Articles by: Matt Posky

Wards 10 Best Engines Doesn’t Include a V8 for the First Time in History

Wards 10 Best Engines Doesn’t Include a V8 for the First Time in History

For the first time in Wards’ 23 years of testing, its 10 Best Engines list is without a representative from America’s most rootin’-tootin’ of engine configurations. Last year’s Best Engines list was a grand menagerie of naturally aspirated sixes, forced-induction fours, hybrids, diesels, and a flat-plane V8. This year’s list […]

by December 12, 2016 46 comments Editorials
Ford to Become Captain of the Fleet as GM Shies Away

Ford to Become Captain of the Fleet as GM Shies Away

With nearly a third of its volume heading to businesses and government agencies, Ford is a bit of a fleet queen. However, the Blue Oval has been fairly uniform with General Motors in terms of volume when it came to selling its vehicles in bulk. Not so this year. General […]

by December 12, 2016 24 comments Editorials
Nissan’s Star Wars Campaign Was Obnoxious and Extremely Effective

Nissan’s Star Wars Campaign Was Obnoxious and Extremely Effective

I despised all of the cross-promotion taking place between Nissan and Star Wars this fall, especially now that it has devolved into dealerships offering free worthless collectables to lure in prospective buyers. However, you have to admit that they did a phenomenal job implementing the campaign. It was a perfect […]

by December 11, 2016 51 comments Editorials
No Driver? No Problem: Michigan Just Legalized Autonomous Cars on Public Roads

No Driver? No Problem: Michigan Just Legalized Autonomous Cars on Public Roads

Vehicles without steering wheels, brake pedals, or even drivers are now allowed to operate on public roads in Michigan. Today, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of auto industry-backed legislation that permits automakers and technology companies to develop, test and even sell autonomous vehicles in the Mitten State. The policy […]

by December 9, 2016 14 comments Editorials
Ford Worries You’re Not Able to Understand this Round, Shiny Thing

Ford Worries You’re Not Able to Understand this Round, Shiny Thing

Allow me to paint you an all-too-common picture. You’ve pulled your vehicle into a parking space at the mall and need to get inside so that you can spend several hundred dollars at the Disney Store as quickly as possible. In your excitement you begin struggling frantically against the seatbelt. […]

by December 8, 2016 71 comments Editorials
EU Threatenes to Sue Countries That Went Easy on VW; Porsche Hit with Fuel Economy Probe

EU Threatenes to Sue Countries That Went Easy on VW; Porsche Hit with Fuel Economy Probe

European Union officials are threatening to sue four countries, including Germany and Britain, for permitting Volkswagen AG to sell vehicles that were designed to cheat on emissions tests. The union has faced growing criticism for taking a more laissez-faire approach to handling the issue while the United States forced the […]

by December 8, 2016 9 comments Editorials
GM Adds Rear Seat Reminder to 20 Models, Targets Subpar Parents

GM Adds Rear Seat Reminder to 20 Models, Targets Subpar Parents

General Motors’ Rear Seat Reminder technology, designed to alert drivers to check the back seat when exiting their vehicles, will be offered on a multitude of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles by the 2018 model year. Having made its debut in the 2017 GMC Acadia earlier this year, the […]

by December 6, 2016 45 comments Editorials
Toyota Speeds up Hybrid Tech Development as Emission Regulations Loom

Toyota Speeds up Hybrid Tech Development as Emission Regulations Loom

Toyota has announced it will expand the development of hybrid technology over the next five years to get ahead of strict global emissions standards. The automaker plans to increase staff on its hybrid technology development team 30 percent by 2021, setting the goal of 19 emissions-friendly drivetrain components. The fuel-sipping […]

by December 6, 2016 16 comments Editorials
Mazda CEO Explains Strategy While Simultaneously Breaking the Hearts of Rotary Fanboys Everywhere

Mazda CEO Explains Strategy While Simultaneously Breaking the Hearts of Rotary Fanboys Everywhere

Mazda has big aspirations for the future. However, its immediate plans don’t appear to include a successor to the RX-8, despite Mazda’s continued development on its trademark rotary engine and other conflicting information. Instead, CEO Masamichi Kogai says the company is going to focus on its push upmarket while diversifying […]

by December 5, 2016 39 comments News
General Motors CEO Mary Barra Chosen for Trump Advisory Panel

General Motors CEO Mary Barra Chosen for Trump Advisory Panel

President-elect Donald Trump has named General Motors CEO Mary Barra to his advisory board on economic issues and jobs growth. While this could also be a coincidental slight against Mark Fields for publicly criticizing the new president’s repeated verbal attacks against Ford, this isn’t the first time Barra has been […]

by December 5, 2016 25 comments News