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Review: 2016 Renault Master dCi125

On: Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 2:29PM | By: Jon Summers


Renault Master front three quarter test 2

With efficient high top European-style vans finally making it to the US, it is relevant to examine the state of the technology. This effort is badged as a Renault, and while that name might be unfamiliar to many Americans, the company is Nissan in the US. Renault has a heritage similar to Ford, with a century of building all shapes and sizes of cars and trucks, often offering considerable design flair at a medium price point. Both share a century-old deep commitment to motorsport. This is the third generation Master, and builds on the previous strong-selling iterations.


Review: The 2015 Mustang V6 Convertible

On: Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 12:35PM | By: Jon Summers


Mustang Convertible front three quarter test 2

Design folk will tell you that their ideas are best expressed in the more extreme versions of their work: Z/28 is faster, better looking, plain more Camaro than the 6-cylinder. By that rationale, this Mustang, powered by the V6 found in the old model should be underwhelming. On the contrary, the convertible I sampled was an easy car to like, and worked well as a holistic piece of design.


Mazda CX-3: Small Car, Big Potential

On: Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 2:15PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Mazda CX-3:  Small Car, Big Potential test 1-1

At first glance, the Mazda CX-3 doesn't seem like much, and that's well, because it's not. In fact, that's kind of the point. In an age where we have have just about every version of every car imaginable (Porsche trucks, turbo Mustangs, and supercharged four-door wagons are a few that come to mind) why not add one more niche? The difference is, we think the CX-3 will sell, and sell well. It is an emerging market that might just take off very quickly—the subcompact SUV, or sometimes called the CUV (crossover utility vehicle) market. This segment of the automotive world already has a few players in the game like the Jeep Renegade, Nissan Juke, and the like, but the newest Mazda on the playground may just have what it takes to be king of the little hill.  


Reflections on the 2015 Corvette C7

On: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 2:00PM | By: Jon Summers


C7 hood test 2

2015 is the second year of the seventh generation of America’s only home-grown sportscar, the Chevrolet Corvette. The opportunity to design a new Corvette is akin to singling the National Anthem—a wonderful opportunity, and a lot to live up to. Before launch, there was speculation the C7 would be mid-engined; it turned out not to be. Similarly, many feel styling too is iterative: bluntly, C7 looks too much like C6. However, standing beside the cars, C7 looks nothing like C6; it is full of unusual angles and fresh ideas. C7 seems sleeker, larger than C6. Go look at a C7 for yourself; the pictures don’t do the shape justice. 


 

Haunted Highways: A Fleeting Glimpse of the Saleen S7 TT

On: Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 6:50AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Haunted Highways: A Fleeting Glimpse of the Saleen S7 TT test 1-1

There are fast cars out there—sure a WRX is quick or even a 4-Series BMW, perhaps. Then there are really fast cars—a Corvette Stingray or Porsche 911 both fill that bill. But even beyond those cars lie another realm of speed that is reserved for the truly remarkable examples of machinery made to move.


2016 Viper ACR - Smiles Abound

On: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 4:49PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2016 Viper ACR - Smiles Abound test 1-1

We won't lie; when a new car like a Viper comes out we are as giddy as a five-year-old on Christmas morning. Full of enthusiasm and exuberance at the idea of not just something novel, but of the potential it might have to be the best… whatever… car it is. But, that's not where the fun ends. In past years, the idea of, say, a new Corvette, would have us grinning for days and that would be it. But then, a new Z06 would come out—Corvette, but even better! Our little hearts could only beat so fast. Then, as with the C6, the ultimate Vette, a ZR-1 shows up and that would be about all we could take. 


2016 Chevy Camaro: A Star Is Born!

On: Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 2:08PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2016 Chevy Camaro: A Star Is Born! test 1-1

It seems that this is the way things have been determined in the stars—a new Mustang comes out, and not long after, a new Camaro appears hot on its heels. This has been the way of things since the debut of the Mustang in April of 1964, a little less than three years later GM launched its counterattack in September of 1966.  Since then, the time gaps have gotten shorter, but the rivalry has only gotten bigger. The two sides have traded wins and losses, mostly dictated by sales, but also by track numbers and bragging rights. The 2015 Mustang was the new kid on the block, but its time is up and the 2016 Camaro is on its way to crash the party. Sporting enough changes to signify a generational change, this will be the sixth iteration of the Camaro since its inception, and it looks like it could be the baddest one yet.


Cars We Can't Wait For: 2017 Ford GT

On: Fri, May 22, 2015 at 3:00PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Cars We Can't Wait For:  2017 Ford GT test 1-1

It seems Ford has started a tradition for itself:  Every ten years they celebrate by creating a monster of a car to celebrate their historical victory at Le Mans back in 1966 with their world-beating GT40. Of course this seems to only be the second time Ford has done this, but some say life doesn't begin until your forty anyway, so we'll assume that the same can be said for anniversaries of beating the snot out of Ferraris in front of the world. 


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Wed, May 13, 2015 at 1:42PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly) test 1-1

In the course of automotive history, there have been thousands of cars that have elicited almost as many emotions from us. Some cars like the Edsel or the Pontiac Aztek make us cringe and wonder if the best thing those designers ever created was their resume. Then, on the opposite end of the spectrum are the cars that we simply love instantly like the Tri-Five Chevrolets or the first generation Thunderbird. Then there are cars that simply blow out minds with their combination of speed and beauty. Cars that blend the perfect mix of power, and esthetic appeal are few and far between, but when they do come along, they ingrain their images in our memories forever. One of the best examples of these cars was the very first McLaren F1 created by Ameritech.


Mazda MX-5: Old Can Be New Again!

On: Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:21PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Mazda MX-5:  Old Can Be New Again! test 1-1

In terms of model years, very few sports cars ever make it to old age. Brand image changes, budgetary constraints, gas-guzzling taxes, cooperate outlooks, designers being poached by other companies; there is a multitude of factors working against the idea of longevity amongst automotive models. Sure, every now and then there is the occasional Corvette or Porsche 911 that hangs around for more than half a century, or the namesake of some cars will live a long time, but the cars themselves deviate so far from their original roots they might as well be different cars altogether. More often than not, making it past ten years is an amazing feat, and keeping true to its original intentions is even more of an accomplishment for any car, never mind the constantly evolving, heavily competitive sports car market. That being said, the Mazda MX-5 (formally known as the Miata) has quietly logged 26 years of history and stayed surprisingly close to its parent company's original plans for it.


The NSX Is Back! The NSX Is Back?

On: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 12:58PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The NSX Is Back!  The NSX Is Back? test 1-1

By now, just about anyone in the automotive world has heard rumors of the next NSX. We have all had not one, not two, not three, but now four rounds of revival rumors since its sad departure in 2005. There was a single-cam 3.5-liter V6 powering one version, a high-revving V10 powering another, and they both were scrapped over the course of Acura's modeling, and remodeling, the NSX. Natural aspiration, electric, and forced induction have all made cameos in Acura's plan for their halo car, and, at last, there seems to be a final verdict on just what the next NSX will be.