Herefore Art Thou: First Drive of the Holden Commodore VE SS-V

What does a billion bucks buy you? If you're GM's Aussie Holden division, it's a kiss on the cheek from the 6.0-liter V8 gods and a rear-drive platform that will affect many more of the General's products. Not enough? It'll also buy into production the Commodore VE SS-V, one of those distinctly Australian muscle cars… »8/02/06 8:49am8/02/06 8:49am

Defying the World Cup: Fifth Gear Drives the 2007 Audi TT

The UK's "Fifth Gear" defies the juggernaut known as the World Cup (a capital offense in many localities) to test drive Audi's new TT in Germany Austria. They found the TT's met a few of Audi's stated, er, goals, such as to make the new model more of a driver's car than the rather aenemic previous version had been,… »7/13/06 10:43am7/13/06 10:43am

Rental-Car Reacharound: Call of the Mild - The Chevy Impala

Approaching the rental lot at the Manchester, NH airport, I was struck by the sheer abundance of Chevy Impalas. Seems the erstwhile Ford Taurus has finally met its match — so much for GM kicking its rental habit. With keys in hand, I set off to sample Chevy's latest full-size offering, a silver LS model with a mere… »6/22/06 6:58pm6/22/06 6:58pm

Jalopnik Rental-Car Reacharound: Put Down That Yaris! Buy a Used Civic!

In our occasionally - occasional "Rental Car Reacharound" series, we (and our readers) comment on vehicles we've rented. Got a rental car story? Keep it to 500 words (or less, or maybe a couple more) and send it to In this installment, Davey G. weighs in on the '05 Honda Civic LX sedan he rented… »5/22/06 10:30pm5/22/06 10:30pm

Dan Neil on the Lexus GS450h: Good News for Techies, Bad News for Golfers

This week, Dan Neil takes on hybrid doubters with a love letter to the Lexus GS450h, and a quick lesson on speaking in physics. Lest that intro sound as if we're challenging his objectivity, we ain't. Still, his usual gallons 'o prose does make us want to put foot to pedal. »3/29/06 1:01pm3/29/06 1:01pm

He also confirms what we've heard about…