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February 2016

February 26, 2016: What do Pony cars and the Prius have in common? Nothing yet, but as fuel economy regulations tighten that will change. We take a look at why the next-generation Mustang and Camaro may go hybrid. Automotive supplier GKN is readying its own plug-and-play hybrid technology, including an axle design that could make driving a hybrid more fun. With the Geneva Auto Show just around the corner, automakers are leaking information about vehicles that will make their debut at the show. First up is a thoroughly revamped Bentley Mulsanne that adds an extended wheelbase model to the family. Next up is the Levante, the long-awaited SUV from  Maserati. It’s joined by an equally unconventional vehicle, the McLaren 570 GT. Developed to be an everyday/grand touring supercar, the 570GT is a hyper fast hatchback. Speed was also on the minds of the folks at Lotus who took out some weight, added some horsepower and torque, and created the Evora Sport 410. Mercedes did much the same thing, creating an all-alloy four-cylinder diesel for use in everything from vans to the S-Class. Infiniti, meanwhile, released a short animated film that outlines the highlights of its new 3.0-liter V6 turbo motor, while engineers at Nissan produced their own film on how they created self-parking office chairs. We evaluate Cadillac’s gargantuan Escalade to see if substance has finally caught up with style. And we compare and contrast two affordable sports cars, the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Scion FR-S to see which one comes out on top.

 

February 19, 2016: It is with great sadness that we report the death of our own Al Vinikour. After a lengthy battle with cancer, Al passed away peacefully in the presence of his wife and family. We extend our condolences to them as we think back on the life of a man who made this world a better and, at times, a thankfully less serious place. Click here to read our rememberance of a man who made this all fun.

 

February 12, 2016: Located in the heart of a major city, and within an hour of every local automaker and Tier 1 supplier, M1 Concourse is a different take on your typical automotive country club. We tour the facility with  the man behind this automotive experience, and find out what makes it unique. Ferrari’s replacement for the four-seat FF would be perfect for the M1 Concourse track, but its name is as awkward as the car is beautiful. Hagerty released its latest Hot List of future collectibles, and we add our two cents to theirs. Though they may not be future classics, the recent death of the Scion brand is not the shock it’s been made out to be. In fact, we argue it’s death was inevitable. Speaking of shocks, we look at Bjorn Lomborg’s analysis of EVs versus internal combustion-powered cars. The results are thought provoking. So is the latest product from Rand McNally, the people who brought you the road atlas. Kia gives a closer look at its HUV — Hybrid Utility Vehicle — while Nissan rebadges its Patrol SUV to replace its aging Armada full-size SUV. On the other side of that same coin, we drive the diminutive Chevy Trax crossover, and preview the updated 2017 model. And Al Vinikour tells us why children should not be “smoked”.