The car that defined the term “hot hatch” embodies a classic formula: refinement, style, power, and playful performance. It’s a package that has met with great success since the GTI’s U.S. debut in 1983, with the 2015 Golf GTI winning the 2015 North American Car of the Year, along with the Golf. The GTI has received more than a dozen awards since its redesign for the 2015 model year. New for 2017 After a ground-up redesign for 2015, the Golf GTI continues to add value for model year 2017. The range has simplified options and a new Sport trim for 2017. The GTI Sport is a four-door model with standard Performance Package—brakes from the Golf R; electronically controlled, torque sensing, limited-slip VAQ differential; and a 10-horsepower increase to 220 horsepower (achieved with premium fuel) — as well as 18-inch “Nogaro” aluminum-alloy wheels and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights. The Sport also features unique floormats, … [Read more...] about 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI (US‑Spec)
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The latest version of the car that defined the term “hot hatch” builds on a classic formula; refinement, style, power, and playful performance, a package that has met with great success since the GTI’s U.S. debut in 1983. The all-new Golf GTI features a highly sophisticated EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine that makes 210 horsepower and a healthy 258 pound-feet of torque, figures that are 10 hp and 51 lb-ft higher than in the previous-generation GTI model. The optional Performance Package, which goes on sale later in the model year, ups the ante with 220 horsepower, as well as a torque-sensing electronically-controlled limited-slip differential and larger brakes. All 2015 Golf GTI models have a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic that has a launch control feature. This new-generation Golf GTI has grown in size yet dropped in weight by up to 82 pounds, despite a plethora of … [Read more...] about 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 (US‑Spec)
Arizona dissolves into yellow plains as we push through New Mexico and into Texas, stopping in El Paso just long enough for a meal. We’re never more than 30 miles from the border, and our hours have caught a cadence of gas stations, hole-in-the-wall food joints, and roadside motels. The Ram Power Wagon shows the marks of our miles, dusty and pinstriped, splattered with a thousand desert bugs. The perfect wanderer, inside and out, its plush leather seats comfortable, its bare vinyl floors up to the task of enduring the sand and grit we track in. We eat and aim for Big Bend National Park, some eight hours from Texas’ western-most city. It’s a long ride down I-10. Another reminder of how gargantuan our country is, of the impossible scope of us.The daylight left us hours ago by the time we find Highway 90, and the sky’s spattered from horizon to horizon with stars, so many that my familiar constellations are lost in the wash. We drive for long hours, nothing in our … [Read more...] about Exploring the Southern Border in a 2017 Ram Power Wagon: Arizona to the Gulf of Mexico
posted yesterday of the crash and fire in Mexico was, indeed, a Tesla Model S, rest assured that it was. Bloomberg got an official statement from the California-based automaker that not only confirms the vehicle status but also that the driver was not badly hurt. Tesla spokesperson Liz Jarvis-Shean told Bloomberg:We were able to contact the driver quickly and are pleased that he is safe. This was a significant accident where the car was traveling at such a high speed that it smashed through a concrete wall and then hit a large tree, yet the driver walked away from the car with no permanent injury.That kind of response is not only good news, it also looks good to company observers. Writing yesterday on Business 2 Community, Nicole Rose Dion analyzed the way Tesla responded to the first Model S fire earlier this month, and came to the conclusion that the company, "did everything right, considering the circumstances." Tesla made the right moves to turn what was a bad visual (we all … [Read more...] about Tesla confirms Model S driver in Mexico fire unhurt, ‘does everything right’ in a crisis
with 2014 figures just shy of the of the 17.3-million vehicle record set in 2000. With more models being built on the continent, even more are being shipped overseas. Factories in the US exported 2.1 million cars last year – the highest number ever. About half of those went to Canada and Mexico, but more than ever have been heading to places like the Middle East and China.The upswing comes in part from from after-effects from the Great Recession, according to The Wall Street Journal. With a weak dollar and lower production costs after the financial crisis, building vehicles in the US was relatively cheaper and more competitive in the world.At the same time buyers around the world are going crazy for crossovers. According to the WSJ, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are already exporting the majority of their US production of these models overseas. Both automakers have also announced investments to expand production further here to send more vehicles abroad. Even Honda has been shipping more … [Read more...] about As US exports top 2 million, is America becoming the world’s source of cheap cars?
