Bob Gritzinger

Associate Editor,

Long-time automotive beat writer, Bob covers Ford, FCA and technology.

Volvo XC40 Vaults Into Sizzling CUV Segment
Volvo takes on competitors in the rapidly growing small luxury CUV segment with its all-new ’19 XC40, featuring interior panache, powerful driver-assistance systems and an IKEA-worth of Scandinavian design touches.
Ford’s Light-Duty Diesel Pickup Claims MPG Leadership 1
When Ford revealed its F-150 Power Stroke engine earlier this year, engineers said 30 mpg highway was their target. Testing by the EPA confirms that rating for the truck that goes on sale in May.
Ford Celebrates Mustang’s 1964 Debut, Third Year of Global Sales Leadership 1
Mustang fans commemorate the 54th anniversary of the pony car’s debut while Ford celebrates the sports coupe’s third year of global sales leadership and the car’s move to NASCAR’s top series in 2019.
Automakers Pitch Higher-Octane Future 6
GM’s head of powertrain heads to Capitol Hill to present the auto industry’s case for creating a single, higher-octane fuel standard for the U.S. as a path toward more fuel-efficient and powerful internal-combustion engines.
Acura Engineers Pull Back RDX Skin
Acura engineers built a “tree trunk” subframe into the rear of the all-new RDX and employed hot-stamped inner and outer door rings to assure chassis rigidity.
Ring Drive Suggests Future EV Powertrain 2
Orbis Driven’s unique approach to using an electric motor to drive a ring gear draws inspiration from as far back as the 1898 Lohner-Porsche EV.
FCA Ends 18-Month Sales Drought
FCA finally breaks a sales decline that dates back to August 2016 with a nearly 10% jump in daily sales in March.
Ford Looks to Truck-Heavy Future to Build Sales
Ford’s sales dipped for the third consecutive month in March, but demand for the automaker’s new large SUVs continued unabated and F-Series trucks gained momentum.
XT4 Keys Cadillac’s Growth Strategy

NEW YORK – Cadillac’s crucial small luxury XT4 CUV launches into an increasingly crowded segment, but leaders of General Motors’ luxury marque are confident the new vehicle will succeed, buoying the brand in the process.

The XT4 this fall joins Cadillac’s two light-truck entries, the Escalade large luxury SUV and XT5 CUV, at a time when those models have carried the brand as consumers have veered sharply away from cars.

GMC Launches Sierra AT4, Promises More Off-Roaders
GMC chooses the Big Apple to unleash its attack on the all-terrain market, starting with the fullsize Sierra AT4 due this fall, followed by more AT4 off-roaders in the next two years.
Ram Remake Ready for Pickup-Truck Rivals 1
FCA’s overhaul of the light-duty Ram 1500 pickup for the ’19 model year leaves little to chance: Huge interior advancements, weight savings that transfer into higher towing and carrying capacities, electrically assisted engines and major chassis upgrades.
FCA’s History Lives at Revamped Conner Avenue Plant 2
Opened in 1966 as a Champion Spark Plugs plant, the Conner Avenue facility that was home to Viper production for 22 years now gets new life housing the automaker’s heritage and concept-car collections.
Ford Reveals Coming Product Storm 1
With Ford’s business “fitness” in good shape, CEO Jim Hackett and his team are launching a major product blitz including more trucks and SUVs and electrification offerings in every model from the F-150 to the Mustang.
Jaguar’s E-Pace Is CUV E-Ticket
Jaguar borrows from the Range Rover Evoque, XE and XF sedans and F-Pace SUV to create the sporty E-Pace premium compact CUV.
Roxor Off-Roader Kick Starts Mahindra’s U.S. Expansion 2
Five years after setting up shop in Michigan with a half dozen employees, India’s Mahindra is producing the Roxor off-road vehicle for the North American market.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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