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Job One for Shelby GT350R at Flat Rock

In 1965, Ford and Carroll Shelby developed a road-racing version of the popular Ford Mustang – the Shelby GT350 Competition model. Continue reading

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Test Drive – 2016 Honda HR-V, a Pint Sized CR-V

The new Honda HR-V is – technically – a subcompact, a notch down in size from the compact-sized CR-V (which Honda sells a bunch of). However, the difference between the two is mostly footprint-wise. The newest littlest Honda crossover is about a foot shorter overall than the CR-V. Inside, though, the subcompact HR-V actually has more backseat legroom than its, err, bigger brother. Almost ide Continue reading

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Test Drives – Scion iA and iM

Scion, the youth brand of Toyota, will start selling a new iA sedan and an iM 4-door hatchback this September at 1000 dealers. In a long overdue response to Korean marketing techniques – over-equip, then underprice – the Scion iA and iM are loaded with technology with few options. Continue reading

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Test Drive – 2016 Hyundai Tucson Gen Three

Caveat here: The whole industry is moving at a rapid pace toward small displacement force-fed engines, but the real world fuel economy improvements – if any – are heavily dependent on where you drive and how smooth your driving technique is. In stop and go conditions – whether induced by traffic or by drivers that are first to every red light with late braking will not see any gains in our experience. For these people, the new Tucson’s fuel tank has been increased by 1.1 gallons. Continue reading

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‘Affordable’ McLaren Sports Series in Pre-Production

The McLaren Production Centre in Woking, England is now in the pre-production phase for the Sports Series 570S and 540C Coupé that go on sale this fall. These are so called affordable models, if your definition of attainable encompasses ~$200,000. Continue reading

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Driving the 2016 Fiat 500 X

Maybe Fiat has finally found the sweet spot? Continue reading

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Driving the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat

A 707 horsepower car that can be driven around like any other car. Consider that any ’60s or ’70s-era muscle car that could run a sub-12-second quarter-mile was not street-drivable. Continue reading

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Audi A3 Sportback Plug-in Hybrid Priced $38,825 to $47,725

The plug-hybrid will be the first electrified Audi sold here when it goes on sale in October. EPA figures will be announced once they are available from U.S. regulators. Continue reading

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze Debuts in Detroit

The new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is a design hybrid too, but it is a much better execution for U.S. customers. In the United States, Cruze sales were 273,060 in 2014 – a 10% increase compared to 2013. It is also the segment’s second-best seller to customers under 25 years old in the U.S., and it has doubled share here from the 2009-2010 period when the old Cobalt was being replaced by the current generation Cruz. No reason why Cruze sales will not keep growing, unless GM gets greedy on the introductory pricing. Continue reading

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2016 Camaro Convertible Revealed

General Motors North American President Alan Batey unveils the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible this morning in Detroit, Michigan. The Camaro convertible has a hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, when the top is lowered and stowed. It is capable of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph. Continue reading

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2016 Chevy Cruze Debuts end of June, on Sale this Winter

The current Cruze is a design hybrid since its engineering was done at Opel in Germany and Daewoo in Korea. North American versions went into production at Lordstown, Ohio during the summer of 2010. Unlike the last time around where Cruz after being on sale for years in 60 countries debuted in the U.S. last because of complications and delays caused by the GM bankruptcy. Now, Cruze will debut first here. Continue reading

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US Mazda MX-5 Miata Production Begins in Japan

In the usual automaker attempt to boost revenues on a new model, the Launch Edition roadsters sold in the U.S. have different badging and an MSRP of $30,495. Continue reading

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New Alfa Romeo Engines Coming

FCA (Fiat Chrysler) will invest more than $540 million to produce two new engines for its Alfa Romeo as part its latest attempt to revive the once proud Italian brand. Continue reading

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Gen 9 Malibu Debuts in New York

The main selling point aside from sleek styling appears to fuel economy with the hybrid version at a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, 47 mpg combined; now leading the segment. The Malibu’s standard 1.5-liter turbo powertrain is projected at 37 mpg highway. (We will see for how long these numbers impress since the technologies used are well-know and available to all makers.) Continue reading

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Toyota and Lexus to Introduce Low Cost Automatic Braking

From a significance point of view the new Lexus RX – the crossover SUV built from the Camry in the last century that caught the Detroit Three and the Germans napping and ultimately propelled Lexus into the number one spot of U.S. luxury car sales is oen to watch. Early previews reveal a radically style fastback that aside from the now expected and highly controversial exaggerated snout grille, seems to trade off utility for flash. Continue reading

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