competition by several mph and became one of the best performing cars on the road or track that we’ve ever seen.
Over the years of the automotive industry the hatchback is a style of car that we’ve often enjoyed on one hand and been mired with disgust on the other. What do you typically receive when you have a hatchback? Normally these are shorter cars that are easy to park nearly anywhere, give you great gas mileage, have small but enthusiastic engines and a configurable cargo area because the cargo space is typically close to obsolete. There isn’t usually much leg room in the rear seats and you can’t fit a lot of stuff in them while some of these cars of the past had a hard time getting up and down hills.
Have you wondered when, if ever, BMW would put out another i model to go along with the i3 and i8? There has been talk of making this happen, but recent announcements lean toward more than just an i division sub brand, but a full electrification of the brand. BMW expects to take more than just a couple models to the electric powertrains but hopes to create an entire lineup of electric vehicles that offer the power and efficiency desired. To do this they have a few hurdles to jump over.
The Jeep plant in Toledo, OH is where the famed Jeep Wrangler is built and will continue to be built as a new generation begins. This is also a location where much of the FCA profit sharing money will be spent when union workers receive their profit sharing checks this month. This comes at the same time as many tax returns are filed and tax refunds are issued as well, making it easy for the employees of FCA to put money back into their local economy and have the money to put down on a new vehicle that will be right for them to enjoy the ride wherever they need to go.
The GMC Yukon has been admired for many years as one of the most impressive large SUVs on the market. Last year the first four months of the year already showed double-digit increases in sales for this large and powerful SUV, but GMC didn’t rest on its laurels and act satisfied with these results. Instead GMC continued to be an impressive performer in the large SUV market with the Yukon by bringing a special model to the market late in May for us to enjoy the ride. There are still some of these models at dealers now just waiting for you to take them home with you.