Thanks to social media, some of AutoGuide.com’s stories this year spread all over the Internet.
Whether it’s recall notices, new car announcements or spy photos, we do our best to stay on top of automotive news so our readers stay up to date. But some stories have a way of touching a certain nerve with our readers and their popularity spirals. Here are our most viral stories from 2015.
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The introduction of the 2016 Honda Civic proved to be popular on social media and for good reason. It may seem like forever since Honda has introduced a Civic worth getting excited about, but the 2016 model is just that. Since the sedan’s unveiling, Honda has also debuted the coupe variant at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.
One of the most highly anticipated cars in a while, Acura toured the 2016 NSX around the nation earlier this year. When photos of the red hybrid supercar showed up after it was spotted on public roads for the first time, they quickly got shared on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
News that the 2015 Ford Shelby GT350R is as fast as a Porsche 911 GT3 got American muscle enthusiasts excited. The Shelby GT350 went on to win our Reader’s Choice Car of the Year award, proving that Ford has a winner with the 5.2-liter flat-plane V8 packing 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque.
Hyundai had a huge surprise at this year’s Monterey Car Week, introducing the Vision G Coupe Concept at a show normally reserved for ultra-luxury vehicles. We had a chance to sit down with Hyundai’s designers to find out just how the Vision G Coupe Concept came to be.
Porsche wants to deliver a Tesla Model S competitor and previewed its idea with the Mission E Concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Boasting an electric powertrain with more than 600 hp and 300 miles of range, the company recently confirmed that it will head to production.
One of the most exciting rumors this year was that Honda is working on a baby NSX sports car. Along with releasing renders of what that model could possibly look like, rumors spread that the baby NSX would be introduced as early as the 2015 L.A. Auto Show. Unfortunately, that didn’t come to fruition, but we’re still hoping it bows sometime next year.
Holy… can you believe one couple in Texas owns nearly 80 Dodge Viper sports cars? In fact, they probably do by now since they took delivery of numbers 78 and 79 in July. The story about their collection got shared on Facebook over 20,000 times.
Now that the Acura NSX has been unveiled, all eyes are on Toyota to see what it will do with the successor to the Supra. The FT-1 Concept is absolutely stunning and reports earlier this year said that the model will use an aluminum spaceframe chassis with a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body. Toyota is planning to use a 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and we can’t wait to see it finally get introduced in production form.
Honda proved quite popular on social media this year and with the Civic Type R claiming a 7:50 lap time on the Nurburgring, we compiled a list of 10 cars the Civic Type R is faster than on the world-famous track. Some of the notables on the list include the Porsche Panamera Turbo, Ferrari F430 and even the original Nissan GT-R.
But our most viral story got shared more than 44,000 times on Facebook and involved a new bill that would fine drivers up to $5,000 for rolling coal. For those that haven’t a clue what rolling coal is, just look at the above image and it will probably make sense. Essentially, it’s the act of modifying a diesel vehicle to spew black smoke and soot. Yes, people are paying money to pay more money to pollute more. It’s a surprise the Volkswagen diesel scandal is a scandal at all!