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Today at High Gear Media: Lincoln MKX, Oprah, and CT 200h
Today at High Gear Media: Lincoln MKX, Oprah, and CT 200h

We've seen the 2011 Lincoln MKX, we've driven the 2011 Lincoln MKX. You, sir, are no Lincoln MKX. You might want to start with a stovepipe hat. [MotorAuthority] Oprah could be giving away dozens of Chevrolet Traverse crossovers as we speak, as she kicks off a long broadcast-TV farewell...Read More»

2011 Ford Flex
Today at High Gear Media: Big Discounts, 3G and Darth Vader

If you bought one of these five cars in July, you got a better deal than usual. What's at the root of it all? Model changeover. [TheCarConnection] Five safe cars for families: it sounds like a great way to research before hitting showrooms this weekend. [FamilyCarGuide] In-car 3G audio sounds...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
New Ads, Tim Allen Want to Woo You Into 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet has made quite a big deal about the upcoming 2011 Cruze--trotting it out at nearly every auto show for the last year and today, launching production in Lordstown, Ohio. Now that it's finally here (well, almost), the ad campaigns have begun. Last week we wrote about Tim Allen (you remember...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S
Today in Car News: Economics 101, Stalling Jettas, and Diesels

Auto sales may have helped consumer spending in July, but were a small bright spot in some pretty dim economic news. [Detroit Free Press] What car would you lose your job over? We'd choose an XKR Convertible, but--hey, wait--we drive cars for a living! No need to steal! Whew. [Jalopnik] The 2009 VW...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
Today at High Gear Media: CR-Z, Tesla and Geek Squad

We've got a second opinion on the 2011 Honda CR-Z. Do you weigh in on "slow and not sporty enough," or "just plain green fun?" Read and reflect. [TheCarConnection] The upcoming Paris auto show is filling its dance card. Up today: the updated 2011 Lexus IS, with some light work around the eyebrows...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Today at High Gear Media: Recalls, Drunk Driving, and Charger

Toyota's latest recall involves more than a million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks. It's been long in the works--and Toyota says it's a "voluntary service action." [TheCarConnection] Stat of the day: we spend almost $100 billion on accidents, from repairing vehicles to repairing people...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge - first drive in and around Nashville
Today at High Gear Media: 2011 Ford Edge, Benz CLS and Murano

We know the 2011 Ford Edge. We drove the 2011 Ford Edge. You, sir, are no 2011 Ford Edge. (It's made of metal, for one.) [TheCarConnection] We've also seen the 2011 Nissan Murano, and we're split: does the new grille insert relieve the toothy grin, or does it look like those weird Subarus hacked by...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
Today at High Gear Media: Cheap Trucks, Wrecked Ferraris and Snooki

The crystal ball for car sales is cloudy, my friends. This year's estimates of 11.6 million sales could be topped slightly--or could be the good old days by next year. Sigh. [TheCarConnection] If you're looking for a deal on a new car, though, the 2010 Chevy Silverado wears the most discounts on...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
Today at High Gear Media: GM's IPO, Aston V12 Vantage

General Motors has filed with the SEC for its IPO. Who will save the acronyms? [TheCarConnection] There's a new electric car headed for the 2010 Paris auto show--the Kia Pop EV gives us a charge with that rectangular window, what about you? [AllCarsElectric] The 2011 Kia Sportage has been named a...Read More»

2010 Prius vs. 2007 Prius
Today at High Gear Media: Toyota, Electric Cars and 300

Toyota recalls, the electric-car race, and the 2012 Chrysler 300 -- it's all here today at High Gear Media: The 2011 Ford F-150 gains four new engine options, everything from a base V-6 to a turbo EcoBoost six and a pair of V-8s. Pickups are back...and better than ever. [TheCarConnection] Can one...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today at High Gear Media: Fastest Cars Ever, MINI and Corvette Hype

Maybe you missed it -- we're not quite sure how -- but this week at High Gear Media, we're wedging ourselves into the newest MINI before a big trip out to the Wet Coast (minus the "S," yes) for the Pebble Beach Concours classic. Today's news from around the empire of 106 HGM sites runs the gamut...Read More»

2011 Infiniti M37
Today's Car News: Ford, Infiniti Hybrid, and VW NMS (With Video!)

It's Tuesday, and High Gear Media is busy digesting the full-size 2011 Toyota Avalon and prepping for the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance--which we'll be bringing to you live starting first thing Friday. While we're in the midst of all things HGM, here's what we're reading from our RSS feeds...Read More»

2011 Scion tC
Today at High Gear Media: Scion tC, Hawaii Five-0, and Our Late Nissan Leaf

Six months after the brouhaha kicked off, has Toyota been badly bruised by all those recalls? Today at High Gear Media, our own Bengt Halvorson peers into the recall abyss and reports on TheCarConnection that Toyota may have lost 200,000 sales and 1.5 percent of the entire U.S. market as a result...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Today at High Gear Media: Sonata Hybrid, Tesla and A Melted Italia

Just when you think you've seen enough green, High Gear Media is rounding out the week with more coverage of hybrids and electric cars today. Batting lead: the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which turns in Fusion-like fuel economy and has big tax credits in its arsenal--and sports a comely new front...Read More»

2012 Ford Taurus
Conan O'Brien Is The Hoopty King, With His Taurus SHO

Twitter megaceleb Conan O'Brien clearly doesn't have enough to do while he ramps up for his forthcoming TBS talk show. Call us jealous of Steve Kroft, but we're green with envy that he got a ride in O'Brien's ratty 1992 Ford Taurus SHO for a 60 Minutes segment that aired this past Sunday. Not so...Read More»

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Revs Up The Social Web, But He Knows When To Hit The Brakes

There are a lot of misconceptions about social media. For example, we -- meaning a general We, the People -- often assume that everyone under 40 uses Facebook, and that they all use it the same way. However, we now know that certain populations came to Facebook late, and that it's not the be-all...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
Ford, Chrysler Buddy Up With Toby Keith, Bill Goldberg, Zac Brown For America's Troops

Spring has finally sprung, and two of the Detroit Three are rolling out promotional programs that take advantage of the warmer weather. As an added bonus, both promos also have big benefits for members of the armed forces, including car giveaways, charity donations, and free music downloads. Ford's...Read More»

Screencap from Jedward's 'Ice Ice Baby', featuring Vanilla Ice
Video: Vanilla Ice Dishes About The Ford Mustang 5.0

Robert Matthew Van Winkle is a busy guy: world traveler, restorer of vintage cars, avid motocross rider. And in his spare time, he grabs a microphone and performs under his stage name, Vanilla Ice. Love him or hate him, Rob's smash hit, "Ice Ice Baby", defined a moment in pop music history. If you...Read More»

Screencap from 'Repo Men' featuring the Volkswagen Touareg
Video: Volkswagen Touareg To Be Featured In New Repo Men Film

In the world of advertising, product placement is big business. It's also a big gamble, since the payoff depends on factors beyond the advertiser's control. When the stars align, companies get great press like Chevrolet did when it was placed in last summer's Transformers sequel. When the gods are...Read More»

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