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Fast And The Furious 6 Movie Trailer Will Debut During Super Bowl 31
Jan
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Editorial, Fast and Furious, Fast and the Furious 6, Movie, nissan, Subaru on 01 31st, 2013
fast-and-the-furious-6

fast-and-the-furious-6

Like me, you may be a bit undaunted by yet another Fast And The Furious movie franchise film dropping in theaters later this year. But let’s be honest, it is good entertainment with a bunch of cool cars at best for some of us. Moreover, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the communal cast really put on a good show for us. Being that we do not currently have any major blockbuster car-centric movies for us enthusiast, the upcoming Fast and Furious 6 will have to do. With that said, the official first movie trailer for Fast and Furious 6 will debut during the Super Bowl.

From our last ‘insider’ posts on Fast And The Furious 6, we revealed that there will be a new Subaru BRZ, matte blue BenSpora SP Engineering Tuned Nissan GT-R and it will get a May 2013 start in theaters. Maybe those details will excite you a bit, maybe it won’t. No matter, Fast and Furious 6 may very well be the best new car movie so get ready for a ride… maybe.



Chris Harris Drives The Ferrari 458 Italia Spider: Video 31
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Editorial, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia spider, Kurt, video on 01 31st, 2013
458 Italia Spider

458 Italia Spider

Fans of British auto journalist and racer Chris Harris know he has a love / hate relationship with Ferrari. He admires the Maranello automaker’s ware so much that he recently bought a Ferrari 599 on the used market. On the other hand, he doesn’t necessarily respect Ferrari, since it tends to supply (its hand-chosen) automotive journalists with, um, “improved” products.

In other words, the 458 Italia tested by Road & Track is likely to be a bit faster than the one you can buy from your local Ferrari dealer. When Harris made the mistake of revealing this inconvenient truth, he was hastily removed from the list of Ferrari-approved journalists. Harris bought a 599, then, as it was the only way for him to drive a prancing horse on a regular basis.

When recently “sublet” a Ferrari-owned 458 Italia Spider, Harris knew that a conventional review wouldn’t do the job. After all, the car has been on the market for a year or so, and everything that could be said about the strength of it’s 570 horsepower V-8 engine and impressively stiff chassis has already been penned. There are plenty of Ferrari-approved beauty shots and inspirational videos, but Ferrari 458 Italia Spider hoonage videos are in short supply, something Harris decided to address.

If you’re looking for a video review of the car, this clip isn’t going to do it for you. If, on the other hand, you want to see a 458 Italia Spider driven at its limits of adhesion, tail thrown sideways in glorious displays of oversteer, this is the video to watch.

If Harris was blacklisted by Ferrari before filming this spot, we’re pretty sure he’s earned a lifetime ban with this particular video.



Limited Edition Mopar ’13 Dart To Roll Out at Chicago Auto Show 31
Jan
Posted by Darryl in 2013 Dodge Dart, Automotive, Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler, Dodge, News on 01 31st, 2013
Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.

Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.

Mopar, known as Chrysler’s parts and accessories division, has been in the good business of providing a wide array of products for Chrysler vehicles including Dodge and Jeep. Recently Mopar has stepped up to the plate to work closely with Chrysler engineers to put the enthusiastic consumer literally in the driver’s seat for a complete ‘performance’ package on new vehicles. The latest vehicle to receive such treatment is the limited edition Mopar ’13 Dart.

The Mopar ’13 is not your ordinary Dodge Dart with some visual appeal; it is much more with extra horsepower to boot. The upcoming Chicago Auto Show will host the Debut of the Mopar ’13 Dart featuring many upgrades.

Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.

The Mopar ’13 Dart, limited to 500 units, features on the outside a gloss black finish, Mopar blue stripes, Mopar ground effects and 18-inch gloss black wheels shod in 225/40R18 performance tires. On the inside, the Mopar ’13 Dart gets leather seats – a blue one for the driver and black for passengers, blue accent stitching, sport pedals, black/black chrome trim and other Mopar accessories. In the performance department, the Mopar ’13 Dart receives the same MultiAir 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine found in the Fiat Abarth 500 mated to a manual transmission.

