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Haunted Highways: The BMW Z8 - A Masterpiece From Munich

On: Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 9:46AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


 BMW Z8 test 2

In 1997 BMW debuted a concept car called the Z07. It was an instant success on the show circuit, and not being a company to rest on its laurels BMW quickly got the Z07 onto the production line only two short years later and dubbed it the Z8—and the world was instantly better for it. The Z8 was built from 1999 through 2002 and was given the model code E52. It seemed that Bimmer had an idea that its newest flagship was going to be a success, as it guaranteed potential owners that it would continue to build replacement parts for it for the next 50 years. Presumptuous? Perhaps, but not as much as some may think...


Review Of The 2016 Kia Sorento: Remind You Of Something?

On: Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 10:11AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2016 Kia Sorento test 2

It seems that life is, in fact, a circle that does keep on turning. It usually takes everyone (yours truly very much included) to realize this fact, but after a while, it's impossible not to see it. High-waist 1980s-style jeans are back in fashion, as is blue or purple hair. The same goes for skinny ties, Transformers, and even Fireballs have come full circle to become an adult treat to those of us old enough to remember what they were originally. In the past, startup car companies like Honda and Toyota were the smaller tykes trying to play on a professional field. They were faced with impossible odds, and had one or two models to start with as their entrants into the American sales landscape. But, they didn't falter, and, in fact, succeeded beyond anyone's expectations. They were the Rudy trying out for Notre Dame or the Rocky getting a shot against the Apollo. They were runty pups that came from almost nothing to become the top dog or dogs of the automotive world.  


Audi Recalls 21,000 Vehicles

On: Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 11:54AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Audi Recalls 21,000 Vehicles test 1-1

Audi's parent company Volkswagen Group of America has issued a recall of 21,074 models in all due to a defect in the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS).  Models affected are Audi A6 models produced between March 28, 2011 through March 19, 2013 and Audi A7 models made between January 25, 2011 through March 19, 2013. This recall affects models that were equipped with heated and cooled seats. It seems that the PODS may not recognize that there is a person in the passenger seat, which in turn may not activate the front passenger airbags, which would cause the air bags not to deploy in the event of a crash. Obviously, this defect presents a clear danger to passengers and could cause significant injury without the benefit of an air bag.


Beater That's Hard To Beat: 2002-2004 Chrysler 300M Special

On: Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 9:37AM | By: Teddy Field


2002-2004 Chrysler 300M Special test 2

Back in the day, the Chrysler 300 'letter cars' were hot rodded luxury coupes with big honkin' V8s, and the presence of a mafia boss. The Chrysler 300M... was nothing like that. It was FWD, it looked like a bloated manatee, and it was about as fast as one. But then some engineers got ahold of it, and created the limited edition 2002-2004 Chrysler 300M Special. Sure, John Gotti wouldn't drive one. But if you had a few blocks to run, you'd think it was a beater that's hard to beat...


 

Review Of The Honda HR-V: Something For Everyone

On: Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 10:10AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Honda HR-V test 2

In the modern world of automobiles, it seems car companies are falling over each other trying to uncover niches in any way, shape, or form they can, all in the name of sales. The idea that "If we build it, they will come" is apparently the prevailing thought among corporate think tanks in recent years. But, over the years, we have seen quite a few cars that have been built that, quite honestly, didn't need to be. Sure, we know there were a few people who bought the Nissan Murano convertible, or the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, or even the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6, maybe. But, honestly, we are pretty certain those six or seven people could've probably chosen something else, and while the price of someone's happiness is up for debate, we are also willing to believe that maybe the buckets of dollars in R&D to create those cars were not justified by their very small sales numbers. But for every car that has come along to fill a gap that wasn't really there, sometimes there is a car that does. Leave it to Honda to build a car we didn't know we may have needed.


Jaguar Discusses XJ Replacement And Bargain Model Below XE

On: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 2:52PM | By: Carl Malek


Jaguar Discusses XJ Replacement And Bargain Model Below XE test 1-1

Jaguar has released new information regarding its long-term plans and goals revealing preliminary details regarding a replacement for the current generation XJ flagship, as well as discussing the possibility of a model that would slot below the XE.


Cheap Thrills: 2004-2008 Subaru Forester 2.5XT

On: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 9:56AM | By: Teddy Field


2004-2008 Subaru Forester test 2

The Subaru Forester is a sort of a 'Diet SUV', designed for those who like to worry about the planet... and puppies. Needless to say, the second-gen Forester struggled to compete in the SUV-crazy world of the 2000s. It did, however, find a devoted following in snow-covered hippy communes like Colorado and Washington state. So they added a WRX-esque turbo-4 to provide adequate power at high elevations (*cough* *cough*, pardon the pun), and unwittingly created the fastest SUV on the market...


Tesla Preparing Model X-Themed Facelift For Model S?

On: Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 12:57PM | By: Carl Malek


Tesla Preparing Model X-Themed Facelift For Model S? test 1-1

Tesla is preparing a much needed refresh for its state of the art Model S sedan, but a new report suggests that the updates could share their theme with the brand's recently launched Model X crossover; it would also serve as a new chapter in the company's evolving styling language.


2015 Subaru Legacy: Trying To Build Its Name

On: Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 7:16AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2015 Subaru Legacy test 2

The world of midsize sedans is a brutal market to compete in. The big champs of the segment are the Camry and the Accord, which trade blows year after year battling for supremacy of the heavyweight sales division. But aside from those perennial all-stars, there are some other competitors that have been trying to make their mark against those bruisers for some time. Known mostly for their all-wheel drive systems and, more recently, their rally-inspired WRX models, Subaru has been trying to establish itself as more than just a boy-racer brand in recent years. The model in center stage of those attempts is their midsize model, the Legacy.


GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Models Begin Rollout Onto Dealer Lots

On: Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 4:32PM | By: Carl Malek


GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Models Begin Rollout Onto Dealer Lots test 1-1

Following complications that arose from a "final validation" problem, General Motors revealed that it has begun shipments of the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado diesel variants to dealers, which should help enhance the duo's already impressive sales momentum.


Ballin' on a Budget: 2009-2014 Hyundai Genesis

On: Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:41AM | By: Teddy Field


Ballin' on a Budget: 2009-2014 Hyundai Genesis test 1-1

The Hyundai Genesis is like gluten-free gluten, or healthy bacon. It exists to pamper and delight, yet it comes with none of the drawbacks normally associated with such personal decadence. This creamy-smooth luxury car is actually affordable, and, if you act fast, it'll still qualify for an extended warranty. So from the practical people at Hyundai Automotive Oatmeal, may we present the latest way to Ball on a Budget:  The double-bacon-fudge dipped 2009–2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan...