Box Full of Soul

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 23, 2016 at 5:33 AM

Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and executive vice president, Kia Motors America, makes an interesting observation about things of a boxy nature—vehicles of a boxy configuration, that is.

2016 Scion FR-S

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 19, 2016 at 4:26 AM

Let’s face it: Scion cars have, by and large been somewhat orthopedic in their design (the exception would be the tC, the exception that proves the rule as its stylishness gave it considerable attention and even credibility outside the expected audience), as in practical, straightforward.

Genesis Rising

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 18, 2016 at 5:07 AM

“Luxury” rhymes with “credibility,” and so it seems that every—or almost every—automotive OEM would like to point to its very own luxury marque.

Nissan’s “Year of the Truck”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 16, 2016 at 5:32 AM

"Nissan is undertaking an all-out assault on the light truck market in the U.S. this fall with a steady stream of new trucks, SUVs and crossovers," said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, as the company announced the pricing for its lineup of gasoline-powered Titan pickups, ranging from the Titan S Crew Cab 4x2 at $34,780 all the way up to the Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 at $56,910 (all of which are powered by a 5.6-liter Endurance V8). Nissan is still ramping up its production of the Titan models (the full-size pickup is assembled at the company’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, with the engines coming out of the plant in Decherd, Tennessee), so its sales through July have been not all that robust (7,242 units from January to July, according to Nissan; it is somewhat coincidental that the sales of the mid-size Frontier, which is rather long in the proverbial tooth, were 7,244—for the month of July, alone). However, there’s the assault that Diaz referenced.

The Local Motors Approach

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 15, 2016 at 5:01 AM

This is the 3E. A design by the renowned automotive designer Camilo Pardo, the man behind many striking designs, including the ‘05/’06 production Ford GT.

The Sound of the Porsche Panamera

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 12, 2016 at 5:18 AM

Although self-driving aids get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to advanced automotive technology, when you get right down to it, there are plenty of people for whom a high-end audio system would be more appealing than some sort of lane-keeping assist.

Standard of the World

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 11, 2016 at 5:32 AM

Those of you of a historic bent will recognize “Standard of the World” as the slogan once used by Cadillac.

2016 Honda Pilot AWD Elite

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 09, 2016 at 5:22 AM

One of the better ways to get a sense of the overall segment competitiveness of a vehicle is to talk with someone who makes his or her living selling vehicles of a different brand.

Sparking Toward 2025

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 08, 2016 at 5:08 AM

When it comes to the electrification of vehicles, there are few people who have the insights to say nothing of the first-hand knowledge of MaryAnn Wright.