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Warning - Infectious Videos Present

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 2:16PM | By: Chris Salamone

Ken Block Jump test 2

When you recognize that a video like “Chocolate Rain” by Tay Zonday made national news, you realize that viral videos impact and reflect society just as much as other, more credible, political and cultural stories. Of course, it’s likely that 30 seconds of gargantuan snot bubbles captured on tape fail to paint a pretty picture of how far we’ve come as a human race. But on the other hand these videos represent the true oddities and exceptional moments we’ve managed to share and appreciate with everyone else. We cherish these videos precisely because they’re so rare. Perhaps it’s a good sign that we can smile or laugh at ourselves. Without further adieu, here are some of the most popular, most entertaining viral automotive videos in cyberspace. Please attach and adjust your protective face mask to avoid the transmission of IVD, or Infectious Video Disease.

Subaru Lovers and Audiophiles Rejoice

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:06PM | By: Chris Salamone

Kicker for 5-door Models test 2

Commonly recognized as an all-rounder brand, the latest Subarus offer so many features and incredible bang-for-the-buck value that owners have no choice but to fall deeply in love. What’s better than symmetrical AWD, practical interior space, decent gas mileage, and smile-cracking drivability? Subaru of America has announced that it will partner with Kicker Performance Audio to supply original equipment audio upgrades on compatible new and currently loved models.

Kicker Performance is a 30-year industry leader in quality after-market audio accessories. The audio system designed for Subaru vehicles includes a 10-inch powered subwoofer in a molded enclosure intended to fit in the rear cargo area. Now Subaru owners can enjoy driving while blasting show tunes from the opera Roméo et Juliette symbolizing their forbidden love affair.

The Evils of Ethanol

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 11:45AM | By: Chuck Arehart

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Gasoline blended with 10-percent corn-based ethanol has been around for decades. I remember it as "gasahol" in the seventies and its intent was to stifle the effect of our nation's first oil "crisis" by easing the burden at the pump a few cents per gallon. Fast forward to circa 2005 when the green movement was building steam, global warming transitioned from theory to belief and automakers (mainly domestic) were touting their new flex-fuel vehicles that could run on E85 (gasoline with 85 percent ethanol). There are several reasons for the sudden interest in E85. Gas prices were nearing the three-dollar per-gallon mark and E85 was cheaper, if you could find it. E85's lower emissions would help combat global warming and the stigma that went along with a fuel-sucking, environment polluting SUV.

Got More Than One Prius? You've Got 'Prii'.

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

Got More Than One Prius? You've Got 'Prii'.  test 1-1

Try this on for size: Last year, several Priuses had problems with accelerating into things. Nope, that's all wrong. It should read: Last year, several Prii had problems with accelerating into things. Yep, that's accurate.

At least, as of this week. Toyota announced earlier this week that it had concluded its "Prius goes plural" ad campaign, originally launched at the North American Internation Auto Show. And the voters have spoken: it will be Prii and not Priuseseseses.


F-150 Trucks Recalled for Faulty Airbags

On: Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 5:03PM | By: Chris Salamone

2005 F-150 King Ranch test 2

If you’re one of the many unfortunate people to own a Ford F-150 from 2005-2006 prepare to duck, dive for cover, or play a hilarious practical joke on your obnoxious neighbor. Ford announced a recall today to cover nearly 150,000 trucks intended to repair airbags which deploy without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informed Ford back in November 2010 that the recall should cover 1.3 million F-150s from 2004-2006. Despite administrative advice, Ford chose to recall only those models from 2005-2006 and at a much lower quantity than suggested. Since the recall is significantly smaller in scope, the NHTSA is currently analyzing Ford’s response to determine if the recall is acceptable. If not, a negative finding could lead to a public hearing to evaluate whether or not Ford should increase the recall’s size.

Chrysler's Imported From Detroit Clothing Sells Out In Hours

On: Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 3:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chrysler's Imported From Detroit Clothing Sells Out In Hours test 1-1

Earlier this month during the Super Bowl, Chrysler wowed the world with a commercial that it called "Imported From Detroit." The spot featured dramatic narration, powerful imagery, and music and cameo by rapper Eminem. Several prominent media outlets called it the most memorable commercial of the night, and indeed, many were left with their mouths gaping just a little after the hard-hitting, two-minute spot had played out.

