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2013 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo : Concept Cars
2013 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo : Concept Cars

This hot ride is based on a character in the new high-velocity 3D comedy from DreamWorks. Turbo is about a snail obsessed wîth speed, and this Camaro is instrumental in transforming him into a racer. Follow their journey when it hits theaters July 19, 2013.

This Camaro is fully customized wîth lower rockers and fender flares in a wide body design configuration, a front splitter and rear diffuser, and a GT concept rear wing spoiler. Lighting the way are custom front and rear LED lighting wîth multicolor halo effect for the front headlamps. The body is painted black wîth a vinyl chrome wrap, dark tinted to look like black chrome. The front tires are 24-inches by 10-inches wîth a front wheel and custom offset, the rear are 24-inches by 15-inches.

Powering this super ride is a supercharged 700+ HP V8 engine wîth automatic transmission. (posted on There is a custom created intake assembly for supercharger housing. The rear exhaust outlets are five-inches in diameter, wîth two per side.

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2013 Toyota Camry : Current Models
2013 Toyota Camry : Current Models

For 2013, the Toyota Camry receives rear cross-traffic alert functionality as part of the optional blind spot monitoring system. Inside, all Camry models have the 6-inch central display screen as standard and slightly upgraded door panel trim.

After saddling the last generation of its best-selling sedan with a disappointing interior and dull personality, Toyota got with it and redesigned the Camry last year. The newest Camry continues the model's long-standing record of reliability and low running costs and adds an improved interior, more expressive styling and, especially in SE trim, livelier driving. The 2013 Toyota Camry gets further polish with a few more standard features and upgraded interior materials.

As before, the Camry powertrain lineup deserves kudos for its combination of peppy performance and admirable fuel economy. Even the four-cylinder engine provides pleasing acceleration, while the potent V6 manages an impressive 25 mpg in combined driving. Those seeking a fuel sipper can choose the Camry Hybrid, covered in a separate review. Although the Camry offers respectable handling and a comfortable ride, the driving experience still feels rather disconnected and numb. The SE trim provides sharper, more involved handling that doesn't exactly transform the Camry into a sport sedan, but offers more appeal to those who enjoy driving.

Naturally, there are other appealing midsize sedans out this year. The 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima continue to offer slightly sportier personalities to enhance their practicality. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata offers comparable refinement and stellar value. The new Ford Fusion is another favorite of ours thanks to well-rounded performance and sharp styling. We think most people will be very pleased with a 2013 Toyota Camry purchase, but with so many great choices, we suggest planning a weekend's worth of test-drives.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2013 Toyota Camry is offered in L, LE, SE and XLE trim levels. The L features 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, power windows and mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, split-folding rear seats, a trip computer, Bluetooth, a 6-inch display and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, an auxiliary input and a USB/iPod interface.

The Camry LE adds automatic headlamps, power door locks with remote keyless entry, audio controls on the steering wheel and an outside temperature display.

The SE includes a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated exterior mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport seats and unique interior and exterior styling treatments. SE V6 models get 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, a navigation system, voice recognition and the Entune smartphone and Web integration system.

The luxurious XLE reverts to the LE's softer suspension settings and adds heated exterior mirrors, foglamps, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat and the Entune system. XLE V6 models add a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a power front passenger seat and heated front seats.

Some of the extra features found on the higher trims can be added as options to the lower trim levels, though availability can vary depending on which region of the country you live in. A premium 10-speaker JBL audio system is optional for the SE and XLE. On the XLE V6, Toyota also offers a hard-drive-based navigation system with a larger central display.

Powertrains and Performance
Every 2013 Toyota Camry features front-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission and two engine choices.

Base Camrys are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. In Edmunds performance testing, a Camry LE with this engine accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, about average for a four-cylinder midsize sedan. With EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city/35 highway and 28 combined, the four-cylinder Camry is among the class leaders.

Optional is a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, which helps the Camry V6 reach 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, average for upgrade engines in this class. Fuel economy is an impressive 21/31/25.

The 2013 Toyota Camry comes with a battery of standard safety features, including antilock brakes, stability control, front- and rear-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and knee airbags for both driver and passenger. A blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert is also available.

In Edmunds braking tests, a Camry LE stopped from 60 mph in 129 feet, a bit longer than average for the segment. An SE V6, with stickier tires, performed the same test in 119 feet, which is better than average.

In government crash testing, the Camry received a top five-star score for overall crash protection, with four stars for overall frontal protection and five stars for overall side protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camry the best possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests. It scored a "Poor" (the worst rating) in that agency's new, "small overlap" frontal impact crash test, but only a handful of cars have been subjected to it, and most have earned a similar score.

Interior Design and Special Features
The interior of the 2013 Camry feels roomy and its thin front pillars provide good outward visibility. What the cabin design lacks in cohesiveness, it makes up for with generally good materials quality, especially the handsome stitching on the dash and door panels of upper trims. The spacious rear seat is complemented by a nicely reclined seatback angle that helps the Camry match the Honda Accord for the most comfortable backseat in the class.

The Camry's upgraded audio system also includes Entune, a suite of smartphone-connected services that includes features like the Bing search engine, Pandora streaming radio, real-time traffic, sports and stock information, and the ability to reserve movie tickets or a table at a restaurant on the go. The touchscreen interface and accompanying steering wheel controls are usually pretty easy to use, but sometimes the virtual buttons' unwillingness to respond is frustrating.

At 15.4 cubic feet, the Camry's trunk capacity is about average, although the 60/40-split rear seat folds down to yield more cargo space when necessary.

Driving Impressions
Both four-cylinder and V6 engines generate ample power for their sizes, and that power is delivered in a smooth, quiet fashion. Gearchanges are likewise unobtrusive, and for a car that earns such high fuel economy numbers, the transmission surprises with quick downshifts when additional power is needed. On the highway, the 2013 Toyota Camry is comfortable and an excellent long-distance companion.

The electric-assisted steering feels pretty good in the V6 and SE versions. But non-SE four-cylinder versions are vague and somewhat lifeless in comparison. Most drivers will probably be fine with the way the Camry drives, but we still recommend the SE. It's not exactly sporty, but does feel more in line with the handling and responsiveness of its best rivals.

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Ford Discloses Two New Recalls : News
Ford Discloses Two New Recalls for the 2013 Escape : News

Ford is recalling about 140,000 of its 2013 Escape crossovers in the United States because of a problem with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that has caused 13 fires, the automaker has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to a report from the automaker posted Tuesday on the safety agency’s website.

About 21,000 additional vehicles are being recalled in Canada and other export markets, a Ford spokeswoman, Kelli Felker, said in an interview.

Ford told the safety agency that “localized overheating of the engine cylinder head” could cause cracks, allowing oil to leak and ignite should it drip onto a hot surface. The automaker said that 12 fires had occurred in the United States and one in Canada, but that it was not aware of any injuries.

The automaker said dealers would fix the problem by making “enhancements to the engine shielding, cooling and control systems.”

