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Ten Reasons To Buckle Your Seat Belts
Ten Reasons To Buckle Your Seat Belts

1. You are less likely to lose your life in a car accident if you wear a seatbelt.When death draws near, the lesson that most walk away with is the value of day-to-day life. Risking the value of life by not clicking a seatbelt that has no disadvantages is simply mind boggling.

 2. Pavement and...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe 2-door Man Angular Front Exterior View
Movie Star Gets A Facelift

Let’s play a game. I’ll give you ten facts about a car and you tell me the name and make of the car. Ready? Here we go. This car: Is one of the most popular cars of all time with over 22 million produced and a life span of over 75 years. Was the brainchild of, and named by, Adolph Hitler. Was...Read More»

2010 Smart 454 Concept
Your Car Needs Sunscreen, Too!

When I was a kid, my parents let me run around outside for hours without a thought of skin protection.  Being a fair-skinned boy, I'd get burns that would make my skin blister. Over the past 25 years or so we've come to realize just how damaging the sun is to both us and our stuff.  These days...Read More»

BMW 5-Series: One 2010, One 2011.
2011 BMW 5-Series: A Return To Form, In Several Ways

As we reported last week in a first drive of the new 2011 BMW 5-Series, BMW has returned to form with an all-new 5er that's not only a more focused driver's car but also one that will fit right in, design-wise, to traditional BMW loyalists while also winning new friends. Although the...Read More»

Audi U.S. website front page, January 2010
Auto Brand Websites: Audi, BMW, Benz Great; Tesla, Lotus, Lambo Lousy

It shouldn't be news to any reader of this site that every automaker now has extensive product information on its website. But the relative usefulness of different carmakers' sites varies enormously, and now the Luxury Lab (L2) has evaluated every single one. Their Digital IQ Index ranking breaks...Read More»

2011 Buick Regal
Buick Regal GS Concept: Get Some!

Do you ever get frustrated when you see a performance Buick on stage at a Barrett-Jackson auction and wonder why Buick no longer makes anything remotely like that?  Stew no longer as Buick has seen fit to release information today on the Buick Regal GS concept. Back in October of 2009, I...Read More»

2009 GMC Envoy 2WD 4-door Denali Front Exterior View
GMC To Show Off New Model at the Detroit Show

    When GM previewed what models it plans to show at the Detroit Show to the press, a new GMC model was previewed. However, this new model is nothing like what GMC has ever produced. Continuing GMC's wonder into the car based section, this new model will be rather compact.     Sources say...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram 1500
The 2010 Dodge Ram is the Big Bruiser of Full Size Pickups

Goodness gracious this puppy is huge. Its the 2010 Dodge Ram and boy does it look like one angry dog! With a recent roof to ground redesign, the Dodge Ram has truly undergone a quality transformation. It also now has some of the coolest toys available on full size pickups anywhere. Who thought...Read More»

2016 BMW 7-Series multi-material construction
Only in MIT... a Solar Racecar, a DIY Segway, What Else?

The Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT) solar  Electric Vehicle Team team recently unveiled a $243,000 solar carbon-fiber racer. The car dubbed the Eleanor is being prepared for an inaugural Endurance race later this year. Eleanor can top out at 90 MPH. Here is some information from the...Read More»

Porsche Panamera with custom luggage
Good Things Come To Those Who Wait (For A Porsche Panamera)

Fact: we have not been especially kind to the Porsche Panamera. We've bashed its design, we've criticized it for watering down the Porsche lineup, and we've reveled in its imminent demise. Now that the first delivery of Panameras to the U.S. has been delayed for reasons unknown, you might expect us...Read More»

Hyundai 2.4-liter Theta II GDI
Details: Hyundai's brand new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine

Hyundai recently released the specs on their all-new power plant, which will be fitted into the 2011 Sonata model. Its a direct-injected four-cylinder that will make 201 horsepower in naturally aspirated form. This is set to be the base engine for the new Sonata, while an available V6 is still a...Read More»

Audi eSpira concept
Video: Audi's Entries For The 'YouthMobile 2030' Competition

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned the "YouthMobile 2030" design challenge associated with the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. At the time, we highlighted GM's "Car Hero" entry, but Audi's designs deserve mention, too. The company has submitted two vehicles, the eOra and the eSpira, both of which were...Read More»

GM's 'Car Hero' concept for the 'YouthMobile 2030' contest
L.A. Auto Show: Finalists In The 'YouthMobile 2030' Contest

The Los Angeles Auto Show is just a few weeks away, so now seems as good a time as any to skim through the submissions for its 6th Annual Design Challenge. This year's theme is YouthMobile  2030 -- the goal being to envision vehicles two decades down the road. Participating studios include Audi...Read More»

2010 Ford Edge
The 2010 Ford Edge: A Misnomer So Criminal as to Verge On Chrome Logo Abuse

There have been some goofy automotive names in the past that either didn't mean much of anything (Cimarron, Catera) or were just plain stupid (Chevy Nova which means doesn't run in Spanish). But never before has an automaker designed a vehicle that is so not exemplified by its name. Behold the Ford...Read More»

Irmao do Decio's preview rendering of the Volksagen New Midsize Sedan
Unofficial Preview Rendering Of Volksagen's New Midsize Sedan

It's no secret that Volkswagen plans to kill off the Passat and replace it with a larger, purpose-built-for-Americans midsize sedan codenamed, in a fit of startling creativity, the New Midsize Sedan, or NMS. But what the NMS will look like has been left to little more than monochrome watercolors...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Civic Duty: Honda's Mid-course Change Makes Next Civic Smaller

In the automotive business, few things are more expensive than making changes to a product that has already advanced through much of its developmental cycle.  Making matters worse, many vehicles share a common platform, meaning that changes to a design could cause multiple product launches to be...Read More»

EXD'09 Cycle Bridge Contest
WTF Friday: What Detroit Really Needs?

From an architectural competition for a new cycling bridge in Lisbon, Portugal, comes this eye-raising design. Is it straight out of Idiocracy—or more Blade Runner crossed with The Dukes of Hazzard and a little bit of Rad? The entrants, Tiago Barros and Jorge Pereira, asked, "Why change the route...Read More»

2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante
BMW Furniture For Bus Stops Would Look Awesome Anywhere

A handful of automakers like BMW and Porsche have strong industrial design programs separate from the ones that govern the look and feel of their vehicles. BMW's DesignworksUSA unit has been particularly well-regarded in the larger design world -- and its reputation will likely get another shot in...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf R
Midsize Volkswagen Will Be The First Designed For Americans

In an interview with the New York Times, Volkswagen's head designer, Klaus Bischoff, has indicated that Volkswagen plans to create vehicles targeted squarely at American preferences and tastes in the near future. More importantly, he believes that doing so will benefit VW's bottom line: "Designing...Read More»

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