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BMW, Toyota Join Forces to Take on Audi

September 24th, 2015

Lexus LFA

Now might be a good time to go after Audi.

With the appalling news coming from the VW/Audi camp over the last week, competitors will probably line up to take shots at the automaker while it’s down. Assuming, of course, those competing automakers didn’t also create a way to fool the EPA and pawn dirty diesels off as clean.

To get our attention off the great diesel scandal, let’s turn for a moment to a story about good old-fashioned hybrid technology and a couple of Audi competitors.

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Car Faces: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

September 18th, 2015

Road & Track columnist Peter Egan once wrote, “Cars are considered to be an art form, yet the Mona Lisa, I’ve noticed, never needs a cooling system flush or new brake pads.” Automotive design has been an integral part of the car industry since the 1920s, when GM began to develop the first year-over-year changes to their cars’ visual appearance. As makes and models have evolved, so have the varying design languages associated with them—with varying degrees of success.

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Blitzkrieg? German Automakers Prepare to Test Tesla’s Might

September 16th, 2015


During World War II a blitzkrieg was a German military tactic designed to create disorganization in enemies through short, fierce military campaigns. It’s also been referred to as a “lightning war.”

We’re all friends now, of course, but can the term be applied to what the German automakers want to do to Tesla, the scrappy American automaker?

Tesla, as everyone knows, continues to do the impossible by shattering expectations of what a car company should be. Unlike established automakers, it doesn’t have a dealer network, it sells only electric cars, and its best-selling car is only 3 years old.

Yet the Model S is hands-down the most popular electric car in the world.

Can the German juggernauts stop it?

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The New Breed of Super SUVs

September 3rd, 2015


Some SUVs are beginning to defy the logic of SUVs.

The SUV, or sport utility vehicle, originally started to give families an option for transporting large quantities of children and gear while having the capability to traverse paths untouched by humanity’s paving machines.

SUVs were not meant to compete with sports cars or out-accelerate supercars.

Some of the latest versions, though, are doing just that and blurring the lines between sport and utility.

One such SUV is described like this:

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Tesla Model S Turns Dial to Eleven, Breaks Consumer Reports’ Scale

September 1st, 2015


Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors have been building cars in this country for over 100 years. During that time they have produced vehicles deserving of tremendous praise as well as vehicles that are better off forgotten.

Consumer Reports, the American magazine that reviews everything from cars to stereo equipment, has been doing its thing since 1936.

In all that time, never has an American automaker produced a vehicle CR found to be perfect.

Tesla, the American maker of electric cars, sold its first Model S in 2012. That’s just three short years ago and about 100 years after the Big Three automakers got their starts.

You’ve probably heard the news by now, but the newest Model S just scored a 103 on the CR scale that, until now, only went to 100. The 80-year-old magazine has called the vehicle the best car it has ever tested.

This is quite the embarrassment to every other automaker on the planet and will undoubtedly be a major source of pride for Tesla.

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Have Hypercars Met Their Nemesis?

August 21st, 2015

Trion Nemesis

It’s time for your Friday dose of extreme unobtainable automobile extravagance.

Today’s example comes from the U.S. state of California, where a 2,000-horsepower hypercar is said to be capable of completing the 0-60 sprint in 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 290 miles per hour.

All that insanity comes from a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8.

Sound too good to be true?

It probably is.

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Should a First Car Be a Supercar?

August 18th, 2015

2006 Lamborghini Murcielago

Life is good when your first car is a Lamborghini.

At least, it appears to be good if you’re the kid enjoying the attention your car generates. Onlookers, on the other hand, will assume the kid behind the wheel is either a spoiled a brat or a rebel secretly taking his dad’s car out for a spin.

Kids everywhere dream of owning a supercar as their first vehicle, but there aren’t too many in the world who actually see it happen. The ones who do are proof that no child, regardless of wealth, should ever get behind the wheel of anything but an Accord.

I sometimes participate on the Q&A website Quora, where this question was posed:

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Jaguars and Spyders and Ghosts, Oh My!
Or: How We Lived the Good Life at NEMPA’s 2015 Ragtop Ramble

July 23rd, 2015

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost
We had just finished considering whether or not our current car would be held in such high regard if it came packaged with a different badge on the steering wheel. Would it elicit stares and draw myriad cell phones, all pointed in our direction, as it does now? Surely, plush carpeting and massaging seats are common enough nowadays to be found in a Kia K900 or a Hyundai Equus, let alone one of the more and more ubiquitous luxury brands. Was our car really so special?

Then we saw it. Driven by what very well may have been a chauffeur, a brand spanking new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG pulled alongside us and, sure enough, compelled my co-driver to utter the following:

“Ha! Peasant.”

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Which Cars Still Look Great After Decades on the Road?

July 10th, 2015
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The Ferrari Testarossa: Still a good-looking car!

If your family is anything like mine, going on a road trip generates plenty of interesting conversation. In many families, those conversations often end with intense bickering, due to heated opinions.

I’m lucky because our conversations tend to revolve around cars, but that doesn’t mean they’re not heated.

When the topic of cars that still look great after a couple decades came up, there were two distinct opinions .

The conversation began when a late model Ferrari California drove by while we shopped in the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.

Our daughter thought the Ferrari was a Porsche and pointed it out first. Thus began the Great Debate of 2015.

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Why the Lamborghini Urus Doesn’t Make Sense

June 3rd, 2015

Lamborghini Urus

Don’t kid yourself. You’re not going to buy the new Lamborghini SUV. You’ll be excited about it and eat up all the blog posts announcing its imminent arrival, but you won’t step foot in a Lambo dealership unless you’re just there to ogle.

Trust me when I say that Lamborghini dealerships don’t exactly smile upon oglers (I had a bad experience).

Yes, the Lamborghini Urus, or whatever its production moniker becomes, will sell out, just not to folks like you and me. And not because of financial reasons alone.

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