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Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid rated at 108 MPG
  Recently voted Green Car of the Year
The 2013 Ford Fusion - recently voted Green Car of the Year -just got greener as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certified the new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid at up to 108 MPGe, making it America's most fuel-efficient sedan. Fusion Energi is the Ford brand's fifth electrified vehicle to launch in the past year and is expected to accelerate the company's record hybrid sales pace, including its highest monthly hybrid sales month ever in November.
Introducing the all-new BMW M6 Gran Coupe
  Twin-Turbo V8 monster
In early summer 2013, the all-new BMW M6 Gran Coupe will join its famous BMW M5 Sedan and M6 Coupe siblings as what is perhaps the perfect combination of both. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe is an ultra-high performance, four-door Coupe design with stunning aesthetics, race-bred technology, and the signature driving character of BMW M GmbH.
We test the Scion FR-S
  by Ali Arsham
Every once in a while a car comes that has all the buzz. Many new cars wish that they would get the media attention but usually one car every few years gets the attention. The Scion FR-S is one of those cars. Rumors of a small sports car from Toyota have been circulating since 2006. Since then the concept cars have been shown at many shows and spy pictures have been all over the magazines. Toyota has played the game right by building the hype and wetting everyone’s appetite for the car.
MUSCLE CARS: You Only Live Twice
  by Stephen Cox
Say goodbye to the second great wave of American muscle cars. In a tsunami of stupid rarely matched even in the brain-dead world of politicians, The Almighty State hath decreed that new car fleets must average an insane 54.5 miles per gallon within 12 model years. With a single stroke of monumental insanity, the greatest armada of muscle cars ever devised has been put on death row. Here's how this coming automotive mega-disaster happened... 
BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept officially breaks cover
  4 Series lineup to replace 3 Series Coupe, convertible
On Wednesday, the company released the first concept images of what will be the BMW 4 Series coupe when it comes to market in 2013. The latest generation of the BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible leads the way worldwide in the premium mid-range coupe and convertible market. Indeed few, if any, rivals have made such a defining impact on this segment in terms of design, dynamics and efficiency. Now, with the unveiling of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe, BMW is looking ahead to the fourth generation of its sporty mid-range coupe.
Chevrolet Spark EV is Pure, Electric Fun
  An affordable five-door urban mini car
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, introduced today ahead of the Los Angeles International Auto Show, packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car designed to make the trip as electrifying as the destination. It will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives. The Spark EV is the first electric vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability, enabling the Spark EV to reach 80-percent battery charge in just 20 minutes.
Never, Ever Try This in Your Fiat X1/9
  by Stephen Cox
I remember counting eight headlights coming at us head-on. Four lanes of traffic, two lights per car. Yup. The math was correct. Our closing speed was nearly 200 miles per hour. But everything is a joke when you're young. Blessed with abundant stupidity, it would be twenty years before it occurred to me how dumb this really was. But I was having too much fun at the time to realize it.
How I Murdered Two Mitsubishi Sports Cars
  by Stephen Cox
Only now do I dare speak of it. In the fall of 2005 I got a call from a producer in Santa Ana, California. It seems that Mitsubishi needed someone to drive the brand new, rally-inspired 2006 Lancer Evolution IX for a film production to be shot on a road course. They must have thought me marginally competent (there's no accounting for taste) because I was offered the gig. I took it.
The Trend That No One Wants to Talk About
  by Stephen Cox
Voila! After four hours of enjoyable motoring, one Starbucks Refresher and half a can of barbecue Pringles, I arrived in St. Charles, Illinois for last weekend's Mecum auto auction in abundantly high spirits. Everyone everywhere, it seems, is looking for trends in the collector car market, which is by definition inextricably tied to the economy.  Well, I've got a trend for you. This trend is the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about.
We drive the new Ford Mustang GT
  by Ali Arsham
Since 1982, the Mustang GT has been a car that most muscle car enthusiasts lust after.  The 1982 version made 157 hp and was the quickest American car you could buy back then.  A lot has changed since then but the Mustang spirit remains the same.  What has changed is that everything is better.  The Mustang GT has become faster, more fuel efficient and a lot better handling.  The Mustang has been continuously improved and the 2013 version is the best ever.  To get a closer look we got our hands on a 2013 Mustang GT to see.
