2009

Driven: 2009 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V
Driven: 2009 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V

Long before Subaru introduced its WRX in the U.S. and Mitsubishi brought its Evo, Nissan sold the sporty SE-R version of its Sentra sedan. Besides giving the dowdy Sentra a few more horsepower and a new attitude, the SE-R, along with the Honda Civic Si, are often credited for sparking the tuner...Read More»

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London Tries Anti-Speeding Black Box

By many accounts Britain is already a surveillance society, with a frighteningly high level of personal data collection and tracking. So somehow it's not too surprising that the U.K. is considering some of its most drastic, interventionist measures for motorists—including controlling the gas...Read More»

2010 Bentley Arnage replacement
The Big Tease Continues: 2010 Bentley Arnage

  The teaser campaign for the new "grand Bentley" continues with this latest photo from Crewe--the rear roofline of the new sedan that's to replace the Bentley Arnage. The new sedan is set for a debut at the Pebble Beach Concours in August, and for sale next year. From the details shown in the...Read More»

2009 Tesla Roadster         Photo Credit: Rex Roy
Tesla Roadster Offers Financing Via Bank Of America

Say what you will about the shouting going on at Tesla these days, but there's no denying that the company's Tesla Roadster is a beaut. Only problem is, with its $100,000+ price tag, the Roadster costs more than some folks' homes are worth. Luckily, Tesla has just announced that Bank of America...Read More»

2009 Bentley Continental GTC Speed
Hitting 200mph In The Bentley Continental GTC Speed. With The Top Down.

Ever wondered what it might feel like to hit 200mph? Ever wondered what it might feel like in a convertible? With the top down? Of course you have. You probably haven't had the opportunity to live out that dream just yet, but at least one guy has--and he's done it in a Bentley Continental GTC...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Passat CC
Driven: 2009 Volkswagen CC

Few, if any, will argue that the curvy new 2009 Volkswagen CC is a great-looking sedan—a more emotional, upmarket choice for style-conscious drivers who can't spring for the pricetag of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS, the 2009 Jaguar XF, or even the upcoming 2010 BMW 5-Series GT fastback. The CC...Read More»

Bentley Continental GT, used as a canvas by artist Romero Britto
Shiny, Happy Bentley Continental GT: The Revenge of Pop Art

Quick, imagine a 2009 Bentley Continental GT: low, wide, sleek, its powerful turbocharged W-12 engine purring as the driver relaxes in his Connolly leather seats. But, what color do you see in your mind? We're betting you don't see deep sky blue with white squiggles all over it, and a handful of...Read More»

GM E85 presentation
Frugal Shopper: Will E85 Save You Money?

Ford, GM, and Chrysler now have a wide range of vehicles that are E85-compatible—meaning they can run on a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline—plus Nissan and Toyota have outfitted some of their largest trucks for it and it's now offered in the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300. There...Read More»

2009 HUMMER H2 SUV
Tough-Lux: 2009 Hummer H2 And 2009 Range Rover Among Most Expensive To Insure

You might be able to swing quite a deal today on one of the most luxurious off-road-worthy barges, but be prepared to pay extra—over and over again—in your insurance premiums. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, 2009 Hummer H2, and 2009 Range Rover rank as the most expensive SUVs to insure...Read More»

2009 Toyota Highlander
2009 Toyota Highlander vs. Kia Rondo: 7-Seaters with Great Gas Mileage

 Some families simply need to carry seven or eight people at a time. How can you do it comfortably, without facing huge fill-up costs at the pump? I decided to apply two critical criteria on my latest family car search to see what I could come up with. The criteria: The family vehicle must hold at...Read More»

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Dodges Might Be Sold As Alfas In Europe

A Dodge rebadged as an Alfa? Alfisti are no doubt astir over this one. TheCarConnection.com has already told you about the near-certain plans for some Fiat models—like the stylish 500 minicar—to be sold in the U.S. via Chrysler's dealer network, and we've also heard talk about how Alfa might be...Read More»

2010 Mazda Premacy (Japan)
Mazda5 Likely Sporting Few Changes for 2010

Mazda has announced equipment details for the Premacy, its Japan-market compact minivan that closely parallels the Mazda5. Based on this, it's likely that the 2010 Mazda5 will return with just a few minor equipment changes. In Japan, the Premacy gets a new fuel economy gauge and a newly redesigned...Read More»

2009 Suzuki SX4 Man
Suzuki Offers Free Gas Card With 2009 SX4

Suzuki has opened up the pumps—to ease the jitterbugs, of course. The automaker will offer free gas cards with purchase of any new 2009 SX4 small-car models in the U.S. The promotion, called "Free Gas for Summer," includes a pre-paid debit card good for $270 on the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Sport (sedan)...Read More»

2009 Infiniti FX35
Driven: 2009 Infiniti FX35

The last-generation (2003-08) Infiniti FX wasn't just a blast to drive; especially when it was first rolled out, it quite simply had the hottest, most low-slung look—even when compared to other performance SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne. And that trend-setting styling has aged uncommonly well;...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen CC
Volkswagen CC Earns Major Design Award, But Sales Are Tepid

The Volkswagen Passat CC (called the Volkswagen CC in the U.S.) is by nearly all accounts a great-looking car. And now the smooth four-door coupe has won a prestigious red dot design award. The top award for vehicles, officially "red dot Design Award 2009 – Best of the Best," in the product...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz C Class 3.0L Luxury RWD
Hertz Says Rent a Benz, Instead

When a standard four-cylinder, four-door sedan won't do for your next out-of-town car trip, Hertz has a better idea: rent a Mercedes-Benz instead. Luxury car rentals are mostly a niche market, but the nation's biggest rental car company has a Prestige Collection that includes everything from Audis...Read More»

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2
Lamborghini Builds a Rear-Drive Gallardo--And It Will Cost You

The 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo's spun off another new edition, and the latest version's a little bit of heresy for the normally four-wheel-driven brand. The newest Gallardo LP550-2 is a rear-driver--while all other Gallardo models offer standard four-wheel drive. It's a spin on the usual drivetrain...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Vibe w/1SA
D-I-V-O-R-C-E: GM Calls it Quits with Toyota, NUMMI

General Motors is washing its hands of the joint venture it operates with Toyota in California--the NUMMI plant in Fremont, Calif., where the companies teamed to build the Pontiac Vibe, and where Toyota builds the Tacoma pickup and Corolla sedan. We've been telling you for months that GM probably...Read More»

Tesla's flagship London location in Knightsbridge
Tesla Goes Tony With New London Showroom

Tesla has officially set foot on European soil, with the opening of the company's flagship showroom in the Knightsbridge area of London. (That puts it very near Harrods and also close to the Victoria and Albert Museum, so tourists have no excuse for not stopping in.) This is great news for the...Read More»

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