Skip to main content

We obsessively cover the auto industry

92 New Articles in this week Hide Featured

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

  • 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
  • Audi reveals new TT spec racer
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe
  • 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

Hilarious ad sells viewers on used 21-year-old Volvo wagon

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 8:00PM

Hilarious Ad Sells Viewers On A 21-Year-Old Volvo

Okay, while we've seen some strange yet effective car ads attract major attention over the years, including this beat-up Nissan Maxima and the hilarious couple selling an old Mercedes-Benz... But the funny classified ad for a used Volvo wagon is something you'll want to behold.

Art Director Castor unveiled his latest ad for
his very own used Volvo, and it's perfect car-ad satire that might make you consider
buying the 21-year-old car Swedish wagon - or at least leave you laughing.

Click to watch the video above and let us know if this ad actually works on you.

RELATED STORIES:

News Source: via AOL On

Doctor: Schumacher making 'some progress,' could recover in three years

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 7:00PM

Dr. Payen, Schumacher

It's been about a month since Formula One star Michael Schumacher was moved from a French hospital to his home in Lausanne, Switzerland. While the Schumacher family has kept quiet since moving Michael home, one of the physicians that has been treating the seven-time World Champion is speaking out.

According to Dr. Jean-Francois Payen (above), the head of anesthesiology at Grenoble University Hospital, Schumi is making "some progress." Schumacher's spokesman, Sabine Kehm, confirmed that the German had emerged from his months-long coma in June. "It's like other patients, we are in a timescale that ranges from one year to three years, so it takes patience," Dr. Payen told France's Le Parisien.

Dr. Payen, while not a neurologist, has been one of the most visible figures in Schumacher's treatment, and he remains involved in the champ's care. "I kept seeing him, first at the University Hospital of Lausanne, and now at home. It's to see how he progresses and tell his wife and children what changes I observed," Dr. Payen said, according to The Telegraph. "He's in very favourable conditions. This plays a big role. The family environment is anyway best for the patient. His wife is surrounded by excellent advice and has implemented all it takes for it to move forward."

"Life after a brain injury is littered with stages. It must progress, we hope, but we must give him time," Payen added.

News Source: The Telegraph

Image Credit: Laurent Cipriani / AP

Ford readying dozen+ Mustang models for SEMA

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 6:00PM

Galpin Auto Sport 2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang Petty Garage show car for SEMA 2014 - rendering Ford is unsurprisingly bringing a herd of its new 2015 Mustang models to next month's SEMA show in Las Vegas. Over a dozen of them are arriving from top aftermarket outfits like Galpin Auto Sports, Steeda, Roush and others. The Blue Oval isn't just shining a spotlight on the V8 model, though. The new EcoBoost 2.3-litre version with 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque is also getting its time in the sun.

Among the shined-up ponies will be a showcar helping Galpin celebrate the Mustang's golden anniversary, with the car is covered in the precious metal. The black paint over the body has gold flecks in it, and the wheels, side sills, brake calipers and badges all match, as well. However, it takes more than something shiny to truly impress at SEMA, and Galpin's Mustang also packs a Whipple supercharger for the 5.0-litre V8, boosting the bottom line to 725 horsepower. Take that, Hellcat. There's even a window in the hood to look through, not unlike a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The coupe also wears new headlights with LED turn signals that activate in sequence, just like the taillights, and the interior features black-and-gold Recaro seats.

Also set for its SEMA debut is an MRT showcar that takes the EcoBoost Mustang for a gallop with its TKO treatment. The black and orange two-tone car has been designed to incorporate select road racing elements. Mechanical upgrades include 14-inch (355mm) brake rotors with new ducts, a Vortech air-to-air intercooler and an Air Lift suspension. The Mustang also shows off the company's products for added style and performance including a hood with integrated heat extractors and a unique front splitter.

Also in the mix, Petty's Garage will show a Mustang featuring a Roush supercharged engine, and it's painted in Richard Petty's famous No. 43 livery (inset). The car will later be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson for charity.

SEMA certainly looks like quite a corral for the latest Mustang. Scroll down to read the press releases from Ford, Galpin and MRT about what they have in store.

News Source: Ford, Galpin, MRT

Porsche 918 Spyder already almost sold out?

