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May/19 - A new golden age for high performance
Engineers have solved the problems that prevented high horsepower AND good fuel economy, putting us in the golden age of high-performance cars, be they gasoline, electric or hybrid. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says he's not convinced horsepower will continue to increase, though performance likely will. "If we can shave more weight, we won't need crazy horsepower...look what Porsche has done with dual-clutch automatics. Software is making cars faster without having to add more power."
May/18 - Chevrolet keeps its pocket rocket plans tucked away
A zippy small car priced in the mid-$20,000's has been missing from Chevrolet's lineup, but is GM willing to make one? AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan believes Chevrolet is better positioned for a pocket rocket than they were 5 years ago. "GM has stuff they could tap into if they wanted to." Although GM's Mark Reuss doesn't seem to be on board.
May/06 - Thunderbird, Monte Carlo: Coupes Staged For A Comeback?
While the recent arrival of new two-door vehicles like the BMW 4-Series, Lexus RC and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe may lead one to think coupes in general are on an upswing, AutoPacific's Ed Kim says that while luxury coupes are a different story, "for a mainstream consumer's hard-earned money, a coupe just doesn't offer a lot of bang for the buck."
Apr/30 - Honda hopes HR-V is better late than never
The 2016 Honda HR-V goes on sale on May 15th - later than planned, but entering a growing segment. Analyst Dave Sullivan said the delays weren't hurtful and the cautious approach was better for the company than risking errors of the type that tripped up the recall-plagued Honda Fit.
Apr/12 - Small but mighty vehicle engines are picking up speed
Smaller engines are forecast for future vehicles. "A V8 is not a requirement to succeed any more in any segment," says AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan. The industry is changing to meet more stringent fuel economy regulations through smaller engines, better transmissions, smart electronics and lightweight materials, all benefiting the consumer.