Category Archives: Auto Manufacturers

How Many Mods Does Your Vehicle Have?


We are putting together a list of the average amount of vehicle mods most car and truck enthusiasts have to see how active most vehicle owners are with updating their rides. So far the feedback that we have received and leading mods have been air filters, air intakes, exhaust, and brakes along with floor mats and seat covers.

Send us your feedback or drop a comment on this post and let us know the following:

1. How many mods does your favorite vehicle have?

2. What is your favorite modification that you have done to your vehicle?

To get some ideas flowing, here are a few lists of modifications by vehicle make:

And a few more by vehicle model:

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ICONIC AC Roadster: The Rebirth Of A Rebel


ICONIC AC Roadster

The 1960s marked the apex for both British rock ‘n roll and British sports cars. The Kinks and the Beatles were tearing up the charts, and Jaguar E-Type roadsters and Aston Martin DB5s were shredding olde England’s highways. But, the undisputed king of the road was none other than the AC Cobra, a 2-seat roadster with sleek lines and a potent bite. Although the Cobra only lasted 6 short production years, it’s been resurrected by an upstart coachbuilder, ICONIC Motors, and due to reclaim its crown in August. Continue reading

The New 2011 Subaru WRX STI With A Side Of Wing!


2001 Subaru WRX STI Sedan

Fresh news from the New York Auto Show: Subaru is bringing out a new STI sedan, and the wing is back! I’m glad that the WRX design crew likes ordering their late night ‘zas from Pizza Hut. Had they not been constantly badgered by the script-reading order taker asking if they wanted to upgrade with a side of honey BBQ wings, they might never have been inspired to bring back the WRX wing. Thank you, Pizza Hut. You may clog our colons, but also inspire greatness. Continue reading

Scion Pulls New 2011 Scion iQ Out Of Their Pocket At New York Auto Show


2011-scion-iq4

The 2011 New York Auto Show is in full swing, and Scion is using the platform to unveil their latest model: the 2011 Scion iQ. First of all, we’d like to say how disappointed we are that Scion did not name it the Scion fU—it would deftly match the attitude with which Scions are driven. Nevertheless, the Scion iQ moniker is pretty smart (no pun intended), and it aptly reflects the design of this zippy micro-subcompact. Continue reading

Buying American: 10 Automobiles Made in the USA


Assembly Line

These days, trying to find a pair of shoes bearing the Made in the USA label is about as difficult as finding a Columbian cocaine kingpin with a heart of gold. Sadly, a lot of goods that used to be assembled by American workers have been outsourced to take advantage of low-cost overseas labor. Of course, it’s more than just sneakers and sweatshirts that are made in foreign factories—a lot of cars are built outside of our borders, too. Continue reading

BMW’s Electronic Brake Override: The Future For Non-Bavarian Autos Soon?


Weird Car Accident

It used to be that Bimmers were showcases for cutting-edge automotive technology. Were you to draw comparisons to grocery stores, BMW would be a Whole Foods (organic, grass-fed, hormone-free), and Detroit’s Big 3 would be 7-11s (pre-packaged, corn syrup-fortified, jerkyed). However, Washington is tossing around the idea of making one of BMW’s standard safety features mandatory in all North American cars: brake override systems. Continue reading

Das Hot Hatch: The Audi A1 Gets Mad Love at Geneva Motor Show


Audi A1 In A Box

It’s only been a couple weeks since Audi officially announced the coming of the new A1, a spunky, compact hatchback jam-packed with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a car with German thumbprints under the hood and 4 magician’s rings linked together on the grille. It’s an Audi alright, and it’s getting mad love at the Geneva Motor Show. Continue reading

GM Kills Hummer; Bald Eagle Sheds Tear


Death of the Hummer

Well, it’s official: GM is putting its Hummer marque out to pasture. GM had been in serious talks to sell this iconic brand to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company, a Chinese company that specializes in manufacturing road construction equipment and heavy-duty trucks. However, Sichuan withdrew its bid because it could not receive the blessings of the Chinese government, which was concerned about the potential environmental and economic impacts of the Hummer.

