2009

Small Cars In Short Supply Due To Cash-For-Clunkers Boom
Small Cars In Short Supply Due To Cash-For-Clunkers Boom

Plan to swoop in and get the deal of the decade at the local lot by taking a new car off their hands? Sorry, but it looks like you might have missed your opportunity for some of the best deals. Late last year, earlier this year, and even into this summer supply far outpaced demand for many brands...Read More»

Mazda Roadster 20th anniversary edition
Mazda Miata Makes 20 (Again), Issues Special Edition Model

Back in February at the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda displayed a candy-colored array of Mazda Miatas (known elsewhere in the world as the MX-5 or the Roadster) to celebrate the model's 20th year of production. Now, the Hiroshima-based automaker is releasing a special edition of the popular two-seater...Read More»

2009 mitsubishi lancer ralliart motorauthority 007
Buying a Car? Check With Your Bank!

I've been shopping for a new or a slightly used car lately, because I need one. I've been to dealerships, and I've also been to my bank to see where I can get the best deal. While on this cycle, I discovered something I think others should know about, if they don't already. Now, we all see...Read More»

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Chrysler PT Cruiser Saved, Fan Pleased

Interesting news from Chrysler today: apparently, the much-maligned, decidedly unsafe, recently shelved PT Cruiser isn't headed for the graveyard just yet. The update comes via a bland, stilted tweet from a staffer deep inside pentastar headquarters (could someone please get those folks some...Read More»

2009 Honda Civic GX
Honda Brings Squeaky-Clean Civic GX To A Third State—Utah!

Honda’s natural-gas-powered Civic GX is only offered to the general car-buying public in two states—California and New York. But today the automaker announced a third state where it’s available: Utah. Why Utah? According to Honda, the Great Salt Lake state leads the nation in per capita...Read More»

2010 Bentley Arnage replacement
Spy Shots: 2010 Bentley Arnage

The 2010 "grand Bentley" that will replace the Arnage has been spotted by spy photographers over at our partner site, MotorAuthority.com. The new sedan is scheduled for a world debut at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours next month, but several preview photos have been revealed--along with some...Read More»

Pearl Motors Yachts' 'Pearl 60' model
Yacht Comes With GPS, Cupholders, And A Bentley Continental GT

Times are tough all over, and manufacturers are doing everything they can to lure customers into showrooms. Some offer toasters, some offer restaurant coupons, but if you're looking for the mack-daddy of promotions, look no further than Pearl Motors Yachts and its top-of-the-line Pearl 60. In...Read More»

2009 Mazda MAZDA5
2009 Mazda Mazda5 Sport Review

Probably one of the most overlooked vehicles out there, the Mazda5 is a diamond in a sea of coal. With six passenger seating...and yes, the third row is better for the youngsters, but I have sat in it (with my six foot XXL frame) for over an hour long trip and didn't get cramped up. The middle row...Read More»

2009 Suzuki SX4 Man
Test Drive: 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover

Can a company that started out making tools for the ancient art of weaving create a fun and practical car? The SX4 Crossover doesn't really offer a ton of differenitation in design.  For a crossover it looks small in comparison to other crossovers like the Ford Flex, if anything it looks more like...Read More»

Maserati Design Driven winning entry, by Holger Schubert
Maserati Helps Find Top Architectural Garages

You've likely seen one of several 'dream garages' books or Web sites that single out certain garages mostly by their collection of cars inside, their sheer size and number of vehicles, or celebrity ownership. To honor garage design itself rather than who or what's inside, Maserati and Architectural...Read More»

2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid
San Antonio Nissan Fans Hoping For Rain On August 8

World Nissan in San Antonio, Texas is making customers an interesting offer: buy Nissan Altima between July 15 and August 1, and if it rains in San Antonio on August 8, the dealership will refund the car's purchase price. The promotion comes by way of the dealership's car sales manager, "Big Al"...Read More»

Nissan Gen 2 CVT
Nissan Promises An Improved CVT

If you want to get an automatic transmission—as most car shoppers prefer—on a Nissan, you'll most likely end up with a CVT. That's, to put it as simply as possible, a belt-and-pulley system rather than gears and hydraulics. Nissan has just announced that the CVT it uses across most of its...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Genesis
2009 Hyundai Genesis Drives To The Top Of J.D. Power's Heap

The good times for Hyundai keep on rolling: J.D. Power and Associates has given top marks in its Vehicle Launch Index to the 2009 Hyundai Genesis. The Index "quantifies how well new vehicle models -- including new entries to the market and all new redesigned models -- perform during the first eight...Read More»

Lotus EV minicar concept
Lotus EV Minicar Looks Vaguely Familiar

Automotive Engineer magazine wanted to know how far Lotus could push the design envelope on a fully electric minicar. Judging from the sketches the company cranked out, the answer is: not very far at all. To be sure, there's some innovation at play, like the rooftop solar panels and the...Read More»

2010 Bentley Arnage replacement
Video: Another Grand Bentley Teaser

Because it's Monday, and because no one likes being rushed back into the office routine, and because -- let's face it -- some of you/us are still hungover from Saturday night at the Flora-Bama lounge, here's another teaser clip for the new Grand Bentley (aka the Bentley Arnage replacement). This is...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G8
2010 Pontiac G8: Punched About Then Booted Out

Be careful which news story on the Pontiac G8 you read first, and don't get your hopes up. General Motors has released what we think is its Final Answer about the sport sedan: It won't be coming back for 2010. In recent days, the future of the Pontiac G8 has taken the form of a novella…with some...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz S Class
VW, Mercedes, Honda Models—And Porsche—Top APEAL Study

Porsche ranks as most appealing nameplate for the fifth consecutive year. That's according to J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, which was just released. Yet Porsche only had one top-placing model in Power's study, the Cayenne. Across all...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI
Driven: 2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI makes a lot more sense than the standard gasoline Touareg V-6 and V-8 models, but it's still a niche vehicle with niche appeal. That's an assessment that TheCarConnection.com couldn't quite steer around after a week and some 650 miles with the TDI. To see why...Read More»

2009 Suzuki SX4 Man
2010 Suzuki SX4 Gains SportBack Model

Either as a five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan, Suzuki's SX4 is a well-packaged, well-equipped small car and surprisingly enjoyable to drive. TheCarConnection.com especially likes its hatchback model, called the SX4 Crossover, and points to its quiet interior, sporty driving feel, and...Read More»

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