Car enthusiasts have been bemoaning the lack of manual transmissions in cars for what seems like an eternity. Every time a new car comes out and it doesn't offer a manual gearbox, it gets shunned by every card carrying member of the enthusiast community.
Palermo, Sicily — Vintage car racing is, for the most part, a good old boys club; the emphasis being on 'old' and 'boys.' But there are exceptions, and a few popped up at this weekend's Targa Florio vintage car race in Sicily.
We're on the precipice of the Forza Horizon launch and what will almost certainly become an obnoxious shitstorm perpetuated by people who wear racing shoes while playing console simulator racing games. They'll complain about the "physics" and how it isn't "real" enough for them.
There's all kinds of ways to advertise cars. There's ponderously serious commercials, funny ones, cars-drifting-sideways-in-slow-motion ones, and they all have their place, in one way or another.
Personally, I'm not the kind of person who likes to get a lot of grief from his daily driver. I need it to be something I can depend on. I don't need to be screaming expletives at it when I turn the key. It could be the journalist in me, feeling the need to be ready to run and report breaking news, but I feel asking a…
I really want to root for Volvo.
Nevada has already started licensing driverless cars. California is right behind them, albeit with a few more caveats (big off switches, etc). This is just the beginning, of course. Driverless cars are absolutely coming, and in many ways this is the biggest advancement in motoring since the cupholder and 8-track…
Who doesn't love the Paris Motor Show? You wake up and see the Eiffel Tower through your window. You jump on the Metro outside your hotel in the 7th Arrondisement and arrive at the show's front door. If you're lucky, you can dine on lunch from a Michelin 3-star restaurant right on the show floor.
Most of the world thinks Americans won't watch any auto racing that isn't accompanied by pulled pork. And so, what happens when the World Touring Car Championship stops at Sonoma Raceway, like it did this past weekend? No one knows a damn thing about it. Does that mean we don't care?
I explained last week why I have reason to believe the new, smaller Accord is back on track to be a decent driver's car in family sedan clothes –- like it used to be in the 80s and 90s. Looks like there's hope the Civic's dark days could end, too.
In many parts of the U.S. of A., we're often told what's not possible. You can't build a house without 2x4s and nails from Home Depot; you can't make your car run without a complete array of expensive tools and a course in auto mechanics; it's impossible to tow things with a small car.
Bravo, Honda. You've actually made the new 2013 Honda Accord smaller and, well, slightly less boring. Now keep it up.
I shift into fifth gear and hit 70 mph as I merge onto the State Highway 130 toll road east of Austin. The speed limit on this road is 80 mph, so that's where I stop accelerating until a Chevy Tahoe packed with children passes me in the left lane, probably doing around 90. Then I decide to push the accelerator a bit…
You don't have to be too old to remember having a bench seat in the front of an American car. It's kind of a staple for a big domestic sedan to have three seatbelts up front and a column shifter for the slush-o-matic transmission.
Albert Einstein famously said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Apparently, Einstein was a pretty smart guy, and even the most foolish of individuals would probably agree with his statement.
Whenever I go back to Texas I feel the need to get a car that seems impressively Texan. Last time it was a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 which, with its mix of German and American might, found a place deep in this Texas heart.
While I was live-blogging the spectacular landing of Curiosity on Mars last night, I knew in the back of my head at some point there would be a particular comment posted. It's a comment that gets posted any time there's an article about space exploration anywhere. It may be trolling, but it's consistent and common…
Is there no term the auto industry hasn't ruined? Coupes are now increasingly "four-door coupes," which is a fancy term for less practical sedans. Proper wagons have morphed into either swoopy sportwagons, "touring" models, or cladded and jacked-up faux SUVs. And most SUVs are now crossovers, or elevated cars that…