WORLD PREMIÈRE OF THE ID. ROOMZZ IN SHANGHAI•Zero-emission SÚV: Series version to be launched as a spacious SÚV with three rows of seats in China from 2021•Open Space: New seating configurations transform the ID. ROOMZZ into a lounge on wheels•Combining the IQ.DRIVE systems: When in ID. Pilot mode, the concept car can drive autonomously without an active driver.Wolfsburg / Shanghai – Volkswagen has presented the newest member of the ID. Family – the ID. ROOMZZ1) – at the 'Brand SÚV Night' in the run-up to Auto Shanghai. The multivariable all-rounder is a zero- emission SÚV of the five-metre class which is tailored to both family and business requirements. The series version is to be initially launched on the Chinese market in 2021. The ID. ROOMZZ's bodywork design follows the clear, homogeneous lines of the rest of the ID. family. The concept car also breaks new ground in the full-size SÚV segment thanks to multiple … [Read more...] about 2019 Volkswagen ID. ROOMZZ Showcar
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The auto industry headed into the key spring selling season on a down note with most major companies – including General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan -- posting lower U.S. sales in March.FCA US fell 7.3 percent, its second straight monthly decline after 11 consecutive gains. Toyota Motor Corp. extended its monthly losing streak to five. General Motors, down an estimated 8.3 percent, is still looking for its first gain of 2019. Nissan Motor Co. slid 7.2 percent and Mazda dropped 19 percent.Among the companies to report so far, only American Honda has managed an increase.The initial tallies point to a third decline for the industry in as many months this year. The industry is struggling to maintain a record pace that has seen annual sales totals top 17 million in every year since 2014. "The industry had a tough first quarter but with spring finally starting to show its face and continued strong economic indicators, such as … [Read more...] about New car sales for March 2019: Winners and losers
Volkswagen SP2 If you were a Volkswagen fan in America in the early Seventies, and you were looking for something sporty to drive, you were kind of out of luck. There was the coachbuilt-body Karmann Ghia—a car which was arguably gorgeous, but not really all that sporty. Mechanically identical to the contemporaneous Beetle, the Karmann Ghia was more of a casual touring car—it was a little too slow, and its handling a little too pedestrian, to be engaging. However, Brazilian VW fans of the day had it a little better. What Was The Henney Kilowatt? Volkswagen SP2 Established in 1953, Volkswagen do Brasil (VWB) not only retails VW products in Brazil, it also manufactures them—and has even engineered products exclusively for that South American market. This is the story of one such product. What Was The Hindustan Ambassador? Volkswagen SP2 interior The Volkswagen SP2 was the brainchild of then VWB head Rudolf Leiding. Leiding instructed his staff to design a … [Read more...] about What Was The Volkswagen SP2?
1979 Ford Pinto Have you noticed that the term “economy car” seems to have fallen out of common use in recent years? We think there’s good reason for that. With the average transaction price of a new vehicle hovering around $36,000, and the even the least-expensive new rides going for $18,000 or better, there isn’t much out there that feels economical. We can place at least part of the blame for this on a convenience-demanding public. Not only does every new car come standard with half-a-dozen federally mandated airbags, all sorts of impact protection features, and a back-up camera or two, almost every new vehicle comes loaded up with standard equipment most Americans now won’t live without. Check out the Cutlass Supreme ad seen below. Can you imagine a new midsize car being delivered with a column-shift manual transmission, and without air conditioning, radio, or power windows? It’s frankly inconceivable. So, here we look back on an era when driving … [Read more...] about Economy-Car Madness! 10 Classic Ads Featuring Affordable Rides
“Just don’t race,” my boss told me at 12:43 a.m. his time, which was the middle of the afternoon for me. “I can think of more reasons not to do it. I just don’t think this is worth it for a story.” This story he was referring to, me running my first-ever wheel-to-wheel car race with Chinese automaker Geely in Shanghai, seemed worth it a few weeks earlier. It was an opportunity to race in a field with some professional drivers on the Shanghai International Circuit Formula One track in stripped-out race versions of Geely’s 131-horsepower Emgrand GL sedan, and to see up close what was happening with China’s budding motorsports culture. It all sounded like a grand time, and a safe one. But considering what went on the few days I’d been in Shanghai—or the lack thereof—before Geely released about 20 seemingly novice drivers on a 3.4-mile circuit from a standing start like rabid wolves, it didn’t seem fun anymore. My … [Read more...] about I Went to China to Race a New Car. Then Things Got Weird