GM says that they’re still open to new bids, but they’re going to move forward with winding down the operation.

In honor of the fallen marque, we’ve put together a gallery of Hummers in full glory. Requiescat in pace, Hummer. 

The 2010 Chevy Camaro Options Dealerships Don’t Want You to Know About


2010 Camaro

Shhhhh. Are you alone? Take a look over your shoulder, under your desk, behind your fridge. Don’t see any GM representatives milling around, do you? No 5’ 9” dudes with well-groomed beards, impeccably ironed polo shirts and sensible loafers? Good. If they knew what you were about to read, they’d plotz! Continue reading

The New 2011 BMW X5 Cometh


2011 BMW X5

April may be the cruelest month, but BMW is poised to stir the automotive world’s dull roots by officially unveiling their latest iteration of the X5. AutoAnything is here to play Madame Sosostris, peering into the future to unlock the secrets of the BMW X5. (P.S. Fear death by water!) Continue reading

2011 Ford Explorer: Coming to America, and Being Built Here Too


Neil Diamond America

In a press release that seems inspired by Neil Diamond’s uber patriotic anthem, Ford announced on January 26 that they’re coming (back) to America to manufacture the radically redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer. The new Explorer will be produced in the company’s Chicago factories, adding approximately 1,200 new jobs to the region. The assembly line is due to start rolling at the start of the 4th quarter.

With the US economy still on the mend from the financial fallout of 2008 and 2009, Ford’s decision to bring the project to Chicago is a hopeful sign and should help revitalize the area. Along with the Explorer, these Chicago factories will also be assembling the new Ford Taurus and the Lincoln MKS.

Not only will the 2011 Ford Explorer be built here in the US, it’s also getting a serious makeover. Gone are the days of the Explorer as a large, lumbering SUV. The 2011 models are going to fleet-footed crossovers equipped with Ford’s new EcoBoost engine, a 6-speed transmission, innovative inflatable seat belts, and unibody construction. Better still, the new Explorer is expected to enjoy a 25% reduction in fuel consumption from the current gas-guzzling Explorers. 

2010 Ford Taurus SHO: The Sleeper Awakes


2010 Ford Taurus SHO

Long the favored sedan of government fleets and giant-haired late-night talk show hosts, the Ford Taurus doesn’t exactly evoke images of tire-smoking performance. But back in the ‘90s, the Taurus had a turbocharged SHO option available, and that wicked-fast trim is coming back for the 2010 model year, but with a far more eco-friendly footprint. Better buckle up, Fish & Wildlife Service bureaucrat—your company car’s grown a pair. Continue reading

2010 Detroit Auto Show Concept Cars


Chrysler Crumbling

Stealing a page from Conan O’Brien’s playbook, automakers used the 2010 Detroit Auto Show to showcase futuristic concept cars—cars inspired by *sung in a high falsetto voice* the year two-thousand…the year two-thousand.

Now, every self-respecting car show has its fair share of concept cars on display. However, the Detroit Auto Show tends to be the forum where manufacturers bring out the big guns. Here’s a quick run down of the crème de la concept crème: Continue reading

The 2011 Ford Focus: The Least Embarrassing-to-own Focus Yet


I’m not ashamed to admit that when the first Ford Focus models were unveiled back in 1999, I was a hater. It seemed like the Ford blew its load on the headlight design but didn’t have any creative juices left to finish the job. So they ended up with a bug-eyed, anemic, practical-joke of a car. Continue reading

Return of the King: Mustang’s New 5.0 Reins in More Horsepower & Torque for 2011


2010 Ford Mustang GT

AutoWeek has gotten the inside line on the new 5.0-liter that Ford plans to ship in the 2011 Mustang.  Brace yourself, as it sounds like Ford has made plans take hold of the reins in the American muscle ring.

412 ponies will be driven by 390 ft-lbs of torque…from a 5.0 V8… with a redline of at least 6,500 RPM.  That’s 83 horsepower per liter.  The all new aluminum block and cylinders have been designed to let the engine breathe like an Olympian running the 100-meter dash. Cast iron sleeves help protect the light-weight block while distributing large amounts of heat away from the cylinders.

