April 2016

This 1984 Dodge 600 Turbo Commercial Is a Nightmarish Fever Dream

April 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Chrysler Corporation was riding high again by 1984, but were they riding high when they made this ad? A turbocharged engine was a brand-new option that year, and the resurgent automaker clearly wanted to celebrate the hot little 2.2-liter by having one abduct a woman and take her to the afterlife. There’s a distinctive […]

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Mini Boss Doesn’t Want to Sully the Brand With an Icky Sedan

April 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Mini needs a fifth core model that stays true to the brand’s heritage while drawing in more customers, but the man in charge of the brand doesn’t like sedans. Unless a previously unknown model crawls out of Mini’s history, one side of the dilemma will have to give up ground. Ralph Mahler, Mini’s vice-president of […]

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Acura Takes a Sepia-Toned Selfie With its BFF, the Millennial Car Buyer

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Acura is turning 30, and to celebrate, it’s turning its attention away from the yuppy Gen-Xers who first discovered the brand to the hopeful, car-buying Millennials of today. It’s not pandering for vehicle sales, it’s a relationship, see? Honda’s luxury marque just launched a marketing campaign that seems perfectly designed to lure in the largest-growing […]

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Volkswagen Shows Off its New Gasoline-Powered Gas Engine That Runs on Gas

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Diesel? What’s that? Volkswagen is embracing a far less controversial type of fuel with its new 1.5-liter TSI engine, unveiled yesterday at the Vienna Motor Symposium. The ultra-efficient four-cylinder uses variable turbine geometry (VTG) in its turbocharger to generate peak torque at a low 1,300 rpm, then maintain a flat torque curve until about 4,500 […]

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Top-Down Pricing: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Starts at $25,990

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced pricing on the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, touting it as America’s least expensive turbocharged convertible. With an MSRP of $24,995 (plus $995 destination), the Spider tops the base price of its platform mate — the Mazda MX-5 Miata — by $255. Luxury (“Luzzo”) models will go for $28,490, while the performance-oriented […]

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It’s Time to Vote for TTAC’s Ten Best and Worst Automobiles Today

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

You’ve nominated them. We’ve voted on them. Now it’s your turn to select the Ten Best and Ten Worst Automobiles Today. Yesterday, we posted the 20 candidates in each category, according to your nominations and our Cray-computer number cruncher (okay, it was Excel on a Mac). I don’t necessarily agree with all the picks you’ve made, […]

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Snapchat Lawsuit: What Actually Happened on That Georgia Highway?

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

The trial has all the ingredients needed to garner a nation’s attention: a young female driver, a speeding Mercedes, a dark, rain-slicked highway, a carelessly wielded phone, a potentially dangerous social media app, and a hard-working man left permanently disabled. The lawsuit against Snapchat and motorist Christal McGee by Wentworth Maynard, the driver of the Mitsubishi Outlander […]

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Opel Astra 1.4 Turbo Review – The Buick from Europe?

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

When the previous generation of Astra made it to American shores — dressed in leather, wood and Buick Verano badges — it wasn’t a foreign invasion. Instead, the Astra-cum-Verano was a good soldier coming home; the Astra J always felt like a Buick. The brand-new Astra, now wearing the K designator, is lighter, more agile and stuffed with […]

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Life in Prison for Car Hacking? Michigan Takes the First Steps

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Hoping to access and remotely take charge of a vehicle’s operating system via your laptop? Expect to shower with strange men in a place where the Wi-Fi sucks. Life behind bars is the penalty proposed by two Michigan senators seeking to regulate the state’s connected and autonomous vehicle industry, Automotive News reports. The bills introduced […]

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