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Ferrari FF Is 2011 Neiman Marcus Car

On: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:12AM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari FF Is 2011 Neiman Marcus Car test 2

Every year, Neiman Marcus selects a hot sports or luxury car to be featured in its famed Christmas Book, the shopping list of the rich, ultra-rich, and even richer. Last year it was a sexy Chevy Camaro Convertible with light-changing Deep Bordeaux paint.

This year, Neiman Marcus has chosen the all-new Ferrari FF grand tourer to appear on the Fantasy Gift list in its catalog.


GM To Launch 2013 Cadillac XTS In LA

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Chris Weiss


GM To Launch 2013 Cadillac XTS In LA test 2

Though the auto world has quieted a lot since Frankfurt, there are still two major auto shows left in 2011: Tokyo and LA. GM announced that it will use the latter to launch the production version of the XTS sedan, which will hit the market as a 2013 model.

The XTS will serve as a fresh replacement for the DTS and STS full-sized sedans, which just look a little outdated and weary in a line with sexier cars like the CTS-V. The XTS will bring the sedan's styling more in line with the rest of the range and will serve as a flagship sedan.


Long-Term Test: 2011 Subaru Outback

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 12:02PM | By: Chris Salamone


2011 Subaru Outback test 2

A common hallmark of most car reviews is the invisible hand which gently guides the reviewer into a state of fluffy feedback-inducing euphoria: aka the manufacturer. All too often vehicles are lent to reviewers who receive inexplicable perks in exchange for a positive review. So what makes this long-term test any different? My tester Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium didn’t come from the manufacturer and, much to my chagrin, no perks were sent in my direction. Even without an exciting array of hidden incentives, I attempted to put this slightly-used beaut through its paces.

At 22,000 miles it’s fair to say that we have a pretty good picture of this vehicle’s stats.


NHTSA Going To Disney World! (To Test Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications)

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


NHTSA: Going To Disney World! (To Test Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications) test 2

Technology is going to be a growing story in the automotive industry. While some of that technology is of questionable value to safety and driving, some is designed specifically to make cars and commutes safer. You can actually find examples like blind spot detection and electronic stability control in current vehicles.

The future promises even more safety-driven technology, and one such aspect that companies like BMW are working on is vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Essentially, cars would be able to communicate with each other, process important traffic data, and deliver it to the driver to make the commute safer and more efficient.

The National Highway Transportation Authority NHTSA) recently held a vehicle-to-vehicle test event at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida.


 

Harley-Davidson Recalls 250,000 Bikes!

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 9:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Harley-Davidson Recalls 250,000 Bikes! test 2

They tell you when you get your motorcycle license that when you are at a stoplight to pump your brakes when traffic is coming up behind you. You're supposed to do this because it is difficult for drivers to actually see and register motorcycles on highways, mostly because they are so accustomed to seeing larger cars that their brains can actually simply ignore the smaller-sized bikes until it is too late. Well, pumping brake lights might be a little harder for your average new(er) Harley driver. Why, you ask? 

Well, it seems that in no less than 25 different models Harley produced over the last three model years the brake light switch had been placed just a little too close to the exhaust. That excessive heat can cause some problems, the least of which is causing the brake light not to work at all, and could even cause a brake fluid leak at the switch, which could actually start a fire. 

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.


The Case For Edmunds' Parody-DocuDrama Review

On: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Jeep Wrangler test 2

“Finding water is the first priority when trying to survive in the desert, but nature provides everything you need… if you know where to find it,” said Mike Monticello from Edmunds.com as he pulled open a seemingly abandoned Jeep Wrangler’s trunk hatch filled with water and Doritos. When trying to escape the wilderness, sometimes you get lucky and find civilization. Other times, a fellow adventurer saves you from disaster. And other, less frequent, times you find a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara stocked with delicious snacks and a handy set of keys—just waiting for a quick test review.

