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1st Gear: Ok, Well, Crap. I like This.
At the Historics this weekend we saw a Buick Monza charging down Turn 4, which was awesome.
The Monza name has been gone for a generation but this concept previews a new form for the Opel/Vauxhall brand, with a next generation Ampera/Volt powertrain.
Here's how they describe the design:
The Monza Concept’s roof line is particularly sophisticated. At first it runs in a semi-circular form like a classic coupé’s, but then just before reaching the tailgate it sweeps slightly upwards. In spite of its sporty look and flat silhouette with a height of just 1.31 metres, there is neither loss of space in the luggage compartment – 500 litres in volume – nor constrained headroom for the passengers. This is due to the fact that the whole cockpit structure is around 15 centimetres lower than in conventional models. The Monza Concept offers the same airy passenger compartment as a mid-size car.
With a "modular" design they say they can swap in a CNG range extender or a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo for the same job.
2nd Gear: Your Ford Fiestas Will Arrive In A Few Weeks
Our affection for the Ford Fiesta ST is almost boundless, which is why we're pleased the tiny hot hatch will finally be delivered to excited customers in what The Detroit Free Press says is "Summer's End" which means soon, we hope.
The little ST will will join its big brother Focus ST, albeit with a starting price that's about $2,500 lower.
While price will be a factor in which car you get, I actually think there's probably also a large segment of people who want the smallest, fastest thing they can get.
3rd Gear: Silverado And Sierra Are Also Pretty Tough
Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declared the Tesla Model S the safest car ever built by their standards.