October 24, 2014: Toyota does the unthinkable and adds some style and a surprising amount of refinement to the mid-cycle refresh of its 2015 Camry. Is it enough to keep the competition at bay? Ford continues to dribble out information about the 2015 F-150. We look at the BoxLink system (with video), and a bed cap from A.R.E. The folks at XCar take a surprisingly even-handed look at the BMW X6, and come away impressed. Will you? Ducati’s new Testastretta motor has something no other Ducati engine has ever had — variable valve timing. Speaking of complexity, we take a look at the steering wheel of Porsche’s 919 Hybrid racer. NASA would be impressed. Speaking of racing. Ross Brawn returns to competition this month with a unique new (to him) car. And engineering students at England’s University of Wolverhampton go racing in Formula Renault for credit. GKN creates a compact AWD disconnect for small cars and SUVs. Hyundai boasts about what it’s learned from its Nurburgring R&D center, and we ask if they’ve learned enough. Xpel introduces a protection film for matte-finish vehicles that can also be used to turn your gloss finish to satin. And our own driving judge Al Vinikour lays out his sentencing guidelines for bad drivers.
October 10, 2014: The mid-engine Corvette rumors have started again, only to be joined by word that Ford is about to launch a new GT and take it to Le Mans in 2016. And there’s even talk that Cadillac will get in on the act with its own version of he C8 Corvette. We analyze the rumors, and add some fuel to the fire. These supercars will have tons of tech, but so will your next car as emissions and fuel economy regulations push automakers and suppliers to get more from less. We speak with the folks from Mahle about the changes you can expect to see in the coming years. When Kia redesigned the Soul for 2014, it greatly improved nearly every aspect of the car, but did it go too far and eliminate too much of its charming personality? VW, meanwhile, is losing market share and has declining sales in the U.S., but isn’t this the company that boasted it would sell 800,000 VW’s in America by 2018? We take a look at what’s been going on behind the scenes. On the lighter side, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and Southern Comfort Automotive have hooked up to build a bad-ass Chevy Silverado called “The Reaper” that can be mild or wild. And Al Vinikour has his own take on monster trucks, and the most important accessory your monster truck needs.