Archives for April 29th, 2013

Best Driver’s Car 2012: Camaro ZL1, Shelby GT500, Seven Others Battle for the Crown

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Best Driver’s Car is back! We recently gathered together the latest crop of sports cars, muscle machines, and supercars for our 2012 Best Driver’s Car competition. Those of you who follow our Twitter and Facebook feeds may have gotten a sneak peak at the competitors already, but for those of you not in the know, ...

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla End 2012 Leading Compact Segment Sales

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Compared to 2011, the Honda Civic dethroned the Toyota Corolla as the best-selling compact for 2012, while the Chevrolet Cruze finished in fourth behind the Ford Focus. Honda sold 317,909 Civics in 2012 – an increase of nearly 97,000 units from 2011 – which was enough for it to take compact sales crown. Although ...

Epic Drives: 2012 Year In Review

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It’s an unfortunately common scenario. Supremely capable cars relegated to a mundane slog in upscale neighborhoods, or through the nouveau riche suburbs, never realizing their full potential except for some brief stoplight or freeway sprints. So when envisioning some compelling content for the new Motor Trend Channel on YouTube, the combination of great cars ...

Your Say: Top 10 New Car Taillight Designs

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Just before the aftermarket headlight craze began, tuners often swapped original automaker-installed taillights with custom replacement units. Automakers caught on to the trend, with the Lexus IS 300 one of the first new cars designed with taillights featuring an eye-catching modified appearance. Now, LED lighting technology allows designers more room to experiment with new shapes, ...

Keep ‘em Coming: GM Adds Third Shift, 800 Workers to Full-Size SUV Plant

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General Motors will add about 800 workers to the Arlington, Tex. production lines that make full-size SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, Cadillac Escalade, and GMC Yukon. It’s been a good year so far for the Arlington plant: even with the price of gas fairly high, sales of full-size GM SUVs like the Suburban and ...

Top 10 Best-Selling Vehicles in September 2012

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Sales last month proved yet again that Americans still love their trucks. Through September, the Ford F-Series truck (includes F-150 and Super Duty) was the most popular vehicle in the U.S. with 55,077 units sold, more than 20,000 above the third-place Toyota Camry, which was the best-selling car with 34,252 copies sold. The Chevy Silverado ...

Thread of the Day: FWD Ram ProMaster or RWD Ford Transit Commercial Van?

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American vans are getting more European. With the exception of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, the American-style van with its snub-nose and single roof height is going extinct. The 2014 Ford Transit and recently revealed 2014 Ram ProMaster are the new Euro vans from American automakers, and in this Thread of the Day, we’re ...

Cocktail Chatter: February 22, 2013

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What cocktails go best with all this car chatter? Automobilemag.com is here to help with weekly recipes. Remember, this is for talking about cars, not driving — always designate a driver. This week’s cocktail comes by way of Automobile Magazine contributor Bob Merlis, who served The Christie at his Palm Springs pool party this ...

Video Find: 2014 Chevrolet SS Race, Road Cars Featured in Daytona-Themed Clips

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With the 2013 Daytona 500 race coming this weekend, GM has produced two new videos featuring its newest star – the 2014 Chevrolet SS. Both videos include the race spec version (unveiled last December) and the road-going SS sedan, which we learned about late last week. The first clip is CGI animated and starts off with ...