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2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO

On: Tue, May 7, 2013 at 9:12AM | By: Chris Weiss


2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO test 1-1

Anumber of Nissan vehicles have been getting the NISMO treatment for the past year or so, with Nissan having outlined a broader role for its parts and performance arm. The latest is one of the most obvious candidates: the 2014 370Z sports car. The 370Z NISMO enjoys some distincitive interior and exterior design themes. 

A number of Nissan vehicles have been getting the NISMO treatment for the past year or so, with Nissan having outlined a broader role for its parts and performance arm. The latest is one of the most obvious candidates: the 2014 370Z sports car. The 370Z NISMO enjoys some distincitive interior and exterior design themes.


McLaren P1 claws its way around the Arctic Circle (Video)

On: Fri, May 3, 2013 at 9:41AM | By: Chris Weiss


McLaren P1 claws its way around the Arctic Circle (Video) test 1-1

The McLaren P1 is one of those supercars that is just fun to look at, especially when it's in action. Unfortunately, McLaren didn't see fit to bring it to the New York Auto Show for us American folks to see in person. So we'll just have to be content watching it carve its signature into the snow and ice of northern Europe.


Witness a World Record With New Bugatti Video

On: Thu, May 2, 2013 at 5:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


Witness a World Record With New Bugatti Video test 1-1

Prior to introducing its latest special edition, Bugatti put the "world record" into the World Record Car Edition by blazing into the books with a 254-mph run recorded by TÜV, the independent German organization for Technical Inspection and Certification. The record was for the fastest convertible in the world, and Bugatti got it done in the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. This week, Bugatti released the video evidence of the world record run. Reading about the world record was interesting, but watching it unfold before your eyes is much better. 


Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-5 Snag Crossover Awards

On: Thu, May 2, 2013 at 12:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


Hyundai Santa Fe test 2

The crossover/small SUV segment has been one of the hottest corners of the auto market for the past few years. If you plan to be one of the many that buy crossovers in the near future, you might want to consider what the professionals are picking. It was interesting to see two crossovers - the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the Mazda CX-5 - win very different awards on the same day. One gets a nod for what the SUV used to represent - capabilities in mud and dirt, and one gets it for what the crossover represents now - a safe, roomy way of transporting the whole family. 


 

First Electric Off-Roader Racing in Baja

On: Wed, May 1, 2013 at 5:23PM | By: Chris Weiss


First Electric Off-Roader Racing in Baja test 1-1

The National Off Road Racing Association (we'll call 'em NORRA from now on) announced last week that for the first time ever an all-electric off-road vehicle would race in its Mexican 1000 hot rod race, which is underway now. The rally, which is open to vintage and alternatively fueled vehicles, provides an interesting test bed for EVs, which suffer from range issues and performance problems in extreme weather - say 1,200 miles of hot, mouth-cottoningly dry desert in Baja. The SR1 EV1 truly has its work cut out for it. 


America's Cheapest Car Stays Cheap, Adds Equipment

On: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 1:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


America's Cheapest Car Stays Cheap, Adds Equipment test 1-1

The Nissan Versa Sedan, the cheapest new car available in the US, is getting a little sweeter next year. Not only will its price not increase a dollar, but it will come with a few new goodies.


Chevy Claims 2014 Spark EV the Most Fuel Efficient Car in US

On: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 7:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Claims 2014 Spark EV the Most Fuel Efficient Car in US test 1-1

It's a little too early to start naming "best ofs" for the 2014 model year, since not every car has launched yet, but Chevy is coming out early and declaring the 2014 Spark EV the most fuel efficient US retail vehicle. The EPA rated the Spark EV at a combined city-highway mileage of 119 mpg-e.


New York City and Nissan Launch LEAF Taxis

On: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 9:42AM | By: Chris Weiss


New York City and Nissan Launch LEAF Taxis test 1-1

Given the auto industry's focus on green fuel alternatives, increased fuel economy and decreased emissions, Earth Day is becoming a big media day. The Nissan LEAF, Kelley Blue Book's choice for greenest car in the country, is auditioning for the role of taxi in the world's most famous taxi market: New York City. Nissan and the city announced a new partnership on April 22, Earth Day 2013.


Honda Recalls 204,000 New Cars

On: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 7:46AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Honda Recalls 204,000 New Cars test 1-1

Honda has announced yet another recall of three of its big time models:  The CR-V (2012-2013), Odyssey (2012-2013), and its higher end Acura RDX (2013 model only). This recall mirrors a recent run on the same issue other car companies have had as well. The mechanism that blocks the automatic gear selector from slipping out of Park may, in fact, be defective. Honda has said that this seems to happen only during sub-freezing temperatures—the selector may not work as quickly as it should, and could let the car shift even without having the brake pedal depressed.

The recall is expected to star the middle of next month. Honda will replace the defective mechanism with one that has been updated to deal with the colder temperatures, free of charge. Owners may conctact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Read on for the full report. 


Bugatti Unveils Fastest Convertible in the World

On: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 11:24AM | By: Chris Weiss


Bugatti Unveils Fastest Convertible in the World test 1-1

Earlier this month, Bugatti announced a claimed world speed record for convertibles in its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. The 1,183-hp open-topped Veyron screamed down Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessein track and was clocked in at 254.04 mph by the German inspection and certification aficianados at TUV. Bugatti followed the feat up by revealing a Grand Sport Vitesse "World Record Car" special edition at the Shanghai Auto Show. 


Nissan Friend-Me Concept

On: Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 2:30PM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan Friend-Me Concept test 1-1

Nissan latest concept car is described as a "four-passenger sedan designed for a generation with a different automotive outlook," a fact that's clear from its social-network-inspired name: Friend-ME. The concept car puts a Chinese-focused spin on technologically loaded small cars aimed at a new generation of auto buyers.