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Two Is The New One (Series)

On: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 5:31PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Two Is The New One (Series) test 1-1

Come the spring of 2014, BMW will once again debut a "new" model. Why the quotation marks? Well, BMW has been on this kick recently of delving into even number models (the most recent being the 4-Series)  as opposed to their more traditional odd-numbered Series. The 4-Series is essentially a two-door version of the 3-Series and this newest rendition of the Ultimate Driving Machine has been deemed the 2-Series. It should come as no surprise that BMW has announced it will not make a 1-Series for the 2014 model year because, as you can imagine, the 2-Series  is essentially the new 1-Series with a few slight differences.


Great American Road Trips: Skyline Drive

On: Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 1:56PM | By: Bill Wilson


Skyline Drive test 2

Skyline Drive is a 105-mile roadway cut through the most scenic points in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.  Similar to the Blue Ridge Parkway in character, it makes a great addition to that classic American road or a fun motoring adventure all on its own.


The Audi RS7: Perfect Timing or Too Late to the Party?

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 7:42AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The Audi RS7:  Perfect Timing or Too Late to the Party? test 1-1

The automotive industry seems as if it's tripping over itself to make sure there is a car to fit just about every niche imaginable. This practice makes sense from a business standpoint because at its most basic level, if you make what someone is looking for, odds are they will buy it. The problem comes when a rival company fills a niche before you do, and then they start making money in a way you cannot. So, you begin making the a rival to what they made, and suddenly everyone is making everything. Such is the way it is now in the German luxury car market, for example. Somewhere, some designer came up withe idea of making a four-door coupe, and it got the green light from the bean-counters, so Mercedes came out with the CLS; then seeing their success, Audi came out with the A7, and then BMW came out with the Gran Coupe. Shortly thereafter, someone else decided, like most car guys do, that these cars needed more power. With that in mind, Mercedes sent the CLS over to AMG to create the CLS63 AMG, then BMW utilized their M Division to create the M6 Gran Coupe, and finally Audi has come to join the fray, creating the RS7. And we have never been happier with so many decisions to make.


Configurator Contest!

On: Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:49PM | By: Nick Bakewell


Ford test 2

As part of a bid to entice new buyers, car companies these days offer a series of “configurators” on their websites. These are essentially graphic tools that allow people to “build” and spec any car that the company currently offers. They range from basic cosmetic options, like paint color and wheel type, to incredibly granular tweaks, such as the color of the stitching on the seats, and whether you want the suspension to have one, three, or five modes. What I’ve decided to do is go through (more or less) all of the configurators that are available, pick the best and the worst, and explain how pithy little applets can tell you a lot about an automaker. So, without further ado, the awards:


 

Porsche and Acura Websites Rank Supreme Among Consumers

On: Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 10:51AM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche and Acura Websites Rank Supreme Among Consumers test 1-1

It may just be that people like to look at fast, pretty cars, but Porsche has scored highest among automakers for website design. On second thought, it might not be the fast, pretty cars at all. Acura, whose cars are not quite as fast or pretty as Porsche's, save for the NSX, tied for the top spot. The recognition comes from J.D. Power's 2013 Manufacturer Website Evaluation Study.


Film Review: Rush

On: Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 12:59PM | By: Nick Bakewell


Film Review: Rush test 1-1

Ron Howard’s latest picture, Rush, illustrates the story of the 1976 Formula 1 season and the rivalry between the two drivers at the heart of it. Following in the footsteps of 2010’s incredible documentary about the life, death, and career of Ayrton Senna (the aptly titled "Senna"), Rush has some big racing boots to fill. Unfortunately, despite the film’s abundance of acting talent and lush visuals, it ultimately falls short of its goals, toeing the line between narrative and documentary while committing to neither.


Review: 2013 Kia Rio LX

On: Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:10AM | By: Nick Bakewell


Review: 2013 Kia Rio LX test 1-1

As a novitiate writer, I have not yet been offered the keys to a set of wheels, so for lack of options I reviewed my own car.

When I was chasing this job (many thanks to my editor, Clay Ritchings, for giving me the opportunity), I spent hours daydreaming about the sorts of things I’d get to do. I imagined myself screaming around Texas hill country backroads in the new Jaguar F-Type, roaring grandiose similes and hyperbole into a camera like a shorter, thinner Jeremy Clarkson. I entertained visions of VIP access to auto shows and hobnobbing with celebrities in the McLaren garage at Circuit of the Americas. Being paid to write about cars was quite literally a dream come true for me; to my mind, it’s the best job in the world, and I’m a very, very lucky man in that I get to do it.


BMW 4-Series: What's In A Name?

On: Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:56AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


BMW 4-Series:  What's In A Name? test 1-1

A rose, we've heard, by any other name would smell as sweet. There is no rational argument against such logic. So why then are we somewhat perturbed by the name change BMW execs have deemed necessary to their venerable 3-Series coupe? Well, perhaps it has something to do with the almost 40 years of habit we have been used to—call a rose "rose" for 40 years, and then suddenly call it anything else, and it is bound to be met with a tad of resistance.


The New Kia Soul

On: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 2:50PM | By: Karen Cook


The New Kia Soul test 1-1

Kia has proclaimed that the 2014 Soul has been completely redesigned, but at first glance you might not notice. They look very much the same. The new Soul is .8 inches longer, .6 inches wider, .4 inches taller, and has a nearly 1-inch longer wheelbase. Not much of a difference…


Review: 2014 Hyundai Equus

On: Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 2:31PM | By: Jon Summers


Hyundai Equus test 2

Squint back into the eighties, and you might remember the Hyundai Pony, a forgettable little 80s hatchback, but for most North Americans and Europeans their first exposure to the Hyundai brand. Little in the Pony design was new or original; one suspects that even the name was meant to create a subconscious association with Pony cars, or specifically the Mustang—remember how some Ponys had graphics depicting small galloping equine creatures?


Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG: The Rich Get Richer

On: Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 9:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG:  The Rich Get Richer test 1-1

Back in the good old days, it used to be that if you were a car guy who didn't have a lot of cash, you could mod your car and make it fast. A cheaper fast car gave you a  way to equalize your social status in the world to some degree because you could show up those rich guys driving around portly, slow sedans and at least take solace in the fact that you had the more powerful car, if not the more powerful bank account.