Archive for May, 2012

May
23
ATS versus Cimarron

Advertisement for Cadillac Cimarron

The 2013 Cadillac ATS will be the first compact Cadillac since the Cimarron, which was introduced more than 30 years ago.

May
22
1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator

1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator

The folks that bring you Consumer Guide and The Daily Drive also produce Collectible Automobile magazine, a highly respected bi-monthly automotive history magazine that is about a year and a half away from celebrating its 30th anniversary. One of CA’s most popular regular features is Car Spotter, which runs two or four pages every month. It’s a simple concept: Eagle-eyed readers from all over the world spy interesting old cars in their daily travels, take a few decent snapshots, and send ’em in to us. These aren’t car-show photographs or glamour portraits; these are “man on the street” pics of vintage vehicles hidden in plain sight, be it on the street, in someone’s backyard, or in the supermarket parking lot.

May
22
Plug-In Hybrid MPG

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

I recently spent a week with a 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid—a.k.a. Prius PHV—and logged no less than 90.1 mpg. That’s a sensational figure, but as Lucy Ricardo’s husband would say, it needs some “’splainin’.”

May
22

2012 Chevrolet Volt

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, a compact hatchback that starts at $39,145. The Volt can operate solely on battery power for up to 40 miles. After that, a gas engine kicks in and provides an additional 300 miles of driving.

May
21
2012 Kia Soul

2012 Kia Soul

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Kia Soul, a subcompact car that starts at $13,900. The Kia Soul ! (aka Exclaim) is the highest trim level and retails at $19,600.

May
18
A PhotoShopped Ford Transit Connect, Transit Connect Mods

Finally! The Ford Transit Connect gets a little pizzazz.

I remember two distinct things about driving the last Ford Transit Connect that came through CG Auto headquarters. It was tall and slow. I understand that a light-duty commercial vehicle isn’t required to have stellar performance, but the lack of pep from the 136-horsepower, 2.0-liter Duratec engine made me wonder how well it would do in real-world conditions when loaded down and on the job.

May
18
Surprise on a Quiet Square

Pictured are three of the four vehicles from the viral TNT commercial. You’ll have to play the video to see the lingerie-clad woman on the motorcycle.

More than 33 million viewers have seen the TNT commercial set in Belgium entitled “A Dramatic Surprise on a Quiet Square.” But how many of those viewers can name the four vehicles that race through this scene? Our editors could. How about you? Watch the video closely and see how sharp your eyes are.

See if you can name the black SUV, the motorcycle, the police van, and the ambulance. Play the video. The answers are below.

May
18

The camouflaged Chevrolet SS racecar is tested at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the 2013 NASCAR season.

After dropping strong hints for close to a year, Chevrolet has confirmed that a rear-drive, V8-powered large sedan will join its North American lineup in late 2013. Slated for the hallowed SS (Super Sport) moniker, the new 2014 model is essentially the showroom counterpart of the brand’s 2013-season NASCAR racer. It also appears to be a civilian version of the new-for-2012 Caprice PPV (Police  Patrol Vehicle) that’s sold strictly to law enforcement and other government agencies.

May
18
Shelby Omni GHS, Carroll Shelby Chili

Carroll Shelby with a GLH-S bearing his name, circa 1986.

When it came to light that Carroll Shelby had passed away last week, it brought to mind the first time I had the pleasure of meeting this chicken farmer turned automotive legend.

May
17
2012 Buick Verano

2012 Buick Verano

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Buick Verano, an all-new compact car that starts at $22,585.