SOICHIRO Honda once said that the car company which carried his name would never make a diesel engine, writes William Scholes. They were too noisy and too smelly, he argued, as well as given to making the sorts of nasty vibrations that the great engineer devoted his life to eradicating from Honda's smooth-as-silk petrol engines. Stubborn resistance to diesel might have been easier to sustain in the 1970s and early 1980s, but by the time the 1990s were coming into view the landscape had changed. It's changing again, but diesel is still the right engine for many drivers. By the time of Mr Honda's death in 1991, rival engine-makers, particularly those from France, Italy and Germany, had come up with clever - Honda-esque, dare I say - ways of making diesel engines smoother, less smelly and quieter, while still harnessing their superior economy and torque. The message to the engineers and product planners was clear; even for Honda, diesel resistance was futile. Honda dipped its toe into … [Read more...] about Honda Civic: An intelligent riposte to diesel doom-mongery
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Ford is one of the greatest marques in the history of the automobile. Period. The automaker has forged a legacy built on innovation and outstanding cars and trucks for more than 100 years. American mobility has largely been defined by the visionary work that goes on in Dearborn, Michigan. But they sure have made some crazy bad cars. Some have been seriously flawed, resulting in recalls and controversy. Others were seriously wacky, or downright dull. Others? An example of badge engineering and marketing committee decisions at its worst. So let’s take a look back at the Fords of yesterday. The bad ones. The uglies and forgotten cars no one wants to admit they once owned. Our list of the ten worst Fords of all time met the following simple criteria: they had to be either terrible, dull, weird, or all of the above. They’re listed below in chronological order. 1958 to 1960 Ford Edsel Here’s to Group Think and the wonderful things it can do! If you’re … [Read more...] about From the Edsel to the Aspire and more, these are the 10 absolute worst Fords of all time
Ford is about more than the F-Series pickup. Historically, the Blue Oval has built some of the greatest cars ever seen on U.S. roads. And while that truck has been a consistent drumbeat to the history of the company (not to mention a primary profit generator), it’s not a stretch to claim that the automaker forged its legacy through the cars it made and marketed. The Model T. The “Deuce Coupe.” The GT40, with its GT progeny. And, of course, the Mustang. All those cars, and more, reflect the constant changes and chapters of American motoring tastes and innovation. Invariably, each stop along the way includes a Ford, either as the driving innovator others hope to catch (Model T, Mustang) or the driven competitor intent on besting the market leader (Escort, Taurus). That’s the benefit of competition: improved cars, more innovation, better designs, and a kick-ass story that takes 100 or more years to tell. Now, Ford has announced that it will stop making sedans … [Read more...] about From the Model T to the Mustang, these are the 10 best Ford cars of all time
SOICHIRO Honda once said that the car company which carried his name would never make a diesel engine, writes William Scholes. They were too noisy and too smelly, he argued, as well as given to making the sorts of nasty vibrations that the great engineer devoted his life to eradicating from Honda's smooth-as-silk petrol engines. Stubborn resistance to diesel might have been easier to sustain in the 1970s and early 1980s, but by the time the 1990s were coming into view the landscape had changed. It's changing again, but diesel is still the right engine for many drivers. By the time of Mr Honda's death in 1991, rival engine-makers, particularly those from France, Italy and Germany, had come up with clever - Honda-esque, dare I say - ways of making diesel engines smoother, less smelly and quieter, while still harnessing their superior economy and torque. The message to the engineers and product planners was clear; even for Honda, diesel resistance was futile. Honda dipped its toe into … [Read more...] about Honda Civic: Diesel’s champion returns
Of all the places we visit and stories we tell on Speedhunters, in my mind it’s pretty hard to beat a shop tour. Getting to go behind closed doors at workplaces that specialise in making cars look better or perform better, or even better, both, is a definite perk of the job, but it also provides an opportunity to give you guys a look into places that you probably wouldn’t be able to otherwise. In this particular case it really rings true; unless you live in Auckland, New Zealand and are familiar with JTune Automotive, that is. I’ve been meaning to bring you a story on this local (to me) performance workshop for a while now, and recently I was able to spend some time at JTune taking a closer look at what they do. And they do a lot. I’ve known JTune’s Jacky Tse for well over 10 years, and in that time he’s gone from being a Honda dealership technician to the owner of one of Auckland’s most well respected performance … [Read more...] about Building JDM Dreams In NZ: A Look Inside JTune
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Intro Buying a car is a major financial decision. You can expect to pay thousands of dollars for even the cheapest new model, and you'll probably be driving it for years to come, so it's important to choose one that you can be happy with—which includes being able to afford the car payment.Before buying any vehicle, regardless of its ratings, consider whether it’s a good fit for your lifestyle. One effective way to choose a car that will serve you well for years to come is to look at which model is the favorite of other drivers in your area. Even if you have your heart set on a particular vehicle, it’s possible that a local favorite—perhaps one you’ve never considered—might be an even better fit for you.The car insurance comparison website Insurify analyzed its data to discover the most popular vehicle in each of the fifty states. As the cars on this list represent vehicles that are on the road, not just those rolling off dealer lots, they don’t … [Read more...] about The most popular car in every state
Back in December, Matthew Guy penned an interesting QOTD post soliciting your picks for the most outrageous new car introduction. In the case of the new-for-1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Bob Lutz drove Chrysler’s new (and important) SUV up a set of stairs at Cobo Hall and through a plate glass window. History revealed the hype to be justified: the Grand Cherokee became an instant success, finding its way into suburban middle-class driveways across America.Sometimes, though, the new product doesn’t live up to the manufacturer’s hype before introduction. Let’s talk disappointment.Hold on, that’s not the disappointing bit — it’s the thing that created the subsequent disappointment years later. As your heart rate settles back down, let me explain. Honda wanted to bring a new sporty car to the market for 2011.The idea behind said new vehicle was very promising, and very simple. Honda wanted to resurrect the ever-desirable CR-X (1984-1991) … [Read more...] about QOTD: Which Cars Failed to Meet the OEM’s Hype?
This has been Opel Week for me; so far, we've seen a "Social Mini-Brute" Kadett magazine ad, a 1967 Kadett Junkyard Treasure, and a bunch of classic Opel television advertisements. Today we'll be looking at one of my most treasured automotive possessions: a Kienzle electromechanical analog clock pulled from a 1966 Opel Kadett.Clocks sometimes (but not always) can be removed easily from junkyard vehicles, and I have been collecting interesting ones— both analog and digital— for a decade or so now. My collection is up to about 100 clocks now, most of which are tested and functioning. We have seen a few of my favorites here, including the Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego clock, the 1981 Honda Accord Sankyo mechanical-digital clock, and the 1976 Jaguar XJ-S Kienzle clock. Today's Opel-badged Kienzle is the first car clock I ever pulled, and it has been in my possession since 1982.Opel sold the Kadett A in the United States, but it was the model-year-1966 introduction of the … [Read more...] about Best car clock ever: Kienzle from 1966 Opel Kadett
While the Verizon IndyCar Series officially kicks off its latest aero kit era on March 11 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, it’s first true test -- as far as most fans are concerned -- won’t come until the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.It could make for a anxious couple of months for a racing series that touted its growing attendance, improved TV ratings, growing social media footprint and, more important, a hot new car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Tuesday.The series brought out some heavy hitters for the first public showing of the 2018 universal aero kit, including Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, IndyCar president Jay Frye, Chevrolet boss Mark Reuss, Team Penske owner Roger Penske, Honda senior vice president Henio Arcangeli Jr., IndyCar legend Mario Andretti and 2017 IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden. IndyCar courting engine manufacturers to join Honda, Chevrolet in series Conversations between IndyCar and potential … [Read more...] about 2018 IndyCar universal aero kit: Looks good, but will it race?