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Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts Of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 10:47AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Plymouth Prowler test 2

Every once in a while, a car comes a long that people can't help but love. All allegiances are put aside -- whether they be Bow Tie, Blue Oval, Prancing Horse, Four Rings, Blue Propeller, or Raging Bull. Some cars just bring out the little kid in all of us, and any gearhead with a pulse can smile and say, "Yeah, you know what? That's one damn fine automobile!" In 1997, Chrysler rolled a car rolled off the assembly line that was literally the automobile equivalent of a thumbs up on wheels -- the Plymouth Prowler.

Built in 1997, it took a year off and then continued on in production from 1999-2002, the Prowler was the end result of creative license being bestowed on a bunch of designer/engineers whose only requirement was to come up with a modern hot rod. Whether or not the car succeeded in its intended mission is a matter of personal interpretation, but no one can argue whether or not it can be labeled a hot rod, the Prowler is still one cool car.

Ford To Remake Lincoln Brand

On: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 4:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford To Remake Lincoln Brand test 2

Ford axed the Mercury brand in 2011 after realizing it was a forgotten brand too similar to Ford itself. Ford plans to prevent the same fate for its luxury brand Lincoln with a reinvention campaign to get started later this year.

Mercury had originally served as a betweener - a step up from Ford and a step below Lincoln. However, Mercury became too redundant with Ford, leading to its eventual discontinuation.

Volkswagen Debuts Up!-based Taigun Small Crossover

On: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 3:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

VolkswagenTaigun test 2

Small, rugged crossover seems to be the theme at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show. Nissan showed the sub-Juke-sized EXTREM concept, and Volkswagen showed the Taigun concept, a small crossover concept that could become part of its New Small Family.

We had heard word that VW was considering a mid-sized crossover, but the Taigun is definitely not it. At 3,859 mm long, 1,728 mm wide and 1,570 mm tall, the Taigun is well smaller than the Tiguan, VW's current small crossover. Instead, this concept is the Up! crossover that we had heard rumor about. While it is compact overall, the car uses a long wheelbase that creates short overhangs and capable proportions.

Chevy To Repair Software Glitch On 4,000 Volt Models

On: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy To Repair Software Glitch On 4,000 Volt Models test 2

You know how software requires constant updating and can quickly render your computer a useless block of plastic? Well, with automobiles relying more and more on electronics, we may be in for a future where software does the same thing to our cars. GM is currently dealing with one such glitch on the Chevy Volt.

According to the Detroit News, GM has FedExed letters to some 4,000 2013 Volt owners about bringing their hybrids in for a free software update. A problem with the software threatens to shut the Volt engine down during driving, requiring owners to pull over, shut the car off, and restart the engine several moments later - obviously more than just a minor inconvenience while driving. According to the newspaper's information, the brakes and steering continue to work and the problem only affects drivers that make use of the Volt's delayed charging function.


Subaru BRZ To Get Turbo Engine

On: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru BRZ To Get Turbo Engine test 2

The Subaru BRZ has already enjoyed all kinds of camera time, headlines and strong sales. Things should only get better for the sports car, as a new turbo engine is rumored to be in the works.

Automotive News reports that Subaru is working on a turbocharged direct injected version of the 2.0-liter horizontally opposed boxer engine used in the BRZ and Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S. One of the main destinations for that engine will be the BRZ.

Nissan Reveals EXTREM Concept Car

On: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 3:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Reveals EXTREM Concept Car test 2

It may not exactly define its own genre, and it may not be all that "extreme," but the EXTREM concept is a pretty attractive small crossover that would look great in Nissan's line-up. Unfortunately, it doesn't plan to produce the car, and if it does, it's likely to be introduced to the Brazilian market first, and possibly only. It gives us a feel for what a sportier crossover of the future might look like.

Nissan sticks with its story about creating a new genre by calling the EXTREM an "urban compact sports car." Just one look at it, however, and you're probably thinking "restyled, sporty Juke." In fact, the EXTREM is nearly 11 inches shorter than the Juke. It's also significantly sportier and more attractive, in a more organic way than the Juke R or Nismo. Nissan uses a sloped roof and muscular body to create a sports-car look. The wraparound glass, LED head and tail lamps, and floating roof rails add extra distinction.

Ford Recalls 154,000 New Fiestas

On: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 2:55PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ford Fiesta test 2

It seems like it's almost every week that there is another recall from Ford. In fact, give or take, it has been. This week, another 154,604 brand new 2012-2013 Fiesta models has been called back to the dealership. It seems that cars built from November 3, 2009 - September 21, 2012 have passenger side air bags that will not deploy during a side impact collision if the passenger seat is empty. Though the Fiesta's manual does explain this issue, it has been found out that right rear passenger would not be protected in the event of a side impact collision if the passenger seat was empty.  

Ford has said it will contact owners in the next two weeks to reprogram the Fiesta's computer to allow the side airbag to deploy. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 with questions or to set up an appointment for a fix.

Lake Mirror Classic 2012: Part 1

On: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 5:33PM | By: David Walter

Lake Mirror Classic 2012: Part 1 test 2

As expected, this year's Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival and Auction was a blast! There were so many beautiful cars - a long line of Ferraris, a block of AC Cobras, a hill of Mustangs and so much more! The weather was absolutely perfect too.

We were there, DSLR cameras in hand. We're just now getting a chance to upload and rifle through the thousands of pictures.

They'll make their way to you, we promise! Until then here's a few quick camera phone shots to whet your appetite.

Chevy Teases Detroit-Bound C7 Corvette

On: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 2:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Teases Detroit-Bound C7 Corvette test 2

After letting rumors pile up for years, Chevy has provided a few basic details on the next-generation Corvette. The car will debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January.

With the official debut still three months away, Chevy hasn't provided any real details that folks that follow such things want to know. It has, however, revealed the new Crossed Flags logo that will appear on the seventh-generation Corvette's hood.

Honda To Unveil Production NSX In Detroit

On: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 10:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda To Unveil Production NSX In Detroit test 2

When it first revealed the concept NSX at this year's Detroit auto show, Honda said that it planned to get the car to market within three years. So we weren't expecting to see the production NSX for another couple years. However, the latest reports say that Honda will have it ready in a few short months.

Nissan To Introduce 'New Genre' To The Automotive World

On: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan To Introduce 'New Genre' To The Automotive World test 2

The Sao Paulo Auto Show may not be as big a spot on the radar as Paris or LA, but Nissan appears to have some big plans for this year's show. The automaker has teased a concept that it says will be a "unique new genre to the automotive world." 

Automakers don't have much shame when it comes to hyperbole about events, so we're not taking the new genre thing too literally until we actually see it. From the two teaser pictures, the concept appears to be fairly aggressively styled and looks like it could be a convertible, which was the subject of Nissan's last genre creation. Of course, the car is cut off in the photos, so it could very well be a hard-top.