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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!

Hyundai To Debut ARKed-Up Veloster At SEMA (Noah Could Not Be Reached For Comment)

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 5:01PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Hyundai's ARK Performance Veloster -- 2011 SEMA show car test 2

“To showcase the performance capabilities and aftermarket potential of its innovative three-door coupe, Hyundai has teamed up with ARK Performance to transform Veloster into a sleek and sporty rally car.”

Finally a car company comes out with a press release that doesn’t require distilling and translating and—as I’ve heard Brits say—“mucking about.”

I don’t usually “phone in” my articles, but, as it turns out, those nice folks at the Car Company Nobody Saw Coming pretty much did my work for me. It continues…

Nissan Mates Man And Machine

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:20PM | By: Chris Salamone

ROLLE (Sept. 28, 2011) test 2

Year after year, car manufacturers improve vehicle ‘safety’ with new technologies developed after incredible investment into research and development. But at what cost? Do drivers really want a seven-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting or scores of multi-directional airbags adding precious weight to an already bloated ride? Who knows, but most people can agree that any automotive technology improvements are usually exciting—regardless of how practical they might be. Unfortunately, Nissan’s new plan to develop hands-free R&D driving technology rides the same fine line of an exciting development mixed with questionable practicality.  

After determining your driving patters, Nissan’s ‘car of tomorrow’ will be able to predict your next move. In theory, as the driver thinks about turning right the vehicle will prepare itself to turn, choosing the proper speed and road position for you.

The 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 2:13PM | By: Peter C Sessler

The 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible test 2

The 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500s are delicious! All you have is to look at them—they are prettiest of all Shelby Mustangs. You say you like scoops and grilles? No problem—the Shelby has nine of them. Do they work? Well, it is doubtful if they do. How about stripes? The Shelby has flashy wide side stripes—but what is really pretty is the convertible’s roll bar. Not that the hardtop doesn’t have a roll bar—it does—but you can really see the convertible’s roll bar—and it has a vinyl cover as well. The 1969 Shelby is looking for action and is ready to go.


Now Men Can Smell Like Mercedes (But Not In That Good New-Car Way)

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 1:03PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Mercedes-Benz Perfume for men test 2

From the folks that bring you custom helicopters, branded credit cards, the ridiculous smart transport module, and the occasional car, now comes what every rich, German-car-loving guy—and it is for guys—has been waiting for: Mercedes-Benz Perfume.

Hey! I know what you’re thinking, but just because it says “perfume” doesn’t mean it’s only for the ladies. And the proof is in Mercedes’ own spiel: “Innovative and unique, it is the first men's fragrance from Mercedes-Benz and it combines woody notes with floral freshness.”

So… yes. It’s perfume and it’s floral. But seeing as how the bottle design is “masculine, modern and elegant,” it HAS to be manly, right? Right!

Toyota Supra Gets Rendered

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Supra Gets Rendered test 2

A week ago, we heard a refreshed version of the Supra revival rumors. In the latest round of auto gossip, Toyota appears poised to develop a new mid-level sports car to replace its popular Supra model of the 80s and 90s. The RWD sports coupe could debut as soon as 2014. Or it could disappear into thin air as has happened in the past.

As we await the final verdict, one artist decided not to sit idly by, instead running with the news. Andreas Fougner developed some renderings of what he'd like the new Supra to look like.

Getting More Power From Your Engine

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:07AM | By: Peter C Sessler

Getting More Power From Your Engine test 2

Once in a while I get a letter from someone asking a question that typically says, "I love my car—it gets great mileage, but from time to time I find myself in situations where a little extra power would sure make a big difference. How can I get more power from my engine?" Sometimes you need more power to go up an especially steep hill, get onto a fast moving highway, or simply to avoid hitting or getting hit by someone. If you've ever seen Steven Spielberg's first film, "Duel" you'd know what I mean. This was a movie about a sinister tanker trunk, which, for no apparent reason, tries to get a guy driving a Plymouth Duster off the road.

My typical response has usually been, "Sell your car and get another one." That is the easiest way to get a faster car. However, that is rarely possible, so this week, I'll outline what steps you can take to get a little more ooomph from your engine from the least expensive to the most.

Bugatti Galibier Pressing Ahead With 1,000 + HP And Bigger Interior

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Galibier Pressing Ahead With 1,000 + HP And Bigger Interior test 2

When it debuted in 2009, the Bugatti 16C Galibier was an unlikely marriage of ultra-premium sedan and 800-hp supercar. The concept was basically a stretched out, slightly detuned Veyron with an interior expensive enough to make a multi-billionaire blush. Such an odd car was bound to polarize auto fans, and, from the opinions that I've read, that's exactly what happened. Some were enamored with the polished aluminum-and-carbon theme, winged engine bay, and incomparably luxurious interior. Others saw an eyesore excessive and unattractive enough to bring back a serious debate on socialist reform.

Well, today we have some equally divisive news: Bugatti is still pursuing Galibier development, but plans some significant changes as it moves from concept to production.

More Details Emerge On Porsche's Mid-Level Supercar

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 8:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Details Emerge On Porsche's Mid-Level Supercar test 2

It's a rather ambiguous time to be a diehard Porsche fan. On the one hand, you've spent the better part of the decade watching Porsche water down what was once a hardcore sports car brand with offerings like the Cayenne, Panamera, and upcoming Cajun. On the other hand, Porsche has committed to building its first supercar since the ever-exciting 959 and may very well be building a second car above and beyond the 911 range. It's a real bit of give-and-take.

While Porsche has yet to publicly commit to that last sports car, more and more details are starting to emerge.

Survey Says...Two-Thirds Of Drivers Use Too Much Tech

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 5:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

Survey Says...Two-Thirds Of Drivers Use Too Much Tech test 2

There's a growing rift in our technologically savvy society. On the one hand, you have the crowd that can't go five minutes without texting inanities to friends, surfing the Web on a tablet computer, and tapping into GPS to find out what local businesses are around and what Yelp reviewers think of them. On that same side of the aisle, you have automakers that are all too eager to appear hip and modern. On the other side, you have people that would prefer to be safe over cool and connected, people that don't believe the car should be a four-wheeled computer.

Well, if the results of a recent MetLife survey are accurate, it would appear the latter crowd is a lot stronger than the former—at least as it pertains to other drivers.

Toyota Ku:Rin Sets Record For Compressed Air Vehicle

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 4:58PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Ku:Rin Sets Record For Compressed Air Vehicle test 2

Looking at the Ku:Rin, I thought to myself that it looks like the type of streamliner that you'd see out on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Actually, first I thought "What the hell is that colon doing in the middle of the car's name, and am I going to have to write that every time?!" Then I thought that it looks like a streamliner.

Well, I was both right and wrong. The Ku:Rin is indeed a world-record breaking car, but its record is a modest 80 mph. Because it runs on a unique fuel: air compression.