Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far

Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far

This week is the coolest auto show of the year.  The show that will spawn bedroom-poster fantasy cars for years to come.  It’s not about mass-market, business-floating people’s cars.  It’s about luxury cars and exotics.  Supercars and hypercars.  The stuff dreams are made of.  It’s the Geneva Motor Show, and the coolest cars always debut there.  We’ve picked a few of the most notable examples from this year.  So far. Continue reading “Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far”

The Weird, Fast Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

When 115,000 people each put down a thousand dollars for your car, without ever seeing it, you know you’re on the way to success.  Or at least you hope so.  That’s what happened last week, when Tesla began accepting deposits for the Model 3, their newest offering.  How did they manage it?  Unlike the luxurious Model S and the Pasadena soccer mom’s favorite Model X, the 3 is affordable.  At just $35,000, before government rebates, the Model 3 is right around the average price for a new car in America.  Now that everyone can have it, everyone wants it.

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Can the Focus RS save us from crossover malaise?

Focus RS

This is in no way exclusive, but it’s usually a mom, or someone planning to be a mom sometime soon.  They’re ready to dump the old cars they drove in high school or college, even though they’re extremely reliable OBD1 Hondas or 3800-powered Buicks.  It’s time to get into something more “serious.”  And it’s always a crossover.  Prospective moms want the utility of a minivan, of course, but the minivan is anathema, apparently a sign of surrender to age.  They’re just too momish.  What protoparents fail to realize is that those of us on the leading edge of car culture already view crossovers the same way, and the rest of society won’t be far behind.  Until then, we have to put up with roads packed and clogged with an endless stream of ugly, unwieldy, good-at-nothing crossovers.  It’s depressing.  But our warm salvation from crossover Antarctica could come from an unlikely hero: the Ford Focus RS. Continue reading “Can the Focus RS save us from crossover malaise?”

Detroit Auto Show: What’s New For 2016

2016 Detroit Auto Show

Auto show season has been flung back upon us like a cold, sweaty towel, and this week’s Detroit Auto Show has ushered in waves of mediocre boredom boxes and depressing news.  The Chrysler Town and Country will be renamed “Pacifica.”  Scintillating.  But it’s not all bad.  In fact, several awesome things have shown up in Cobo Hall this week already.  Here are the trends they follow. Continue reading “Detroit Auto Show: What’s New For 2016”

The Return of the Snake: The Viper Heads back to Le Mans

Dodge Viper at Le Mans 2015 - at night

Le Mans is always awesome.  Ninety-eight cars of so many different makes and four different classes rocket around a track that’s part public road, at top speeds, for twenty four hours.  But this year’s going to be more awesome than last year, because one of those 98 cars is going to be a Dodge Viper. Continue reading “The Return of the Snake: The Viper Heads back to Le Mans”

Ford Focus RS Proves Cars are Still Alive

This may be the final age of the commuter automobile.  Government CAFE regulations are choking out interesting vehicles by the dozen.  Laziness and fear have formed a rare partnership, hiring technology to eliminate driving.  Lane drift alarms, blind spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control have been at this for years, and the self-driving car is at our gates.  Soon Skynet-backed robots will be ferrying their meatbag owners to work in endless, anonymous road trains, a dense clog in the colon of the American highway.

Ford Focus RS

But if we truly live in the death throes of the hand-driven commuter vehicle, it isn’t dying in a nursing home.  It’s going down in a blaze of turbocharged glory.  Yes, the drivers’ car can use technology, too.  Perhaps no new car has lead this charge like the new Ford Focus RS, revealed just last week in Germany. Continue reading “Ford Focus RS Proves Cars are Still Alive”

Our Favorite Automotive Twitter Accounts of 2014

It’s the final lap.  We’ve maneuvered through 2014 with all the finesse we could muster, and we’ll leave whether or not we won up to you, but we’ve definitely finished.  It’s been a year of rallies, concourses, races, and roof racks, and stank elimination.  But let’s not forget our Twittering.  Here are our favorite fifty automotive Twitter accounts, our ultimate Follow Friday…on a Wednesday. Follow Friday: Best of 2014 Continue reading “Our Favorite Automotive Twitter Accounts of 2014”

New Mustang Attacks with Two-Pronged Campaign to Conquer Our Want

New Mustang Gymkhana7

Ford’s Mustang marketing department knows what they’re doing.  They know how to deliver a one-two punch to your resolve against selling your pancreas in order to buy a Mustang.  On Monday they dealt such a brace of blows, with Ken Block’s epic Gymkhana 7 and the official press release for the new Shelby Mustang dropping within an hour of each other.  I don’t need both my livers, right? Continue reading “New Mustang Attacks with Two-Pronged Campaign to Conquer Our Want”

Hard Swagger: The Lamborghini Asterion

Shock, disbelief, and outrage are handed out like flutes of champagne at the average Lamborghini reveal.  Consider the Veneno, an Aventador variant someone designed with a machete.  Lamborghini followed that with the Egoista, which was basically a Veneno onto which someone had landed a Comanche attack helicopter.  Even the name was outlandish, “Egoista” meaning “selfish.”  They’ve done such a fine job of certifying themselves as lunatics that their latest concept the Lamborghini Asterion, unsheeted last week at the Paris Motor Show, stirred the pot just for looking so ordinary.

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Follow Friday: Paris Motor Show Edition

The leaves aren’t the only things dropping. In Paris, new car concepts seem to be plummeting from the sky in heaps and droves, including new stuff from Lamborghini, Audi, and Cadillac, among others. The Paris Motor Show kicks off this weekend. Here’s who you should be following.

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