6th September 2013
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WOT Episode 4: C7 Breaks Cover, Mercedes AMGs, Tesla Model X – Motor Trend YouTube Channel

In the fourth episode of Wide Open Throttle, Jessi Lang tops off the hottest stories of the week, starting out with more than a dozen models coming from AMG in the next few years, electric-powered BMWs, and spy shots leaking out of the upcoming seventh-generation Corvette just around the corner, and Tesla’s sporty new Model X electric crossover. Finally, editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie talks with Jessi about Acura’s upcoming NSX. We’re all fans of high-performance models, so ...
4th September 2013
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On the Money? Hagerty’s Top Future Collectibles List Includes VW GTI, Audi RS5

Hagerty has released its annual “Hagerty Hot List” of the top 10 cars the insurance company believes will become collectible in 20 years. Hagerty’s list is comprised completely of 2013 model-year vehicles that the company thinks will still be desired by enthusiasts in 20 years. Unlike our own list of future collectibles, Hagerty’s rules are a bit less stringent. To qualify as a future collectible on the Hagerty list, the vehicle must be mass-produced, and available ...
21st August 2013
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Your Say: Top 10 Cars That Should Be Renamed

There was a time when most automakers actually bothered to give their vehicles real names. Cars had elegant names like Continental and Fleetwood, while trucks had tough-sounding names like Bronco and Ram. More often than not nowadays cars get named random alphanumeric characters like FX50 and Z4 sDrive35is. Last week we asked readers in a Thread of the Day which new cars should be renamed. Today, we’re sharing with you 10 of our favorites from your ...
19th August 2013
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MT Poll: Which 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender Will Win COTY?

It’s Car of the Year time again! Over the past two weeks we’ve been teasing new 2013 Car of the Year contenders every day. With the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year announcement coming Monday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. EST, we thought it’d be fun to ask which contender you think will take home the golden calipers. But since we get this question at each Of The Year event, we’d like to provide a ...
13th August 2013
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NHTSA Wants Hybrids, Electric Vehicles to Have Minimum Sound Requirement

Hybrid and electric vehicles have many positives, primarily fuel economy. An electric motor generates all the necessary power to get up and go, without the assistance of a noisy gasoline engine. But that lack of noise is one of the drawbacks: the absence of engine noise means pedestrians have a harder time hearing these vehicles coming. If the National Highway Transportation Safety ...
12th August 2013
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Nissan Objects to New SAE Charging Standard

Not even a week ago, automakers from all over the globe agreed to a new standard for electric vehicle charging, called the Combined Charging System, or CCS. Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Daimler AG, and Porsche have been lobbying for the use of single-pug system (a.k.a. CCS) for rapid charging, and Chrysler joining the group as well. But somebody forgot to tell ...
10th August 2013
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Lithium Batteries Fall Short of Forecasts

Sales and performance of the lithium ion batteries has fallen short of projected forecasts, and better technology is required to make them safer, battery experts told U.S. regulators today. The technology failure put pressure on the battery makers, explaining the slow development of electric cars and the other problems the batteries have in different applications. Almost 25 percent of the average lithium ion ...
6th August 2013
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Week in Review: February 6-10

Week in Review: February 6-10

This week marked the start of the Chicago Auto Show, showing us new Hyundais, Kias, a family crossover from GMC, and more, sustaining its reputation as the “consumers’ auto show.” Oh yeah, and there was a 650-horsepower Mustang GT500 convertible, surely an outlier. Regardless, it was a week of news, controversy, success, and failure. Read below for the biggest stories of the ...
2nd August 2013
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Hybrid and Electric Vehicles to Comprise Five Percent of U.S. Market by 2017

For the first time in about 100 years, hybrid and electric-powered vehicles appear to be gaining traction in the new car market. They’re selling so quickly that one research company says they will make up five percent of the U.S. market by 2017. The data comes from Pike Research, a technology consultation firm. With strong sales figures from cars like the 2012 Nissan ...
31st July 2013
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Cocktail Chatter: February 22, 2013 – Rumor Central

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 past week. The Christie is made my mixing vodka and fresh grapefruit juice (Merlis recommends plucking a grapefruit from a tree ...
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