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2014 New York International Auto Show Gallery, Part 1

April 19th, 2014

We came away from the 2014 New York International Auto Show so loaded with great images of fantastic cars that we wanted to put together a quick slideshow of some of our favorites for you. The show will offer a great time to car fans of any age, and as usual, it offers plenty of interactive fun as well as stands full of gorgeous new cars. Attendees can participate in the “Camp Jeep Ride Along” on an obstacle course or take a quick trip in Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle. Multiple simulators will keep gamers battling on electronic tracks, and Spongebob Squarepants will make an appearance.

The New York International Auto Show runs through April 27th, and anyone interested in attending or keeping tabs on the excitement should check out the NYIAS app and look for the official #NYIAS hashtag in social media.

Which is your favorite car at this year’s New York Auto Show?

-hollerin

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Another Fuel-Efficient Honda Bites the Dust

March 3rd, 2014

Honda Insight

Way back in 1999, Honda released a funky little car with an electric motor, a gas motor and enclosed rear wheels. The Insight was successful as a niche car and gained a cult following, but never had mainstream success and died a quick death.

Just 5 years ago, Honda released a new version of the Insight, built to nearly identical specs as the much more popular Toyota Prius. The Insight took the Prius’ shape, but lacked a certain something we in the car business like to call “fuel economy and performance.”

Honda likes to believe it’s a leader in hybrid technology, but it has trailed the competition since hybrid technology became a thing.

Want proof? The Insight is about to die. Again.

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World’s First Porsche Much Like a 2014 Porsche

February 4th, 2014

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The Porsche P1 might be considered rare by some people. It’s an electric model, so you might think it’s a fairly recent development, but in fact the P1 is an 1898 model.

Yes, that’s right. The world’s first Porsche was built in 1898. As in 116 years ago.

The small, open-top car was built by Ferdinand Porsche when he was just 22. It’s the first car he ever built.

Some 30 years later, the same Ferdinand Porsche would form a company that initially designed German tanks for WWII and then vehicles such as the original Volkswagen Beetle. After the war, the company focused on building sports cars, and the first Porsche under that umbrella was the Type 356 in 1948.

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How to Go Electric for the First Time

December 5th, 2013

2013 Nissan Leaf

What’ll it be:

A new Nissan Leaf for less than $25,000, a new Chevy Volt for around $37,000, a new Cadillac ELR for $76,000, a new Tesla Model S for upwards of $80,000 or maybe the new BMW i3 or i8 or Mercedes-Benz B-Class electric?

A growing number of used electrics are also hitting the market. Prices for those range from the high teens to $400,000. (More on that later.)

How’s a car shopper supposed to decide the best course of action to go electric for the first time?

Read on, friends, for the answer awaits.

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Ready for a Scion FR-S Sedan?

October 24th, 2013

Toyota GT 86 sedan

Oh, Auto Express, we love your rumors and enthusiastic reporting on yet-to-be-produced vehicles and the unnamed sources who out them early.

While your stories are often outrageous and your journalistic qualities somewhat questionable, we have to admit you seem to have a knack for getting things right, or at least close to it.

So when I read your story that Toyota might consider building a sedan version of the rear-wheel-drive GT-86 sports car, my initial reaction was to say, “Yeah, right.” But then I considered your track record and compared it with the fact that Toyota’s head honcho, Akio Toyoda, has injected the brand with a healthy dose of fun and seems ready to try all sorts of new things.

And a RWD sports sedan would definitely be new.

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Sophisticated Mediocrity

September 24th, 2013

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

Nothing illustrates how far hybrid technology has come in the last decade better than the Honda Accord.

Built from 2004-2006, the first Accord Hybrid achieved up to 33 miles per gallon and cost just over $30,000 new. It’s combined EPA rating of 28 mpg was only slightly better than a 4-cylinder gas-only Accord’s, which scored a 24 mpg combined rating and got up to 31 mpg on the highway.

Obviously, the equation didn’t work out, and people shied away from the hybrid. I remember driving one back in 2004 and noticing the split-second pause when the engine transitioned between gas and electric power. Needless to say, it wasn’t an impressive car.

Can the 2014 Accord Hybrid make up for its predecessor’s follies?

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Should Cars Be Banned in Downtown Areas?

September 18th, 2013

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How does the future of driving look to you?

More specifically, how does the future of driving in big cities look to you? In the coming years and decades, there’s no question that the face of driving in large, congested cities will change. The clogged streets of New York City and the infamous standstills of Los Angeles will most likely not look the way they do today.

As small city cars begin to infiltrate the roads and public transportation options persuade people away from vehicles, it’s pretty certain that city driving will change over the years.

One country, in fact, wants to ban gas-powered cars from cities altogether.

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Cars Coming Soon: Hypercars from McLaren and SSC

May 23rd, 2013
SSC Tuatara

SSC Tuatara

By the end of this year two of the fastest, most extreme cars to ever grace the earth will be available to discerning buyers. More accurately, they will begin to be delivered to buyers who ordered them well in advance.

McLaren and SSC (formerly Shelby SuperCars) have released more details about their shiver-inducing machines and the timing of their releases, which should be close enough to stage some pretty intense comparison testing. Instead of racing to 60 miles per hour, though, these cars will be measured by the time it takes to approach 200.

With around 2,200 horsepower between the two cars and prices well above a million dollars each, 2013 should end with a blistering battle for supercar supremacy.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Terrafugia Flying Car, Version 2.0

May 9th, 2013

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I spent the final night of 1989 at a bowling alley. At 12 years old, my parents wanted to make that New Year’s Eve memorable and took my brothers and I midnight bowling.

I remember feeling a sense of awe that the calendar was about to switch the 1990s. It sounded so futuristic and had the potential to be the decade that would bring on the realization of a future I’d seen in the movies. I half expected to see flying cars in the sky on the ride home in those first hours of the 1990s.

Of course, all the 1990s brought us was email, the Internet and Vanilla Ice. Not a single flying car anywhere in the world.

If only the 12-year-old me from 1990 could have seen what Terrafugia has planned in the second decade of the 21st century!

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Cars Coming Soon: Diesel-Powered Chrysler 200 and 300?

April 4th, 2013

2013 Chrysler 300

I’ve been a card-carrying member of the diesel fan club for many years. The benefits of longevity and fuel economy speak for themselves, but the advancement of gasoline engines has significantly narrowed the gap in recent years.

The average cost of diesel fuel remains well above that of regular unleaded, and diesel cars typically cost much more than the same model powered by a gasoline engine. So have oil burners lost their edge? Chrysler doesn’t think so, as its turbodiesel V6 could start showing up in more models.

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