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Once More, Infiniti Electric Car Is Killed Off (Or Postponed?)

The electric-car headlines at last week's Detroit Auto Show clearly belonged to the Chevrolet Bolt concept, a subcompact 200-mile electric car.<p>But …

Detroit Auto Show

So, What’s Up with Smart? We Speak to CEO Annette Winkler

Smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler is leading the charge to make Smart the go-to car brand for American city dwellers. While we’re not sure that will ever happen in meaningful numbers, the push involves the all-new and improved Smart Fortwo, which arrives in U.S. dealerships late this summer and which …

Auto Shows

This cop really likes Taylor Swift

When the right song comes on, it's hard not to rock out in the car with some head bopping or steering wheel drumming. Of course, most folks don't have a dash cam aimed at them like this police officer in Dover, DE, to record the embarrassment.<p>The cop gets caught doing a full-body performance of …

Lotus Plans Big Reveal for Geneva Show, Likely the New Evora

Sales are up 54 percent for the struggling Lotus brand so far this fiscal year, and just in time to capitalize on the automaker’s growth, an all-new model will make its way to the Geneva auto show in March. Although Lotus didn’t go into details on the new car, we expect it will be a new Evora.<p>As we …

Z06 delivers Ferrari speed for Corvette money

"Here's how you tell when the tire's worn out," said Lee Willard, Michelin performance tire engineer, pointing at the wear indicator on the sticky, hot, scuffed Pilot Sport Cup 2s mounted to the Corvette Z06's magnesium wheels. On most cars, tire wear is obvious: the chunky tread blocks wear down, …

Sports Cars

First Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Sells for $1 Million at Auction

Last week, Ford announced that it would be auctioning off the first production model of the new Shelby GT350R Mustang to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). On Saturday, January 17, the Shelby GT350R sold for $1 million at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, …

Will Honda’s New S660 Roadster Repeat the Beat?

Honda’s new S660 roadster is a pint-size, mid-engine two-seater that was recently unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Some will recognize the formula as that of the Honda Beat roadster from the 1990s. That model was never sold in North America, but with the automaker’s staid U.S. lineup in need of …

Sports Cars

Why a Challenger Hellcat Lost Horribly to a Tesla Model S P85D

The year 2014 was a good one for performance cars. Within the span of a few months, we got the 707-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 691-hp all-wheel-drive, dual-motor Tesla Model S P85D. Though those two cars couldn’t be more different, inquiring minds still wanted to know which one would …

Sports Cars

Whatever happened to the Ford GTX1?

A Wisconsin man built an open-top GT so impressive it got Ford's blessing.<p><i>This article was originally published in 2006. - Ed.</i><p>There aren't many high-school dropouts who get calls from giant automakers asking for help. But Mark Gerish of Manitoc, Wisconsin, who 20-some years ago quit high school to …

Bowl, Schmowl: Ford, Lincoln Sitting Out This Year’s Super Bowl Ad Frenzy

After delivering a walloping thwack upside the head last week with the unveiling of the Ford GT, the Mustang Shelby GT350R, and the 2017 F-150 Raptor at the Detroit auto show, it looks as though Ford is going to skip the Super Bowl ad extravaganza. Lincoln is also sitting on the sidelines, …

Matthew McConaughey

Smart’s U.S. Plans, Scion Drops iQ, Honda Civic Type R: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Depending on where you live in the U.S., you might think of Smart as an oddity, a fashionable little city car, a car-sharing staple, or a common …

Hydrogen Fuel Now Available For Sale In California

The small number of drivers with hydrogen fuel-cell cars in California are now able to purchase their fuel.<p>The Cal State L.A. Hydrogen Research and …

Noble Speedster 600 heading for production

When Volvo needed a new V8 engine for its first XC90, it contracted Yamaha to build the engine on its behalf. The Swedish automaker then shoehorned the engine into the S80 sedan, and have since used it as the basis for their V8 Supercars racing program. But over at Noble Automotive, they had a …

Toyota teases mysterious RND Concept

Toyota is being very secretive about its newly teased RND Concept. The image above is all that the Japanese automaker is showing at the moment, and it's not much to go by. However, the wait to find out won't be very long, as the automaker is unveiling this very mysterious vehicle on January 26 in …

2015 Ducati Scrambler

Famed Italian Bikemaker Goes Affordable 'Lifestyle'... Authentically?<p>Just past the ping-pong table and the pop-up barbershop, a live graffiti artist splashes color across a makeshift wall while Bruce Brown's <i>On Any Sunday</i> plays on a bigscreen. If it weren't for the odd motorcycles and accessories …

