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Mercedes Recalls 126k Cars for Unintended Airbag Deployment

On: Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 11:15AM | By: Teddy Field


Mercedes Recalls 126k Cars for Unintended Airbag Deployment test 1-1

Airbags contain a deployment apparatus that allow them to pop out at up to 200 mph. With that much force at their disposal, an airbag is able to react to an impact almost instantly. But if you're just driving over, say, railroad tracks, a sudden airbag deployment could cause you to loose control and have a real accident. And then you wouldn't have an airbag to protect you. This is the problem facing certain Mercedes GLK and C-Class drivers. So let's have a look and see which models are being recalled...


Kia Pays Tribute to America with 6 Crazy SEMA Concepts

On: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 11:00AM | By: Teddy Field


Kia Pays Tribute to America with 6 Crazy SEMA Concepts test 1-1

Kia has certainly made a lot of money in the U.S.A. And to honor one of its biggest markets, they've created four SEMA show cars that give a nod to different parts of our great land. So go grab a Big Mac and a Budweiser, because it's time to tour America... Gangnam Style!


Toyota Builds Wicked Cool Camry and Avalon for SEMA

On: Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 11:25AM | By: Teddy Field


Toyota Builds Wicked Cool Camry and Avalon for SEMA test 1-1

The words 'cool' and 'sexy' have never been used to describe a Toyota Avalon or Toyota Camry. It's never happened. We checked. Then Toyota's TRD division built some show cars for SEMA, and, well, the unthinkable happened. So let's have a look at the very cool, very sexy SEMA Edition TRD Camry and SEMA Edition TRD Avalon. Be forewarned, you might actually want one...


Great Cars That Nobody Bought: Toyota Venza

On: Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 9:35AM | By: Teddy Field


Great Cars That Nobody Bought: Toyota Venza test 1-1

"It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super Yoda!" The Toyota Venza is one of those cars that was just too clever for its own good. The idea was to create a sort of luxury lifestyle vehicle for people with grandkids, or 1.2 teenagers. It offered the functionality of a station wagon, the stance of a CUV, and a luxury Toyota Prius interior. Truth be told, the Venza is more confused than Bruce Jenner. But, at the same time, it's as smart as Bruce/Caitlyn's publicist. So let's wade through the contradictions and see what it's all about...


 

Beater That's Hard To Beat: 2009-2014 Nissan Maxima

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 12:45PM | By: Teddy Field


Beater That's Hard To Beat: 2009-2014 Nissan Maxima test 1-1

In the world of family sedans, it pays to be different. No, you have to be different. Otherwise, people would just buy another Camry. To that end, Nissan sent their 7th-generation Maxima to the gym, and it emerged as a muscle-bound "4-Door Sports Car" (that's what the 4DSC sticker means). Granted, the 2009–2014 Nissan Maxima won't outdrag an M3, or outhandle a Quattro. But it will outclass a Camry just sitting still, which makes it one beater that's hard to beat...


Volvo Debuts Kangaroo Detection Technology;Could Reduce Accidents When Approved For Production

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 12:09PM | By: Carl Malek


Volvo Debuts Kangaroo Detection Technology;Could Reduce Accidents When Approved For Production test 1-1

While the kangaroo has often been known in popular media as a cute and cuddly mammal that hops along Australian forests and prairies all day, the stories hide the reality of just how dangerous things can become when these adorable animals and their wicked kicking power begin bounding across the road (similar to the problem faced by U.S. motorists in high deer areas). Volvo has stepped up to the challenge of curbing driver-roo crashes, and has developed an all new technology that can detect kangaroos.


Volvo Pondering Polestar-Tuned XC90 Variant

On: Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 12:18PM | By: Carl Malek


Volvo Pondering Polestar-Tuned XC90 Variant test 1-1

With the recent launch of the updated Volvo XC90, Volvo has revealed that it is strongly considering a Polestar-tuned version to compete against rivals from BMW and Audi, while also allowing the XC90 to fully embrace its fun-loving side in what would be the Swedish firm's first formal entry into the growing performance SUV segment.


Cheap Thrills: 1993-2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

On: Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 10:17AM | By: Teddy Field


1993 Canaro Z/28 test 2

Nothing is more patriotic than doing a burnout in a Camaro Z/28, while smoking a Marlboro, and blaring Kid Rock. The fourth-gen Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was filled with that 90s enthusiasm that made you look forward to the future. It was also filled with enough wheel-spinning torque to make it one epic Cheap Thrill...


2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance: Ferrari Featured Marque; Mustangs On the Lawn

On: Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 3:44PM | By: Jon Summers


Ferrari Family Portrait test 2

Each year Pebble Beach committee tries hard to invite vehicles which truly represent the full breadth and depth of automobility: this year there was a class of significant Mercury lead sled customs. The featured marques were du Pont and Ferrari. It was most enjoyable to see a class of Shelbys, and thus a row of Mustangs, on the Pebble Beach lawn amongst all the Ferraris!


Review: 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG

On: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 12:58PM | By: Jon Summers


2016 Mercedes C450 AMG at speed test 2

Impressive, futuristic without being intimidating, but above all really, really good at everything. Your writer tends to brainstorm recollections of a car after he has experienced it, and usually it takes time to reach a conclusion. Not so with the C450. My experience began inside a dealership, moving into the parking lot, and, as such, I was familiar with both the C450s exterior and interior by the time I came to drive it. 


Ballin' on a Budget: 2003-2008 Infiniti FX

On: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 9:27AM | By: Teddy Field


Ballin' on a Budget: 2003-2008 Infiniti FX test 1-1

When shopping for an affordable luxury SUV, you're likely to hear phrases like "heart/soul of a sportscar", or "racing heritage'. But that's usually marketing-speak for hard springs, big wheels, and a bodykit. The 2003–2008 Infiniti FX, on the other hand, actually does have the chassis of a sportscar (the Nissan 350Z), and it drives just as good as it looks. So let's have a look at the S50 Infiniti FX, because it's one sure-fire way to 'ball on a budget'.