Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Friday, February 26, 2016.
General Motors is once again hopping into the hybrid pickup truck business, and once again, the setup is anything but exhaustive. The 5.3L V8 engine will always be required in order to power the Silverado and Sierra. But fuel economy for the 5.3L rises to match that of the basic V6 full-size truck. – Car & Driver
Justice Breyer – no, not that Justice Breyer, let’s not get into SCOTUS politics here – says Volkswagen must prove by March 24, 2016, how the company plans to remedy the emissions cheat in some 600,000 vehicles in the United States. Check your calendar. That’s less than a month away. – Automotive News
ECO OR BOOST OR BOTH?
We weren’t huge fans of the Ford Mustang’s 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder when we spent time in a special edition sixth-gen Mustang convertible last summer. It’s not that the engine was bad, just that the V6 is plenty fine and the V8 is so enticing. When it comes to fuel economy, the difference between the EcoBoost and the Mustang GT’s V8 can be quite striking, as shown by a 109-mile loop in which the Mustang EcoBoost achieved 29.5 miles per gallon and the GT 22.3. Yet the writers at Automobile still said, “If it were our cash, we’d work overtime until we could afford the GT and its thirst for 91-octane.”
We told you yesterday about the Car & Driver performance test results achieved by Mercedes-Benz’s G63 AMG. Here’s Britain’s Fifth Gear putting the G63 AMG through a series of challenges, including a tow test at 90 mph. Americans buy or lease more than 300 G-Class SUVs every month.