Much has been made about the Jeep Renegade shown at Geneva this week. Some — especially hardcore Jeep off-roaders here in the States — have trashed the baby Jeep as not befitting of the Jeep name. That’s a criticism I remember hearing about the Jeep Patriot and Compass when they were introduced, as well. To those critics, I say get over yourselves. The Jeep Renegade has lots of tech — off-road and otherwise — that makes it something to which we here at In-Car Tech are looking forward.
The New York International Auto Show and the Geneva International Auto Show do some co-op work. They pick some journalists to select the best of the best. They announce the finalists at Geneva. Then the winner at New York. It’s just like the preliminary nominations for the Oscars. The gold envelopes then get opened in NYC. So, with out any further ado, here is the scoop:
Having tested three Hyundais in the last year, it has become clear to me that in its upper price brackets, Hyundai does its best impression of Lexus. So far, they’re batting .500 with me. The Hyundai Equus, aiming squarely at the Lexus LS460, tilts the scales convincingly in Korea’s favor.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out a basic Ford Fiesta SE sedan and came away pretty impressed. As much of a hatchback person as I am, I would prefer the Fiesta sedan. It seems to be a little larger in the front (even though it isn’t), but the trunk is cavernous. Now, I’ve got the Fiesta’s bigger sibling, the Ford Focus SE, while my daily driver is in the shop to repair a MyFord Touch freakout.
I was able to take the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk up to Ski Country and test out the 9 speed transmission we were so excited to get our hands on. Here are my impressions.
Over the summer I had the opportunity to drive the Acura RLX. But now you have the option of adding RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, and there is a lot going on!
I have to give it up for BMW for having the chutzpah to launch models in the US that typically sell is paltry amounts. Like the BMW 5 GT. They look downright weird to American buyers! Especially this new 4 series that has 4 doors compared to all of the other vehicles underneath the 4 more »
Poor Mitsubishi. They seem to get the short end of the stick from the mainstream automotive press when we know there are a few great engineers still left at the organization even when working on a shoestring budget.
The Automotive Science Group ASG tried to show their love to the new Mitsubishi Mirage, which you can get with some pretty cool infotainment for not much over the base sticker price if you are looking for a basic ride with great dash setup.
While I was busy admiring the Nissan NV200 taxi in my local Nissan dealer’s showroom, the automaker was showing a version of the taxi van customized for Chicago cabbies.
The Ford F-150 will get a snowplow prep kit across all cab configurations, according to Ford. The move makes the Ford F-150 the only half-ton truck with an OEM snowplow prep kit for all cab configurations, according to Ford.
Our own Stephen Silver wasn’t feeling the Maserati ad, but I thought the Maserati Ghibli commercial from a cinematography perspective was pretty darn cool.
It is really unusual for us at a tech oriented site to get the one-step-from-the-bottom model. But Ford wanted to show they could strut their stuff with the units that typically wind up in the back of dealer lots or Hertz fleets.