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Golf GTi + Performance Chip = Brain Damage ?

On: Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 3:40PM | By: Jon Summers


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One of the easiest ways to go faster— i.e. generate extra horsepower—in cars built in the last few decades is to remap the car’s electronic brain. Service providers often allege that not only will their work allow the engine to develop more power, gas mileage will improve too due to the efficiency of the new, bespoke engine management tune. By definition, “chipping” must compromise reliability, since components such as clutches and driveshafts engineered to manage ‘X’ horsepower are now being subjected to ‘X+’ horsepower. The practice remains extremely popular since most people “chipping” a new car do not expect to still have the car four or five years or thousands of miles down the road, and the change is both easily reversed and impossible to detect without diagnostic tools. Illustrating this, the car I drove was leased, and soon to be returned. As the current keeper gave me the keys, he explained it had 274hp, up about 50 from standard, adding how “front wheel drivey” it was, a comment I remembered throughout my time with the car.


I'll Drive My Own Car, Thank You

On: Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 2:21PM | By: Gary P Garry


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I'm always reading the latest automotive news, and I live in Las Vegas, so the Consumer Electronics Show is very much on my radar every year. This year there was a lot of noise made about the Audi self-driving car that was making a trip from San Francisco to the CES in Las Vegas.


Indian Unveils New Chief Dark Horse

On: Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 11:28AM | By: Gary P Garry


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We live in a commercial culture, and it places a huge emphasis on brand recognition. This has been true to some extent for a very long time, but the evolution of mass media has made branding all the more important.


2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

On: Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 12:03PM | By: Jon Summers


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Your writer is lucky enough to be involved with Stanford University's revolutionary Revs program and at a recent event a former student showed him "the latest car we have, an electric Golf". We were in VAIL—the Volkwagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory—and surrounded by all Stanford's autonomous and solar car experiments and projects.


 

Inspiring Automotive Artistry: Count's Kustoms in Sin City

On: Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:19PM | By: Gary P Garry


Inspiring Automotive Artistry: Count's Kustoms in Sin City test 1-1

If you strip it down to bland, cold sterility, a car is a form of transportation, something that is designed to get you from point A to point B. Here's the dictionary definition: "a road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people."


Spring Car Shows Peering Over the Horizon

On: Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 5:31PM | By: Gary P Garry


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If you are a sports person like me, you may be experiencing the annual withdrawal doldrums that creep up on you this time of year. The Super Bowl is rapidly receding in the rear view mirror and football is in cobwebs until the very end of the summer.


Kia Teases Midsize Sedan Segment Ahead Of Geneva, Could Hint At Updated Optima

On: Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:40AM | By: Carl Malek


Kia Teases Midsize Sedan Segment Ahead Of Geneva, Could Hint At Updated Optima test 1-1

With the 2015 Geneva Motor Show fast apporaching, Kia has released a brief statement as well as a lone teaser image of a new concept car that could very well hint at the design direction for the next generation Kia Optima.


Jaguar Land Rover Previews Vehicles Set To Appear In Upcoming Bond Movie

On: Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 2:57PM | By: Carl Malek


Jaguar Land Rover Previews Vehicles Set To Appear In Upcoming Bond Movie test 1-1

Ahead of the official release of the upcoming James Bond film Spectre, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled a lone teaser image featuring all three of the vehicles that will represent the company in the film alongside the recently unveiled Aston Martin DB10 coupe.


Ford Taurus Presented to Man Who Wouldn't Quit

On: Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 1:20PM | By: Gary P Garry


Detroit Commuter James Robertson test 2

When you wake up in the morning and you look at the clock, you may take pause for a moment and lament the fact that you have to go to work. It would be nice to get a couple more hours of sleep, and, after you get up, play would be better than work, right?


If You Like to Drive Nice Cars, Protect Your Credit

On: Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 1:31PM | By: Gary P Garry


If You Like to Drive Nice Cars, Protect Your Credit test 1-1

They say that experience is the best teacher, and, for people like me, it has always been the only true teacher. What can I say, I was a rather wild buck when I was younger, and I always wanted to do things my own way.


Mazda Executive Hints Possible Turbocharged Miata Variant

On: Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 8:27AM | By: Carl Malek


Mazda Executive Hints Possible Turbocharged Miata Variant test 1-1

When Mazda confirmed that the fourth-generation Mazda Miata would make 155 horsepower, many enthusiasts noticed the slight downgrade in power from the previous generation model and wondered whether the company will create a variant that brings more power to the lightweight roadster. In a candid statement, a Mazda executive has hinted that such a variant could be a consideration for the ND-platformed Miata, and that it could make an apperance sometime in the near future.