July 26, 2013: VW’s diesel-powered Beetle was our mount for a road trip to Kentucky and a side trip to the U.S. Air Force Museum. How did it hold up? More importantly, how much did the fuel cost to get down to Kentucky and back to Michigan? Speaking of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, we take you on a tour of the massive complex, complete with pictures. Mitsubishi releases the first information about it 2014 Mirage, but is it the right car at the right time for the faltering automaker? Meanwhile, Mini peels back the veil covering the 2014 Mini Cooper with an audacious concept called the Vision. Toyota begins testing of its new personal mobility concept, but haven’t we seen this same idea elsewhere? Mazda goes to Indy with its Mazda6 diesel GX racer, but inadvertently shines a bright light on the problems facing the single-seater series. BorgWarner, sponsor of the trophy each Indy 500 winner receives, shows a new technology for diesel engines. And Al Vinikour weighs in on the breakup of the American family with his own blast-from-the-past solution.
July 12, 2013: This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In honor of that event’s mixing of cars and aviation, the folks at Land Rover decided to stage a new “Battle of Britain” between the Range Rover Sport and a Supermarine Spitfire. We have the video. The Goodwood organizers also announced the return of a race it hasn’t held in years, but in modified form. On another note, EVs, despite the fact that they aren’t selling, are all the rage. J.D. Power and Associates surveyed EV owners and intenders, and have some suggestions to increase their appeal. BMW, meanwhile, pulls the wraps off the i3, its new rear-dive, all-electric city car that seats four. Meanwhile, the family of land and water speed record holder Donald Campbell have introduced a new sports car and racer that are, you guessed it, battery powered. Stretching the electric theme a bit farther, Infiniti just unveiled the steer-by-wire system it will introduce in some models of its Q50 sports sedan. It’s a real look into the future. Plus, Volvo outlines new technologies it will introduce on the next XC90. And Honda introduces two new ATVs and one new bike for 2014. Al Vinikour, always on the lookout for a way to make a buck, has a novel idea for getting driver to stop being such “jerks”.