Rental Car Reacharound: Toyota RAV4

As a frequent business traveler and a Hertz Gold Member I've had my share of Fusions, Mustangs and Tauruses (Taurii?). On a recent trip to the Bay Area I was surprised to see a utility-company-white 2006 Toyota RAV4 parked in space #312 at San Jose's Norman Y. Mineta International Airport. My company requires… » 10/05/06 2:01pm 10/05/06 2:01pm

Mass Displacement: PistonHeads Drives the Weineck Cobra

What do you get when you stick an Englishman behind the wheel of a berzerker German interpretation of an iconic American adaptation of a British sports car? How do you handle an English country lane in roadster with 12.9 liters of V8 (780 ci) under the hood, a billet crankshaft the size of Martin Short and more… » 8/24/06 2:00pm 8/24/06 2:00pm

Rental Car Reacharound: 2007 Dodge Caliber

On a recent trip to Reno, I was "upgraded" to a 2007 Dodge Caliber by the good folks at Enterprise. (Having reserved an economy-class car, I was surprised that they would call the Caliber something other than that.) Approaching the car, my wife actually said it was "cute." I was expecting her to hate it, given Dodge… » 8/11/06 1:30pm 8/11/06 1:30pm

Test-Drive Video: Crikey, the Holden VE Commodore SS-V

Our mild obsession with / jealousy of Australians' access to muscle cars continues with a video from of the Holden VE Commodore SS-V carving up the Holden test track in Victoria, with one of the company's engineers at the helm. Nine'een inch wheels, big V8, a lotta fun to drive. Roight! » 8/04/06 10:30am 8/04/06 10:30am

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 8:49am 8/02/06 8:49am

Hype Hypercar: Driving the Ascar KZ1

Our mate Nick Hall points out that anyone and his Uncle Enzo can build a light, fast supercar to challenge those at the top. Building a supercar that won't cause shaken-driver syndrome over anything rougher than 60 grit sandpaper is a bit more involved. That's why at the way top — the mid-six-figure and up, top —… » 7/14/06 11:48am 7/14/06 11:48am

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 10:43am 7/13/06 10:43am

Dan Neil Likes the Acura RDX, He Really Likes It

Dan Neil's back. Right, he never left physically, but if we're being honest (and we pretty much are), we'd been detecting a slight leak from his characteristic wit of late. If his Muse had left the building, she was only out for lattes (or a Double-Double with extra avocado). Neil's prosiness is back, and it's… » 7/05/06 12:33pm 7/05/06 12:33pm

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 6:58pm 6/22/06 6:58pm

Ach! Rapide!: AutoBild Tests Aston's New Four-Door

Our multilingualist friends at Eurocar Blog clued us to AutoBild's test drive of the upcoming Aston Martin Rapide. What do the Germans have to say about it? (phonetics ours):
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Yes, somewhere in the world, "Hogan's Heros" is on.

Rental-Car Reacharound: Chevrolet HHR

Imagine you've landed on a tropical island and your first stop after baggage claim is the unnamed, ubiquitous car rental agency. You could go for the convertible Ford Mustang, but the price of admission is out of your league. The Chevrolet Impala is the reasonable choice but its vanilla appearance (and performance)… » 6/02/06 4:18pm 6/02/06 4:18pm

Driving the Seriously Hi-Tech Lotec Sirius

More supercars? Yes, please. Pistonheads winds up the latest in six-figure, carbon-fiber tressed, European-built, 800-hp sex machines, the Lotec Sirius. Oh, look, there's the six-liter Mercedes V12, the six-speed CIMA manual tranny, the sub-four-second zero-to-60 time, the wind-tunnel-tested body shape that toes the… » 6/02/06 9:53am 6/02/06 9:53am

Driving the Brooke Double-R

US pop-culture freaks will likely picture the star of "Suddenly Susan" eating a ham-and-cheese burger at Roy Rogers when they hear its name (or maybe it's just us), but the Brooke Double-R is indeed a sports car, and one powered by a Cosworth-tuned Ford Duratec to boot. It's also got a higher power-to-weight than a… » 5/30/06 9:13am 5/30/06 9:13am

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 10:30pm 5/22/06 10:30pm

Automobile Drives the Volkswagen EcoRacer

When Volkswagen's 80-mpg EcoRacer concept debuted at Tokyo's motor show last year, the diesel-powered roadster received the kind of polite, matter-of-fact coverage that would follow, say, the opening of an Albertson's grocery store in Bolivia. The bright-orange prototype, after all, is largely a fancy wrapper for the… » 5/12/06 11:40am 5/12/06 11:40am

Driving the New Noble M15 Test Mule

We'd imagine driving a supercar in test-mule form might be a bit like eating dough out of the bowl or drinking cabernet straight from the barrel. Considering most journos are never allowed that kind of experience, it would seem Lee Noble surely trusts Jalopnik homeboy Nick Hall with his wife life. Lee let Hall take… » 5/08/06 5:50pm 5/08/06 5:50pm

Driving the Farboud GTS

Our globetrotting, supercar-flogging buddy from Blighty, Nick Hall, tells the story of Arash Farboud's bid to build a better Ferrari. After his attempt to acquire an Enzo was met with a prancing, equinine "SOL, champ," Farboud picked up a more accessable Porsche Carrera GT and used a portion of his family's pharma… » 4/18/06 10:03pm 4/18/06 10:03pm

The Truth About the Saturn Sky

The stable of tellers over at The Truth About Cars is expanding like an automotive CEO's golden parachute in a cyclical downturn. Now, they're among the first to have gotten their hands on a Saturn Sky, which in base form — not the turbocharged Redline (above), unveiled at the New York show last week — may be exactly… » 4/17/06 8:19am 4/17/06 8:19am

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

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 1:01pm 3/29/06 1:01pm

He also confirms what we've heard about…

Jeremy Clarkson on the Alfa 159: It's Christopher Walken

The Times UK's resident ten-foot-tall car reviewer, Jeremy Clarkson, turned his Fi Fi Fo Fum on the Alfa Romeo 159, a stunning take on the sports sedan that had us head-over-digicam at the Geneva show two years running. Alfa's latest, he says, is the Christopher Walken to the BMW 3-Series's Tom Cruise of sports… » 3/27/06 8:35am 3/27/06 8:35am