Mahesh Chaudhary

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China's Favorite Luxury Car Brands

It pays to be China’s favorite automotive brand, especially in the high end luxury segment.<p>As it is, China already dominates the world’s car sales, but is coming up on replacing the United States as the No. 1 market for luxury cars too.<p>Last week, General Motors said it aims to have a 10% market …

Toyota Prius sales could come up short in 2013

A Toyota executive has said that the automaker's hybrid Prius model may not reach its 2013 goal of selling 250,000 units in the US marketplace. Bill Fay, group vice president for Toyota's US sales, told <i>Reuters</i>, "The 240,000 to 250,000 range is kind of where we're settling our sights for the Prius …

Acura TL gets its top chopped

The roofless Acura TL you see above is a product of Newport Convertible Engineering. No stranger to taking the lids off of Acuras - and a bunch of other cars, like this Jaguar XJ and this Toyota FJ Cruiser - NCE says it was the first US coachbuilder to produce an Acura NSX convertible.<p>NCE says the …

Hyundai, BMW and Ford win Concept Vehicle of the Year awards

More than two dozen jurors started with a pool of 23 concept cars introduced at the most recent Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and New York auto shows, then pared it down to three winners in three categories for the twelfth annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. The …

Novitec Torado takes a stab at improving the Lamborghini Aventador [w/video]

Novitec has finished its tuning program for the Lamborghini Aventador, and it has called the mean-looking finished product, Torado. It looks like it wants to take the pedestrian sinisterness of the Aventador into an otherworldly rage, with carbon fiber vents, spoilers and protrusions lining the …

Rare in the USA: 1982 Lancia Gamma Coupe 2.5

This 1982 Lancia Gamma Coupe (chassis ZLA830AC400001351) was imported to Florida by the seller, who says he found the car in Vienna, Austria last …

Original Paint 1960 Austin Healey 3000

This 1960 Austin Healey 3000 roadster is offered by the third owner who says the white paint and red interior are all original, as are the 89k miles …

Toyota sells 3-millionth Prius

Three generations in sixteen years and more than three million units sold worldwide - as of the end of June, those are the stats on the Toyota Prius. Even though Toyota says Prius sales might not reach the goal of 250,000 units this year, the little hybrid that could still doesn't have any problem …

Rent-A-Racer: Hertz Dream Cars lets you rent an exotic

Hertz has resurrected the spirit of the company's Rent-A-Racer program, albeit on a slightly different level. If that name sounds familiar, it should. Carroll Shelby famously struck a deal with the rental car company back in 1966, and the result was a fleet of Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 for rent. …

The Continental: Making Electrics Quiet, Benz Politics, and Kia Gets Real

<i>Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.</i><p>One of the many so-called wonders of electric mobility pertains to its …

Weekend Edition – Two Different Ford Sedans; Which one do you think is more Desirable?

The fans of Hooniverse are slightly off kilter when it comes to Automotive Lust. Yes, we all love the look of the latest Camaro, Corvette, Viper, and …

2013 Audi A7 Review

The 2013 Audi A7 is a luxurious four-passenger sedan that looks like a coupe and offers the functionality of a wagon, thanks to its fastback rear …

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Mazda Super20: The Purest Miata? Ignition Ep. 74

Range Rover Sport races a Spitfire

Magnus Walker's 1965 Porsche 911 #365

This 1965 Porsche 911 (chassis 300365) is a very early example of the model with a non-matching, era-correct engine. The car is said by several who …

1955 Studebaker President

This 1955 Studebaker President coupe has our favorite early Stude coupe shape, and is much cheaper than the Speedster models. The car is complete but …

BaT Exclusive: 1972 Imperial LeBaron with Bendix ABS

<b>7/4/2013 Update:</b> This Imperial remains available and the seller has now lowered the price to $8900. <b>Click here</b> to email the seller if you are …

2013 Lamborghini LP570-4 SuperTrofeo PURE Sounds!

Why Dürheimer Was Sacked by Audi, What Hackenberg Faces

These are nervous times at Audi. Two days before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, news broke of the departure of Wolfgang Dürheimer from the company’s board. The head of R&D had been in charge for less than a year, after he took over from the suddenly and controversially sacked Michael Dick. Dürheimer will …

Same Car, Different Brand, Hugely Higher Price: Why Pay An Extra $30,000 For Fake Prestige?

<i>“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”</i><p>Shakespeare was probably not thinking of the auto industry when he wrote those famous lines, but his point is worth remembering the next time you buy a car.<p>The truth is the global auto market is now full of …

Watch This FIRST Before Detailing Your Car -- AFTER/DRIVE

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

Valley Whirl: We drive the new Range Rover into the Montana valley that nearly killed Lewis and Clark.<p>TESTED<p>By September 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition, en route to the Pacific, had exited their canoes and strolled into Montana’s verdant Bitterroot Valley, a 100-mile-long corridor extending …

Chevy-Swapped 1967 Maserati Ghibli

This 1967 Maserati Ghibli (chassis AM115-760) is a clean example with a 350 Chevrolet V8 and T5 5-speed transmission. The seller says that the …

Day 5 of HOT ROD Power Tour! Memphis, TN to Birmingham, AL

1954 Tojeiro Bristol Race Car

This 1954 Tojeiro Bristol is said to be one of just a few such racers built, and the seller claims that this car raced at Goodwood and elsewhere in …

Ford unveils USAF Thunderbirds Edition Mustang for charity

Unique livery includes a custom-painted belly pan.<p>As it has for several years running, Ford has created a special one-of-a-kind Mustang to be auctioned for charity at the 2013 EAA AirVenture in OshKosh,Wisconsin. This year's car, a 2014 Mustang GT, takes its inspiration and visual motif from the …

Brough Superior Pendine

Pendine Sands is one of the most evocative names in the annals of British motorcycle history. In the 1920s the seven-mile (11 km) beach on the south coast of Wales hosted the Welsh TT races and no less than five successful land speed record attempts.<p>A few days ago, the beach was abuzz once more …

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Transformers 4 spied filming at GM Proving Grounds, new Bumblebee Camaro caught [w/video]

Spy photographers usually try to focus their lenses on test mules and prototypes, but this week, a camera-toting sleuth stumbled upon some filming for <i>Transformers 4</i> on location at a General Motors proving grounds facility in Michigan. While Michael Bay's personal website has already shown us a …

Slideshow: 2014 Ford Mustang USAF Thunderbirds Edition

For the 2013 EAA Air Venture Young Eagles auction, Ford has built a one-off, customized, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds-themed Mustang GT. It even has a custom belly pan painted to mimic a Thunderbirds F-16 underbody.<p>Just don't do barrel rolls in it. That won't end well.