Saturday, 30 November 2013

Suzuki Authentics production version due next year in China

Chinese media is reporting Suzuki plans to launch a production variant of the Authentics concept in the second part of next year.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/UVgEtb4iuXc/suzuki-authentics-production-version-due-next-year-in-china

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Keselowski wins Nationwide race at Richmond

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/06/3170722/keselowski-wins-nationwide-race.html

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What next in the F1 world?

As those who stayed in Brazil are probably now nursing hangovers, those who rushed out on Sunday night are either just arriving home or waiting for connections at sundry airports around the globe. The action on the driver market is expected to start shortly with the key factor being the money that is supposed to […]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/what-next-in-the-f1-world/

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Andreasen bolsters Williams engineering team

Williams continues to strengthen its engineering squad as it undergoes a restructuring under the direction of Pat Symonds. In addition to the impending arrival of Rob Smedley the team will be joined in the New Year by Jenson Button’s former … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2013/11/29/andreasen-bolsters-williams-engineering-team/

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2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited

2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
Subaru is finally offering an STI without the cop-magnet, boy-racer livery. The wing, the gold wheels, and the matching brake calipers are gone, as is the rally blue paint.

Ann Arbor - Subaru is finally offering an STI without the cop-magnet, boy-racer livery. The wing, the gold wheels, and the matching brake calipers are gone, as is the rally blue paint, which is replaced by a more sedate white or gray. A power moonroof, new leather seats, and additional undercarpet soundproofing--all at no charge--make the STI Limited's cabin a bit more hospitable, but you're reminded of the WRX's econocar roots when road noise infiltrates.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0703_2008_subaru_impreza_wrx_sti_limited/index.html

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Friday, 29 November 2013

2005 Audi A6 Four Seasons Test

2005 Audi A6 Four Seasons Test
2005 Audi A6 Four Seasons Test - Four Seasons Test and Review - Automobile Magazine
After twelve months and 25,673 miles with our A6, like Professor Henry Higgins with Eliza Doolittle, we've grown accustomed to its face. In fact, the exterior styling of the redesigned A6 is one of the car's strong suits.

A little more than a year ago, an oyster gray metallic Audi A6 nosed its way into our Four Seasons fleet. And we don't use the word nose loosely, because the first thing we noticed about the A6 was its front end and the gaping maw of its grille. We've applauded every successive chapter of Audi's mellifluous design language, exemplified by vehicles such as the iconic TT and the ultraluxurious A8, but this new corporate grille, which first appeared in the 2005 model year, seemed incongruous--a little bit too large and a little bit too showy for an automaker renowned for the well-proportioned, tasteful styling of its vehicles.


Photo Gallery: 2005 Audi A6 Four Seasons Test - Four Seasons Test and Review - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0608_2005_audi_a6/index.html

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2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition

2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition
2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
The SLR 722 takes only 3.6 seconds to reach the big six-oh, or two-tenths quicker than the standard SLR. Stiffer suspension, new 19-inch wheels, and brake rotors twenty millimeters larger are also part of the package. Top speed rises by one mile per hour to 209; a modified front spoiler and rear diffuser help keep things on the ground.

Yes, that's right, the SLR hasn't exactly been selling well. What's that, you say? You mean, if you had $452,750, you wouldn't go buy an automatic-transmission-equipped Mercedes---no matter how cool and pimpy and McLaren-built it was---either? Us too.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_mercedes_benz_slr_mclaren_722_edition/index.html

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Would Vettel or Alonso be more deserving champion?

On the surface, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso seem very different. Alonso is all dark, brooding intensity; charismatic but distant.

Vettel is much sunnier - chatty, long answers, always ready with a joke and, as the Abu Dhabi podium ceremony proved, a salty English phrase.

Underneath, though, they share more than might at first be apparent. Both are highly intelligent, intensely dedicated to their profession, and totally ruthless in their own way.

Equally, although Alonso’s wit may be less obvious than Vettel’s, it is highly developed, bone dry, effective, and often used to tactical ends.

