June 27, 2014: Recently, a consulting group announced that 70% of all new pickup trucks by 2025 would have aluminum bodies. It’s a bold claim, but is steel really down for the count? Harley-Davidson hasn’t switched to aluminum, but its LiveWire concept is almost as radical. On the opposite of that coin is the Lexus ES350, a car that doesn’t defy convention, it defines it. This week Ford showed its 2015 Edge crossover, while Ram pulled the covers off its competition for Ford’s Transit Connect, the Promaster City. We give you a taste of the recent Motor Muster at Greenfield Village, while the English work to increase the number of professionals who car care for classic cars. Meanwhile, Al explains why he endured massive nausea while his friend drifted the streets and parking lots of Indiana.
June 13, 2014: Triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, is almost as unreasonable as expecting Cadillac to make the CTS a worthy competitor to BMW’s 5 Series. Yet that’s just what GM’s luxury division has done. Le Mans, however, skirted the dreaded date, and Porsche and Nissan will showcase two of the more interesting cars to run the 2014 edition of the 24 Hours this weekend. You can watch it here. Jaguar, meanwhile, turned its aerodynamicists loose with Pinarello’s latest racing bicycle, making it much more slippery for the Tour de France. Mazda announced a new Skyactiv diesel for the next Mazda2, but not an on-sale date for the Skyactiv-D Mazda6 in the U.S. Brembo shares a video outlining how Formula 1’s new hybrid braking systems work, while Infiniti’s Performance Engineering Academy has been looking for the next crop of F1 engineers. Honda’s Super Cub scooter gets a unique honor in Japan, while those visiting Britain this summer can roll with the royals and attend a concours at a royal palace. If that’s not enough, Al Vinikour goes from playing with trains to hating the sight of them.