Ford's new pony car looks remarkably similar to current models, and that's a relief.
The photos are actually photos of printed photos from next Monday's issue of Autoweek, and appear to be the genuine article. In late October, Car and Driver released a 3-D rendering that turned out to be 90 percent on the mark, so we're not totally shocked to see it.
However, if you can excuse the flash glare and poor lighting of these snapshots posted to Mustang6G.com, you'll see the ponycar's new interior. All in all, the 2015 car is not the dramatic Fusion coupe many Mustang enthusiasts feared it would become.
Of the text gleaned from the story, the new Mustang is lighter by about 200 pounds, has several driving modes and sports aluminum front fenders. The 2.3-liter turbo 4-cylinder is still rumored to be the base engine in the U.S.
More details will be announced during the Mustang's multicity reveal on Thursday.
With a shrieking V10 engine and no stability control, the Porsche Carrera GT is one of the few modern supercars that demands respect at all times.
Rumors flew around that Volkswagen, which at the time was partially owned by Porsche, didn't want a newer 911 GT1 to usurp Audi's Le Mans entries, or that budgets were moved around to finance Porsche's upcoming SUV, the Cayenne.
Whatever the reason -- and despite introducing an off-road SUV in 2003 -- Porsche's racing engineers had already crafted the company's future entrant to Le Mans. But with its racing team still sidelined, they could only do one thing: bring it to dealerships.
In a little more than three years, 100 Swedish drivers will be able to screw around behind the wheel in a Volvo with no consequences. That's the intent, anyway.
By 2017, Volvo says it will have 100 autonomous cars on Swedish highways as the automaker enters the next phase of its self-driving tech experiments. The automaker has stated, quite boldly, that it doesn't want any of its new cars to be involved in road fatalities by 2020.
The test project, called Drive Me, will involve actual customers instead of factory engineers and will be confined to 31 miles of roads outside Volvo's headquarters in Gothenburg. The cars will be based on Volvo's new Scalable Product Architecture, a new platform that will underpin all of the company's next-generation cars, including the 2014 XC90 expected next year.
By next week, it will be possible to buy a new 9-3 -- if you're brave enough and live in the right place.
That's the word from National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS), a Japanese-Chinese group that bought the Swedish automaker's remnants from Dutch-based Spyker Cars in August 2012.
In September, the factory's 600 workers in Trollhättan built two 9-3 sedans to demonstrate that the assembly line still worked. Now, NEVS says it's planning to build 10 cars per week and "gradually increase the production volume" when it releases an electric version by next spring, spokesman Mikael Östlund told MSN Autos.
Performance sedan, wagon slated for U.S. sale.
It's not every day that we can tell you about a performance-tuned station wagon that is actually coming to the U.S., but today is one of those rare days. Volvo racing and aftermarket tuning specialist Polestar has revealed details of their production versions of the V60 wagon and the S60 sedan, which are bound for the U.S.
The S60 and V60's 3.0-liter T6 engine has been tuned to produce 350 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is said to give it a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.9 seconds, on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
We have a Borg Warner turbocharger along with a custom intercooler to thank for the increase in power, along with a stainless-steel, full-flow exhaust system. Polestar's S60 and V60 will feature a a six-speed automatic gearbox controlled via paddle shifters mounted on the steering column, along with a Haldex all-wheel-drive system that Polestar says has been tweaked for greater responsiveness and control.
As with every other car award this year, the 2014 Corvette made Car and Driver's pick. Except they've got nine more winners that aren't all sports cars.
Alright, it's a bit more than that. Car and Driver, obsessed as it is with testing and the nitty-gritty details of every new model on the market, gathers dozens of cars in one place to find out which are the most satisfying to drive for the money (Disclosure: I write for Car and Driver, so I like them a lot, but I have no say in what goes on here).
They've done this since 1983, and there are a few simple rules. The eligible cars must cost no more than $80,000, they have to be on sale by Jan. 31 of the following year, and they must be significantly updated or brand new. Previous winners can also come back even if there are no changes.
For 2012, the latest data available, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki were popular with thieves -- and very few returned to their owners.
Their bikes, particularly from the 2005 to 2009 model year, racked up the most reported thefts in 2012, the latest data available from the FBI's National Crime Information Center.
According to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a nonprofit insurance group, motorcycle thefts in the U.S. continued to decline last year to 46,061, down 1 percent from 2011 and 7.5 percent from 2010. That was despite motorcycle sales increasing 3 percent between 2011 and 2012 to a total of 452,386.
Los Angeles, New York and Miami-Dade lead all counties with the most stolen motorcycles, following the same pattern when looking at the most stolen sports cars. By city alone, New York had the most thefts (909), followed by Las Vegas (757), San Diego (633), Indianapolis (584), Miami (535) and Los Angeles (514).
After more than 14,000 made, the entry-level Lambo is bowing out to an even faster successor.
The Gallardo was originally meant to be the "baby" Diablo when it was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1995. But like most projects Lamborghini tried before Audi took over in 1998, the Italian automaker ran out of money and it wasn't introduced until 2003. At that point, the Gallardo was restyled to look like a baby Murcielago, which had replaced the Diablo just two years earlier. With a base price under $200,000, the Gallardo quickly became Lamborghini's best-selling car ever.
More than 10,000 sold in the first seven years, and the final red spider you see above is number 14,022. That's nearly half of the 30,000 cars Lamborghini has sold in its entire 50-year existence as a company.
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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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