With only 500 units made available, the Mopar ’13 Dart one basically be one of a kind. Chrysler is even throwing in a wireless smartphone charging base and personalized owner kit including a personalized plat with vehicle specs and unique ID number for the limited edition build.

After its debut at the Chicago Auto Show next week, expect the Mopar ’13 Dart to start production this spring at the Belvidere, IL plant. If this is any indication as to what we may see in a Dodge Dart SRT, we say bring it on! – Maybe throw in a bigger turbocharged engine and we have a deal, don’t you think?

Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.
Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.
Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.
Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.
Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.
Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.
Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.
Chrysler Group LLC introduces limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart.

Press Release

Chrysler Group LLC Introduces New Mopar ’13 Dodge Dart

– Select Mopar parts and accessories outfit new Mopar ’13 Dart
– Performance upgrades include lowered sport suspension, revised steering calibration, sport-
tuned exhaust, ground-effects kit, and premium brake kit with slotted rotors
– Custom leather Mopar driver’s seat
– Industry-first wireless charging for smartphones
– 500 numbered units to be built at company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.
– Limited-edition vehicle to be displayed at Chicago Auto Show

Auburn Hills, Mich., February 1, 2013 –Chrysler Group LLC today introduced the limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart, marking the fourth special-edition Mopar-badged vehicle created since the company partnered with Fiat S.p.A in 2009. The car will be shown at next week’s Chicago Auto Show.

Building on the success of the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger and the Mopar ’12 300, the limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart will be built and customized with Mopar performance parts and accessories. Production for a limited run of 500 units will begin this spring at the company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.

“Our new Mopar ’13 Dart will turn heads and stand out from the crowd,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “For this special, limited- edition vehicle, we specifically kept the driver in mind as we added select Mopar parts and accessories.”

Inspired by the tuner scene, the Mopar ’13 Dart is designed for driving enthusiasts. Powered by a 1.4- liter MultiAir® intercooled turbo engine with a manual transmission, the Mopar ’13 sports a gloss-black finish with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes, which mirror each of the three previous Mopar- themed models.

For enhanced handling, upgrades include a performance steering-gear calibration, a 7 millimeter- lowered suspension and low-profile 40 aspect performance tires (225/40R18). From the racing scene, Mopar added a premium brake kit with slotted rotors. Engine breathing is enhanced with a performance-tuned exhaust and to further optimize aerodynamics and increase downforce, the custom Dart features Mopar’s ground-effects kit, which includes a front-chin spoiler, one-piece deck-lid spoiler, as well as a unique and aggressively styled rear diffuser.

Unique exterior elements include a Mopar badge in the crosshair grille and gloss-black 18-inch wheels with a Mopar logo on the wheel center caps. The vehicle’s unique interior, featuring a serialized plate, gives the driver a custom Mopar Blue leather seat with black accents. To keep the emphasis on the driver, the driver seat is Mopar Blue while all other seats are black with blue accent stitching. The centerpiece of the interior is a floating island bezel that is accented with Mopar Blue paint and lighting. The interior is further enhanced with rich details, including Mopar Blue accent thread, as well as light- black chrome and gloss-black elements.

Along with a Mopar serialized badge on the dash, the special-edition Mopar ’13 includes industry-first wireless charging for smartphones, a blue-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel with an identically garnished shifter knob, a bright sport-pedal kit, premium Mopar carpet floor mats, door-sill guards and an 8.4-inch navigation screen.

The limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart will be delivered to each customer with a personalized owner kit. Assembled in a custom-made black case, contents include a personalized plate with vehicle specifications, the date of manufacture and the unique identification number (of 500) of the vehicle. Along with a Mopar ’13 brochure and other memorabilia, the kit will include a limited-edition sketch of the vehicle signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer for the Mopar Brand.