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso

Sebastian Vettel (right) leads Fernando Alonso in the Championship going into the penultimate race of the season. Photo: Reuters  

And they are both, of course, utterly fantastic racing drivers.

These two all-time greats head into the final two races of a marathon and topsy-turvey 2012 Formula 1 season separated by a tiny margin. Ten points is the same as a fifth place - or the margin between finishing first and third.

Vettel, on account of being ahead and having comfortably the faster car, is favourite. But within F1 there is a feeling that Alonso would be the more deserving champion, so well has he performed in a car that is not the best.

But is that a fair and accurate point of view? Let's look at their seasons, and you can make your own judgement.

THE GOOD

Vettel

It seems strange now, in the wake of Red Bull's recent pulverising form, but at the start of this season the world champions were struggling.

The car always had very good race pace - it was right up with the quickest from Melbourne on - but qualifying was a different matter.

In China, Vettel did not make it into the top 10 shoot-out in qualifying; in Monaco he did – just - but then did not run because he didn’t feel he had the pace to make it worthwhile.

In both races, though, he was competitive, taking a fifth place in China and fourth in Monaco, where he nearly won.

That was the story of the first two-thirds of Vettel’s season. He kept plugging away, delivering the points and keeping himself in contention in the championship.

He took only one win – in Bahrain, from pole – and he should have had another in Valencia, when he was as dominant as he ever was in 2011 only to retire with alternator failure.

Then, when Red Bull finally hit the sweet spot with their car, he delivered four consecutive wins (one of them inherited following Lewis Hamilton’s retirement in Singapore), the last three from the front row of the grid, including two pole positions.

And in Abu Dhabi there was an impressive comeback drive to third after being demoted to the back of the grid, albeit with the help of a significant dose of luck.

Alonso

It is hard to think of a race in which, assuming he got around the first corner, Alonso has not been on world-class form.

In Australia, when Ferrari were really struggling with their car at the start of the season, he fought up from 12th on the grid to finish fifth (including getting up to eighth on the first lap).

His three victories have been among the best all year –in the wet in Malaysia from ninth on the grid; in Valencia from 11th, including some stunning, clinical and brave overtaking manoeuvres; and a superbly controlled defensive drive in Germany, holding off the faster cars of Vettel and Jenson Button for the entire race, by going flat out only where he needed to, lap after lap after lap.

Then, to pick out some other highlights, there was beating the Red Bulls to pole in the wet at both Silverstone and Hockenheim; his rise from 10th on the grid to third in Monza, including a courageous pass on Vettel a couple of laps after being forced on to the grass at nearly 200mph; and splitting the Red Bulls to finish second in India.

THE BAD

Vettel

Impressive Vettel has been this year, flawless he has not.

In Malaysia, he cost himself a fourth place by sweeping too early across the front of Narain Karthikeyan’s HRT while lapping it. There was a hint of frustration and a sense of entitlement about the move – as there was in his post-race comments in which he called Karthikeyan an “idiot”.

In Spain, he was penalised for ignoring yellow caution flags.

In Hockenheim he overtook Jenson Button’s McLaren off the circuit, earning himself a demotion from second to fifth place, despite the drivers being warned only a month or so before that they could not benefit by going off the track.

In Monza, he earned a drive-through penalty for pushing Alonso on to the grass at nearly 200mph, in presumed retaliation for a similar move the Spaniard had pulled on Vettel in the same place the previous year. Again, this was despite the drivers being warned that they had to leave room for a rival who had any part of his car alongside any part of theirs.

In qualifying in Japan, he got away with blocking Alonso at the chicane, despite Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne being penalised for doing the same thing to Williams’s Bruno Senna earlier in the session.

And in India he appeared to break guidelines about having all four wheels off the track at one of the chicanes on his only top-10 qualifying lap, but kept his time because the only available footage was from outside the car, and showed only the front wheels. So the FIA had to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Alonso

Er… Has Alonso made any errors at all this year?

Well, he did cost himself a couple of points in China when he ran off the road attempting to pass Williams’s Pastor Maldonado around the outside of Turn Seven – a move that Vettel did pull off against Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen.

