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Automakers around the world have really opened up the flood gates. They're either teasing or full-on revealing the cars, trucks, and concepts that they plan to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in about three weeks. The latest concept car to come to our attention is the Monza from GM brand Opel/Vauxhall (we'll just say Opel from here on out), a sporty shooting brake built atop an evolution of the Ampera (Chevy Volt) plug-in hybrid platform.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Opel, station wagons, concept cars, new cars, Frankfurt Motor Show
Sometimes the best additions to new cars have nothing to do with horsepower or speed. For instance, the new Audi A8 gets an upgrade that's minor on the surface but likely to make more of an impact on roads than an extra five horses. The Audi Matrix LED headlamp delivers a distinctive turn signal that the German automaker says will provide enhanced visibility.
Back in the good old days, it used to be that if you were a car guy who didn't have a lot of cash, you could mod your car and make it fast. A cheaper fast car gave you a way to equalize your social status in the world to some degree because you could show up those rich guys driving around portly, slow sedans and at least take solace in the fact that you had the more powerful car, if not the more powerful bank account.
Toyota is planning quite the offensive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will unveil a race-derived hybrid concept, while luxury brand Lexus will show a concept car of its own. It's saving the details for the show, but it has played a little game of tease-and-tell to whet our appetites.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Lexus, Toyota, concept vehicles, Frankfurt Motor Show, concept cars
Cadillac always seems to have a head-turning concept to reveal at Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach. Two years ago, it was the Ciel roadster. This year, Cadillac kept the top on but lets its creativity out with a truly intriguing coupe it calls the Elmiraj. Hopefully, this car is a preview of the rumored flagship model.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars
Tags: Cadillac, Elmiraj, concept cars, Pebble Beach, new cars
In the late 60s and early 70s, the upwardly-mobile baby boomers were just hitting their stride. American automakers were clamoring for their business as performance cars flowed from Detroit like honey from a hive. They tried all sorts of 'hip' new ways to lure 20-somethings into the showrooms, and Chrysler Corp decided to take a rather cartoon-y approach with cars like the Warner Brothers-Approved Plymouth Road Runner, the Tasmanian Devil's Plymouth Duster, and the angry Dodge Super Bee. They tried to recreate some of the muscle-bound madness in 2004-2005 with the Dodge Ram Rumble Bee trim pack. No performance mods were made to the truck, but it was every bit as cartoon-y as the original Super Bee. And to mark the 10-year anniversary of that Rumble Bee, Dodge—excuse me—Ram, has just unveiled an all-new Rumble Bee, and it looks even angrier than the first swarm of Rumble Bees.
Tags: Dodge Ram, Ram Trucks, 2013 Ram 1500 R/T, Ram Rumble Bee, Concept
The Ford F-Series of pickup trucks has long been the Dearborn-based manufacturer’s bread and butter. Even in the dark days of the early and mid-2000s, when Ford cars were practically unsellable, the company’s truck line provided it with a reliable stream of revenue from millions of customers. The F-150 in particular has been consistently popular every year since 1982. The product’s slogan says why, as loyal owners are quick to affirm—the trucks are “built Ford tough.”
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Miscellaneous, Technology
Tags: Ford, F-150, aluminum trucks
It gives drivers more control over their vehicles. It saves gas. It lowers car repair bills, improves coordination, and has played a key role in the teenage years of countless drivers. Yet, despite all it has going for it, it’s in imminent danger of going extinct. “It” is the stick shift transmission, and its days appear to be numbered.
Posted In: Car News, Classics, Technology
Tags: technology, car history
The Jaguar E-Type, famously classified as the most beautiful car ever by Enzo Ferrari, is one of the most famous British cars of all time. Its successor, the all-new F-Type, may never reach those levels of legend, but it's doing its best to earn a reputation as the most British car of all time. Jaguar has built a series of Union-Jack-themed F-Types to celebrate the launch of its latest roadster. The unique convertibles are part of the #YourTurnBritain contest.
The 2014 Chevy Volt will feature a few very minor option updates, but outside of that, the only thing new on it is the price. The next generation of the Volt promises a much more thorough series of upgrades, including much improved all-electric range, according to comments from GM CEO Dan Akerson. It still won't be a rightful "electric vehicle," the way GM insists on describing it, but it will be one step closer.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Technology, Videos
Tags: Chevy, Volt, green cars, hybrids, MPG,
Back in 2004, Alex Rodriguez was the most recognized name in Major League Baseball. He had signed a record 10-year, $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers 3 years earlier, but they wound up trading him to the New York Yankees in order to free up room on their payroll. In an effort to invest some of the money that he made signing with the Rangers, he decided to open a Mercedes-Benz dealership outside of Houston. Now embroiled in a steroid scandal, Rodriguez' name may not be as marketable as it once was. And many media outlets have started to attack his dealership in order to grab a headline.
Posted In: Car News, Good, Bad & Ugly
Tags: mercedes, mercedes benz, Alex Rodriguez', MB,