opinion Henry Payne The Detroit News Published 11:14 PM EST Dec 5, 2018 I vaguely remember a time when I noticed the homely Nissan Altima. It was sometime in 2006 and the midsize sedan introduced cool, wrap-around rear taillights. The lamps inside the casing were colorful, staggered, alive. But save for that delicious chunk of chocolate-covered almond, the Nissan sedan has been pure vanilla. Until now. “That’s a beautiful car,” said Mrs. Payne as I pulled the all-new, made-in-Tennessee, 2019 Nissan Altima into the driveway this fall. Stop the presses. Unlike her car-mad husband, my wife is an auto appliance shopper. Give her a sedan with reliability, room, attractive looks and all-wheel-drive for winter and she’ll drive it. Brand be damned. Nissan has always tested well on the three Rs — reliability, ergonomics and room — and the Altima’s rear seat easily accommodates my sprawling, basketball-player frame. Heck, the … [Read more...] about Payne: Alright for Nissan Altima all-wheel drive
All wheel drive explained
With winter upon us, it would be wonderful if we had a trained rally driver with access to a bunch of all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive vehicles all assembled in one lot to helpfully explain the difference between these two ever-more confused terms. Oh wait, here he is! This is Wyatt Knox of Team O’Neil Rally School. You may remember him from teaching my coworker and I how to take control of a car if your driver gets shot, and how to do a PIT maneuver, and, well, a lot of other things. Wyatt is a two-wheel-drive national rally champion, and knows his stuff. It is with this in mind that Wyatt explains why an older Subaru STI can be considered 4WD while even the coolest Ford Focus RS cannot, and where trucks and Land Rovers and Jeep Cherokees all fit into that. Four-Wheel Drive: 100 percent of the power is sent to the front and rear of the vehicle. That means you have a transfer case or locking center differential. Part-Time 4WD: This means you can have the vehicle in 2WD or you … [Read more...] about Here’s the Difference Between All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive
Motoring by Press Association 25/10/2018, 5:02 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter For most drivers, which set of their car’s wheels puts power to the road is something they rarely consider. That’s because, in normal driving, it really doesn’t matter very much at all. It’s only when you dig deeper into how a car drives and handles that the driven wheels begin to make a difference – and they can really alter a car’s character, dynamic feel and even its packaging. We’ve rounded up the three main choices of drivetrain here to help you decide which you should be looking out for on your next car. Front-wheel-drive The overwhelming majority of new cars sold today are front-wheel-drive (FWD). Made popular by Citroen, it’s the default template for most vehicles which aren’t sports cars or off-roaders – and it’s exclusively paired with a front-mounted engine. … [Read more...] about Front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive: explained
Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 11:01 p.m. UTC Aug 29, 2018 No driver, no matter how skilled, can use all the ★★★ 2018 BMW M5’s capabilities on a public road, and virtually no M5 owner will take a six-figure super-sedan on a closed track. So why does the new M5 exist? Here's why: To silence conversations like the one I recently watched suck the air out of a dinner group as two people debated whether BMW is still “the ultimate driving machine,” as the Bavarian automaker’s advertising has modestly promised for a generation. The food was fine, but trust me, if you’d been there you would have been looking for a fire alarm to pull. Will the new 600-horsepower, 3.2-second 0-60 mph BMW M5 succeed in ending that kind of conversation? Not entirely. Behind the Wheel 2018 BMW M5 All-wheel-drive, five-passenger high-performance sedan Price as tested: $128,895 (excluding destination charge) Rating: ★★★ (Out of four … [Read more...] about Review: All-wheel-drive 2018 M5 is a heavyweight fighter for BMW’s rep
Most Infinitis are likely to be all-wheel drive in the future as the automaker looks to phase out its rear-wheel-drive platform found in the Q50, Q60, Q70 and QX70 models. In an interview with GoAuto published Tuesday, Infiniti product chief Francois Bancon said the existing RWD platform, code-named FM and introduced in 2001, isn't compatible with the new electrification strategy the automaker plans to implement. “We are going to have to change, this [FM] platform is a V-6 platform, it is rear-wheel drive,” Bancon said. “We are going to have to shift because this platform is not an electrified platform; you need a battery, you need an electric motor, it’s a different package.” Bancon went on to explain that future Infinitis would probably be AWD, with an internal combustion engine and electric motor combo driving the front wheels and another electric motor at the rear. “Since you shift electric you have a motor in the front and in the back, so RWD … [Read more...] about Infiniti to ditch rear-wheel drive?