Opinion

This marks the eighth year that we have conducted the World’s Greatest Drag Race. The winner of WGDR No. 1 was the 2012 Nissan GT-R, which turned in an 11.2-second quarter mile at 121.8 mph. Pretty impressive, right? If we were to run that year’s Godzilla against the collective WGDR pack, it would finish 22nd.
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Electric cars. The horsepower of the apocalypse, whispering harbingers of the automotive end times. Plug-in hybrids. A soul-destroying halfway house to that dismal future, because driving pleasure can only be had with a full complement of cylinders firing at all times, right? Wrong. After spending time with Porsche’s Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, I’m convinced
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It used to be that sport-utility vehicles were for workmanlike pursuits—a nicer version of a pickup, something to carry your horse tack or fishing tackle, something for the rancher to drive when helping out the hired hands on the Ponderosa. The emphasis was on enclosed utility. But it was still essentially a truck. And although
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Sergio Marchionne told it like it was. Shortly before his death I asked the FCA CEO whether Donald Trump’s trade wars and Britain’s turmoil over Brexit—its departure from the European Union, one of the world’s largest trade blocs—posed a threat to his company’s business. He paused a moment, then powered ahead: “These are strange times,”
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People trace the trend to FCA boss Sergio Marchionne, who killed the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart to free up more capacity for crossovers. But it had less to do with a lack of demand for sedans in general than shoppers discovering the FCA products to be poor imitations of the segment leaders. I would
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Stop the 40-ton presses and cool the autoclaves. There’s a new light/strong/cheap material poised to join the vehicle engineering toolbox, and it’d be recognizable to the designers of Conestoga wagons. Forget titanium, carbon fiber, and high-strength steel. The hot new substance on the automotive scene is … wood? Yes, wood might no longer be just
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I started in this business as a freelance motorsport reporter, and over the years I’ve covered everything from club autocross to Formula 1. It’s been a long time since I arrived at a motorsport venue not knowing quite what to expect. That made my trip to the 2018 Berlin ePrix for electric cars doubly intriguing.
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There are the automotive icons who are household names. Then there are those who work diligently without public recognition to create the magic that makes those icons famous. Those two groups are the subjects of fascinating new books. Quick: What do the automotive child seat, head-up display, door lamps, adjustable lumbar supports, retractable seat belts,
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Nissan made big, brainy waves at CES by unveiling its brain-to-vehicle research project. If you’ve read recent headlines about people controlling robotic arms or quadcopters simply by thinking about doing so while wearing funny electroencephalography (EEG) caps bristling with sensors and wires, you might wonder whether the era of drive-by-wireless imagination is upon us. It
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Wait long enough, and Moore’s Law of increased computing power in smaller packages (or just good ol’ human ingenuity) eventually makes all great ideas practical. The latest to catch my attention: engine valves that operate without camshafts. For decades the idea of electronically controlled electromagnetic, hydraulic, or pneumatic valve actuation has been studied, developed, and
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