Toyota FT-1: The New Supra Gets a New Paintjob
Aug17

Toyota FT-1: The New Supra Gets a New Paintjob

  Last January Toyota unveiled a bright red concept car.  That car was the Toyota FT-1, which is destined to become the new Toyota Supra.  That car was gorgeous, but it was, without a doubt a concept far, far, far from production.  Now, in Monterey, California during the McCall’s Motorworks Revival (part of the Pebble Beach hootenanny), Toyota rolled out a new graphite-painted version of the FT-1 (aka New Supra). With its...

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Toyota FT-1 Concept: Please Be the Next Supra (Video) [NAIAS]
Jan14

Toyota FT-1 Concept: Please Be the Next Supra (Video) [NAIAS]

I have never been so confounded by a car as I am about the Toyota FT-1 Concept just unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  It is a very, very striking car, but I’m not sure if it’s beautiful or ugly.  Either way, I really hope it becomes the next Toyota Supra.   The Toyota FT-1 Concept, more so than other car that have come before it, perfectly embodies the concept of organic flow.  Just...

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2014 Toyota Corolla: Pricing and Packages
Aug30

2014 Toyota Corolla: Pricing and Packages

Pricing and packages for the 2014 Toyota Corolla straight from Toyota. TORRANCE, Calif., August 27, 2013 – The all-new 2014 Corolla will offer its dramatically elevated design, efficiency and renowned Toyota quality, at an extremely attainable price. The world’s most popular compact sedan will remain a legendary value in the segment. The 2014 Corolla is available in four distinct grades: L, LE, S, and the new LE Eco grade. The...

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Introducing the 2014 Toyota Corolla: The Best Corolla in 47 Years.
Jun07

Introducing the 2014 Toyota Corolla: The Best Corolla in 47 Years.

The last time we were introduced to a new version of the world’s best selling car, the Toyota Corolla, it was 2008.  Now, we’re entering the 2014 model year, so I’d say it’s about time for Toyota to roll out their latest C-segment sedan, which they did this morning. Toyota sells about a million Corollas per year with over 40 million units sold in the 47 years since the first E10 rolled off the assembly line. ...

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Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept Drives Itself to Vegas, Baby! Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept Completes a 560-Mile Test Self-Drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas.
Jan09

Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept Drives Itself to Vegas, Baby! Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept Completes a 560-Mile Test Self-Drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas.

Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept Completes a 560-Mile Test Self-Drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas. Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept is pretty impressive. If anything, it’s even more impressive than it’s scooty-er sibling, the Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept, which lapped the Hockenheim racecourse last October. While the RS7 Piloted Driving Concept ran itself driverlessly around a race track at speed with a nearly...

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Best SUV Under… er, Best SUVs for the Money Best SUV Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000
Dec08

Best SUV Under… er, Best SUVs for the Money Best SUV Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000

2014 Best SUVs Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000 Unbelievably, it’ll be 2015 in like 28 days. Crazy, right? That means it’s winter (or almost winter) in a huge chunk of the country. And, winter means snow. And, snow means you need traction. And, traction means four-wheel-drive,  failing that all-wheel-drive, failing that front-wheel-drive. And, finally, that means SUVs. (Or, at least it...

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars in 2013: The Hot Wheels Report
Aug19

Top 10 Most Stolen Cars in 2013: The Hot Wheels Report

Today, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (aka NICB) released their annual “Hot Wheels” auto-theft report for 2013 listing the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars.  As usual, if you have a Toyota sedan, Honda car or American-made full-size pickup, you better lock your doors.  Although, after a minor increase in 2012, the FBI estimates an overall national vehicle theft decrease of 3.2 percent for 2013.  All the 2013 numbers...

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long Term Review: 6 Months
Apr11

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long Term Review: 6 Months

Well, it’s been about six months and 10,221 miles since we took delivery of our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 long-term test car.  We took a vow when we leased the car to keep it for better and for worse, and let this six-month long-term review serve as an account of both the better and the worse.   Our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 But, first a reminder on what it is we’re testing, exactly.  In October 2013, we leased a 2014...

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Audi e-tron Quattro Triumphs at Le Mans for the 4th Time in a Row: 2013 Le Mans Results
Jun23

Audi e-tron Quattro Triumphs at Le Mans for the 4th Time in a Row: 2013 Le Mans Results

For the 12th time in the brand’s history and the fourth consecutive time, Audi has won overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The No. 2 Audi e-tron Quattro was driven to victory by Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.  This win extends Kristensen’s record to nine Le Mans wins.  He dedicated the victory to fellow Danish driver Allan Simonsen who’s died from injuries sustained in an accident on the race’s...

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Dodge Dart: Old Name. New Car. Italian Soul? – Road Test Review
Feb27

Dodge Dart: Old Name. New Car. Italian Soul? – Road Test Review

Zipp.  If the Dodge executives, back in 1959, had listened to focus groups an iconic and successful car would have been called the Dodge Zipp.  Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and the Dodge Dart was born.  Or, should I say re-born? The Dart name was first used by the Chrysler Corporation on a 1957 concept car, the Chrysler Ghia Dart, designed by the celebrated Italian design house and coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia (who also penned...

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