An hour-long Deep Dive video explaining how the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Transaxle helps to get the hybrid minivan to 84 MPGe!
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Honda has filed a patent in Japan for an 11 speed transmission with three clutches. The application gives no hint what sort of car Honda would use the transmission for.
Honda will bring back the Civic hatchback this fall as a 2017 model. The car will be built in the UK and come with 172 hp turbo 4. A CVT and a 6 speed manual transmission will be offered.
GM says it would like to take over leadership in diesel engine technology now that Volkswagen has fumbled the ball so badly. It also wants to use more CVTs in its cars.
The folks at AutoGuide have unearthed a patent for an 11 speed transmission filed by Ford 18 months ago. It uses a combination of clutches, brakes and gears to achieve this mechanical miracle, but will it ever find its way into a production vehicle? “As a technology leader, we submit patents on innovative ideas as […]
The 2016 Chevy Spark will be a completely redesigned car, Chevrolet says. Billed as a “city car,” the diminutive Spark will be manufactured in Korea and sold in 40 markets around the world. Profit margins may not be as high as for SUV’s but the Spark will likely be a volume leader for Chevrolet. “At […]
CVTs are becoming more commonplace, and Ford is considering rekindling its relationship with gearless transmissions as a means to improve fuel economy.
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A few weeks ago, Ford announced that its new 2014 Ford Fiesta with a 1.0 liter Ecoboost 3 cylinder engine was the highest MPG car you could buy that wasn’t a hybrid with its 32/45 (37 combined) mpg rating. Almost immediately, the Mitsubishi fan base started grumbling. “Not so fast, Ford!” they said. “Mitsubishi has […]
I went to a recent Honda hosted event in San Antonio and compared the new accord to the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid. It seemed nice enough, then I threw up.
The Frankfurt auto show is usually the beginning of a model year’s auto show season, and this year is no exception with a host of 2014 models being shown for the first time. BMW is starting us off with a bit of 2 wheeled news this morning, having recently announced that the company’s C Evolution […]
Nissan is looking to broaden its product range with a new hybrid prototype, named the Hi-Cross. The study was unveiled in Geneva, with future production versions meant to reach dealerships under the Juke, Qashqai, and Murano names. Modify, Modify, Modify The Hi-Cross based off a highly modified C-Platform (think the X-Trail). The study is 183” […]
We’ve covered BMW’s new maxi-scooters since they were drawings, on through the prototype stage, and now – finally! – they’re in production, coming to a BMW dealer near you early next year. It’s no wonder we’re excited about the new BMW maxis. They’re fast, they’re refined, and – offering 50+ mpg fuel economy and more […]
Hybrid flywheel energy storage got off to a bit of a shaky start in Formula 1 back in 2009, but the technology is gaining ground outside the motorsports arena in production cars, utility companies, and – now – it’s found its way into bicycles! The bike you see here has been rigged up with a […]
With hybrid sales declining across America, Honda has introduced a new, low-content Honda Insight model that begs the question: how many speakers do you really need? Even with the overall hybrid market in decline, sales of Honda’s Insight have fallen way short of early expectations, and the company sells significantly fewer Insights than cross-town rivals […]
Detroit News writers recently got the chance to test-drive one of Honda’s new, “fun to drive” CR-Z hybrid coupes. They wrote about their experiences, and (after they got done calling Americans overweight and shallow) they told us about Honda’s new CR-Z and its chances in the US market. They were wrong.