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Just How Far Gone Is TOO Far For A Car?

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 2:01PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Lake-find 1925 Bugatti Brescia Type 22 Roadster test 2

You may not have noticed, but in today’s car-selling market there’s nothing hotter than the “barn find.” For whatever reason, people—mostly Europeans—are paying the same price for any car-shaped hunk of corroded scrap that drifts in front of their noses as they used to for a similar vehicle in concours-quality condition.

Now I’m not talking about those weathered-but-all-there “unrestored originals,” as I can completely agree that an all-original as-built car in decent-but-not-perfect condition should always be worth more than the same car “restored” as “they are only original once” and—and this is the crux of the argument—anyone can buy a restored car, so the “survivor” cars are by definition more rare—and they’re getting rarer by the day.

But does that mean that each of the three “cars”—if they could even be called that—I’m about to cover should be worth the fortune paid for them because they are, due to their decrepit condition, “unique”?


Toyota GT 86 Production Version Comes Alive (Video)

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 12:46PM | By: Chris Salamone

Toyota GT 86 test 2

Newspapers, blogs, community forums, magazines, and the like have exploded with buzz surrounding Subaru and Toyota’s joint-venture RWD sports coupe. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, just recently, fan excitement reached some kind of boiling point as Subaru officially revealed an actual production version BRZ in the flesh…or shall we say metal. Now, right before the Tokyo show, Toyota has fallen suit with an official reveal of the company’s take: the GT 86 sports car. Devout followers will note that Toyota has chosen to drop the concept version’s name, the FT 86, for a slightly altered moniker.

The model, as depicted above, will launch throughout Europe and Japan, but is expected to appear in North America under a Scion FR-S badge. While the car looks quite aggressive in stance, the vehicle’s starting engine output appears less than exciting – 197 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque derived from Subaru’s new horizontally opposed 2.0-liter flat-four boxer engine.

2012 Cadillac XTS: Most Technologically Advanced Caddy Ever

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 11:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Cadillac XTS: Most Technologically Advanced Caddy Ever test 2

One of the biggest stories from this month's LA Auto Show is the launch of the 2012 Cadillac XTS, a car that Cadillac calls its "most technologically advanced production car" in brand history. The luxury sedan delivers a rich combination of technological convenience, comfort and performance.

The XTS is larger and more luxurious than the CTS. It is powered by a 300-hp direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and Caddy's Haldex all-wheel-drive system delivers power to the quartet of wheels. The car features Magnetic Ride Control, a suspension system that Caddy calls the world's fastest reacting. Magnetic Ride Control was also used on the Chevy Camaro ZL1.

Press Release: BMW Announces Price Adjustment In The USA

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Peter C Sessler

BMW Announces Price Adjustment In The USA test 2

BMW of North America recently announced a modest inflationary price increase effective January 1, 2012. The destination and handling fee for all models will be increased to $895 on that date as well. This increase is less than one percent and applies to the models listed below. In these tough economic times a careful balance was attained between the competitive situation, inflationary conditions, and market realities.


Maybach Is Dead. Again. Drinks All Around.

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by author test 2

Everything has been all sunshine and rainbows over at Rolls-Royce recently—as I’ve mentioned in various articles in this space that you can search for if you’re so inclined—but despite my thorough coverage of the various goings-on I failed to ask (at least) one simple question: If Rolls is the super-luxury-car sales windshield, who’s the bug?

Well, now I—or more correctly we—now know: Maybach.

See, unlike their owners’—R-R’s is BMW and Maybach’s is Mercedes-Benz—lifelong struggle for supremacy, it seems that in the case of these “ultra-premium” brands the boys at M-B just didn’t want to draw things out beyond 2013, so they aren't. According to Autoweek it seems that instead of keeping things going in the usual “waiting for better times” manner—and continuing to shovel container-ships’-worth of Euros into the fire—they are effectively ceding the ultra-luxury-car sales high-ground to their Bavarian nemesis after just over a decade of trying to come out on top.

But are they?...

Press Release: A Road Racing Legend Returns; The 2012 Ford Boss 302

On: Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 9:11AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Ford Boss 302 test 2

The Boss returns! The limited-production 2012 Mustang Boss 302 is set to become the quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford, based on the world-class foundation provided by the 2011 Mustang GT.

To celebrate the racing heritage of the new Mustang Boss 302, Ford will also offer a limited number of Boss 302 Laguna Seca models, named for the track where Parnelli Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am season opener in a Boss 302.

Land Rover Defender Confirmed For US

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover Defender Confirmed For US  test 2

It's not yet clear if we really want the next generation Defender in the United States. It may still have a long way to go before production, but it's looking far more Malibu and less Moab at the moment—and we're not loving it. But, like it or not, Land Rover's hardcore icon is making its return to the US market, a market it's been absent from for nearly 20 years.

Land Rover global brand director John Edwards told media at the LA Auto Show that the model will return to the US by mid-decade. Pretty soon, the Jeep Wrangler will have a little competition on the trails of southern Utah, northern California and elsewhere.

Press Release: BMW Announces Prices For All-New 3 Series Sedan

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 4:24PM | By: Peter C Sessler

BMW Announces Prices For All-New 3 Series Sedan test 2

BMW of North America today (11/23/11) announced prices for the all-new 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedans. The 2012 328i Sedan will be priced from $35,795 while the 2012 335i Sedan will be priced from $43,295. Both prices include $895 destination and handling.  These represent a $320 and $370 base price increase over the outgoing models, however, in addition to the completely redesigned exterior and interior the new cars include a significantly higher level of standard equipment.

Luxury Gets Large With Infiniti JX SUV

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 3:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti JX SUV test 2

Infiniti used the LA Auto Show to introduce its all-new JX crossover. When it hits the market next year, the JX will be one of Infiniti's biggest, most versatile utility vehicles.

Infiniti sees the 2013 JX as a vehicle that will "shake up the status quo." Specifically, it will bring a new level of interior flexibility and roominess, safety, and advanced features to the luxury crossover segment.

Porsche To Develop Next Generation R8 and Gallardo Platform

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche To Develop Next Generation R8 and Gallardo Platform test 2

Nearly a year ago, Porsche was given the reins of Volkswagen AG sports car and large luxury sedan development. A report earlier this month brought up some questions about how that was going to actually play out in reality. The Autocar report stated that instead of developing its own platform for a mid-level 458-fighter slotted between the 911 and 918 Spyder, Porsche was destined to borrow the carbon-aluminum platform from the next-generation Audi R8.

As you might expect, Porsche brass wasn't happy with the way reports were going and are now on record stating that Porsche will actually be the one designing the platform, and the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo the ones borrowing it.

Get More Fuel Economy From Your Car

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 9:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

Get More Fuel Economy From Your Car test 2

With gas prices in constant fluctuation, we'd all love to own an all electric vehicle or high-mpg hybrid. In theory. In reality, electric cars don't travel all that far. And only a limited number of models, mostly small and mid-sized, have hybrid options. Plus, you probably already have a traditional gas powered car and may not have the money to replace it.

While buying the latest, most efficient car isn't always an option, there are many small things you can do to increase the efficiency of the car that you have. A new video from Yokohama Tires takes us through a few.