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Redefining car culture with Gran Turismo creator Kaz Yamauchi

Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo series has been a cultural phenomenon, a force renowned beyond the realm of video games, since its debut on the original PlayStation in 1998.<p>We're a few months away from the launch of <i>Gran Turismo 6</i> on PlayStation 3, which is scheduled for Dec. 6. The series' scope …

BMW's last M3 coupe

With next-gen two-door Bimmers now called the 4-series, we bid farewell to the last two-door M3.<p>A moment of silence, please. BMW has just built its very last M3. Again. This is becoming a bit of a habit for the Bavarians.<p>The infamous stoppages keep happening. There was 1992, when the last of the …

Things we love about cars

There's no end, any more than there's an end to roads or speed or the joy of movement. But 51 reasons seems like a good start.<p>There's no end, any more than there's an end to roads or speed or the joy of movement. But 51 reasons seems like a good start.

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Nismo tunes the Nissan Leaf

Suspension, engine, aero, and rolling stock upgrades add a little spice to Nissan's EV.<p>There are many types of customers Nissan hopes to attract with the Leaf, but performance enthusiasts haven't been among them. The Japanese automaker drummed up some excitement for the EV with the competition-spec …

Nissan Leaf

The 2014 CLA45 AMG Is Key To Gen Y, Says Mercedes AMG CEO Ola Källenius

The 2014 CLA45 AMG marks a new era for Mercedes-Benz’s performance division.<p>It doesn’t have rear-wheel drive like most AMG models do. It’s based on the lowly A-Class, an efficiency-minded subcompact sold in Europe, and it only has a small four-cylinder engine under its hood, rather than a snarling …

2013 Honda Civic Si First Test

A (Re)freshing Start<p>Honda‘s early update to the ninth-generation Civic — performed just a year into its production — gives the car an opportunity to start anew. Along with the rest of the lineup , the enthusiast-favorite Si receives a number of improvements and standard features.<p>As in all 2013 …

Honda Civic

Next-Gen Audi A8 to Debut in 2013 With Matrix LED Headlights

The next-generation Audi A8 will debut before the end of 2013 with so-called Matrix LED headlights, the brand has announced. Now that HID headlights are available on a few compacts and the 2014 Toyota Corolla offering standard LEDs, Audi is attempting to stay ahead of the game with more advanced …

Audi A8

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.6L Sedan / Hatchback

Building on an excellent foundation with slightly less excellent technology.<p>Not long ago, folks probably would have laughed you unconscious if you told them Ford would paste an Aston Martin grille on a subcompact. Today, with Ford design getting ever more attractive—borrowed supercar styling cues …

5 Lessons in Luxury Car Design From the Guys Who Park Them

Google<p>“On a hot summer day, after getting in a high-end Lexus, I felt a sensation similar to peeing my pants. I looked down and noticed that the seat had little holes, blowing cool air up from below.” It was just another day for Ben Nesvig, who valet-parked cars in Minneapolis for over eight …