He spun in a downpour in second qualifying at Silverstone, just before the session was red-flagged because it was too dangerous.

And some argue that, defending a championship lead, he should not have put himself in the position he did at the start in Japan, where his rear wheel was tagged by Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus on the run to the first corner, putting Alonso out of the race.

The claim is that Alonso had everything to lose and that, while he did nothing wrong, trying to intimidate Raikkonen into backing off, and squeezing him twice, was too big a risk.

The opposing view of that incident is that Raikkonen, who was behind Alonso, had a better view of the situation and should have realised he wasn’t going anywhere from where he was and backed off.

THE MISFORTUNE

Vettel has lost points from two alternator failures, one in Valencia when he was leading and one in Italy when he was running sixth. And third became fourth in Canada when a planned one-stop strategy had to he aborted. That’s 36 points lost.

Alonso was taken out twice at the start – once definitely not his fault (Belgium, when Romain Grosjean’s flying Lotus narrowly missed his head); and once arguably not (Japan).

He lost a possible win in Monaco because Ferrari didn’t realise that if they left him out a bit longer before his pit stop he could have overtaken leader Mark Webber and second-placed Nico Rosberg as well as third-placed Lewis Hamilton.

He should have finished second in Canada and probably won in Silverstone - rather than being fifth and second - but for errant tyre strategies, and he would have been on the front row and finished at least second in Monza had his rear anti-roll bar not failed in qualifying.

That’s 60-odd points lost.

A POST SCRIPT

While we’re analysing Vettel and Alonso, spare a thought for Lewis Hamilton.

The McLaren driver finally lost any mathematical chance of the title after his retirement from the lead in Abu Dhabi. He is 90 points behind Vettel.

Hamilton has said that he has driven at his absolute best this season, and it’s hard to disagree – he has not made a single mistake worth the name.

But his year has been a story of operational and technical failures by his team.

At least three wins have been lost (Spain, Singapore and Abu Dhabi), as well as a series of other big points finishes, as detailed by BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen in his blog.

Without that misfortune, Hamilton would be right up with Vettel and Alonso, if not ahead of them.

So, if you’re thinking about ‘deserving’ world champions, if such a thing exists, spare a thought for him too.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/11/benson.html

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2013 Round-Up – How Did They Do?

With the chequered flag in Brazil the 2013 season finished, with Sebastian Vettel having once again ruled the year. Performances up and down the grid may have been glossed over as the Red Bull ace sped home, so here is our round up of the season. CLICK HERE TO REVEAL PART 1 OF OUR REVIEW [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Formula1Fancast/~3/qIQlo4ePHTc/2013-round-up-how-did-they-do

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1999-2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning

1999-2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning
1999-2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning - Used Car Review - Automobile Magazine
After three years of production, the Ford SVT Lightning still does not care about you. It does not want to hear you complain about the lack of a rear seat. It will not chip in $10 at the gas pump. It will not tolerate your trepidation behind the wheel whenever rain starts to fall. Like the drill sergeant to the new recruit, when the Lightning tells you hit the gas, you will ask how hard. Thank you sir, may I have another?


After three years of production, the Ford SVT Lightning still does not care about you. It does not want to hear you complain about the lack of a rear seat. It will not chip in $10 at the gas pump. It will not tolerate your trepidation behind the wheel whenever rain starts to fall. Like the drill sergeant to the new recruit, when the Lightning tells you hit the gas, you will ask how hard. Thank you sir, may I have another?


Photo Gallery: 1999-2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning - Used Car Review - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/trucks/0305_ford_svt_lightning/index.html

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

F1 Opus ‘Bernie Edition’ book has $1m price tag | 2013 F1 season

The makers of the Formula One Opus are offering a one-off 'Bernie Edition' of the book with a price tag of $1 million (£610,000).

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/f1fanatic/~3/6NJkDvsKgAs/

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Real Madrid players receive their yearly Audis, about half are Q7 3.0 TDI

Real Madrid players have received new sets of wheels courtesy of main sponsor Audi.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/96lf96rH1Mw/real-madrid-players-receive-their-yearly-audis-about-half

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2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited

2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
Subaru is finally offering an STI without the cop-magnet, boy-racer livery. The wing, the gold wheels, and the matching brake calipers are gone, as is the rally blue paint.