In a second action, Ford is recalling about 9,500 of its 2013 Escapes in the United States, also with the 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine, because a previous repair for fuel leaks may not have been done correctly, according to a report posted Tuesday on the agency’s website.

The vehicles were among those recalled last year after the automaker determined that damaged fuel lines were used. Now, Ford says, it has discovered that some mechanics did not install the new lines properly and they may chafe against an engine part, resulting in a leak.

The action also covers about 2,300 more vehicles in Canada and other export markets.

The EcoBoost is a family of turbocharged engines of various displacements. It is an important engine that Ford has heavily promoted and plans to use in most of its vehicles. But many consumers are unhappy with vehicles using the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, according to Consumer Reports magazine’s Annual Auto Reliability ratings.

Ford described its recalls as voluntary, but once an automaker is aware of a safety problem it has no choice but to inform the safety agency within five business days of its plan for a recall.

Unlike major automakers including Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Nissan and Toyota, Ford does not routinely announce its recalls. Instead, the automaker says, it responds to inquiries about information posted on the N.H.T.S.A. website.

In a third action, Ford is recalling about 7,300 of its 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ Hybrids because it may be possible to shift the automatic transmission out of Park without pushing on the brake pedal, according to an email from Ms. Felker, the Ford spokeswoman.

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2013 Nissan Juke-R : Photos
2013 Nissan Juke-R : Photos

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1956 Maserati A6G-2000 Allemano : C;assic Cars

1956 Maserati A6G-2000 Allemano : C;assic Cars

We enjoy it when Jay Leno and his web show, Jay Leno's Garage, take a look at new, modern cars. When the comedian gets his paws on a proper classic, though, he's at his best. Leno is able to display an impressive breadth of knowledge about even obscure models, and that's no different here, as the winner of its class at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, a 1956 Maserati A6G-2000 Allemano rolls into the garage.

Part of the Maserati A6 family, this A6G is one of just 21 cars produced with coachwork by Carrozzeria Allemano, making it one of the rarer cars to grace Jay Leno's Garage. It's powered by a 2.0-liter inline-six, and, as Leno points out, is far more of a road car than the race-oriented Maseratis of the day.

Scroll up for the latest episode from Jay Leno's Garage on this fully restored 1956 Maserati.

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The Greatest Lamborghini Gallardo Tribute...

The Greatest Lamborghini Gallardo Tribute : Videos

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The BEST Lamborghini Gallardo Tribute: We say goodbye to the Lamborghini Gallardo. After 14,022 models built, Lamborghini are now concentrating on the replacement 'Cabrera' model. What an epic car the Lamborghini Gallardo is. With many many special editions and ways to reinvent the car, Lamborghini have created their best selling model EVER! And what a car it is. This video shows off as many variants of the Gallardo as possible! We hope you enjoy.

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1966 Dodge Hemi Charger : Classic Cars
1966 Dodge Hemi Charger : Classic Cars

Plymouth's 1964 Barracuda was America's first modern fastback, beating Ford's '65 Mustang 2+2 to market by about two weeks. Dodge waited until 1966 to join the fray, and then leaped in with the Charger 426 Hemi -- a muscle car other fastbacks could only dream of.

Plymouth's 1964 Barracuda was America's first modern fastback, beating Ford's '65 Mustang 2+2 to market by about two weeks. Dodge waited until 1966 to join the fray, and then leaped in with the Charger 426 Hemi -- a muscle car other fastbacks could only dream of.

To create the first Charger, Dodge basically added to its midsize Coronet two-door hardtop a rather graceless fastback roofline, hidden headlamps, and full-width taillamps. With a base price of $3,122, Charger cost $417 more than a Coronet 500 hardtop. Part of the deal was a state-of-the-art '60s interior: lots of chrome, four bucket seats (the rears folded down), available center consoles fore and aft, and full gauges.

A 318-cid V-8 was standard. The most-common performance upgrade was the optional 325-bhp 383 four-barrel, which would push a Charger through the quarter in the low 16s at 85 mph. But 1966 was also the year Chrysler's 426-cid Hemi V-8 came to the streets, and it made for the ultimate Charger.

Actual horsepower was near 500, but Dodge advertised its Street Hemi at 425 bhp on a 10.25:1 compression. A detuned version of the 12.5:l-compression race Hemi, the new customer version retained solid lifters but had a milder cam for smoother low-rpm running and a heat chamber so it could warm up properly. It also mounted its dual quads inline rather than on a cross-ram manifold. The engine added $1,000 to the price of a Coronet, or $880 to a Charger, and included stiffer springs and bigger (11-inch) brakes. Front discs were optional.

"Beauty and the beast," was how Dodge pitched its new Charger with the hot 426. "The Hemi was never in better shape," it boasted. Of 37,344 Chargers built for '66, however, only 468 got the Hemi. Maybe that's because Hemi buyers got a one-year/12,000 warranty instead of Dodge's usual 5/50,000. Even that, Chrysler warned, would be voided if the car was "subjected to any extreme operation (i.e., drag racing)." Heaven forbid.

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Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique : Concept Cars
Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique : Concept Cars

The Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique is a head-turning, jaw dropping, concept created by the Italian designer Alan Guerzoni. It is the antithesis to the restrained styling of the Bugatti Veyron. It’s like a steampunk supercar for the 21st century.

The concept takes most of its inspiration from the 1935 Type 57SC Atlantic coupe. That’s to say both cars are very swoopy and elegant. The Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique concept has a streamlined body, suicide doors, a long, low hood, and an aerodynamic tail. Like the Veyron it features a prominent two-tone color scheme with chrome highlights. Highlights include some delicious LED lights, rear-view cameras mounted on stalks coming out of the front wheel arches, and side-exit exhausts.

Guerzoni has, fittingly, equipped his concept with a luxurious interior which makes use of mahogany, leather, aluminium and carbon fiber. The car has been rendered in two trims, “Sport”; which features 8-spoke wheels reminiscent of the Type 35. And “Classic”; which has chrome wheels and aerodynamic wheel covers for the rear arches.

Although this is just a concept, Guerzoni has theorised as to what would power the 12.4 Atlantique concept. He envisages a twin-turbo V12 which would provide 650 horsepower to the rear wheels. A further 200 horsepower would be sent to the front wheels thanks to an electric motor and a KERS system.

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Jaguar Clubs of North America : Arvada : CO...
Jaguar Clubs of North America : Arvada : CO : Clubs

Incorporated in 1958, the Jaguar Clubs of North America (JCNA) has become the hub of Jaguar enthusiasts from Canada, Mexico, the United States and around the world. As a social organization with a common interest in the Jaguar marque, JCNA strives to provide members with the widest range of services and activities for those with an enthusiasm for all Jaguars, both old and new. We find that the entire family participates in many events because activities span a large cross section of interests.

