It's all about the asterisk, it turns out. Most buyers likely assume that the conditions for rating a new car's fuel economy and engine performance are identical. For at least one carmaker--Ford--and possibly others as well, that turns out not to be the case: Different gasoline formulations are used to test gas mileage than are used for engine output. DON'T MISS: EPA Issues New Guidelines For Automaker Fuel-Economy Testing A case in point is the engine output specifications on the website for the 2016 Lincoln MKX crossover utility vehicle fitted with the turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost...
Puzzling New Power Numbers For Tesla Model S: What's the Deal?
Last week, while the press and Tesla owners were entranced by the introduction of the dual-motor Tesla Model S P85D with all-wheel drive, Tesla quietly changed the listed horsepower ratings for all three single-motor versions of its Model S electric sport sedan. Since their introduction in 2012...David Noland
Corvette Could Go Hybrid, Says GM Head Engineer; World To End?
Last week, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, GM's vice president of global vehicle engineering, set to rest rumors of a mid-engine next-generation Chevrolet Corvette. That got a lot of attention among Corvette fans. But a footnote to the story was that Stracke said not only that a hybrid Corvette was...John Voelcker
Detroit Dinosaur Thinks Kilowatts Are a Buzzkill, World Laughs
As any parent will tell you, progress takes time. Evolution often takes a much longer time yet. So rather than pounding our head on the wall when we read idiotic editorials, perhaps we should take a deep breath and calmly reflect that those who can't adapt to change will eventually die out. What...John Voelcker
Well, Why NOT a (750-Horsepower) Chevrolet Corvette Hybrid?
The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette goes like stink. Its 430-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 is the epitome of all-American performance. And that's just the base car. The supercar contender ZR1 model heads straight into the stratosphere. The Vette is an icon, and GM messes with it at its peril. So a throwaway...John Voelcker
Naturmobil Gives a New Meaning To Green Horsepower
Six wheels. Two seats. One horsepower. Rear-mounted hybrid powertrain. Top speed: 28 miles per hour. It's the future of green transport. Maybe. In April 2006, Iranian engineer Hadi Mirhejazi began working on what he calls the Naturmobil, a vehicle powered by a single horse trotting on a treadmill...John Voelcker