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  • Driven: 2010 Lexus HS250h (470 views)

    By Jason Christa on May 26, 2009 12 a.m.

    Don’t call it a Prius. First of all, the Lexus HS250h only gets a combined fuel economy average of 35 miles per gallon, compared to the Prius’s 50. They appeal to separate segments, have different engines, and the HS has many features unavailable to the Prius. The two cars even look totally different. The HS has had enough of being compared to its downmarket Toyota cousin.

  • First Look: 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo (483 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on May 22, 2009 12 a.m.

    We first saw the BMW 5-Series GT Concept at this year's Geneva Motor Show, but now the official images and details about the Funky Five have been released, set for a 2010 model year debut. In a way, the 5 GT follows in the footsteps of the BMW X6 in the world of gender-bending vehicles. The GT will fall in between the new 5-Series sedan and wagon in terms of interior volume and size.

  • Blog: A New Lease on Life for Detroit (379 views)

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

    The daily headlines have been full of news about the bailout of the U.S. auto industry from its various problems. As interesting as such details are, I’d like to suggest that they aren’t the important part of the story for automotive enthusiasts. In a dramatically changing automobile industry, what we’ve witnessed up ‘til now is more like the preparation for the invasion of Iraq. We’re entering the phase where we actually invade. But the hard parts and the decisive parts start after that. Or, if you prefer a happier analogy, we’ve been witnessing the prep for the wedding. Now we’re ...

  • SVT Contours Star At Spring Zing (938 views)

    By Christopher Smith on May 19, 2009 12 a.m.

    Ford’s Tempo replacement in the mid-1990s only had a six-year production run, but when engineers from Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) got their hands on the Contour for the 1998 model year, few people could’ve anticipated the cult following that would follow.

  • Driven: 2010 Lexus IS Convertible (590 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on May 18, 2009 12 a.m.

    We love convertibles, as our readers probably already know. So when Lexus asked us to take the new IS C for a spin, we happily obliged. The motto for the drop-top version of the IS is “Live a little, a lot.” With this in mind, and with sunscreen at hand, we headed to the Southern California coast for some top-down driving.

  • Driven: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (647 views)

    By Matt Davis on May 04, 2009 12 a.m.

    Elegance on wheels elegantly wafting o’er the Tuscan hills: that’s all the new E-class coupe wants to be and do for you. —Florence, Italy One of the bigger sensations of the 2009 Geneva Motor Show this past March was the long-telegraphed intro of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan (designation “W212”) and coupe (“C207”). Naturally, the sedan is solid and enjoyable, but the coupe needs to be sultry. And it is sultry enough.

  • List: Ten of Our Favorite Motorcycles from the Movies (22078 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on April 29, 2009 12 a.m.

    Behold our incomplete list of our favorite motorcycles in the movies. We limited our list to ten, so we know there are scores of other bikes from movies we didn’t mention (Purple Rain, On Any Sunday, Officer and a Gentleman, Blade II, Mask, etc.)

  • First Look: 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (759 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on April 24, 2009 12 a.m.

    It's now been thirteen years since we've seen a Corvette Grand Sport, but Chevrolet has decided to resurrect this special moniker for the 2010 Corvette. The standard LS3 engine has not been changed, but even so, 430 horsepower (or 436 with the optional exhaust) is nothing to complain about. The Grand Sport replaces the original Z51 performance package, but will offer a host of upgrades which bring the standard 'Vette close to Z06 performance. Both coupe and convertible variants will be offered, as well as a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

  • First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz S63, S65 AMG (587 views)

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

    Mercedes-Benz launched the S400 Hybrid and S600 versions of the 2010 S-Class at the New York Auto Show earlier this month, but we now have the official details about the "turned up to eleven" S63 and S65 AMG. No drastic power numbers have been tweaked -- the S63's 6.2-liter V-8 cranks out 525 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, and the S65's twin-turbo V-12 boasts 612 horsepower and 738 pound-feet. Additionally, the engines have been slightly tweaked to improve fuel economy, though we're sure that Green-minded car buyers aren't exactly looking for anything with an AMG badge.

  • First Look: 2010 Audi Q7 (782 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on April 15, 2009 12 a.m.

    Audi has released the 2010 Audi Q7 SUV, and it has received some minor changes. On the outside, it now has some LEDs up front, and the rear lights are also LED. The front bumper and tailgate have been slightly reshaped.