Ann Arbor - Subaru is finally offering an STI without the cop-magnet, boy-racer livery. The wing, the gold wheels, and the matching brake calipers are gone, as is the rally blue paint, which is replaced by a more sedate white or gray. A power moonroof, new leather seats, and additional undercarpet soundproofing--all at no charge--make the STI Limited's cabin a bit more hospitable, but you're reminded of the WRX's econocar roots when road noise infiltrates.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0703_2008_subaru_impreza_wrx_sti_limited/index.html

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What next in the F1 world?

As those who stayed in Brazil are probably now nursing hangovers, those who rushed out on Sunday night are either just arriving home or waiting for connections at sundry airports around the globe. The action on the driver market is expected to start shortly with the key factor being the money that is supposed to […]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/what-next-in-the-f1-world/

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

2007 Subaru Legacy Spec B

2007 Subaru Legacy Spec B
2007 Subaru Legacy Spec B - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
Subaru is debuting the Legacy Spec B, which was a special edition for 2006, but will be a full-fledged model for '07. The new model gains a sixth forward ratio for the manual gearbox and an electronic throttle and torque management system that Subaru calls SI Drive. SI Drive has three settings: intelligent, sport, and sport sharp. Set to intelligent, the system retards the Spec B's power output and dulls throttle response in an attempt to eliminate the car's jumpy turbo characteristics and ma

Subaru is debuting the Legacy Spec B, which was a special edition for 2006, but will be a full-fledged model for '07. The new model gains a sixth forward ratio for the manual gearbox and an electronic throttle and torque management system that Subaru calls SI Drive. SI Drive has three settings: intelligent, sport, and sport sharp. Set to intelligent, the system retards the Spec B's power output and dulls throttle response in an attempt to eliminate the car's jumpy turbo characteristics and make it easier to drive in day-to-day traffic. Subaru claims that this mode will increase fuel economy by ten percent. Sport mode is the default setting, and sport sharp will heighten throttle reponse and make gearshifts more aggressive in cars equipped with an automatic transmission. SI Drive will also be fitted to all turbo Legacy GTs and Outback XTs.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Subaru Legacy Spec B - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_subaru_legacy_spec_b/index.html

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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Shooting Break Spied

A long-roof version of the CLA-Class.

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/mercedes-benz-cla-class-shooting-break-spied-257131.html

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F1 2012 Championship Standings after United States GP

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/F1InsightAFormula1Blog/~3/ihD5XwEJ6UA/f1-2012-championship-standings-after_19.html

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Lewis wants to see US night race

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/10/lewis-wants-to-see-us-night-race.html

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Button Steps Up Pre Season Training With Lance Armstrong

Jenson Button teamed up with record breaking cyclist Lance Armstrong, as he continues to prepare for another Formula One season. The McLaren driver excitedly tweeted that he would be riding with Armstrong, the 7 time Tour de France winner, in Hawaii. Armstrong responded via Twitter “I hope he doesn’t ride as srong as he drives […]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/button-steps-up-pre-season-training-with-lance-armstrong/

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Keselowski denies Scott a perfect Nationwide race at Richmond

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/06/3170878/keselowski-denies-scott-a-perfect.html

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Hamilton decision-making under the microscope


Lewis Hamilton has come in for criticism © Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton’s decision-making ability has come into question after he crashed into the side of Felipe Massa on lap one, causing his early retirement from the Italian Grand Prix. This incident has raised questions about his temperament and ability to bounce back. Kevin Garside of the Daily Telegraph questions how much we should really be expecting from Hamilton. “Perhaps this is how it must be with Hamilton, an instinctive racer compelled to chase the impossible through gaps that don’t exist. He took the best part of an hour to compose himself before walking out into the sun to face the cameras. This was Hamilton’s third DNF of the season but the first of his own making. Occasions like this are perhaps reminders to us not to expect too much. “On the days when Hamilton’s insane alliance of guts, skill and derring-do appear capable of delivering the world it is easy to forget he is only 25, an age when it is all too common for boys to believe themselves men.” Byron Young of the Mirror also pulls no punches about Hamilton’s performance and was heavily critical of the manoeuvre which meant he left the weekend pointless. “To say that his dive down the outside at Della Roggia chicane was optimistic would be generous. Mystifying, definitely, with so much at stake. So often Hamilton has made them stick but yesterday the outcome was all too predictable.”

