General Motors Overhauls Engineering Team  Apr 24th, 2014 
After the ignition switch recall, GM is making some major changes. 
Aaron Robinson: 25 Years After the Japanese Onslaught, Germany Is Winning  Apr 24th, 2014 
Memory snapshots from Detroit auto shows of my youth: Datsuns parked on candy-red carpet, begging my dad to buy a Renault Alliance (wisely, he bought another Oldsmobile), a Bitter SC, panhandlers in the stairways at Cobo Hall, steam pluming from the manhole covers in a dark, frigid city that the sun seemed to have forgotten. […] 
Crewe Chief: Bentley’s Head of Design Finds Inspiration in His Own Garage  Apr 24th, 2014 
Luc Donckerwolke has held a wide range of design positions within the VW-Audi family. He joined Audi in 1992 and was chief designer at Lamborghini by 2003. In 2011, he became boss of the Volkswagen Group’s advanced design and since late 2012 has been chief stylist for Bentley. And his ­personal car collection, including a […] 
Dept. Of Energy Rolls Out Latest Strategic Plan for Automotive Tech, Design, Energy Sources  Apr 24th, 2014 
Despite the Energy Department’s latest rah-rah report embracing an ” ‘all of the above’ energy strategy,’ battery-electric cars will continue to dominate federal mandates curbing carbon emissions from the nation’s vehicle fleet. Automakers reading the department’s “2014–2018 Strategic Plan” will note that nothing has really changed since President Obama announced the first wave of battery […] 
Volvo S60L Plug-In Hybrid Concept Debuts in China, Isn’t Much of a Concept [2014 Beijing Auto Show]  Apr 24th, 2014 
Before you dismiss this long-wheelbase Volvo S60L plug-in hybrid concept debuting at the 2014 Beijing auto show, keep in mind that it likely is headed to the States soon. Well, of course, a plug-in hybrid Volvo wouldn’t arrive in the U.S. in China-friendly long-wheelbase guise, but the hybrid technologies showcased in this S60L concept should […] 
Saleen Automotive Plans Orange County–Aggro Tesla Model S  Apr 24th, 2014 
Though he’s tweaked plenty of models over the years, when one thinks of Steve Saleen, one has a tendency to recall the hot Fox-body Mustangs that brought his name into the mainstream car-guy vernacular. Save for the emphasis on performance, the Tesla Model S could safely be considered the Fox Mustang’s inverse. It’s expensive, technologically […] 
Recall Throwdown: Analyzing Automakers’ Recall History in the Past 30 Years—Who Is Worst?  Apr 24th, 2014 
Mercedes-Benz has the lowest recall rate and BMW is quickest at issuing them, according to a study looking at nearly 30 years of federal data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The study, taken by Boston metro–based car-listing website iSeeCars, totaled U.S. vehicle sales from 15 major automakers and their subsidiaries from 1980 to […] 
The SCADpad: Solving a Parking/Living Problem We Didn’t Know Existed  Apr 24th, 2014 
There’s a pretty hefty stigma attached to living in something on wheels—but what about when a group of design students and faculty from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) get their hands on a mobile home? And what happens when that group declares it has stumbled upon a potential solution to urban housing […] 
Super ‘Slade: Hennessey Blower Kit for 2015 Cadillac Escalade Adds 137 hp!  Apr 24th, 2014 
Because 420 horsepower, roughly 6000 pounds, and a brick-like body aren’t recipe enough for terrible fuel economy, Hennessey Performance Engineering has unveiled its latest go-faster package, and it’s intended to beef up Cadillac’s already beefy 2015 Escalade with a huge increase in power.  Indeed, Hennessey’s HPE550 gear bumps the Escalade’s 6.2-liter V-8 from 420 horsepower […] 
Info Surfaced Regarding GM Whistleblowers and Supplier Relations  Apr 24th, 2014 
General Motors executives leading crash investigations of Cobalt and Ion models where airbags didn’t deploy were passing the buck or quit in the middle of the queries, according to company documents cited by Bloomberg last week. Since at least early 2011, GM had been investigating the initial 23 crashes linked to the second round of […] 
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