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2018 Amarok

All it would take is one change, and VW could have a competitive pickup

A few months ago, we asked VW why the Amarok isn't offered here. Aside from its diesel power, the automaker told us that it didn't make sense given its marketing strategy. Well, now the pickup was named European Pickup of the Year, 2018 and sales are up as customers are excited. Don't you think that if it was offered in a gasoline version, it might not do well on this side of the ocean? We think so, but, we're not VW.
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Big Oil and negative brand perception stalls electric vehicle sales momentum

In October and November, Torque News gained some seat time in Chevy Bolt, Honda Clarity, and Hyundai Ionic. These compact 5-door electric hatchbacks are viable everyday drivers by any measure. Yet, there’s a factor or two keeping Bolt and other segment breaching EVs from going mainstream.
Santler up for sale

Busted: vet car up for auction has bogus engine

There's an original Santler that is scheduled to be auctioned next week that may not be all there. The model, an 1894, is said to be the oldest car manufacturered in the U.K. Though its authenticity, down to the manufacture date, has been determined, it may not be a total original. Santlers were either steam-powered or powered by rather weak compressed coal gas engines. Instead, this one has a one-cylinder gasoline-powered Benz powerplant, dropped in when it was restored half-a-century ago.
Audi A8

If You Think Current Audi Designations Are Confusing, In Europe Just Wait

If you think that Audi's engine designators can be a bit confusing, just wait. If you live outside the U.S., starting in 2019, the A8 will introduce the automaker's new 30 to 70 designator scheme that is supposed to spell out an engine's power level. It would be good if it all wasn't relatively relative.
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Lexus GX 460 SUV presents rare V8 powered mega SUV drive and ride experience

As V8 engine power becomes as rare as full benefit long term high paying jobs, Lexus holds out for yet another year with the 3-row body on frame Lexus GX 460, a rare V8 powered mega SUV drive and ride experience. Is there a place for this well refined beast on the streets of America?
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Rumors of 2018 Odyssey Executive Rolling Office Option

Honda’s reinvented vacuum equipped minivan brings an exceptional blend of near intuitive vehicle command connectivity and measurable road performance to the ever evolving minivan vehicle segment. Yet there remains an option yet explored for 2018 Honda Odyssey, the Executive Rolling Office. We’ve heard a rumor or two.
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2018 Honda Odyssey Designed for the Comfortable, Well Connected, Long Haul

Although 2018 Honda was purpose designed as an exceptionally safe, transformable kid hauler, I take a look at Honda’s latest and greatest with the mature eye of a “driver” whose kids are long grown. For me, I like 2018 Honda Odyssey for the comfortable, well connected long haul.
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Insufficient Lithium supply inhibits mainstreaming the electric car

With everything from the cellphone in your pocket to that advanced long-lived lithium-ion battery installed in that new 4-motor drone you surprised the wife with last Christmas, a very limited world-wide supply of the mined, rare earth element Lithium, may be the greatest obstacle in mainstreaming the electric car.

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