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2009 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible – Long-Term Road Test Wrap-Up 2009 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible – Long-Term Road Test Wrap-Up
Wrap-Up: Our long-term Mini JCW convertible shook and rattled its way to the 40K mark. In the summer of 2009, we set out to determine the 40,000-mile hardiness of the Mini John Cooper Works convertible, a tiny car that has the features—and price—of larger and more established near-luxury competitors....
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2011 Jaguar XF Gives Up on Glove-Box Touch Control, Gets Other Minor Changes 2011 Jaguar XF Gives Up on Glove-Box Touch Control, Gets Other Minor Changes
We noted a couple of quiet updates made to a 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged that recently graced the C/D lot. Two buttons caught our eye—specifically the one that operates the newly available heated windshield (thanks, Land Rover!) and another that opens the glove-compartment door. A read of the 2011...
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What Torque Vectoring Really Means for the 2012 Ford Focus, and Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About It What Torque Vectoring Really Means for the 2012 Ford Focus, and Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About It
Ford today announced that all 2012 Ford Focus models will come with brake-based torque vectoring. What the Blue Oval is referring to is a system that selectively brakes the inside front wheel when cornering to keep that wheel from spinning. Don’t let the name fool you. This is really just an extension...
What Torque Vectoring Really Means for the 2012 Ford Focus, and Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About It »
Lightning Lap 2011 – Feature Lightning Lap 2011 – Feature
For the fifth time, we shake down the year’s hottest metal at VIR. In an ideal world, we’d love to drive these cars on a public road, but running machines such as these at their limit on the highway pre­sents practical problems—things like other drivers, speed limits, and roadside hazards. Keep...
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Gearhead Gift Guide: Did You Forget to Get a Gift for Your Car? Gearhead Gift Guide: Did You Forget to Get a Gift for Your Car?
Christmas has come and gone, we spent time with and bought all sorts of stuff for our family and friends. But chances are you forgot to give a gift to one of the most important parts of your family – your car. How dare you! Sitting out there, all alone in the cold. Don’t you think your...
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Surviving Winter Driving Surviving Winter Driving
While some fortunate motorists and automobiles endure a winter season simply by wearing pants or a jacket during cooler temperatures, upper parts of the North American continent are routinely introduced to a change in lifestyle between December to April. The downpour of flurries and sometimes blistery...
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Name That Exhaust Note, Episode 71 Name That Exhaust Note, Episode 71
Hit play for an audio recording of a mystery car’s exhaust note, and then share your guesses or get a few hints from other visitors in the comments below. Be sure to check back on Thursday for the answer! Related posts: Name That Exhaust Note, Episode 37: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 with Exhaust Cutout Name...
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2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited – Long-Term Road Test Update 2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited – Long-Term Road Test Update
Update One: The big Subaru sedan quietly marches toward 40,000 miles. Date: December 2010 Months in Fleet: 23,212 miles Current Mileage: 9 months Average Fuel Economy: 22 mpg Average Range: 407 miles Service: $285 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $68 Over the last 23,000 miles and change, the overwhelming impression...
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Kia KV7 Concept – Auto Shows Kia KV7 Concept – Auto Shows
While the gullwing doors are surely fantasy, does this concept preview a bigger Kia box? Kia has released this single rendering of a concept it plans to show at the 2011 Detroit auto show. The name: KV7. The seating: Swivel-y. The method of entry: Gullwing doors, at least for rear passengers. Keep...
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Name That Shifter, No. 6 Name That Shifter, No. 6
Welcome to the sixth edition of Name That Shifter! Take a look at the cropped picture below and guess the car’s identity in the comments section on this post; the first person to correctly identify the vehicular hotness to which this shifter was once attached will win a Save the Manuals swag...
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