JCNA is not just limited to competitions and shows. Many other activities that individual clubs have initiated range from exclusive showings of the latest Jaguar model to group vacations! Our members own from the rarest to the latest Jaguar cars, while some do not yet own a Jaguar at all! We welcome anyone with an interest in Jaguar cars to become part of our family.

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Top GM Exec Says Cadillac 'Needs' A Giant Car...
Top GM Exec Says Cadillac 'Needs' A Giant Car : News

A big Cadillac like the Elmiraj concept coupe should be the next Caddy, according to Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North American operations.

"That's the car Cadillac needs," he said in an interview at the auto show here.

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson told USA TODAY in July there will be a Cadillac bigger than the XTS full-size sedan. But Cadillac has hinted ever since that it'll be a super-large sedan, and the Ciel convertible and Elmiraj coupe concept cars are merely teasers, not harbingers.

But Reuss said, "You make a statement with a coupe. You don't make a statement with a sedan." He's the executive who decides such things, so his remarks carry weight.

Automakers don't like to give away too much about future models, so he could be telling just part of the story.

Cadillac could produce both a coupe and a sedan based on the big-car hardware it is developing. But the market for coupes typically is limited, so the four-door sedan would be the money-maker. The coupe, though profitable, would be a low-volume halo car that sets a strong image for the sedan and other Cadillacs.

Whichever model comes first, it is planned as a rear-drive car and Akerson said it should be out within two years.

It's remarkable that Cadillac is planning such a big rear-drive car -- about 205 inches long, an inch longer than GM's Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV -- because those haven't worked well for Detroit makers.

Ford dumped its full-size Crown Victoria and even bigger Lincoln Town Car, and GM's big sedans are the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS, both based on front-drive chassis, XTS offers all-wheel drive as an option.

Chrysler's 300 big sedan is a rear-drive/all-wheel-drive car that's well-known, but its sales are well off this year.

The big, rear-drive market seems to be the habitat of luxury models, so Cadillac could be hitting the right note. Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S-class, BMW 7-series all are enjoying sales growth.

Elmiraj, shown previously at the Frankfurt show, at a classic car exhibition in tony Pebble Beach in August and shortly after in Ann Arbor, Mich., is a star of the Cadillac brand's display here. It is pitched by Cadillac as the second part of a three-part story leading to the big Caddy.

First part was Ciel, a convertible shown in 2011, intended to signify fun. The name means "sky" in French.

Elmiraj, a closed car with diver-oriented controls and a 500-horsepower V-8, is supposed to emphasize driving satisfaction. The name is homage to the El Mirage dry lake bed in California where top-speed contests are held.

"It is back to the American optimism of the '60s," says Gael Buzyn, who designed the interior.

"It's easy to get wooed by all the action in styling. But this is very clean, not overly adorned," says Niki Smart, in charge of the car's exterior design. "This is for people who've done all their fighting, have earned their stripes," he says.

The third part of the big-Cadillac saga will be "arrival," Caddy says, but isn't specific whether that means the arrival of the production car, or it will be a concept car that makes a big splash when you arrive.

GM made extensive use of 3-D scanners on Elmiraj. Those allow designers to quickly reverse-engineer and update the master computer model. Changes made to the computer model are updated in model that's shaped by milling clay. Thus, the shapes and dimensions stored in the computer match the shapes and dimensions of the full-size clay model.

"Our ability to scan the clay model with speed and precision and go from the digital tools to the hands of a craftsman and vice-versa was extremely valuable," says Frank Saucedo, director of GM's North Hollywood Advanced Design Studio.

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2013 Pagani Zonda R EVO : Photos
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Radical RXC on the North York Moors : Videos

Radical RXC on the North York Moors : Videos

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AUTOCAR magazine has teamed up with Dunlop Tyres to deliver eight Pure Driving Experiences. In the sixth instalment, Autocar's Steve Sutcliffe takes a Radical RXC to the North York Moors.

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$1 Cars Feed Black Friday Sales Frenzy : News
$1 Cars Feed Black Friday Sales Frenzy : News

Dan Minner, used-car manager at Sterling McCall Toyota in Houston, knows what it's like to get mobbed.

It happens every year on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season. That's the day Minner and his team grab black markers and walk through the used-car lot adorning windshields with special one-day sale prices. For three vehicles the price will be $1.

"There's a crowd following you around, and it can be 50 to 200 people," Minner says. "If you mark a car $1, they go crazy. But if you mark one that they think is too high, you hear moans and groans."

The dealership's "Slicer Sale" has become a Black Friday tradition in Houston since it debuted in 2008. It draws local TV coverage and crowds that start to form at 5 a.m., waiting for the used-car lot to open at 7.

And it reflects one dealership's solution to a challenge that has vexed auto retailers nationwide: How to draw consumers into car showrooms on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

"There is so much promotional noise out there you have to make sure your marketing is heard," says Mike Maroone, COO of AutoNation Inc., the nation's largest dealership group.

Last year a record 247 million shoppers visited stores and Web sites over the Black Friday weekend, up from 226 million in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation. Total spending reached an estimated $59.1 billion.

Day-after-Thanksgiving shoppers at Sterling McCall Toyota are hoping to land one of the $1 vehicles or else get a special price on another of the 180 to 200 used cars marked down that day.

Consumers are allowed to climb inside vehicles they reckon will get a low price and wait until Minner makes his markdown rounds at 9 a.m. The person in the driver's seat at the time has the first option to buy the car or pass it to the person in the passenger seat.

"The person who is in the driver's seat for the car we mark as $1 is always cheering because they know they just bought a car for a dollar," he says.

This year the dealership has advertised that three vehicles will be priced at $1, 10 under $1,000 and 50 below $10,000. Shoppers can come and browse the inventory before Black Friday.

Big Draw
Typically, 35 to 40 percent of the store's inventory of 250 to 300 used vehicles is sold that day because the cars are "very aggressively priced," says Jerry Bush, Sterling McCall Toyota's general manager.

The sale draws customers to the store for other products and services, he says. Used-car sales on Black Friday are double that of a typical Saturday, and new-vehicle sales are about 30 percent higher.

"A lot of the time it's just curiosity that gets the customers in," Bush says. "Then they say, 'I don't want a used car; show me a new car.' Activity breeds activity."

Sterling McCall Toyota, situated near a busy highway in Houston, sells about 6,000 new and 3,000 used vehicles annually. It is owned by Group 1 Automotive, the fourth-largest U.S. dealership group.

The Slicer Sale was born one day in 2008 when Bush and some of his managers were discussing the Black Friday retail phenomenon. They realized that while a lot of people shopped on that day, not many went car shopping. The dealership wanted a piece of the action.

"We said, 'Let's give them a reason to come to Sterling McCall Toyota,'" Bush says.

The dealership begins stockpiling used vehicles about 60 days ahead of the sale. All of the vehicles on sale come from trade-ins and are stored behind the dealership until the big day.

Minner arrives at the store at 5 a.m. on Black Friday to determine the sale prices. Once he decides, he keeps the information to himself until the 9 a.m. markdowns begin.

