Autoline After Hours in NYC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 28, 2016 at 5:01 AM

The 2016 New York International Auto Show is open to the public right now, but last week it was opened just to the press, where several vehicles were introduced, like the 2017 Prius Prime, a plug-in variant of the non-plug-in Prius hybrid.

NSX Goes Racing (Without the Hybrid Parts)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 25, 2016 at 5:07 AM

The 2017 Acura NSX is meant to go fast—it has a twin-turbocharged DOHC V6 that produces 500 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque and a front twin motor unit that drives the front wheels and a direct drive motor that is located between the engine and the nine-speed transmission—and it does, with a top speed of 191 mph.

The Special Costco Silverado

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 24, 2016 at 5:12 AM

When you think of Costco, you probably think about buying lots of stuff for your home and your family, but there are probably some things that don’t necessarily come to mind when you think of the membership-based store chain.

Lincoln Navigator Concept: A Grand Concept for a Grand Journey

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 23, 2016 at 6:17 AM

Kumar Galhorta, president of Lincoln, often uses the word “journey.” Which is an apt metaphor, inasmuch as Lincoln makes cars and crossovers and a full-size SUV, which provide the means by which people take journeys, and the Lincoln brand itself is on a journey, in that it is working to gain global traction in the luxury marketplace where it had seemingly stalled during the past several years.

Translating Scion

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 18, 2016 at 7:29 AM

In an automotive landscape where alphanumerics are replacing more conventional words, as in “names,” the shift of Scion products to Toyota badges is resulting in a replacement of another nature because Scions from the start never had names that weren’t combinations of letters that didn’t spell words (e.g., “Scion” is a word; “xB” is, well, xB). So consider the Scion FR-S.

Back in Black

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 18, 2016 at 5:00 AM

With the CTS sedan and ATS sedan and coupe, Cadillac has some of the most striking luxury performance vehicles on the road today.

Electrification for the Rest of Us

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 17, 2016 at 5:06 AM

This is the Porsche 918 Spyder, which went out of production in June 2015, after 21 months of production: What’s notable about the 918 Spyder (among other things) is that it is a hybrid.

Opel GT Concept and Real Red Tires

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 16, 2016 at 6:00 AM

At the Geneva Motor Show, Opel exhibited its GT Concept, a front mid-engine, rear-drive car that is predicated on the production model GT from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Wrenching

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 15, 2016 at 6:04 AM

As the political season is getting down to the nuts and bolts, and as there is the expected amount of flag-waving going on, it strikes us as appropriate to point out that Craftsman Industrial has come out with a new line of wrenches that, unlike those available from other sources, are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Subaru’s New Platform

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 14, 2016 at 6:10 AM

Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, has announced that the 2016 Impreza, which will go on the market later this year, is the first vehicle to be based on what they’re calling the “Subaru Global Platform,” which will be the basis of the company’s vehicles going forward.