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  • 2012 Ford Focus Five-Door

    Changing gear is a necessary evil. Of course, for driving enthusiasts it can be a challenge and a pleasure, and in cars with automatic transmissions you can sit back and let the car do the work for you, but the downside with the shifting process is always the momentary pause in progress necessitated in order to move from one ratio to the next. Dual-clutch semi-auto transmissions do their best to avoid the break in torque by swapping cogs almost instantly with one clutch disengaging as another engages, but Ford thinks it has found the answer in regular automatic transmissions with what it...

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    The Alfa Romeo GT: A story of ill-fated love

    Forgiveness. We forgive loved ones, friends, even occasionally, enemies. It’s an essential feature of the human experience. But would you forgive a car maker, and how often? At first sight, you are smitten. You are drawn to the sensual curves and glorious, siren-like songs of their devilish...

  • 2012 Ford Focus
    2012 Ford Focus Makes Smarter Airbags Standard

    Ford has always been a leading innovator when it comes to safety technology. Ford was one of the first automobile companies to begin research into airbag usage 50 years ago, creating an airbag test fleet in 1971. In 1985 Ford offered a driver-side airbag and then in 1993 Ford standardized driver...

  • Lamborghini Jota teaser image
    Lamborghini Introducing Two New Models?

    According to trusted sources, Lamborghini's planning a September surprise. Or, more precisely, a pair of September surprises. And while we don't know a whole lot about what to expect, we do know a 10-cylinder engine figures rather prominetly into at least one of the equations, based on the teaser...

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    2011 Calendar 'World Champion Cars' by Jorge Garcia

    Formula 1 fans will want to check out Argentinean artist Jorge Garcia’s 2011 calendar "World Champion Cars," available now from an online retailer. Covering the most successful racecars in the history of Formula 1 racing, the artist from Buenos Aires has created highly detailed...

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    How Accurate Is The Apple iPhone 4's GPS?

    Apple's launch of the iPhone 4 has seen the greatest excitement for a new phone ever. With a super-high resolution screen, ridiculously slim dimensions, HD videos and 100 percent features, it is not hard to see why. Apple's iPhone 4 gets you accurate maps when you need them. Lets say you are in an...

  • 2012 Delta Wing IndyCar race car concept

    The IZOD IndyCar Series announced its 2012 engine plans shortly after the Indianapolis 500 this May; in mid-July it revealed its chassis specifications. Since those announcement, the series has had plenty of discussion about its decisions--and even a little bit of dissension amongst the team owners. That dissension came to a head around the time of the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway little more than a week ago. “If I made one mistake in this entire process,” noted CEO Randy Bernard (who has been on the job for less than six months), “when we announced the car we...

  • Driven: 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Sport
    Car and Driver Predicts Mazdaspeed 3…Diesel?

    The Mazdaspeed 3 has received major praise from the automotive press. For most, it is the fastest car on the market for the money, and gives plenty of practicality along with it. Mileage is decent, with 18 mpg city and 25 highway mpg highway recorded by the EPA. But Car and Driver is reporting that...

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    Who Has The Cheapest (And Most Expensive) Gas in the World?

    Driving a luxury car has its perks. Like extreme tush comfort. And basking in the envy of others. But it usually comes at a cost, and not just the one on the window sticker at the dealership. Odds are that your luxury barge will get lower gas mileage, and that you’ll probably be slapped with...

  • Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson
    Top Gear iPad/Mobile Game Coming...And So Is The U.S. TV Show

    Know Your Mobile reports that according to British news agency MCV, our favorite automotive television show, Top Gear, will be made into a video game for a variety of platforms. The iPad and mobile versions of the game are scheduled to arrive by the end of the year, but PC and console versions are...

  • 2008 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast
    Used Car Market: The Nissan 350Z

    Before disappearing for a seven-year hiatus, The 300ZX was considered one of the best Z-cars that Nissan Ever Made. However, unlike the original Datsun 240Z, the cars were moving into premium-price territory and disappeared in 1996 from the U.S. market.When Carlos Ghosen moved to become the...