"No staff, not even myself, know what the price will be," Bush says. "You've got to keep the integrity of the sale and not be like wink-wink go over and sit in the 1998 Volkswagen because that's going to be $1."

The $1 cars usually are at least 10 years old with 100,000 to 200,000 miles on the clock, Bush says. The dealership has sold a 10-year-old Chrysler PT Cruiser wagon and a 12-year-old Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for a buck. Every vehicle passes a safety inspection.

"The first year of the sale was good, the second year was great, and it's been very well received since," Bush says.

Minimal Cost
He says the cost is minimal. "Two or three" security guards are brought in for crowd control and extra F&I staff is on hand. The sale is advertised largely through social media and word of mouth.

"We've been tinkering with our advertising every year and tinkering with the amount of cars we have every year," Bush says. "It's been a snowball effect. Customers come in and ask about it all year."

Store managers and Group 1 executives view it as advertising and promotion more than "we're giving away a car," says Pete DeLongchamps, Group 1's vice president of manufacturer relations and public affairs.

"Think about what three cars might cost and factor that into what a TV ad or mass media would cost," DeLongchamps says. "It's a feel-good, drive-traffic annual event."

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1994 Benetton B194 Ford : Classic Cars
1994 Benetton B194 Ford : Classic Cars

The Benetton B194 was designed by Rory Byrne for the 1994 Formula One season. The car was closely based on the previous Benetton B192/3 and powered by a Ford Zetec-R V8 engine (produced by Cosworth but badged as a Ford). The electronic driver aids that had had such an effect on F1 over the previous seasons were banned, so the car had to be redesigned with the new rules in mind. The B194 was a light and nimble car that handled well and was most competitive in the hands of Schumacher on twisty tracks unlike the early Williams FW16 which proved difficult to drive thanks to Williams' dependence on electronic driving aids in the previous season. Michael Schumacher's B194 remained the most competitive driver/car combination until Williams introduced a B-spec car at the German Grand Prix.

The car was very competitive in the hands of Michael Schumacher, for whom the B194 was specifically designed to suit his driving style. Schumacher won six of the first seven races of the season after his main rival, Ayrton Senna was killed at the San Marino Grand Prix. Other teams suspected the B194 was not legal, due to the high competitiveness of such a comparatively underpowered car. The FIA launched an investigation and a start sequence (launch control) system was discovered in the cars' onboard computer systems but no traction control. In the end, the governing body could not prove the systems had been used so the complaints were dropped. Schumacher himself was subject to controversy, after being disqualified from the British Grand Prix and then the Belgian Grand Prix which allowed Damon Hill to cut into the German's points lead and as they came to the final race in Australia, Hill and Schumacher were separated by one point. Schumacher commented years later that the B194 was actually quite a handful to drive, being twitchy at the rear end.

Schumacher had three team-mates—JJ Lehto, Jos Verstappen and Johnny Herbert—during the course of the season. All found the B194 difficult to drive; Verstappen said in 1996 that "I must have a little the same driving style as Johnny because he said basically the same things about that car that I did and seems to have had the same feelings. It was a very difficult car. You could not feel the limit and so you were pushing and pushing and then suddenly it would have oversteer. Normally when you get oversteer you can control it but the Benetton would go very suddenly and so you ended up having a spin. I had big problems with that car."

A contentious collision between the two drivers ended the 1994 drivers' title in Schumacher's favour, and the B194 was retired at the end of the season with eight wins and second place in the constructors' championship. The car was replaced by the Benetton B195 for 1995.

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Lamborghini Veneno : Videos

Lamborghini Veneno : Videos

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A world first, the Lamborghini Veneno LP750-4 takes to the track at Vallelunga near Rome in Italy. The Veneno being one of just three cars costing a gigantic €3 million released this year is seen for the very first time in full action although in rather poor weather conditions!

Initially in the pit lane, the Veneno's V12 roars before the car heads out onto the track where it's seen in action from a few vantage points, the noise it makes on flyby is awesome as you'd expect from Lamborghini's flagship hypercar.

This Veneno is the factory's own car, here taking perspective clients for the new Veneno Roadster around the track to fully experience how immense the car is. Each of the three customer Venenos will differentiate by wearing Red, White and Green striping to correspond to the national flag. Nine of the Roadsters are being built at a cost of €3.3 million a piece.

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2014 Ford Shelby GT500 : Current Models
2014 Ford Shelby GT500 : Current Models

There are certain sounds that will make a driving enthusiast drool like one of Pavlov's famous dogs. Firing up a 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, for example, elicits a throaty rumble so intoxicating that every car fan in the neighborhood is liable to show up in your driveway.

Lest anyone think it's some mere poser, this over-the-top Mustang variant has the bite to back up that bark. The Shelby GT500's supercharged V8 cranks out an astonishing 662 horsepower, making it the most powerful V8 ever squeezed beneath the hood of a production car. In practical terms, that translates to a 0-60 mph time of just 4 seconds and a top speed of more than 200 mph, numbers that put it on par with exotic supercars with six-figure price tags.

To complement all that power, the GT500 gets a lightweight carbon-fiber driveshaft, upgraded brakes, beefed-up suspension bits and the latest Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires. Adding the available SVT Performance and Track option packages helps boost the car's abilities with electronically adjustable shock absorbers, firmer springs and enhanced cooling for the engine and transmission.

At times, though, the GT500, as good as it is, can seem as if it's hampered by the limitations of the basic Mustang platform architecture. It's a capable handling car, but with its low-tech, solid rear axle suspension design, the Shelby GT500 can't match the handling confidence you'd get with the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and its fully independent suspension. As far as everyday annoyances are concerned, there's the 'Stang's underwhelming interior design (which is much more of an issue at the GT500's higher starting price) as well as tall rear-end gearing that can make smoothly pulling away from a stop tricky.

The 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 isn't the only max-attack muscle car vying for your attention, either. Topping that list is the Camaro ZL1, which isn't as quick in a straight line but did best the Mustang in a recent Edmunds comparison test. The 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 can't match either the Ford or Chevy in terms of horsepower numbers or raw acceleration, but it's certainly their equal when it comes to good, clean hooligan fun and old-school muscle car cool.

Although we wish the Shelby GT500 had a nicer cabin and felt more composed going around corners, in the end, these big-power muscle cars are all about your gut reaction. And if you want a very fast coupe or convertible with a beefcake V8 and styling to match, the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is hard to beat.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a high-performance model offered in coupe or convertible body styles and a single trim level.

Standard features include 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels; xenon headlights; foglights; an aluminum hood with heat extractor; a rear spoiler; air-conditioning; leather upholstery with faux-suede trim; full power accessories; a six-way power driver seat; heated front seats; a leather- and suede-trimmed steering wheel; cruise control; an auto-dimming rearview mirror; adjustable multicolor ambient lighting; Ford's Sync voice-control system; and an eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio, a USB port and an audio input jack.