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 5:00PM

Porsche 918 Spyder

Still planning on getting your hands on a Porsche 918 Spyder? You'd better act quickly, because word has it that the hybrid hypercar is nearly sold out.

While Porsche has reportedly only delivered a little over 30 of the 918 examples of the Spyder it plans to manufacture in total, Automotive News says that production is sold out through late March or early April – just a few months shy of when production is set to wrap in July.

That's pretty impressive for a car with a base price of almost $850,000, especially one requiring a $200,000 deposit just to get your name on the list. Still, that sum is significantly less than its competitors get for the McLaren P1 or LaFerrari, both of which sell for over a million (if you can actually get on one at that price), though in fairness, production of each is limited to less than half of the 918 Spyder.

News Source: Automotive News - sub. req.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Michael Harley / AOL

2015 Dodge Charger priced from $32,495, Hellcat from $64,495 in Canada

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 4:00PM

2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat

Ladies and gentlemen, let's get the most salient bit of information out of the way right off the bat: $64,495 (all prices exclude $1,695 destination). That's the amount of money Dodge dealers will be asking for (at the very least, naturally) for a 2015 Charger Hellcat. That rather reasonable sum will bring home its buyer a 6.2-litre Hemi V8 engine boasting a supercharger to post such gaudy figures as 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, leading to a top speed of 204 miles per hour to go along with an NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 11.0 seconds.

With that out of the way, the rest of the 2015 Dodge Charger pricing information breaks down as follows: $32,495 will deliver a sedan with a 292-horsepower 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Moving up one step of the ladder nets the buyer an SXT model with the same engine, but a nicer chunk of technology and optional equipment for a $3,100 premium. All-wheel drive adds another $5,300. Hemi V8-powered R/T models now boast an eight-speed transmission bolted to the same well-loved 370-horsepower engine as before, for a base price of $39,495.

The SRT 392 model that had hitherto been the top-performing Charger brings with it an asking price of $50,495 while bargain hunters can equip a Charger R/T Scat Pack machine with that same 485-horsepower 6.4-litre Hemi, albeit with somewhat less posh interior bits and pieces, the removal of the 392's adjustable suspension and hi-po wheel and tire package for $46,495.

There are a few other ways to order a Charger in 2015, and we suggest you read all about them in the press release below. We don't have to tell you how amazing it is that you can now mosey on down to your local Dodge dealer and order a 707-hp sedan for under $65,000. Neither must it be said that the SRT's 485 ponies are nothing to sneeze at. In any case, we're officially basking in the golden age of horsepower.

Related Gallery2015 Dodge Charger R/T
2015 Dodge Charger R/T2015 Dodge Charger R/T2015 Dodge Charger R/T2015 Dodge Charger R/T2015 Dodge Charger R/T2015 Dodge Charger R/T2015 Dodge Charger R/T2015 Dodge Charger R/T

News Source: Dodge

Autobild blows China's fake BMW X5 sky high

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 3:00PM

Shuanghuan CEO blown up

The Germans famously love their cars. With high-speed cruising on the Autobahn and a lot of fun available from the country's back roads, they have every reason to. Apparently, the country's auto writers also take their jobs in advising the enthusiastic populace very seriously. As this video from Autobild shows, when a downright horrible vehicle like the Shuanghuan CEO comes around, it receives some sweeping destruction.

To be fair, the CEO might be one of the worst vehicles in the world. Not only is the SUV a pretty blatant copy of a first-generation BMW X5, it's a bad one at that. The horrible build quality shown by Autobild must be seen to be believed. Even worse, the example in this video is said to be just five years old, but practically every part is rusting or corroding. There are even dead flies in the headlights.

Autobild attempts to give the CEO a proper driving test, but it fails in spectacular fashion. This is a Chinese SUV with no apparent redeeming qualities, and the video shows what happens from there. Be warned, the clip is entirely in German, but it shows enough of the vehicle's qualities to make it clear what's happening and why.

News Source: Autobild via YouTube

Convertible demand has tanked over last seven years

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 2:00PM

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Few things match the joy of open-roofed motoring. The wind runs through your hair, the sun beats down and the trees flash overhead, and it's then that you realize that this elemental experience is just better than being permanently ensconced in stylized cage of steel and glass. Unfortunately for a lot of convertible manufacturers, consumers are unaware of this truth.

