2004

Ford Mustang Timeline: The Good, The Bad, and The Muscly
Ford Mustang Timeline: The Good, The Bad, and The Muscly

The Ford Mustang is one of a handful of cars rightfully called icons. Since its first spin on a car-show turntable at the World's Fair in 1964, it's been the auto industry's standard measure of overnight success. And for at least some of its wild youth, it was the cautionary tale of what happens...Read More»

Third-gen Toyota Prius test drive
Toyota Floor Mat Safety Recall: My Prius Goes On Notice

You're well aware that Toyota is recalling the 2004-2009 Prius--among a list of vehicles--for an issue with floor mats. Here at High Gear Media, we have at least two vehicles affected by the recall, both 2004 Toyota Prius hatchbacks, both even the same shade of blue. One of them's mine, and in the...Read More»

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Safety Group Points To Jeep Grand Cherokee Fire Concerns

On Friday, the Center for Auto Safety petitioned NHTSA to initiate a defect investigation that could potentially cover hundreds of thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from model years 1993 through 2004. According to the group, on these older Grand Cherokee models, the plastic fuel tank actually...Read More»

2004 Lotus Esprit
2012 Lotus Esprit: Powered by Lexus?

A new Lotus Esprit is in the works, and reports suggest that like the Evora coupe, the Esprit will get its power from Toyota. Last year, we brought you the first live photos of the 2009 Lotus Evora from the London motor show. That new 2+2 coupe sports a version of Toyota's corporate 3.5-liter V-6...Read More»

Pendulous Concept
Link Love From The Car Connection

Tesla's Town Hall: Elon Musk is in the news again. This time he's trying to assuage the anger of Tesla customers, who were recently told the cars are going to cost more than expected. Musk is holding town hall-style meetings to smooth things over. Let's hope he's good at dodging shoes. ...Read More»

2009 Honda Civic
SEMA 2008: Honda Civic Stays in Tune with Mileage

The Honda Civic is a perennial favorite of tuners, and for the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Honda revealed a new Honda Factory Performance (HFP) Concept version of the fuel-sipping sedan. The theory behind the concept? Tuners want to preserve high gas mileage, so the accessories chosen--like the...Read More»

2009 Lotus Evora
London Motor Show: 2009 Lotus Evora

Last week we told you about the new Lotus 2+2 project, developed under the codename Eagle. Today, I'm reporting from the London Motor Show, where Lotus has confirmed that the name of the new two-seater will be Evora. The 2009 Lotus Evora, like the smaller two-seat Elise, uses a blend of...Read More»

2009 Lotus
Lotus Eagle Project: First Photos

Lotus has released a teaser picture and some information on its long-anticipated 2+2, mid-engine sports car, termed Project Eagle. The model, which has been otherwise termed the GT, will get an official name when Lotus pulls the official wraps off at the British Motorshow in London next week. The...Read More»

iPhone
The iPhone App Store: Stuff for Cars

Every day, we drive through the intersection of car geekdom and purer forms of geekdom, so you can imagine the excitement of this morning's release of new Apple iPhone software (though not through Apple yet)--not to mention the go-live date of the new iTunes App Store. The iPhone app store is open...Read More»

Lotus Eagle
Lotus Eagle Swoops Down Next Month

It's the first new Lotus to appear since the Elise--and the "Project Eagle" mid-engined roadster has been confirmed for a world debut at the British Motor Show on July 22. The new car is the first to come from the new Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) that appeared in the Lotus APX concept...Read More»

Kirk Kerkorian
Kerkorian Wins Ringing Endorsement

Ford Motor Co. shareholders have seized an offer from mega-investor Kirk Kerkorian to buy up a more than 5 percent stake in the struggling carmaker. Indeed, where the reclusive Kerkorian had sought to purchase as many as 20 million shares, for $8.50 apiece, investors holding a billion shares opted...Read More»

Ford Blue Oval Logo
Ford Sets Cost-Cut Target – Big Job Cuts Likely

Confirming recent rumors of a shake-up in its white-collar ranks, Ford Motor Co. is notifying workers it expects a 15 percent cut in salary costs by August 1. How many jobs will be lost is uncertain, as department heads are being told to find ways of their own to meet the 15 percent target. Initial...Read More»

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
Sign o' the Times? Honda Civic Is New Best Seller

We're a little wary of using the phrase, now that Prince has gone all legal on loyal fans and whatnot. So we'll just quote Ford's Jim Farley, who, when told by the Detroit News earlier today that the new best-selling vehicle in America is a Honda Civic, called it a "sign of the times." Honda's...Read More»

Audi Asks: Do You Have the Right Stuff?

Have you got the stuff? Sure, you know how to pose. You can slam the throttle when the light turns green. And you can quote torque and horsepower with the best. But can you hold your own where it really matters? If you think the answer is yes, you might want to sign up for the 2008 Audi Sports Car...Read More»

BYD Is No P.Y.T.

There was a new name from China at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and it was BYD. The initials stand for Build Your Dreams, and the company was formed in 1995 with the merger of two smaller Chinese car firms. Its ambitious plans include wanting to get into Europe by 2010 and into North...Read More»

Honda Civic GX Named "Greenest Car"

For the fifth year in a row, Honda’s compact Civic GX has been named the “Greenest Vehicle” on the road by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE. All-in-all, four Honda vehicles, including the Civic Hybrid, were listed among the consumer group’s dozen...Read More»

Isuzu's Luv Long Lost

Joe Isuzu is long gone; soon Isuzu vehicles will, too. Isuzu today announced that it will withdraw from the U.S. market in January 2009. Present-day, no big loss. Currently the brand’s U.S. lineup is limited to a couple of pickups, the i-290 and i-370, a rebadged version of the Chevrolet...Read More»

2004 Ferrari ENZO
Celebrity Car Deathwatch: Griffin’s Enzo Crash

You’ve seen it, right? The horror of comedian Eddie Griffin nailing a jersey barrier with a one-of-four-hundred Ferrari Enzo? We could be physically sick. What’s worse, on some video we’ve seen, is how he refuses to break character when explaining to local news crews how he fucked...Read More»

Civic Type-R To U.S.?

Winding Road says the Honda Civic Type R is coming to the U.S. Driving other Hondas on a backgrounder event, the online magazine’s man in Japan got lots of “heavy hints” that the 220-horsepower hot Civic would cross the Pacific in 2010. The U.S. version would likely be a four-door...Read More»

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