The auto trade gears up for a revolution

| Dec 21, 2008

The auto trade gears up for a revolution

by Phoebe Royce

The automotive world is under assault from two storms that will lead to a watershed in its century-old history. The convergence of global warming and consumers’ aspirations for a more responsible world extends beyond the call to save the planet. In the motoring industry, ...

What's behind all the funny car names?

| Dec 7, 2008

What's behind all the funny car names?

by Peter Lyon

Over the years, Japanese car names have been a source of unending comedy, frivolity and perplexity in international motoring circles. Let’s face it, many of the names that surface only in Japan are simply hilarious. Note That’s Century Life Zest Move Latte. Fit Cima ...

The Griso 8V can walk the walk

| Nov 16, 2008

The Griso 8V can walk the walk

by Jim Adam

Many motorcycle manufacturers are larger than Moto Guzzi, but few have as rich a heritage. Founded in 1921, the legendary Italian marquee has been continuously producing motorcycles longer than any other European maker. Moto Guzzi has a number of major motorcycle engineering innovations to ...

EVs lead the charge on Paris stage

| Nov 2, 2008

EVs lead the charge on Paris stage

by Peter Lyon

Gather a bunch of Japanese car journalists or engineers together for a chat on the current state of the industry and you will hear heated debate about design, downsizing, performance, safety and maybe even fuel economy. But for some strange reason, few seem to ...

'American Graffiti,' Japanese style

| Sep 14, 2008

'American Graffiti,' Japanese style

by Michael Mccabe

First of two parts Nineteen-fifties America is a long way from present-day Japan — in terms of time, distance and culture. There were more teenagers than adults for the first time in the history of the United States, and this new demographic permanently changed ...