Now compare this to is American breathren.  The Camaro SS outputs 422HP from it’s 6.2-liter V8, and the Challenger puts out a healthy 425 HP from its 6.1-liter SRT8 hemi.  Both vehicles should weigh considerably more than the 2011 Mustang, which should give the Blue Oval a significant advantage.

So, which would you take down to the strip?

Porsche 9ff GT9-R: Now with More Speed


Porsche 9ff GT9-R - Side View

Remember the 9ff GT9?  It’s the fastest car ever built by a tuner.  Sure… SSC built the Aero, a car that is 1-2 MPH faster, but they built that car from the ground up. 9ff’s are loosely based off the 911 chassis. And while there’ s not much Stuttgart left in their mad creations, at least they had a starting point.

For those of you with fuzzy memories, here’s what all the fuss was about:

  • 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine
  • 973 horsepower, 710 lb-ft of torque
  • Curb Weight: 3047 pounds
  • 243 HP/liter
  • 3.13 Pounds/Horsepower
  • 0-100 km/h: 3.4 seconds
  • 0-200 km/h: 8.2 seconds
  • 0-300 km/h: 16.4 seconds
  • Top Speed: 409 km/h, or 254.77 MPH
  • Cost: €498,000, which is about $730,000

It’s now been over a year since 9ff released the details of the GT9.  Upon review of the project, 9ff saw a few things they could improve upon.  1st, they wanted to make it faster.  2nd, they wanted to make it uglier.  They have succeeded in both, here are the official details of the 9ff GT9-R.

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Vehicles from the 2009 LA Auto Show


AutoBlog at the LA Auto Show

Last week was the LA Auto Show. While we didn’t get to go and check out the latest vehicle models and upcoming releases, AutoBlog was there to provide complete coverage of the event.  There are many highlights from this event, but of particular interest is the Audi R8 Spyder (the hotness), the Cadillac CTS Coupe (very pointy), the Special Edition Dodge Vipers (very electric) and the Toyota Prius Plugin (very Green).   Check it out when you get a chance, you won’t be sorry. We also were able to find out about a layaway vacation plans site while researching the new vehicle models.

Saab, born from jets, crashes and burns


Swedish meatballs will surely be served at Saab's funeral

Holy Swedish meatballs, Bätman. The word on the street is that GM’s Sweden-rooted marque, Saab, is on the verge of being sent to the proverbial scrap yard. Even though the Man of Steel was able to survive the scrap yard in Superman III, Saab doesn’t have the advantage of being born on Krypton—they’re just from Trollhättan.

According to the AP, the struggling auto maker was being courted by Koenigsegg Automotive AB, yet another Swedish auto builder. However, Koenigsegg backed out of the deal, leaving Saab floundering like a herring out of water.

Before Koenigsegg came a courtin’, GM had planned to put Saab out to pasture. Now that Koenigsegg put the engagement ring back into its pocket, GM may finally have to pull the plug on Saab. I guess this means that Kurt Vonnegut’s criticisms of Swedish engineering have finally been vindicated.

Dodge Viper Logo Totally Looks Like…


Upside Down Dodge Viper Logo Totally Looks Like Daffy Duck

Upside Down Dodge Viper Logo Totally Looks Like Daffy Duck

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Fords Inflatable Seat Belts to Save Lives & Necks


Fords Inflatable Seat Belt

The idea is ingenious. We already use airbags in out steering wheels, dash boards, pillars, seats and headliners, so why not put one in a seat belt? If it works as intended, it should spread out the impact forces and reduce the amount of bruising that occurs. This could prove a major benefit for children and elderly people, who are often more prone to injuries during car crashes.  The inflatable belts are only being developed for the rear seats; featuring smooth edges and more padding that a sheepskin seat cover, these belts should prove to be more comfortable to wear that traditional belts.  Expect them to be released in the next generation Ford Explorer first, with more vehicles to follow. Get the full details from Ford after the jump.

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