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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,
The "LeFerrari" is one of the worst names ever conceived for a vehicle. And that's a damn shame because the car promises to be one of the most awesome exotics of our generation. Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso cashed in on that promise in a short video clip that takes us in and out of the LeFerrari.
Tags: Videos, Ferrari, supercars, LeFerrari, racing, Fernando Alonso, F1 driver
In May of 1923, W.O. Bentley traveled to France to attend the inaugural running of a new 24-hour endurance race, being held in the streets outside of a little town called Le Mans. One of W.O.'s customers had entered a 1923 Bentley 3-liter in the race, and wound up finishing 4th overall. During the race, driver Frank Clement set the first lap record, covering the 10.7 mile course in 9:39, at an average speed of 66 mph. Enthused by his car's performance, Bentley returned the following year to claim victory against a field of all-French cars. And to honor the 90th Anniversary of this legendary endurance race, W.O.'s company unveiled a very special Mulsanne Le Mans Limited Edition at this week's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Tags: Bentley, 24hrs of Le Mans, Bentley Mulsanne Le Mans Limited Edition
Would a rose smell as sweet by any other name? Would a Corvette be as fast if were no longer a Corvette? Well, yes, but wouldn’t that be weird? Car makers are reconsidering the names of their vehicles in an attempt to make them more modern in hopes to shake some of the stigma that comes along with certain long running models and their names.
Posted In: Car News
Tags: Rebadge, Renaming Cars, auto makers, models, car model names
Back in 1964, GM had instituted a ban on factory-sponsored racing. This was a bit of a problem for the Pontiac Division, because their entire marketing strategy was centered on performance. To get around the new corporate policy, Chief Engineer John DeLorean (yep, the guy that built those stainless-bodied Back to the Future cars) decided to take the 389ci V8 from a full size Bonneville, and cram it into the much lighter LeMans. With the optional triple-deuce carburetors, and 4-on-the-floor, their new GTO was an absolute monster.
America consumes more pickup trucks per year than any nation on earth. We're a land of can-doer's, and we like vehicles that can help us get the job done. The big, brawny Ford F-150 has been America's best-selling vehicle for decades, but there are some people that don't need quite as much 'truck' to get the job done. For them, Toyota created the right-size Tacoma, and it's been leading the midsize pickup category for quite some time. From simple fleet trucks to luxuriously appointed off-roaders, buyers can choose from many versions of Toyota's little truck. Unfortunately though, Toyota has just announced that one of its Tacoma flavors won't be returning for 2014. So we must bid farewell to the Toyota Tacoma X-Runner- the hot little sport truck that you've probably never heard of.
Tags: toyota, toyota tacoma, toyota tacoma x-runner, x runner
For many people, the BMW 3-Series wagon is the ideal daily-driver, because it offers the perfect blend of pleasure and practicality. Similarly, diesel engines come with a deep well of torque to slingshot you to 60 mph just like a gas engine. And modern diesels get around 10 more miles-to-the-gallon, making them a lot more practical than their gas-fired counterpart. Put those two together, and you get the new 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon. A car that's as practical, as it is fun.
Tags: BMW, 2014 BMW 328d Sport Wagon, Diesel, BMW 328i, Diesel Station Wagon
Amid the great news about strong auto sales in July, it looks like U.S. auto makers are ready to expand their operations. Enjoying the best sales since pre-recession 2007, auto makers revealed plans this week to dish out $434 million to increase their capacity to manufacturer and produce engines and vehicles to meet consumer demand.
Powerball winner plans to buy an early Acura NSX, Ayrton Senna NSX suddenly appears on eBay-Coincidence?
Most people have a list of things to buy, should the Lottery Gods ever smile upon them. I for example, would buy a hollowed-out volcano, a lifetime supply of Twinkies, a dynamite factory, and 365 Chevy Cavaliers. Then I would start each day by eating a dozen of those delicious little Hostess cakes, helicopter down from my volcano, and blow-up one of the most hateful cars ever made. However, recent Powerball winner Paul White has much more practical ideas for his $58 million dollars.
Bad news for smaller car owners: you might be driving a car that did very poorly in crash tests! Results of a new series of crash tests were released last Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and some very popular models did not fare well. Half of the smaller model cars tested didn’t yield results that many would feel confident with.
Tags: Crash Test, Safety Rating, 2013 Chevy Sonic, 2013 Chevy Cruze, Nissan Sentra, 2013 Kia Soul, 2014 Kia Forte
There's no business like show business—and occasionally, it can be brutal. Just ask the 100+ employees at the Speed Channel. On Saturday morning, August 17th, the Speed Channel will switchover to become a multi-sport channel called Fox Sports 1—A move that saddens many in the automotive and motorsports communities.