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FR-S with Targa-style top leads Scion's SEMA brigade

Posted Oct 31st 2014 9:00AM

Scion FR-S Targa

Scion xB VanThe Scion brand seems to be a bit rudderless in the auto industry at the moment. The company just doesn't seem to know what audience it wants to appeal to. For this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the automakers is kind of just going wild with bizarre customs like a turbocharged FR-S with a targa top (pictured above).

Taking the roof off of a FR-S isn't an entirely new idea, but this targa-top version at SEMA is certainly a new take. In addition to just chopping a panel out of the roof, the custom also adds a louvered rear window in an especially cool touch that lends an '80s coupe vibe. To take the wild look even further, the car wears a bespoke wide body kit with an integrated rear spoiler and center-mount exhaust, and all of the bodywork is done in metal. Being for the premiere aftermarket show, performance also has to play a role, and the upgrades include a Greddy turbo kit, coil-over suspension from KW and big brakes from Wilwood.

If the FR-S seemed just slightly inspired by the '80s, the xB for the show goes for a look that's a decade older with inspiration from '70s conversion vans and skateboarding. With design help from skateboarder Riley Hawk, the custom is painted in shades of groovy earth tones with bubble windows in the rear, and the cargo box on the roof stores skateboards. The interior features touchstones of the time with a mix of wood-grain trim, shag carpet and comfy brown leather.

Finally, Scion is going metal with a custom tC inspired by the band Slayer. The exterior wears a custom paint job with the band's logo, airbrushed skulls, red lights and even swords shaped into the wheels. The ghoulish look makes it inside too, but so does a Pioneer sound system to replace the rear seats. It should be deafening, and according to Scion, some of the band members are going to demonstrate it by playing guitars through the setup at the show.

All three of these customs are weird in their own way, but you certainly can't call any of them boring. Scroll down to read all about them in the company's announcement, and check them out in more detail in the gallery.

News Source: Scion

Hyundai beefs up HB20 R-Spec in Brazil

Posted Oct 31st 2014 8:00AM

Hyundai HB20 R-Spec Concept

If you've been following the news from the Sao Paulo Motor Show, you'll likely have seen not only a series of new concept cars, but also a whole mess of production vehicles you never knew existed because they were developed specifically for the Latin American market. One of them is the Hyundai HB20.

Hyundai Brasil makes the HB20 in Sao Paulo for local consumption in three forms: there's the HB20 hatchback, HB20S sedan and HB20X crossover. It's the former which it has transformed into the R-Spec concept you see here.

Decked out in matte blue, the HB20 R-Spec concept packs an aggressively upgraded aero kit, extra cooling ducts, 17-inch alloys, LED headlights and an interior with leather trim and striped seats. Even if we don't know what's under the hood, it all looks pretty convincing, and makes us wish Hyundai would offer it Stateside as part of the Accent family with which it shares its underpinnings.

News Source: Hyundai via Autoweek.nl

SHOOTOUT: 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat vs. SRT Viper

Posted Oct 30th 2014 8:00PM



Decisions, decisions... If you had to choose between the two of the most powerful SRT coupes on the planet, would you go with the supercharged muscle of the 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat or the V10 force of the 640-horsepower SRT Viper GTS?

While you can't really go wrong with either tire-shredding
SRT-branded rocket, they each have their pros and cons. Thus, the only logical way to choose between them is by watching this Hellcat vs. Viper video where they go head to head in an thunderous engine revving stand-off at the Moss Bros Dodge Mopar 360 charity car show.

Click here to watch and tell us what your choice would be in the poll below.

What would you rather drive?




News Source: via YouTube

Image Credit: AllPar / SRT

Chevy presents Colorado with 'technology and stuff' to World Series MVP

Posted Oct 30th 2014 7:00PM

Chevy presents Colorado to World Series MVP

Chevy was quick to turn Wilde's nervousness into social media pay dirt this afternoon, embracing the "technology and stuff" line with a hashtag on Twitter, and even a starting role on the Colorado's consumer website. That's what you call lemonade, folks.

Being named the Most Valuable Player in the World Series has its perks. For one, it means you're pretty much the best baseball player in the world. You'll probably never have to pay for a drink, too. But it also means you get... a brand new Chevy!

Every year Chevrolet gifts a new car to the MVP at the World Series, just as it does at the All-Star Game and at the Super Bowl. It's a good marketing gimmick, associating the brand with winners and stuff that America likes. So long as you can get someone to verbalize that relation at the handover ceremony. But the Bowtie brand seemed to fall short when it asked one of its regional managers, Rikk Wilde, to make a little speech and give San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner the keys to his new Chevy Colorado.

