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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, Car Reviews
Tags: 2014 Mazda 3, Mazda, Mazda 3 SV, 2014 Mazda
Following similar moves by Cadillac and Infiniti, Mercedes Benz has developed a new naming strategy for its most popular models. Except here, the model designations actually make sense. Click through to find out more…
Throughout most of their history, pickup trucks have been all about size and power—which makes sense, given that they’re also all about work. But, if a new concept vehicle from Nissan catches on, all of that may be about to change. Dubbed “Sparky,” it brings modern battery technology to the truck world.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Technology, Hybrid / Green
Tags: electric vehicles, renewable energy
Being the head of Russia’s government has its perks, even in these post-Soviet days. As proof, President Vladimir Putin is pushing ahead with plans for a fleet of custom-built vehicles that would turn even the wealthiest dot-com billionaires green with envy. Dubbed “Project Cortege,” the initiative formally started in 2011, after earlier efforts were put on hold due to economic and financial issues.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Driving, Exotics, Miscellaneous
Tags: luxury autos, russian cars, soviet autos, fleets, Trabant 601, Lada Niva
Following the prior release of several veiled teaser images, Scion has officially taken the shroud of secrecy off its L.A.-bound iM concept which will make its formal debut at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show next week. The concept should a compelling preview of what could be a replacement for the ill-fated and equally ill-conceived Scion XD hatchback (which was, in turn, a replacement for the equally mediocre and unsuccessful Scion xA).