Daily Archives: December 31, 2013

Year in Review: The Biggest News Stories of 2013

Another year, another rollout of 900-hp hypercars and new models that steer and brake all by themselves. Wait, what? Autonomous technology trickled down, cars in all categories got way faster and gulped less fuel, our two favorite Americans got a complete redo, startup automakers died, stock prices and sales soared, and some people—namely taxpayers—lost a ...

From the Archives: 1987 Toyota Supra Turbo Test

1987 Toyota Supra Turbo

Archived Instrumented Test arrow April 1987 BY ARTHUR ST. ANTOINE PHOTOGRAPHY BY DICK KELLEY From the April 1987 Issue of Car and Driver TESTED A car has to have the goods before it can play in the sports-coupe major leagues. The combatants in this arena include such potent performers as the Corvette, the Porsche 944 Turbo, the Mazda RX-7 Turbo, and the ...

2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7L 4×4 Tested: Falling Short Only in the Sales Race

2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7L V-8 4x4

December 2013 BY ANDREW WENDLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL SIMARI TESTED Few things inspire brand loyalty as fiercely as do full-size pickup trucks. And while Ford, GM, and Ram have been burnishing their corporations’ bottom lines for decades, Toyota’s full-size Tundra has never really turned cargo-hauling capability into solid-gold success. This fall, while Toyota was celebrating the one-millionth Tundra to ...

Audi and Google to Announce Infotainment Partnership Next Week [2014 CES]

Audi Connect with Google maps

December 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm by Alexander Stoklosa The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas slowly has become almost a tertiary-level auto show, given how many automakers have begun flocking to the venue to show off their latest technological wares. This year certainly won’t disrupt the trend, it seems, because The Wall Street Journal is reporting ...

Doctors Say Michael Schumacher’s Condition Slightly Improved

Michael Schumacher

December 31, 2013 at 11:20 am by Alexander Stoklosa The Telegraph is reporting that following another cranial procedure, doctors treating former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher have noted a slight improvement in his condition. Schumacher is in critical condition after a skiing accident Sunday;  Monday he had brain surgery and was put into a medically induced ...

Nissan Previews Sport Sedan Concept

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Nissan plans a trio of concepts for the upcoming 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Sport Sedan Concept will make its world debut at the show, followed by two concepts that recently bowed at the Tokyo Motor Show: the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts. Nissan released a teaser pic of the Sport ...

What Does This Button Do?

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I like feeling pampered — even in a car. That doesn't mean a hoity-toity attitude, just some good manners. Naturally, I loved the civility of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 coupe. During my drive, it seemed that the E350's mystery button was saying, "Please, allow me to let me help you." So, what does this button ...

2013 Car Seat Check Report Card

Report-card

Parents of young children will be spending years driving around with their child-safety seats, and most of them take up a lot of backseat real estate. Vehicles accommodate cars seats differently in terms of fit, room and ease of use, and no one knows this more than Cars.com editors and moms, Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer ...

Name That Shifter, No. 159

Name That Shifter

December 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm by Car and Driver It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until mid-day Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the ...