Add enough time behind the wheel of some special cars to convince us that the future is not bleak for those who love to drive but cannot afford the ever-increasing price of gasoline. The VW GTI and the Honda Civic Si were both fun cars. The Honda FCX and the Chevy Equinox gave a glimpse of what the future might be like if the nation decides that hydrogen is the way to go before the oil wells go dry.
We humbly submit the following as our cars of the year. A reminder: We only select vehicles that we have driven in calendar year 2007... Read more
DETROIT: The way that auto executives here have been talking, 2008 will be a terrible year to sell cars in the United States.
Every time one company predicts how the industry will fare, another seems to come up with an even more dismal number.
Most sales forecasts now come in at 15.5 to 15.9 million units, which would mark the worst year for sales since at least 1998... Read more
When most people think of hybrid automobiles, Toyota's quirky Prius is usually the first vehicle to come to mind. The mid-size hatchback continues to dominate the hybrid sales charts and remains Toyota's third best-selling car behind the Camry and Corolla/Matrix.... Read more
1. Person to person parking space rental: Peasy.com is an online marketplace for parking spaces, enabling drivers to search for and book spaces before they leave home, and letting British homeowners monetize unused parking spaces by adding them to the network.
2. Stress-free car shopping: American buyers who are in the market for a new car, but don't want the headaches of searching and haggling for the best price, now have an alternative that can help them sidestep the usual dealership woes... Read more
Of all the foreign cars available in Korea the brand drivers are most unhappy with is BMW, according to the Korea Consumer Agency.
And when Korean drivers of foreign cars complained about their vehicles, the most common complaints were about structural defects that resulted in sudden engine shutdowns, noises and vibrations.
This is according to a KCA study of complaints about foreign cars that were lodged with the agency from January to November this year... Read more
Volkwagen is to launch a seven-speed version of the DSG twin-clutch gearbox in the Golf hatch.
The new gearbox is lighter and more compact than the existing six-speed DSG gearbox, already used in many models across the Volkswagen Group. The extra gear also allows smaller gaps between gear ratios, which Volkswagen says improves acceleration and economy.
From its launch in February, the new gearbox will be matched to the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine... Read more
INDIANAPOLIS, – Known for their charismatic designs and superior performance, the pack-leading Pace Cars share a special place in Indianapolis 500 lore. History will be made at the 2008 Indianapolis 500 when a pair of distinctive yet highly differentiated Corvette models will serve as the Official Pace Cars – one highlighting Chevrolet’s commitment to fuel solutions and the other marking 30 years of Corvette’s Pace Car heritage... Read more
GRAND RAPIDS -- One year after Gerald Ford's death, admirers still are making the pilgrimage to his resting place.
So it was with Bloomfield Hills resident Jack Bedell, 82, who drove across the state last week to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. He felt like he was remembering an old chum.
"I thought he was just a regular guy," said Bedell, who met then-Congressman Ford 40 years ago. "He didn't speak like a Washington politician. He... Read more