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For BMW, Is 2 The New 3?

On: Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 7:46AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

For BMW, Is 2 The New 3? test 1-1

BMW has been changing things up quite a bit in the last few years. They changed their model designations around and took away our two-door M3 and made and M4 out of it. We can still have a four-door M3, but it's not quite the same. But okay fine, Bimmer, the even number model series are coupes and the odd number ones are sedans. Got it. So now we have the 2-Series from BMW.  It's a two-door coupe that is plenty sporty and, specifically, the M235i is essentially what we remember the M3 of yesteryear being, and maybe even better. 

Review: 2016 Mini JCW

On: Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 6:38PM | By: Jon Summers

Mini JCW front three quarter test 2

I recently learned of a campaign by an enthusiastic British teen to save the original home of Cooper cars, located in a West London suburb. The loss would be a shame, because John Cooper was an engineering visionary who succeeded on the world stage of Formula One, beating Ferrari in the process. Cooper’s genius was welding a pair of Fiat 500 chassis together to create a small, light racing car. Powered by 500cc motorcycle engines, the car made for exciting and close racing, with an emphasis on handling and maintaining momentum, allowing driving skill to shine. Those involved were the same kind of speed-hungry characters who became hot rodders in the US. With contemporaries such as Stirling Moss and Bernie Ecclestone, John Cooper graduated from 500cc racing to International Grand Prix racing, building the first postwar rear-engined Formula 1 Championship-winning car. Alongside this work, and, in much the same way as Shelby tweaked the Mustang, Cooper hot-rodded Minis. The result was a “giant-killing” road race and rally car. As much as clever design, it was motorsport credibility which built the Mini legend.

Barracuda to Make a Comeback

On: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 9:39AM | By: Gary P Garry

Dodge Barracuda test 2

When I was growing up in 1960s and ‘70s, the Plymouth automotive brand was as well known as any other American car. Plymouth was a division of Chrysler, and it was intended to provide lower-end buyers with affordable transportation.

Review: 2016 Renault Master dCi125

On: Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 2:29PM | By: Jon Summers

Renault Master front three quarter test 2

With efficient high top European-style vans finally making it to the US, it is relevant to examine the state of the technology. This effort is badged as a Renault, and while that name might be unfamiliar to many Americans, the company is Nissan in the US. Renault has a heritage similar to Ford, with a century of building all shapes and sizes of cars and trucks, often offering considerable design flair at a medium price point. Both share a century-old deep commitment to motorsport. This is the third generation Master, and builds on the previous strong-selling iterations.


Review: The 2015 Mustang V6 Convertible

On: Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 12:35PM | By: Jon Summers

Mustang Convertible front three quarter test 2

Design folk will tell you that their ideas are best expressed in the more extreme versions of their work: Z/28 is faster, better looking, plain more Camaro than the 6-cylinder. By that rationale, this Mustang, powered by the V6 found in the old model should be underwhelming. On the contrary, the convertible I sampled was an easy car to like, and worked well as a holistic piece of design.

2015 Kia K900

On: Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 10:26AM | By: Jon Summers

2015 Kia K900 test 1-1

Shadowing parent Hyundai, Kia has been steadily developing their brand in recent years, and offerings such as the Optima and Soul have been impressive when tested. The bottom line seems to be that Kia offers the same as Honda or Toyota, but at a better price. With prices starting at $54k, Kia are boldly stepping beyond Honda/Toyota and into the premium luxury sedan sector with the K900. So, is this Kia a credible alternative to a second hand Benz S-Class?

Volkswagen Delays Next Generation Phaeton; Low Sales and Material Costs To Blame

On: Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 8:52AM | By: Carl Malek

Volkswagen Delays Next Generation Phaeton; Low Sales and Material Costs To Blame test 1-1

Ferdinand Piech can be credited for many things during his long tenure at Volkswagen, from building the VW brand empire to approving the sensationally stunning Bugatti Veyron hypercar. His mark on the company will certainly be noticed for a long time. However, Volkswagen revealed that it has delayed the introduction of the next generation Phaeton, another car that was spearheaded by Piech.

Bugatti Rules Out Sedan Entry; Plans To Focus On High-End Segment

On: Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 7:32AM | By: Carl Malek

Bugatti Rules Out Sedan Entry; Plans To Focus On High-End Segment test 1-1

Following conflicting rumors about the future of the company's plans to produce the 16C Galiber Concept, Bugatti has officially confirmed that it has killed the idea of a production version of the four door once and for all. Bugatti wants to sharpen its focus on the high-end limited-production luxury market, especially with regards to creating a successor for the Bugatti Veyron. 

smart Pulls The Plug On The fortwo Electric Drive

On: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 12:47PM | By: Carl Malek

smart Pulls The Plug On The fortwo Electric Drive test 1-1

In an announcement that received little fanfare, Smart has revealed that it has stopped production of the fortwo electric drive EV in a step to help prepare for full production of the next generation smart fortwo.

Pizza Guy's Camaro Lost, Found, Lost and Found Again

On: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 12:33PM | By: Gary P Garry

Pizza Guy's Camaro Lost, Found, Lost and Found Again test 1-1

If you only had a crystal ball, you could have avoided some mistakes that came back to haunt you later when you had gained additional knowledge. Along these lines, I would imagine that just about everyone has sold something that they wish they had back at some point in time.

Lucky Collector Corrals Steve McQueen's Porsche

On: Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 11:43AM | By: Gary P Garry

Steve McQueen Porsche test 2

I'm a fan of old things of all kinds, because they carry history with them. Of course, I love classic cars, and I write about them often on this blog.