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Porsche Ranked Coolest Car Brand, Honda Most Trusted

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Kelley Blue Book released its Brand Image Award results this week. The firm uses market research about consumer perceptions in awarding automakers such honors as "Best Comfort Brand," "Best Performance Brand," and "Best Value Brand." Its Brand Watch study analyzes impressions from more than 12,000 new-vehicle consumers doing research on KBB.com.

Despite its recent focus on less cool, more volume (think Cayenne, Panamera and Macan), Porsche still has plenty of cool factor. Stuttgart is the "Coolest Brand," according to KBB's data. The shield also appears as the "Best Performance Brand," an award it's traded with BMW since 2009.

The SRT Viper Has Arrived

On: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 2:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've sifted through rumor after rumor for years. We've seen a name change and logo update. We've analyzed spy shots and legitimate teaser photos. We've tried to reconcile conflicting reports. And it's all led up to this. It was worth the wait.

We speak, of course, of the 2013 Viper, one of the most anticipated car debuts of 2012. The last-generation Viper drove into the sunset in 2010, leaving nothing but rumors in its wake.

2013 Subaru BRZ Gets Price Tag

On: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 11:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Subaru BRZ was originally rumored to be the more upscale of the two sports coupes coming out of the great Subaru-Toyota team-up. In spite of those rumors, the Subaru got the same exact engine and output as its Toyota cousins. While it doesn't pack more power, it does pack a little more price.

The Subaru BRZ officially starts at $25,495 in North America, as announced by Subaru this week. That's just under $1,300 more than the Scion FR-S, which was priced last month. The base model uses a six-speed manual transmission; the automatic version starts at $26,595. Both base models, called 'Premium' by Subaru, come with touchscreen GPS navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

2013 Lincoln MKZ Turns Heads In New York

On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 5:21PM | By: Chris Salamone

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We’ve waited, and waited, but finally Lincoln’s latest Ford Fusion luxury spinoff has debuted as something entirely more sophisticated. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ takes on a long list of impressive new features, as well as styling which pays homage to elegance for the sake of…well…elegance.

In previous generations of Lincolns, we couldn’t help feeling like the company attempted to gussie up old pigs with new lipstick – taking less expensive cars and adding chrome, plus other doodads, to rev up pricing. But the 2013 MKZ is different.

This is a vehicle which could re-define Lincoln as a brand, standing separate and above Ford.


Narrow Escape As Big Rig(s) Fall Off Mountain (Video)

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 1:56PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Sometimes, when the going gets rough, the tough get going. Unfortunately, in a case of man vs. mountain, only one of the two drivers in the following video narrowly escaped disaster. The other chose to remain in his rapidly descending semi-truck.

BBC Europe reports that the driver of the semi is in stable condition after having fallen at least 200 feet. The tow truck operator, on the other hand, did manage to abandon his vehicle in time…but just barely.

Honda's Hilarious April Fools' Anti-Theft System

On: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 1:42PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Year after year, Honda consistently ranks highly in reliability and value. But another, less advertised, Honda attribute also tops some lists. Few automakers, in the history of cars, can attest to having a longer track record for attracting thievery. And even fewer still are the automakers which have mastered the art of April Fools’ advertising.

Honda usually spearheads the list of most stolen vehicles from the National Insurance Crime Bureau – but all that is about to change. Honda plans to address would-be criminals and nervous consumers in one fell swoop. In 2013, Honda vehicles will feature a new security technology which attempts to prevent theft with negotiations and psychoanalysis. Say hello to TERII, and what is perhaps the best April Fools’ joke in recent memory.

While TERII will offer some familiar features, like keyless entry and voice command, Honda’s latest anti-theft system is unlike anything currently available on the mass market. Meaning, buyers could pay top dollar to get a celebrity-like, aftermarket security unit, but Honda plans to make artificial intelligence security mainstream.