The Case for Radar Detectors
  by Stephen Cox
I'm a firm believer that every motorist should have a radar detector and know how to use it effectively. Every now and then I am asked, “Why should it be legal to own a radar detector, when its only purpose is to help you break the law?” In reality, assisting someone with a regulatory violation is not the "only" purpose for a radar detector… in fact, that’s not even one of its purposes.
America’s Lost Hobby & the Salvation of Our Youth
  by Stephen Cox
I have figured out what is wrong with America’s youth and their disconnect with racing. They don’t race slot cars anymore.  In addition to being overly tattooed, body pierced and not pulling their pants up, most of them couldn’t define “HO scale” if you held a gun to their iPad. Racing HO scale Aurora AFX slot cars with the greatest man I’ve ever known – my dad – in our garage in the summer of 1969 taught me pretty much everything I needed to get through life. After slot car racing, formal education was anticlimactic.
Bentley Continental GT Speed
  Bentley's new performance flagship
Bentley is releasing full technical details of its exciting new 205 mph (330 km/h) all-wheel drive performance flagship ahead of its official international show debut at the Moscow Motor Show on 29 August. The new Continental GT Speed is the fastest road-car Bentley has ever produced and orders are being taken now, with deliveries scheduled to start in October 2012.
Ford announces 850HP 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra
  As a tribute to Carroll Shelby
Friends of Carroll Shelby, including Ford Motor Company, Shelby American, Ford Racing and many others have built a unique 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra as a tribute to the late Carroll Shelby.  Using the 662-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 as a foundation, “Friends of Carroll” created the one-of-a-kind 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra wide-body Mustang that now generates more than 850 horsepower with the help of a Ford Racing 4.0-litre Whipple supercharger.
Fiberglass to CF: Corvette’s Lightweight Legacy
  For 60 years, Corvette’s performance driven by advanced materials
It’s a scientific fact: Low weight plus high horsepower equal exhilarating performance. That combination has defined the Corvette for six decades, as increasing power output matches the use of advanced materials to minimize curb weight. The 2013 Corvette Z06 exemplifies that philosophy. With a curb weight of only 3,199 pounds (1,451 kg) and 505-horsepower (377 kW), it is not only one of the lightest sports cars available in America, it has one of the best power-to-weight ratios of 6.33:1.
Racing's Dilemma - Kids Don’t Care About Cars
  by Stephen Cox
A car was more than transportation when I was a kid. Your car represented who you were. Everyone knew what a car meant... freedom! The liberty to go where you want, to be with your friends and to get into mischief. An automobile was true, genuine freedom and every one of us wanted it.  Not so anymore. The average high school kid is far more concerned with grabbing the latest iPad or the coolest cell phone than driving the right automobile.
Collector Cars: Live from Mecum Des Moines
  by Stephen Cox
Okay, I'm sitting in my hotel room after the auction jamming to Heart (“Crazy on You”) and it occurs to me how much I love the Mecum Auto Auction held in Des Moines.  Every year we wonder if the Des Moines show will be axed from the network lineup because it generally features low end collector cars, and every year I'm grateful when it returns. I have a soft spot for these cars.  The fact is that very few people will ever be able to own a Yenko Camaro or an original Shelby Cobra. And if they did, they'd be afraid to drive it.
McLaren unveils MP4-12C Spyder
  With Retractable Hard Top (RHT) folding roof system
McLaren Automotive announces today the launch of its second vehicle in the MP4-12C family: the new 12C Spider; a variant of the 12C.  The 12C Spider is lightweight with a high powered engine which boasts 616 bhp, a unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) folding roof system, and a carbon ‘MonoCell’ chassis identical to that of the groundbreaking 12C coupe. The 12C Spider is a luxury convertible sports car that offers a unique combination of spectacular performance with remarkable usability.
Chevrolet Corvette Roars Into Its 60th Year
On June 30, 1953, the first of a new kind of Chevrolet – indeed, a new kind of American car – rolled off an assembly line in Flint, Mich. The car had only two seats. There were no roll-up windows, or exterior door handles, for that matter. Its body wasn’t stamped from steel but, rather, molded from reinforced fiberglass. While the postwar Baby Boom was in full swing, this was definitely not a family car. This was a very personal vehicle, one that promised a driver and a passenger all of the thrills of the open road.
