2008

TheCarConnection.com's Best In Class: Pickup Trucks
TheCarConnection.com's Best In Class: Pickup Trucks

Yes, the economy's in trouble, and no one's quite sure where the plummeting markets and federal bailout plans will end. But to the editors of TheCarConnection.com, there's never been a better time to buy a new pickup truck. Think about it: If you truly have a need for the towing and hauling...Read More»

The Best of SEMA 2008

At a show that plays host to some of the country's most talented car and truck builders, it's tough to pick the best of the best. With that caveat, here are "some" of the best of from the 2008 edition of SEMA. That Rolls Has a HEMI! A lightly used 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow isn't anything...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»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro
SEMA 2008: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Rocks

All right, rabid Camaro fans--commence drooling. As if the standard-issue 2010 Chevrolet Camaro wasn't tough enough, Chevy teases with four killer Camaro concepts at SEMA, detailed below. And because Chevrolet did such a great job with the production Camaro, the concepts don't seem a stretch at all...Read More»

2010 Pontiac G8 ST
SEMA: 2010 Pontiac G8 ST Keeps on Truckin'

The 2010 Pontiac G8 ST is surely one of the less likely new product choices made by General Motors since Bob Lutz took the reins of product development. A truck spun from the Pontiac G8 platform, it's powered by a 361-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 that's good for a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. A six-speed...Read More»

2009 Kia Borrego
SEMA: 2009 Kia Borrego Strikes a Limited Pose

It's so production-ready, it seems a matter of time before this concept version of the 2009 Kia Borrego joins the Korean automaker's lineup. Called the Limited, the newest version of the well-executed but poorly timed ute wears a monochrome black paint job and limousine-tinted windows, along with...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP
SEMA 2008: 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe Is Still Standing

The Pontiac Solstice has had a short, tumultuous life: highly praised by enthusiasts for its looks, not so loved for its finish and feel. Then came the rumors of it being left on the cutting-room floor as GM recasts its future car lineup around high fuelers like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Not so, GM...Read More»

2009 Honda Fit
SEMA 2008: Honda Fit Gets Tuned

Honda's kith and kin at MUGEN have long tweaked out its Civics and S2000s and other enthusiast-aimed vehicles (like last year's Honda Civic Si MUGEN sedan). Now the 2009 Honda Fit is getting the MUGEN treatment, at SEMA with a fully outfitted concept car and in the near future, with a list of a la...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 Lincoln MKS
SEMA 2008: 2009 Lincoln MKS...Loves...GOLD

The 2009 Lincoln MKS highlights the far corner of the Ford stand at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, with a trio of new and tuned MKS sedans showing off Lincoln's latest push toward modernity. Only here, it's as if the tunables in question--Ford's own Custom Accessories line--are from another era. The...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
SEMA 2008: Tuners on Parade

Everywhere else in Las Vegas, there are signs of the fracturing economy: a huge pit across from the Convention Center that was to house a mega-development of condos and casinos, shuttered in its crater stage. Taxis are grumbling for the lack of fares. It's hard to tell if the Specialty Equipment...Read More»

Detroit Tiger Stadium
The Election That Killed Detroit

If you walked by the old Tiger Stadium today, down Michigan Avenue in Detroit, you'd be hard-pressed to feel any optimism for tomorrow's election, no matter who wins. Tiger Stadium a very visible symbol of what's come to bear only a decade after Detroit pushed the pause button on its long, slow...Read More»

car sales
October Car Sales Expected to Be Grim

It's going to be a grim month for car sales. According to most predictions, October numbers could be 25 percent lower than this time last year--and the Detroit brands could show the worst numbers since Reagan held office. The numbers thus far: Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., reported...Read More»

2009 BMW 335d
Green Car of the Year: The Finalists

The alt-electric-bio-fuel experts over at Green Car Journal have their finalists for the Green Car of the Year award, and a broad range of powertrains are represented in this year's talent pool. The finalists include: 2009 BMW 335d: The 335d is BMW's first diesel in the United States in a long...Read More»

BMW Hydrogen 7 Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank Is Hydrogen-Powered

No, she's not taking over in the Sarah Conner chronicles, although her award-winning androgyny suits a Terminator just fine. Hilary Swank is, like Jamie Lee Curtis, the new driver of a new hydrogen-powered vehicle. Swank seems to have gotten the better half of the deal; while Curtis and husband...Read More»

Body MPG
How Many MPG Does Your Body Get?

You can pick a car that gets great fuel economy--but what about your own body? While fuel prices dance all over the price charts, TheCarConnection.com thought it would be amusing--and revealing--to show you how fuel-efficient your own body is. Using a little-known scientific methodology and a dose...Read More»

Edmunds page
Someone Has Inside Line on GM-Chrysler Deal

We're not sure what inside line Edmunds must have in Detroit--but apparently one savvy photo editor knows what's going to happen with the whole GM-Chrysler speculation. Take heart, Chryslerians. From the looks of it, Jeep is going to survive whatever merger may come, if you believe the tagline on...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS
TheCarConnection.com's Six Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cars

The stock market's jittery, banks are closing and the smell of recession is in the air. Is anyone worried about new cars? The answer is yes. Regardless of the tattered condition of Wall Street and some big has-beens in the money world, the real world still is turning--and that means people are...Read More»

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