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Amid a surge of demand for its hyperefficent i8 supercar, BMW is considering a significant increase in production. The unexpected levels of demand have emerged following the car's launch to dealerships, and BMW wants to increase inventory to maintain the present level of momentum that the i8 has initiated among consumers.
Every car nut loves a hot-hatch. They handle like a sports car, have plenty of power, yet they still offer all the practicality found in a normal hatchback. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is the recognized standard bearer, but the 395hp Volkswagen Golf R 400 takes that recipe to a whole other level. And it may be headed for the production line.
Tags: volkswagen golf gti, volkswagen golf r, volkswagen golf r 400
The news from New York these last week was frightening to me. I’m a Florida native and I have to admit that with our temperatures in the 30s at night and barely reaching 60 during the day, I was freezing. I’m sure readers in New York are outraged, but my blood in as thin as water and not designed to deal with anything lower than 70 comfortably. Even so, I love cold weather and look forward to temperatures chilly enough to warrant hot chocolate and flannel. I started to think of what people do when they are stranded in their vehicles in a snowstorm. This isn’t likely to happen to me, but it does happen. Do people up north prepare for it? Do they have emergency kits in their cars? What’s in them?
At some point in our lives most of us reach the time to have a family. Time to stop hitting the bars on Friday night and trade in the snazzy red two-seater for a “family car”. For a large percentage of parents that means a minivan. There are lots of choices in this vehicle that offers room for children, friends, and overnight bags, as well as soccer equipment and groceries. But do they offer safety? Being the epitome of the family car, one would think so. The latest tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) throw that assumption into question.
The Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the premier events of the year, and we blogged about it a few weeks ago. Now the show is upon us, and there are some amazing vehicles being unveiled.
There are certain names that can be mentioned only in reverential tones. In the automotive world, the name Carroll Shelby would fit into this category. He was born in 1923, and he devoted six decades to the craft of automotive design.
Tags: Carroll Shelby, Shelby Mustang, GT350, Gardena, California
The updated 2015 Impreza boasts several new features and upgraded technology. It also gets a new front end which is based on the Subaru Legacy and puts a refreshed bumper, grille, and headlights on the sedan and hatchback versions. The sedan also gets new lip spoiler to boost its aerodynamic capabilities.
People are strange. Generally speaking, a large percentage of the population does things that aren’t good for them. Lunch is often comprised of some sort of quickly prepared greasy meat with a side of greasy starch and washed down with a sugary bubbly concoction. Whatever happened to food groups? Before heading back to the tasks for the day this “meal” may be followed by a long cylinder of nicotine to calm the nerves. People know this isn’t healthy and that eventually this sort of hedonism can kill them. So what causes us to do these things? Doing something we like with no regard for the consequences is addiction, plain and simple. The examples above, along with alcohol and harder drugs, are physical addictions which causes the body to desire whatever it is that we shouldn’t have. It’s hard to say no.
The future of hydrogen cars took a giant leap forward recently, with Toyota unveiling its first mass production vehicle to use the alternative fuel. The name of the car is the “Mirai”, the Japanese word for “future”. Whether the new model lives up to it name is anyone’s guess.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: hydrogen, alternative fuels, Honda FCEV, Honda FCX, Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Toyota FCVFuel Type: Electric, Hydrogen
When Bette Davis tells us to “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” we all know what she meant. She wasn’t referring to an actual trip in a vehicle. Speaking to someone from a little more than a hundred years ago, you would have to explain what a seat belt is. There is a lot of idioms in use based on the world of cars that would be incomprehensible to our great grandparents.
As we watch Toyota competing at the Le Mans 24-hour race, it is worth remembering that one Japanese company has already won this European endurance classic: Mazda, using the Wankel engine technology which they alone have pursued for nigh on five decades now. Mazda would like us to believe some of this motorsports pedigree, this engineering cool, rubs off on their workaday Civic competitor, the 3. I spent a few hundred miles with a 2014 Mazda3 to determine if they're right.
Posted In: Driving, Reviews
Tags: 2014 Mazda 3, Mazda, Mazda 3 SV, 2014 Mazda