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/09/hamilton_decisionmaking_under_1.php

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Glock and Marussia, by mutual consent, agree to part company with immediate effect

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2007 Saleen S331 Supercharged

2007 Saleen S331 Supercharged
2007 Saleen S331 Supercharged - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
A huge 5500 pound truck with a supercharged V-8 and big brakes: cool. But why?

Over thundering exhaust noise, I can almost hear Steve Saleen talking loudly behind my right shoulder. With his hands clenching my headrest, he's probably explaining how it is that I've just accelerated to 100 mph before realizing I had so much as pushed the pedal. In a 5500-pound pickup truck.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Saleen S331 Supercharged - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/trucks/0707_2007_saleen_s331_supercharged/index.html

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2013 Car Launches: Force India launch VJM06 at Silverstone (+Pictures)

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Monday, 25 November 2013

2007 Mazda CX-9

2007 Mazda CX-9
2007 Mazda CX-9 - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The new Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV has been specifically designed for the North American markets. It is longer than the five-passenger CX-7, so there is space for a full three rows.

The new Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV has been specifically designed for the North American markets. It is longer than the five-passenger CX-7, so there is space for a full three rows. The CX-9 is built on a unibody platform (who would make a body-on-frame crossover?) with front-wheel drive standard and the all-wheel drive system of the MAZDASPEED6 and CX-7 available as an option. The all-wheel drive system can direct up to 50% of the power to the rear, when needed and as governed by its numerous traction and stability control systems.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Mazda CX-9 - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_mazda_cx_9/index.html

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Maldonado Lotus decision set to kick driver market into gear

Pastor Maldonado looks set to be confirmed as a Lotus driver in the next couple of days, and a string of other driver announcements can be expected soon as the pieces finally fall into place after weeks of uncertainty. The … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2013/11/25/maldonado-lotus-decision-set-to-kick-driver-market-into-gear/

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NASCAR-Nationwide-Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Lineup

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/06/3170065/nascar-nationwide-virginia-529.html

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2006 Volkswagen Passat Four Seasons Review

2006 Volkswagen Passat Four Seasons Review
2006 Volkswagen Passat - Latest News, Features, and Four Seasons Reviews - Automobile Magazine
After four seasons and 24,464 miles, we learn that VW's star sedan has dimmed. It would make a fine Ford, but it's a sad drop from the Passat's glory days.

For a very long time, the Passat sat on the sidelines of the American family-sedan playing field. It was seemingly content, in mid-1990s fourth-generation guise, to dangle its optional, gutsy VR6 engine in front of Volkswagen devotees and to snag a few four-cylinder buyers who got lost on the way to the Honda showroom. The mid-size-sedan segment belonged to the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, and the Ford Taurus, while the Passat was little more than a charming anachronism from Wolfsburg, all but invisible.


Photo Gallery: 2006 Volkswagen Passat - Latest News, Features, and Four Seasons Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0705_2006_volkswagen_passat/index.html

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2000-2005 Toyota Tundra

2000-2005 Toyota Tundra
2000-2005 Toyota Tundra - Used Car Review - Automobile Magazine
Ann Arbor - Our founder and editor emeritus, David E. Davis, Jr., had a new idea for the Toyota Tundra pickup truck we added to our Four Seasons test fleet in late 1999. He would send it to northern Michigan for use as a real live workhorse at Red's Bog, his idyllic retreat on the west side of the state. His ranch foreman, Jerry Keie, would have charge of Toyota's big new truck and keep notes from a real working man's perspective.

