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Cautionary Tale: GPS Strands Couple In Oregon
Cautionary Tale: GPS Strands Couple In Oregon

Here are a couple of words to the wise men (and wise women): be prepared for your holiday travels. For flyers, that means bring books to pass the time and wear slip-on shoes. For road-trippers it means bundle up, carry snacks, and don't always trust your GPS navigation system. A Nevada couple...Read More»

Volkswagen Park Assist spot
Study: Men Park Better Than Women (And VW Agrees)

Jokes about men's and women's driving abilities have fueled more stand-up routines than we care to remember, but a new study indicates that there may be some truth behind those yuks. Researchers in Germany put 65 men and women behind the wheel of an Audi A6 and tested them on head-on, reverse, and...Read More»

Great Drives: Christmas at Biltmore
Great Drives: A Pilgrimage, Of Sorts

This holiday season, High Gear Media wants to wish you the best possible end to a difficult year. We're reaching back into the archives and into our own lives for some memorable holiday moments. Tell us your own, and take with this our sincere hopes for a better 2010. We all make pilgrimages, and...Read More»

Mustang Pool Table
Last-Minute Shopper: 1965 Ford Mustang Pool Table

Okay, so technically, you can't get this 1965 Ford Mustang pool table in time for Christmas. In fact, so far as we can tell, nobody will find one of these babies under the tree tomorrow, since MustangPoolTable.com only seems to be "taking orders" for them. However, you'd be hard-pressed to find any...Read More»

Art Lebedev's Transparentius design
Transparent Trucks Show The Road Ahead

Art Lebedev might not be a household name in the U.S., but it's one of the leading design studios in Russia, and it has been known to turn out some pretty interesting ideas. The latest is a system of cameras and screens that lets the traffic behind a semi-truck see what's on the other side. By...Read More»

Aston Martin One-77
One-77 Hits 220 MPH, Saab Still In Limbo: Today At High Gear Media

There's a wide-ranging bunch of news today, from the first hybrid motorcycle being launched in India to the fight to keep Saab on life support. That fight has until December 31 to come to a positive result, or it will be lights out for the brand forever. Read up on what you can do to help save Saab...Read More»

Volvo C30 electric concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
Saab Saga Drags On, Subaru RWD In Doubt, Volvo EV: Today At High Gear Media

Winding our way toward the holidays this week, the struggle to save Saab from history's trash bin goes on at Spyker even after GM shut down the purchase process last Friday. Spyker's efforts may not be in vain, but we don't know yet if GM will be satisfied with the Dutch company's revisions to...Read More»

Screencap from GM's holiday OnStar promotion
Video: Santa Uses North Star And OnStar This Christmas

Not so long ago, kids were content just knowing that Santa was in the air. Eventually, NORAD got into the act, giving children and their anxious parents precise details of the big guy's whereabouts. Now, General Motors has joined the fray: this Christmas Eve, children of all ages can get updates on...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna Limited
Saab Dead, Sienna Driven And Mustang 5.0 Returns: Today At High Gear Media

There's a mixture of good and sad news today. To start with the worst and attempt to move on: Saab is no more, as GM hasn't found a suitable buyer. Without disclosing any specifics, GM announced this morning that it would begin the winding-down process of the Swedish brand it has held for the last...Read More»

From the Toyota Yaris 'Clean Getaways' clip
Video: Racy Yaris Ad Vs. The Volt Dance. Which Is Worse?

Toyota's Clever Film Competition asked fledgling filmmakers to create ads for the Toyota Yaris. In the contest rules, Toyota stipulated that submissions couldn't "break the law", "portray the Toyota Yaris in a negative manner", "show reckless or careless driving", or "be immoral". After the...Read More»

Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything by Stephen Bayley
Last-Minute Loot: Ten Days, Ten Gifts From HighGearMedia

A few weeks ago, we offered readers some great picks for holiday gifts.  And we know that some of you took our advice, but others...well, you've waited, haven't you? Don't worry, we're not here to judge. (Much.) No, we're here to help with ten great gifts -- one for each day remaining until...Read More»

The (terrible) Chevy Volt dance from the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
Chevy Volt Dance Video: Is ALL Publicity Good Publicity?

Yesterday, the Chevrolet Volt Dance hit the interwebs in a big way -- and rightly so. Because it is terrible. BIBLICALLY terrible. Like, no-wonder-Bob Lutz-got-moved-around terrible. We thought briefly about praising it as the best indie film in recent months and Avatar's stiffest competition for...Read More»

Tesla Roadster road-trip map from Los Angeles to Detroit, Dec 2009-Jan 2010
50 mpg MX-5, Tesla Road Trip And Renault Return: Today At High Gear Media

You say a 50-70 mpg sports car can't be done? Well, if the latest rumors are true, Mazda begs to differ. By dropping a high-efficiency SKY-G direct-injection gasoline engine into the next-gen Mazda MX-5, they plan to put a rear-driven sports car on the road with 50+ mpg. Read up on the full story...Read More»

2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
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»

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»

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»

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»

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