Mopar-first Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
• Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user- guide format and first to offer complete vehicle-information kits in Spanish
• Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
• Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking
device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set
parameters
• 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race
package car
• Brand-specific customer care telephone lines: first to offer Sunday service hours for customers
• WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf
personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. With the creation of the Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A partnership, Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Combined with Fiat S.p.A, Mopar’s global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories that are distributed in more than 130 countries. Mopar is the source for all genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA brands.
Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

More than 75 Years of Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for antifreeze product in 1937. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s – the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use. The brand has expanded to include technical service and customer support.



Mercedes’ Super Bowl Ad Warns, ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ – Video 31
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Editorial, Kurt, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Super Bowl Ads, video on 01 31st, 2013
The Mercedes-Benz CLA - salvation, priced under $30k
The Mercedes-Benz CLA - salvation, priced under $30k

The Mercedes-Benz CLA – salvation, priced under $30k

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. No matter what other car ads debut during Super Bowl XLVII, this cautionary tale from Mercedes-Benz is a lock for the best automotive big game ad of 2013, and we’d even throw it into the mix as a candidate for the best of all time.

We had no idea where Mercedes was going when it announced that Kate Upton would pitch the new CLA sedan in its prime-time ad. We knew that Usher was in the mix, too, but we never saw Willem Dafoe coming.

Expensive cast aside, the video is sheer cinematic genius, and our hats are off to Mercedes-Benz for pulling this off. We tend to favor cafes like the one in the video, and this clip reminds us of two things: be wary of strangers (especially those with sinister jewelry and pointed fingernails), and be careful what you wish for.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA compact luxury sedan will hit dealers in September of 2013, priced from just $29,900 (excluding destination charge, we assume). It won’t make you a rock star and it won’t land you a date with Kate Upton, but we’ll bet it looks good in your driveway.



‘A Good Day To Die Hard:’ Action Movie Or Infomercial? Video 30
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in A Good Day To Die Hard, Automotive, Editorial, Kurt, Mercedes Benz, Movie, Movies, video on 01 30th, 2013
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, with co-star Bruce Willis - image: Mercedes-Benz
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, with co-star Bruce Willis - image: Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, with co-star Bruce Willis – image: Mercedes-Benz

In case you were wondering what Bruce Willis is up to these days, the answer is this: he’s been reprising the role of super-cop John McClane in a new Die Hard movie, entitled A Good Day To Die Hard. The plot has him in Moscow in search of his wayward son, but instead he runs into terrorists trying to steal a nuclear weapon. He does track down his son, who turns out to be a CIA operative. Action-packed family fun ensues.

Of course that’s just one version of the plot. In the second, perhaps more relevant version, Willis shares screen time with no less than 14 different Mercedes-Benz models, including the C-Class and E-Class sedans, the G-Class and GL-Class SUVs, the Sprinter van, a Maybach 57, the legendary Unimog and even a Zetros heavy-duty truck.

Sure, there are rival brands in the film, too, like the line of BMW 7-Series sedans (presumably used by the bad guys) in the opening of the trailer. None are featured quite as prominently as the three-pointed star’s wares, which display logos throughout the film. We’re willing to cut Mercedes a bit of latitude here, since its vehicles are popular thoughout Europe and Russia. So are heavy-duty trucks from brands like Tatra, and their absence is more than a bit conspicuous.

That won’t stop us from watching the movie, since it’s not likely to be up for an academy award in 2014 anyway. Still, we can’t help but wonder when the shift from including product placements in movies, to filming movies around product placements, occurred.



Audi’s Super Bowl XLVII Commercial Accentuates Bravery at Senior Prom: Video 30
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Audi S6, audi, Audi Commercial, Audi S6, Automotive, Commercial, Editorial, Super Bowl, Superbowl Commercial, video on 01 30th, 2013
audi-super-bowl-xlvii-commercial

audi-super-bowl-xlvii-commercial

Sometimes it seems the commercials during the Super Bowl each year are in direct competition with each other just like the two teams striving to take home the Lombardi Trophy. It is even more evident with automotive commercials, such as the one Audi will debut during Super Bowl XLVII featuring the all-new Audi S6 and a slightly insecure teenager about to embark on his Senior Prom journey. We have to say, this is a good depart from the abused vampire-themed genre of commercials in previous years. This one is pretty darn good. Enjoy!



