'Top Gear U.S.' to get its own Stig
Of all the contenders, we know who it won't be: un-masked BBC Stig (and Formula 3 and NASCAR racer) Ben Collins.
Actually, if he got back behind the mask on the other side of the pond, that would be pretty funny.
Defect found in Toyota electronic data recorders.
Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota's executive vice president for research and development, told interviewers in Detroit on Monday that a bug in the manufacturer's event data recorders caused some of the devices to record vehicle speed incorrectly. The glitch was first noticed when a data recorder from a Toyota Tundra involved in a crash in 2007 reported that the truck was traveling faster than 170 mph.
Walking away from stable luxury puts the brand in deep waters.
Or at least that’s what we thought at the time. This year saw Lexus unveil the LFA, a limited-edition V10 midengine racer. Talk about uncharted waters. What’s more, the company plans to spread its performance momentum to the rest of its fleet, starting with the upcoming hybrid CT 200h. From what we’ve heard, Lexus is aiming to position the little hatchback against the likes of both the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 -- two models that prize driving dynamics above all else.
Check out the action from the Red Bull Speed Chasers Project.
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USA Today reports used vehicles going for relatively exorbinant sums.
"[Used car prices are] so high that at Gerald Jones Honda in Augusta, Ga., owner Andy Jones paid $6,000 at auction for a 2004 Buick Century with 70,000 miles that he fixed to sell for $8,500 -- more than three times what a car like that would have been worth before the recession hit, Automotive News reports.Prices have become so out-of-control that some dealers have stopped buying cars at auction -- and it won't stop there. New car sales are expected to be low again this year, though they are projected to outpace last year, at least.
Click and Clack (Ray and Tom Magliozzi) list the most trouble-free vehicles.
By Hans Greimel, Automotive News
Lexus plans to introduce hybrid versions of existing vehicles with each full model change, the brand's r&d chief says.
Leveraging the electric-gasoline drivetrain technology of Lexus' parent company, Toyota, will be key to differentiating the brand from European rivals, said Kiyotaka Ise, Toyota Motor Corp. managing officer in charge of Lexus development.
"We want to introduce it with each new model change," Ise said of plans to offer a hybrid option on current Lexus models. "Compared to Mercedes or BMW, hybrid technology is a key application in the Lexus. That's the most easily understood difference in the brands."
2011 Honda reasserts minivan leadership.
An all-new Honda Odyssey goes on sale Sept. 30, and America’s children are about to be seriously spoiled. Starting from $28,580, and shooting all the way to $44,030 for the new Touring Elite model, the Honda is poised to continue its run as the flat-out best minivan on the market -- in handling, interior refinement, passenger space, and now fuel economy as well.
I drove the new Odyssey in suburban New York and listened to Honda engineers tick off all the advances to their favorite family bus. Slightly larger than before, the Honda gets a carryover 3.5-liter V6 engine, with a bump to 248 horsepower, and a standard 5-speed automatic transmission; a new 6-speed comes standard on uplevel models. Variable cylinder management can run the engine on three, four or six cylinders; combined with a host of weight-saving and aerodynamic improvements, the Odyssey’s Touring models are rated at a remarkable 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway -- on the highway, that's 4 mpg better than any minivan on the market.
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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