Mazda MX-5 Miata was named to Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for the eighth year in a row and for the fourteenth time overall. The CX-5 tops or comes in as runner-up on every AOL Autos staff poll we take on compact crossovers. The Mazda3 is a perennial favorite among auto critics. That's three clear, unquestioned winners in the Mazda showroom. So, why does Mazda seem to struggle sometimes for recognition and clarity in the marketplace?For that, I chatted with Mazda North American Operations President, Jim O'Sullivan, who has run the outfit since 2003. O'Sullivan, a former Ford sales and marketing executive who came to Mazda from Dearborn, MI when Ford owned a controlling stake in Mazda, is one of the quieter, but very menchy, leaders in the industry whose longevity in the job speaks to the stability of Mazda.Subaru and Volkswagen – Mazda's natural rivals – have done. November sales were almost 22,000 vehicles, the best November the company has posted since 1994. … [Read more...] about Mazda has right mix to chase 120,000 more US sales
Chinese automaker Great Wall seems to have moved on from courting Fiat Chrysler. According to Reuters, the company announced in a stock exchange filing that it's looking to collaborate with BMW's Mini brand in some way. Reuters also reports that BMW is open to discussion.We reached out to a BMW representative, and he provided us with an official statement regarding the news. The company didn't specifically say it is talking with Great Wall. What it did say is that it has had success with its current partnership with another Chinese automaker Brilliance, but also that the company is interested in expanding the Mini brand worldwide and in China. The statement says that Mini's future strategy and expansion will include "diversification of partnerships and new cooperation models." It also said that expanding in China "is only possible with a local partner." That sounds to us like BMW is pretty interested in working with Great Wall.This move comes about a month and a half after Great Wall … [Read more...] about China’s Great Wall looking to partner with BMW to sell cars in the West
I have no idea how Chrysler is going to survive. In fact, I assume the feds saved ChryCo from the grim reaper knowing full well the dying domestic didn’t have a hope in hell of recovering, just to help out their pals at Cerberus, I mean, save the US economy from total collapse. Or something. Anyway, Fiat ended-up paying bupkis for some pretty juicy assets. Jeep much? Chrysler also has some modern production facilities, including a plant in Toluca, Mexico. Today’s story in the Wall Street Journal, “revealing” Fiatsler’s plans to build the Fiat 500 down South is something of a non-story. Our pals over at Inside Line called that one way back in January. But it’s worth repeating: An American Fiat 500 is a non-starter. We reckon a hecho en Mexico 500 will be built by Mexicans for Mexicans. Or, as Edmunds puts it . . . Fiat already has a major presence in Brazil, but it’s not much of a player in Mexico. And undoubtedly it would like to be. … [Read more...] about Chrysler to Build 500 in Mexico, for Mexicans?
Germans. It was always Germans. Germans on Harleys in the desert. A platoon of friendly dudes taking a break from the Fatherland to explore the arid expanses of the American Southwest on big old Yankee bikes, V-twins shimmering in the heat. To a man, they’d be swaddled in EagleRider jackets. They’d come over, rent bikes from the company, maybe take a guided tour up Route 66. Hang out with donkeys in Oatman, Arizona, and see the Grand Canyon. For them, it’s like a foot-to-the-floor autobahn run in a Porsche 911 Turbo would be to an American. But EagleRider doesn’t just run tours of the dry, empty corners of America. They’ve got guides and locations dotting the globe. So when they asked if I wanted to go for a ride down the Pacific Coast, I asked, “What about Baja?”I grew up on Highway 1: traveled every inch from Leggett down to Dana Point. Summer vacations in Fort Bragg, quick getaways to Bodega Bay or Santa Cruz. The yearly automotive bacchanal … [Read more...] about Escape to Baja: Three Blissed-Out Days Touring Mexico on a Harley-Davidson
Demand from the Middle East and Asia has helped fuel a new record in U.S. auto exports for the third consecutive year.The Wall Street Journal reports 2.1 million vehicles from factories in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States left for export markets in 2014, breaking the 2-million barrier for the first time. The figure is an 8 percent increase over 2013, and a 73 percent jump from a decade ago.While around half of the exports head north to Canada or south to Mexico, China, Saudi Arabia and South Korea welcomed U.S.-made BMWs, Jeeps, Toyotas et al to their ports over the past year.Factors for the booming export market include a dollar that was weak long enough to lay down the foundation, and is now strong enough against the yen and euro to encourage more production in the U.S., leaner manufacturing, competitive labor rates, and the aforementioned increased demand from newer markets in the Middle East and Asia. … [Read more...] about Middle Eastern, Asian Demand Fuels Booming US Auto Exports