5 Iconic Names That Are Coming Back in All the Wrong Ways
To some people, a car’s name is nothing more than that: a name. They have no value other than identifying one model from another model. But for others, a car’s name is it’s value. We identify them beyond what others do. For us, they’re more than just names; they’re identities that have helped shape our love for them and this whole industry.
Unfortunately, not all of the best car names live on in perpetuity. Some get retired — R.I.P., Dodge Viper — while others are shelved for an indefinite period of time before they’re brought back, sometimes in a different guise. The latter has happened quite a lot in recent years, and while there have been some expected hits to come out of this name recycling exercise — the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4are poster children of this — there are those that are probably best left in the shelves.
Five Electric Luxury SUVs That’ll Get the Gas Monkey Off Your Back
Electric vehicles have come a long way in the last few years. There once was a time not too long ago when cars running on pure electricity were seen as novelties or quirky creations that were developed to showcase alternative ways to get us from point A to B. Fast forward a few years later and here we are.
There’s something to be said for the legitimacy of electric vehicles, and how far they’ve come to get to this point. We can go into the minutiae of how they’ve evolved in recent years, but instead, we’ll simply shine a light on how EVs have reshaped our own lives, opening doors we didn’t know existed as recently as a few years ago. It’s no wonder then that when we’re talking about cars these days, no conversation means anything without talking about electric vehicles.
Electric vehicles are taking the world by storm, and no more is that evident than in the sizzling hot SUV market. With the exception of a few holdouts who, presumably, have yet to see the light, just about every automaker that’s worth its salt has an electric SUV. Some already have theirs populating the roads while others are still in development. Electric SUVs have become more than just novelties; they’ve become industry standards. So as it is, we’re going to take a look at five electric SUVs and tell you why they’re leading the electric SUV revolution in the auto industry.
The Top 5 Cars We’re Excited To See From FCA in The Next Four Years
Last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled a massive four-year plan for all the auto brands belonging to the American automaker. There were a lot of announcements involving brands like Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, RAM, and Maserati. Some of the announcements were expected, but there were also some announcements that left a lot of people surprised and excited for what’s to come. All in all, more than 25 new vehicles are being planned over the next four years, including the five models that we’re most excited to see.
The automotive world is full of trends and copycatting, so it is not uncommon to see drivetrain modifications start off small and explode as the years progress. If you think back, you will find one of the slower growing trends in automotive history was fuel injection, as it dates way back to 1925, then by 1940 it was first made electronic by Alfa Romeo engineers. In 1952, it became commercially available via Bosch, but only a few automakers made use of it. By the early-1990s, all but a handful of cars had electronic fuel injection of some sort.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, in terms of rate of growth, is the elimination of V-8 engines in favor of more practical turbocharged V-6 engines. The Ford F-150 has been on the front lines of this V-8 abandonment front and it all began with the elimination of all but two V-8 engines in 2011 – the 5.0-liter V-8 and 6.2-liter V-8 were the only 8-cylinder engines available – and replacing them with a series of V-6 engines, including: a high-output non-turbo, a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter, a 302-horsepower 3.7-liter, and a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine.
Since this successful introduction of forced-induction V-6 engines by Ford, seemingly every company is working on a hot turbocharged V-6 to replace their V-8 engines. The most notable is General Motor’s work on a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 for its upcoming Escalade redesign and the new Silverado and Sierra. There are also whispers of a twin-turbo V-6 for the Camaro. Dodge has fallen behind, but has turned its focus more toward making its existing V-8 powered trucks more economical, but will eventually have to switch to turbo power to keep pace.
So the question on everyone’s mind is how do these turbo charged V-6s stack up to the aging and fuel-hungry V-8s?
Click past the jump to read our comparison between the two options.