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  • Driven: 2010 Toyota Prius (736 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on March 25, 2009 12 a.m.

    It has become almost passé to criticize Toyota products for being rather soulless, yet utterly effective, to drive. Prius, especially in the ubiquity that it has earned in its last generation, has toiled famously under the “appliance” descriptor—serving up masses of consumers with a high-mileage, low-effort driving experience. And while enthusiast-minded detractors everywhere may take issue with the very notion, the good people at Toyota Motor Corporation are well aware of their cars’ snoozing reputation and are far more willing than one might expect to create a different identity for their brand.

  • Driven: 2010 BMW Z4 (777 views)

    By Matt Davis on March 20, 2009 12 a.m.

    Two market segments in particular have been decimated by the Great Recession. First, the Bentley-Ferrari-Porsche 911 area has effectively been castrated in the past six months. Second, there are the smaller two-seater premium Euro roadsters we all love so well in the best of times: Porsche Boxster, Mercedes SLK, Audi TT Roadster, and BMW Z4. For these little guys, emasculation similes do not suffice.

  • List: Top 10 Sporting BMWs Of The Past 50 Years (2168 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on March 19, 2009 12 a.m.

    We're right on the heels of getting the first drive impressions about BMW's latest Z4 hardtop roadster. Because of this, we began to think about the sporty, road-going BMWs of the past and how there have been a few really great cars that have come from the fine folks in Munich. Thus, we present our list of the top ten sporty BMW's from the last fifty years.

  • Driven: 2010 Kia Soul Sport (1318 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on March 12, 2009 12 a.m.

    When an automaker launches a new vehicle, there’s usually a lot of corporate enthusiasm built in. All of the engineers, executives, and public relations people get really excited about their latest and greatest offering, and in turn, they hope that the automotive press feels that excitement, too. The Kia people are no different in this regard but, given the automaker’s rather bland current lineup, it’s been harder for them to sell it.

  • List: The Top 10 Most Futile Formula 1 Teams of All-Time (678 views)

    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.

  • List: Ten Great Concepts from Geneva Motor Show History (1852 views)

    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 (1542 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 (1289 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.

  • List: The Legacy of “Maximum” Bob Lutz in Seven Parts (657 views)

    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.

  • List: Top Ten Most Beautiful Subarus (In No Particular Order) (11514 views)

    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).