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  • Blog: GM 4.0 - Corvette to the Rescue? (1030 views)

    By Tom Martin on July 27, 2009 12 a.m.

    I have noted in my previous blogs on GM 4.0 that GM’s remaining core problem is with branding, now that its’ former biggest problems – unit costs and scale costs – are being dealt with through bankruptcy. By branding, I don’t mean marketing B.S., I mean the entire set of perceptions and beliefs that consumers hold about your company or its divisions. Branding addresses the expectations customers have about things they can’t see on a spec sheet or a test drive. It also covers their understanding about how others will perceive what they drive. That stuff is very important.

  • Keepers: Mazda RX-7—Community (527 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 24, 2009 12 a.m.

    As one would expect with niche, Japanese tuner cars such as the RX-7, there exists a very dedicated enthusiast community that loves to tweak, tune, and show these cars off every bit as much as driving them.

  • The Saga of "Our" 24 Hours of LeMons Car (629 views)

    By Tom Martin on July 24, 2009 12 a.m.

    You may remember a couple months ago, we asked you to give us some ideas for a 24 Hours of LeMons car. In case you missed it, this slightly absurd parody of the French classic, is an endurance race for cars costing $500 or less. Back then, we had just emptied the Winding Road staff's pocket change into a number 10 business envelope and sent it as our sponsorship package to some hapless college students masquerading as a "race team." We also promised to help by enlisting the crack Winding Road readership in suggesting the perfect car/weapon for trouncing LeMons ...

  • First Look: 2010 Victory Cross Roads & Cross Country (1616 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on July 24, 2009 12 a.m.

    Victory unveiled the 2010 Cross Roads and the Cross Country yesterday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The design of the bikes has been taken from the CORE concept bike, which was displayed at the New York International Motorcycle Show.

  • List: Ten Worst Cars for Lambo Doors (1229 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on July 23, 2009 12 a.m.

    Everybody knows that putting wing-style Lamborghini doors on almost any vehicle significantly improves its appearance. This, however, is sadly not universal. For the sake of all that is tasteful, we present our list of the Ten Worst Cars for Lambo Doors.

  • Driven: 2010 Buick LaCrosse (1055 views)

    By Tom Martin on July 21, 2009 12 a.m.

    On several occasions during this bleak period for General Motors, we’ve pointed out that GM has the engineering talent to go toe-to-toe with other high-volume car manufacturers (we already know they can do trucks). Exhibit A is the Cadillac CTS. Now we have Exhibit B: the Buick LaCrosse.

  • First Look: 2010 Acura ZDX (436 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on July 20, 2009 12 a.m.

    Acura's genre-bending ZDX debuted in prototype form earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, but parent company Honda has officially spilled the beans about the ZDX's inner workings, along with releasing a few production photos. Not much has changed from the original prototype shown in the Big Apple, save the natural toning down of concept-happy lighting.

  • Keepers: Mazda RX-7—Shopping (667 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 17, 2009 12 a.m.

    There’s a good deal of trepidation among first-time Mazda RX-7 shoppers, especially when it comes to the twin-turbo FD-series. The unique rotary engine comes with its own set of issues that generally stem from abuse or poor maintenance, so the key to getting the most from an FD-series RX-7 is knowing how to properly take care of it. Excessive heat is a quick killer for these cars, and the stock temperature gauge doesn’t do a great job of relaying vital information in time to prevent disaster. The under hood hoses are prone to drying out and cracking, so inspect them ...

  • Keepers: Mazda RX-7 (765 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 14, 2009 12 a.m.

    A perennial favorite of sports car enthusiasts worldwide, the Mazda RX-7 exemplifies the epitome of balanced handling, graceful lines, and communicative controls; three very important ingredients in creating a quintessential driver’s car. As good as the early-generation RX-7s were however, they still lacked a key fourth ingredient—power.

  • Driven: 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT (1921 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 14, 2009 12 a.m.

    For a company as small and idiosyncratic as Subaru, launching a wholly new contender for the high stakes midsize market is a really big deal. The automaker is rightly aware that its 2010 Legacy won’t be overtaking the sales numbers of stalwarts Accord or Camry any time soon, but Subaru has high hopes and broad targets for the all-new sedan, nevertheless. The stated goal for the Legacy is to become the, “Driver’s car of the midsize segment.” Consider us intrigued.