Diesel cars

The best cars don’t compromise, combining satisfying performance, good fuel economy, and cutting edge cabin tech. Our picks cross segment boundaries, but each of these vehicles exemplify the best of what the industry has to offer.

Fiat Chrysler merger: target Toyota, VW or Ford

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is seeking a merger partner in a bid to secure its long-term future in a move that could save $10 billion a year, according to its chairman. John Elkann, a member of the Agnelli family that founded Fiat, admitted a merger with one of the industry’s ‘big guys’ was an important objective of FCA as it seeks to shore up its long-term future in a highly disrupted automotive landscape.

Celebrates BMW’s Centennial

Beneath its Toyota engine cover breathes a 1.5-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at a modest 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Mating the engine to the front wheels is either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with a flexible locking torque converter. Scion tells us that the automatic can lock its torque converter in any gear to give the powertrain a more direct and responsive feel. My Sapphire blue example featured the manual gearbox.