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Nov
28
Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

The 2014 Spark EV trades the “regular” Spark’s 1.25-liter 4-cylinder engine for a 130-horsepower electric motor. Chevy says the Spark EV will accelerate from 0-60 in less than 8 seconds. Power comes from a lithium-ion battery pack that will have “more than” 20-kWh of capacity. Chevy did not announce the Spark EV’s range.

Nov
28

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Mercedes-Benz introduced a diverse collection of vehicles at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, including a high-performance SUV, a new low-production version of the SLS AMG “gullwing” sports car, and a design study showing what a model-year 2025 version of the brand’s iconic G-Class might look like.

Nov
28

2014 Nissan GT-R

Where better than car-crazy California to introduce a performance car? Maybe that’s why Nissan presented the updated 2014 GT-R at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

GT-R’s changes for 2014 include improved engine response in the mid- and upper-rpm ranges, increased body rigidity, and suspension changes that lower the car’s center of gravity. Nissan says the tweaks improve high-speed handling and offer more “refined” ride comfort. There are also interior changes, which include a new Premium interior package with hand-stitched Amber Red front-seat appointments.

Nov
28
EcoBoost 1.0

2014 Ford Fiesta

Ford introduced the 2014 version of its Fiesta subcompact at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. New features include two turbocharged EcoBoost engines and a new version of the MyFord Touch system.

Nov
14

model kit, Classic Model Car Kits

I grew up in the 1970s, so my earliest memories of “cool” cars are clouded by the realities of the day. Yes, I fondly recall the Road Runners, AMXs, and Z/28s of my youth. But remember, these were the 1977 versions of those legendary nameplates that were largely reduced to wearing tape stripes and white-letter tires.

Nov
13

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

Ford has announced it will introduce a redesigned Transit Connect small van for 2014. The first two versions that the company has confirmed are 5- and 7- passenger wagons. Like today’s Transit Connect, these new vans will be front-wheel drive. There is no word yet on a redesigned cargo version.

Nov
09
EPA Mileage Estimates

2012 Hyundai Accent

The recent news that Hyundai and Kia had to reduce the fuel-economy estimates for many 2011, 2012, and 2013 models has been discussed at length in the Consumer Guide office.

Oct
30

2013 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition

Last year, Chevrolet and Mattel teamed up for a wild-green Camaro Hot Wheels  concept car. The idea was to take a full-size Camaro and make it look like one of Mattel’s Hot Wheels toy cars. You know, the little cars you can buy on a blister card at the local MegaLoMart.

Oct
13

The front-center airbag—available on the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave—inflates over the vehicle’s center console.

More and more, airbags are protecting occupants from contacting the perimeter of a vehicle’s interior in the event of a collision. Now GM is taking that a step further with a front-center airbag that’s available in the updated 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave. How Center Airbags Work.