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Focus ST Overboosts Initial Impressions

On: Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 2:14PM | By: Chris Salamone

Ford Focus ST test 2

The only thing new age car junkies like more than hatchbacks are hot hatchbacks. With that said, the market for sub $30,000 tire-shredding utility boxes is pretty limited. Amidst a worn grouping, including VW GTIs and sluggish Subaru Imprezas, Ford has decided to once again prey upon its limping competition with the second coming of the company’s Focus ST. For months now, we’ve heard lots of good things. And Ford isn’t letting up anytime soon.

In short, the Focus ST continues to impress – especially now that we know an ‘overboost’ feature will be assimilated into the vehicle’s turbocharged engine. Please, oh pretty please, can we also get a Men in Black-type little red button?

World's Fastest Man Teams Up With One Of Its Quickest Cars

On: Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

World's Fastest Man Teams Up With One Of Its Quickest Cars test 2

Nissan has teamed up with Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt in a new campaign it calls "WHAT IF_". With anticipation building for the London Summer Games, Nissan hopes to use the "world's fastest man" in spreading awareness of its GT-R supercar.

Celebrity endorsements don't always make a whole lot of sense (Olympic snowboarder Shaun White's line of Target homewares, anyone?), but pairing the electrifyingly fast Usain Bolt with the one of the world's quickest cars seems like a natural fit. At less than a tenth of the cost of a Bugatti Veyron, the GT-R sprints to 62 mph just three-tenths of a second slower at 2.8 seconds. Bolt may not be able to run that fast, but his 9.58-second 100-meter time is the more impressive feat of the two, considering it captured the world record.

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

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

2013 Volvo V40 test 2

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.

Scion FR-S May Have Some Technical Problems

On: Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 2:46PM | By: Chris Weiss

Scion FR-S May Have Some Technical Problems test 2

Ordinarily we'd hold off on reporting about any vehicular technical issues until a more official recall or statement by the automaker. However, when a car like the Scion FR-S - one of the most publicized cars of the year - starts developing alleged problems a week after launching, it's worth taking note of.

According to Jalopnik, Toyota issued two 'tech tip' warnings to its dealers last month about the FR-S. The first tips says that some FR-S models "exhibit a condition where the rear combination lamps appear to have moisture on the inside of the plastic lens." Cutting through the polite PR-speak, we're left with: "the taillamps aren't sealed properly and will fog with condensation." The other tip is the car "may exhibit a condition where body panel fitting may not meet customer expectations," which we'll translate to "body panels may pop off."


No Price Change On 2013 Chevy Volt

On: Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 12:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

No Price Change On 2013 Chevy Volt test 2

Chevy is doing a lot of talking about the 2013 Volt. We already saw that Volt buyers will get a little more efficiency with the new model. Of course, that left us wondering: How much will that increased range (and other updates) cost? The answer is - nothing. Chevy says that pricing on the 2013 Volt will remain steady.

According to Inside Line, GM confirmed that pricing on the 2013 Volt won't increase. Of course, it also said that pricing won't decrease, so there won't be a drop like the one between 2011 and 2012 models. The price will sit at the same $39,995 mark as the 2012 Volt.

Ford Rivals P.T. Barnum's Marketing Prowess, Via F-150 SSV Package

On: Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 5:14PM | By: Chris Salamone

Ford F-150 Fire Rescue test 2

References to mid-19th Century circus advocates aside, Ford is a company known for relentless self-promotion. Perhaps surprisingly then, in many cases Ford’s colorful advertising is backed by products which command the respect and credibility so boldly called for. But, on the flip side, the company’s crackshot public relations team occasionally over fires the marketing cannon. Ford’s recent F-150 Special Services Vehicle Package press release falls into category two.

Pictured in the press release are two images of Ford F-150s, presumably equipped with the Special Service Vehicle Package, themed appropriately for Fire Rescue and Police. And a quick scan of the release’s headlines suggests that the optional package will come at “no-charge” to fleet customers.

Of course that doesn’t mean fleet customers will get Fire Rescue or Police equipped vehicles at no charge. That would make far too much sense. In this instance, what you see…is not what you get.

Kia Optima Makes World-Record Road Trip (Video)

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

Kia Optima Makes World-Record Road Trip test 2

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."

Say Goodbye To The Durango: More Model Shake-up News At Chrysler

On: Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Say Goodbye To The Durango: More Model Shake-up News At Chrysler test 2

Last month, we heard some word about outgoing and incoming models at Chrysler from Sergio Marchionne. It turns out, Chrysler's model shake-up won't be limited to the Town & Country and new crossover. A new report indicates that one classic Chrysler-group SUV will be heading into the sunset while an old name from the past will be making a return.

According to Automobile magazine, the Dodge Durango will join the Chrysler Town & Country on the chopping block. It will disappear from Dodge's line in 2016.

Chevy Rolls Out A Social Network For Car Fans

On: Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 10:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Rolls Out A Social Network For Car Fans test 2

GM may or may not be all that savvy at navigating social media advertising, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't embrace the social format. Chevy has launched its own social network called The Block, which it describes as "social media for gearheads."

The Block, which is still in beta form, is sort of like an online car club, where enthusiasts can chat, share pictures and talk about projects. Expect to find all kinds of pictures, stories and enthusiasm involving cars of all kinds.

NPR's 'Car Talk' To Fade Away

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

Ray and Tom Magliozzi test 2

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.

Texans May Regret An 85 MPH Highway?!

On: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Salamone

Texans May Regret An 85 MPH Highway?! test 2

Days ago, local Texas radio station 1200 News Radio WOAI announced that an 85 mile per hour speed limit sign had been spotted on a brand new toll road called State Highway 130, running from east San Antonio to just north of Austin. Since the discovery, auto enthusiast websites all over the internet have lauded State Highway 130’s gloriously high speed limit. Of course we all want to see roads with increased speed limits, but at what cost? Much like all too-good-to-be-true deals, there’s a catch.

Back in September the Economic Policy Journal first brought the potential problem to our attention and, unsurprisingly, State Highway 130’s success or failure hinges on the wallets of drivers or taxpayers – regardless if those taxpayers currently drive.

But wait, the plot thickens. Rick Perry is entangled in the State Highway 130 project through a multi-billion dollar business deal.