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Remember when Ford first released the newest generation of Mustangs? Its retro, late-1960s pony car styling had every muscle car fan double-taking and savouring each rare glimpse of one on the highway. However, years later and with the return of the also 1960s-inspired Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger, the Mustang's throwback look has lost most of its luster.
Until now... (read in Jeremy Clarkson's voice)
Posted In: Miscellaneous
Tags: Mustang, Ford, GT, redesign, 2011, nostalgia, muscle car, pony car, Camaro, Challenger
Fiat officially returned to the US market earlier this year with the launch of the 500. While sales haven't been particularly big, the 500 has made a stir, thanks to a high-profile ad campaign with Jennifer Lopez and a few mentions in "best of" lists.
One of the next Fiats on the way to the US is the 500 Abarth, the 500's performance variant. The company will show this model at the 2011 LA Auto Show later this month.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Fiat, Fiat 500, 500 Abarth, Abarth, 2011 LA Auto Show, 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show
This week is typically when the sports world welcomes back the NBA season. But this year, thanks to greed and complete negotiation failure, the world doesn't have an NBA season. And it might not anytime soon.
It wasn't that long ago that things were normal in the NBA. In fact, it was just a couple of months ago. In addition to watching an overstacked, over-hyped Miami team lose to the Dallas Mavericks in the finals, one of the biggest highlights of the 2010-11 season was dunk machine Blake Griffin. From winning the slam dunk contest to being a regular on highlight clips, the young Griffin added some serious energy and excitement to the NBA.
Kia is recognizing Griffin's contributions via a special edition Optima.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Special / Limited Edition, Videos
Tags: Blake Griffin, special editions, SEMA 2011, Kia, Optima, West Coast Customs, basketball, NBA
Well, here's a slight surprise. After pictures purporting to be the production Toyota FT-86 leaked last week, I was expecting Toyota to introduce the car rather quickly before any more damage could be done. Instead, more damage was done in terms of leaked specs, and Subaru actually beat Toyota to the punch in unveiling its version of the same car.
Actually, Subaru is just now catching up with Toyota because this BRZ STI is actually the concept version, which it will show in the metal at the LA Auto Show. But with mere weeks separating the LA Auto Show from the Tokyo Motor Show, where both Subaru and Toyota will officially debut their respective production coupes, the BRZ concept should be a spitting image of the production model.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars
Tags: Subaru, sports coupe, BRZ, concepts, BRZ STI, STI, Toyota, FT-86, Scion, FR-S, 2011 LA Auto Show, 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show
Cars evolve every year and get more and more user-friendly. Safety and comfort features that were once offered only on premium cars slide slowly down-market until entry and mid-level cars become every bit as functional and comfortable as luxury cars just a generation or two ago.
If Nissan's "taxi of tomorrow" is any indication, this trend will be as true in public transportation as it is in privately owned vehicles—because this thing has the type of comfort and features well above what I'd expect to find in a taxi. The NV200 isn't just a fun concept, but a look at the model that will become the exclusive taxi of New York City in just two years.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Nissan, taxis, concepts, future, NYC, New York, New York City, urban, city, cab
Well, it's been at least two days since we covered a new, vaporous supercar from an unknown brand, so you know what that means: there's another vaporous supercar from an unknown brand to report on. This time, it's an all-electric supercar from Australia—only slightly more believable than an all-electric supercar from Croatia.
The evR450 is an electric sports car prototype from Australia's Varley Electric Vehicles. Varley is calling it Australia's first electric supercar, a title that we're confident it earns, since we're aware of only one other Australian supercar, and that's gas powered. While Varley has plenty of electrical design and engineering experience, this is its first sports car.
Tags: electric, ev, supercar, electric supercar, Australia, Varley evR450
BMW will host a special sneak-preview event to unveil for the first time in North America what it considers to be the cars of the future: the BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept vehicles. These concepts represent the first purpose-built electric and electric-hybrid vehicles to be made primarily of carbon fiber when they become available in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The unveiling will take place in New York City on Wednesday, November 9th at 11 AM (EST) at Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street between 10th & 11th Avenues).
Tags: BMW, i3, i8, green, electric, mpg, carbon fiber, Vision Efficient Dynamics, concept, 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, 2011 LA Auto Show
At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Land Rover debuted the DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts, providing a first look at the direction it was taking with its next Defender. While the concept will eventually replace the Defender in 2015, Land Rover admitted that the Frankfurt DC100 was just the first step in a long development process.
The next step will come at the LA Auto Show, which begins in about two weeks. Land Rover will show an updated DC100 concept at the show.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Reports
Tags: Land Rover, DC 100, DC 100 II, DC 100 Sport, Defender, 2011 LA Auto Show, Frankfurt Motor Show
Bond fanatics will now have a sudden change in holiday plans this year. EON Productions (the new movie house propagating Bond films) and the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England have announced a joint-effort to open a ‘Bond In Motion’ exhibit set to debut January 18, 2012.
While the National Motor Museum is already an impressive collection, with over 250 historically and mechanically significant vehicles, this latest announcement of a Bond-themed exhibit will add an additional 50 iconic Bond transports from 50 years of silver screen glory. And, by the way, we aren’t just talking about super lux sports cars—the exhibit will also feature boats, bikes, sleds, jets, and a few surprises, too.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Classics, Miscellaneous
Tags: James, Bond, National, Motor, Museum, England, in, Motion, exhibit, planned, 50, new, movie, 007
When you do the latest review on a Benz, you are dealing with a comfortable four-door luxury sedan that is stacked with all the luxury items you can think of—and it’s also a ground-breaking hot car that will eat 99% of cars out there. It has incredible power, yet at the same time, it will just purr along—until you are ready to roll once again!
You may say, why should I buy such a car? Do I need it? The thing with power is that you get used to it awfully quickly, and I know this sounds silly with a car that does 0-60 in 4.4 secs, but after a short time, you’re almost ready for another dose. There isn’t a limit when you can have more.
Tags: Mercedes, Benz, Mercedes-Benz, AMG, CLS63, V8, V-8, luxury, German, Germany
You're driving along the freeway or a country road when you suddenly catch a glimpse of red, black, yellow... whatever. That's no ordinary Chevy or Honda. Hell, it doesn't even look like a Mustang, Corvette, or other everyday sports car. No, that's something special. It's lower than any other car on the road, has some major curves, and doesn't look like any type of car you've ever seen. You slow down to a crawl and try not to gawk too obviously when the car in question passes. Whether it’s a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, or something else, seeing a supercar like that can make your entire day—because it's not every day that you see one.
Given that logic, it's not every lifetime that you see more than a hundred supercars in one massive traffic jam. But today's that day.
Tags: Traffic, supercars, exotic cars, video, Wilton House Museum, Wilton House Supercars