The Nissan Silvia (sold as the 240SX in the U.S.) is one of the Japanese car manufacturer’s most recognizable vehicles, and in S14-guise, is particularly popular throughout the tuning industry. While you could say the following example has been ‘tuned’, the truth is that it has been so heavily modified that it can barely be considered a Silvia anymore.
A Mitsubishi dealer told Wards Auto last year that "the most requested model at the brand's U.S. dealer meetings is 'a pickup truck, a pickup truck, a pickup truck.'" This month, Mitsubishi North America's COO told Wards that the carmaker has its eye on getting back to the compact pickup segment in the U.S., but that it will take time. "[We'd] have to have one that's the right fit for Mitsubishi," he said, "for our demographic, and something that's really competitive in the market."
That wasn't the case with the last compact pickup the brand sold here, the Raider. A product of the Daimler-Chrysler alliance with Mitsubishi at the time, the Raider was a rebadged Dodge Dakota. The pickup sputtered through four years of meager sales, being pulled from the market in 2009.
After years of stagnation, the mid-size pickup truck market is one of the hottest vehicle segments in America, with more than half a million total sales last year representing a 16-percent gain. Toyota's Tacoma has long been the sales leader with competition for years coming mainly from the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, and the reborn Ford Ranger and just-released Jeep Gladiator are sure to make major sales waves in the coming years. The Nissan Frontier, then, stands out in a bad way, having soldiered on since the 2005 model year with no major updates.
That's set to change soon. Earlier this year, Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan senior vice president for global design, told Autoblog that a new Frontier was "almost finished." At the time, we didn't know much more than that. But a report from Automotive News offers a few more interesting nuggets. The next Frontier is expected to debut late in the 2020 calendar year as a 2021 model. And it will be based on an updated version of the current truck's platform instead of Nissan's newer global-market Navara.
There is one day out of the year when public relations professionals have permission to lie to journalists and to the public: April Fools' Day. Manufacturers release details about wild, weird and wacky new technology, concept vehicles and services. Some take it to obvious outlandish extremes (Jeep Sedan anybody?), while others plot to mislead with products that are just outside the realm of possibility. Check out all the "jokes" below.
BMW doesn't want to exclude anybody from experiencing the thrill of high-level racing, so it is introducing 'iRace" autonomous programming on its S 1000 RR sport bike. It includes beginner, sportsman, advanced and unlimited driving modes, and stores GPS information for all Superbike world championship tracks.