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At 330,000 Miles, My Diesel Benz Is Going Veggie
At 330,000 Miles, My Diesel Benz Is Going Veggie

Last Friday night, on my way to fill up at Refuel Biodiesel in Atlanta, I noticed a bizarre sight: a line of frustrated drivers, some with hazards flashing, some even clogging Cheshire Bridge Road, all stranded and waiting for the precious few operable pumps at the neighboring Chevron and Citgo...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster 722 S
Benz Bows with Uber-Fast SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S

Long the purveyor of iconic cars (such as the 300 SLR Gullwing) that only the sickeningly rich can afford to purchase and maintain, today Mercedes-Benz announces a new edition of the SLR McLaren Roadster, the 722 S. The big news is in the engine room, where 650 horsepower now moves the Roadster to...Read More»

Mitsubishi MMR25 Rally Racer
Mitsubishi MMR25 Concept Reinvents the Wheel

At first sight, Mitsubishi's MMR25 Rally Racer seems to have re-invented the wheel. The stunning concept, Mitsubishi's entry in this year's Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, replaces traditional wheels and tires with circular arrays of canted, rubberized rollers resembling something between...Read More»

2009 Acura TL
2010 Acura TL Gets Six-Speed Manual

Sport sedan drivers who like to shift it themselves will have to wait until model year 2010 for an Acura TL with a manual transmission. Judging by the six-speed, short-throw, aluminum-topped stick in its current TSX, we have no doubt the upcoming TL manual will be a pleasure to row through the...Read More»

2009 Dodge Challenger
Keyless Go Forces Recall of 6,636 Dodge Challengers

"Keyless Go" is an apt moniker in this age of multitasking, speed-passing, Easy-Fueling drivers. But 6,636 '08-'09 Dodge Challengers with automatics are in such a seeming hurry to get moving that they may do so even when their owners would rather they stay put. Said the National Highway Traffic...Read More»

2008 Mazda Kiyora Concept
Mazda Goes Zoom-Zoomier with Diesel

Japanese automakers have begun to focus seriously on diesel--even though diesels aren't all that popular in Japan, where the fuel oil isn't discounted like it is by most European governments. The latest diesel by a Japanese company comes from Mazda, which is injecting a little oil-burning zoom-zoom...Read More»

2009 Dodge Charger
2009 Dodge Charger: The Four-Door Coupe!

Wait, wait, wait...sorry, we got sucked into press release lingo land. That's how Dodge describes the 2009 Charger, just like the similar "four-door coupe" nonsense applied to the Benz CLS and VW Passat CC. The Charger returns for 2009 with some moderate changes to a vehicle our own experts found...Read More»

2010 Mazda 3
New 2010 Mazda 3 Spotted

WorldCarFans reports that a tourist got a pretty clean look at the new 2010 Mazda 3, despite some tricky car-to-car photography at 70 mph. Originally due for a release towards the end of '09, it now appears on target for a showroom release in the summer of '09 as an...an...a '10 model? Or should we...Read More»

2009 Nissan GT-R
2009 Nissan GT-R Gets $7K Boost, Comes to Jesus

Oh, this unfriendly economy. Due to "increased raw material costs," Nissan found it necessary to increase the MSRP of the 2009 GT-R and GT-R Premium to, respectively, $76,840 and $79,090. This represents increases of--gulp--nearly $7,000 when compared with 2008's prices of $69,850 and $71,900...Read More»

2009 Audi A3
2009 Audi A3: More Quattro, Magnetic Ride

Audi massages and tweaks its A3 for the 2009 model year with a wider application of all-wheel drive and an available adaptive suspension. On the mechanical front, quattro all-wheel drive, previously available only with the uplevel 3.2 liter FSI V-6, is now available with the base 2.0T engine with...Read More»

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
Subaru Impreza 2.5GT Priced for 2009

Big news from the purveyor of symmetrical all-wheel drive and devotee of horizontally opposed engines: Subaru adds a 'tweener Impreza model to slot bridging the Impreza 2.5i and the enhusiast-oriented WRX and WRX STI--which we told you about a few weeks back--and now they're pricing the new...Read More»

More Video Timesuckage: The Glory That Is BMW's M3 V-8

For all the hell they've wrought on American society -- think McRib -- advertisers have also done the public a great service. BMW's latest television and Web commercials are case in point: they reveal the glory that is the heart of every BMW M3, its eight-cylinder engine. What better way to spread...Read More»

Evo and STi: Different Creatures

A weeklong drive of Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution GSR impressed jaw-dropping performance, but it also served to help reinforce, quickly, what I liked better about the Subaru WRX STi that I’d driven a few months back: greater livability, drivability, and practicality. First off, both of...Read More»

G8: Definitely Not Lost in Translation

We're still waiting for some seat time in the much-anticipated, rear-wheel-drive Pontiac G8 sport sedan, but the details continue to trickle in regarding exactly how the G8 differs from Australia's home-grown muscle car, the Holden Commodore SS, which the G8 will be assembled alongside...Read More»

Detroit Designs: Picks and Pans

At the North American International Auto Show there's a bewildering number of new designs — including quite a mix of production premieres, production-bound 'concept' prototypes, and even a few unhindered, let-the-designers-loose concepts. To our untrained eyes, it's often hard to judge them...Read More»

Callaway’s Latest Spin on the ‘Vette: C16 Cabrio

“Callaway is bringin’ it!” someone just told me over my shoulder, staring at this pic of the new Callaway C16 Cabrio. What they’re bringing, we couldn’t clarify despite repeated attempts to talk through their Taco Bell 64-ouncer. But we can confirm Callaway is bringing...Read More»

Our Gearhead Speaks: Neons Eat Brakes

What’s up in TheCarConnection’s garage this week? Resident gearhead Bob Weber lets you in on a little secret club racers have been bitching about for years. Neons eat brakes—and one reader’s none too pleased. “I replace one set of fronts on my ‘99 Malibu to three...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»

Petty, Earnhardt Immortalized in Wax

First there was Vincent Price, then Jenna Jameson. Who’s the biggest star at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum this week? Why, none other than Richard Petty, who along with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., have been copied in wax, dressed down in jeans (racing suits would melt the wax, we think), and...Read More»

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