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  • Blog: Getting Environmental Policy Right (361 views)

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

    ’ve said that the domestic automakers will emerge from their recent financial difficulties in better shape than in recent memory. My point in that blog was that the so-called bailout of the Detroit Three is the news, but it isn’t the key issue. The Detroit Three will restructure and emerge in decent shape. I’ve also said we should care about what happens after that point. That’s because if there’s one lesson from the problems of the automakers it should be that apparently simple decisions often have lasting negative consequences. What we are deciding now are the policies for 7-20 years ...

  • List: The Top Ten Motorcycle Helmets by Owner Satisfaction (737 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on May 27, 2009 12 a.m.

    J.D. Power and Associates has recently completed a customer survey, which asks users which motorcycle helmets are the most satisfying. While we tend to be pretty satisfied by any helmet that keeps our brains soundly inside of our heads, The JDP folks clearly chose to dig deeper. The survey measured satisfaction based on three key factors: ventilation, face shield, and design and styling. Helmet owners were asked for ratings on eleven attributes:

  • Keepers: Honda S2000 (803 views)

    By Christopher Smith on May 26, 2009 12 a.m.

    In the broad realm of performance motoring, there are essentially three classifications of enthusiasts: Those who seek pure power, those who seek pure finesse, and those who seek a balance of the two. For those seeking finesse, top-down sports motoring doesn’t get much better than the Honda S2000, and while the high-revving, 240 horsepower four banger under hood won’t satisfy the power hungry, it does propel the S2000 with enough punch to get an inexperienced driver into trouble, and boy does it sound good doing it.

  • Driven: 2010 Lexus HS250h (479 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 (500 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 (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 (659 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 (22176 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.)