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Posted On: 1/17/2013 3:08PM
SuzyBruisy

Little-known fact: the Montreal International Auto Show runs the same week as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (I know: those Canadians!). Nobody ever expects any huge noise out of Montreal this week, but Honda surprised the press corps by debuting its new Gear concept, which looks more like a Dodge Challenger's fetus than anything out of the Honda stable. It's a subcompact to be pitched at the hipster generation (the "Gear" moniker actually refers to fixie bikes: eesh), but it sounds like the whole hipster thing will be over by the time Honda gets it to production. Via Carscoop.



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Posted On: 1/14/2013 9:19AM
SuzyBruisy

Today, it's going to seem like the only thing going on at the Detroit Auto Show is the debut of the C7 Corvette. But in more modest news, another American icon will also be enjoying its big reveal. The 2014 Grand Cherokee will get a bit of a facelift fore and aft, but the biggest news is in the powertrain department: the US market will be getting the V6 turbodiesel for the first time. Yay! More official pics below the jump, via Carscoop.

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Posted On: 11/30/2012 8:29AM
SuzyBruisy

The Mazda6 will join the growing ranks of optionally diesel-equipped cars available in the US, and the production version was unveiled yesterday at the LA Auto Show. The first run of diesel 6's will be powered by Mazda's 2.5L Skyactiv turbodiesel, which generates 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Then halfway through the first year, that powerplant will be joined by the somewhat less powerful Euro-spec 2.2L turbodiesel. Both versions will be available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. As owner of a car powered by Mazda's last attempt at a US-market diesel, which incidentally didn't age so well, I still can't help but be stoked. See more pics at Carscoop.



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Posted On: 11/19/2012 11:30AM
SuzyBruisy

The zero emissions 500e made a sneak-peek debut at the American Music Awards yesterday, and Fiat released the first batch of official photos. Looks like it'll get some aerodynamic wheels and white accents, though there aren't so far many other details. Anyone besides me feel that the 500 is the perfect candidate for an EV? It's going to make its official debut at LAAS in a couple of weeks alongside a new Abarth convertible. But disappointingly, it'll only be available in California when it initially goes on sale in 2013. More pics below the jump, via Motor Trend.

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Posted On: 11/19/2012 9:07AM
SuzyBruisy

So. Do you think Dodge is regretting now its decision to pull out of NASCAR next season? Hell of a way to go out. Congrats to young Brad on his first championship, and don't miss the pic of him celebrating in the pits with Ralph Giles below the jump, via Dodge Motorsports' Facebook page.

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Posted On: 11/15/2012 9:00AM
66Mope

I really liked the 2012 Forester 2.5 XT we had earlier this year--it was suprisingly quick and quite fun to drive. So I really hope the new one is just as fun. Sounds good on paper, anyway. Subaru has updated the Forester XT with a more powerful turbo 2.0 liter producing 250 hp (vs. 224 for the car I had). There's more rear legroom and, yep, a CVT. If the gas mileage is better and the CVT itsn't too annoying, it could be a winner. More at Motor Trend



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Posted On: 11/13/2012 3:53PM
66Mope

Sadly, the Boss 302 was just a two year run, like the original. Hopefully it will back back soon! Via Jalopnik



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Posted On: 11/13/2012 1:18PM
SuzyBruisy

Ford took its popular Transit Connect commercial microvan and made it into a people hauler! The new Transit Connect Wagon, as they're calling it for the North American market, will come in five and seven-seater configurations and will get two sliding doors. Engine choices are limited to a 2.5L 4-cylinder and a 1.6 turbocharged Ecoboost—no diesel! Still, I haven't been this stoked about a minivan since the Mazda5. Though I always liked the old Transit Connect design and was convinced they were going to make it uglier, the redesign doesn't actually look that bad wearing the Ford family face and boxy contours: I'm glad they resisted the urge to completely blimpify it. More pics at Carscoop.

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Posted On: 10/24/2012 9:04AM
66Mope

Looks like Honda knows they goofed with the latest Civic. An emergency refresh will hit dealer lots in November and Honda is advising dealers to clear 2012 inventory because "changes made to the 2013 model will make the outgoing 2012 Civic a difficult model [to] sell when they are side to side." Full article at Autoblog (Current model pictured below)



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Posted On: 9/26/2012 11:45AM
SuzyBruisy

Though it does kind of count as industry navel-gazing, it's always interesting to hear what the elites of the automotive press corps would pick as their new ride. Even if some of the choices are downright confusing. And what always rankles me about these contests is that it's never really considered okay to just pick whatever new car rings in closest to the $100K, sell it, and then use the proceeds to purchase every 50s-80s basketcase you've ever wanted. Check out Vanity Fair to see what various eds-in-chief would choose. What would you pick?