Car Reviews

Nissan Juke NISMO: All you need is a barrel and some monkeys

Nissan Juke NISMO: All you need is a barrel and some monkeys

The Juke has been around for a few years, and while many consider it the Steve Buscemi of the compact SUV segment, after a while it grows on you. Those bug eyes and awkward stance have scared off some buyers, but those who are willing to take a chance will be rewarded with a fun […]

July 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 GMC Sierra Denali road test: A plush, capable truck

2014 GMC Sierra Denali road test: A plush, capable truck

If you want all the luxury of an expensive sedan, but actually need a full-size pickup truck, you may want to take a hard look at the 2014 GMC Sierra Denali. The all-new model is more comfortable, more capable, more sophisticated and more high-tech than the model it replaces. It has the capability of a […]

July 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Ford Fiesta ST review: Super performance on a smaller scale

2014 Ford Fiesta ST review: Super performance on a smaller scale

So your GTZLHE500MI1-R can do zero to sixty in naught-point-whatever seconds. OK, then, what are you going to do with the rest of your day? Seriously.  As enthusiasts, we at CarBuzzard are as much G-force junkies as anyone, but sometimes too much really is too much. And for those times, might we suggest the 2014 […]

July 16, 2014 | By | Reply More

News & Views

2015 Toyota Yaris Preview: The newness permeates…really

2015 Toyota Yaris Preview: The newness permeates…really

Toyota’s Yaris product team, charged with doing something to reinvigorate the sales of Toyota’s entry-level Yaris, apparently stuck to the “don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater” dictum, ‘cuz their baby is still there. Despite new sheetmetal (“a bold new look”), interior upgrades (see headline) and a ‘distinct European flavor’, there’s still but 106 horsepower […]

July 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Last Lap: James Garner Dies at 86

The Last Lap: James Garner Dies at 86

By David Boldt (posted by BJ Killeen) I first knew him as Bret Maverick in the series of the same name. And while that series constituted a nice respite (long before knowing what a respite was) from the Gunsmokes and Bonanzas of the day, it was James Garner’s role in John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix that […]

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Mazda2 Preview: ‘B’ Somebody

New Mazda2 Preview: ‘B’ Somebody

In the U.S., predicting success within the subcompact class (known in the industry as the B-segment) is – at best – a prickly proposition. BMW’s Mini, based on sales, niche and profit, would seem to be the gold standard, but with the novelty worn off (Pippa gets more ink…) and offshoots proliferating, it was only a […]

July 17, 2014 | By | Reply More

Places

Lambo on your laptop: Lamborghini Museum now offers virtual visits

Lambo on your laptop: Lamborghini Museum now offers virtual visits

Not everyone will be able to visit the Museo Lamborghini—the Lamborghini Museum—in person. More is the pity, particularly for the Lamborghinisti among us. It is the mothership, after all. But the good news is that Lamborghini has created a virtual tour of the museum, allowing the digital visitor to stroll through the museum and even inside […]

October 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Road Race Motorsport’s Fiat Abarth: A Silver State of Mind

Road Race Motorsport’s Fiat Abarth: A Silver State of Mind

Los Angeles, CA – Road Race Motorsports was founded by owner Robert Tallini in 2001. Over the last twelve years Tallini has built a well-respected company – and established an international presence on the high-performance stage – with a wide range of innovative products. This September the stage was Nevada’s Silver State Classic, where an aggressively-prepped Road […]

October 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
America on Wheels, a car museum with a Pennsylvania flavor

America on Wheels, a car museum with a Pennsylvania flavor

“America on Wheels” might seem to be reaching a bit far for a museum that doesn’t cover at least several acres, but for a well-presented collection occupying considerably less square footage, it’s still a worthwhile visit. The theme for America on Wheels, located on a bank of the Lehigh River in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has a […]

June 13, 2013 | By | Reply More

Tech & How To

Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Early airbag designs were bulky, with the steering wheel bag assembly making the wheel look like a hassock with a grab ring. Over the years, however, the inflatable safety devices have become smaller and more compact, and engineers have found more ways to deploy them. Side curtain and side torso seatbelts help prevent side impact […]

June 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Land Rover’s concept Transparent Hood gives drivers X-ray vision

Land Rover’s concept Transparent Hood gives drivers X-ray vision

“Spotters” have been an integral part of off-roading. Cresting a hill or picking a way over obstacles is difficult when the hood is in the way seeing what’s there. The spotter, standing along the trail, points just where to go, how fast and how much to turn the wheel. But spotters will soon be on […]

April 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
What happens to electric car range when, baby, it’s cold outside?

What happens to electric car range when, baby, it’s cold outside?

The freshman chemistry student knows chemical reactions are typically slowed by cold temperatures, and everyone who owns a pure-electric automobile knows—or should know—that basic chemistry means there’s less electricity available from a battery when the weather turns cold. But by just how much? That’s a question that the American Automobile Association asked as well. It […]

March 20, 2014 | By | Reply More

Times Were

1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Inspiration to paranoia

1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Inspiration to paranoia

  Paranoid. That’s what a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi’ Cud makes you. Paranoid. You carefully scan the road ahead, alert for the telltale roof-mounted light bar. You watch the mirrors to see if there is a police car behind you. You check the cross streets as you pass, and examine the car alongside at a […]

June 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
1967 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale retro review: Racer for the road

1967 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale retro review: Racer for the road

Like a persistent back-seat driver, the 2.0-liter V8 yammers incessantly. Sucking air and high test spritzed into the velocity stacks I can see in the rear-view mirror, it urges “faster, faster,” and my right foot is all too ready to comply. The seat of my pants is on full alert and my neck muscles are […]

June 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
1972 BMW 3.0 CSiL: Not what they had in mind, but…

1972 BMW 3.0 CSiL: Not what they had in mind, but…

When the final history of the Nurburgring is written, when the last word have been spent on that asphalt serpent writhing 14 miles through the tall dark evergreens, its great story told once and for all, no grander chapter will there be than that on the BMW 3.0 CSL, lightweight conqueror of the Capri, champion […]

June 6, 2014 | By | Reply More

Road Kill

Fiat ‘encourages’ worker support by putting non-Fiat cars in plastic bags

Fiat ‘encourages’ worker support by putting non-Fiat cars in plastic bags

Shades of the United Autoworkers Union not allowing “foreign” cars—in an increasingly internationalization of the auto industry a truly difficult thing to define—in any of its parking lots: Fiat wrapped non-Fiat cars owned by employees parked outside its factories in clear plastic with the message that the driver is breaking the company’s heart. “To see […]

April 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
First date? Not an estate. Brit babes say ‘No’ to wagons

First date? Not an estate. Brit babes say ‘No’ to wagons

While we’ve always heard about how they’re more sensible about their automobiles on the other side of the pond, with Brits getting sniffy about sedans in lieu of the more favored station wagons, or as they call them over there, estates. But according to a survey by rental car giant Europcar, an estate doesn’t rate […]

March 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Wavebreaking news: Woman goes minivan surfing at Daytona Beach

Wavebreaking news: Woman goes minivan surfing at Daytona Beach

Whether she was reenacting Homer’s Odyssey or just driving her Honda Odyssey into the ocean isn’t clear from the report on WFTV.com, but a woman drove her Honda minivan full of kids ages 3, 9 and 10, into the waves at Daytona Beach, Florida. Alert lifeguards—how alert does one have to be to see a […]

March 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
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