Ann Arbor - Our founder and editor emeritus, David E. Davis, Jr., had a new idea for the Toyota Tundra pickup truck we added to our Four Seasons test fleet in late 1999. He would send it to northern Michigan for use as a real live workhorse at Red's Bog, his idyllic retreat on the west side of the state. His ranch foreman, Jerry Keie, would have charge of Toyota's big new truck and keep notes from a real working man's perspective.


Photo Gallery: 2000-2005 Toyota Tundra - Used Car Review - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/trucks/0103_toyota_tundra/index.html

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

2007 Lexus LS460

2007 Lexus LS460
2007 Lexus LS460 - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
Will this finally be the Lexus that competes with top-tier German sedans? Judge for yourself with our new car coverage.

Seventeen years after Lexus introduced the first LS luxury sedan at the 1989 Detroit auto show, the company unveiled its fourth-generation flagship sedan, the LS460, in Motown. As successful as the LS400 and the LS430 have been, they have never quite measured up to the big, long-wheelbase offerings from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and Jaguar in terms of sheer size, street presence, and prestige, even if they often exceeded them in refinement, reliability, and quality. Now that Toyota is expanding the Lexus brand beyond North America to Japan, Europe, and other world markets, the automaker hopes to compete neck-to-neck with the S-class, the 7-series, the A8, and the XJ8 with the LS460L, which debuted in Detroit as the first-ever, long-wheelbase LS. Lexus also announced that the new LS will be equipped with the world's first eight-speed automatic transmission, a big poke in the eye to Mercedes, which introduced a seven-speed automatic only recently. "That's right," said Jim Press, president and COO of Toyota Motor Sales during the unveiling of the LS460. "Eight speeds. We're uppin' 'em one."


Photo Gallery: 2007 Lexus LS460 - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_lexus_ls_460/index.html

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2006 Volkswagen Passat Four Seasons Review

2006 Volkswagen Passat Four Seasons Review
2006 Volkswagen Passat - Latest News, Features, and Four Seasons Reviews - Automobile Magazine
After four seasons and 24,464 miles, we learn that VW's star sedan has dimmed. It would make a fine Ford, but it's a sad drop from the Passat's glory days.

For a very long time, the Passat sat on the sidelines of the American family-sedan playing field. It was seemingly content, in mid-1990s fourth-generation guise, to dangle its optional, gutsy VR6 engine in front of Volkswagen devotees and to snag a few four-cylinder buyers who got lost on the way to the Honda showroom. The mid-size-sedan segment belonged to the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, and the Ford Taurus, while the Passat was little more than a charming anachronism from Wolfsburg, all but invisible.


Photo Gallery: 2006 Volkswagen Passat - Latest News, Features, and Four Seasons Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0705_2006_volkswagen_passat/index.html

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2008 Ford Escape Review - Driven

2008 Ford Escape Review - Driven
2008 Ford Escape Review - Automobile Magazine
A facelift for the 2008 Ford Escape

A Face-Lift To Make Joan Rivers Proud.
Ann Arbor Youth triumphs in all things automotive, just as it does in the wider world. So, after a new model debuts, we've come to expect a freshening in year three, a special edition in year four, and an all-new model after five years.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Ford Escape Review - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/autp_0704_2008_ford_escape_review/index.html

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F1 2011 Launch Catch Up – McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Renault…

Catching up on the launches in one mega post.  Here in you’ll find quick interviews with senior members of the team and photos from the Red Bull, Sauber, Renault Lotus, Toro Rosso, Mercedes and McLaren launches. Apologies for being somewhat late, the whole blog isn’t running at full power until the season starts again. Red […]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/f1-2011-launch-catch-up-mclaren-mercedes-red-bull-sauber-toro-rosso-renault/

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2003-2004 Nissan Frontier S/C

2003-2004 Nissan Frontier S/C
2003-2004 Nissan Frontier S/C
The Nissan Frontier S/C is supercharged. Lest you forget, the front fenders are adorned with "SuperCharged" badges. If you missed those, fat decals on the rear flanks repeat the message. Inside, the leather sport seats wear stitching that reiterates the truck's superchargedness.

