By Seyth Miersma on March 11, 2009 12 a.m.
Ross Brawn—former technical director of the highly successful Ferrari Formula 1 team and last year’s Team Principal at Honda F1—announced last week that he had bought out the former Honda team, restyling the outfit as the Brawn GP team.
By Seyth Miersma on March 02, 2009 12 a.m.
With the Geneva Motor Show opening its doors to the press for the 79th time this week, we thought it appropriate to compile a list of some of our favorite cars from the show throughout the decades. Geneva’s reputation for being a styling showcase has lead to some fascinating launches through the years, with production and concept cars that are at the bleeding edge of European design.
Driven: 2008 BMW 123d (1535 views)
By Steven J. Ewing on February 27, 2009 12 a.m.
America would really like this car. The BMW 1-Series is a fantastic little creature, and we like it so much that it earned the honor of being one of our favorite cars in 2008. Furthermore, the American automotive marketplace is in dire need of more fuel-efficient vehicles, and we’re slowly starting to see clean diesel cars trickle into our pond from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen. Looking past the oil-burning powerplant, the 1-Series hatchback configuration is incredibly more useful than the lonely coupe and convertible options that we have currently. Americans are finally starting to warm up to the idea of ...
List: Ten GM Performance Cars That Will Never Exist (1281 views)
By Steven J. Ewing on February 19, 2009 12 a.m.
The news has already broken that GM is putting all of its high-performance vehicles (save the Corvette) on an indefinite hold, so don't expect to see anything new with an SS or V badge on it. That's right -- all SS-badged Chevys, V-series Cadillacs, and eight-cylinder Colorados are being suspended until further notice, leaving GM to instead focus on fuel-efficient offerings and bringing up the overall quality on its bread-and-butter models.
By John Beltz Snyder on February 11, 2009 12 a.m.
With the recent announcement of Bob Lutz’s impending retirement from General Motors as Vice Chairman of Global Product Development, we thought it would be time to take a look at a few of the things for which Maximum Bob will be remembered.
By John Beltz Snyder on January 28, 2009 12 a.m.
“Beautiful” may not be the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of Subaru vehicles throughout history. If you’re like us, though, these cars have some sort of affinity that reaches beyond mere looks. Whether one defines beauty as physical or, well, something else, we at NextAutos agree that these are the Ten Most Beautiful Subarus (in no particular order).
Driven: 2009 Nissan 370Z (1192 views)
By Seyth Miersma on December 24, 2008 12 a.m.
Downshifting from third into second for an especially tight right-hander, Nissan’s 370Z makes a soaring, rev-matching howl that radiates through the desert like thrown-stone ripples in a quiet pool. It’s the sort of bellicose and randy whine that alerts motor-minded schoolboys to prick up their ears, setting the would-be racer’s heart to flutter. The uninitiated might assume that the sonorous growl of a lone sports car in the desert may simply evaporate into the vast distance, but our tour of the stark, southern Nevada moonscape in the newest Z proved that to be untrue, with the hard scrabble surfaces acting ...
List: A Dozen Movie Star Corvettes (11432 views)
By Seyth Miersma on December 17, 2008 12 a.m.
Most of us will agree that Chevrolet’s Corvette has been an automotive star since day one. That stardom has been borne out in Hollywood over the years, where filmmakers have chosen to give Corvettes prominent roles in their films for upwards of fifty years. Thanks to the twin magical resources of the Internet Movie Database , and the too often overlooked Internet Movie Car Database , we’ve been able to compile a list of a dozen notable Vettes as seen on the silver screen. Our list is by no means complete (as we’re sure you’ll point out) but it’s a ...
Driven: Honeywell BMW X5 3.0d (612 views)
By Steven J. Ewing on December 15, 2008 12 a.m.
It's no secret that we American automotive journalists are anxiously awaiting the arrival of BMW's new U.S.-spec diesel offerings, the 335d and X5 xDrive35d. In the meantime, however, the folks at Honeywell (who specialize in turbo technologies) provided us with a Euro-spec X5 3.0d for a week in order for us to experience BMW's current diesel offerings.
Driven: 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Coupe (639 views)
By Steven J. Ewing on December 09, 2008 12 a.m.
When General Motors introduced the first Chevrolet Cobalt SS for 2005, it was praised within the sport compact scene for its supercharged power and relatively cheap price point, though the car didn’t really have the overall refinement to make it something extra special. Thus, Chevy has gone back to the drawing board and come up with something it can really be proud of. This latest addition to the Cobalt lineup was tuned and tested on Germany’s Nürburgring and finally has the power and poise to be taken seriously as a true performance car.