The market for budget-priced, hot hatches in the U.S. has dwindled over the last two decades, with most of the major players either inflating prices or dropping out altogether. However, according to Automotive News, Suzuki execs have confirmed that the next generation Swift will finally make its way to U.S. shores, likely sometime in 2010. Continue reading Suzuki Swift coming to the U.S. in 2010
Month: January 2007
Our sibling site from across the Pacific has been covering the Shanghai Auto Show in the same fervent style that you’d expect from Autoblog. If you click on through, you’ll find a listing of the more important concepts to be debuted in the last few days, along with pictures and a translated article detailing the vehicle. Continue reading China Shanghai 2007 autoshow preview
At first we thought it had to be a mistake. General Motors is already paying customers to take the 2008 Buick Enclave off their hands? It’s not even on dealer lots yet, but Automotive News reports Buick is offering $1,000 “Conquest Bonus Cash” and 4.9% financing available on the $32k+ CUV. Continue reading Buick Enclave comes to market bearing $1,000 rebate
McLaren is always chasing after Ferrari. They’ve chased after them on the track for decades, and sometimes they catch up. They’ve chased them on the road, trouncing the F40 with the McLaren F1 supercar, but missing the mark somewhat with the SLR. But in the modern era where racing is only half of competition, McLaren is after Maranello on another front: branding. Continue reading McLaren joins the branding race with new recruit
For customers accustomed to driving a Bentley, everything’s got to be leather-lined. Heaven forbid one should actually have to handle a cold metal key, even one as nice as that put out by the boys at Crewe. Fortunately for the pampered motorist, London leathercrafter Ettinger has come to the rescue with a specially-fabricated key case. Continue reading Leather is the Key for Bentley owners
We were wondering why BMW made such minimal changes to the new facelifted 2008 5-Series they just released, but it seems it was because BMW is planning a total overhaul for the 2010 BMW 5-Series. For some reason we donâ€™t see much 5-Series here but if this is what the 2010 5-Series will look like, we have nothing to complain about. From the picture it seems to be a mixture of the BMW 3-Series coupe front facia and the back of the BMW 7-Series. Continue reading Photo Rendering: 2010 BMW 5-Series
We are very depressed after hearing this, in an interview with Dutch auto magazine AutoVisie, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audiâ€™s concept car director, said that Audi will not be building the beautiful TT Shooting Brake since it will only negatively impact the sales of the coupe and would not add many new customers. The car was originally shown at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2005 to hint at the next design of the TT. Continue reading Audi not building the TT Shooting Brake
Volkswagen today unveiled the new 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI at the DC Auto Show. The new 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI has the new 2.0 liter four-cylinder BLUETEC diesel engine that was announced in the beginning of this month. The 2.0 liter Common Rail diesel engine, used in a Jetta, uses a nitrogen oxide reservoir catalytic converter to reduce the levels of nitrogen oxide. Continue reading Volkswagen Unveils 2008 Jetta TDI Bluetec Diesel in the US
I have been a travelling fool for the last few weeks with the Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes C-Class intro in Stuttgart and the Kia Rondo drive this week in Phoenix. And the schedule is not going to get any easier over the next few months…Â On my trip to Stuttgart, I heard what could be one of the biggest ‘Disses’ ever when (I won’t reveal their identity or what company they work for) threw a real backhanded slap at BMW. Continue reading Does a Mercedes REALLY last three times longer than a BMW?
USA Today’s James Healey really liked the new VW Eos. “… boy, was the car nice when it wasn’t broken.” Uh oh. Broken? In technical terms, giving a non-working car to the nation’s highest-circulation newspaper is offically called a “whoopsie.” Healey loved how the Eos looked, drove and operated until he stopped for gas. After filling up, the gorgeous hardtop convertible showed signs of electrical problems by refusing to start. Not Good. Continue reading VW Eos flubbs USA Today review by not starting
This is what we’re truly all waiting for â€“ someone to get their hands on the best-of-the-best pickups for 2007 and stage a knock down, drag out comparison test with the new 2007 Toyota Tundra. Well, Edmunds has come closest by being the first to compare the new Tundra with a 2007 Chevy Silverado and an ’07 Nissan Titan. While we really want to see a Tundra vs. Silverado vs. F-150 vs. Ram match, we’ll take what we can get.
Much to our surprise after seeing the Tundra in person at the Detroit Auto Show, Edmunds chose it as the winner of its half-ton comparison test by a slim margin over the Silverado. Continue reading Toyota Tundra beats Chevy Silverado in Edmunds comparo
Remember back in November we brought you a story of a naughty teenager, his teacher and his teacher’s husband’s 911? We expressed great skepticism about their ability to have sex in such a small car. Even when some readers claimed to have accomplished the feat themselves, we didn’t believe. But now for those of us with too little imagination, bodies that no longer move in those ways, and fear of having photos turn up on the Internets, there is an instruction manual for car lovers who want to love in their cars. Continue reading Carma Sutra: Learn to love in your Lamborghini