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Looking Back: The Honda S2000

On: Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 4:26PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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When you think of classic sports cars that have been sold throughout the US over the years, there are a few cars that come to mind—certainly the venerable Corvette and the Porsche 911 take the lion's share of the credit (and deservedly so), but what others? Maybe a car like the Mazda Miata which has been going strong for more than twenty years, or more recently cars like the Porsche Boxster or even a Lotus or two might spring to mind. But more often than not, one of the most impressive traditional sports cars to ever grace a showroom in America gets almost no credit whatsoever:  The Honda S2000.


Review of the 2017 Nissan GT-R: Godzilla Grows Up

On: Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 3:27PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Sometimes there are sports cars that come into our world that perform well, look good, and yet never really succeed at being very memorable. Whether too slow to really stand out, too posh to really be sporty, too bland in character, or maybe just too brief a production run, there are any number of reasons those cars just didn’t stick with us. But then, there are some cars that storm onto the scene with apocalyptic world-ending force.


Maximum Monterey Part 2: Mecum markets a multitude of mega-exotics from... everywhere else!

On: Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 4:53PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Maximum Monterey Part 2: Mecum markets a multitude of mega-exotics from... everywhere else! test 1-1

Now, don't panic. I know the list of Mecum's Ferrari/Maserati apex predators alone won't spend all of your quarter-billion-dollar inheritance from your granduncle Archibald, but I promise you will be able to spend it all in one place, between August 18th and 20th, to assemble the greatest collection of modern mega-dollar performance cars as his will requires.


Mercedes Prepares New EV Offensive To Target BMW, Tesla

On: Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 2:32PM | By: Carl Malek


Mercedes Prepares New EV Offensive To Target BMW, Tesla test 1-1

The formidable challenge brought about by the rise of Tesla, as well as changing environmental laws, has forced many automakers to change the way that they approach green vehicles. Mercedes Benz is one of these companies. A new report from Bloomberg suggests that the company is creating an all-new electric vehicle sub-brand to give it a fighting chance against the California-based EV company and BMW's i brand.


 

Maximum Monterey Part 1: Mecum markets a multitude of mega-exotics from Italy!

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 3:28PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Maximum Monterey Part 1: Mecum markets a multitude of mega-exotics from Italy! test 1-1

My condolences. I heard about your granduncle Archibald's passing. Not to be rude, but wasn't it odd that a recluse who lived in a decommissioned missile silo in the middle of Nowheresville had a quarter-billion-dollars' worth of gold bullion stockpiled? I mean, it's good for you, as you're his sole heir. What? You get the money only if you spend it all in one place, between August 18th and 20th, to assemble one of the greatest collections of mega-dollar performance cars?


Tesla Blasts California Air Resources Board, Other Automakers

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 1:51PM | By: Carl Malek


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In a heated statement aimed at members of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Tesla CEO Elon Musk pulled no punches in his critique of the board's weak mandates while also directing his frustrations at rival automakers during a key conference for the company.


Review of the 2017 Fiat 124: A Car We Already Loved

On: Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 5:51PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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In the automotive industry, we’ve see quite a few types of philosophies when it comes to building cars. There is the exclusive, hand-built, limited production track, a la Ferrari (no pun intended); then there is the mass-production, cheapest parts we can use to make an affordable car and still make a profit, which brings several companies to mind (we’re looking at you Scion and Kia). Sometimes carmakers want to build something completely of their own design, with no help from anyone anywhere. Take for example the Lexus LF-A:  Here was a car that took Toyota a decade to build. Granted, it was a great car, but it took so long that by the time it hit the market, some of the tech they used to make it was already outdated. No bueno. So what is a company to do when they want to build a car, yet may not have the necessary capital, research and design know-how, or simply don’t want to wait out the process and need to get a car with their name out there as soon as possible? Simple, use someone else’s car with your name on it.


Aston Martin Plans New Mid-Engine Offering

On: Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 10:02AM | By: Carl Malek


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Aston Martin has big plans for its future model lineup over the next several years, and has already unveiled a key cog in this long-term offensive:  The DB11 coupe.


Mitsubishi Recalls 174,000 Cars!

On: Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 12:09PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Sometimes, it’s hard to predict the future.  Well, actually, it’s almost always hard to predict the future.  Whether it’s the future of an election, the weather, who’s coming to Thanksgiving dinner, or where Waldo is going to turn up.  It’s also difficult for automakers to predict just where and how their cars will be located, and how they will act when they get there.  A car that is sold in Minnesota is going to have to deal with much different environmental challenges than say, a car Arizona, or Florida.  Each region has its own set of characteristic weather, and this can have adverse effects on cars.  Such is the case for Mitsubishi Motors.  They produced a number of cars, quite a number, in fact:  174,382 in all that have been subject to a voluntary recall thanks to Mother Nature.  


Review of the 2017 GMC Acadia: Forgotten No More!

On: Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 12:17PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Review of the 2017 GMC Acadia:  Forgotten No More! test 1-1

In the modern world of SUVs, it seems like the choice are endless; yet, somehow, everyday there are even more choices. Nearly every manufacturer on Earth has been trying to get a piece of the rapidly growing pseudo-truck market (Can a Bugatti SUV really be that far away?). When it comes to SUV choices, there are small, large, low cost, high luxury, very off-road capable, very on-road capable, fast, extremely fast, slow, slower, three-door, five-door, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and dozens of other minor options to choose from. 


GM Takes Hand-in-Glove Takes to a New Level

On: Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 9:17AM | By: Arnold Knox


GM Takes Hand-in-Glove Takes to a New Level test 1-1

GM has a plan to provide an out-of-this-world tool for earth-bound users. It’s a tool you are going to love when you work on your vehicle and need a little more oomph while leaning awkwardly over the engine or sprawled beneath it.