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Hyundai Genesis Races An Arrow (Video)

On: Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 10:08AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We'd think that the Hyundai Genesis (especially the 3.8-liter V-6 model) would be ill-equipped to race an F16 fighter. It might be able to handle a skydiver, but Hyundai thought that a soaring arrow would be a better fit. The automaker put the sports coupe to the test against a masterfully aimed projectile.

We're calling it now: 2012 is the year of the air-land race. Maybe it's just a coincidence, but every time we turn around, there's a new odd-ball race between a sports car and some type of stereotypically speedy air vessel.

In the latest such battle, Hyundai asks the question: "Can a car go faster than an arrow." While I never actually thought about it and couldn't care less in the long run, the manufactured question certainly has me wondering. Can it? It's safe to assume that since Hyundai made a whole video around it, it can. The video is part of Hyundai's New Thinking, New Possibilities campaign.


Classic Car Cultist: Buick Grand National GNX

On: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 3:13PM | By: Chris Salamone


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From 1978 to 1987, Buick produced a series of rear-wheel drive ‘luxury’ coupes and sedans, fondly remembered as the Regal and later Grand National models. In conjunction with a series of NASCAR victories in the Manufacturers Cups of 1981 and 1982, Buick decided to bump the company’s performance aspirations to the next level. The Grand National was born.

But not until the Grand National’s last year of production, 1987, did Buick manifest the vehicle’s full potential – in a performance-oriented GNX. For twice the cost of admission relative to a standard Grand National, the GNX entranced a mere 547 buyers for the then-staggering sum of $29,900.

Today, the GNX’s reputation has grown. What was once seen as the flagship of the bygone muscle car era is now viewed as the last bastion of American automotive glory. The 1987 Buick Grand National GNX is the car which stood on the precipice of change and laughed in the face of environmental consciousness, practicality, and – of course – vehicular impotence.


Mini Releases 'Britalian Job' Video

On: Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Mini has always seemed quite attuned to its British heritage. It's not all surprising, therefore, to see it milking this summer's London Olympics for all it's worth. Mini already introduced a special edition of Olympic proportions, and now it has released a video clip called "The Britalian Job."

As you probably guessed, the Britalian Job is a play on the 1969 film (remade in 2003) The Italian Job. Mini says the film was created to celebrate its partnership with Team Great Britain and Paralympics Great Britain.

If you're wondering what a 40-year-old film set in Italy has to do with the London Olympics, well, we'll say Mini, this video, and not much else. Mini Coopers were featured in both Italian Job movies, and Mini's video is a homage to the original. The video does its best to tie the caper theme with the Olympics, though bike jumps, straight lines and Minis burrowing through cramped spaces are really the only reasons to watch twice.


Infiniti G37S Races A Professional Skydiver (Video)

On: Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 5:16PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's early June, which means the days are long, and the weather is getting warmer and sunnier. And it must have been a long winter, because restless souls everywhere are making the most of their time outside by performing acts of skill, courage, bravado and sheer insanity. We saw the Lamborghini Aventador take on an F-16 fighter earlier this week, and now we have another unlikely air-ground race between an Infiniti G37S ... and a skydiver.

We'd imagine that an amateur skydiver would be too concerned with things like falling to instantaneous death to try to race a car on the ground, so Infiniti and Red Bull turned to professional skydiver Jon DeVore in creating the race. The opposition was Monaco Grand Prix -winning Red Bull/Infiniti F1 racer Mark Webber.


 

Sound The Keyed Fiddle's Dirge, V40 Not For US

On: Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Since first glimpsing the Volvo V40 on a snowy sojourn in December of 2011, it was love at first sight. My second car was a Volvo and the company will always hold a warm spot in the dark and often confusing recesses of my blood pump. But the V40 is more than just your average, run of the mill, Volvo. This is a vehicle which harks back to the days of yore, when Volvos were safe, practical, and surprisingly fun.

Unfortunately, though, no matter how much we adore the V40, Volvo is playing hard to get. The V40 is not bound for US soil – so far.


Lamborghini Aventador Takes On F-16 (Video)

On: Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 10:07AM | By: Chris Weiss


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There's something incredibly engaging about supercar races. Years upon years of technology, research, engineering and testing boiled down into a singular moment that answers the most pressing of questions: Which one is faster?