Options include an SVT Performance package that includes unique wheels, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, electronically controlled shock absorbers, upgraded springs and stabilizer bars, and a unique shift knob. The SVT Track Pack (coupes only) bundles oil, transmission and differential coolers. An available Electronics package adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system and HD radio. Stand-alone options include manual-adjustment Recaro front sport seats, a glass roof (coupes only) and an upgraded audio system with nine speakers.

Powertrains and Performance
At the heart of the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a supercharged 5.8-liter V8 that puts out 662 hp and 631 pound-feet of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels by way of the only transmission offered, a six-speed manual gearbox. EPA fuel economy estimates are 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 18 combined.

In Edmunds performance tests, the GT500 posted a 0-60 mph time of just 4 seconds That's quicker than the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger SRT8.

Standard safety features on the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and side-impact airbags for front seat passengers. In government crash tests, the regular Mustang earned an overall safety rating of four stars (out of a possible five), with four stars for total front-impact protection and four stars for total side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Mustang coupe earned a top score of "Good" for frontal-offset collision protection and a second-best "Acceptable" for side-impact protection.

In Edmunds brake testing, the GT500 came to a stop in 109 feet. That's a pretty short distance, but it's not exceptional for this class of car.

Interior Design and Special Features
For all of its menacing exterior styling, the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 looks plain inside. In fact, if it weren't for the leather- and faux-suede-trimmed seats and steering wheel, you might not realize that you're in Ford's top-of-the-line Mustang. Sync's voice activation features greatly simplify operation of audio, phone and navigation systems. The buttons themselves don't have a particularly solid feel, though, and a large percentage of the door panels and center console is taken up by hard plastic.

One feature the Mustang lacks is a telescoping steering wheel, though thankfully, most drivers should be able to find a comfortable seating position. We recommend paying for the optional Recaro sport seats, which provide significantly better support during aggressive driving. The downside to the Recaros is that you give up the GT500's standard power adjustments and seat heaters.

As in most other sport coupes and convertibles, the Shelby GT500's rear seat is cramped and difficult to access. Coupes feature split-folding rear seatbacks (though the pass-through is narrow), and convertibles have fixed rear seats. Trunk space is a decent 13.4 cubic feet on coupe models. Convertible buyers will have to pack light, as the folding top mechanism shrinks capacity to 9.6 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions
With its 662-hp V8 and a claimed 200-mph top end, saying the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is fast and fun is like saying Yellowstone is a pretty park. It's just a bit bonkers to think that you can go see your local Ford dealer and purchase a Mustang that's throwing down nearly as much power as a Lamborghini Aventador.

Some of the GT500's appeal is lost in the transition from concept to reality, however. The tall gearing, which Ford uses to get those impressive 0-60 times (in 1st gear) and top-speed numbers, makes it difficult to achieve smooth launches whether you're at the drag strip or dropping off the kid at school. (Our best 0-60 time was achieved using the test car's programmable launch control system, as our trained drivers had to concede that they were unable to manage wheelspin as well as the car's electronics.) Once you're underway, the transmission's notchy feel and tendency to resist aggressive shifts between 1st and 2nd gears can be frustrating.

Although Ford's SVT engineers have gone to great lengths to give the Shelby GT500 handling on par with its massive power output, the Shelby is still at a bit of a disadvantage because of its solid rear axle suspension design, which can make the car feel unsettled in bumpy corners. Outward visibility is better than that of the Camaro ZL1 or Challenger SRT8, but it's still limited enough that driving fast on winding back roads takes a fair amount of nerve.

If you want to drive it every day, the 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 will oblige as long as you're prepared to make a few sacrifices. Its ride quality is acceptable considering the type of car. Tire and road noise are similarly livable, but don't expect luxury car levels of quiet. The GT500 is a pony car, and it sounds like one.

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Accessories : The Goodyear Ultra Grip 8
Accessories : The Goodyear Ultra Grip 8

Once Wintertime falls upon us sports car owners, we typically park our babies in the garage for the season to avoid slipping and sliding all over the place in the snow and ice. Well, Goodyear has released a tire that helps eliminate slipping and sliding and is sized just right to fit your sports sedan and coupe.

Enter in the all-new Goodyear Ultra Grip 8, which is available in 11 popular sports sedan and coupe sizes, including ones that fit the Audi A6 , Cadillac CTS , BMW 3 Series and many more. These tires feature a saw-shaped center section to help plow the snow out of the way when braking and variable-edged angle to grip firmly in the remaining snow and ice under the tire. Additionally, the Ultra Grip 8 features a directional pattern that helps usher water away after the snow melts.

Another common complaint about sports cars in the Wintertime is the fact that the tires never properly warm up, leaving the sidewalls and tread stiffer than normal, which lowers ride quality and reduces handling capabilities. Well, Goodyear solves this with its special blend of polymers and silica to keep the rubber compound soft and tacky, even in very cold conditions, so you can enjoy the twisties below freezing without drastically reducing handling capabilities.

We’ll get a full review on the all-new Goodyear Ultra Grip 8’s as soon as possible, but like all Goodyear tires, we expect them to live up to the hype.

Goodyear Introduces New Winter Tire for Performance Vehicles
In many parts of North America, the cold is coming, along with the prospects of ice, snow, slush and generally sloppy weather for driving. According to the tire experts at Goodyear, now marks the time for drivers to actively prepare their vehicles for what lies ahead.

A new tool to help combat winter temperatures and the ever-changing road conditions is the Goodyear Ultra Grip 8 Performance, inspiring confidence for icy twists and turns. While some owners of high-performance vehicles elect to park such cars for the winter, the application of the right type of tires may make that practice unnecessary.

Developed in Europe, where the use of winter tires on high-performance vehicles is routine, the Ultra Grip 8 Performance is available in the North American market this winter in 11 key sizes, for automobiles such as Audi A6, BMW 3-Series, Cadillac CTS, Lexus IS250, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and many more.

Because winter temperatures often bring ever-changing road conditions, the Ultra Grip 8 Performance features a tread design with multiple biting edges to help enhance traction on slippery surfaces. Consistent grip at low temperatures is possible due to an optimized polymer blend and silica tread compound that helps maintain flexibility in the cold.

Confident grip on wet, slushy roads is provided by the tire’s directional tread pattern that helps channel water away from the tread surface. The Ultra Grip 8 Performance also features a specially designed deep groove running around the tire’s tread to help provide excellent lateral grip.

When braking, the saw-shaped center area of the tire helps push snow aside, while a variable-edged angle of the saw shape delivers enhanced snow traction and grip. “Goodyear developed this innovative tire to help performance drivers prepare for the changing weather conditions of the winter months. Rather than keeping their fun-to-drive cars in the garage during the cold season, they have the opportunity to enjoy them, even in the middle of winter,” said Brandy Gadd, Goodyear brand manager. The Goodyear Ultra Grip 8 Performance and other Goodyear Ultra Grip winter tires are available at select Goodyear retail outlets throughout North America.

