Daily Archives: December 30, 2013

Fiat to Strengthen 500 Nameplate, Drop Punto

December 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm by Jens Meiners According to reports in Britain, Fiat will launch a five-door version of the 500. No, we aren’t talking about the bulbous 500L. Fiat will replace its aging Punto B-segment hatchback with a new five-door member of the 500 family, British publication Auto Express reports. The retro-themed five-door ...

Johnnie Walker Digitally Assembles F1 Car from Glass Tumblers, Smashes It to Discourage Drunk Driving

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December 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm by Alexander Stoklosa Do you like Scotch whisky? How about Formula 1, classy drink glasses, and driving? As are many folks, we’re fans of the whole lot—just not when mixed together. It seems spirits-maker Johnnie Walker agrees, and it released a clever YouTube ad to discourage drunk driving just in ...

Mazda 2 RE Range-Extender: Return of the Rotary

December 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm by John Lamm Mazda is experimenting with affixing a rotary engine range-extender to electric versions of its 2 subcompact hatch. For those holding on to hope that Mazda will revive the rotary engine for a successor to the RX-8, we suggest you stop gripping so tightly. The automaker’s performance ambitions, ...

Year in Review: 2013 in Performance, Sales, and More [Data Central]

Hyundai Azera,Tucson, GenesisCoupe, Sonata,Genesis, Santa Fe,Veracruz, ElantraTouring, Elantra,Accent, Entourage,Tiburon Kia Soul, Optima,Sorento, Rondo,Sportage, Forte,Amanti, Sedona Toyota Matrix,Corolla;Pontiac Vibe Toyota Matrix,Corolla, Sequoia,Tundra; Lexus SC;Pontiac Vibe Acura MDX;Honda Pilot,Odyssey

Mr. 500 Crosses The Finish Line: Andy Granatelli 1923–2013

It’s one of the most indelible moments in auto racing history. On May 30, 1969, Mario Andretti, driving an STP-sponsored Hawk, won the Indianapolis 500 and pulled into the speedway’s Victory Lane. There, wearing an STP tomato-red sport coat that emphasized his rotund body, was STP’s spiritual leader and CEO, 46-year-old Andy Granatelli. Without a ...

Michael Schumacher Update: Seven-Time F1 World Champion’s Condition Still Critical Following Brain Surgery

Michael Schumacher

December 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm by Alexander Stoklosa According to reports from SkySports and Autosport, seven-time F1 world champion driver Michael Schumacher is still “fighting for his life” following a spill on an unmarked skiing trail. The European news outlets attended a press conference thrown by the medical team attending to Schumacher to update the ...

Women Make Car-Shopping Comeback

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When it comes to car shopping, women are returning to the driver's seat. Bandon, Ore.-based CNW Marketing Research says women in December were responsible for more than 39 percent of all money spent on new cars. That's down from 45.5 percent in 2006, but it's above the 36 percent spent by women during the worst of ...

Recall Alert: 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

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Vehicles Affected: Ford's luxury arm is recalling approximately 7,153 model-year 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans manufactured between April 26, 2012, and Sept. 24, 2013.   The Problem: The transmission range sensor could fail, allowing the car to be shifted out of Park without the application of the brake pedal. If a driver does this unintentionally, the car ...

2013 Nissan NV200

2013 Nissan NV200

Filed under: Budget, Minivan/Van, Work, Nissan, New Car Reviews Moving is not fun. On the scale of adult activities, it ranks somewhere between taxes and jury duty. Boxes need to be loaded, furniture needs to be lifted and the entire affair is typically fueled by a combination of pizza, beer and pain killers (a combo my ...

Recall Alert: 2011-12 Volvo S60

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 30,929 model-year 2011-12 Volvo S60 sedans manufactured between June 22, 2010, and May 14, 2012; only five-cylinder vehicles with a vehicle identification number code of 62 are affected. The Problem: If the engine oil pressure becomes low, the vehicle may not alert the driver. This could damage the engine and cause it to ...