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  • Driven: The Softer Side of Mustang (501 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on August 04, 2009 12 a.m.

    In generations past, the convertible versions of Ford’s Mustang have offered relatively cheap, fast, open top motoring, but not without paying a pretty big dynamic price. Despite Bill Ford’s proclaiming the Mustang convertible has his desert island vehicle of choice (see above for one of the nearly unforgettable “No Boundaries” commercials from earlier in the decade), driver’s interested in a real performance vehicle have always been forced to opt for the tin-top pony car. The convertible has always suffered from far too much chassis flex to make it serviceable as anything more serious than a quick, weekend tourer—sorry Bill.

  • First Look: 2011 Nissan Leaf EV (344 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on August 03, 2009 12 a.m.

    Nissan unveiled its all-new electric vehicle called the Leaf yesterday, which is to be launched in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. in late 2010.

  • Driven: 2010 Ford Flex EcoBoost—The Flattop Flexes its Muscles (1007 views)

    By Rex Roy on August 03, 2009 12 a.m.

    Ford Motor Company talks about its Plan For Sustainability at nearly every major product press conference. The plan highlights how FoMoCo will deliver vehicles that people will want to drive while meeting the government's new CAFE and emissions regulations. Greenies and government types rejoice when they hear phrases like "enhanced sustainability," and "reduction in carbon consumption."

  • First Look: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi (675 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 30, 2009 12 a.m.

    Suzuki officially debuted its all-new Kizashi midsize sedan today, showing a car that is at once more premium and aspirational than anything the company has offered to date in North America, as well as more risky. That’s ok with Suzuki, which claims to be ready to, “Enter a field already saturated with countless nondescript transportation appliances.” Game on, old guard.

  • Driven: 2009 Bugatti Grand Sport—Demoralize Thy Neighbor (580 views)

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

    Many delineate wealth simply as The Haves and The Have Nots. For those who have had enjoyed any sum of money, you know that classifying wealth is not nearly so simple. There are The Have Nothings, The Have Less Than I Do, The Have More Than I Do, The Have More Than I Ever Will, and The Have More Than I Can Ever Imagine.

  • First Look: 2010 Acura MDX And RDX (1290 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on July 29, 2009 12 a.m.

  • Keepers: GMC Syclone/Typhoon (1008 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 28, 2009 12 a.m.

    Nothing seems to polarize motoring enthusiasts more than the concept of a performance truck, and the NextAutos office is no exception. What kind of absurd mentality could ever conceive such an abomination as a utilitarian vehicle that aspires to be something other than utilitarian? After all, you could bolt plywood to a shopping cart, tie it to a boat, and go water skiing carting if you really wanted to, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to have a blast jumping the wake or cracking the whip into the beach. Or does it?

  • List: Ten Best New Tuner Cars (1574 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on July 28, 2009 12 a.m.

    This week, we bring you the ten best tuner cars currently on sale. Also, we have included some links to tuning resources for each car. Click through the gallery above to see what they are. We promise to keep mention of Lambo doors to a minimum.

  • Blog: GM 4.0 - Corvette to the Rescue? (1032 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 (532 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.