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The Most Underrated Car Of 2011!

On: Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 12:34PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Driving along the mean streets of New Jersey a few days ago, I caught myself doing a double-take on the highway. Now, usually this type of behavior is perfectly acceptable for most cars that make more than 450 horsepower, or the occasional automotive rarity such as a Delorean or mint-condition late-80s Toyota MR2 solely due to their extreme uniqueness. But this particular neck turn wasn’t devoted to anything of the sort; in fact, I found myself very surprised at my own immediate visceral response. The car, believe it or not, was a brand new... wait for it... Indigo Blue Pearl Hyundai Elantra. Suffice to say, this was the biggest automotive surprise for this writer in all of 2011.

Yes, a Hyundai. No, not the sporty coupe. No, not even the high-end $65,000 Equus. No, what caught my eye was the $16,000 four-door Hyundai sedan. Seriously. And the sad part is that even as a writer, I am struggling to explain why it impressed me so, but that won't stop me from trying.


Virtual Tour Of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (Video)

On: Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you're a huge sports car nut, chances are you love (or at least like a teensie bit) Ferraris. Who doesn't love those shiny, red, powerful stallions? Unfortunately, chances also point to the fact that you probably won't be visiting the ultimate Ferrari theme park—Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World—anytime soon. Now that's not true of everyone, but it can be a little difficult to plan a trip halfway around the world just to get your kicks at an adult theme park—what with so many places to see, and so little time and/or money to visit.

Luckily for you, we live in the age where we can travel around the world from the comfort of a desk chair. If you plan a trip to Abu Dhabi, you may want to skip this post and wait for the real thing. If, like me, you don't, read on and enjoy a virtual tour of the park.


Tons Of Epic Hollywood Hooning In Ken Block's Gymkhana Four (Video)

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 12:59PM | By: David Walter


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"Gymkhana Four: The Hollywood Megamercial" featuring professional racer and hooning master Ken Block and his turbocharged 2.0-liter Ford Fiesta (capable of up to 600 horsepower and 655 lb-ft of torque!) was released yesterday.

Now, I considered attempting to answer some potential questions (i.e. what is hooning? who is Ken Block? what is Gymkhana?), but you'd probably get a better understanding by just watching the video.

And trust me, you'll definitely want to watch this!


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

On: Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 9:52AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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There are fast cars out there—sure a WRX is quick or even a BMW 335is, perhaps. Then there are really fast cars—a Corvette Grand Sport or Shelby GT 500 both fit 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.

Steve Saleen had always been a man who took fast cars and turned them into really fast cars. A simple Mustang became an S281 or an even more potent S351, and Saleen quickly became legendary in the tuner community. But, there were always questions as to whether or not Steve Saleen could build a car of his own. So Saleen attempted to put those questions to rest and put all of his amassed tuning know-how into building a supercar from the ground up, catapulting his namesake into the highest echelon of road-going automobiles on the planet.


 

The New Dodge Durango Calls Out Ford's Explorer (Video)

On: Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 12:59PM | By: David Walter


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After being away for two years, the Durango has re-emerged with a new design, improved performance and some witty commercials to let everyone know that it's back and better than ever. Two in particular are sure to grab the attention of domestic rival Ford. Commercials "Ultimate" and "Responsibility" feature the Dodge SUV utterly shaming the Explorer. And Dodge doesn't stop there. Another ("Long Lost Performance") laments the lack of “S” in today’s SUVs and even mocks "the kind of cars people are making" and "the kind people are buying".

Dodge may be stepping on some toes with these commercials (and enjoying every second of it), but they're also trying to reignite America's love for sport utility vehicles despite rising fuel prices and many other economic uncertainties.

Read more to see the commercials...


Feebay's Top Five Sales Now 40 Percent Fords!

On: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 4:21PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Though most in-person auto auctions are realizing a rebound in vehicle sales prices, this “recovery” apparently has yet to hit eBay, as it’s still red-number—that’s the color the site uses on its “completed listings” to denote cars that didn’t sell—city.

Compared to my July 6th feature you can see elsewhere on this site, the prices this go-round are farther apart—both in terms of dollar amount and “page” numbers—and only one of them was for a Lamborghini.


Good News For Corvette Lovers: GM Isn't Broke!

On: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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It seems General Motors has been making the most of all that bail-out money it got some time ago because, as you can see from the following press release, they are making some pretty good money. Net income is up 89% over last quarter. CEO and chairman Dan Akerson even gives the new Chevrolet Sonic a shoutout, but we know what he was thinking—the same thing we were:  "C7, here we come!"


Chrysler Recalls 2008 Minivans!

On: Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 9:21AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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In a recall issued this week, it seems that 2007 and 2008 weren't just about faulty Toyotas. If you own any minivan made by Chrysler in the 2008 model year, those being the Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Voyager, or Dodge Grand Caravan, it would behoove you get back to the dealer as soon as possible. It seems that nearly 300,000 vehicles may suffer an inadvertent airbag deployment.


Confessions From The Americas Expedition

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 2:16PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Hot off the presses, Jeep just released a telling interview from the Americas 2011 Expedition. In case you haven’t been following on Twitter or, more specifically, on the expedition team’s SPOT GPS transmitter, the Americas Expedition is a father and son duo making a 25,000 mile road trip across the Western Hemisphere. Renato Costanzo and Renato Jack Costanzo left Miami in June and intend to reach a final destination of Argentina in their totally juiced 2011 red Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Among other notoriously appropriate features for expeditions, the Costanzo’s Jeep includes a roof tent, trailer, attached bicycles, safari rack, an incredible amount of headlights, snorkel, and roo bar.


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

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 8:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Some things never change. Throughout history, whenever a new Corvette hits the market, it always creates a splash. And when the C5 Corvette burst onto the performance car scene in 1997, it was no different. The fifth generation Corvette was an instant hit. It brought about a renaissance to the Crossed Flags emblem that made the Corvette a world power in the performance car market once again.


WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 3:27PM | By: Chris Weiss


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I always thought it would be cool to mount a massive supercar engine into an unassuming everyday commuter like a Toyota Corolla. Imagine pulling up to a stop light next to a Camaro or 911, looking the guy right in the eye, stepping on the pedal ever-so-slightly to let him know you were serious, and then just blowing him away in your Lamborghini-V12-powered Corolla. It would be truly awesome.

Less awesome, but more affordable, would be designing an everyday car—let's say a Mercury Cougar—to look like a supercar. The car featured here may look like a Bugatti Veyron, but it's miserably underpowered.