We drive the Hyundai Azera
  by Ali Arsham
Every family seems to want a luxury car.  Luxury cars are very desirable purchases for older and more affluent buyers.  Most buyers have been working and saving money for many years and the purchase of a luxury car is a reward to themselves. Their inside voice tells them that they have earned this purchase and they deserve it.  Just like a suit, luxury cars come in all kinds of different price levels.  And just like a suit, spending more does not always get you more.
MECUM AUCTION: Live from Indianapolis
  by Stephen Cox
The 25th edition of Mecum's Spring Classic was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds last week, producing high-dollar sales on some of the most desirable automobiles in the world. The real news to come from this auction was the announcement that a pair of historic racecars will sell at Mecum's Monterey event in August. The first car is a massive blockbuster.
Carroll Shelby was part of Ford Family for 60 years
  Video talking about winning LeMans in the 60s
Carroll Shelby was a member of the Ford family for the better part of 60 years, producing stunning performance vehicles from concepts to production models.  He once said his energy and passion for performance products were always strongest when he was working with Ford. Shelby most recently collaborated with the company on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, the most powerful production V8 in the world. Working with SVT engineers at Sebring and the Arizona Proving Grounds, at times he drove for more than eight hours – at the ripe old age of 88. He was having so much fun, he didn’t want to stop.
Carroll Hall Shelby 1923-2012: A Life Well Lived
  by Mark J
Carroll Hall Shelby, a man whose vision for performance transformed the automobile industry, has died at age 89, his company, Carroll Shelby International, said today. Mr. Shelby passed yesterday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Born on January 11, 1923, in East Texas, Shelby is considered one of the truly great American success stories of the 20th century. Race car driver, WWII “Flying Sergeant”, philanthropist, automotive entrepreneur and racing team owner, he came to embody the ingenuity, tenacity and grit needed to win during his 60+ year career.
We drive the Honda Si Coupe
  by Ali Arsham
Honda sells around 20,000 Civics each month which is only second to their Accord. Since its introduction in 1973, Honda has sold 8.8 million Civics just in the United States alone.  With those numbers, the Civic is a very important model to Honda’s bottom line.  For 2012, Honda has come up with the ninth generation Civic that is said to be completely redesigned. 
We drive the Hyundai Equus Ultimate
  by Ali Arsham
If you are in the market for a luxury sedan, you are probably looking at Lexus and Mercedes Benz.  In the US they are the big players and you will end up paying a lot of money for the privilege of owning one.  Now there is a new game in town with the arrival of the Hyundai Equus.  Yes, Hyundai is now making a luxury car to go up against some of the best in the world and it is very good.  It is also a bargain, if you can call a $65,700 car a bargain.
Prius Plug-In: Less charge for your money
  Toyota makes popular hybrid even better
Prius Plug-in, which reaches showrooms in July, offers all the familiar virtues of Prius, and then some. Like its sister model, it is powered by a smooth, refined and ultra-efficient full hybrid powertrain, but thanks to new, rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology, it can cover longer distances and reach higher speeds on electric power alone, cutting tailpipe emissions to zero.
Scenes from the NY Auto Show
  Live from the show
In 1900, the New York International Automobile Show became North America's first automotive exhibition. For over one hundred years, through depression, war, boom-time, oil crisis, recession and growth, it has continued its pioneering tradition of bringing new and innovative ideas to a national and world stage. In the last decade, the Show has boosted the number of new vehicle announcements, broken attendance figures, and increased media attention to extraordinary levels.
We test the 2012 Honda Accord V6 sedan
  by Ali Arsham
The Honda Accord is one of those cars that is a benchmark.  If someone wants to build a family sedan in that segment, you can bet that they have a few Accords in their technical centers that they have taken apart to see what makes them tick.  Honda sold a quarter million Accords last year.  The Accord has always had something special in its blood.
All-New Impala – Chevrolet Reinvents an Iconic Sedan
  Designed to deliver bold style, interior refinement, enhanced efficiency
Chevrolet completes the transformation of its North American passenger car lineup with the introduction of the all-new 2014 Impala. The redesigned flagship sedan builds on the strong heritage of the Impala nameplate by offering expressive style, a more-refined interior, easy-to-use technology, and what is expected to be an exhilarating driving experience.
We drive the Acura TSX Sedan
  by Ali Arsham
The sport sedan category is one of the best in the world.  Here are cars that can do it all from hauling kids to school, to picking up groceries to carving corners and they tend to get decent fuel economy.  And they are usually affordable.  As with most things, once manufacturers figure that people like something, they figure that more is probably better which is not always the case.  So we end up with 400 horsepower (or more) machines that cost $50,000 (or way more) that can do 0-60 in four seconds.
