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  • List: New GM/Segway PUMA and other Personal Mobility Vehicles (6805 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on April 07, 2009 12 a.m.

    In the spirit of desperation innovation, General Motors and Segway unveiled their joint personal mobility vehicle project PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility) prototype in New York. The two-seated vehicle will feature the two-wheel balancing technology of the Segway, as well as connectivity between other PUMAs that will enhance safety and communication while zipping around town.

  • Driven: 2010 Mazda3 (1423 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on April 06, 2009 12 a.m.

    When you think about driving along the mountain roads of southern California, your brain immediately fixates on images of Lotus Elises and Porsche Boxsters as potential quick-footed dance partners for a day of driving fun. But in reality, any car with nimble steering, a taught suspension, and a bit of pep in its step can give similar pleasures. Take our 2010 Mazda3, for example. We spent many hours throwing it through a seemingly endless series of back-and-forth, left-and-right turns, and walked away feeling quite satisfied. The previous generation 3 was seriously fun in these conditions. We’re happy to report that ...

  • First Look: 2010 GMC Terrain Shows Its Face (480 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on April 05, 2009 12 a.m.

    General Motors sure does enjoy badge engineering. We just saw the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox for the first time this past January along with Cadillac's new SRX, but instead of making a replacement for the outgoing Pontiac Torrent, the General decided to add another vehicle into GMC's product line -- the 2010 Terrain.

  • First Look: BMW X5 And X6 Get The M Treatment For New York (365 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on April 04, 2009 12 a.m.

    File both of these in the "utterly pointless yet totally awesome" category. BMW will be officially unveiling the new X5 M and X6 M at the New York Auto Show next week, but the official details and photos have just now leaked out onto the web. Both of these newcomers mark BMW's first application of all-wheel drive on an M vehicle, and while we don't exactly see them selling in droves, we're confident that they'll both be an absolute hoot to motor around in.

  • Analysis: The Lessons of Rick Wagoner’s Demise (355 views)

    By Tom Martin on April 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    I confess to having mixed emotions about the Obama administration’s move over the weekend to throw Rick Wagoner under the Escalade. On the one hand, Mr. Wagoner was pretty clearly toast last fall. He had to get the axe, at a minimum for political reasons, but for sound reasons as well.

  • Driven: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, Decisions Decisions… (855 views)

    By Rex Roy on March 30, 2009 12 a.m.

    The obvious comparisons surrounding the all-new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro pit the reconstituted pony car against the Mustang and Challenger. Well duh. We submit, however, that the obvious overlooks something right before your eyes; a Camaro versus Camaro face off.

  • Driven: 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe (1797 views)

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

    We had a chance to drive several Hyundai Genesis Coupes this week at Hyundai’s launch event outside of Las Vegas. Our summary: The Genesis Coupe is both intriguing and confusing; kind of like a girlfriend you probably had once (or have now).

  • List: Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles Throughout History (3001 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on March 26, 2009 12 a.m.

    We love cars here at NextAutos. We also love barbeques. We especially love barbeque cars. It should make sense, then, with barbeque season fast approaching, that we find ourselves daydreaming about hot dogs.

  • Driven: 2010 Toyota Prius (739 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 (780 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.