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.
They’ve finally unveiled the Season 5 car.
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.
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.
So I went with a group of TDI people to NAIAS, and I have Thoughts™.
Last week, I saw a comment over on Jalopnik that I think really captured the nature of the American automotive market.
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.
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.
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 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.)
Another post that should go on LaLD, but I don’t actually go on there, much less have authorship.
Two words: Tundra Hybrid.
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):
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.
Why wait for a decadent capitalist Twingo, when you can have an actual twin cylinder Trabant?
I finally own what my Prius wants to be when it grows up.
Ooh, yeah, I ‘member!