2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: A C-Class Worth Having [NAIAS, Video]
Jan15

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: A C-Class Worth Having [NAIAS, Video]

I’ve always hated the Mercedes-Benz C-Class… hated it.  I thought it was phoned-in, cheesy, underpowered, ugly and just complete rubbish.  I don’t think I was alone in thinking this.  As a matter of fact, I know I wasn’t alone in this opinion.  And, I think the powers that be at Mercedes-Benz finally understood the general ire people felt toward the C-Class while they were designing the new one, because it is...

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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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2015 Ford F-150: It’s Aluminum (Video)
Jan14

2015 Ford F-150: It’s Aluminum (Video)

Ford really did it this time.  I mean an aluminum pickup truck… crazy innovative.  Hey, if it’s been tough enough for years on the Land Rover Range Rover, why shouldn’t the 2015 Ford F-150 be aluminum?  But, aluminum and a 2.7-EcoBoost V6 powerplant?!?!  Talk about a game changer.   Growing up, my family always had a pickup truck, mostly Dodges.  When it came to home improvement or landscaping, my parents were...

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2015 Subaru WRX STI: Yep, I was right… I want one. [NAIAS, Video] (UPDATE: Pricing)
Jan14

2015 Subaru WRX STI: Yep, I was right… I want one. [NAIAS, Video] (UPDATE: Pricing)

As I’m writing this post, I’m watching The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.  I can be said that this is not the greatest of films.  But, there can be no argument that the cars featured are a bit inspirational.  I’m seriously a hairsbreadth from grabbing the keys and being very, very irresponsible.   I recently sold my 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, and since then I’ve been aching for another fun...

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2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4: New Take on an Old Idea: Video [NAIAS]
Jan13

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4: New Take on an Old Idea: Video [NAIAS]

In 1965, Porsche developed the first 911 Targa with the intention of allowing for more stable and secure open-top motoring.  The wide Targa roof bar became the icon of that first Targa and all to follow despite numerous design changes.  Over the past fifty or so years, the targa top idea has caught on.  Hell, even the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that debuted earlier today has a targa-style removable roof.   Now, there is a new...

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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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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: A Supercharged Supercar Updated: 0-60, Quarter-Mile, Horsepower & Price Performance, 0 to 60 and Quartermile Times, Horsepower and Price
Jan13

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: A Supercharged Supercar Updated: 0-60, Quarter-Mile, Horsepower & Price Performance, 0 to 60 and Quartermile Times, Horsepower and Price

UPDATE: The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has the unbelievable performance we were hoping for.  Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph passes in blink at 2.95 seconds. Quarter-mile is even more impressive at 10.95 seconds. These times are for a Z06 with the 8-speed automatic transmission. UPDATE: The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 “LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of...

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2014 Cadillac CTS Road Test: A Spin Around the Block
Jan12

2014 Cadillac CTS Road Test: A Spin Around the Block

I am very familiar with the second generation Cadillac CTS (2008 to 2013).  My parents actually have a black 2012 Cadillac CTS with the 3.0 liter and all-wheel-drive.  They were coming off of a 2004 Jaguar S-Type when they opted for the mid-range Caddy.  So, needless to say, whenever I’m in Milwaukee for a visit, I spend a fair amount of time driving or riding in that car.   I’ve come to a conclusion regarding the...

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Has 620 HP and Looks Like This… [Update]
Jan11

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Has 620 HP and Looks Like This… [Update]

Chevrolet is officially unveiling the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show at 10 am EST on Monday.  But, thanks to an oopsy by Left Lane News, a sharp eye by car guy Jarrod and the diligence of Jalopnik, we know it will look like this…   Stunning, no?  And, it will have an asphalt rippling 620 horse and 650 pound-feet of torque.  Oh, goodness.  To put that in perspective, the C6...

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The Zenith El Primero 410: A Triple-Date Chronograph
Jan09

The Zenith El Primero 410: A Triple-Date Chronograph

The original Zenith Calibre 410 is a rather highly revered and sought after watch.  That’s probably due in part to the fact that it has one of the best movements in the history of watch-dom, the El Primero automatic column-wheel chronograph.  The Zenith Calibre 410 is even complete with triple-calendar and moon phase.  Or, at least it was during its 1960 to 2000 production run. Now, there’s a new one to honor the...

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