MapStudio’s Book of the Road Review & Competition 30
Jan
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Uncategorized on 01 30th, 2013

MapStudio’s Book of the Road, brought to you by the leading distributor and publisher of maps in Africa for over 50 years, is the only road atlas that you will need to navigate around South Africa.

The map book is colour coded allowing for easy browsing and consists of 75 pages of detailed road maps and 208 detailed street plans. Maps are detailed at a ratio of 1:750 000 making it MapStudio’s first super-detailed map.

The book includes strip route maps and a distance chart. There is also a road sign section should you need to refresh your memory, or if you’re a first time traveller to South Africa and want to bring yourself up to speed.

The map book is colour coded which allows for easy browsing and includes an index for places of interest as well as popular tourist regions. Book of the Road marks activities on maps to consider while en route to your destination. These activities include: 4×4 trails, hiking trails, dive sites, historic sites, historic battlefield sites, national parks and reserves, whale-watching site, water sports and wine estates.

The guide makes navigating your way around South Africa effortless and fun as the key for the maps includes:

• Border crossings
• Camp sites & caravan parks
• Dive sites
• Ferries & bridges
• Detailed distance markers
• 4×4 trails
• Hiking trails
• Historic battlefield sites
• Historic sites
• Lighthouses
• Major airports and airfields
• Mountain passes
• National parks and reserves
• National, main and minor route numbers
• Nature reserves and bird sanctuaries
• Places of interest
• Provincial heritage sites
• Selected accommodation
• Shipwreck sites
• Spot heights
• Toll plaza positions
• Water sports
• Whale-watching sites
• Wine estates

Unlike many other map books, Book of the Road contains a bonus CD. The CD has a colour-coded spreadsheet which includes 16 national routes containing GPS co-ordinates for; accommodation, places of interest and services such as fuel, hospitals and police stations along every route. All listed points can be uploaded to your GPS device.

You can soon buy a copy of the MapStudio’s Book of the Road online or at the following Maps and Travel stores:

Cape Town –

Gardens Shopping Centre
Mill Street
Gardens
021 465 9310

Johannesburg –

Rivonia Village Shopping Centre
Rivonia Boulevard
Rivonia, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 807 5470

You can win a MapStuidio’s Book of the Road by liking Drive South Africa’s Facebook Page!

Review source: Drive South Africa



Top Gear Season 19 Starts Monday In The U.S.: Video 30
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, News, Top Gear, video on 01 30th, 2013
TopGear

TopGear

Top Gear is, without a doubt, the most successful automotive-themed franchise on the planet. A simple television show has spun off an empire of branding and licensing opportunities, as well as the Top Gear Live shows that play to sold-out audiences in Europe, Russia and South Africa.

And then there’s America, which gets its own watered-down version of the show (now devoid of studio time and star cameos) and has to wait months for the current season of the British show to air. At least that’s how it went in the past, but things are changing: BBC America will air Top Gear season 19 here beginning Monday, February 4, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Finally, we can be in on the same automotive jokes the rest of the world is laughing at, even if they typically come at the expense of American automakers.

Season 19 is shaping up to be a good one, too. In the very first episode, The Stig wheels the Pagani Huayra to a new Top Gear lap record, while Clarkson attempts to build a hybrid smaller than the Peel P50. The second episode is the rumored U.S. road trip, and an African safari in search of the Nile River’s origins comes later in the season. If you haven’t already set your DVRs to tape the new season, now is a good time to do so.



Top Gear Season 19 Starts Monday In The U.S.: Video 30
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, News, Top Gear, Top Gear Season 19, video on 01 30th, 2013
TopGear

TopGear

Top Gear is, without a doubt, the most successful automotive-themed franchise on the planet. A simple television show has spun off an empire of branding and licensing opportunities, as well as the Top Gear Live shows that play to sold-out audiences in Europe, Russia and South Africa.