Study: Breathalyzer Systems Work In Fighting Drunk Driving

On: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

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According to a new study, ignition interlock systems, which require drivers to blow into a breathalyzer before starting their cars, are effective at cutting the number of repeat offenders. Some jurisdictions require that those convicted of drunk driving install interlock systems in their cars, and the study took a look at the results in one such location.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted its research in relation to Washington state, where interlock systems are mandatory for anyone convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). It looked at DUI conviction records from January 1999 to June 2006. In 2004, Washington expanded its mandatory interlock law to include everyone convicted of DUI. The original 1999 law included only repeat offenders, high-BAC offenders, and those who refused an alcohol test. So the IIHS was able to study the law's effect on first-time simple offenders, noting a 12 percent decrease in repeat offenses in the second quarter of 2006 over what would have been expected without the interlock requirement.

A123 Systems To Replace Defective Fisker Karma Batteries

On: Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 11:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

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 Well it looks like non-recall performance upgrades -or whatever the manufacturer in question chooses to call them to avoid the hot-button term "recall" - will be a thing for the plug-in hybrid. GM is in the midst of performing what it calls a 'Customer Satisfaction Program,' relating to the Volt's battery, and now A123 Systems, the battery supplier for the Fisker Karma, is starting a 'field campaign' to replace battery packs.

Earlier this month, Consumer Reports detailed an issue that it had with a Fisker Karma during testing. The Karma broke down with less than 200 miles on its odometer. While CR was doing speedometer calibration, an error message flashed and the transmission subsequently locked up, requiring Fisker to come and tow the car away for repair.

Subaru Reveals 2013 Outback And Legacy

On: Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Salamone

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This year’s New York Auto Show looks to be a real humdinger. Among a field of exciting new offerings, Subaru would have already stood out with the incoming XV Crosstek. But, sensing and capitalizing on opportunistic market momentum, the automaker plans to renovate the 2013 Legacy and Outback models as well. And we’re not talking about minor updates, either.

Instead, Subaru aims to spruce up the vehicles’ engine offerings, suspension, structure, and overall design.

"World's First And Only Mexican Beaded VW" Visits U.S. (It's Better Than It Sounds)

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 4:30PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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On the first leg of its tour of North America and Europe, “Vochol”—the world's “first and only Volkswagen decorated with beads by Mexican Huichol Indians”—can be seen now through May 6 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Now before you go and dismiss this as a “hippie”-style psychedelic custom VW, let’s look at the facts: all of the intricate, multicolored everything you see on the surface of this 1990 VW Beetle (yes, I meant 1990) has been done—by hand—with “more than 2 million glass seed beads and nearly 35 pounds of fabric, paint, yarn and resin.”

Yep, "two families of Huíchol artisans [eight persons total] devoted more than 9,000 hours” to create Vochol, a name derived from a combination of “vochol”, a popular term for VW Beetles in Mexico, and “Huichol”, the common name of the Wirrárika indigenous group.

But this project is more than 233 lbs. of beadwork slapped on a Bug. And—unlike any groovy, 1960s-era painted version—this one’s important enough to be in the Smithsonian.

No foolin': OPGI's 30th Anniversary Car Show Set For April 1st

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 3:13PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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If you’re the owner of a “classic” GM car you’re probably familiar with Original Parts Group Inc. and their comprehensive catalogs. We’re talking about models like the Chevelle, El Camino, Cutlass, Skylark, GTO, Monte Carlo, Riviera and even 1954 through 1976 Cadillacs.

[Unfortunately, they have no apparent love—or parts—for my ’89 Olds Custom Cruiser. What’s up with that?]

Anyhoo, on April 1, in celebration of the firm’s 30th year of operation, they are hosting a classic car show at their Seal Beach, Calif., headquarters. Free and open to all, it is certain to feature many of the finest examples of each vehicle line I’ve mentioned, not including—so far as I know—any Custom Cruisers.

Still, it sounds like a heck of an event. But you don’t have to take just MY word(s) for it…