Ultra Grip 8 Performance winter tires are marked with the Severe Snow Conditions Symbol (Mountain Snowflake Symbol), a designation from the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Rubber Association of Canada, which distinguishes tires that meet certain performance criteria in winter condition testing.

From the very beginning we have led the way in tyre–making and our pioneering ethic continues in everything we do. We don’t just make tyres, we make history. Since we created the first tyre in 1901, we have had a consistent chain of ‘firsts’ in the tyre industry. The first mass–production commercial vehicle, the first passenger jet, the first vehicle to reach the 600 mph landspeed record and the first lunar rover – all ran on Goodyear tyres. We were also the first to develop the RunOnFlat technology.

Yet safety is about more than innovative products and benefits. It’s about caring for people’s wellbeing and dealing responsibly with the environment around us. We are in the business of safety and our every action reflects that. That is the spirit of Goodyear.

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tyre company, with a presence on six continents. In addition to Goodyear brand tyres, it produces several other well-respected brand names including Dunlop, Kelly, Fulda, Lee, Sava and Debica. Its non-tyre business units provide rubber products and polymers for a variety of automotive and industrial markets.

New technologies are changing the world at an unparalleled pace. Technological boundaries are being broken quicker than ever before. Yet while the world continuously changes, there's one thing that never will: the universal desire to protect the ones we love. It is this that drives us at Goodyear; always has, always will.

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2013 Ferrari 458 Competition : Photos
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1962 Tojeiro EE Buick Coupe : Classic Cars
1962 Tojeiro EE Buick Coupe : Classic Cars

Veteran Scottish motor racing writer Graham Gauld's history of Ecurie Ecosse – published 1992 – describes how thirty years earlier, in a letter to team backer Major Thomson, David Murray declared: " scheme this year (1962) is to cooperate with John Tojeiro in producing two cars for the Le Mans race. As you know I have a 2½-litre Coventry Climax engine and I feel that this engine in a coupe body could do well in the GT Prototype class".

David Murray went to invite John Tojeiro to dinner in his Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, flat. He outlined his ideas and John Tojeiro responded by suggesting he could use his existing Formula Junior Tojeiro chassis design, suitably widened and strengthened, as the basis for a new rear-engined coupe. Within days, on February 28, 1962, David Murray entered the as yet non-existent car for Le Mans that year...

Senior team mechanic Stan Sproat was detailed to work with John Tojeiro at his Barkway premises, building two new chassis in parallel. Graham Gauld relates how the available five-speed gearbox from the team's set-aside Cooper Monaco would mate with the 2½-litre Climax FPF 4-cylinder twin-cam engine, but it was rather heavy. Apart from an expensive Italian Colotti transaxle there were few others then suitable to match a rear-engined chassis layout. The contemporary Hewland Formula 2 gearbox was not man enough to handle the torque of the 'four-banger' Climax engine, so John Tojeiro and Stan Sproat pressed ahead with construction of a chassis tailored to the Cooper transmission, and since the team had only one such gearbox the second car could not be finished for Le Mans.

Sixteen wheel castings were ordered and some discussion over enlarging the Climax engine to the contemporary 2.7-litre 'Indianapolis' or 'Tasman' capacity ended with it left at the standard 2496cc. Commercial artist Cavendish Morton – who had styled the preceding Tojeiro sports car bodies, was commissioned to produce a body shape for the new Ecurie Ecosse or 'EE' Coupes. According to his own account, Cavvy Morton was never paid as had been agreed by David Murray, despite submitting his invoice for "Designing body for GT Tojeiro EE - £26 5 shillings". In fact Graham Gauld settled the debt 29 years later during production of his book...

In March 1962 David Murray tried hard to bring his 1956 Le Mans winner Ninian Sanderson back to the team to share the new Tojeiro EE-Climax Coupe with Tommy Dickson back at the Sarthe, but he preferred a TVR instead (which became an early retirement). David then turned to veteran journeyman driver Jack Fairman.

The project rapidly ran out of time before the 24-Hour race in June. Extra hands were hurried to Barkway to complete the lone race entry and its sister EE Coupe which would be taken along as a source of major spares, short of engine and gearbox.

When Williams & Pritchard decided they could not meet Murray's target the project was completed instead by Wakefield's of Byfleet who built the aluminium bodies in six weeks. Hasty completion of the first car left the rear tyres fouling its body paneling while the radiator mounting and pannier fuel tanks required modification. The front-mounted spare wheel did not fit beneath the original bonnet which had to be re-rolled at Barkway for extra clearance. Unpainted, Both Coupes were finally shipped to France at 4.30pm on the Monday preceding the great race, the race car unpainted, but with the paint and spray equipment in the team's famous Commer transporter that is offered later in today's Sale On a wet road near Sevenoaks, Kent, the Commer skidded and hit a wall, the impact also denting the new EE Coupe's panels inside.

All was repaired and finalized at Le Mans before scrutineering. The exciting looking EE Coupe was then accepted in every respect apart from a wooden box test when had to pass into the cockpit through the door. It would not fit, but as David Murray later told the Ecurie Ecosse Association, the ACO scrutineers "...were very decent...they said that if we could get the door to open a little wider they would allow the car to race, so we changed the hinges on the door and they let us through".

In the 24-Hour race the Flag Metallic Blue EE Coupe with its Climax engine behind the cockpit ran well for eight hours and although forced to retire when its Cooper gearbox engaged two gears simultaneously, and locked solid, it was the second-best placed British car at that time.

On the journey home to Edinburgh, Graham Gauld relates how the "...battered transporter called into Charterhall, where a club race meeting was taking place, complete with the chassis and body for the second Tojeiro on the upper deck..."

The Le Mans race car was then prepared to compete in the August Bank Holiday 50-lap Guards Trophy International race at Brands Hatch. Conditions that day were dreadful, and in torrential rain Jack Fairman spun and rolled the Ecosse car. Damage was not too serious, but it capped a difficult season for the team and late in the year David Murray determined to gain some much need positive publicity by using the repaired Tojeiro EE Coupe to attack FIA 1-Hour and 100Km speed records at Monza Autodrome in Italy.

Jack Fairman drove but the attempt had to be abandoned when a broken oil pipe sent the car smoking into the pits. David Murray told the press present that this 'fire' rendered further running impossible, but the sad truth was that he simply didn't have the funds to stay at Monza any longer. According to Graham Gauld the episode's only concrete achievement was to set the highest speed yet by such a car around the Monza Pista de Alta Velocita speedbowl – 152mph.

Interest had been growing in adapting production-based American V8 engines for installation in the two Tojeiro EE Coupes for 1963. Stan Sproat read about a new alloy-block lightweight V8 engine produced by General Motors. He recognized its evident potential – pre-dating interest shown by Bruce McLaren and Teddy Mayer in founding their McLaren sports car marque...and indeed by the Rover company which adopted the 3.5-litre GM V8 engine as the basis for its own production unit in the 3500 and SD1-series saloon cars.

