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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.


Toyota To Get Back On Its Feet After Earthquake

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 3:56PM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota To Get Back On Its Feet After Earthquake test 2

After being thoroughly ravaged by natural disaster—and having a little salt thrown in its wounds courtesy of Nissan—Toyota plans to have its sales back on track by next month. The automaker told Bloomberg that vehicle inventory at U.S. dealerships is moving back toward normal levels.


ZL1 Auctions For Jaw-Dropping $250,000!

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Camaro ZL1 test 2

As I sat down to watch a pre-recorded, DVR version of Saturday’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, I couldn’t help but feel excited about hours and hours of commercial-free automotive glory. Unlike some other unmentioned auctions, Barrett-Jackson is classy, sophisticated, and does not include the near-constant pestering of salesmen in the throes of deal making. After so many impressive vehicles, a black 2012 Camaro rolled onto the bidding platform. As it would turn out, this wasn’t just any Camaro, but the very first 2012 Camaro ZL1 to be offered to the public AND the 69th ZL1 made at the Oshawa Assembly plant in tribute to the original 1969 Camaro ZL1—of which only 69 were produced.


 

Audi And FX Unveil Their Odd "Untitled Jersey City Project"

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 2:42PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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I'm confused.

Audi and FX Networks have posted all eight installments—or "eight short-form episodes" that are "fragments of a larger story"—of their "Untitled Jersey City Project", a, um... project they plan to show on television as "eight, two-minute episodes during FX's Sunday primetime movies." But this is not the confusing part.

This is: It is described in press releases as a "jointly developed 16-minute short-form original drama featuring the all-new 2012 Audi A6", though it is actually a rotten Sopranos/Brotherhood rip-off that offers more screen time to the now-passed Ford Crown Victoria than any Audi (and when it DOES show the Audi it's being driven recklessly). Wait a second...


Basic Tools

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 1:24PM | By: Peter C Sessler


Basic Tools test 2

Over the years, I found that there are some inexpensive, yet almost indispensable, tools you should have available, assuming, of course, that you want to save money. Let's take a look at some:


The Kid With The Big Head: Honda Debuts New CR-V

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:43PM | By: Chris Weiss


The Kid With The Big Head: Honda Debuts New CR-V test 2

Growing up I had a friend with an oversized head. He was the shortest among my friends, yet his head was probably the largest. Massive head, small body.

The minute I looked at the new CR-V concept Honda debuted this week, I thought of him. That cabin just reminds me of a forehead that never ends, looking just as oversized and gawky as a kid with a big head. It feels like that windshield should end a few millimeters—or feet—lower, and the roofline should start descending a little sooner.


Godzilla's Hungry: Feed Him 570 Horses

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Godzilla's Hungry: Feed Him 570 Horses test 2

The Nissan GT-R may very well be the best bang-for-the-buck supercar of its generation. The 2012 GT-R screams off the line and hits 62 mph in three seconds flat, barely losing out to the $380,000 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (2.9 seconds), despite its $90,000 price tag. That's a lot of performance for not that much coin.

If new reports turn out to be accurate, Nissan plans to up only the GT-R's value, boosting horsepower by 40-hp in the 2013 model.


Lord Of The 'Ring: Return Of The King!

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:39AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Lord Of The 'Ring:  Return Of The King! test 2

Thanks to the sport sedan war between the M5 and CTS-V (among others), the legendary Nurburgring has become something of a household name. What was once known only to racers and hardcore fans, the 'Ring has become the proof in the pudding for just about everyone walking through a showroom these days. For those few that still are not up to date, the Nurburgring is a 12.9-mile race track in Germany that is universally agreed upon by racers to be one of, if not the, most difficult tracks in the world. 

The Viper ACR laid down the gauntlet three years ago (when it was still in production) with a time of 7:22 and as far as major manufacturer sports cars went, the Viper held the crown since then. In that time the unstoppably fast 620-horsepower Porsche GT2 RS did beat the ACR's time in 2010, but with only 500 units made, it didn't quite qualify as a mass-produced vehicle. But the Corvette ZR1 did meet the production specs necessary to qualify as a production car, and in June of this year became the new king of the hill by putting down a sickening time of 7:19:63. But unlike the long reign of the Viper in 2008, the ZR1 was on top for a measly two-and-a-half months before the $400 grand Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition took the title from the mighty Vette by besting it by almost five seconds exactly with a time of 7:14:64. 


World's Oldest Running Car Up For Auction

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:09AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler are credited with each having developed the first internal combustion cars in 1886. Those developments paved the way for the modern ICE-powered cars that we drive today, and Mercedes Benz has been celebrating the 125th anniversary of this accomplishment all year.

Two years before Benz and Daimler, this De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout was built. According to RM Auctions, the 1884 Steam Runabout is the world's oldest car still in running condition. And it will be up for auction in two weeks.


Ford Builds A New Explorer (And Driving School) Out Of Bricks. LEGOS, That Is.

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis


LEGOLAND-bound Ford Explorer test 2

While the original Explorer looked (and handled) like a brick, this is the first time Ford has actually built one OUT of bricks.

It's true. Somehow, in between building ACTUAL Fords, the folks at the firm's Chicago Assembly Plant found the time to put 380,000 LEGO bricks together atop a 768-pound aluminum support base to create a full-size mostly-red Explorer simulacrum.

That it weighs 2,654 lbs. and took 22 designers and more than 2,500 man-hours to create is interesting. But it’s where it’s headed that really matters.