The Nissan Frontier S/C is supercharged. Lest you forget, the front fenders are adorned with "SuperCharged" badges. If you missed those, fat decals on the rear flanks repeat the message. Inside, the leather sport seats wear stitching that reiterates the truck's superchargedness.


Photo Gallery: 2003-2004 Nissan Frontier S/C


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/trucks/0304_nissan_frontier/index.html

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

2015 Volkswagen Passat Sedan and Variant spied with production body

The next generation of the Volkswagen Passat (Sedan and Variant) has been spied for a second time featuring the production body.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/FLilOOqksZg/2015-volkswagen-passat-sedan-and-variant-spied-with-production

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Brazilian Grand Prix 1973 (Video Highlights)

The Brazilian Grand Prix has become one of the truly iconic stops on the calendar. Now the climax of the season, Interlagos has provided many exciting moments, securing a spot in the hearts of F1 fans across the globe. Although the nation wasn’t the finale in ’73, Brazil certainly produced a fine spectacle. Home favourite [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Formula1Fancast/~3/kIO1WqLu43c/brazilian-grand-prix-1973-video-highlights-2

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2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition

2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition
2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
The SLR 722 takes only 3.6 seconds to reach the big six-oh, or two-tenths quicker than the standard SLR. Stiffer suspension, new 19-inch wheels, and brake rotors twenty millimeters larger are also part of the package. Top speed rises by one mile per hour to 209; a modified front spoiler and rear diffuser help keep things on the ground.

Yes, that's right, the SLR hasn't exactly been selling well. What's that, you say? You mean, if you had $452,750, you wouldn't go buy an automatic-transmission-equipped Mercedes---no matter how cool and pimpy and McLaren-built it was---either? Us too.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_mercedes_benz_slr_mclaren_722_edition/index.html

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2007 Porsche 911 997 GT3

2007 Porsche 911 997 GT3
2007 Porsche 911 997 GT3 - Automobile Magazine
911 fever has broken out in Geneva-Both the new Turbo and new GT3 models are at the Swiss show. The GT3 is the most powerful non-turbo 911 in history, with 415 all-natural ponies, good enough for a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds.

When a small, independent automaker like Porsche has two world-premieres at one auto show, it's big news. It's even bigger news when the two cars are the downright nutty 480-hp 911 Turbo and this model, the 911 GT3. With 415 horsepower, the GT3 is the most powerful non-turbo 911 road car in Porsche's history. The car starts with the same high-revving 3.6-liter flat-six as the last GT3, which was derived from the 996-series 911. For the 997-based GT3, Porsche adds a larger throttle valve (82 millimeters in diameter, up from 76 millimeters), new cylinder heads, and a reconfigured exhaust system. Changes have also been made to the car's six-speed transmission, including shorter ratios for the top five gears and a shifter with even shorter throws. All of these engine and transmission modifications, Porsche claims, results in a 0-to-60-mph time of 4.1 seconds, a 0-to-100-mph time of 8.7 seconds, and a top speed of 193 mph.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Porsche 911 997 GT3 - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/geneva_2006/0603_porsche_911_gt3/index.html

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Friday, 22 November 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 – 2014 Automobile of the Year Finalist

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 is the latest iteration of the most popular luxury sedan in the world. Although the CLA-class might be the most talked about new Benz, the 2014 S-class is by far the most significant Benz. Positioned as the flagship sedan, it must carry the luxury torch for the Mercedes-Benz brand. To that [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/2014-mercedes-benz-s550-2014-automobile-of-the-year-finalist-255419.html

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2015 Subaru WRX Introduced at 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

2015 Subaru WRX Introduced at 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show
2015 Subaru WRX Introduced at 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
The all-new 2015 Subaru WRX boasts a 268-hp turbo-four engine.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Just like the other small cars coming to market these days, the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX is more spacious and more refined. But the good news is, the 2015 WRX still knows how to play rough, and it’s got a 268-hp engine and trick, new all-wheel-drive hardware to prove it.


Photo Gallery: 2015 Subaru WRX Introduced at 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2015 Subaru WRX Introduced at 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/los_angeles/2013/1311_2015_subaru_wrx_sedan_la/index.html

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