by Chris Chase It strikes us that naming a car must be one of the most interesting jobs in the auto industry. That’s not to say it’s easy, though. Ideally, a car’s name should evoke some desirable image that its maker wants to project. There are also more mundane concerns, like the risk of copyright... Read More.
by Chris Chase – 4.5/5 stars The BMW 3 Series has a well-established reputation as one of the best driving sedans in the marketplace, which brand purists might say has been tarnished by recent generations aimed at a wider range of luxury car buyers. A seventh-generation 3 Series arrived last year as the four-cylinder 330i... Read More.
by Chris Chase The auto industry is a fickle one. Frequent technology innovations and the changing tastes of car buyers mean a car manufacturer has to work hard to keep its offerings relevant. In this used-car article, we’re taking a look at a handful of cars that made strong starts but fell into obscurity. You... Read More.
by Chris Chase — Rating: 4.2/5 As I write this, rumours are circulating that Toyota will reveal an electric concept car, powered by a solid-state battery, at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The main advantage of solid-state batteries is that they can store more electricity in a smaller package. Toyota says it expects to be among... Read More.
by Chris Chase Most of the upscale plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles reaching the marketplace these days are SUVs, reflecting that vehicle type’s popularity. However, luxury brands made their first forays into the electrified-vehicle segment about a decade ago with more traditional full-size sedans using gas-electric drivetrains. These cars showed luxury-car buyers that saving fuel... Read More.
by Chris Chase Diesel engines looked poised for big things in the mid-2010s. Volkswagen was enjoying massive success with its TDI diesels, particularly in the compact Golf and Jetta models. And then the Volkswagen emissions scandal, known as Dieselgate, hit the fan. That killed diesel’s momentum here as increased regulatory scrutiny scared most other automakers... Read More.
As the market for sedans continues to shrink, car makers are reaching for anything to make their cars stand out from the crowd. For Nissan and its mid-size Altima, that trick is making it the only car in its class with standard all-wheel drive.... Read More.
Electric vehicles, or EVs, are quickly becoming popular in both the new and used vehicle markets. Recent advances in technology allow today’s electrics to go further on a charge, making them more viable for single-vehicle households.... Read More.