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Looking Back: The Ferrari 458 Spider -- Bucket List Worthy

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 2:30PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Looking Back:  The Ferrari 458 Spider -- Bucket List Worthy test 1-1

If you have never had the good fortune to sit inside of a Ferrari while its driver rips off a couple redline shifts down an open freeway onramp, you seriously need to add that little soul-stirring experience to your bucket list. If you don't have a bucket list, may we suggest you go get a pen, some paper, and jot down at least one item on that list. There is simply nothing quite like it. There are few sounds in this world that can actually reach through you and excite your soul, but for an automotive enthusiast of any level, the banshee-like shriek of 40 valves fluttering wildly in a short-stroke V8 masterpiece at 9000 rpm is unparalleled in the physical realm.

Review of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S: Ready For A Title Fight!

On: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 11:01AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S:  Ready For A Title Fight! test 1-1

Throughout the annals of automotive history there have been few cars that last more than a few model cycles. But, the ones that do have proven to be something special indeed. Two examples of these ageless wonders would be the Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911. Both have done battle for decades like Rocky and Apollo. The Porsche has always exhibited the Apollo-like grace and lightness on its feet. It is, and has been, a very nimble, agile, strong, and athletic example of engineering that sometimes, through its owners, or perhaps through its own company’s niche, has come across as condescending (in true Apollo Creed-fashion). Owners and fanatics cast aspersions on any and all challengers to the Porsche throne, and, for a time, they were right to question the efforts of its competitors.

Panthers Player Pays for Car Repair With Coins

On: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 10:06AM | By: Gary P Garry

Panthers Player Pays for Car Repair With Coins test 1-1

Football season is now going strong, and new 2017 cars are also being put on display right around now. A lot of people in the automotive community get excited about the fresh offerings that are hitting the marketplace, but this is not always the case for the rest of us. Supercars and high-tech, high-end innovations may be available to people like Tom Brady and Antonio Brown, but they may not be on your radar when you are going through life on a day-to-day basis trying to make ends meet.

Honda Patent Shows New Robotic Arm That Charges EV Battery While Driving

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 5:35PM | By: Carl Malek

Honda Patent Shows New Robotic Arm That Charges EV Battery While Driving test 1-1

The technology for electric vehicles has seen several prominent leaps in battery and charging technology over the past few years. Despite these innovations, EV vehicles are still not at the point of being just as convenient as gas-powered cars. However, a new patent from Honda proposes a unique, albeit questionable, solution to the challenge of charging while driving.


Buick Avenir Makes Jump To Production... In Trim Level Form

On: Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 10:00AM | By: Carl Malek

Buick Avenir Makes Jump To Production... In Trim Level Form test 1-1

After debuting nearly two years ago at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Buick has announced that the Avenir nameplate has made the jump into formal production, but it comes with an intriguing twist.

Land Rover Recalls 10,000 Trucks

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 3:40PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Land Rover Recalls 10,000 Trucks test 1-1

In most circles, if you have made it to the level in life that you can comfortably afford a Land Rover, you’re probably going to be regarded as someone that “made it” in life.  These trucks are high class, high end, luxury SUVs that are just as capable off-road as they are making an impression at gala events that necessitate valet keys.  But even these extremely impressive image making machines can have their Achilles Heal once in a while. Cars of all kinds are just machines after all, and because their are built by flawed creators, they end up being flawed creations, and some more than others from time to time.  And while the old adage, ‘You get what you pay for” may come into play in some people’s minds, even the most expensive cars and trucks can prove to the less than perfect, no matter what their cost.  in their most recent hiccup, parent company Jaguar has issued a recall of 10,455 Land Rover vehicles in all.  

Review of the 2016 Chevrolet Trax: The Better Buick?

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 10:16AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

 2016 Chevrolet Trax test 2

In the ever expanding world of automotive sales, it seems that everyday there is another car or truck vying for a piece of the market. Some months it seems like there are new sports sedans every day, some times it's full-sized trucks, sometimes it seems like there're three more 600-horsepower sports cars on the market. This week, however, there is yet another contender in the very new, but very quickly expanding, mini-SUV segment. This class already includes such vehicles as the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke, and the Buick Encore. The newest edition comes from Buick's sister company, Chevrolet. It seems GM felt the Encore wasn't enough to represent the General, and perhaps they were right. Chevy has a bit more name recognition among younger buyers despite General Motor's recent attempts at renovating Buick's image with commercials starring a good-looking man partying it up at sophisticated locales with equally attractive young women commenting on the man and his exciting ride that they are surprised to find out is, in fact, a Buick. So as a little insurance, GM release what is essentially a rebadged Encore in a Chevy package, called the Trax.

Defunct Automakers Made Muscle Car History

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 1:24PM | By: Gary P Garry

Four Classics Muscle Cars of the 1970s test 2

Classic cars come from various different distinct eras. The classic cars that strike a particular chord with me are vehicles from the 1970s, because I got my drivers license for the first time in 1977. There is a T-shirt that has been going around that says something to the effect of “I may be old, but I got to see all the best bands”. I would have to agree with the premise, and I did get to see some fantastic concerts when I was young. At the same time, I also think that there were some particularly cool cars on the road during the decade of the 1970s. Let's look at four of the models that caught my eye when I was a lad back in the day.

Apple Considering Takeover Of McLaren?

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 12:33PM | By: Carl Malek

Apple Considering Takeover Of McLaren? test 1-1

Apple's efforts to build a self-driving vehicle, dubbed "Project Titan", has been shrouded in the high levels of secrecy that have come to define the Silicon Valley giant. However, a recent report, with information from the usual anonymous insiders, appears to suggest that Apple is possibly seeking to buy-out supercar maker McLaren in what could be a key boost for the project.

MINI Paceman To End Production Soon

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 10:37AM | By: Carl Malek

MINI Paceman To End Production Soon test 1-1

Buyers wanting to put the eccentric MINI Paceman in their garage will have a shrinking window in which to do so. A new report says that the Paceman's days in production are numbered, that it is set to step aside to help free production space for the next generation BMW 5 Series.

Anaheim Hosts Upcoming Mecum Auction

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 9:34AM | By: Gary P Garry

Mecum Anaheim test 2

The summer is officially over, and, in most parts of the country, the crisp autumn air is cooling things considerably. However, there are a couple of areas that are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy mild weather all year around. Southern California is one of them, and there has always been a very robust automotive culture in SoCal. Car clubs have been popular in the greater Los Angeles area for decades, and there is also a number of automotive museums of note that attract thousands of automotive enthusiasts each year.