Wilde's speech was a little awkward, to say the least, but at least he made sure to point out all the "class-winning... and -leading...um, you know, technology and stuff."

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News Source: Bleacher Report

Acura NSX prototype gets back on track

Posted Oct 30th 2014 6:00PM

Acura NSX prototype

Developing a new vehicle is not without its complications, we're sure, but usually things follow a fairly predictable progression: you develop a prototype, you test it, test it and test it again, then you put it into production. What you don't expect is that your prototype will burn to the ground, but that's what famously happened to the NSX which Honda engineers were testing a few months ago.

Fortunately, the Acura NSX prototype is back on track, both literally and figuratively, as you can see from this latest batch of spy shots snapped at the Nürburgring. This camouflaged prototype looks pretty much the same as the last one, only, you know... less crispy. Which is to say, it looks pretty much ready to hit showrooms.

The naysayers may point out that Honda chose colder and damper weather to put the NSX back into testing – thereby mitigating the risk of another fire – but we're sure the Japanese automaker has been working hard to fix the flammability issues, whatever may have caused them, over the past few months. At least, we hope they have.

Image Credit: CarPix

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Season 5 trailer percolates interest

Posted Oct 30th 2014 5:30PM

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee makes its debut in one week, and after seeing the full trailer for this season, we can't be more excited about it. We've known about the lineup of comedians for quite some time – Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Fred Armisen and Amy Schumer will all be there – but this is our first look at the cars of season five. And boy, are there some good ones.

From the trailer, we can see a Ferrari Daytona, a Ford Mustang Boss 302, a Frogeye Sprite, a first-generation Chevrolet Corvette, a Porsche 550 Spyder (we're guessing this is a replica) and a Saab Sport, interspersed with smaller clips of what looks like a Land Rover Defender and some sort of droptop Mercedes-Benz. Oh, and there are issues with a few of the vehicles, meaning that not only will there be typically humorous conversation, but more than a few amusing situations for Seinfeld and his guests.

Season five of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee premieres on November 6, at noon. Be sure to check back here for the full first episode.

News Source: Crackle via YouTube

The New York Times kills off Autos section

Posted Oct 30th 2014 5:00PM

Earns New York Times

New Yorkers, newspaper readers, new car buyers and automotive enthusiasts around the world will be saddened as we are to learn today that The New York Times is shutting down its automotive section. The supplement came as part of the newspaper's Sunday edition for some 20 years, but will run no longer as the Times works to trim overhead and streamline operations in an effort to keep from going under completely... READ MORE

News Source: Capital New York

Image Credit: Mark Lennihan/AP

SRX-replacing Cadillac XT5 spied for the very first time

Posted Oct 30th 2014 4:00PM

2016 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac has got big plans in place to revitalize its lineup, with new sedans, coupes and crossovers. And it all starts with this, the replacement for the SRX.

Expected to be called XT5 in line with the brand's new naming scheme, the crossover will be based on a scalable new platform called C1XX – or Chi, for short. In its shorter form, Chi is anticipated to underpin the XT5 as well as a new Chevy crossover and the next-gen GMC Acadia. In long-wheelbase form, the platform is slated to give us a larger Cadillac crossover as well as a new Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse.

Power in the XT5 will be provided by a choice of turbo four or atmospheric six, potentially to be transmitted through GM's new nine-speed automatic.

Although it's hard to discern much from the shots of this heavily camouflaged prototype, our snappers on the ground point out that it's got a grille similar to that one the new ATS Coupe, and that a boxy appendage is actually hiding a sloping rear window. Multiple radar sensors can also be seen, along with the mirrors moved from the windows to the doors and dual chrome exhaust pipes popping out the back.

Look for the Cadillac XT5 to debut late in 2015 or early 2016 as a 2016 or 2017 model, with production to shift from Mexico to Spring Hill, TN.

Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive

2016 Ford Explorer embarks at the LA Auto Show

Posted Oct 30th 2014 3:00PM

2016 Ford Explorer Teaser

Twenty-five years since its debut in 1990, Ford will celebrate a quarter century of Explorer models next year with the debut of a refreshed 2016 model at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19. The Blue Oval is keeping mum on hard details about the updated SUV for now, but the brand promises, "a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology," in its announcement.

Company marketing boss Jim Farley elaborated a little more on what to expect. "The new Explorer is still the SUV America fell in love with – a vehicle built for the perfect family adventure," he said in the release that you're welcome to read down below.

An updated Explorer is a pretty big deal for Ford's bottom line. Worldwide, SUVs and crossovers account for about 23 per cent of Ford's sales, and the segment is projected to grow to around 29 per cent by 2020. Ford further says that SUVs and CUVs are the world's quickest growing segment with demand up 88 per cent since 2008.

News Source: Ford

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