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Hyundai Selling Cars Like Hot Cakes, On Its Way To Becoming World's Top-Seller?

On: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Selling Cars Like Hot Cakes, On Its Way to Becoming World's Top-Sel test 2

A few decades ago, Hyundai was known for one thing: cheap, unreliable cars. Today, the Korean automaker has successfully turned its image around, offering a diverse lineup that includes everything from entry level subcompacts to muscle cars. Hyundai has been so successful at diversifying, it may very well need a luxury brand to house cars like the $58,000 Equus. Hyundai has become a quality option in nearly every corner of the marketplace.

According to a Fortune report, the company is having so much sales success, it can barely keep up with demand.

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

On: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 10:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Haunted Highways: Ford GT test 2

They don't make'em like they used to, right? Well, it seemed that no one was aware of that in 2005, when the retro car craze was at its peak. Everywhere you looked, there was a new Mustang that looked like an old Mustang, a new Dodge Magnum that looked like an old hemi-station wagon, a new GTO to recall the Goat's of days gone by, and even a new Thunderbird to remind you how good the original really was. But, just when you thought you couldn't possibly see one more car that reminded you of a car you already saw years prior, Ford brought the house down with one of, if not, the best retro-themed car ever built:  The Ford GT.

Ferrari 458 Spider Gets Priced

On: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 8:54AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari 458 Spider Gets Priced test 2

If you took a look at the Ferrari 458 Spider at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show and thought the retractable hard-top would add around $30,000 to the price of the popular, award-winning 458, color yourself correct. Ferrari announced US and European pricing for its latest sporty drop-top, and we're looking at a 15 percent increase over 458 Italia hard-top pricing.

General Automotive Frequently Asked Questions #3

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 4:54PM | By: Peter C Sessler

General Automotive Frequently Asked Questions #3 test 2

Q: Why do my brakes pulsate when I step on the brakes?
A: This is pretty common these days. The reason is that the brake rotors are warped. The real cause for this occurrence, in my opinion, is that the car manufacturers are making rotors that are too thin. Thin rotors don't hold up. That doesn't mean that the brakes aren't safe; it simply means that you'll have to replace them. The usual remedy is to cut the rotors so that the braking surfaces are once again straight; however, that won't last. A few panic stops and they'll warp once again.


Fans Strike Back: Celica Search Continues

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 3:46PM | By: Chris Salamone

1977 Star Wars Celica Liftback GT test 2

Uber fandom is a serious business, and the folks over at the official Star Wars blog take no exception. Yet, few cult-classic franchises exist which garner as much love and controversy from the public-at-large as Star Wars. After revolutionizing the filmmaking process, changing the perception of sci-fi space epics, and staying in the spotlight decades later, Star Wars remains a series worthy of high honor. The devout writers on the official blog have been diligently searching for a very particular 1977 Celica Liftback GT since the mid 1990s. Just recently they released yet another public service announcement that the search continues, that this Celica must be found.

They’re ardently seeking the whereabouts of the first officially sanctioned Star Wars custom car, which was awarded in some kind of promotion-type sweepstakes several months after A New Hope hit the open market.

Making Over $441k The Type 2 Way At B-J's Las Vegas Sale

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Lot 352.2 -- 1961 VW Crew Cab Double Cab Truck test 2

I’m what you’d call a station wagon guy, so I can’t really see why world-record-style prices are being showered upon just about every 1960s-vintage Volkswagen Type 2 that hits the auction block, whereas relatively little love—and money—is offered for any of my beloved wood-sided 1970s-style battlewagons.

Now I assumed that this phenomenon was limited to the "Holy Grail" of VW Buses, the “23-Window Samba”—one of which hammered sold at an eye-watering $217,800 at Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County auction in June—but that firm’s Las Vegas sale this very week showed otherwise.

Eight of these upper-end 1960s VeeDub Buses and Bus-based trucks were sold, including two 23-Windows. And while none surpassed the $110,000 sale price of a 21-Window Bus at this event last year—or other similarly-high-flying prices at various other auctions this year—they did pull down a respectable $441,100 in total.

CVT Transmissions

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 1:11PM | By: Peter C Sessler

CVT Transmissions test 2

The carmakers are always concerned with gas mileage, considering how America is infatuated with pickup trucks and —which aren’t known for getting good gas mileage. Still, the carmakers have federal gas mileage standards to meet and they aren’t going down. That is why we’re seeing hybrid drivetrains, lightweight construction, and the feasibility of using alternative fuels. The thinking is that eventually another gas crisis may come, but, also, the more economical cars that are sold, the more gas hogs they are allowed to sell. The high mileage of the econo-cars is averaged with that of the SUVs and trucks, and so a corporate “average” is attained.

US To Get Lotus Ethos City Car By 2013

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

US To Get Lotus Ethos City Car By 2013 test 2

At least year's Paris Motor Show, Lotus came out, guns blazing, with a slew of sports car concepts designed to reinvent the brand. When the smoke from those booming gunshots finally cleared, there was one more car to be seen: the City Car concept, a tiny subcompact based on the Emas concept from parent company Proton. 

Lotus is working on production of many of those concepts, including the City Car, which will be called the Ethos. Despite dour sales for competitors like the smart fortwo, Lotus will bring the Ethos to the US market in a couple years.

Driving Wheels

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 11:16AM | By: Peter C Sessler

Driving Wheels test 2

Over the past twenty years, there has been a proliferation of four-wheel drive vehicles on the road. It would seem that good old two-wheel drive isn't adequate anymore, but that really depends on a lot of factors. Do you need four-wheel drive and what are its advantages over front-wheel and rear-wheel drive?

Senator Calls For Probe Of OnStar, OnStar Backs Down

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

Senator Calls For Probe Of OnStar, OnStar Backs Down test 2

Things were going so well for OnStar. Their platform has been getting richer and richer, it's now available in over-the-counter form, and it recently added a streamlined RemoteLink app. And then they go ahead and change the rules of their service, and all goes to hell.

Last week, OnStar announced changes that include controversial measures allowing it to sell customer data to third parties and continue monitoring users even after they cancel the service. In other words, OnStar can watch your every GPS move like Big Brother for the life of your vehicle, then sell the information to third party companies.

Toyota Goes "Extreme" With Its New-ish Tacoma (In Name, At Least)

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 9:05AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by author; 2012 Toyota Tacoma Extreme etc. test 2




Hi. As a member of the generation called “X” I’ve been subjected to the above style of advertisement slogan for years now. Recently, however, I noticed that it had finally died down to a low roar. But then Toyota had to go and mess it all up with their new TACOMA EXTREME!