Matthew Calabrese

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Dodge Viper saved from crusher by students, but will it last?

The saga of the Washington state community college hoping to keep its allegedly pre-production Dodge Viper out of the maw of the crusher is going strong. Not only does the school still have the car, but there's a chance that the college might even get to keep it.<p>The whole situation flared up in …

Ferrari to Sell $3.2-Million Limited-Edition Model in U.S.

You know how Lamborghini has mastered turning existing cars into super-limited, super-expensive special editions?(Think the Murciélago-based Reventón and the Aventador-based Veneno.) Now it’s Ferrari’s turn to dip its paw in the honey pot.<p>In his last official act as CEO, Luca Di Montezemolo will …

Sports Cars

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in-hybrid technology for the country club.<p>Just 22 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz S-class exceeded 400 horses for the first time, with the 402-hp 6.0-liter V-12 in the 1992 600SEL besting the BMW 750i by more than 100 horsepower. The car was a gauntlet fired into the turf, and it instantly became …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Report says 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will get 1.5-liter four-cylinder, lose 300 pounds

Ready for another fix of 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata details? Reports are trickling out that Mazda will launch the ND car with the maker’s 130-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder as the base engine.<p>The news began overseas this morning, but since then our crosstown compadres at <i>Motor Trend</i> busted in with some …

Autos

You Should Always Tip The Maid When You’re Staying In A Hotel

While Marriott certainly isn't the first hotel to place envelopes in rooms, this has brought up a debate as to whether or not to tip maids.<p>A surprising number of people don't tip hotel maids.<p>Michael Lynn, a professor at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, told The Associated Press …

Hospitality

A Gondola From Brooklyn To Manhattan Might Be Expensive And Impractical, But We WANT IT

A new plan would have New York City commuters riding high between Brooklyn and Manhattan, instead of sweating it out in cramped subways underground.<p>Daniel Levy, the president of New York-focused real estate search engine City Realty, wants the Big Apple to build a multi-million dollar, high-speed …

New Report Finds Tesla Will Have Big Cost Advantage As CO2 Rules Hit Competitors

Tesla Motors Inc is already feared as a likely disruptor of the global automotive industry, but apart from the appeal of its electric car technology it has a potentially huge cost advantage too over its conventional competitors.<p>Because its cars are free from carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, or …

Buy Johnny Cash's Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

ABC once gave the man in black a long-wheelbase 1970 Silver Shadow as a thank-you gift. Now the car is headed to auction. Which means it can be yours.<p>My wife's four-months pregnant right now, and last week, we tore across the continent in a round-trip trek that covered just under 6,000 miles. We …

GM, bullish on midsize pickups, adds workers at Wentzville factory

General Motors is so encouraged by orders for its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks that the automaker is adding a third shift and creating 750 new jobs at its Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant.<p>The company said Tuesday that its dealers have ordered almost 30,000 new Colorado …

General Motors

Audi gets first permit to test self-driving cars on California roads

Think twice next time you tailgate that new Audi in front of you; there might not be a human driving it.<p>Audi announced Tuesday that it is the first automaker to get a permit from the state of California to test self-driving cars on public roads. New state regulations took effect the same day …

Roads

Got $7 million? A Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is (allegedly) for sale

Slightly used, a lot more expensive.<p>Lamborghini's genius strategy of offering short-run, massive-profit cars is so financially attractive that Ferrari is finally biting their flavor and doing likewise next month. The Lambos in question are cars you know and love: the track-only Sesto Elemento, the …