August 19, 2014

  • from Autocar

    Stuck in a summertime traffic jam? Consider this music-related brain-teaser to help pass the time waiting for everyone to get on the move Traffic snarl-ups seem to be all the more irritating at this time of the year, when the weather can be exceptionally humid. However, the really important thing is to have a good line in distraction while you wait for something to happen.My own bizarre contribution to in-car entertainment is deciding what musical genres certain cars are. Yes really.Bear with...

August 18, 2014

  • from Autocar

    Ford's globalisation policy means vehicles have to appeal to many markets, but the strategy could rob the company's products of their best qualities Last year was my tenth in the car scribbling and road testing business. Feels like a long time, although working somewhere like Autocar – alongside people who’ve been at it three- or four-times as long in some cases – you soon realise it isn’t.But it felt like a long time this morning in particular, driving the Ford EcoSport. I don’t think I’ve...

August 14, 2014

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August 12, 2014

  • Southeast Michigan experienced record rainfall Monday, causing closures or slowdowns at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler plants and tech centers throughout the area.
  • from Autocar

    Ford goes up against Nissan Juke and Renault Captur with high-rise Fiesta, but this most expensive diesel version proves less appealing then cheaper EcoBoost variant Ford is keeping its model range for its bold, bluff EcoSport compact SUV simple, with just two petrol engines and one diesel option gracing the launch lineup.The entry-level model for this high-rise Fiesta is a 111bhp, 1.5-litre petrol which costs £14,995. Above that sits the £15,995 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder. If...
  • from Autocar

    Upcoming Chevrolet Camaro spotted testing ahead of Detroit motor show debut; new four-cylinder turbocharged version planned The first prototype models of Chevrolet’s sixth-generation Camaro have been spotted testing ahead of a planned launch at the Detroit motor show early next year.While appearing similar in shape to the current model, these early test mules reveal several styling changes including new quad exhaust tips at the rear, new light clusters and a redesigned front end.The new Camaro...
  • from Auto123

    Nashville, TN -- It's probably not too often that residents of the tony Belle Meade subdivision near Nashville see a New York taxi cruising their tree-lined roads. Needless to say I felt more than a bit conspicuous driving the bright yellow NV200 Taxi through the quiet neighbourhood. Eyes ahead and trying to go unnoticed, I half expected someone to flag me down. What is the 2015 Nissan NV200 Taxi? Based on Nissan's four-door compact cargo van,...

August 11, 2014

August 6, 2014

  • from Autocar

    The best new car deals and new car leasing deals for this week, including offers on the Ford EcoSport, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, Nissan Juke, Jaguar XF and BMW 6-series If you’re in the market for a new car, or after the best new-car leasing deal, you can save thousands of pounds with a little research. Here are the picks of what our deals experts have found this week.Best new car dealsSuzuki turned plenty of heads when it entered the crossover fray with the SX4 S-Cross last year. An offer...
  • from Autocar

    Domestic automotive industry's upward trend shows no sign of abating, with a total of 172,907 new cars registered during July The UK's new car market is continuing to grow, recording the 29th consecutive month of rising sales according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).The figures show that a total of 172,907 cars were registered in July. That represents an increase of more than six per cent compared to the same month last year. Registrations for...

August 5, 2014

  • from Autocar

    Classic car events are often made all the more rewarding by the emergence of the offbeat and the unloved, and Harpenden's show was no exception If you like taking a tyre-kicking walk through rows of old cars, it’s hard to beat some of the classics-on-the-common style events that take place through Britain’s summer.Last week I went to an event in Harpenden, whose sunny town lawns hosted no less than 1200 classics beneath a sun that bordered on the sweltering.You do, of course, see many cars that...
  • from Auto123

    Clearly it does as it is prominently displayed on the CLA-Class' front grille, and it's huge. But does Mercedes' compact four-door coupe deserve to sport such a storied, historical, and highly sought-after symbol? My answer: Barely. Perhaps I've become far too accustomed to driving what I would consider real Mercs over the last 15 years, but then again I've never had a problem with the B-Class, if one was to consider “an untrue Mercedes.” In fact, I've always thought that it was...

August 1, 2014

  • from Auto123

    Portland, OR -- Often, it's important to look past something's name or label to really explore what it's all about. Never has that been more true than in the case of the brand new Dodge Challenger in Scat Pack livery. I'll get to the history in a moment, but let's take in the return of a halo car, the return to muscle-car-dom as it was meant to be. After driving the Challenger Hellcat with over 700 ponies, I wasn't sure I could be equally impressed with the remainder of the Challenger lineup...
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