November 29, 2013: Ross Brawn is out at Mercedes, rumors abound about new F1 competition rules, and Luca di Montezemolo confirms Ferrari special status. Is Formula One all it seems… or less? Speaking of money, if you have a lot of spare change lying around, check out some of the items at this week’s Historic’s at Brooklands auction. If that’s too rich, you can shop BMW’s 2014 gift collection. Or, if a vacation is in your future, check out what you can rent from Hertz in the Netherlands. Honda’s 2014 Valkyrie breaks cover, BMW Motorad pulls the wraps off its 2014 K 1600 GTL, and Reevu introduces a heads up display system in its helmets. Jaguar Land Rover announces a partnership with Intel for infotainment R&D. We test the 2014 Ford Fiesta SE and come away impressed with the improvements, but not much else. Plus, in the spirit of the holidays, our own Al Vinikour creates his own drinking and driving public service announcement.
November 19,2013: Friend and colleague Keith Adams was at the U.K. launch of the new Mini earlier this week, and we asked the editor and creator of AROnline if he would write a few words about the event for us. He did, and we present them here. When you're done reading his post, go one over to AROnline for a fascinating tour through the histories of Austin, Rover and companies and cars that made up the once vibrant British car industry. But be forewarned: Keith's site is addictive.
November 15, 2013: We start off this week with a simple question: Does any automaker have the “testicular fortitude” necessary to capture the youth market? Maybe not. Nissan takes a shot at a battery-powered sports car, and comes up with a DeltaWing for the road. Thankfully, its mid-size Altima sedan is much less radical and much more suited to its intended buyer’s needs. Brembo builds carbon ceramic brakes for the Camaro Z28. Hyundai releases plans to sell crate motors through authorized dealers. Classic Motor Cars in England stretches a Jaguar E-Type for a lanky American customer. Caterham’s new e-bikes and motorcycle causes Chris Sawyer to reminisce about failed plans for Lotus motorcycles. Harley-Davidson introduces a pair of global street bikes. BMW unleashes a road going version of the S 1000 RR. A 1911 Vulcan comes out of its former owner’s front hallway and goes off to auction. Lincoln unveils the 2015 Lincoln MKC compact crossover. Ford builds a new Ka for emerging markets. Chrysler takes a deep breath of CNG storage. And Al Vinikour takes aim at the miscreants who make ignition switches so difficult to use.
November 1, 2013: We borrowed a Passat TDI from Volkswagen, and drove from Michigan to Virginia to see how far it would go on a tank. The answer might surprise you. Eager to decrease emissions and increase
fuel economy, Volvo is launching its Drive-E family of engines. The 2.0-liter fours will replace Volvo’s current crop of fours, fives, sixes and V8s. AP Racing has a new line of brake calipers and kits built around its racing technology. The new line of Radi-CAL brake calipers is the first foray into the aftermarket and factory performance market for the English firm’s race-bred braking systems. Honda’s HondaJet is in production, with the first saleable unit nearing completion pending full FAA approval. Meanwhile, Honda U.K. is sending its “Mean Mower” to the SEMA show, its first foray outside the U.K. While there, it might just harass Chrysler’s and Fiat’s latest SEMA concepts. Unfortunately, its trip Stateside means it will miss this weekend’s Veteran Car Run that reunites three early 1900s Napier race cars. Should all that travel prove exhausting, we’ve got a Fiat 500-based sofa that fits the bill for your rest and recreation needs. That’s if you can Al off the couch. He’s been leafing through automotive porn, and dreaming about the cars he wants to add to his virtual collection.