And then there’s America, which gets its own watered-down version of the show (now devoid of studio time and star cameos) and has to wait months for the current season of the British show to air. At least that’s how it went in the past, but things are changing: BBC America will air Top Gear season 19 here beginning Monday, February 4, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Finally, we can be in on the same automotive jokes the rest of the world is laughing at, even if they typically come at the expense of American automakers.

Season 19 is shaping up to be a good one, too. In the very first episode, The Stig wheels the Pagani Huayra to a new Top Gear lap record, while Clarkson attempts to build a hybrid smaller than the Peel P50. The second episode is the rumored U.S. road trip, and an African safari in search of the Nile River’s origins comes later in the season. If you haven’t already set your DVRs to tape the new season, now is a good time to do so.



Top Gear Season 19 Starts Monday In The U.S.: Video 30
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, News, Top Gear, video on 01 30th, 2013
TopGear

TopGear

Top Gear is, without a doubt, the most successful automotive-themed franchise on the planet. A simple television show has spun off an empire of branding and licensing opportunities, as well as the Top Gear Live shows that play to sold-out audiences in Europe, Russia and South Africa.

And then there’s America, which gets its own watered-down version of the show (now devoid of studio time and star cameos) and has to wait months for the current season of the British show to air. At least that’s how it went in the past, but things are changing: BBC America will air Top Gear season 19 here beginning Monday, February 4, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Finally, we can be in on the same automotive jokes the rest of the world is laughing at, even if they typically come at the expense of American automakers.

Season 19 is shaping up to be a good one, too. In the very first episode, The Stig wheels the Pagani Huayra to a new Top Gear lap record, while Clarkson attempts to build a hybrid smaller than the Peel P50. The second episode is the rumored U.S. road trip, and an African safari in search of the Nile River’s origins comes later in the season. If you haven’t already set your DVRs to tape the new season, now is a good time to do so.



Top Gear Season 19 Starts Monday In The U.S.: Video 30
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, News, Top Gear, Top Gear Season 19, video on 01 30th, 2013
TopGear

TopGear

Top Gear is, without a doubt, the most successful automotive-themed franchise on the planet. A simple television show has spun off an empire of branding and licensing opportunities, as well as the Top Gear Live shows that play to sold-out audiences in Europe, Russia and South Africa.

And then there’s America, which gets its own watered-down version of the show (now devoid of studio time and star cameos) and has to wait months for the current season of the British show to air. At least that’s how it went in the past, but things are changing: BBC America will air Top Gear season 19 here beginning Monday, February 4, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Finally, we can be in on the same automotive jokes the rest of the world is laughing at, even if they typically come at the expense of American automakers.

Season 19 is shaping up to be a good one, too. In the very first episode, The Stig wheels the Pagani Huayra to a new Top Gear lap record, while Clarkson attempts to build a hybrid smaller than the Peel P50. The second episode is the rumored U.S. road trip, and an African safari in search of the Nile River’s origins comes later in the season. If you haven’t already set your DVRs to tape the new season, now is a good time to do so.



Top Gear Season 19 Starts Monday In The U.S.: Video 30
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, News, Top Gear, video on 01 30th, 2013
TopGear

TopGear

Top Gear is, without a doubt, the most successful automotive-themed franchise on the planet. A simple television show has spun off an empire of branding and licensing opportunities, as well as the Top Gear Live shows that play to sold-out audiences in Europe, Russia and South Africa.

And then there’s America, which gets its own watered-down version of the show (now devoid of studio time and star cameos) and has to wait months for the current season of the British show to air. At least that’s how it went in the past, but things are changing: BBC America will air Top Gear season 19 here beginning Monday, February 4, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Finally, we can be in on the same automotive jokes the rest of the world is laughing at, even if they typically come at the expense of American automakers.

Season 19 is shaping up to be a good one, too. In the very first episode, The Stig wheels the Pagani Huayra to a new Top Gear lap record, while Clarkson attempts to build a hybrid smaller than the Peel P50. The second episode is the rumored U.S. road trip, and an African safari in search of the Nile River’s origins comes later in the season. If you haven’t already set your DVRs to tape the new season, now is a good time to do so.



