Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept: A New Baja Bug?
Jan09

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept: A New Baja Bug?

[UPDATE: For the full scoop on the VW Beetle Dune Concept, visit our post-reveal coverage here.] Next week in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, VW is unveiling the Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept.  The Beetle Dune is basically a reinterpretation of the old-school VW Baja Bugs but based on the 2014 Volkswagen R-Line Beetle.   The VW Beetle Dune concept get the same suspension, drive line and powerplant as the...

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[Updated] Volkswagen Golf R: VW Ups the Ante with Their Newest Hot Hatch [Now with More Photos]
Aug25

[Updated] Volkswagen Golf R: VW Ups the Ante with Their Newest Hot Hatch [Now with More Photos]

GTI badges!?! We don’t need not stinkin’ GTI badges!  Yeah, I know that’s bad even for me, but its the first thing that popped into my head after reading the latest on Volkswagen’s king of the Golfs, the VW Golf R. This the fourth generation of R-designated über Golfs.  Up until the last model, however, they were known as the Golf R32.  So, for those keeping score at home, that’s two Golf R32s (Golf Mk4...

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Volkswagen to Take Over Porsche, Finally.
Jul04

Volkswagen to Take Over Porsche, Finally.

It seems the VW Group family of car brands is adding one more.  Earlier today, Volkswagen AG announced it would be buying the 50.1 percent of Porsche AG that it doesn’t already own, fulling adding Porsche to the stable that includes VW, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Seat, Scania, Skoda and Man.  Purchase price: 34,847 Porsche 911 Turbo S’s or $5.6 billion (€4.46 billion) for those people who don’t use cars as...

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2016 Ford Focus RS to Hit US Shores with AWD 3rd Gen Ford Focus RS Brings Serious Competition for Subaru WRX STI after Death of the Evo
Feb15

2016 Ford Focus RS to Hit US Shores with AWD 3rd Gen Ford Focus RS Brings Serious Competition for Subaru WRX STI after Death of the Evo

3rd Generation Ford Focus RS Brings Serious Competition for the Subaru WRX STI after Death of the Evo. 2016 Ford Focus RS is officially coming to U.S. shores to drive American highways and byways with a turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder and all-wheel-drive. Finally, we get a version of the baddest Ford Focus. I guess the third version is the charm. By that I mean there have already been two versions of the Focus RS in Europe.  ...

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Four Cylinder Fast Cars Maximum Performance, Minimum Engine
Oct01

Four Cylinder Fast Cars Maximum Performance, Minimum Engine

Maximum Performance, Minimum Engine Honda Civic Type R Concept and the Top 10 Best Four Cylinder Performance Cars   Today (or rather yesterday in France) at the Paris Motor Show, Honda has continued their… um, let’s say… extended unveiling of the next-gen four cylinder Honda Civic Type-R. And, in the tradition of the Acura NSX Type-R and Acura Integra Type-R (both badged as Hondas in Europe), this latest über...

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6 Best Car Commercials from the Past 6 Decades: Evolution of Ads
Sep01

6 Best Car Commercials from the Past 6 Decades: Evolution of Ads

Ah, car commercials. They’re the way car makers introduce us to their latest offerings… to the latest and greatest innovations in automotive design, technology and, well, bull-hockey. They’re also how car companies tell us which cars were supposed to covet above all others and why. I mean, how else are we supposed to know that Chevrolet is the Heartbeat of America or that Ford wants us to Drive One to Go Further? If...

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Top Seven Cars You Can Buy with the Average Tax Return
Apr15

Top Seven Cars You Can Buy with the Average Tax Return

Today is April 15th… Tax Day… A day so lamented many people would opt for choice “A” of Benjamin Franklin’s quote: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  However, there are those few, those lucky, lucky few who get some of their hard-earned dollars returned to them after filing their income taxes.  According to the IRS, the average tax return is somewhere...

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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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Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS: Two More Reasons not to Buy a 911
Mar19

Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS: Two More Reasons not to Buy a 911

The Porsche Cayman S is arguably the best Porsche to be had under $130,000.  And, few cars can best the Porsche Boxster S in terms of speedy, open-top motoring enjoyment.  Both cars (and their non-S base-variants) are superbly balanced, incredibly well-built, easy to use (despite the astonishing excess of buttons in the cabin) and deliver pure driving joy on the track, freeway or twisty back road.  But, now there are hardcore versions...

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VW Beetle Dune Concept: 21st Centura Baja Bug [NAIAS]
Jan13

VW Beetle Dune Concept: 21st Centura Baja Bug [NAIAS]

Well here it is, the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept that was just unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  VW refers to it as a “Baja Bug for the 21st Century“.  And, so it appears to be.  Basically, the Beetle Dune Concept is a raised and all-terrain modded Volkswagen Beetle R-Line.   The Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept sports the same six-speed dual-clutch transmission and 210 horse...

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