Daily Archives: December 26, 2013

Going Nowhere Fast: The Chassis Dynamometer’s Rise to Crucial Development Tool

December 2013 BY ERIC TINGWALL From the January 2014 Issue of Car and Driver The dyno’s rise in modern car culture is well chronicled on YouTube. Here, car guys while away hour after mesmerizing hour watching dyno pulls that depict unbelievable power, catastrophic consequences, or sometimes both. But the dynamometers that most enthusiasts have access to are crude ...

The Supercomputer in Your Garage: How Your Car Is the Most Advanced Electronic Device You Own [Infographic]

The Supercomputer in Your Garage: How Your Car Is the Most Advanced Electronic Device You Own [Infographic]

December 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm by Gary S. Vasilash Our culture is preoccupied with electronics. We buy all manner of silicon-enhanced stuff, from laptops and smartphones to WiFi-enabled refrigerators and robotic Roomba vacuums—some $204 ­billion worth of it every year. Headlines scream with each new announcement from Apple; Steve Jobs has replaced Henry Ford as ...

An Upside-Down Camaro, The Homer, a Cessna Plane, and Many More: Our Favorite Race Cars of the 2013 LeMons Season!

This 24 Hours of LeMons thing seems to warp the minds of once-sane car builders more deeply with each passing year. We thought it would be impossible to top the brain-boilingly great race-car creations we saw in 2012, but we were wrong! To put a bow on the eighth season of 24 Hours of LeMons ...

Fear of Flying: Ferrari 456GT vs. Mooney MSE (an Airplane!), The Sequel

Fear of Flying: Ferrari vs. Plane, The Sequel

April 1995 BY MULTIPLE AUTHORS PHOTOGRAPHY BY NIGEL MOLL From the April 1995 Issue of Car and Driver Get clobbered hard enough and you tend to remember it. Just talk to a dozen or so NFL players about last season or, better yet, check with Saddam Hussein. Right after Desert Storm, Saddam was asked if he would accept defeat ...

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE Tested: 1.8T Times Better

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE

December 2013 BY TONY QUIROGA MULTIPLE PHOTOGRAPHERS MARC URBANO AND THE MANUFACTURER From the January 2014 Issue of Car and Driver TESTED Volkswagen is killing the Jetta and Passat’s five-cylinder engine. Upon learning this news, exactly no one in our office observed a moment of silence or shot off a gun in a salute to VW’s five. Why not? Well, the engine’s ...

Hyundai and Kia Announce Settlement Proposal for Fuel-Economy Adjustment Suit

2014 Hyundai Elantra

December 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm by Alexander Stoklosa Last year, Hyundai and Kia were forced to lower the fuel-economy sticker values on a bevy of models after it was discovered both brands submitted erroneous figures to the EPA. The companies insisted that testing discrepancies were to blame, and offered buyers of affected vehicles a lifetime ...

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Honda Fit

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The 2013 Honda Fit subcompact gets plenty of things right: good visibility, nimble handling and roominess. However, the Fit, which is due for a redesign in 2014, shows its age with its outdated electronics and mediocre gas mileage, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. The practical hatchback has one more big thing going for it — ...

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge a Malleable Liquid-Metallic, Partial Formula 1 Car, According to Video

December 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm by Andrew Wendler The melding of digitized fantasy worlds and reality shows no sign of abating, and automakers and their marketing departments are thrilled about it. Take for example the narration-free video from Infiniti promoting its forthcoming Q50 Eau Rouge concept, which discloses more in 30 seconds of digitally manipulated ...

Auto Exports' Rise Continues

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We've known that U.S. automotive exports are increasing, but now the Detroit News reports the country could export more cars than ever before this year. Auto exports could reach 2 million cars and trucks in 2013, up from around 1.8 million in 2012. Most will come from GM, Ford and Chrysler, the News reported. American-Made Index: ...

Ford and Chevy, At It Again: 1986 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 vs. Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z Compared

1986 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 vs. Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

Archived Comparison arrow July 2013 BY MULTIPLE AUTHORS PHOTOGRAPHY BY DICK KELLEY From the July 1986 Issue of Car and Driver Mr. C.N. HughesChief Engineer, CamaroChevrolet Motor Division30003 Van Dyke AvenueWarren, Michigan Mr. James H. KennedyManager, Mustang DevelopmentFord Motor Company21500 Oakwood AvenueDearborn, Michigan Gentlemen: It has come to our attention that Ameri­can auto manufacturers are now engaged in what is commonly known as a ...