Weird looks, low sales make the premium crossover a target for Automotive News writer Kranz.
He is correct in calling the crossover-sport-hatchback mash-up an "odd duck." It's a weird-looking vehicle, no doubt. It has also posted sales figures low enough to live up -- down? -- to the title of "most disappointing": 79 sales late last year, when it hit dealerships; only 2,850 sold in total. Acura expected to sell more than double that -- 6,000 -- this year and 10,000 next year.
OK, it's weird-looking and doesn't sell -- not to mention it's priced at about $46,000 to start. It's a strong contender. So I'll post the same question to our commenters as Kranz did to those at Automotive News: Are there other candidates for this dubious distinction?
By Jake Lingeman
It was a fitting farewell to one of the most audacious Lamborghinis ever built.
A group of the most iconic V12 cars ever to put rubber to asphalt gathered at the factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, for a special exhibition before escorting the last Murcielago, an LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, out of the Lamborghini Museum in a symbolic last ride.
The 350GT was in attendance at the event, as was the futuristic Miura, a Countach and the fire-breathing Diablo, among others.
Jalopnik talks to the hosts of the upcoming 'Top Gear U.S.'
You know who else thinks the show is going to be awesome? The three hosts. Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara all say the show will be a hit, which they made very clear to Wert when he sat down with the trio.
By Greg Kable
BMW has thrown its hat into the eco-supercar ring by confirming plans to place the Vision EfficientDynamics concept into production.
The futuristically styled plug-in hybrid was first revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in 2009. It is set to undergo an accelerated development program that aims to place the low-slung four-seater on sale in all of BMW's key world markets, including North America, by October 2013.
With performance targets similar to the M3--0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph--the new carbon-fiber-bodied coupe won't be BMW's fastest production model. That accolade will go to next year's redesigned M5 with a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8, according to Munich sources.
By Tom Wilson
By now the resto-mod phenomenon -- that is, restoring an old car with updated and/or custom components and modern amenities -- is well-established. Over the past decade, it has become popular among aging enthusiasts looking to relive past glories or build the car they wish they’d had in high school. With a twist, of course.
With enough thought, time and money thrown into the project, a resto-mod can make for a fun occasional driver. But they are rarely ideal -- and by that we mean these rides are almost never hassle-free. Sure, they are often more powerful and have superior handling and braking capabilities than their forebears. But timed-out rubber parts, long-forgotten hidden damage, fatigued metal and ancient technologies can conspire to turn these dream cars into surreal nightmares quickly, and often without notice.
So why not come at the target from the opposite direction? Start with a new-model vehicle and make it look like a classic. Sounds logical, right?
By Evan Griffey
Our SEMA coverage might focus on the cool cars, trucks and SUVs on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but they are only part of the story. SEMA is actually all about the gadgets and accessories that you can buy to soup up your ride, and electronics are a huge part of that. From bumpin' car-stereo systems to slick remote-start devices, here are our picks for the eight coolest, most innovative and most useful of these new "plug and play" offerings.
iMotion CarPlay Direct Connect
Monster’s iMotion CarPlay Direct Connect charging device features an innovative in-car hand motion control connection that lets drivers use simple hand gestures to control their iPod, iPhone or iPad. You may look like a lunatic, but total control will be yours. Price yet to be announced; www.monstercable.com
Cobra iRadar iPhone Detection System
You may be looking at the future of radar detection. The Cobra iRadar links your radar detector with your iPhone, via Bluetooth, letting you view radar alerts, control settings, log alert history and be warned of upcoming speed and red-light cameras right through your iPhone’s display. It also allows you to control radar-detection settings through your iPhone. $170; www.cobra.com
By Evan Griffey
Hybrids found themselves on unfamiliar ground here in Las Vegas: Under the spotlight at the SEMA show.
This aftermarket show is all about generating horsepower -- a mindset counter-intuitive to hybrids' "green" side. And yet it was power-tuned hybrids that dominated two separate booths.
Honda featured the CR-Z gas-electric, with examples ranging from Bisimoto Engineering’s turbocharged 533-horsepower monster to styling exercises with body kits and basic engine bolt-ons. Lexus featured the LS 600h L and HS 250h hybrids, both tuned with big wheels, slammed suspensions and pristine paint.
By Greg Migliore
Shiny black Pirellis and chic-yet-surprising 20-inch polished alloy wheels on a Buick. Brembos, too. Seriously.
And that's the idea--to be taken seriously. The 2012 Buick Regal GS is now a reality, and with its SEMA-styled wheels and a turbocharged four-banger, Buick wants to carve a niche among enthusiast drivers who want something extra in their sports sedan, but all in good taste.
The car gets its public unveiling on Thursday in Miami, just 10 months after the "show car" bowed in Detroit. Make no mistake--with hardly any noticeable changes, that car is this car. It's an American version of the Opel Insignia OPC, albeit without the potent V6.
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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
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