Archives for July 11th, 2013

Epic Drives: 2012 Year In Review

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It’s an unfortunately common scenario. Supremely capable cars relegated to a mundane slog in upscale neighborhoods, or through the nouveau riche suburbs, never realizing their full potential except for some brief stoplight or freeway sprints. So when envisioning some compelling content for the new Motor Trend Channel on YouTube, the combination of great cars to drive in habitats that would demonstrate their substantial capabilities was a natural. Here’s our collection of 2012 Epic Drives episodes, ...

September 2012: Top 10 Best-Selling Crossovers

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5. Toyota RAV4 (13,796/YTD 134,167) The Toyota RAV4′s sales are up 40 percent on the year, and 80 percent compared to last September. As with the Highlander, Toyota had a dickens of a time last year due to natural disasters, but now that it’s back online, Toyota is selling RAV4s as quickly as it can make them. While in its last model year ...

General Motors Rolling Out AT&T 4G LTE Mobile Hotpot by 2014; Ford Launches Spotify App

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If your car hasn’t turned into a mobile technological masterpiece yet, it’s bound to happen a lot sooner than you think, as General Motors is partnering with AT&T 4G LTE technology in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac products by 2014. GM says this is the first of a partnership of mobile partner announcements that will be coming this year, and it’s quite ...

J-Turn Episode 1: Parking Lot Stunt-Driving Antics 101

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On a rainy day sitting in front of your TV, you’ve probably caught an old episode of The Rockford Files. If you’re like most hooligans who watch it, you’ve probably tried to duplicate the shenanigans ol’ James Garner’s character pulled off when in pursuit of the baddies. We all have at some point, especially those of us who have fresh snow on the ground. Host ...

Ford Atlas Concept Preview: Detroit Auto Show

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Why the New Ford Atlas Concept matters: Ford sent shockwaves through the halls of Cobo when it rolled out the Atlas Concept. What they revealed is the next-generation design language for the Blue Oval brand’s future pickup trucks. On top of that, the Atlas Concept is being used to highlight technical features that will find their ways into the Ford trucks of tomorrow. Items such as the next-generation of EcoBoost engines, and new ways to improve ...

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Priced From $97,990

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Think the $54,650 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 is the most expensive model in the 2014 Ford Mustang lineup? Not exactly. The purpose-built 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet – produced by the speed freaks at Ford Racing – will apparently set you back at least $97,990. That’s a fair amount of scratch for a Mustang that isn’t street legal and cannot be registered for street use, but it does also buy you one helluva drag race machine ...

Ford, Nissan, and Daimler Join Forces to Develop Affordable Fuel-Cell Cars by 2017

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We’ve been hearing for ages how hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars are the future of motoring, but three companies are doubling down on the technology. We hear that Ford, Nissan, and Daimler recently joined forces to put an affordable fuel cell car on sale by 2017, one of the boldest goals yet in the march towards hydrogen. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a partnership between competing car companies to mainstream this technology: Toyota and ...