Posts from ‘Technology’

Jun
04
What Does The Eco Button Do?

What Does The Eco Button Do?

Among the many strange and wonderful features many new vehicles now boast is a mysterious button marked “Eco.” In some cases the button may be labeled “Econ,” which is no less cryptic than Eco.

May
29
What is Ford SecuriCode?

The Ford SecuriCode system allows vehicle owners to access their cars and trucks utilizing a keypad and five-digit code. The older system keypad seen here is located above the door handle. Most of the current SecuriCode keypads are found on the driver’s side B-pillar.

As we enter the age of autonomous vehicles filled with cloud-sourced entertainment and powered by solid-state batteries, it’s good to know that there are still a few relatively low-tech car features of genuine utility.

May
24
1988 Mazda 626 Turbo AWS

1988 Mazda 626 Turbo AWS

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

.In the late Eighties, Japanese automakers introduced four-wheel steering to the U.S. market. The first car Americans could buy with such a system was the 1988 Honda Prelude Si 4WS. Mindful of the old adage that nobody remembers who was second, let us suggest the 1988 Mazda 626 Turbo 4WS as cheap wheels.

May
21

Nissan e-Power

Though the overall numbers are still relatively small, consumers around the globe are buying more electric vehicles than ever before. That said, those motorists embracing electrification—at least in the U.S.–seem to still be of an early adopter mentality. Most mainstream shoppers remain skeptical that the switch to pure-electric driving will be worth the perceived hassles.

May
02
What is EcoBoost?

The high-performance Taurus SHO was one of the first Ford vehicles to employ an EcoBoost engine.

There is a lot to be said for good automotive branding, especially good engine branding. One of the better recent efforts in this regard is Chrysler’s resurrection of the Hemi name, as applied to a new family of V8 engines that debuted for 2003.

Apr
26
Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise

2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum in Satin Steel Metallic

2015 Audi Q52018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum

Class: Premium Large Car

Miles driven: 322

Fuel used: 15.9 gallons

Apr
16
Silverado Hi-Rail by Harsco, How Hi-Rail Pickup Trucks Work

Chevrolet Silverado Hi-Rail conversion by Harsco. (Harsco Corporation photos.)

I have a number of automotive fantasies, many of which fall into the “never gonna happen” category. Among these daydreams are commuting to work in a Mercedes-Benz Unimog, and driving with Grace Kelly to get a malt at Chicago’s Superdawg Drive-In in a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.

Apr
13
Tire Size Decoder

The string of numbers found on the side of tires may seem confusing, but it’s easy enough to decode once you know what the numbers stand for. (Photo courtesy of Continental Tires.)

The easiest way to replace the tires on your vehicle is to work with a professional retailer who will help you identify the tires that best match the specifications of the car, as well as your wants and needs for ride quality, handling, and the types of roads and conditions in which you normally drive.

Mar
19
GMC Twin Six

GMC Twin Six

Mar
15
2020 Ford Bronco

Ford isn’t quite ready to take the wraps off its forthcoming Bronco just yet, but the company issued this teaser photo that reveals a rugged-looking boxy profile, a high-riding stance, and what looks like a rear-mounted spare tire.

Ford Motor Company today unveiled its plans to replace more than 75 percent of its model lineup by 2020, and is aiming to have the “freshest” product roster in the North American market by that time. The manufacturer will focus heavily on trucks, SUVs, and hybrid vehicles in the next 24 months. More pure-electric vehicles are slated to follow starting in 2020, with six battery electric vehicles (BEVs) planned for introduction by 2022.

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