That was done without impeding traffic, too - I’m not about to be that guy.
It’s been a day since the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and I’ve finally put my thoughts together on it. It was something else, nothing like I’ve ever seen before.
I remember when some of the reviewers poked fun at the excessive use of HYBRID badging on these GM trucks from the late 2000s, but I never remembered it being quite this bad. Not the best pic, but can you spot all FIVE of them? Don’t forget there are 3 more on the other side for a total of at least 8. Is there a…
Last time on State of the Engines, I covered the singular 2-cylinder car... but if you want a 3-cylinder, there’s more options. Most of them are still from BMW, but hey.
I thought I’d do a series covering less common engine configurations in the US car market, and their availability today (this means no I4s, no V6s, no V8s, and I’m not even sure about I6s). So, let’s start with the 2-cylinder - it’s the lowest cylinder count that can be found in a US car today.
...you’re gonna see the horsepower peak.
Had to leave work early for a doctor’s appointment but it left me free for the afternoon. I decided to test drive the Malibu Hybrid and the Volt to see if I should consider them for my next car.
No cheating, guess, don’t Google.
The latest automaker to announce that they’re not playing the downsizing game any more... is Volkswagen.
I mean, it probably drives decently enough (I haven’t driven one, though). But, well, take a look at the efficiency.
owned by Geely (China) since 2014
So, yesterday, I went to the Detroit Auto Show, and... now I kinda want a minivan. I don’t even have a use for one, and I doubt I’d like the driving dynamics, but I still kinda want one. Well, a specific one, anyway.
Last time in Bullshift, we discussed the Lexus LC 500h, and its 4-speed e-CVT that pretends to be a 10-speed automatic at all times. Today’s offender is also an e-CVT from Toyota, the 2018 Camry Hybrid.
Guess it’s time to join the bandwagon.
(I’d like to point out that I posted this on Right Foot Down yesterday afternoon, despite some eerie similarities to this morning’s FP article - check the timestamps yourself...)
So, last time I posted here, I said I’d think about doing a piece on the Toyota/Lexus Multi-Stage THS-II. This is that piece, but I thought I was basically going to do a technical overview, not a rant.
Last week, Toyota detailed their next-generation powertrains for vehicles on their new architecture. In addition to several new transmissions, they announced a new modular engine family supporting varying cylinder displacements (much like Mazda’s SkyActiv-G family) and cylinder count, and detailed the first variant of…
So, the first snow that’s actually stuck happened overnight, nothing’s been plowed, perfect for seeing what a car can do. The Miata’s parked for the winter, so that leaves the Prius.
So, I was looking for where I got my phone wallpaper from, when I stumbled on this article on Toyota Europe’s blog. Apparently, a group of kids (with an organization, Team Les Galapiats, that gets kids into this kind of thing) actually managed to build a 2/3 scale TS050, using a Toyota COMS powertrain (think something…