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The Most Important Cars of 2013

On: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 2:36PM | By: Teddy Field

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There are many significant, game changing events in a person’s life.  The birth of a child, meeting that ‘special someone’, getting the job that launches a career. Such events can alter the course of a person’s life. So how do we parallel something as important as the birth of a child, with a story about new cars? Two words: ‘Creative License’.

Diesels by the Numbers

On: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:25AM | By: Eric Sharp

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If you wonder why diesel-powered cars are more popular in Europe than in the United States the answer is simple economics: diesel fuel in Europe costs less than gasoline, and diesel-powered vehicles get 30-40 percent better mileage.

Top Safety Picks for 2013

On: Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 3:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last year, the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety introduced the new Top Safety Pick + award, which encompasses the new small overlap frontal test. It announced the first wave of awardees in late 2012, beginning with the mid-size luxury and mid-size moderately priced categories. 

"To qualify for the 2013 Top Safety Pick+ award, vehicles must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least 4 of 5 evaluations and no less than acceptable in the fifth test," explains the IIHS. In addition to the small overlap test, those evaluation categories are the moderate overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover test, and evaluation of seat/head restraints in rear impacts.

Subaru Recalls 47,000 Cars

On: Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 7:36AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Subaru has issued a recall of 47,419 of its vehicles. The recall pertains to 2010-3013 Outback and Legacy models, as well as 2013 Crosstrek models, and 2012-2013 Impreza models. All of the cars in question are equipped with either an automatic transmission or a CVT (continuously variable transmission) and also have been equipped with an Audiovox remote starter. It seems that the remote starter has a propensity to malfunction of dropped causing it to start the car without having the start button actually pressed. 


2014 Grand Cherokee SRT(GR)8!

On: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 11:31AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Since its debut as a 2006 model, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 has been a stupidly awesome idea. Or maybe, it’s been an awesomely stupid idea -- either way, the idea of dropping a company's most powerful V8 into its best selling SUV is nothing short of an American dream. The SRT8 is big, loud, powerful, damn near gaudy, and oh yeah, fast! It has bred a host of competition, mostly from European companies like Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes, all of which are constantly revamping their best big-boy-toys in an effort to claim they own the fastest production SUV on the planet.

Thankfully, Chrysler has retuned America's main representative for 2014 to be better than ever. The newest Grand Cherokee SRT8 is designed to look more aggressive than ever -- and trust us, when you see one coming up in your rearview mirror, you will want to get out of the way quickly. The SRT's bixenon lights are set against a blacked out background, a similarly blacked-out grill draws even more attention to the LED running lights, while the large air ducts and SRT8-specific hood all scream "Move!" Other visual changes include a new rear spoiler, a blacked-out tail light motif to compliment the headlights, and new 20-inch five-spoke rims.

The Winds Of Change: 2013 Chevrolet Equinox

On: Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 12:04PM | By: Teddy Field

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Not too long ago, Chevrolet wasn’t known for making anything that could be considered refined or competitive on a global scale. Their vehicles were reliable and they were certainly capable of doing what was said on the label, but the overall package left a lot to be desired.

Today, however, things are much different at General Motors. The Soviet-era construction methods have gone the way of Stalin’s statue. In their place are actual quality standards with materials that didn’t originate in a recycling center. The Obama administration likes to take credit for saving General Motors, which they did in a financial sense, but the real reason that GM is still in business has to do with their products. Long before the bankruptcy team arrived, GM had begun modernizing their lineup. And since that’s quite a long process, many of those new cars didn’t hit the market until after the bailout.

McLaren Releases Performance Specs For Its New P1 Hypercar

On: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 11:05AM | By: Teddy Field

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Supercars are all about imagination. Impossibilities made possible, then wrapped in bodywork that was designed by a 12-year-old on the back of a math book. They don’t have to make sense; they have to make us excited. Hopeful that one day, we’ll be able to buy one for ourselves. And if we win the lottery any time soon, the McLaren P1 will be at the top of our shopping list.

Unveiled a few months ago at the Paris Motor Show, the McLaren P1 has slashes and swoops, butterfly doors, and the coolest orange paintjob that you’ll ever see. This car defies logic, and challenges everything that you normally associate with supercars. It’s a gas-electric hybrid (yep - just like a Prius), but it has a top speed of 218 mph. You can drive it for 6-12 mi (at reasonable speeds) on electricity alone, then the twin-turbo 3.8L V8 will spool up to charge the battery pack (it even comes with a plug-in charger for some extra ‘green-ness’).

New Brabus 800 Roadster To Debut At Geneva

On: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:01AM | By: Teddy Field

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Mercedes AMG cars aren’t exactly slow. When Daimler acquired the tuning company in 1999, they had been turning Mercedes street cars into Hedge Fund Fun Machines since the late-1960’s. Now with the full backing of Daimler-Benz, AMG has the financial and engineering ability to create some properly mind-blowing automobiles. Their new SL65 AMG for example, spits out 621-hp / 738 lb-ft from a twin-turbo V12. And that’s enough magic to propel this hedonistic hell raiser to a top speed of 186 mph. Ferraris were barely capable of that 20 years ago, so who could possibly top Mercedes’ own tuning company? Why Brabus of course.

Hyundai Is Recalling 6,000 More Velosters Over Shattering Glass Roof

On: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 3:25PM | By: Teddy Field

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Hyundai’s hot little hatchback is being recalled over a problem with the optional panoramic glass roof. It seems that an unloading station robot at the factory had a malfunction that caused ‘forced contact’ between the robot’s mechanism, and the glass panel. This apparently caused a weakness in the glass, allowing it to shatter unexpectedly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received 26 complaints, 15 of them alleged that the sunroof shattered while the 2012 Hyundai Veloster was being driven. In some instances, minor cuts and abrasions were attributed to the falling glass.

Crimes Against Car-manity #1: '84 Aspt Custom GTO

On: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 9:37AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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For shame.

Welcome to my latest web series on “Things That Should Earn You Serious and Prolonged Beatings.” Here you will read about the worst things people have done to otherwise perfectly-good cars—and yes, that includes crushing them—in the pursuit of fame, glory, money or the aforementioned threat of physical harm.

This installment covers the “1984 Aspt Custom GTO”, a vehicle that stained the rolls at Mecum Auction’s Kissimmee, FL, sale Jan. 18-27, and the many, MANY questions such a monstrosity presents. [Mass hysteria? Head injury? Anything?]

A Late-Fifties Five-Door Cowboy Pulls Nearly $90k At Mecum Verde Sale

On: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 2:39PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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In between the eras of real wood paneling and wood-look stickers there is a station wagon sweet-spot: the Nifty Fifties. Sure, that era was pretty sweet in general, but it’s special for another reason: Stylists actually styled these babies, rather than just tacked a cargo box on the aft end of a sedan.

As with anything, the results were mixed. But there are a few designs—like the 1957 Buick Caballero wagon Mecum sold at their Verde Collection event Feb. 22-23—that are high-water marks not just in station wagon styling, but styling, period.

[And with a sale price of $89,000, I wasn’t the only one that thought so…]