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2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Highline

Posted Feb 2nd 2015 11:57AM



Volkswagen calls its 2015 Jetta "refined, redesigned," and countless man-hours have gone into its re-engineering, but you'd need to crawl all over the car, unbolt most of the body, drive it or spend some time on VW's website to fathom the changes. That's why we wrote, "2015 Volkswagen Jetta is new, we promise," when we first saw the car in New York last April.

While we wait for a sweeping next-generation overhaul to come, the marquee elements for now are the new structure underneath designed to win an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, fuel economy improvements and a heavily reworked 2.0 TDI diesel engine. Plus, there's ornamental detailing around the body and updated interior, and the revamped trim package and accessories matrix promises to provide more value. That makes it a better buy than the 2014 model, assuming it can find buyers ready to appreciate the subtleties.

Top 10 Most Evil Looking Classic Cars

Posted Jan 31st 2015 2:00PM



There's no question that cars have their own distinct personas, especially older cars of the classic variety. Some cars ooze utilitarian functionality, some cars ooze cute and bubbly, and some cars ooze sinister looking, evil design.

In 2015 it's easy to lose sight of some of these classic characteristics. With the design of so many mass market production cars geared towards ultimate fuel economy and performance numbers, they often end up losing their styling personas in the mad rush of the "my car gets better fuel mileage than yours" wars.

In tribute to the design days-gone-by, the car gurus at Hagerty have put together an excellent list of the Top 10 Most Evil Looking Classic Cars. According to Hagerty, "Here are a handful of production cars that look as if they could scatter children and make law-abiding citizens run for their lives." Check them out in our photo gallery.

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Colombian girl with passion for trucks drives big rigs

Posted Jan 30th 2015 7:00PM



Don't let her small size and pink shoes fool you, this young Colombian girl is into trucks for the long haul.

Diana Marcela Baquero Ávila, 12, is so infatuated with semi trucks, she can't wait until she's of legal driving age to jump behind the wheel. She tells the news agency Ruptly that she knows everything about big rigs, including how to drive them.

"What I love about driving tractor-trailer is traveling, meeting new people and play the cornet (horn)," Ávila told RT.

As admirable as her love for trucks might be, her premature passion might get her in trouble. She's still four years away from Colombia's legal driving age of 16. This video, uploaded to YouTube, is drawing criticism in the comments section. Some say allowing a child to pilot the huge machine is putting lives, including her own, at risk, according to RPP.

News Source: RPP, RT, YouTube

Why 2015 is going to be a huge year for trucks

Posted Jan 30th 2015 2:00PM

Four Reasons Pickups Are More Important Than Ever




Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn took center stage to introduce the 2016 Titan last week at the Detroit Auto Show. He spoke of the truck's new features, impressive Cummins V8 diesel engine and the extensive amount of time and money required to build a modern, competitive pickup truck.

"We have done all of this because we see opportunity – an opportunity in the unmet needs of today's American truck customers," Ghosn said.

He was speaking about the Titan, but his thoughts echo the industry's mindset: When it comes to trucks, find an opportunity and attack.

Even with CAFE regulations looming and fickle consumer preferences, investing in trucks is a no-brainer for automakers. Some consumers will always need a truck for their job or lifestyle. And some people will always want one, whether they need it or not.

With that in mind, here are four reasons why the pickup-truck sector is more important than ever and poised for growth in 2015.

Image Credit: Nissan, Toyota, Ram, Ford

Porsche Cayenne diesel V8 may not be long for this world

Posted Jan 30th 2015 10:00AM



Goodbye, Porsche Cayenne V8 Diesel. We hardly knew ye. Nor did the Europeans, apparently.

Porsche's V8 oil burner is still on the European model list for the Cayenne SUV, but the mill won't go through the likely pricey process of being updated to adhere to new and stricter European emissions standards, Just-Auto says. A Porsche spokesman confirmed to the publication that it's a fairly complicated process to update the diesel V8 to be so-called "Euro-6 compliant." With Cayenne diesels selling in relatively low volumes anyways, the German automaker might just dump the V8 diesel altogether, as it'd be quite cost-ineffective to make the necessary upgrades.

