The Chevrolet Orlando crossover will not be sold in the United States after all. In an interview with Bloomberg, Margaret Brooks, GM’s product marketing director for small cars and crossovers said that “The best thing to do for Chevrolet is to focus on the brands we’ve already brought to market: the Traverse, Equinox, Malibu and,… Continue Reading...
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The Trofeo Maserati series held its first test day at Vallelunga circuit this week, and it was just as awesome as you might expect it to be. The series is an arrive-and-drive competition for international ballers gentleman drivers who want to go fast in style – much like the Ferrari Challenge or Lamborghini Super Trofeo… Continue Reading...
Drifting is a dangerous sport, and not just for the drivers. Having photographed several drift events this author is well aware of the risks involved – I’ve have even had a few close calls, on one occasion a friend of mine pulling me away right as the vehicle struck the K-rail. At another event the… Continue Reading...
Tesla Motors is set to expand its lineup with the previously announced Model S sedan, as well as an all-new crossover. First up is the Model S sedan, due in 2012. It is expected to retail for $50,000, about half the cost of the Tesla Roadster sports car. By 2014, Tesla will introduce a replacement… Continue Reading...
Proving that you can never have enough niche vehicles, BMW is reportedly considering production for a possible X4 after the X6 SUV/Coupe sold 80,000 units worldwide last year, beating expectations by 100 percent. Now, BMW is looking into the prospect of building something smaller, but with the same profile and styling cues as the X6…. Continue Reading...
Corner Carvers is the sort of internet forum where car setup and sanctioned, timed driving events dominate the conversation, rather than the usual forum drivel about street racing, JDM parts and insulting female family members. But even the best slip up at times, and Corner Carvers has found itself at the center of attention when… Continue Reading...
Yesterday, AutoGuide brought you an in-depth look at the “swangas” scene in Houston. Today, we’re going in the complete opposite direction, all the way over to Seattle, Washington, where a white rapper named Grynch has just dropped a track all about his Volvo. The car in question is a 1986 Volvo 240DL. Not the turbo,… Continue Reading...
The engineers at MTM are self-crazed Audi fanatics. Even though they tune other lines of automobiles including VW, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Lamborghini, KTM, Spyker and Porsche, their roots date back to the early days of Audi quattro technology. The founder of the company was actually an engineer on the team developing the famed Audi five-cylinder… Continue Reading...
Anyone who races a Honda Civic, Volkswagen GTI or other high performance front drive car is familiar with lifting the inside wheel when cornering hard. But these Fiat 500 racers take front-wheel drive handling dynamics to a new level. The video in question, taken at the Oulton Park circuit, shows how dangerous oversteer can be…. Continue Reading...
As we reported two weeks ago, GST Motorsports set a new Super Lap Battle record around Firebird’s main racing circuit. Well, the boys from Hayward, California have done it again, this time setting a new Redline Time Attack lap record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s outside road course, posting a best time of 1-minute 39.657… Continue Reading...
No, somebody’s mother didn’t take Halloween a little too far. The Bavarian Police, presumably unaware of the correlation between shopping bags and the BMW X3, are testing a version of the soft roader for highway duty. The model in question is the X3 xDrive30d — complete with a stonking 218 horsepower six-cylinder diesel engine. Aside… Continue Reading...
And here we thought our Nintendo NES (yes, the gray original one) was the best gaming system since sliced bread. Actually, this author one of the few people to have completely finished Gran Turismo 4…like three years ago. Heck, the Nissan GT-R was still a concept back then! That GT5 has been such a wait… Continue Reading...
Small cars and Mazdas are very popular in Canada. The Mazda3 is constantly battling with the Honda Civic for the title of “Best Selling Car,, and models like the Mazda5 and RX-8 are seen far more frequently in the Great White North than the United States. With that said, Canada is naturally a very important… Continue Reading...
MINI has already made it clear that it will offer two diesel engines in the Countryman crossover, but has been remarkably quiet on just what those engines will be and how much power they will make. At launch, it was revealed that the entry-level One D Countryman would get 90-hp. Now, however, thanks to the… Continue Reading...
It’s been a close on a year since we last hear about the upcoming Buick compact crossover, but now new info has surfaced, as well as a confirmation by Buick of the Chevy Cruze-based compact luxury sport sedan. According to a report by Car & Driver, the baby Enclave will not be based on the… Continue Reading...
Ford has just released a new promo video for the new 5.0-liter Mustang GT, highlighting the car’s impressive new engine. In case you don’t know, the return of the 5.0 brings with it 412-hp at 6500 rpm and 390 ft-lbs of torque at 4250 rpm. This is due in part to the larger displacement, but… Continue Reading...
Happy No Phone Zone Day! When Oprah Winfrey talks, people listen. Now, Oprah is telling you to shut up – well, at least while you’re driving. The talk show diva has partnered with the Governors Highway Safety Association and a variety of other agencies to get the message out about distracted driving. On a special… Continue Reading...
After pulling from the series in 1992, BMW has announced a tentative return to the DTM touring-car series in 2012. BMW is planning to build a new race car based on the current M3 – which would ideally also be able to run in Japan’s Super GT series and the American Grand-Am series. The BMW… Continue Reading...
Lexus has resumed selling its awesome drift-wagon full-sized GX460 SUV, with a new software update for the stability control system. The “stop-sale” order was given after Consumers Reports magazine deemed the GX460 unsafe and put it on the magazines “Do Not Buy” list, after the GX460 oversteered during Consumer Reports’ “Throttle Lift Test.” Astute readers… Continue Reading...
Mark this one under “you don’t say.” With a total of 11,000 pre-orders for its Leaf electric car, Nissan is predicting that demand for the Leaf will outstrip supply. Those 11,000 orders are for the U.S. and Japan only, and pre-orders for Canada and Europe haven’t even begun. It’s not much of a stretch to… Continue Reading...
Ok, so this is an ad. Obviously. If that wasn’t enough, you can follow Volkswagen’s latest character, Sluggy Patterson, on Twitter. How is this news? First, we love a good game of Punch Buggy. Second, we think it’s the first time an automotive company has made an ad featuring violence caused by the brand. Third,… Continue Reading...
Audi has yet to import their bonkers TT-RS to North America, and the odds that it will make it over here are about the same as the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series. The 335 horsepower five-cylinder is enticing, but the $66,000 price tag is sure to put a lot of prospective buyers off…. Continue Reading...
Apparently owning an AMG Mercedes-Benz has more perks than just driving the vehicle. Those owners who pilot AMG vehicles have access to the AMG Private Lounge online where they get access to insider AMG news, connect with other AMG owners and explore the general world of AMG. One of those lucky AMG Lounge members came… Continue Reading...
K-Pop, Kimchi, and…Camaro? From 2011, Korean customers will be able to pick up a slice of Americana like the Camaro, alongside more conventional Chevrolet offerings. The announcement was made at the Busan International Motor Show, by GM Daewoo Auto & Technology President Mike Arcamone. “According to our market research, half of all Koreans are familiar… Continue Reading...