Since then, Chrysler has been running a shorter version of the ad, but the truncated spot just doesn't have the same oomph as the original. To prevent their message from sliding by the wayside, Chrysler marketed the "Imported From Detroit" tagline in a new way: T-shirts. The $30 shirts went on sale last Wednesday.

Classic Car Cultist: AMC Gremlin

On: Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 1:32PM | By: Chris Salamone

AMC Gremlin test 2

Some cars pass through dealerships and change hands a few times only to disappear into the annals of automotive history. Other cars become instant collector items. These vehicles have long-term value from the moment they are manufactured. The AMC Gremlin does not fall into either category. Produced from 1970-1978, the Gremlin has slowly earned its place within the hearts and minds of classic car enthusiasts and now carries a somewhat cult-like following. Evidence of the car’s popularity is found in the numerous TV and movie spots which add character depth by throwing in an oddball 1970s Gremlin to spice up the show, consider the HBO hit series True Blood or the Adam Sandler flick The Wedding Singer. The vehicle features a chopped Kammback-type rear end intended to improve aerodynamics and gas mileage. ‘Kamm Tails’ are found in many modern cars as well, including the current Toyota Prius. From the honorable distinction as America’s First Subcompact to the addition of a throaty 5.0L V8 the AMC Gremlin is finally being appreciated as a classic car.

Babes and Cars; Automakers Tap Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue For Advertising

On: Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

Babes and Cars; Automakers Tap Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue For Advertising test 1-1

Hot, scantily clad ladies and hot cars go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's why they're both featured in men's magazines. It's why every auto show has its fair share of sexily dressed models on the floor. And it's why car pictorials often have a bikini-clad model stretched over a cherry-red hood.

Well, this month a few automakers are putting the synergy between hot girls and hot cars to work. Both Nissan and Lexus have partnered up with an annual classic in sexy ladies: the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

2011 Best US Cities for Autonuts

On: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 2:22PM | By: Chris Salamone

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For too long, bloggers and would-be "lifestyle" magazines have disseminated articles about the virtues of certain cities throughout the United States which have the best climate, outdoor activities, cost of living to average salary ratio, or worse…the highest population of singles over 65. Auto enthusiasts have waited too long for a list which actually gives them cities with useful amenities like ample gas stations, colorful car shows, or perhaps even a rich automotive historical heritage. This list is dedicated to seek out and explain the best, most exciting, cities for autonuts to visit or live. Viewer discretion is advised; not all content is suitable for every pocketbook.

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

On: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:23PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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When it comes to exciting cars of yesteryear, few cars are as underappreciated as the legendary Acura NSX. Whether it was being mistaken for a Ferrari or taking knocks for not having enough power as other cars in its price class, the NSX does not get nearly the credit it deserved. But with a little more insight, we might just be able to get the NSX the credit it absolutely deserves.  

In the mid-1980s, after years of research, Honda decided to throw its hat into the performance car ring. Using the Ferrari 348 as a benchmark to beat, Honda set out on its journey and quickly decided that instead of trying to find a designer better than those talented Italians, they would just go out and pay the very best Italian on the market to create the shape of their halo car. And so, in 1984, Honda employed the services of none other than the legendary Pininfarina to pen a prototype deemed the HP-X or Honda Pininfarina Xperimental which evolved six years later onto show room floors as the NSX, or New Sportscar Xperimental. Honda took note of some exotic cars' penchant for breaking down and being temperamental when it came to driving their very wealthy owners around for any length of time or any lengthy distance. The goal of the NSX was to be every bit an exotic that its Italian competitors were, but to excel where they were weak, and at a price point much lower than even the cheapest prancing horse or raging bull. And from its first appearance in 1991 to its final bow in 2005, the NSX achieved all of its goals in spades.

Ursa Minor's ECAMPER And The Disappearing Honda Element

On: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 7:09PM | By: Chris Salamone

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For the last few years Ursa Minor Vehicles, a small company in Southern California, has built the ECAMPER. This niche after-market modification was designed to create a luxury camping environment, similar to the VW vans of yesterday. Unlike the old VWs, which required constant maintenance and MacGyver-like abilities to keep running, Ursa Minor banked on the reliability of Japanese engineering by using the Honda Element as a base vehicle. Yet, despite long term technical foresight, Honda quietly announced to discontinue the retro camping box in 2011.