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Rocket Bunny's Nissan 240SX kit apes '70 Plymouth Cuda

Rocket Bunny has created a mashup so strange and unprecedented that it's a virtual masterpiece in the JDM fascination with all things American.<p>Rocket Bunny, purveyors of extreme widebody kits in the tacked-on style, has created a mashup so awesomely strange and unprecedented that it's a virtual …

Kia Sportspace Concept: The Optima Wagon of Our Dreams

The Power to Surprise? That's an understatement . . .<p>Kia’s Sportspace wagon concept is so damn gorgeous and near perfect that we count just three things we don’t like about it. First, the large ventlike things in the rear fascia seem out of place; second, the rear license-plate mount needs to be …

Track Clinic: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

The Blue Laguna: Most everything you need to know about America's most famous road course.<p>Track days are loads of fun, but they can be intimidating. They are rare opportunities to drive largely without restrictions, but learning a new track takes time and money and comes with risks to you and your …

Here are your picks for the best cars under $30k

We heard you, loud and clear.<p>Not too long ago, the staff put our heads together and came up with a list of 12 of the best cars under $30,000 that were on sale at that point in 2013. Then we asked you if we blew it or nailed it, and what your picks would be.<p>Frankly, you guys had some great …

You'll Think Nissan's New Concept Cars Are Stylish — Or Heinous

It's tough to keep one foot in the past and another in the future, but Nissan is making a go of it. The IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts blend the …

My First Track Day: I was Transformed in the Turns and my Soul was Saved on the Straightaways

My day started off at the ungodly time of 6:15 a.m., before even the sun was up. I’m more likely to catch a sunrise because I haven’t gone to bed …

1970 Alfa Romeo 1300 Junior Zagato

This 1970 Alfa Romeo 1300 Junior Zagato is offered in an attractive light yellow that we have never seen on this body style before. The 6-spoke …

Kia Niro Concept

Reaffirming the brand's styling chops.<p>Kia's rise from Hyundai's cheap subsidiary to a design leader is one of the stunning success stories of the past half-decade. Almost solely the work of chief designer Peter Schreyer and the talent he’s assembled, the brand has not only received numerous …

Road Tests: 2015 BMW i3

Traditional BMW driver need not apply<p><b>The electric i3 is the most important BMW of the moment, the car that resulted when the German brand strained the whole of its R&D effort and $3.7 billion through a filter of sustainability and efficiency. Ironically, the car became a resource pig, sucking the</b> …

Road Tests: 2014 Volkswagen XL1

Another Bugatti. Really.<p>The most amazing thing about the Volkswagen XL1—more incredible than its claimed 261 mpg or the door-mounted cameras it uses in place of rearview mirrors—is that it can legitimately be called one of the most engaging cars on the road.<p>Yes, it's a hybrid. But this is VW …

Nascar to Debut New Sprint Cup Tire at Atlanta

At Sunday's AdvoCare 500, Goodyear will debut a Nascar tire with two different kinds of rubber in the treads.<p>While Nascar has a reputation for being as simple as the steel tube-frame designs of its cars, the reality is that plenty of technology in America's biggest racing series is positively state …

Week in pictures: Frankfurt calling

Can the government mechanically force you to wear your seatbelt? [w/poll]

The National Highway Traffic Administration is considering the use of ignition interlocks in vehicles that would require the seatbelts of occupied seats to be fastened in order to drive the car, <i>Automotive News</i> reports, four decades after Congress moved to prevent manufacturers from installing them …

The One With The 2014 Corvette Stingray at Laguna Seca! - World's Fastest Car Show Ep. 3.15

ZF Jointly Developing Energy-Recovery Suspension System

ZF has entered into a partnership with Massachusetts-based Levant Power to build the world’s “first fully active suspension system with energy-recovery function,” called GenShock. The news was brought to our attention earlier today when <i>Autoblog</i> first reported the story. Levant has spent the past …

Volvo S60 Flywheel KERS Prototype First Drive

A different kind of alternative powertrain<p>Since the invention of the wheel, we’ve discovered a fair number of ways to move a vehicle mounted with several of them. By far the most commercially successful is the internal combustion engine, but science keeps telling us it could be supplanted someday. …

Alfa Romeo RWD Rumor Only Shows that No Work Has Been Done on New Models

Alfa Romeo’s product plan from 2011—with a few notes from us.<p>There’s an old episode of <i>Star Trek: Deep Space Nine</i> when one character, a former spy, hears the fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” for the first time. He disagrees with the conventional moral of the story. “What else could it be?” the teller …

The Nissan 370Z just received a $3,130 price drop for 2014. That takes the base price down to $30,780. Is that a steal? More -> http://bit.ly/1bWuSJp

62k-Mile 1982 Toyota Celica Supra

This 1982 Toyota Celica Supra is a rare black/black example with a 5-speed and low miles. We’d investigate how much of the car has been repainted and …

Tesla buys test track adjacent to its factory

Two months ago, Tesla hired Chris Porritt to be the vice president of its vehicle engineering program. Tesla's purchase last week of a 35-acre parcel abutting its factory in Fremont, California will give Porritt, formerly the boss of Aston Martin's Vehicle Engineering team (he's the father of the …

Lotus to move immediately forward with new variants rather than new models

It took 1.5 years, but a DRB-Hicom managing director told Malaysia's <i>Business Times</i> that the company has "cleaned up" the situation at Lotus from its finances to its marketing and image. The clean-up job we're most interested in, the product portfolio, will be demonstrated by financial investment in …

I crashed America's best-selling car

Thoughts after a Camry calamity.<p>As is often the case with calamities, I saw the whole disaster play out in my mind the instant the other driver began moving for the intersection. The 2000Chevrolet Blazer was merrily rolling into our path of travel, its driver's head turned to focus on the steady …

1988 Subaru XT6 5-Speed

This 1988 Subaru XT6 is described as a rust-free example that runs and drives well. We don’t often see XT6s with the five-speed manual and think the …

Jaguar's XFR-S Sportbrake looks to be one hot kinschlepper

This is the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake, which is too cool for North American sale (the Sportbrake, not the XFR-S sedan, which we're getting soon). Like the XFR-S four-door, it has a 5.0-liter, supercharged V8 pumping out around 550 horsepower.<p>Our spy photographer's x-ray vision is saying that a ZF …

Zagato celebrates Aston's Centenary with a pair of coachbuilt customs

DBS coupe and DB9 convertible go under Zagato's knife for a pair of lucky owners.<p>Think of Pininfarina and you're sure to remember the beautiful Ferraris they design. Bertone has tweaked more than its fair share of Lamborghinis, and Italdesign Giugiaro has been entirely consumed by the Volkswagen …

How It Works: The Hybrid Air Car

The purely air-powered can't may not be a reality, but PSA Peugeot Citroen's new Hybrid Air powertrain is a clever way to use compressed air to store energy for later use.<p><i>Raid71</i><p><b>Let's be clear:</b> There's no such thing as a truly air-powered car. But PSA Peugeot Citroën has a new take on how to use …

1964 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint

This 1964 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint is said to have received a quality restoration 3 years ago, with the paint alone costing $15k. Few other details are …

VW readying subcompact crossover, next Polo for US

A report in <i>Motor Trend</i> says that CAFE requirements are driving Volkswagen to develop the next-generation Polo – as well as a crossover to slot below the Tiguan – for the US market. If so, the two new models would join a few other VW products with elevated mile-per-gallon numbers, including the Golf …