Plans were laid at Merchiston Mews to convert the EE Coupe to accept one of these new lightweight aluminium-block 3.5-litre Buick V8s, which could be mated to a Chevrolet Corvair transaxle-type gearbox. On November 12, 1962, writing to Major Thomson, David Murray recommended sale of the old Cooper Monaco, suggesting that "...the proceeds of sale of the Cooper Monaco might be used to finance the purchase of the Buick engines (including the additional parts for conversion into racing engines) and the two Corvair gearboxes which will also require modification". The Major demurred, preferring to have the Climax engine returned from Merchiston Mews for refitting into his Cooper Monaco that is offered today.

Still at least one Buick V8 was acquired and converted by Stan Sproat to dry-sump lubrication and developed to produce as much as 228bhp compared to the unit's standard 140bhp. For 1963, trimming his Ecurie Ecosse programme to a series of club and national racing only, David Murray signed-on former team driver Jimmy Stewart's promising young brother, Jackie.

Doug Graham would also be considered as a team driver for the Tojeiro while the second Tojeiro EE Coupe chassis became the first to be fitted with the Buick V8 engine and Corvair transmission.

Jackie Stewart won one race and finished second in another at Charterhall on June 30, 1963 but in July at Snetterton the car was crashed by Doug Graham. The original ex-Le Mans ex-Climax FPF-engined car was also converted to Buick V8 power and on June 23, 1963, it was driven by Tommy Dickson to finish fourth in one race at Ouston aerodrome, then retired from another that day when driven by local star Jimmy Blumer.

This car finished second at Charterhall driven by Tommy Dickson, retired at Snetterton when Jackie Stewart made his debut in it, and was then placed 14th at Silverstone in the hands of Doug Graham. Back at Snetterton on August 5, 1963, Jackie Stewart won with the car, following up with a third at Snetterton two weeks later, then retirement from a race at Oulton Park on August 31.

At the end of the season the Ecurie Ecosse Association took space in 'Autosport' magazine to advertise the team's 'Success in Development' – citing the Tojeiro-Buick's new outright GT lap record at Oulton Park and race win at Goodwood. The sister EE Coupe had been completed with a Buick V8 engine, being similarly campaigned until it was equipped with a larger and more powerful 4.7-litre Ford V8 engine for 1964.

The Tojeiro EE-Buick Coupe now offered here is, we understand, the car acquired after lying fallow for many years by the revived Ecurie Ecosse team's new patron Hugh McCaig in the 1980s. He and Hugh Chalmers both campaigned the car occasionally into the 1990s and in 1998 the latter drove it in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking a second place in class behind a Project Aston Martin. The car was acquired by enthusiast Charles Worsley, for whom that accomplished Scottish driver, the late David Leslie drove it in the 2002 Goodwood Revival Meeting. The car reappeared annually at the Goodwood Revival 2003-2005, being prepared and sympathetically developed by leading specialist Chris Keith-Lucas's CKL Developments company. Modifications to both rear cockpit bulkhead and floor improved habitability, structural rigidity and safety. A Hewland HD5 five-speed transaxle had long since replaced the original Corvair production unit, and at Goodwood David Leslie succeeded in holding off a more modern Ford GT40 for many laps.

This is an historically significant and pioneering rear-engined endurance racing Coupe design, predating the far more celebrated Lola Mark 5 GT/Ford GT family. The Tojeiro EE Coupes were commissioned and originally tailor-made to compete at Le Mans. This example's recent history includes a period in American ownership before being sold via Hall & Hall of Bourne, Lincolnshire, to Mr Dick Skipworth for his Ecurie Ecosse Collection in 2009. In his hands this rare and distinctive endurance racing Coupe has been further developed and race-prepared for Historic competition by James Dean Racing Services. Spares are include an original Corvair gearbox, wheels, some engine components and other sundry spares. It is provenly a most attractive car to organisers of the world's leading Historic racing events, its production-based American V8 engine is not only a powerful and reliable unit but also extremely economical to maintain and service...and above all, this is a superb example of an historic predecessor to so many V8 rear-engined racing Coupes... A well-judged bid buys into history.

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2013 Lexus LF-NX Turbo : Concept Cars

2013 Lexus LF-NX Turbo : Concept Cars

Don't let its supremely polarizing appearance fool you, this is not the Lexus LF-NX Concept that you (probably) had a strong reaction to when it debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The German version of the concept car featured a variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system, while this LF-NX Turbo, well, it has "turbo" in the name, you see?

If fact, the namesake turbo would appear to be the first for Lexus; getting off the line in the forced-induction race with a 2.0T four-cylinder engine that "paves the way for the introduction of turbocharged powerplants in future Lexus models." Sounds good to us. The new turbo four has plenty of tricky tech, too. Lexus tells us that the engine makes use of an advanced high tumble port, fan spray fuel injection, VVT-iw variable valve timing, an exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head and, of course, a twin-scroll turbo with active wastegate valve. The result is said to be a blown engine that offers quick throttle response and "exhilarating" performance, along with excellent fuel economy and low tailpipe emissions.

As for the rest of the LF-NX Turbo concept? Well, you've seen this angular concept crossover before, basically. There's a slightly tweaked front end and new wheels sitting in slightly cleaned-up wheel wells. The boldest-yet version of the spindle grille still bears an uncanny resemblance to The Predator, and the slightly revised exterior visuals won't change your made-up-mind about this vision of Lexus' future.

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2014 Maserati Ghibli : Current Models
2014 Maserati Ghibli : Current Models

A new entry-level sedan positioned well below the Quattroporte. The spiritual successor to the Biturbo 425/430 sedans (yes, we know you were waiting breathlessly for one) is significantly bigger than those cars. The Ghibli embraces Maserati's current styling language, and looks essentially like a smaller Q'porte.

Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne wants to crank up volume and squeeze more out of the Maserati brand's aura. The Ghibli aims to be a vehicle of choice for design and performance aficionados on a budget, of sorts. Those who can afford an E-class will be able to lay out for this Italian alternative.

The Ghibli shares hardware with its big-brother Quattroporte—albeit downsized and slightly evolved—which means rear-wheel drive as standard. Naturally, Maserati promises sporty dynamics.

The entry-level engine is a turbocharged V-6, while the range-topper is, well, also a turbocharged V-6, making 404 horsepower. (Rumor has it that a twin-turbo V-8 developed by Ferrari could be added to the lineup later.) Europe also will see a diesel, because diesels matter to buyers in E-class territory. All engines mate to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive will be available.

Labeling a small sedan "Ghibli" flirts dangerously with sacrilege. Taking on blue-chip German competition now, Maserati must convince potential buyers that they won't get stranded.

For 2014, at around $65,000 for the entry model.

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2014 Ferrari LaFerrari FXXR : Photos
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari FXXR : Photos

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Fisker Files For Bankrupcy : News
Fisker Files For Bankrupcy : News

Fisker Automotive has filed for bankruptcy in order to facilitate a takeover, according to media reports.