Dodge Launches Customizable 2015 Viper GTC

Author:<p>John<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>156<p>156<p>SHARES<p>Dodge has introduced the Viper GTC, a new trim level that allows customers to choose from 8,000 …

Review: BMW M3 sedan is more functional and fun than its two-door M4 twin

Think of BMW's new M3 and M4 as fraternal twins with only a pair of doors to tell them apart.<p>Nearly everything else on these potent overachievers is the same, including 425 turbocharged horsepower and sub-four-second zero-to-60-mph runs.<p>After a white-knuckle week of testing both 2015 models, we …

Weekly Recap: Toyota propels hydrogen fuel cells

Plus: Notes on Mercedes, Ford's Marketing Shuffle And One-Off Vipers<p>Toyota is serious about hydrogen fuel cells, and it wants the auto industry to follow suit.<p>The Japanese automaker said this week it's releasing 5,680 fuel cell patents from around the world, including technologies used on its …

The 10 Most Beautiful Cars You Could Buy Right Now

The pretty boys we want in our garage.

Jaguar Cars

Bolts From The Blue: Yamaha Garage Challenge

After decades of enjoying the middleweight V-twin market to itself, the Harley Sportster is facing serious challenges.<p>The two biggest contenders? The postmodern Indian Scout and the retro bobber-styled Star Bolt, which is known to Europeans as the Yamaha XV950. In the USA, Yamaha’s already run a …

Motorcycles

Amerigasm: Shelby Releases 50 Signature Edition Super Snakes

This one time in Las Vegas, an off-duty cop goaded us into a drag race with his personal 700-hp Shelby Mustang. It sounds cool, right? The only problem was that we arrived brandishing a six-cylinder Jaguar F-type, and we were instant toast. If we had had Shelby’s 850-hp Super Snake, maybe we could …

Sports Cars

The Top 10 Custom Motorcycles of 2014

2014 was the year that customs moved into the mainstream.<p>Nearly every major motorcycle brand has been working with independent builders: some publicly, and some privately. Yamaha and BMW are visibly throwing their weight behind the scene, while the Italians are working behind closed doors.<p>Indian …

Motorcycles

Want to Own the First 2016 Mustang GT350? Get Thee to Scottsdale on January 17

We don’t even have exact horsepower or torque figures for the GT350 yet—Ford is only fessing up to “more than 500” horsepower and “more than 400” lb-ft of torque—but we do know exactly when the first publicly available 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will be sold: Saturday, January 17, at the …

Sports Cars

The Boost Is On: Ford Racing Offering EcoBoost Reflashes that Won’t Kill Your Warranty

Ford is putting EcoBoost engines in just about everything it builds, and Ford Racing wants you to modify them. Or, at least, tweak the software with Ford-developed calibrations loaded into the ECU with a Ford Racing ProCal handset, which plugs into the diagnostic port and controls the typical …

Sports Cars

2015 Chevrolet SS Manual First Test

An Australian Love Letter to the U.S.<p>When Pontiac was axed in 2009, the U.S. car market lost its only link to the parallel muscle car universe that is Australia. The Holden Commodore, <b>known here briefly as the G8</b>, again became forbidden fruit. But Americans were given a second chance at GM …

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 vs 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28! - Head 2 Head Ep. 60

Tesla Roadster to Get Updates, Possibly Including New Battery Pack

The Model S has become the face of Tesla to such an extant that the Roadster, Tesla’s first roadgoing car, seems like a footnote of sorts. That’s selling the car short—it was a riot to drive, and its 245-mile range is still impressive. Elon Musk and company haven’t forgotten about their early …

Tesla

2015 Dodge Challenger Recalled for Faulty Instrument Panel

Chrysler is recalling the 2015 Dodge Challenger to reprogram instrument panels that may go on the fritz.<p>While Chrysler notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on November 21, it only recently put a number on the affected cars: 11,668 in total, and all of them the recently …

Automotive Industry

This Watch (is Made of) Rocks

When watchmaking startup Plug & Feather says their timepieces are "built from timeless materials," they mean it. The faces are made out of <i>stone</i>, …

Watch a Green Comet Streak Across the Sky for Christmas

Comet Lovejoy is brightening faster than expected, putting on a show you can see for yourself this holiday season.<p>Just in time for the holidays, the skies are serving up a special cosmic gift: a brightening comet that may not have been in our part of the solar system for nearly 12,000 …

Astronomy