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Mahindra buys Pininfarina, plans upscale model

Mahindra buys Pininfarina, plans upscale model

If this were a cheesy clickbait article, it would have a title like, “Indian tractor maker buys Italian car designer and you won’t believe what…” And actually, the details are surprising, though not out of line with what crosstown rival Tata has done. Tata famously bought into the luxury car market by purchasing Jaguar/Land Rover. […]

February 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport…what’s that all about?

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport…what’s that all about?

If you read our review of the Hyundai Elantra, you know we really like this smart compact sedan. However, when potential buyers start to do their research, the max performance you’ll get from the Elantra trim levels is 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque from the SE and Limited, and 128/156 from the Eco […]

February 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Scion brand not completely dead as Scion models live on

Scion brand not completely dead as Scion models live on

We’re not going to cite the Mark Twain quote about “rumors of death” and “greatly exaggerated, but essentially that was the message from Toyota’s chief of American operations Bob Carter, who invited CarBuzzard to participate in a conference call with select publications regarding the “death of Scion.” CarBuzzard had broken the story in a news […]

February 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Breaking News: Scion is Dead

Breaking News: Scion is Dead

Word on the street is that tomorrow morning, the Scion division of Toyota will cease to exist. At a top-secret meeting this afternoon, employees were told that the division, which started with the xA and xB in 2002 as 2003 models, wouldn’t see it’s 14th anniversary. Those who were laid off were told they would […]

February 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Is the 2016 Buick Avista concept the next Pontiac Firebird?

Is the 2016 Buick Avista concept the next Pontiac Firebird?

Could the 2016 Buick Avista concept be the next Pontiac Firebird? If Hal Needham made a movie with the Buick Avista in a starring role—a Smokey and the Bandit for the new millennium—it would have the semi full of Coors is replaced by a luxury motorhome making a run from Napa to Texas…for all the […]

January 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica: The minivan metamorphosis

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica: The minivan metamorphosis

We consider ourselves van experts. We’ve been spending the last year with our long-term Kia Sedona, and we’ve driven every van know to exist, including all the citified work vans like the Ram ProMaster City and monster mega vans like the Ford Transit. So when FCA introduced the new Pacifica at the 2016 North American […]

January 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dodge Charger, Challenger, Viper awaken in a viral Star Wars-themed promo event

Dodge Charger, Challenger, Viper awaken in a viral Star Wars-themed promo event

There’s still time. Star Wars nerds can hit the streets in Los Angeles in pursuit of three Star Wars-themed Dodge vehicles, but it’s only through December 14. Dodge, in partnership with Disney and Lucas Films, has specially wrapped a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to resemble First Order Stormtroopers, and also […]

December 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
LA debutantes Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Fiat 124 Spider critical for their brands, FCA

LA debutantes Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Fiat 124 Spider critical for their brands, FCA

New models are always important to carmakers, but some are crucial. For FCA in general, and Fiat and Alfa Romeo in particular, their two debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show fall into the latter group. These are must-succeeds for the Italian makes. Here’s why. Alfa Romeo revealed the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia at the […]

November 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fiat adds a pickup truck, but will the Fiat Fullback play its game in the U.S.?

Fiat adds a pickup truck, but will the Fiat Fullback play its game in the U.S.?

If Fiat were to bring a pickup truck to the United States, would you buy it? What if it were named Fiat Fullback? Well, first of all, Fiat won’t bring any pickup truck to the U.S., if only because of the 25 percent “chicken tax.” Unless the pickup is made in Canada or Mexico (i.e., […]

November 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Volvo’s 60th: A celebration of style, safety, and success

Volvo’s 60th: A celebration of style, safety, and success

While 60 years is a drop in the bucket to the likes of Chevrolet and Ford, for Volvo it’s a big deal. This is their 60th year for Volvo Cars North America, having first appeared on the scene in 1955 with the PV444 in Los Angeles. The PV444 was modified for the U.S. market, and […]

October 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
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