As great as it is to watch two supercars compete on the track, it can be even more interesting when a supercar takes on a jet. Much like the match-up of heavyweight boxer and UFC champion, there's something intriguing about two masters from different genres going head to head. In this particular match-up, the latest Lambo takes on an F-16 fighter jet.


Fiat 500 Abarth -- We Don't Quite Get It

On: Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 10:19AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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By now you're probably seen them. One of the commercials for the new Fiat 500 Abarth -- either the scorching hot supermodel posing as a Fiat or the other commercial with the same girl being flaunted about by the notorious Charlie Sheen. Fiat has arguably gone overboard trying to convince us that we should undoubtedly desire the 500 Abarth above just about anything else on the road. And while we appreciate the effort, when it comes right down to where the rubber meets the road -- we don't see it. There have been so many cars marketed by manufacturers over the years that although we have not become completely desensitized to the whip-around-a-corner, go-fast-in-a-straighaway-with-nothing-else-around-it-to-give-us-perspective marketing gimmicks, we have become substantially more skeptical about taking advertisers at their word.

Putting aside the question of why anyone would think that Charlie Sheen would help sell a car, let's just take the car itself and gain a little perspective shall we? So aside from the cool black paint and snazzy scorpion logo, the Fiat looks like the exact antithesis of its tall, rail-thin supermodel spokesperson -- the Abarth looks short, stout, and arguably portly. Fiat has given the 500 Abarth all of the little sporty amenities it could squeeze into the little car -- red stitched seats, a fun dashboard, even a shift light, but really, for all its sporty features, when it comes right down to it, it seems like the Abarth is a-bark, not a-bite.


Kia Optima Makes World-Record Road Trip (Video)

On: Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 3:23PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last year, Kia Motors set out to earn itself a world record. As you might anticipate, the Korean automaker was ill-equipped to take a stab at any type of speed record, but with its 2011 Optima Hybrid, it made a record-breaking road trip across the continental United States. A new commercial highlights the feat.

The specific goal that Kia went for was the lowest fuel consumption for a car. It didn't quite stake an unqualified claim for lowest fuel consumption for a hybrid - a Toyota Auris Hybrid averaged better in 2010, but it set a record of its own: "lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid gasoline vehicle, while driving through all 48 adjoining U.S. states."


NPR's 'Car Talk' To Fade Away

On: Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Salamone


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NPR’s communications department just unleashed a media blitz with an announcement which car enthusiasts have long dreaded, the day when public radio would have two fewer comedian mechanics. For the past 35 years Tom and Ray Magliozzi have recorded Car Talk at WBUR in Boston. But, as of this fall, listeners will have rely on re-produced reruns from Car Talk archives which stretch back through 25 years – while the show operated through NPR.

All is not lost, however. The brothers Magliozzi will continue to write their bi-weekly column called Dear Tom and Ray, remain active on the web and Facebook, and plan to contribute occasional updates to NPR’s October season of Car Talk.


Google Uses Toyota iQ For Street View On Narrow Belgian Roads

On: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 1:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's been a good couple of days for mini cars. Around the same time the Mini was setting world records, the Toyota iQ was doing work for one of the pillars of the tech industry. Google turned to the iQ in taking footage for its StreetView service, when its usual fleet cars couldn't quite get into the small nooks and crannies of Belgian roadways.

For about five years, Google has been using a fleet of all types of vehicles - cars, bikes, boats, snowmobiles, etc. - to bring us on-demand panoramic photo access to streets around the world, mountains, rivers, ski resorts, and other attractions and destinations. According to the company, it started rolling its street footage in an SUV, later moved to a van and then refined its operation to a fleet of specially equipped cars.


Mercedes G-Wagen Tackles Scary, Metal Hill (Video)

On: Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 2:15PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you had to pick a vehicle for climbing boulders, speeding through mud and careening down narrow rock fins, it probably wouldn't cost $100K stock - kind of a crazy amount of money to spend on a car that you're going to abuse the hell out of. And yet, the $107,000 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the toughest-looking hardcore off-roaders on the market today.

To prove that the G-Class is much more than a luxury car in a boxy body, Mercedes recently introduced what it calls the IRON-Schöckl, a sort of terrifying cross between a metal ramp, a roller coaster, a draw bridge and a steep, narrow ridgeline.