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The 2012 Acura TSX is already on sale, but Acura has one more model up its sleeve. The TSX Special Edition will make its market debut at the end of the month.
Not exactly as exciting and groundbreaking as the new cars and concepts displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the TSX Special Edition will debut at a more humble venue—the 2011 Orange County International Auto Show in California. That show runs September 22 through the 25.
Tags: Acura, TSX, packages, TSX Special Edition, Luxury
The Toyota Camry has been the quintessential benchmark for mid-sized sedans almost as long as it has been in existence. In fact, it has been the best-selling car in America for 12 out of the last 13 years—and that's for all cars, not just sedans. People like the Camry, obviously, and the folks over at Toyota know it. So, rather than screw around and redo the whole car and mess with success, Toyota has opted to slightly improve the Camry in each of its model cycles. For 2012, the Camry upped the ante against its competitors by changing just enough to put it back on top as king of the hill in terms of mpg numbers and all-around usability.
Tags: Toyota, Camry, L, LE, SE, SE V6, XLE, XLE V6, Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE
Q: How can you tell when you need to wax or polish your car? I know of the old water beading test—if water beads then the wax is still good.
As all cars today use clear coat paints, it can be difficult to really tell when your car’s paint needs waxing. The danger here is that you can neglect your paint thinking all the while its fine. Here are a couple of quick tests you can use: 1) Wad a clean terry cloth and rub it along a clean area of your car. If you hear squeaking, then it’s wax time. 2) After washing your car run your fingertips along the surface of the hood or trunk. If you feel rough spots or your hand doesn’t glide easily, then it’s time to wax.
Easily one of the least expensive cars on planet Earth, the Tata Nano has become the object of the people—a symbol of accessibility, mobility, unreliability, and practicality for the masses. While native Indian models start around $2,500 and the much anticipated North American model is expected to cost about $7,000, the Tata family has developed another price point worthy of note. Except this time only one man is capable of pulling off such an exceptionally appointed automobile, and he is from Holland… not North America or India. This latest Tata Nano is not a production vehicle, and couldn’t possibly be reproduced on a mass scale. That’s because it cost $4.6 million to create.
Yes, a company known for incredible value has developed a car completely decked out in gold, silver, and precious gems. Why, you ask? Unfortunately, this is not for a fourth installment of the funniest movie trilogy of all time, Austin Powers. Instead the Tata family is trying to execute a two-player sway publicity stunt intended to promote enthusiasm for the randomly combustible Nano and in celebration of the 5,000-year anniversary for their jewelry company in India. That’s quite a milestone, made more important by the Tata family’s ownership of the Gold Plus jewelry company.
Posted In: Car News, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition, Videos
Tags: Tata, Nano, loves, love, gold, silver, gems, jewelry, plus, India, Indian
Leasing has become more popular over the last decade for several reasons. Car prices have climbed and, so, for many people, leasing, with its lower monthly payment is a viable alternative. This is particularly the only alternative for those who are interested in high-line and other expensive vehicles costing $30,000 and more. Few people have $15 or $20,000 lying around to put down on a car in order to have a manageable payment.
Look back about 15 years and you'll see an attractive Japanese sports car (probably several) in every part of the market. From entry level coupes, like the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Toyota Celica, to mid-level performance models, like the Mitsubishi 2000GT and Toyota Supra, on up to supercars—or supercar, at least—in the Honda/Acura NSX. In a piece about the Toyota Supra, Edmunds.com referred to this period as the "Japanese muscle car revolution of the 90s."
A few years after that revolution, Japanese sports car options thinned dramatically. But it appears we could be witnessing a Japanese muscle car revolution part II. Nissan is already comfortably on board with its 370Z and GT-R. Honda recently confirmed it's working on a flagship sports car. And Toyota is addressing its own lack of a sports car options with the Lexus LFA and next year's FT-86. Rumor has it Toyota has no intention of stopping there.
Posted In: Car News, Rumors
Tags: Toyota, Supra, sports cars, Lexus, Japan, Japanese, muscle car
Generally, people buy used cars because they can't afford a new one. All you have to do is to take a look at what cars are going for these days to understand why. I believe that the average price of a new car today is around $20,000! For this reason, used cars outsell new ones by a two to one margin.
You first have to decide what type of car you need. You really need to know in advance what you're looking for because the possibility of confusing yourself is great. There are just too many models and brands to choose from.
After a few teasers, Rimac has officially presented its Concept One at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We're not holding our breath for a production version of this 1,000-HP, 200-MPH electric supercar, but we must say: Rimac knows how to make a fine-looking automobile.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Rimac, Concept One, Croatia, supercars, EV, electric cars, green
Just when you thought you were safe driving around your three- or four-year-old Hyundai Sante Fe or Veracruz, it turns out that Hyundai has just recently recalled the SUVs due to a defect that may cause the driver's airbag not to deploy during a crash. Granted, that may be better than deploying when they aren't needed, but not by much. Replacement of the defective part will be covered in full by dealers, thankfully. Read on to see the full report.
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: Hyundai, Safety, Recalls, Airbags, Sante Fe, Veracruz
To state the painfully obvious: auto shows from here on out are bound to be characterized by—if not completely dominated by—hybrids, electrics, and other green concepts. At this year's Frankfurt Motor Show we've seen everything from tiny electric cars that could practically ride on the sidewalk to full-blown electrically powered supercars. And we've also started hearing rumors about the next-generation of auto-show-debuted green vehicles. First the Infiniti range-extending sports car. And now the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: VW, Volkswagen, hybrids, green, Jetta, Jetta hybrid, 2012 Detroit Auto Show, 2012 North American International Auto Show
You may remember a little competition we had at AutoShopper.com back in July when we asked fans which Chevy, in their opinion, was the greatest of all time. It seems Chevrolet had the same discussion and, surprisingly, with a lot of the same results—although on a much larger scale. After 124,368 votes cast, and defeating the 1970 Chevelle SS in the final round, the 1969 Camaro earned the distinction of being the best Chevrolet of the past century.
In truth, the competition really wasn’t even close. The 1970 Chevelle SS earned 18,449 votes or just shy of 15% of the total. On the other hand, the 1969 Camaro earned 25,058 votes or just over 20% of the total.
Posted In: Car News, Classics, Miscellaneous
Tags: 100, years, Chevrolet, Chevy, greatest, GOAT, G.O.A.T., Camaro, Chevelle, best, named, competition, bracket