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  • Blog: A New Lease on Life for Detroit (385 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 (954 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 (596 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 (657 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 (22170 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 (763 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 (593 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 (790 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.

  • First Look: 2010 Kia Forte Koup Debuts In NYC (395 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on April 09, 2009 12 a.m.

    Kia debuted their new Forte sedan at this February's Chicago Auto Show, but we were hoping to see some more evolution of the Kia Koup Concept come through into production. Thus, a two-door Forte with the Koup name was brought for all to see at the New York Auto Show, squarely aimed at the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Scion tC.

  • First Look: 2010 Subaru Outback Gets Legacy Treatment (827 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on April 09, 2009 12 a.m.

    Just like the Legacy sedan, the Subaru Outback receives some substantial updates for the 2010 model year. The revised Legacy's design language is very much present on the Outback, though it looks a bit more awkward in this tall wagon guise. Speaking of tall, the 2010 Outback's ground clearance has been increased to a total of 8.7 inches, giving it more of a crossover stance rather than an Allroad-esque wagon.