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Usain Bolt and BMW M3: "Love at First Sight"
Usain Bolt and BMW M3: "Love at First Sight"

That's how BMW says the world record-smashing sprinter described his first experience with a BMW M3 in his native Jamaica. And now Bolt's No. 1 sponsor--sportswear maker PUMA--is shipping him his very own black M3. The vehicle is set to arrive before Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica. Usain Bolt...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Convertible
MINI Introduces New Cooper Convertible

First seen at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, today the BMW Group officially rolled out its latest four-seat MINI Cooper Convertible featuring, as they say, "improvements in the areas of design, quality, handling, performance, efficiency, and functionality." Built on the latest-gen MINI platform...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera
2010 Porsche Panamera: Does It Look Better in Motion?

For those of you appalled or delighted with the 2010 Porsche Panamera, there's more video fodder to back up your strongly held opinions. Head over to YouTube and watch the new Porsche Panamera in motion. I think it looks a bit better and more sporting while moving, though I'm even more certain that...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera
Porsche Panamera Sedan Launched, Shows

The five-door hatchback liftback has never been very well-received by American buyers. Yet Porsche intends to buck that trend with some 20,000 projected annual sales of its new Panamera, a grand touring sports saloon that's been talked about for months as Porsche has coyly leaked cryptic photos...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Racer
VW Races Jetta TDI Diesels to Prove Efficiency, Cleanliness

So bent on proving the efficiency and cleanliness of their new 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel four-cylinder making its appearance in the 2009 Jetta TDI clean diesel, Volkswagen has employed them in race duty. In fact, they set up the Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI Cup, a multirace series wherein basically...Read More»

2009 Dodge Challenger
2009 Dodge Challenger Gets Top Marks in Crash Testing

In NHTSA's crash testing regimen, the new 2009 Dodge Challenger earned 5-star ratings for both driver and front passenger protection in frontal crashes. It also earned top 5-star driver and rear-passenger ratings for side-impact protection. The vehicle has the benefit of a stout platform--the...Read More»

Colin Veg Conversion #4
Benz Veggie Conversion: The Nuts and Bolts

With the domestic auto industry collapsing around us (and keeping bloggers typing away madly), I've had little time to report on the host of mechanical changes I've been making to the 1982 Mercedes 300TD Wagon I'll be driving to L.A. in December. I've been underneath the oily old diesel every...Read More»

2010 Acura NSX (rumored)
Rumored Acura NSX Has Front-Mounted V-10

Am I the only one disappointed by the rumored Honda/Acura NSX as presented over at Autocar? It looks to my eye like the meeting of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and Nissan's just-launched 370Z. Both attractive cars, indeed, but neither one possessing the NSX's legendary mid-engine layout, unique...Read More»

2009 Porsche Cayman
2009 Porsche Boxster and Cayman Make World Debut

Porsche is serious about its current birthday. Lots of fun people showed up at the L.A. Auto Show to celebrate, including marque aficionado Jerry Seinfeld and notable Porsche racer Hurley Haywood. This year, 2008, marks the brand's 60th year of production (that would mean the first Porsche was...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»

Ford Exhaust
Ford NVH: "Feels Right, Sounds Tight" in 2010 Mustang

Apart from dabbling in some weak-kneed four cylinders in the late '70s/early '80s, Ford Mustangs have always throbbed with a thrilling V-8 soundtrack to accompany the prodigious thrust from their V-8 engines. From the original '60s 289 V-8 through the iconic 5.0 of the '80s and '90s up to the...Read More»

Porsche 550 Spyder
Porsche to Display Classic and Brand-New Sports Cars at L.A. Auto Show

Porsche will celebrate 60-plus years of the brand at the L.A. Auto Show, displaying both the first vehicle ever to bear the Porsche name as well as the first mid-engine Porsche, affectionately known as "Porsche No. 1." Also on hand at Porsche's display at the L.A. Auto Show will be a Porsche 550...Read More»

VW EcoRacer concept
VW Delays Roadster Concept Launch

Say it ain't so! Apparently even Volkswagen is feeling the pinch in the auto market at present, despite its worldwide sales increase of 15 percent for the third quarter. As such, it has decided not to release the mid-engined Roadster concept at the L.A. Auto Show next week, according to the U.K.'s...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz Snags "Best of What's New" Award for Transmission

Popular Science awards Mercedes AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with "Best of What's New" title. In testing for the award, Popular Science gave the transmission as fitted in the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG Roadster first place in the Automotive category. A total of 100 products were...Read More»

2010 Fisker Karma
Fisker Poised to Build Karma Plug-In Next Year

Move over, Tesla--Fisker Automotive just announced the signing of final assembly contracts with Valmet Automotive of Finland. Valmet will serve as engineering and manufacturing supplier for Fisker, who plan to begin building their four-door plug-in hybrid sports car, the Fisker Karma, in the last...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
Mercedes Launches New AMG ML- and SL- Models

Forget gas prices, economic woes, and the new era of fuel conservation--if only for one blissful Sunday drive a week. Today Mercedes-Benz presents its latest AMG high-cube monsters, the 2009 ML63 AMG 10th Anniversary, the 2009 ML 63 AMG Performance Studio, and the 2009 SL 65 Black Series at...Read More»

2008 Infiniti EX35
Infiniti Launches Winter Sales Event Early

Infiniti launched its annual Limited Engagement Winter Event sales event yesterday, a month earlier than usual. Despite reduced availability of credit to many consumers, Infiniti assures that "financing is readily available at Infiniti retailers." To help spur sales in a down market, Nissan's...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
SEMA 2008: 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai swept into Sin City with seven customized vehicles on its brand-new 2009 Genesis platform. Both coupes and sedans are modded to the max, and it's a look more believable on the sporty coupe than on the sedate Genesis sedan. Nonetheless, the vehicles highlight just how far the Korean...Read More»

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
SEMA: Mustang Revives Cobra Jet

Not to be outdone by the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LS7 Concept also revealed yesterday at SEMA '08 in Las Vegas, Ford introduced its FR500CJ, known as the Cobra Jet. Like its Chevy competitor, the Cobra Jet is tailored for drag racing. It joins Ford's stable of race-ready Mustangs, which also includes...Read More»

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