An investment group led by Hong Kong-based telecommunications billionaire Richard Li has purchased the federal loan provided to Fisker and has acquired the assets of the carmaker.

Li’s Hybrid Technology firm has committed up to $8m to fund both the sale and chapter 11 proceedings. The U.S. government is expected to lose around $139m on the deal, but a spokesman for the Energy Department told the LA Times it had "protected nearly three-quarters of our original commitment to Fisker".

Hybrid Technology is reported to be planning to restart production of the Fisker Karma EV, but production will be shifted from Valmet Automotive in Finland back to America. Fisker’s design and engineering operations will remain in California.

A Hybrid Technology spokesman was reported as saying: “As we continue to examine Fisker's opportunities, we will be making decisions about the structure and footprint of the new business. This enterprise is vitally important to the advanced electric vehicle industry and the public in general.”

Fisker halted production of the Karma last year. In March, founder Henrik Fisker resigned from the company, and a month later a number of staff were laid off. The firm had been beset with difficulties including the collapse of its battery supplier, and around 300 Karmas were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

The Fisker Karma was the brainchild of former Aston Martin and BMW design boss, Henrik Fisker. The four-door range-extended electric vehicle was conceived as a rival to the Mercedes CLS and Porsche Panamera.

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Avanti Owners Association : International : Clubs
Avanti Owners Association : International : Clubs

Early in January of 1961, the Studebaker-Packard Corporation Board of Directors selected Sherwood H. Egbert as the Corporation’s new President. At that time Egbert was the Executive Vice-President of the McCullough Corporation which had grown to a $70 million organization when he came to the attention of the Studebaker Board. At the time of his election, he was 41 years old. His appointment was effective on February 1, 1961.

Shortly after his appointment he was on a business trip to California when purchased all the automotive magazines he could find in O’Hara International Airport. Always restless and energetic he began to read and sketch his vision of a new automobile for the corporation. He had been charged by the Corporation’s Board to strengthen its position in the automobile business. When he returned from his trip he called famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy.

Loewy had designed cars for Studebaker in the past but was astounded at the clarity and advanced looks of Egbert’s drawings. Loewy was quoted as having said “I did not know the man, but I read him through the sketches he handed me. I knew then that Egbert had a natural flair for design. I knew then that I was working for a man whom I could respect for his good taste.”

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2013 Audi Q5 : Current Models
2013 Audi Q5 : Current Models

Audi may have been a little late to the small-luxo-SUV segment, what with the Acura RDX, BMW X3, and Lexus RX arriving before the Q5 landed for 2009. But as a five-ute comparison test from that year showed, the wait was worth it—the Audi won. For 2013, the Q5 gets a mid-cycle refresh that comprises a host of cosmetic and mechanical updates. Although the new bumpers and lights are welcome, it’s the powertrain changes that should most interest luxury-crossover buyers.

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Where once there were just two engine options, the U.S.-spec Q5 will soon offer four. A turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder continues as the base engine; unlike the European models, which get an updated and slightly more powerful and efficient version of the 2.0T, U.S. versions carry on for now with the 211-hp version that has served in the Q5, as well as other models, such as the A4 and A5. We expect the updated engine to clear customs in a year or two.

Replacing the 3.2-liter V-6 in the Q5 is Audi’s prolific 3.0T; the “T” stands for supercharger, obviously. This 3.0-liter V-6 debuted in the S4 for 2010 and has since spread across the Audi lineup. In Q5 trim it makes 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. We drove a Q5 3.0T with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, although the U.S.-market 3.0T instead will deliver power to all four wheels (Quattro four-wheel drive is standard across the range) via a conventional eight-speed automatic.

Engine option number three is a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel, the first diesel to be offered in the U.S. Q5. It won’t go on sale here until the fall of next year as a 2014 model, but if you can stand to wait, we recommend doing so for two reasons: First, it is one of the smoothest diesels we’ve ever driven. Even with 245 hp and 428 lb-ft on tap, it’s quiet, and it will not be that much slower than the 3.0T. Second, as it stands, the hot-rod SQ5, which uses a version of this engine, will not be brought to the U.S. The first diesel to power an Audi S vehicle, it uses two sequential turbochargers to boost the intake pressure and produce an astonishing 313 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. We say it’s plenty worthy of the S nameplate. If Audi sees a high demand for diesel Q5s in the U.S., there is a chance, albeit a small one, the SQ5 will come. Odds are that if we get an S version of the Q5 it will instead have a tuned-up version of the 3.0T gas V-6. Too bad. What can we say? We dream in Technicolor diesel.

The final new powertrain is a hybrid. It uses the 211-hp turbo four augmented by a 54-hp electric motor connected by a clutch to the engine; combined system output is 245 hp and is channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 1.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides power for up to 1.9 miles of electric-only driving at 37 mph, or a shorter distance at speeds up to 62 mph. We couldn’t verify the motor’s operational range on our short drive, but we did find the blending of electric and gas-electric operation to be as seamless as anything we’ve sampled. The engine doesn’t restart with a violent shake like we’ve experienced with the BMW 328i’s stop-start system, and after pulling away on electric power, the reintroduction of internal combustion is inconspicuous. The brakes bite nicely—which is not the norm for a hybrid bent on recouping brake energy—but the epilogue of a slight brake application is a small shudder felt through the pedal and a bit through the steering wheel. It’s our only real gripe with the hybrid.

All the Q5s come with electrically assisted power steering that actually has a sufficient amount of feedback for an SUV and knows straight-ahead like a salmon knows upriver. The chassis blends a comfortable ride with a sporty demeanor in the way we expect a sports sedan to. The hybrid is infinitely more engaging than the RX450h, and the diesel model should offer class-leading (internal combustion only) fuel economy. The official numbers haven’t been announced for the 2013 Q5 range, although the 2.0T will likely burn gas at the same rate as the current model, which has city and highway EPA ratings of 20 and 27 mpg. The 3.0T will score slightly lower, and the hybrid will do a bit better. The diesel model should nearly match the 2.0T’s economy, potentially surpassing its highway rating.

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Buyers looking to get maximum sport out of their Q5 should select the S-line package with the 3.0T, which includes variable-ratio steering and adaptive dampers at all four corners. In their stiffest setting, the dampers do a good job of quelling body roll, which makes sweepers ever so slightly more enjoyable.

Pricing hasn’t been revealed for the 2013 model, but we expect the 2.0T’s sticker to be slightly higher than the outgoing 2012 model’s, or about $37,500. The 3.0T should start right around the $45,000 mark, with the hybrid coming in below the 3.0T. When it comes online next year, we expect the 3.0 TDI to be priced a bit higher than the 3.0T.

Those new lights—they have a halolike LED daytime-running element—and the bumpers, although minor changes, blend well into the carry-over body panels. Along with the powertrain updates, the new look makes a likable luxury crossover even more so.

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