Bird's-eye views of the most famous race courses in the world.
I think, perhaps, I should send them this article from Wired's "Autopia" blog, which shows the world's 10 greatest racetracks as seen from space. When you see the tracks from this perspective, the level of daring, skill and technical proficiency required to blast around these tracks at insane speeds for hours at a time becomes quite apparent.
By Greg Migliore
The McLaren MP4-12C will make its much-anticipated public debut at Goodwood, and yet another advanced prototype will charge up the famous hill in the supercar portion of the event--driven by none other than McLaren Formula One stars Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
They'll be piloting the VP9 validation prototype finished in traditional McLaren orange.
A3 TDI too pricey versus VW version.
In fact, at a tested price of nearly $40,000, Audi’s compact hatchback -- despite returning a stellar 38 mpg in combined city/highway fuel economy during my testing, and 48 mpg when driven gently on the freeway -- struck me as the most hopelessly overpriced car I’ve driven this year. And if a huge diesel groupie like myself can’t get past the price tag, that doesn’t speak well for the Audi’s chances.
The Audi’s base price of $30,775, as mentioned, is nearly nine grand over the price for the terrific new VW Golf TDI -- and Volkswagen’s platform for that vehicle is the excellent sixth-generation Golf, while the A3 diesel is built on the aging fifth-generation platform. In other words, the A3 TDI is a lame-duck model, a way to sell a few more A3s until the all-new model arrives next year. And its wrinkles become more apparent the second you drive the Volkswagen TDI diesel, which simply feels newer and more substantial than the Audi, offers the identical 2-liter turbodiesel engine and dual-clutch automated gearbox, and carries the same EPA mileage rating of 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway.
Stock offering goes better than expected for EV manufacturer.
By Patrick C. Paternie
During its 28-year existence, what this year officially became known as the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance has been hampered by a series of name and residence changes comparable to another local institution, the reality-television show The Real Housewives of Orange County.
If this year's event is any indication, stability and respectability have been achieved. For the last three years, the concours was staged on the rolling fairways of the Monarch Beach Golf Links at the ritzy St. Regis Monarch Beach resort in Dana Point.
Chrysler's PT Cruiser has run its course.
Despite just 5,452 sales this year, the PT Cruiser was an early hit for Chrysler and proved its staying power: Overall, the quirky sedan has more than 1.3 million in sales since its introduction a decade ago.
Consumer Reports lists top deals for U.S.-built cars -- but that may not mean what you think.
Let's let them explain their criteria:
"In this case, we’re taking the term 'American-made' literally. We’re including only models that are built right here on U.S. soil, whether from a domestic or import manufacturer. (And to keep things simple, we’re not looking at parts content, which is listed on a vehicle’s window sticker.)" So in this list of the 42 Consumer Reports-recommended vehicles (of the 120 that, according to their standards, are U.S.-built), you'll find several Hondas, as well as an Acura and a Hyundai, but not, say, the Lincoln MKZ (most Lincolns are assembled in Mexico or Canada.)
Still, when it comes to new car deals, a bargain is a bargain. Check out the list after the jump.
By Diana T. Kurylko and David Barkholz, Automotive News
Lutz, who left GM as vice chairman two months ago at age 78, has had discussions with Lotus but hasn't received a formal offer, two people familiar with the situation said.
Purves, 61, said in a telephone interview that he “would be happy” to be involved, but his talks with Lotus aren't final.
“The goal is to make a contribution to projects of the future--improving the quality, the product offerings and the operations of the company,” said Purves, who led BMW in North America before becoming CEO of the German automaker's Rolls-Royce unit. “It's exciting, and there is no question it is a great brand and has a good future.”
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5