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Mercedes-Benz Wins Award For First Lithium-Ion In Production Car
Mercedes-Benz Wins Award For First Lithium-Ion In Production Car

With the introduction of its S400 BlueHYBRID occurring this summer, Mercedes is set to become the first automaker to offer extremely efficient lithium-ion battery technology in a mass production passenger automobile. Significantly, Mercedes bathes the notoriously hot-running lithium-ion cells in...Read More»

2009 BMW 335d
BMW Inline Sixes Earn Spots On Wards' 10 Best Engines List

Last Wednesday, BMW accepted two Ward's Automotive Group awards for its engines: both are twin-turbo inline sixes, one powered by gasoline and the other by ultra-low sulfur diesel. Direct injection, low-mass twin turbochargers, and high-strength aluminum construction enable both powerplants to...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta
Free 2010 Ford Fiestas For 100 Americans

In hopes of making its 2010 Fiesta the sales success that was the Focus back when it was new to America around the turn of the millennium, Ford will be giving away 100 Fiestas to U.S. contestants prior to the official U.S. launch of the important economy car. They will be given away over a six...Read More»

2009 Audi S6
Audi Snags Two EyesOn Design Awards at Detroit Auto Show

Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Audi snagged two impressive awards at the EyesOn Design Awards Ceremony. The Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro took one of the production vehicle category awards, and the four-door Audi Sportback concept scored a win in the concept category...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai Genesis Nabs North American Car Of The Year

In a big score for Hyundai with its bold move upmarket into the luxury class with its new Genesis sedan, the firm was awarded the coveted North American Car of The Year by a group of auto journalists and critics from the U.S. and Canada. The Genesis beat out the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Ford...Read More»

Rolls-Royce Santa Sleigh
WWSD? CAR Asks Automakers to Design St. Nick's Sleigh

Now Dasher! Now Datsun, now Peugeot and Vauxhall! On Comet! On Cooper! On Kia and Bristol! Thanks, CAR magazine, for providing a bit of levity and some smiles despite a dreary economy, layoffs, and plant closures galore. CAR tapped automakers' design studios to create interpretations of what...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150 Platinum
Ford F-150 Snags Motor Trend Truck of the Year

We already knew that Texans like the new 2009 Ford F-150; now the editors of Motor Trend add their vote to Ford's bread-and-butter pickup truck. The F-series--and the SUVs whose architecture it shares--was once Ford's lifeblood, and while it still sells in respectable numbers its sales are...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150 Platinum
PickupTrucks.com Rates F-150 Best Overall Half-Ton Pickup

Over at PickupTrucks.com, they take trucks pretty seriously. Far from mall-crawling and tarmac-only duty, they put trucks through the paces, off-road and on, fully loaded, and basically through every imaginable test that potential owners might inflict on their pickups. They just concluded their...Read More»

2009 Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R Clinches Motor Trend 2009 Car of the Year

Continuing its penchant for pithy one-liners, Motor Trend doles out a parade of them while gushing over its winner of the 2009 Car of the Year contest, the 2009 Nissan GT-R. Here's a brief sampling from Angus MacKenzie, editor-in-chief: "no 2009 contender crushes our criteria like the GT-R...the...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5 (Euro Spec)
2009 Audi Q5 Takes the Brass Ring

Audi proudly announced its win of Europe's "Golden Steering Wheel" award for the special SUV class, giving the brand an industry high of 17 awards total. Calling it "one of the most prestigious accolades in the automotive industry," Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang
U.S. Soldier in Iraq Wins 2010 Ford Mustang

Describing his relationship with the Ford Mustang as "20 years of love, addiction and obsession," 22-year-old Kory Chesher of the Army's 101st Airborne Division was thrilled to find himself the winner of a 2010 Ford Mustang. Courtesy of Ford Motor Company, he will also be flown to the L.A. Auto...Read More»

Pinto Slapped
Jalopnik Names Top 70 Lemons in Texas 24 Hours of LeMons

God bless the irreverant folks at Jalopnik, obsessed as they are with the Cult of Cars. They might occasionally resort to dramatic headlines about, say, urea injection, but their top 10 (or top 70, in this case) lists are simply brilliant. We snagged a couple of our favorite pics from their...Read More»

Ford 2010 Mustang Photo Stories
Mustang Photo Stories: Vote for Your Favorite

In preparation for the launch of its 2010 Mustang GT--tenuous market be damned--Ford is encouraging Mustang enthusiasts to visit www.the2010Mustang.com and vote for their favorite photo story, of which there are 25 in the final running. The analysts claim Ford is sick, and the company's financials...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150
Truck of Texas: We Have a Winner

Calling it the Super Bowl of the truck industry, Harold Gunn, president of the Texas Auto Writers Association, underscored the magnitude of the new-for-'09 Ford F-150's trophy. Ford went up against Dodge's Ram, also new for '09, but took the Truck of Texas title for the sixth year in a row. Hmm...Read More»

2009 Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester Unanimously Voted Motor Trend SUV of the Year

Motor Trend announces Subaru's redesigned Forester sports-utility vehicle as its pick for the coveted SUV of the Year award. Editor in Chief Angus MacKenzie summed up the winning vehicle's merits by stating, "The Subaru Forester is the SUV for our times." Even prior to this announcement, Subaru's...Read More»

Mad Hatters Take Chrysler Sebring to the Derby

It’s almost the first Saturday in May—and with the approaching Kentucky Derby, Chrysler’s come up with another contest that glibly plugs its latest new products. For the new Sebring convertible, Chrysler’s come up with the “Hats Off to the Derby contest,” in which...Read More»

GM Makes Trax for City Cars?

There’s no doubt that we’re more interested in subcompacts, here in the days of $2.50 a gallon gas. But can Chevrolet make it happen where Toyota, Honda, even smart, have such a head start? The brand will test the waters at the New York auto show with a trio of 1.0-liter concept...Read More»

Lonestar 3000 Wants You

Hey, what are you doing on May 10th? No, we don’t need you to be our best man. How about driving in the Lone Star 3000? It could be your best chance to circle Texas over an 1860-mile route in only 48 hours before the Dixie Chicks come home from tour and find out you’ve been deleting...Read More»

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