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Falling Faster Still: 2012 Civic Gets Grave Reviews

On: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 12:46PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Honda Civic test 2

In the last few days, reports have come in from several different sources expressing dire concern for the 2012 Honda Civic. So much so, that Consumer Reports refused the Civic its ‘Recommended’ rating for the first time in 10 years. In fact, the only supporter of the 2012 Civic seems to be Cars.com which lauds the Civic’s “terrific mileage, comfortable cabin, top safety scores, high resale value and long track record of reliability.” Despite a singular positive review, our fellows at Autoblog and Consumer Reports offer little praise. By all accounts the 2012 Civic looks to be a step down from the current model. But, let’s be honest here—a Honda is still a Honda. Buyers will still find all the things they know and love about Honda in the 2012 Civic.


Lamborghini Estoque To Spawn Four-Seat Convertible

On: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Estoque To Spawn Four-Seat Convertible test 2

It seems a little early to start talking about Lamborghini sedan spin-offs. After all, official word is that a potential sedan model is still in hot competition with an SUV for the coveted third spot in Lambo's line. So keep in mind this is a rumor built on top of a rumor.

According to Top Speed, Lamborghini is already planning a convertible version of its sedan. The convertible would hit the market about two years after the hard-topped model.


VW Cries Out: New MPG Standard Tough On Cars, Gentle On Trucks

On: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 3:27PM | By: Chris Salamone


Obama Announces New Fuel Economy Standards test 2

While many automakers flocked to support President Obama’s proposed increase to mileage standards, Volkswagen has made it abundantly clear that the plan requiring an average of 54.5 mpg by 2025 shows favoritism toward automakers producing trucks. Volkswagen US spokesman Tony Cervone claimed that while passenger cars would have to meet the stringent demand of 5% annual improvements, light trucks—a segment in which VW is noticeably absent—would have to achieve only 3.5%


Latest Ferrari Design Comes From Hong Kong

On: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss


Latest Ferrari Design Comes from Hong Kong test 2

The fluid lines and perfect curves of Ferrari can originate nowhere else but the style and design capital that is Italy. Or at least that's what we thought. Eternita, the winner of the Ferrari World Design Contest, is as uncompromisingly attractive as most any Ferrari, but it doesn't come from Italy, or Europe. It comes from a group of South Korean students, and it beats out an entry from Turin, to boot.

The design was created by three students from Hongzik University in South Korea: Kim Cheong Ju, Ahn Dre and Lee Sahngseok. They beat 50 other entries from universities around the world.


 

New Transmission To Give Future Fiskers Veyron-Level Performance?

On: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 9:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


New Transmission To Give Future Fiskers Veyron-Level Performance? test 2

Henrik Fisker. He's a man that I'm beginning to know for two distinctly different reasons. Reason 1: He designs a helluva beautiful car. Reason 2: He tends to make bold (exaggerated?) claims like few other top-level execs that I've seen.

A few months ago, Fisker prophetized that electric cars are poised to be as successful as smartphones and flat-screen TVs. Possible, but way too early to tell. Currently, that just looks like overconfidence and exaggeration.

This week, Fisker made an equally bold, possibly foolish, proclamation: a new gearbox that's under development will one day help electric cars to deliver "Veyron levels of performance."


Lexus About To Be Dethroned As Luxury Market King

On: Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 8:51AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lexus About To Be Dethroned As Luxury Market King test 2

For 11 years, Lexus has enjoyed a role as the United States' leader in luxury car sales. Maybe it's because Lexus compares favorably to other options, maybe it's because you don't exude such an image of douchery in a Lexus as, say, a BMW, or maybe it's just because us Americans love us some Japanese automobiles. Whatever the case, Lexus has long been king.

But Lexus' reign is about to end. And all it took was a natural disaster of record proportions to bring it crashing down.


2011 Chevrolet Tahoe: Making Space!

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 4:54PM | By: Mary McRae


2011 Chevrolet Tahoe: Making Space! test 2

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe remains much as before, and that, no doubt, is just fine with a sizable number of folks who’ve grown to value its combination of truck toughness and surprisingly refined practicality. The Chevy Tahoe provides room for up to nine passengers or two passengers and a whole lot of cargo or anything in between, good towing capabilities, and a gas mileage making other large SUVs jealous.

In addition to a Hybrid version, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is available in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. The base Tahoe LS comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone manual heating and cooling, eight-passenger seating with front power-adjustable bucket seats and center floor console. Also standard are Bluetooth, OnStar, and a six-speaker sound system with CD and rear audio controls, satellite radio, an auxiliary input jack and an iPod/USB interface. Also available is an optional Convenience package which includes power-adjustable pedals, remote engine start, rear parking assist and a rearview camera system with mirror display.


Confessions From The Americas Expedition

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 2:16PM | By: Chris Salamone


Americas 2011 Expedition test 2

Hot off the presses, Jeep just released a telling interview from the Americas 2011 Expedition. In case you haven’t been following on Twitter or, more specifically, on the expedition team’s SPOT GPS transmitter, the Americas Expedition is a father and son duo making a 25,000 mile road trip across the Western Hemisphere. Renato Costanzo and Renato Jack Costanzo left Miami in June and intend to reach a final destination of Argentina in their totally juiced 2011 red Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Among other notoriously appropriate features for expeditions, the Costanzo’s Jeep includes a roof tent, trailer, attached bicycles, safari rack, an incredible amount of headlights, snorkel, and roo bar.


McLaren To Change MP4-12C Based On Driver Input

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 11:53AM | By: Chris Weiss


McLaren To Change MP4-12C Based On Driver Input  test 2

I highly doubt any customer complained about the lack of fruitiness in the McLaren MP4-12C. In fact, the words "fruity" and "McLaren" don't really belong in the same sentence, lest you happen to be transporting a fruit basket to a sick relative by way of MP4-12C. Still, McLaren has made a few alterations to its mid-engined muscle car, and at least one component has gotten "fruitier."


2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:51AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!  test 2

Anyone buying a new car is probably well versed in the idea that when it comes to new transportation, it seems that the list of choices, options, and decisions to be made seems almost endless. Where one ends, the next begins, and where that one goes might actually counteract a previous decision, thereby making you start to reconsider that choice but then wonder how that choice will affect your next choice... the mind can take only so much. When it comes to a car like the 2012 BMW 6-Series, you're going to have to be ready to make more than a few decisions if you're thinking of buying one.


Ferrari Brings Free Maintenance Program To North America

On: Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 3:53PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Ferrari Brings Free Maintenance Program To North America test 2

Got the coin to order a 2012 Ferrari but can’t afford to maintain it? Well, you no longer have to worry about that—at least not for the next seven years—thanks to the firm’s newly announced Genuine Maintenance Program.

You read that right; Ferrari North America is “happy to announce a new customer care service: clients ordering a 2012 Ferrari California, 458 Italia or FF from the authorized dealership network will be entitled to a free seven-year scheduled maintenance program.”