smart fortwo and forfour debut in Europe, JBL brings the noise

smart has teamed with Harman to bring JBL sound to the newly redesigned smart fortwo and forfour city cars for the first time.

Noteworthy: Nissan Around View Monitor definitely the bees knees

Taking my dad for a ride in the Nissan Versa Note, he said he wanted — no, NEEDED — Nissan Around View Monitor on his boat. It’s that good.


Elio talks wiring tech, choosing NEWTECH 3 as supplier

Wiring is vital for the technology-loaded cars of today. Despite relatively old-school engine tech, Elio Motors realizes it will need a solid central nervous system in the form of a reliable, adaptable wire harness. That’s why the company said it turned to NEWTECH 3 — a supplier of wire harnesses and circuit board assemblies for more »

New 2016 Mazda2 debuts, shows better infotainment

The Mazda2 has always been a favorite small car of mine. It takes the driving dynamics of the Mazda3, widely considered among the most fun compact cars to drive, and cranks them up to 11 by way of its smaller size and super light (think 2,500 lbs) weight. But among its class competitors, the Mazda2 was starting to look a bit dated, if we’re honest. Plus, its infotainment options were just as dated as its interior and exterior design.

This week, Mazda unveiled the 2016 Mazda2, and we like what we see. The exterior design is much more in line with the KODO design language we love on the new Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, and Mazda3, and the interior looks to be tastefully reserved — with a nice, minimalist touchscreen infotainment unit taking center stage.

Rockford Fosgate and Mitsubishi ROCK Pikes Peak

During the 92nd Annual Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb, Mitsubishi tag teamed its forces with Rockford Fosgate to entertain the crowd when the racing was not happening.  Could the Rockford Mini Sound Lab provide the power for the I-MiEV to win the race?! Mitsubishi Motors entered two electric vehicles in the race, and Rockford more »


Hybrid horses, different courses: The fuel economy factor

We introduced you to our three recent back-to-back-to-back hybrids a few days ago. Now, let’s talk about how they compare in terms of fuel economy.


OEMs, suppliers work to stop hackers from taking over your car

A group gathered at Delphi Automotive headquarters in Troy, MI aim to stop would-be automotive hackers in their tracks.

Nissan CEO Ghosn sets autonomous vehicle tech timetable

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has set a formal timetable for adoption of technology that could make autonomous vehicles a real thing on the highways of the globe.

Nissan LEAF: safari vehicle?

Word association: When I say the two words, “Nissan LEAF,” what are the first two words that come to your mind? How about, “safari vehicle?”


New TRW seat belt retractor lighter, smaller

It ain’t sexy, but safety rarely is: A new TRW seat belt retractor promises to be lighter and smaller than previous seat belt retractors.

Noteworthy: Spending some time in the Nissan Versa Note SV

It’s been years since I’ve driven a Nissan product. Now, I’m wheeling in a Nissan Versa Note and loving its tech — and, oddly enough, its CVT.

Nissan LEAF gets self-cleaning paint: Cleanest car ever?

The addition of Nissan’s Ultra-Ever Dry paint, marketed by the automaker as a self-cleaning paint, could make the Nissan LEAF a “clean” car in a new way.