It just so happens that Road Test Editor Mike Monticello found himself without a functioning vehicle after several days in the Mojave Desert. To make matters worse, he was completely out of food, tired, and could self-rescue only on foot. And then, seemingly without warning, he stumbled upon Option 3.


GM Prepares To Launch Chevy EN-V

On: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 11:41AM | By: Chris Weiss


GM Prepares To Launch Chevy EN-V test 2

I remember the sheer shock and anger I felt when one of GM's first moves after securing public bailout money in 2009 was revealing the P.U.M.A electric pod concept. I could hardly believe that GM chose to partner with Segway—not exactly a successful powerhouse in the transportation segment—for a concept after just getting billions of dollars in public funding. And the vehicle they released was so damn ridiculous that it actually made the Segway look cool.

Since that time, the GM-Segway team-up has only gotten more ridiculous, moving from a lightweight, open-air design to a big, awkward, fully enclosed pile of not-selling-many. And again I'm filled with shock and a little anger knowing that GM, still a company beholden to the American public, is moving ahead with plans of building this thing. In fact, it has given the EN-V a home in the Chevy line.


Fiat 500 Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

On: Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 9:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


Fiat 500 Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick test 2

The tiny Fiat 500 is the car that relaunched the Fiat brand in the United States. And Chrysler/Fiat hopes that the 500 will provide a solid start to a run much improved from its last foray in the American market, when Fiats earned the nickname "Fix It Again, Tony."

So far, the car has some serious accolades on its side including a 2009 World Car Design of the Year award and a recent Kelley Blue Book recommendation as a top back-to-school car. And now it's met one of the biggest challenges that tiny cars face head on and come out the victor: the 500 has received a prestigious "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


Latest Russian Military Hovercraft [Insert Dolph Lundgren Quip Here]

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 2:09PM | By: Chris Salamone


Russian Military Spec Christy 6143 test 2

A country famous for implementing the world’s largest military hovercraft, the SR-N4, has created a new hovering killing machine. Caught during the filming of an upcoming Russian movie, made by an appropriately-named studio ‘Lenfilm’, this newest Russian military-grade hovercraft makes short work of sand, mud, and even choppy surf. Fans of the soon-to-be Red Dawn remake won’t be disappointed to hear that Russia still values the heady stench of glory with their Christy 6143 hovercraft, designed specifically for Special Forces operations “of any complexity.”


GM Being GM Launches, Then Pulls, Controversial Bicycling Ad

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 11:22AM | By: Chris Weiss


GM Being GM Launches, Then Pulls, Controversial Bicycling Ad test 2

Remember a couple years ago when GM, once a world leader in the automotive industry, was failing miserably and had to go ask the government for a couple bucks just to stay in business? Well, one of the big problems in Detroit at the time was the lack of forward thinking and self-awareness. In fact, self-awareness and thinking were so absent in Detroit that the minds behind GM thought it was appropriate to fly private jets to Washington to ask for billions of taxpayer dollars to keep the $#!*-show afloat.

Well, after a couple years of making an effort to turn its old fashioned ways around with products like the Chevy Volt, GM is back to doing what it seems to do best: making itself look like an organization full of stodgy good ol' boys completely ignorant to the ways of the world. Luckily, this time, it didn't run the company into the ground. But it did launch a completely out-of-touch ad that it later got cornered into retracting.


Drop In Accidents Linked To BlackBerry Outage

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: David Walter


Drop In Accidents Linked To BlackBerry Outage test 2

Surprisingly, Apple's new iPhone 4S wasn't the only phone making headlines last week. For three days (Tuesday through Thursday), millions of BlackBerry users in Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East, Latin America and parts of North America were left without services like messaging, email and internet due to a major server crash. While the outage may have inconvenienced BlackBerry owners (and really damaged RIM’s [Research In Motion – makers of BlackBerry phones] reputation), it may have made roads in the Middle East a safer place.

According to The National, traffic accidents fell 20 percent in Dubai and 40 percent (with no fatal accidents) in Abu Dhabi during the days of BlackBerry’s disruption.