PJ: All our Jeeps go through a 19-inch target across the whole vehicle. That forces you to look at how you seal up the underbody, how the air induction system functions, where you have sealed connectors, how you vent something, how plugs are sealed. All Jeeps have the same threshold that we designate as a water plane and we test to that. We look at everything below that line and say, "Ok, it's gotta handle water." … [Read more...] about Will The 2015 Jeep Renegade Be Any Good Off-Road?
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“We’re going to shift from limited production to mass production, reduce the amount of expensive materials like platinum used in FCV components, and make the system more compact and powerful,” Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of the Mirai, said in an interview with Reuters. … [Read more...] about The Trade War Is Now Real
Au contraire, Jalopnik freres! It has everything to do with automobiles, and let me say that I'm a bit bummed I didn't post this a week ago, as by the time this goes up, he'll have a new spiel up on the site. Now and then, Sweet Peet goes into reruns, so last week, I didn't bother to touch on the latest goings-on at Autoextremist, as he'd reposted a reflection on growing up a block away from Bill Mitchell. And since Peet only leaves his screeds up for a week, it'll be replaced by the time you read this. But it's definitely a piece that reflects on the awesomeness of Detroit in the '60s from somebody who was there. … [Read more...] about The Apocalypse Dudes: An Open Letter to Auto Designers
What Is It? The Serena was the second model to receive the e-Power treatment. After its success with the Note e-Power, which for a time after its release dethroned the almighty Toyota Prius as the best-selling car in Japan, Nissan saw an opening in the market for a sort-of-EV minivan. As we’ve already seen, Japan still adores the minivan, especially the Serena. In 2018, it was the fourth-best-selling car in Japan and the best-selling minivan with over 87,000 sold last year. While the body style has all but gone extinct in Western markets, there’s still a demand for a spacious multipurpose vehicle that’s not too big, thirsty, and pretentious. … [Read more...] about Japan’s Best-Selling Minivan Is Smarter Than It Looks
The Beetle wasn’t necessarily all that weird when it was being designed in the 1930s. Then, it was advanced thinking, part of a tradition that stretched back to the Rumpler Tropfenwagen and was being developed by Tatra, Mercedes-Benz, Standard, and many others. The Beetle just happened to be the only one of this streamlined, rear-engined crew to not just make it out alive, but to succeed, wildly and improbably. … [Read more...] about The Volkswagen Beetle Has Come to an End. The Original Was a Gateway Drug for Weird Cars