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What Does Driving Stick Say About You?

On: Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 12:37PM | By: David Walter


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MINI was curious—since they have the highest percentages of manual owners—what driving a stick shift (or at least being able to) says about about a person. So they teamed up with Hunch to find out what separates those who can drive manual and those who can't. The results are in and looking great, thanks to a sweet infographic by Column Five Media.

So, which side are you on? Take a look, tell us what you think.


The Most-Stolen Used Cars

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 5:07PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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The economy is bad and everybody’s talking about it. But not to worry—if preliminary stats from the FBI crime division hold true, last year will have seen the fewest vehicle thefts since 1967. The most recent FBI crime statistics predict a 7.2-percent reduction in theft since 2009—the lowest rate in more than 40 years.

Now, that is really low, especially if you lived in the 1960s. The population was about 180 million vs. 305 million today and the number of cars considerably less than today. So, car theft must have been horrific back then.


Subaru Will Show BRZ In LA... Sort Of

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 12:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


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For months, we've been saying that Subaru will debut its BRZ sports car at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Turns out that's both true and false, mostly true. Subaru will finally can the whole plexiglass act at the LA Motor Show in November. It will show an actual concept version of the BRZ... but that version won't look anything like the production version.

According to Car and Driver, Subaru will finally give us a proper concept car version of the BRZ in LA. But, because of an agreement between Subaru and Toyota that requires them to wait until Tokyo to reveal the production version of their respective cars, Subaru's concept won't look anything like the production version.

That also means that all of these increasingly tiresome FT-86 concepts from Toyota haven't been all that real either. We expect the car to lose its facial scars and exaggerated curves in production.


Kia Leaning Toward GT Production

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:12AM | By: Chris Weiss


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According to indications and ruminations, Kia has a hankering to develop a sports car. The GT concept debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show was supposed to be the first of two sports car concepts, the second of which was rumored for a Detroit Auto Show debut. Well, it appears Kia is already leaning toward GT production, even before having introduced its second possible concept.


 

Best Car Deals Of September Coming This Saturday

On: Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 5:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In the market for a new car? Way back in the spring and early summer, car-buying experts from places like Edmunds recommended holding off until the fall. At that time, production issues in Japan coupled with skyrocketing gas prices were increasing demand and causing auto dealers to cut incentives, effectively raising vehicle prices, particularly on smaller, more efficient cars. A few of the best dates for car shopping are coming up very quickly.


2012 BMW M5

On: Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 9:02AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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Well, it had to happen—again! The 5th generation M5 is out and, as BMW puts it, “the world’s most successful high-performance sedan in the premium segment of the executive class” is once again available. For those who don’t know, the 1st generation M5 became available in 1984 (in Europe) and, since then, the M5 experience just keeps ratcheting up. The M5 concept simplely means the combining of a four-door sedan with five seats with the practicality of a luxurious business sedan, groundbreaking character headlined by significantly improved efficiency, supreme long-distance comfort, and innovative driver assistance systems and infotainment functions.


New Ford Police Interceptors Are Pursuit Rated

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 5:15PM | By: David Walter


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Both of Ford's Taurus-based Police Interceptors, Sedan (pictured above) and Utility, have been awarded with a "pursuit rating" by the Michigan State Police—who, for 36 years, put potential police vehicles through a gauntlet of tests to make sure they're qualified for law enforcement use.

The Interceptor Utility is powered by a 3.7-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 producing 300 horsepower. Two motors are available with the Sedan: an intimidating 280-horsepower 3.5-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 or a terrifying 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged, direct-injection Ecoboost V6 that makes 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. All "pursuit-rated" Interceptors come standard with all-wheel-drive as well (front-wheel-drive is optional). What's even more impressive is that despite the smaller-displacement engines, the V6 Sedans not only outperform the newly retired V8-powered Crown Victoria, but they offer better fuel efficiency as well.

Other noteworthy stand-outs include a larger alternator and radiator and law enforcement-only safety features such as ballistic door panels, safety cell construction, and crumple zones to offer officers more protection in case of a collision.

So, my advice to you is to get to know these vehicles. Check out the pictures below. Study them—especially those headlights—because you'll probably be seeing them soon.


Lamborghini To Offer More Super-Exclusive Special Editions

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 3:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last year, after months of teasing a Paris-bound car long thought to be the Aventador LP700-4 (commonly called "Jota" at the time), Lamborghini was forced into introducing its Sesto Elemento concept just ahead of the Paris Motor Show. It was so forced by a French website that leaked the details of the Sesto ahead of the official reveal. Despite the leak, the world was quite impressed with Lamborghini's enthralling concept.

Well, if you liked that one, Lambo has no plans to stop. In a brief but telling sound bite, CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that Lambo is committed to developing exciting, limited run supercars.


2012 Toyota Prius: Minor Changes

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 12:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It may have lost a little of its luster to newer, greener cars like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, but the Toyota Prius is still one of the most efficient, practical packages on the market. In fact, if you factor in its 2011 starting price of $23,520 (versus the Volt's $39K), it's hard to argue that the 50-mpg Prius isn't the best all-around green vehicle on the market. And according to Toyota, it's also the best-selling hybrid in the U.S. and the world.

Toyota introduced the 2012 Prius earlier this week, and the latest version of the hybrid gets some minor upgrades that makes it just a little better.


Hyundai Recalls 200,000 Sante Fe And Veracruz Models!

On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 10:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Just when you thought you were safe driving around your three- or four-year-old Hyundai Sante Fe or Veracruz, it turns out that Hyundai has just recently recalled the SUVs due to a defect that may cause the driver's airbag not to deploy during a crash. Granted, that may be better than deploying when they aren't needed, but not by much.  Replacement of the defective part will be covered in full by dealers, thankfully. Read on to see the full report.


VW Jetta Hybrid Coming To Detroit

On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 9:23AM | By: Chris Weiss


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To state the painfully obvious: auto shows from here on out are bound to be characterized by—if not completely dominated by—hybrids, electrics, and other green concepts. At this year's Frankfurt Motor Show we've seen everything from tiny electric cars that could practically ride on the sidewalk to full-blown electrically powered supercars. And we've also started hearing rumors about the next-generation of auto-show-debuted green vehicles. First the Infiniti range-extending sports car. And now the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid.