End of the Road for the Honda Insight?(Dec 09, 2013)Bland as it is, at least it's not the first-gen model with the melted back end and pointless rear wheel skirts. Now that one's a real design disaster!
Cadillac Says $76k ELR Totally Worth It(Dec 07, 2013)It does look nice, and from what I've heard Volts are pretty reliable so this should be too... but at the same time for what they're asking you could probably get a fully decked out Tesla and those are nicer all around.
GM Dropping Chevrolet in Europe(Dec 06, 2013)My guess is GM must be planning to sell more rebadged Vauxhalls as Chevys, and want to avoid the mistake Chrysler made with Plymouth in the late '90s of selling the same car under two different marques in the same market.
It's Finally Happened: Fisker Files for Bankruptcy(Nov 24, 2013)I'm expecting Fisker is now just portfolio filler for an investment firm in China or India. I think the name is just too toxic to consider reviving for a few years, at least until hybrid tech becomes more affordable.
Dodge Dart Becomes Fiat Hatchback in China(Nov 24, 2013)Y'know, I would be perfectly okay with a hot hatch version of the Dart. They could even Fiat brand it so the dealerships finally have something other than the 500 to sell over here.
$3.4M Lykan Hypersport Ready for Production(Nov 08, 2013)I'm pretty sure that they'll be building more than the original seven, especially with some people willing to pay even more than the original price to have a fully customized one.
Lutz Confirms Vette-Powered Karmas for 2014(Oct 22, 2013)Oh boy, another overpriced, LS-powered boutique car. Only now this one will look exactly like one of the biggest automotive debacles of the last 10 years! Hooray!
Rolls-Royce SUV Simply Rendered(Oct 22, 2013)To be fair, it does at least look a lot better than that Bentley-nosed monstrosity that was making the rounds a few months back.
The DeLorean is Back for the Future(Oct 04, 2013)@Joe: There's a company that bought out DMC's assets, and you can send a DeLorean to them for restoration and some rather pricey upgrade packages. Supposedly it makes the car more like what it was originally planned to be, but the cost is... eh.
The DeLorean is Back for the Future(Oct 04, 2013)I've seen photos of a DeLorean with a Cadillac NorthStar V8 jammed in the back, so it is possible. Although putting in a proper turbo V6, shedding weight and fixing the dodgy suspension would definitely be a much better solution.
Seriously? This is India's New Cop Cruiser?(Oct 03, 2013)This actually makes sense because India barely has any paved roads outside the major cities and those inside the city are constantly crammed with vehicles. Something the size of a Crown Vic would get hopelessly deadlocked over there.
Tesla Wants to Ditch Side Mirrors(Aug 17, 2013)Of course, when this goes mainstream it'll just give carmakers an excuse to raise the average price up about another $2k to compensate for it.
End of the Road for the Honda Ridgeline?(Jul 14, 2013)It's more or less a Pilot with the back cut open, so it's an SUV for people who want something that looks more "rugged" than an SUV. Of course now the luxury fullsize truck market is taking over that area so nobody wants this anymore.
End of the Road for the Honda Ridgeline?(Jul 14, 2013)Yeah, the light truck market fizzled out because automakers wanted to push more expensive (and more profitable) full size trucks and SUV's onto buyers during the mid to late '90s.
Bentley Unveils Continental GT3(Jul 12, 2013)I believe that rear wing mounting was done because of regulations that require easy access to the rear compartment for fuel cell inspections. I think it's actually more aerodynamic than a "normal" looking wing as well.
Pimped Hummer Gets Sounds to Match(Jun 18, 2013)Giant rims, giant subwoofers, no actual performance parts... add in some pulsing neon underglow, LEDs glued everywhere and a bunch of audio company decals and it'd be straight out of 2004.
Pickup Prices are Rising Really Fast(Jun 13, 2013)The super-expensive trucks like the King Ranch are aimed at people who want to look "rigged" but don't want an SUV like their neighbors have. A standard no-frills work truck is still plenty affordable.
5 Affordable 60s & 70s Classics(May 31, 2013)There was a company that bought the rights to this car and made them in limited numbers until the mid '90s, if memory serves. So if you want an original one, do some fact checking first.
Tesla Wants a Leaf Rival(May 29, 2013)Seems like Tesla really is committing to breaking into mainstream production. I sure hope they don't end up sinking themselves like Fisker did.
Top 5 Luxury Pickups(May 29, 2013)"1794 Edition" makes me think it's an Italian Renaissance themed package.
Lamborghini Urus to Make Production(May 13, 2013)2017, eh? So they gave themselves enough time to quietly kill the project off in case the economy goes south again. Or maybe they just want to see how other brands fare in the super-luxury SUV game first.
5 Eighties American Luxury Blunders(May 12, 2013)I still laugh when I see one of these pop up in an auto trading magazine as a "rare luxury car" with an optimistic price. These heaps aren't even worth the cost of towing them to the scrapyard.
Blowing the Crowd Away at NASCAR(Apr 30, 2013)I can't believe there are that many people standing so close to the track with no ear protection. Even when you're halfway up in the stands those cars are loud enough to give you hearing damage if you're not careful.
More Embarrassment for Fisker(Apr 24, 2013)Having them be loss-leaders to encourage sales and promote development of the technology isn't really a bad thing, provided the loss is reasonable. Half a million dollars per car is not reasonable by any stretch of the imagination.
Toyota Me.We Thinks Out of the Box(Apr 24, 2013)Interesting idea, but they seem to be aiming this at the same market the Honda Element was meant for, and we all know what happened there.
Fiat Builds its Millionth 500(Apr 23, 2013)Driving a full size car through most European cities is like trying to steer the Titanic through a wading pool and speed limits in urban areas are much slower, that's why they're popular.
Vencer Sarthe Debuts at Top Marques(Apr 22, 2013)@Jacob: GM sells the LS engines for a fraction of what a comparable BMW or AMG engine would cost, and they're easier to integrate into a custom-built car as well. That's why you see them in all these boutique supercars.
Nissan Friend-Me Bows in China(Apr 21, 2013)It's just a design concept, so the engine specs are pretty much irrelevant. This is just to show off features they want to put in the next batch of production cars.
Three-Wheeled Cars: Reliant Robin(Apr 21, 2013)I was rather shocked to discover that there's a company making three wheeled cars and selling them here in the US. There's two places in Columbus alone that have a couple for sale.
Nissan Friend-Me Bows in China(Apr 21, 2013)Oh sure, let everyone see the dashboard and just encourage them to be horrible backseat drivers. Wonderful idea!
Expensive Failures: Rolls-Royce Camargue(Apr 17, 2013)I don't really think this deserves to be called an ugly car. Kind of bland maybe, which is certainly bad for a premium name like Rolls-Royce, but there's been far worse from that time period.
Rolls-Royce Makes a Pink Ghost(Apr 17, 2013)I have to like just because of the Thunderbirds reference. Even if it doesn't have six wheels like Lady Penelope's did.
"Need for Speed" Using Replicas?(Apr 17, 2013)If they use quick cuts and don't focus on the cars themselves for too long most people won't even notice that they're replicas. Heck, most people probably won't care either.
Bugatti Veyron GS at Fuji Speedway(Apr 15, 2013)Getting to drive a Veyron with the electronic limiters off at a track like Fuji is something that makes me instantly jealous.
5 Failed Auto Revivals(Apr 15, 2013)Gah, what were they thinking? This doesn't look anything like an Aston, it has none of the elegance you would expect from one.
5 Failed Auto Revivals(Apr 15, 2013)Reminds me of the TVR Griffith in ways. Shame it never made it to production.
5 Failed Auto Revivals(Apr 15, 2013)Supposedly this was the more mainstream model that was going to bring in funding to build a proper sportscar.
5 Failed Auto Revivals(Apr 15, 2013)The worst part is that near the end factory workers agreed to go unpaid for a month to try and get the company back up and running, and then the plug was pulled and they didn't get a dime for their efforts.
Defunct Euro Carmakers: TVR(Apr 13, 2013)That's a pretty clever way of saying "we can't afford to put ABS systems and airbags in our cars".
The World’s Top-Selling Car Is…(Apr 13, 2013)It may be the definition of a "driving appliance" but you can get one fully loaded for insanely cheap if you wait for the right time of year and know how to haggle with a car dealer.
Mexicans to Build New Alpine A-110(Apr 12, 2013)Those front intakes sticking so far out kinda spoil it. Make them more flush with the rest of the bumper and it'd be much more clean looking.
Bugatti Reveals WRC Edition Vitesse(Apr 12, 2013)That and rich people are still willing to pay close to 2 million bucks a pop for these "special" Bugattis, and saying no to that kind of cash is something nobody would do.
Bugatti Vitesse Hits 254 MPH(Apr 12, 2013)So I guess Bugatti is never going to build the Galibier now that they're too busy making shameless grabs at the record books like Hennessey, huh?
Dubai Police Adds Aventador to Fleet(Apr 12, 2013)@Will: Not too surprising, most if not all of the other police supercars are only used as escort vehicles for high profile situations. They're way too expensive for the daily hard driving a typical police car sees.
Fisker Ready to Pull the Plug?(Apr 10, 2013)The worst part is that when they do go under this will likely be tied up in bankruptcy court for the next few years, wasting even more money.