Kurt Ernst, Contributor

Kurt has been fascinated by anything with wheels and a motor for a long time. Growing up, he spent his spare time turning wrenches and pumping gas in the family garage, back when hand tools were used to tune cars. After college, he spent a year racing cars, only to learn that he was neither fast enough to get rich nor rich enough to get fast. These days, he spends his time as an automotive writer and a self proclaimed "Cro-Magnon Renaissance Man".

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Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 Win, Chevy Revives The Stingray, VW Group Has Record Sales: Car News Headlines
Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 Win, Chevy Revives The Stingray, VW Group Has Record Sales: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, the Cadillac ATS and the Ram 1500 are chosen as the North American Car and Truck / Utility of the Year, and Chevrolet revives the legendary Stingray nameplate for its 2014 Corvette. Also newsworthy is record sales for the Volkswagen Group, which delivered 9.07 million...Read More»

2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic
Jeep’s Liberty Replacement May Revive Cherokee Nameplate: Report

The replacement for the aging Jeep Liberty will likely be the first all-new Jeep model launched under Fiat’s ownership of the storied brand, and word is that the Cherokee nameplate may be revived for the new SUV. As Autocar reports, the model that replaces the Liberty will be built on a...Read More»

Honda's Urban SUV Concept teaser - image: Honda
Honda Teases 'Urban SUV' Concept Ahead Of Detroit Auto Show

Billing it as “a global concept model combining a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious, functional interior,” Honda has teased a new, compact “Urban SUV Concept” that it will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2013. Though Honda failed to release any details...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Cadillac ATS Rates Five Stars In NHTSA Crash Testing

If you still conjure up images of the Cimarron or Catera when you think about entry-level Cadillac models, think again: it’s latest offering, the ATS has been universally praised by reviewers (including ourselves), racking up awards from organizations like the Motor Press Guild in the...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic
2013 Honda Civic, Karma Production, Mazda6 Diesel: Today's Car News

Honda is releasing a heavily-revised version of its best-selling Civic compact, in response to criticism of its 2012 update. The new Civic models feature more content, revised styling (on sedan versions) and a cabin that is both quieter and more refined than that of the current version. Fisker has...Read More»

MyFord Touch system in the 2014 Ford Fiesta - image: Ford Motor Company
2014 Ford Fiesta Gets The MyFord Touch Infotainment System

In the old days, buying a base model generally meant compromising on the features you really wanted, since automakers really offered the “good stuff” in gateway vehicles. Take Ford’s popular Fiesta, for example: it offers stripped-down Sync and navigation systems, but buyers...Read More»

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Seat Belt Usage At Record High, Best Car To Buy Short List, Ford's Optimistic Fuel Economy Projections: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media we tell you that seat belt usage is at an all-time high, thanks to big gains from drivers in Southern states. According to the latest NHTSA data, 86-percent of drivers now buckle up before hitting the road. Our list of Best Car To Buy candidates has gotten shorter, so we...Read More»

2014 Ford Fiesta
Ford’s Frugal EcoBoost Fiesta, Rental Car Shortages, 2015 Mustang Spied: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media we bring you news of a frugal new three-cylinder, 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine option for the 2014 Ford Fiesta, warn you about a potential Thanksgiving rental car shortage caused by Hurricane Sandy and bring you spy shots of the eagerly-anticipated 2015 Ford Mustang caught in...Read More»

2014 Ford Fiesta
Ford Confirms The 2014 Fiesta Will Get Its 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine

Ford’s 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine is small enough to fit into an airline-approved carry-on bag, yet powerful enough to deliver some 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. As you’d guess, it’s also fuel efficient, which is the primary reason why Ford has...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Plans New SUV For The U.S. Market

Volkswagen has seen substantial sales growth in the U.S. market this year , which is needed if it’s to achieve a stated goal of 800,000 sales per year by 2018. The current product line isn’t diverse enough to get it there, and a new VW SUV has been rumored since 2011. Now, The Detroit...Read More»

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