Mercedes Benz follows up the SL63 with the SL65
  The AMG 6.0-litre V12 "biturbo" (twin-turbocharged)
Mercedes-AMG is embarking on the 2012 roadster season in inimitably dynamic style: following on from the recent launch of the SL 63 AMG, the top eight-cylinder model, there now comes the presentation of the new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG, the V12 roadster in the line-up from the Stuttgart-based manufacturer. The AMG 6.0-litre V12 "biturbo" (twin-turbocharged).
We test the Mazda CX-9
  by Ali Arsham
Mazda introduced the CX-9 in 2007 as its large SUV.  Since then the CX-9 has remained an important part of Mazda’s line up.  Since the CX-9 has not changed all that much since 2007, we were curious to see how competitive the CX-9 is compared to its competition.  There is only one way to find out how the CX-9 stacks up and that is by taking one for a test and we found out a lot in the process.
Official: 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
  The fastest Ferrari ever built - Includes videos
Ferrari has officially revealed their brand new 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, ahead of the official debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 starting next Tuesday. The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched by the Italians. Today’s on-line unveiling of the F12berlinetta ushers in a new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinders in the form of a car that delivers unprecedented performance.
We test the Hyundai Accent SE
  by Ali Arsham
Little cars are all over the place in most of the world but in the US, they have not been a huge success.  With gas prices going up Americans are finally starting to think that maybe they don’t need to drive their full size SUV to work every day that gets 14 mpg.  So now we are getting many choices in the B class segment such as the Hyundai Accent.
Mercedes unveils 2013 SL63 AMG
  Available in USA in mid-July
Mercedes-Benz used Tuesday’s Formula One test at the Barcelona circuit in Spain to also unveil its latest road-going performance car, the SL63 AMG. Set to go on sale in North America in July, the two-seat roadster was revealed by the Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, fresh from unveiling their team’s new F1 car, the MGP W03.
We test the Volkswagen Jetta GLI
  by Ali Arsham
Volkswagen’s GLI was always unique in its offerings.  It was partly economy car yet it offered the performance of its bigger brother, the Audi A4.  Its price was low enough that made it become a great alternative to the more expensive sport sedans. When the Jetta was redesigned for 2011, much of the good stuff from the Jetta was lost due to Volkswagen’s decision to make the car a better fit in the American market.  That meant less content and cheaper price. 
Road Test: Audi A6 3.0T quattro
  by Ali Arsham
If you are shopping around for a luxury sport sedan, you have a few choices but perhaps none that is better than the Audi A6.  Audi has redesigned the A6 range and while the look remains the same, almost everything is improved.  The exterior design of the A6 has always been very clean and muscular.  While some of the other German companies have resorted to strange shapes and designs, Audi’s styling has remained more traditional yet modern and clean.
2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition
  Marks 60 Years of Performance with 427 Convertible
Chevrolet today unveiled the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition – the fastest, most capable convertible in Corvette’s history – as well as a 60th Anniversary Package that will be available on all 2013 Corvette models.  The Corvette 427 Convertible blends elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette’s history. Its heart is the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06 rated at 505 horsepower.
Scenes from Detroit Auto Show - Tuesday
  by Mark Scheuern
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2012 completed two full days of exciting new-vehicle introductions and upbeat press conferences signaling an enthusiasm not seen in the auto industry for a few years. The NAIAS now transitions to two days dedicated to Industry Preview. Our Mark Scheuern was there on Tuesday and captured these photos.
Scenes from Detroit Auto Show - Monday
  by Mark Scheuern
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2012 opened its doors to over 5,000 journalists from 55 countries this morning, who witnessed the unveiling of 27 vehicles seen for the first time ever. NAIAS is in the middle of its two-day press preview, and show organizers said they expect approximately 40 total new-vehicle introductions. Our Mark Scheuern was there and captured these photos.
Two new Bentley Continental V8 models to debut
  V8 Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible
Two new Bentley Continental V8 models will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 9th January 2012. The new 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 Continental GT coupé and GTC convertible achieve exceptional standards for power-to-emissions in the high luxury sports car sector. This remarkable, new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power of 500bhp (507PS/373Kw) at 6000 rev/min and an extraordinary peak torque of 660Nm (487 lb ft)
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