That's bad news for the sun worshipers among us, as a new report from Automotive News Europe indicates that falling demand for droptops is not just turning off automakers, but it's actually impacting the contracted manufacturers whose primary focus is canvas roofs and folding hardtops.

According to ANE, convertible sales are down from 5.4 per cent of sales in the first half of 2007 to just 3.3 per cent in 2014, a situation that is untenable for the three largest manufacturers of convertible roofs, according to one CEO.

Holger Engelmann, the CEO of the world's largest convertible system supplier, Webasto, told ANE if convertible sales continue to decline, the market won't be strong enough to support his company and its two main competitors, Magna CTS and Valmet, the second and third largest manufacturers, respectively.

The reasons for the decline of convertibles are wide and varied, but a few obvious things can be blamed – first, there are changing tastes. In the past, people opted for droptops "because they wanted to show that they belonged to a certain community," trend research Sven Gabor Janszky told ANE. "Today, people would rather show that they are something special or that ecology is very important to them by buying an electric car such as the Tesla or the BMW i3."

Beyond that, things are easier to pin down. According to the analysts that spoke to ANE, the market-wide shift towards crossovers and SUVs isn't just hurting sedans, it's having an impact on convertibles, too. Factor in the proliferation of glass roofs and panoramic sunroofs, which provide the sort of elemental experience typical of convertibles, but without the increased price, complexity and sometimes off-putting driving dynamics, and it's not too hard to see why convertible sales are facing issues.

Still, this isn't a trend we want to see. Here's hoping Joe Consumer realizes the error of his ways and moves back to open-roof driving.

Related GalleryTop 10 new convertibles for sale this summer 2013
Top 10 new convertibles for sale this summer 2013Top 10 new convertibles for sale this summer 2013Top 10 new convertibles for sale this summer 2013Top 10 new convertibles for sale this summer 2013Top 10 new convertibles for sale this summer 2013Top 10 new convertibles for sale this summer 2013Top 10 new convertibles for sale this summer 2013Top 10 new convertibles for sale this summer 2013

Best and worst cars for tall drivers

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 1:00PM



There are several deciding factors when it comes to buying a new car, from price and fuel economy to insurance costs and reliability, but fitting comfortably into the driver's seat can make or break any deal. Before you buy, make sure the car fits your size.

Both short and tall drivers can have a tough time finding the right vehicle, as tall people could hit the roof and short people might not properly reach the clutch. Thankfully, we've compiled this list for all you tall folks out there based on seat comfort, driving position, access, legroom, and visibility. Oh, and not to worry 'shawtay,' as our list of best and worst cars for short drivers is coming out next week.

Click here to view the best and worst new cars for tall drivers.

Related GalleryWorst used cars to avoid buying
Worst used cars to avoid buyingWorst used cars to avoid buyingWorst used cars to avoid buyingWorst used cars to avoid buyingWorst used cars to avoid buyingWorst used cars to avoid buyingWorst used cars to avoid buyingWorst used cars to avoid buying

News Source: Automotive.com, Autoblog Canada / Respective Manufacturers

Image Credit: Toyota of Naperville

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 12:00PM

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Despite the earnest efforts of Japanese automakers like Toyota and Nissan, the North American pickup truck scene remains wholly dominated by the likes of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. This is not news. Part of the reason is because of the sheer number of variants offered by US automakers – everything from work-spec base trucks to house-leveling heavy duty models can be had, with a seemingly endless combination of engines, cab sizes, bed lengths and trim levels. It's a hugely profitable business, and though the Japanese automakers still offer competitive fullsize trucks, in terms of sheer volume, they simply don't compete.

But American pickups aren't just about work; there's a huge play aspect involved, too. Look at the desert-storming Ford F-150 SVT Raptor or the Ram Power Wagon – these butch trucks are built with superb off-road prowess in mind, and Detroit's Japanese rivals have once again largely been silent in this segment. Until now.

Introduced at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota now offers the TRD Pro series of models that, in addition to the crazy-orange Tundra seen here, includes the smaller Tacoma pickup and 4Runner SUV. And this isn't just some pretty appearance package, either – there's honest-to-goodness capability baked into all of the TRD Pro models. Intriguing, for sure, so I recently spent a weekend with the big boy Tundra to see what's what.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Steven J. Ewing / AOL

Loading

Loading