The last time Ford affixed a “SPORT” badge to its Explorer sport-utility vehicle, it was to distinguish the two-door model from the four-door. Some two decades after that vehicle’s launch, for 2013, the range-topping Explorer has been fitted with a hi-po, EcoBoost V-6. Would it be sufficient oomph to allow the Explorer to compete with the current crop of full-size SUVs?
This is the Autosavant Weekly News Digest — your last stop for a recap of the week’s top stories in automotive news across the wide world of cars. A true Autosavant knows the value of a good story, well told. Continue Reading →
Over the last week we have been driving around a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara edition. Like the large majority of the people who will buy, own, and drive one, we spent most of our time with the Jeep on paved surfaces. We have split this video review into three parts; the first part covers driving a Wrangler on the street. In the second, we take the Wrangler to an off road park to have some fun. In the third and final video, we show what’s involved in removing the Wrangler’s roof; it requires far more than just pushing a button.
Sales of new cars have been moving along at record levels for the first part of 2012. But all of this hard fought progress is in danger of coming to a sudden and abrupt stop thanks to a supplier issue that threatens to disrupt and potentially cripple all global vehicle production.
Today we go through all of the known releases to date for the 2012 New York Auto Show. New York might not be the year’s biggest auto show, but it is the last of the major shows for the year and the last chance for most of the manufacturers to present their 2013 models. Expected highlights of the show are the 2013 Dodge Viper and new Chevrolet sedan. Autosavant will be covering the the NYIAS in person, so be sure to follow @AutosavantKG on twitter for live tweets and photos.
It took me a week of banging my head on the steering wheel, but I think I finally figured out how to express my feelings about a modern Honda. Hondas are like BlackBerry smartphones. They are reliable, sturdy, and feel a bit stuck in the past. If you really need to get your e-mail and you need the highest grade of security pick the Honda. If you’re interested in embracing the future? Lets hope that Honda has some rapid innovation up their sleeves. The 2012 Honda Fit Sport does everything a car needs to do. It does these essential car activities very well and I am convinced that it will keep doing them for years to come. My concern is that in the market today it seems like the competition is innovating faster and bringing more exciting products to market. Continue Reading →
By Carl Malek
Following in the footsteps of the company’s recently reworked BMW M5 sedan, BMW has decided to give the world a sneak peek at the 2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible before their formal debut at next month’s Geneva Motorshow.
By Carl Malek
Following in the wake of Chevrolet’s recent announcement of a manual transmission option throughout most of the 2012 Cruze model lineup, Car and Driver magazine reports that Ford is also planning to expand availability of a shift-it-yourself 5 speed manual transmission to Ford Focus Titanium models. This announcement should please enthusiasts that wish to row through the gears themselves when the road get twisty.
By Carl Malek
When smart unveiled the for-us urban pickup truck concept on the floor of the 2012 North American International Auto Show, it was hard for me to decide which aspect of smart’s press conference was the strangest, John Lovitz of SNL fame helping to introduce the concept to the assembled press, or a smart “pickup truck” that has somewhat reasonable cargo capability. While I could not make a clear choice when it came to that particular debate, the smart For-Us concept car does bring some fresh ideas to the brand as well as what the future could hold for smart.
By Carl Malek
Lincoln chose to kick off day two of the 2012 North American International Auto Show by unveiling this MKZ concept car which appears to be a slightly disguised glimpse into what the production version of the next generation MKZ sedan could very well look like.
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