  • 2010 Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept
    Lotus 414E Prototypes Waiting On U.K. Funds

     If any car company that can make a decent hybrid sports car, Lotus would be the one. Their cars are light and compact, making them perfect for the simplified and lightweight set up that a series-hybrid brings. Thankfully the company has already built the 414E concept, shown at this year’s...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-CLass

    On paper, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK and the 2011 BMW Z4 have a lot in common. Like its Bavarian rival, the Merc also comes in three different variations, which vary in output from 228 to 355 horsepower, posts 0-60 times from 4.9 to 6.1 seconds, and can be ordered as either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic. Similarly, the Benz also costs anywhere from $47,650 to nearly $70,000 and transforms from coupe to hardtop roadster in 22 seconds. But that’s where the similarities stop. While the SLK has become an even sportier ride, with good grip and sharp reflexes, it’s clear that...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
    Fun In The Sun - 2011 Porsche Boxster (ADTKTC Series)

    While Porsche is celebrating its 60th year in the U.S., the Boxster has been winning the hearts of Americans for only the last fourteen. This teenaged love affair between drivers and the Boxster, the only mid-engined sports car in our “Fun in the Sun” group, has always left us wanting more from...

  • 2011 Audi TTS Coupe - New Face Lift
    Fun In The Sun - 2011 Audi TT/S Roadster (ADTKTC Series)

    The Audi TT/S Roadster, a soft-top convertible that comes as either a manual or an automatic top that opens and closes in a lightning-quick 12 seconds, boasts a lot of big changes for 2010. One of the biggest changes for the U.S. model is that both versions of the two-seater are now only available...

  • 2011 BMW Z4 2-door Roadster sDrive30i Angular Front Exterior View
    Fun In The Sun - 2011 BMW Z4 (ADTKTC Series)

    Although BMW has been making Z series roadsters for twenty years, the latest Z4 represents a significant leap forward for the German brand. While previous iterations of the Z have tried hard to be a pure sports car (often sacrificing some of the luxuries that BMW owners have come to expect), the...

  • 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Five Cars More Fun Than Your Girlfriend

    We all have one person in our life that laments us for what they call our automotive addiction. We call it a lifestyle choice. At a young age there were people in life that stand in your way of your joy rides and tire shredding antics, we call them girlfriends. Below is a list of five cars, in no...

  • 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
    2010 Acura TL Review

    Although some drivers seem to think the front of the Acura TL looks a little strange, it hasn't prevented numerous sales of the vehicle. The grille has a lot to do with the first impression of the TL, which is being compared to a goofy grin. With the trunk coming to a point in the back it makes...

  • Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson

    The shameful thing about using cellphones while driving is Generation Y is most guilty for it. We grew up with cellphones around us constantly, and some of us started texting in High School. And now some of us are either so stupid, or addicted, that they have to send a text message while they are behind the wheel. Who on Earth thinks that they can do that while operating a motor vehicle safely? I'm telling you, it is impossible. I can't even make a cell phone call without hitting a tree, let alone text. Texting while driving, and thinking that you can do it and not eventually have an...

  • 2004 Hyundai Tiburon
    Big Fun, Little Cash: Hyundai Tiburon GTV6

    Hyundai has had a pretty strong run the past few years. It started with the Genesis, then went to the Genesis Coupe, and continues with the new Sonata. All are low cost vehicles that put up a very strong fight to their more expensive competitors in terms of quality, reliability and even...

  • Renault Wind Coupe-Roadster
    Video: Renault Wants UK Folks To Strip For A New Car

    We don’t normally cover Renault at Luxury Car Report, but given their current marketing campaign for their new Wind convertible and our “Are Drop Tops the Key to Cool” series, it seems fitting to do so now. Most hardtop convertibles take between sixteen and 30 seconds to raise or lower the...

  • 2004 Porsche Carrera GT
    Search For The Oldest Porsche In The U.S. Is On

    Just two years after the company was founded in Germany, a New York City businessman, Max Hoffman, decided to bring the Porsche 356 to America. Now, 60 years later, Porsche has become a legendary icon in the world of motorsport and has found its place in the hearts of countless Americans. To...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
    KBB'S Top Ten Back To School Cars

    Kelley Blue Book is a quintessential online automotive resource. People constantly use their website for price quotes to negotiate trade-ins, purchasing prices and advice for choosing the right car.

  • 2008 Maserati GranTurismo
    Mel Gibson Crashes A Car And We're Supposed To Care?

    Mel Gibson crashes a Maserati on Malibu Canyon Road at 8:30 p.m. on a Sunday night and the world stops?

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