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  • First Look: 2010 BMW 5-Series (952 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on November 23, 2009 2:27 p.m.

    BMW unveiled its all new, sixth-generation 5-Series today in Munich, Germany, bringing to an end a lengthy wait to have a first look at the new car, and instantly offering a stern competitor for the recently launched Mercedes-Benz E-Class line.

  • Spy Shots: Updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class (690 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on November 23, 2009 12:12 p.m.

  • Video: Erik Buell Racing Announced (305 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on November 23, 2009 10:11 a.m.

    Erik Buell, after Harley-Davidson decided to discontinue production of Buell motorcycles, has announced Eric Buell Racing, an independent race shop.

  • Keepers: Volkswagen Golf GTI Mark II—Shopping (815 views)

    By Christopher Smith on November 21, 2009 12 a.m.

    Locating a Mark II GTI in stock condition is about as difficult as eating chocolate pudding with chopsticks. The situation is further complicated by age; the newest Mark II GTI is still 17 years old, so when shopping for a GTI, standard used-car guidelines should be followed to the letter. The good news is that these cars are generally available in good condition for less than $5000, with “project cars” going for even less.

  • Spy Shots: BMW 1-Series Hybrid In Adorable Hatchback Form (460 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on November 19, 2009 12 a.m.

    Lately, we’ve seen many examples of updated BMWs coming through the espionage pipeline. These latest spy shots, though, aren’t just another appearance update. Take a close look at the sticker on the window and under the license plate. It reads, in plain English, “Hybrid Test Vehicle.” Caught in Munich, the 1-series appears to be following in the tire tracks of the 7-Series and X6 ActiveHybrid models we have already seen.

  • Driven: 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Touring (747 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on November 18, 2009 12 a.m.

    We're fresh from the driver's seat of the newest addition to the Lancer Evo fast family, the mildly more grown up MR Touring model. Mitsubishi has got a lot happening at its event in Palm Springs, California this afternoon (stay tuned for much more from this desert trip in coming days), but we felt we'd be remiss if we didn't check in with a few quick thoughts about the new Evo.

  • Driven: 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe, Sentra, and Versa Hatchback (6556 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on November 17, 2009 12 a.m.

    We drive the 2010 Altima Coupe, Sentra Sedan, and Versa Hatchback back-to-back-to-back to see what the refreshed line is made of.

  • Keepers: Volkswagen Golf GTI Mark II (1688 views)

    By Christopher Smith on November 16, 2009 12 a.m.

    Browse through the pages of just about any history book on performance vehicles, and the term “hot hatch” will inevitably show up, usually in close proximity to the letters GTI. The formula is a familiar one—take a rather unassuming, practical car, add performance goodness, and simmer until frothy and delicious. Volkswagen followed this recipe back in 1976 with the Rabbit, turning the small, three-door hatchback into a pocket-rocket GTI. It wasn’t a terribly fast car, but it made all the right noises while offering ballet-dancer balance and super-glue grip. The term “hot hatch” was born, though six years would pass ...

  • Driven: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour (3354 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on November 15, 2009 12:59 p.m.

    Let’s face it—the latest trend of sleek-lined crossovers is here to stay, and we can look forward to more and more manufacturers creating new vehicles based on this larger design ethos. (See what you’ve done, BMW X6?) So Honda, known for game-changing products, was certain to remind us that the brand new Accord Crosstour had been in the works for many years. “We had been planning this one since before anyone even saw the X6,” we were assured by one executive. When we asked if the Crosstour was in any way developed alongside the recently released Acura ZDX, we were ...

  • Driven: 2011 Kia Sorento (4983 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on November 15, 2009 12:55 p.m.

    To say that Kia has made a lot of changes to the Sorento for the 2011 model year doesn’t quite capture the spirit of it. It’s roomier, lighter, more efficient, offers different powertrain options, and is built in the U.S. to boot. While it is by all means a crossover, Kia has tried to keep the new Sorento from falling in with the rest of the herd, and has created what promises to be a formidable competitor in the otherwise dreary and uninspired segment of affordable CUVs.