Happy New Year, You Gearheads! Here’s A Speedy Look At 2018

No matter where you live, by now 2018 is gone and 2019 is upon us. So, it goes without saying that everyone in Carscoops wishes you a happy new year that, hopefully, will also be better than the one that’s just left us.

Now, we won’t gloat or break down everything that we did the past 365 days (yep, the site has been online each and every day) – we’ll let you be the judge of whether we’ve been naughty or nice good at what we do or if there’s still room for improvement.

Instead, we’ll take a look at the most memorable things that occurred (or failed to materialize) in 2018.

Your car is your chauffeur

For example, autonomous vehicles were all the rage – not just by manufacturers but tech companies, too. In March, though, a fatal accident involving a Volvo XC90 fitted with Uber’s proprietary self-driving systems was a major setback, as it made everyone rethink if this technology is safe enough to unleash on the streets – and it wasn’t helped by the fact that simulations showed that the system should have detected the victim.

Cheating diesels

In the aftermath of dieselgate, many countries have re-examined how diesel-powered cars affect air quality, and a number of cities around the world decided that, sooner or later, they would ban older diesels and, in some cases, even newer ones from their center. Some automakers have vowed to ditch oil burners altogether, while others are still undecided and only a small number have declared that they aren’t ready to give up on them just yet.

Electric dreams

Electrification was also a big thing, with VW, Audi and Mercedes choosing to develop their own, EV-only sub-brands. Why, even Porsche will roll out an all-electric saloon, the Taycan, which it promises will be true to the Porsche ethos. And then there’s Tesla who, Elon Musk’s tweets and SEC troubles aside, finally commenced mass production of the Model 3, even if quality control still leaves a lot to be desired.

The People’s Republic

China, too, made headlines quite frequently, as it lifted the law that demanded foreign carmakers to team up with a local company, giving the likes of Tesla and BMW the freedom to expand their operations in the country. Plus, it also engaged in a trade war with the U.S.

Trump administration

That, however, had as much to do with President Donald Trump who, this year, decided to get engaged in the automotive industry. Subtle, he was not: first he threatened Ford, who eventually caved in, and then General Motors, whose CEO Mary Barra seems unfazed and determined to stick to the group’s cost-cutting plans.

Britain’s exit from the EU

Last, but not least, there was the issue of the Brexit that, as many automakers pointed out, will have detrimental consequences for their UK factories and employees. And, of course, Carlos Ghosn’s fall from grace, as from Nissan’s savior and CEO extraordinaire, he was arrested over financial misconduct.

  • Christian

    I feel cheated… Why i’m not on the list?


    i’m so proud of this community

    • Mr. EP9

      You gotta up your trolling game to be worthy of nomination.

      • Christian

        I didn’t get new drawing board for christmas…

  • Acertado

    The imminent arrival of the next Mazda Sports Sedan, will we see the Mazda 6 RWD rear-wheel drive this new year premiering today 2019 ?, in which month or semester will we see that possible Mazda 6 RWD ?. you think about the all new Mazda 6 RWD. Greetings.

    • Christian

      won’t happen…. I mean we might get an RWD RX-8/9 but not a 6… It will always be FWD..

      • Bash

        I actually agree with you.

    • Nordschleife

      I feel like they should make the 6 a four-door coupè but It will still be front wheel drive though. The rendering you added still feels too sedate. I think it needs a little more pizazz

  • Stuiy (Stewie)

    Hopefully this year FCA-Michael Mike Mnaley will commit to show us new models of cars in Alfa Romeo and Maserati, it is UGLY to see what is already known every year without anything new cars, if FCA Alfa Romeo and Maserati do not do the purpose this year 2019 they go bankrupt eminently.

    • Ariza Ariza Mclaren 720S

      Not made Alfa Romeo, declive in 2016.

    • Ariza Ariza Mclaren 720S

      Alfa Romeo is already broken in dead bankruptcy, since 2016 and it is impossible to increase the head this year 2019 and the next 2020 2021 2022 2023, 2024, etc. We will not see that more models will keep what they have and are already dead, are they waiting for a buyer to buy the brand, Alfa, Lancia and Maserati, some millionaire businessman from Asia?

  • Ariza Ariza Mclaren 720S

    The brand will not manufacture more models, they will stay with the ones they already have, at this moment they are waiting for the entrepreneur or billionaire to take charge of the Milanese brand and, in passing, buy Lancia and Maserati, FCA no longer have the money to take charge of the brands

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