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Junkyard Find: 1983 Nissan Sentra Coupe

April 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

The first-generation Nissan Sentra first appeared on American roads in 1982, early in the very costly Datsun-to-Nissan rebranding process. The lightweight, fuel-efficient Sentra was a big sales hit, because drivers in the early 1980s (with vivid memori…

No More Regrets: Tesla Will Now Upgrade Your Ludicrous-less P90D For an Insane Price

March 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

For Tesla Model S P90D owners who have concluded they won’t soil their firm, supportive seats if given the chance to go faster, well, they’re in luck. Tesla Motors is offering to bring “Ludicrous” mode to owners of the top-end Model S as an aftermarket upgrade, assuming their wallet can match their need to blow everything […]

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Crapwagon Outtake: 1996 Ford Thunderbird

March 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

For those who grew up during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations, or perhaps were influenced by movies like “American Graffiti,” the hot rod is an iconic part of the youth culture of the era. Countless aging enthusiasts spend a great deal of time and money modifying, maintaining, and showing off classic Detroit iron. It makes […]

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2016 Toyota RAV4 Review – The Soft Soft-roader

February 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

Compact crossovers are big business and the Toyota RAV4 is one of the segment’s corporate all-stars. In 2015, the RAV4 almost outsold Mazda. I’m not talking about the RAV4 outselling the Mazda CX-5, which it did handily by over 200,000 units. No, I’m talking about the RAV4 outselling Mazda in its entirely. Everything Mazda sells. All model sales put together. The RAV4 […]

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Daimler CEO: Google, Apple Further Along With Car Projects

January 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that tech companies such as Google and Apple were making significant progress on autonomous cars, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported (via Reuters). “Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed. At the same time […]

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UPDATE 3: Renault Says Investigators Did Not Find ‘Defeat Device’ Evidence

January 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Agents from France’s Economy Ministry’s fraud office last week raided the headquarters of automaker Renault, as well as other sites in Guyancourt and Lardy, as part of a probe into heavily polluting diesel vehicles in the European country. Specifically, the agents were said to be looking into “possible engine-rigging to dodge pollution controls,” reported RFI. Renault stated that investigators found “no evidence […]

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NAIAS 2016: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt – Seven Seconds to Sixty

January 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

After last week’s unveiling at CES, we were left with plenty of questions about the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. Answers came today, at least about its drivetrain. Notably, GM mentions a low-speed driving mode that allows for single-pedal operation. This “Low” mode allows the driver to control regenerative braking with a paddle behind the steering wheel. […]

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Kia Has A Big Luxury SUV Bound For Detroit

January 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

Kia teased Tuesday a “future premium large SUV” it has in mind for the North American International Auto Show next week. The gold-colored SUV is heavy on promises and short on details. According to the automaker, the concept is fitted with “state-of-the-art health-and-wellness technology,” but no word on powertrain. So does that mean it’s powered […]

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Report: Honda Engineers Berated Takata Before Scandal Erupted

December 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bloomberg (via Automotive News) reported that engineers at Honda demanded to know why Takata airbags were injuring drivers and passengers during a 2009 meeting held four months before investigators started their inquiry. “Why does it explode? I want to know the truth,” an engineer identified as “Otaka” asked Takata’s CEO at the meeting, according to […]

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