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  • List: Ten GM Performance Cars That Will Never Exist (1307 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 (670 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) (11635 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).

  • Driven: 2009 Nissan 370Z (1207 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on December 24, 2008 12 a.m.

    Downshifting from third into second for an especially tight right-hander, Nissan’s 370Z makes a soaring, rev-matching howl that radiates through the desert like thrown-stone ripples in a quiet pool. It’s the sort of bellicose and randy whine that alerts motor-minded schoolboys to prick up their ears, setting the would-be racer’s heart to flutter. The uninitiated might assume that the sonorous growl of a lone sports car in the desert may simply evaporate into the vast distance, but our tour of the stark, southern Nevada moonscape in the newest Z proved that to be untrue, with the hard scrabble surfaces acting ...

  • List: A Dozen Movie Star Corvettes (11814 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on December 17, 2008 12 a.m.

    Most of us will agree that Chevrolet’s Corvette has been an automotive star since day one. That stardom has been borne out in Hollywood over the years, where filmmakers have chosen to give Corvettes prominent roles in their films for upwards of fifty years. Thanks to the twin magical resources of the Internet Movie Database , and the too often overlooked Internet Movie Car Database , we’ve been able to compile a list of a dozen notable Vettes as seen on the silver screen. Our list is by no means complete (as we’re sure you’ll point out) but it’s a ...

  • Driven: Honeywell BMW X5 3.0d (644 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on December 15, 2008 12 a.m.

    It's no secret that we American automotive journalists are anxiously awaiting the arrival of BMW's new U.S.-spec diesel offerings, the 335d and X5 xDrive35d. In the meantime, however, the folks at Honeywell (who specialize in turbo technologies) provided us with a Euro-spec X5 3.0d for a week in order for us to experience BMW's current diesel offerings.

  • Driven: 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Coupe (659 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on December 09, 2008 12 a.m.

    When General Motors introduced the first Chevrolet Cobalt SS for 2005, it was praised within the sport compact scene for its supercharged power and relatively cheap price point, though the car didn’t really have the overall refinement to make it something extra special. Thus, Chevy has gone back to the drawing board and come up with something it can really be proud of. This latest addition to the Cobalt lineup was tuned and tested on Germany’s Nürburgring and finally has the power and poise to be taken seriously as a true performance car.

  • List: Five Cars that Should/Could Be Better with New Parents (369 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on December 08, 2008 12 a.m.

    With great cars sometimes being products of an inspired idea, a singular vision, or a focused effort from a few dedicated people, it’s far too often that we see mismanagement or a loss of focus dim an otherwise bright star. For those vehicles (or sometimes whole brands) we can’t help but imagine what they would be like under more synergistic management conditions.

  • Driven: 2009 Ford Focus SES Coupe (1169 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on December 05, 2008 12 a.m.

    While the second-generation Ford Focus debuted last year, FoMoCo has gone and given the car some tasteful updates for the 2009 model year. A revised front end, larger wheels, and some minor chassis tweaks are enough to make this new Focus a bit better than last year’s car, though it might struggle when faced with the best of the import competition. Still, we were pretty pleased with our Focus’ behavior during its two-week stay in our test fleet.

  • List: The Five Most Muscular Cars You Can Buy (700 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on December 03, 2008 12 a.m.

    When it comes to getting customers interested in a vehicle of a performance oriented nature, one of the sexiest numbers an automaker has at its disposal is the horsepower figure. The other end of the power equation, that deliciously shadowed figure measured in foot-pounds, is too often obscured. So when engines like the free-revving unit in BMW’s M5 (for instance) make eye-popping 500 horsepower numbers, we tend to forget that their smaller displacement, frenetic characters also mean that torque (383 pound-feet in the M’s case) is in shorter supply.