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Name That Shifter, No. 13 Name That Shifter, No. 13
Click for a larger view It’s Monday, and it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until mid-day Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle from whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will...
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback – Auto Shows 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback – Auto Shows
The Cruze five-door is headed for production, but not for American consumption. At last fall’s Paris auto show, Chevrolet showed a five-door “concept” version of its new Cruze small car. Really, the only conceptual elements were minor things like blue-bordered headlights, LED accent strips,...
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Lincoln Town Car Headlights Flicker On and Off Lincoln Town Car Headlights Flicker On and Off
Reader Question 1988 Lincoln Town Car…after about 15 – 20 minutes, headlights start to flicker. Put in a new multifunction (dimmer) switch, same problem. Have NOT tried a NEW headlight switch ($230), but tried 3 different ones from salvage yard and get same results on all 3 Link: Lincoln...
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Ford B-Max Concept – Auto Shows Ford B-Max Concept – Auto Shows
Ford shrinks the winning formula of its C-Max and slaps it on the Fiesta platform. Although boutique outfits and exotic cars tend to dominate the headlines at the annual Geneva auto show, there are always plenty of important debutants from mainstream manufacturers, too. Take this Ford B-Max concept....
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2012 Ford Focus Gets 40-mpg EPA Highway Rating in SFE Trim 2012 Ford Focus Gets 40-mpg EPA Highway Rating in SFE Trim
Ford’s new Focus will join the 40-mpg club. The compact has been rated by the EPA at 28 mpg city/40 highway—when the car is ordered in sedan form with the $495 SFE (or Super Fuel Economy) package. This package is paired exclusively with the company’s not-so-hot PowerShift dual-clutch...
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The Continental: Next Cayman Could Go Racing, Audi Quattro Production Talk, and Driving Carlsson’s C25 Supercar The Continental: Next Cayman Could Go Racing, Audi Quattro Production Talk, and Driving Carlsson’s C25 Supercar
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental. Porsche is pondering racing activities. The next-generation Cayman could...
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Coachbuilt Xenatec Maybach Coupe Looks Better than the Sedan Coachbuilt Xenatec Maybach Coupe Looks Better than the Sedan
Ever since Mercedes-Benz launched its ultra-premium Maybach marque almost a decade ago, two things have remained unchanged: Maybach’s cars, the 57 and 62, and the brand’s struggle for sales and future direction. A small German coachbuilder called Xenatec (no relation to the warrior princess...
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2011 Porsche Cayman R – First Drive Review 2011 Porsche Cayman R – First Drive Review
The Cayman inches even closer to the 911. As much as the 911 is the brand’s unquestioned icon, Porsche executives freely admit that the mid-engine layout of the Boxster and Cayman is the dynamically superior concept. To protect the 911, Porsche has diligently made sure to keep a performance...
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2012 Saab 9-3 Griffin Official Photos and Info – Auto Shows 2012 Saab 9-3 Griffin Official Photos and Info – Auto Shows
A tad more power and a convertible that celebrates Saab’s independence. If you’ve been paying any attention to Saab news lately, the bulk of your thoughts have probably been spent on the new 9-5 and the upcoming 9-4X. But a look at the company’s vehicle roster will remind you that the Swedish...
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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 – First Drive Review 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 – First Drive Review
Faithful to the original, except for surpassing it in every way. Jim Farley, Ford’s global VP of marketing, didn’t have to fly to California for the debut of the Mustang Boss 302. No one told him to. “It’s just that I’ve been driving my own Mustang right through the last two Michigan winters...
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