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GM Exec Shuffle, Lagonda Lives, V8 Vantage Leaks: Today At High Gear Media
GM Exec Shuffle, Lagonda Lives, V8 Vantage Leaks: Today At High Gear Media

The weirdest story on the automotive web this morning is the shakeup inside General Motors. Chevrolet chief Brent Dewar, who just presented a lot of the message at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, is stepping down to be replaced by James Campbell, and Buick/GMC's brand-new head is quitting after...Read More»

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid
VW Buys Into Suzuki, Kelley And J.D. Power Results: Today At High Gear Media

The big news in the industry today is Volkswagen's purchase of a 19.9 percent stake in Suzuki. The primary avenue for benefit to the German carmaker is access to Suzuki's low-cost small car production. Suzuki obviously benefits with access to VW's repository of engines, platforms and technologies...Read More»

Maybach shot by David LaChapelle, featuring Daphne Guiness
Video: Photog David LaChapelle Shoots The Maybach Zeppelin

What do you get when you cross one of the world's most exclusive auto brands with one of the world's most visionary photographers? Apparently, a REALLY long and involved photo shoot, as demonstrated in this video of David LaChapelle shooting a campaign for the new Maybach Zeppelin. (NB: Maybach was...Read More»

Garia golf car
Garia's Pricey Golf Car[t]: Is The Recession Over Already?

There's no denying that the Garia Luxury Golf Car is a thing of beauty -- well designed, swanky, with clean, sexy looks. But we have to chuckle a bit at the company's press release, which touts the fact that the car[t] is manufactured at the same factory that makes the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche...Read More»

2009 Ferrari California
California Ferrari Style, More Floormat Woes, Kizashi Cash: Today At High Gear Media

First up this morning we have a look at the Ferrari California in its native environment: California. Executive Editor Marty Padgett hit the freeways and canyons of the Golden State to find out exactly what the most accessible of Ferraris has to offer, and the results are gorgeous to see. Read the...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Honda Tops Chrysler, Aston Rapide And Ford Fiesta Priced: Today At High Gear Media

There's a lot of market news today, from both the industry and consumer sides. On the new-car front, we have cars that nearly bookend the whole world of automobiles, with the Ford Fiesta priced to start from $13,995 in the U.S., and the Aston Martin Rapide at the other end of the specturm at...Read More»

2010 Audi A3 TDI named Green Car of the Year, 2009 LA Auto Show
Green Diesel, Lutz Shakeup And L.A. Wrap-Up: Today At High Gear Media

The 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show's press days are over and all that's new in the world of cars is known, at least for the moment. We have it all in the links below, but there's more than just shiny concepts to talk about. General Motors, for instance, put on a show of its own starting the evening...Read More»

Honda Puyo concept illustrated by Paul Pope for GQ
Concept Cars Get The Comic Book Treatment

Concept cars don't always get the respect they deserve. Though some -- like the Cadillac Converj -- demonstrate production-ready designs, others seem like kooky high-fashion getups from the runways: so conceptual, so out there, they're more fit for sci-fi flicks than car conventions. And thus, it...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang
2011 Mustang, Lexus vs. Ford Parking, Volt Chief Talks: Today At High Gear Media

Spanning the range from mean to green, today's news at High Gear Media has a bit of something for everyone. Over at GreenCarReports, we have an interview with Tony Posawatz, vehicle line director of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. He answers five pointed questions and gives us an idea of what's going on...Read More»

2011 BMW 5-Series sedan
2011 BMW 5-Series, EV Mayhem, Special Subarus: Today At High Gear Media

Carmakers have spent the last 24 hours revving up for even more Los Angeles Auto Show action, though we hope they don't spoil all the fun a week in advance. Subaru, for example, has revealed its two special-edition cars for the show, one a version of the WRX STI called the Special Edition, limited...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe
2011 CTS Coupe, Two-Mode Ends, 2010 GX460 First Drive: Today At High Gear Media

The Los Angeles Auto show is just a week away and it's starting to show as more and more previews of vehicles to be revealed make their way onto the web. You can catch many in the links below, but don't forget to stop by our preview article for a one-stop destination for all the latest on L.A. Auto...Read More»

Rolls Royce Phantom
Electric Phantom, Burning Belkins, Abarth Watch: Today At High Gear Media

The news takes a bit less serious tint on Friday, with everything from smashed up Audi R8s and BMW 6-Series to a rather cheeky video spot for the MINI Cooper Convertible. There are still some sober moments, however, including the recall of Belkin's TuneBase in-car MP3 adapter for a potential fire...Read More»

Screencap from MINI Cooper Convertible 'Protection' ad
AdWatch: MINI Cooper Convertible Spot Touts Protection

Let's face it: MINIs have a lot of curb appeal, but the company's advertising campaigns frequently come up short. A new spot for the MINI Cooper Convertible proves that point beautifully. Compared to yesterday's ad featuring the Alfa Romeo MiTo, this clip feels clunky and under-rehearsed --...Read More»

Audi TTS "Shelley" Autonomous Car
Mercedes At L.A., Autonomous Audi, Rolls Royce MINI: Today At High Gear Media

Today there's a bit of a luxury theme to the news, with Audi, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Tesla, and Smart all catching headlines. At TheCarConnection, the luxury angle is centered around the upcoming L.A. Auto Show and video game production, while Motor Authority sees reports of a...Read More»

Tesla Roadster as used by videogame designers
Videogame Designers Love The Tesla Roadster's Quiet Ride

Tesla and its Roadster are a product of DIY ingenuity -- a perfect example of what can happen when a bunch of people come together and say, "Hey, no one else is doing this, so why don't we?" In that same the DIY spirit, game designers at Microsoft have cleverly recruited a Tesla roadster for their...Read More»

Alfa Romeo MiTo Turbo GPL spot from Fabbrica Virali
AdWatch: Alfa Romeo MiTo Video Is Simple, Clever, Jeans-Free

Last time we heard from Alfa Romeo, we wondered what new drugs had found their way to Europe. (Seriously, that genes/jeans campaign from London's Performance PR was terrible.) The latest ad for the Alfa Romeo MiTo comes from Milan's Fabbrica Virali agency, and it's equally bizarre -- but in a...Read More»

Chocolate Covered Porsche 911 Carrera S
IIHS Top Safety Picks, Chocolate 911s, Audi Robot: Today At High Gear Media

The Jetsons had them doing the dishes, the Matrix says they'll take over the world one day, and Audi wants to put one in your dashboard: robots. Why a robot in your car? In the case of Audi's AIDA--Affective Intelligent Driving Agent--it's to relay information in a way that's easier and safer to...Read More»

2010 Nissan Titan
Titan Lives, California Crashes, Prius Wagon Preview: Today At High Gear Media

It's a busy day for spy shots at previews at Motor Authority with the next BMW X5 facelift, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus's 2010 GX 460 and the 2012 BMW 1-Series all caught on camera or render farm. That's not all that's going on, though: there's plent of Ferrari California off-track...Read More»

TLC's Family Armor
TLC's 'Family Armor' Goes Inside Texas Armoring Corporation

We aren't entirely sure how an unassuming Mormon family from San Antonio, Texas found themselves in the armored car business, and we're even less sure how Texas Armoring Corporation scored a reality series wherein they convert "everyday cars into bulletproofed, bomb-resistant, gadget-filled...Read More»

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