2009

Volkswagen Car Insurance: Expensive or Cheap?
Volkswagen Car Insurance: Expensive or Cheap?

Volkswagen offers a number of protections for customers. The company has a top-notch roadside assistant service, impressive warranty packages, and a solid servicing and maintenance team. But what does the auto insurance picture look like for this trendy vehicle? Well in the UK, Volkswagen features...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI
What Are Your Five Most Underappreciated New Cars?

What are your five most underappreciated new cars?  My five choices are the Mazda 5, Ford Fusion, VW Tiguan, BMW 1 Series, and Subaru Forester because they are all great vehicles but you don't see too many of them on the road. The Mazda 5 which is based on the Mazda 3 is a Mini Minivan that is...Read More»

2009 Saturn Sky
When Worlds Collide - the Death of Saturn

Based on the decision by GM to shut down Saturn after failing to obtain a buyer, you could be forgiven for thinking that there was something inherently wrong with the marque. That the competition was, you should pardon the expression, running rings around their product line or marketing strategy...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
Your Guy Dove Into an Empty Swimming Pool Wearing a Car - The Mechanics of a Vehicle Rollover

CrasherCarl: EDGR Engineering, Design and Government Regulations Your guy dove into an empty swimming pool wearing a car. I am a long time CxSI - a Crash Scene Investigator. That means I am an engineer who examines the two aspects of an automobile crash. If a lawsuit is going to be attempted, I may...Read More»

2011 Kia Amanti leak
Early Look At 2011 Kia Amanti

The affordable large car segment is starting to get just a little overcrowded, and in a time where customers all around the world are downsizing to smaller midsize models, performance, fuel-economy and overall value is now more important than ever. South Korea’s entrants in this field have...Read More»

hummer h3t 08
HUMMER H3, H3T Production To Restart By November?

HUMMER's sale is all but complete--though there are some worrying details left to be handled with the Chinese government--and talk of production resuming in the Shreveport plant where the H3 and H3T are built is already starting to leak out from the company. Dealers will be glad to hear the news...Read More»

Sirius Backseat TV in Chrysler 300C SRT8
Even On A Chrysler 300C SRT8, Sirius Backseat TV Is For Kids

The low-riding, mean-looking, top-of-the-line Chrysler 300C SRT8 feels like a mature high-performance luxury sedan—big 6.1-liter V-8 under the hood; rich-sounding audio system inside, backed up when you need it by a punchy Kicker sub in the trunk; and classy, supple black leather seats with...Read More»

2009 Nissan 370Z NISMO
Why Are Built-In Navigators So Much More Expensive Than Portable Units?

Do you remember a time before car navigation systems when people actually used to have to know how to (gasp!) read a map? Are you so young that you don't even know how to read a map? Well, it seems that in the course of a short 10 year period navigators have well and truly killed the map. Just...Read More»

2009 Toyota Corolla
The 2010 VW GTI Will Get You to Work on Time and In a Very Good Mood

Price: Starting at $25,000 Mileage: 24 city/31 highway The average person spends 9.2 days a year commuting to and from work. Take a moment to absorb that number and remember that this doesn't even take into account the poor souls we all hear about who spend something ridiculous like four hours a...Read More»

2009 Toyota Corolla
The Best Selling Cars of All Time

This is the defining list in automotive engineering history. It is a testament to what vehicle designs have worked over the years and which cars have remained the peoples choices over the decades. The fact that these automobiles make up this list should not really surprise anybody who has ever...Read More»

Cirque du Soleil-inspired Infiniti G37, painted by Heidi Taillefer
Infiniti Makes 20, Celebrates By Painting An Infiniti G37

We have good news, bad news, and more good news for Infiniti fans. The good news: Infiniti is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The bad news: the company chose to celebrate by turning an Infiniti G37 into an art car inspired by Cirque du Soleil (which seems really random, but Cirque is celebrating...Read More»

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
The New Mitsubishi Lancer Evo MR - The Sensible Evo?

The newest lineup of Mitsubishi's Lancer models are starting to hit dealerships worldwide and now we've got details on the granddaddy of them all, the Evolution MR Touring. It has all the power, handling and aggressive characteristics as last years Evolution X (the X refers to the tenth generation)...Read More»

2009 Dodge Ram
Rumor: Chrysler May Launch New 'Ram' Brand For Pickups, SUVs

General Motors came out of bankruptcy swinging, putting Bob Lutz on the front line of a full-court press junket to promote GM's new vehicles and new technology. We haven't heard much from the other restructured kid on the block, Chrysler, or its new Italian spouse; however, some interesting news is...Read More»

The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown. Photo: Transworld Publishers.
Dan Brown May Sell Lots of Books, But He Knows Nothing About Cars

We hardly need mention that The Lost Symbol, the long-awaited sequel to The Da Vinci Code, is now out and available at millions of bookstores and online for your reading pleasure. We do feel compelled to point out, though, that Dan Brown doesn't know much about cars. Or at least about Smart cars...Read More»

2009 Mazda B-Series
B-Series, B-Seeing You: Mazda Leaves U.S. Pickup Market

Don’t look for a 2010 Mazda B-Series; the nameplate has quietly slipped off Mazda’s U.S. roster this fall. The move leaves only a few compact pickups in the North American market. The 2010 Ford Ranger gets side airbags and electronic stability control, as we’ve reported, but it otherwise...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited
Is the Hyundai Sonata the Best Looking 4-Cylinder Family Sedan?

Price: starting at $18,700 Mileage: 22 city/32 highway Someone really needs to explain this to me: why is the bulbous jellybean styling of both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry somehow acceptable to so many new car buyers? And how on earth did it come to pass that the most coherent exterior (and...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 1959 Chevy Bel Air
Head-On Crash: 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs ’59 Bel Air

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air has been crashed into a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu—in a head-on frontal-offset test, at 40 mph. The result is not only interesting viewing for our inner gawkers; it's a lesson in how...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS
The 2009 Hyundai Elantra SE: Good, But Not Quite Good Enough

            Perhaps more than any other automaker, Hyundai has managed to drastically improve both the quality of the cars they built and, more importantly, the publics perception of them as a viable alternative in a sea of Japanese brands.  Gone are the days when owning a Hyundai meant a...Read More»

Volvo C70 golf cart
Volvo To Launch New EV Next Month!

It's been a busy week in the auto industry -- especially for European automakers. The big theme of Frankfurt has clearly been green technology, and most manufacturers in attendance claim to have some sort of electric vehicle in the works. The majority of those EV announcements have been vague, but...Read More»

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