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Temporarily dead: Porsche diesel Temporarily dead: Porsche diesel

Per Autocar, looks like all Porsche diesel production (in the form of the Macan and Panamera) has been ended as of yesterday, although the next Cayenne is still planned to get a diesel option.

New Formula E car New Formula E car

They’ve finally unveiled the Season 5 car.

The crossover is dying, the hatchback and station wagon will rule all The crossover is dying, the hatchback and station wagon will rule all

I know what you’re going to say - I’m insane for saying this. After all, crossovers are a massively booming market, displacing the midsize sedan in America, and displacing the MPV (what we Americans would call the minivan) in Europe.

Hear me out here... Hear me out here...

OK, so are we all familiar with the OX? If not, it’s a low-cost flat pack truck designed by Gordon Murray (of course it’s middle drive), using some Ford Transit FWD 2.2 diesel hardware, meant for developing nations.

Thoughts on NAIAS

So I went with a group of TDI people to NAIAS, and I have Thoughts™.

More evidence towards the hypothesis that the sedan is alive and well... it's just called a pickup truck More evidence towards the hypothesis that the sedan is alive and well... it's just called a pickup truck

Last week, I saw a comment over on Jalopnik that I think really captured the nature of the American automotive market.

Today in Bullshift: Kia Forte Today in Bullshift: Kia Forte

This results in smooth and linear acceleration, and for a more enjoyable and sporty driving experience, a step-shift-like feel mimics a conventional automatic at wide-open throttle or when more acceleration is needed.

Let's whip out our trucks and compare sizes, shall we? Let's whip out our trucks and compare sizes, shall we?

The bulging fenders and slightly higher roof you can see behind the NA Ranger 4x4 is a New Zealand-market T6 Ranger HR 4x2 or 4x4. Behind that, much more prominently, is a 2011 F-150, I don’t know whether it’s 4x2 or 4x4.

OK, so this is weird... (hybrid kei car content) OK, so this is weird... (hybrid kei car content)

Suzuki’s been making kei cars with hybrid systems for a few years now (I believe they’re the only manufacturer that’s ever sold hybrid keis, although Daihatsu’s shown concepts), and 15 years ago made the first hybrid kei car, the Twin Hybrid.

I hate cold weather I hate cold weather

I meant to post this before, but this was the two work days of driving I had this past week. (The other two days in there are from a new year’s road trip.)

Now I have the matched set Now I have the matched set

Another post that should go on LaLD, but I don’t actually go on there, much less have authorship.

Making fun of McLaren reliability is apparently an internet tradition Making fun of McLaren reliability is apparently an internet tradition

I was trying to find stuff on early PC wheels, and found this comment from 1995, about the Thrustmaster Formula T1 (one of the first):

Yay, got a ScanGauge II for Christmas, and I think I've got the X-Gauges how I want them. Yay, got a ScanGauge II for Christmas, and I think I've got the X-Gauges how I want them.

Engine RPM, water temperature, a far more accurate display of battery state of charge, and high voltage battery current flow - I’d say that’s a pretty decent config.

You can import a Trabi today, just saying. You can import a Trabi today, just saying.

Why wait for a decadent capitalist Twingo, when you can have an actual twin cylinder Trabant?

About damn time About damn time

I finally own what my Prius wants to be when it grows up.

'member when LMP1 was dying? 'member when LMP1 was dying?

Ooh, yeah, I ‘member!

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