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Video: Fernando Alonso Drives a LeFerrari

On: Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 1:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

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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. 

Bentley unveils Le Mans Edition of the Mulsanne

On: Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 12:23PM | By: Teddy Field

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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. 

Should Auto Makers Rename Models?

On: Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 9:02AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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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. 

Cheap Thrills: A Look Back at the 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO

On: Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 3:08PM | By: Teddy Field

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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. 


Toyota kills-off the Tacoma X-Runner

On: Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 12:03PM | By: Teddy Field

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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.

2014 BMW 328d Sport Wagon: Redefining the Diesel Wagon

On: Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 1:46PM | By: Teddy Field

2014 BMW 328d Sport Wagon test 2

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.

Auto Makers Are Expanding U.S. Operations

On: Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 12:53PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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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?

On: Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 7:23AM | By: Teddy Field

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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. 

Some Small Cars Score Poorly in IIHS Testing

On: Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 7:04AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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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.

Why Fox is pulling the plug on the SPEED Channel

On: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:49PM | By: Teddy Field

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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. 

The Auto Industry is Confident That Young People Will Start Buying Cars Again Soon

On: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 1:56PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

The Auto Industry is Confident That Young People Will Start Buying Cars Again Soon test 1-1

There’s been a recent trend in this country of younger people turning away from cars. Younger people have been losing interest in buying a car or even driving for the past few years, but the auto industry says they still have faith that younger drivers will get back into to market again as the economy improves for that age group.