The V8 diesel was a 4.1-litre engine that delivered 385 horsepower in addition to what sounds like a little too much exhaust for European clean-air regulators. While that's a pretty powerful profile, the most recent gas-powered V8 for the Cayenne delivers about 570 horsepower, so the diesel engine won't likely be missed by European auto enthusiasts. Besides, there's still the V6 diesel that's also sold in the US. That's a 4,800-pound (2,177-kilogram) beast that moves from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) in about seven seconds and gets a relatively (for diesels) modest 20 miles per gallon (11.8L/100km) city. For those who are curious, Autoblog's First Drive review of that model can be found here.

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News Source: Just-Auto

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We visit the birthplace of Ferrari

Posted Jan 30th 2015 9:00AM

The List Tours Italy In A Ferrari FF And Visits Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari




Jessi and Patrick travel to Italy to visit the literal and figurative birthplace of Ferrari, one of the world's most storied automakers. The duo tours the Italian countryside in an all-wheel Ferrari FF, making stops at Museo Ferrari in Maranello and in the founder's hometown of Modena.

Join our hosts as they check "Visit The Birthplace of Ferrari" off of their list.

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Detroit Auto Show prankster 'damages' hundreds of thousands of dollars in cars

Posted Jan 29th 2015 3:00PM



Obtaining credentials for an auto show is generally a pretty selective process, especially at one of the world's premier shows, like Geneva, Los Angeles or Detroit. That didn't stop online prankster Dennis Roady from getting credentialed for the 2015 North American International Auto Show on behalf of a Russian YouTube channel to cover the show.

While he wasn't brought on strictly to cause mischief, Roady couldn't help but have some fun at the expense of the product specialists during the serious business of covering the show. He took to an app called "Dude, Your Car," which allows Apple iPhone users to take snaps of vehicles and then edit them to add some serious, but fake, dents and scratches.

Naturally, the pranking session was caught on video, where you can enjoy the sight of poor product specialists freaking out over damage to vehicles ranging from the expensive Mercedes-Maybach S600 to the new Audi R8 and a lovely Dodge Challenger. Take a look and have a laugh.

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News Source: howtoPRANKitup via YouTube, The Detroit News

We go racing against Audi's autonomous RS7

Posted Jan 29th 2015 2:00PM

It's Man Versus Machine As Host Jonathon Buckley Races Against Audi's Autonomous RS7




Translogic host Jonathon Buckley heads back to the Ascari Race Resort in Spain for an encounter with a track rival unlike any other. Watch as "Bucko" challenges "Bobby," Audi's autonomous Audi RS7 racecar to see who is quicker around the course.

It's a classic tale of "man versus machine" in this episode of Translogic.

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Tesla Model S P85D makes old women swear like sailors

Posted Jan 29th 2015 1:00PM

We've Got Both SFW And NSFW Videos For You




The Tesla Model S P85D, in its explosive insane mode, affects different people in different ways. Some will react to its shock-and-awe acceleration in exhilerated-yet-PG astonishment, while others express their amazement with slightly less couth. Today, we share a couple of reaction videos filled mostly with examples of the latter.

When Brooks Weisblat is not filming his new all-wheel-drive electric car embarrassing Dodge Challenger Hellcats on the drag strip, he is apparently turning his camera on his friends as he takes them for rides in his battery-powered sedan. As the accelerator hits the floor, mouths open wide and the air turns sailor-blue as his victims crudely enunciate their amazement. It doesn't matter if they're a woman of a certain age or massively-muscled he-man, the astonishment is cursedly palpable.

Likewise, Raphael Colantonio, when not acting as a video game director or musician, relishes imbuing his friends with expletives and giggles, courtesy of his car. You can watch a safe-for-work version of Brooks' video above, or see the unedited NSFW footage from both of these Tesla owners below. Enjoy!

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