Top Gear Season 19 Starts Monday In The U.S.: Video 30
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, News, Top Gear, Top Gear Season 19, video on 01 30th, 2013
TopGear

TopGear

Top Gear is, without a doubt, the most successful automotive-themed franchise on the planet. A simple television show has spun off an empire of branding and licensing opportunities, as well as the Top Gear Live shows that play to sold-out audiences in Europe, Russia and South Africa.

And then there’s America, which gets its own watered-down version of the show (now devoid of studio time and star cameos) and has to wait months for the current season of the British show to air. At least that’s how it went in the past, but things are changing: BBC America will air Top Gear season 19 here beginning Monday, February 4, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Finally, we can be in on the same automotive jokes the rest of the world is laughing at, even if they typically come at the expense of American automakers.

Season 19 is shaping up to be a good one, too. In the very first episode, The Stig wheels the Pagani Huayra to a new Top Gear lap record, while Clarkson attempts to build a hybrid smaller than the Peel P50. The second episode is the rumored U.S. road trip, and an African safari in search of the Nile River’s origins comes later in the season. If you haven’t already set your DVRs to tape the new season, now is a good time to do so.



Top Gear Season 19 Starts Monday In The U.S.: Video 30
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, News, Top Gear, Top Gear Season 19, video on 01 30th, 2013
TopGear

TopGear

Top Gear is, without a doubt, the most successful automotive-themed franchise on the planet. A simple television show has spun off an empire of branding and licensing opportunities, as well as the Top Gear Live shows that play to sold-out audiences in Europe, Russia and South Africa.

And then there’s America, which gets its own watered-down version of the show (now devoid of studio time and star cameos) and has to wait months for the current season of the British show to air. At least that’s how it went in the past, but things are changing: BBC America will air Top Gear season 19 here beginning Monday, February 4, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Finally, we can be in on the same automotive jokes the rest of the world is laughing at, even if they typically come at the expense of American automakers.

Season 19 is shaping up to be a good one, too. In the very first episode, The Stig wheels the Pagani Huayra to a new Top Gear lap record, while Clarkson attempts to build a hybrid smaller than the Peel P50. The second episode is the rumored U.S. road trip, and an African safari in search of the Nile River’s origins comes later in the season. If you haven’t already set your DVRs to tape the new season, now is a good time to do so.



Chevrolet Talks About The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s Styling: Video 29
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, 2014 Corvette Stingray, Automotive, C7 Corvette, Chevrolet, Editorial, video on 01 29th, 2013
The 2014 Corvette Stingray in wind tunnel testing
The 2014 Corvette Stingray in wind tunnel testing

The 2014 Corvette Stingray in wind tunnel testing

Love it or hate it, the 2014 Corvette Stingray has achieved exactly what Chevrolet was aiming for: it’s gotten people talking about Corvette again. That hasn’t happened for quite a while, and we get the sense that the C7 launch is the biggest change to the Corvette product line since the C4 replaced the C3.

In the past, Corvettes always seemed to be about equal parts style and substance. Those wanting more speed were directed to the Z06 and ZR1, while those content to cruise to the local car show at legal speeds were happy with base model Corvettes. In fact, we’d bet that the vast majority of Corvette owners, like the vast majority of new Porsche buyers, would never even consider putting a wheel on the racetrack.

That’s why the C7 Corvette is such a welcome departure from the norm. Form follows function here, and everything on the car has a purpose. The hood vents are there to promote cooling, reduce front-end lift and cut down on drag. The rear fender ducts? Those allow cooling air to reach the transmission and differential coolers.

As Ed Welburn explained to Jay Leno, “there is no such thing as a base model with the new Corvette.” That’s going to play well to the hardcore enthusiasts among us, but we’re not sure how the new Corvette will be received by the casual buyer.

If the phrase “beautiful weapon” doesn’t quicken your pulse, perhaps you should be shopping for something more sensible than a Corvette in the first place.







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