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2011 NAIAS Coverage Kick-Off

January 9th, 2011 No comments

      It’s the eve of the 2011 North American International Auto Show and the AT Editorial Team has descended on the Motor City to set up camp just blocks from Cobo Hall. Executive Editor Dye just pulled out the corporate credit card to let the staff feast on endless pizza and root beer. Yes, this is truly the good life! And in preparation for the big day we figured it would be fitting to provide our curious readers a taste of what’s to come. Click through for a preview gallery and then stop back later tonight for a special edition Automotive Trends PODCAST for our last minute thoughts and predictions before we hit the show floor tomorrow morning at 5:30AM! Was that root beer caffeine free?!

UPDATE: Since we posted this, Volkswagen has seen fit to break cover with a pair of photos of the 2012 Passat. We’ve included them in the gallery.  Read more…

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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2011 No comments

      The Automotive Trends staff would like to wish you and yours a Happy New Year! Have fun and be careful out there! We’ll see y’all in 2011!

2010 Jaguar XJL (Design Critique)

December 30th, 2010 No comments

      After nearly two decades of unprofitableness under the ownership of Ford, Jaguar management has been quite eager to re-establish the British brand as a viable automaker. Jaguars have long been considered beautiful cars, but somehow that has failed to make them sell in volumes that would make the brand profitable. Starting with the XF, Jaguar has attempted to bring some modern shapes and designs into the fold, abandoning the overtly classic looking S-type and XJ sedans. The new XJ and XJL are an even greater departure from classic Jaguar sedans. Where the XF was a departure for Jaguar, it would have been a controversial design for any automaker due to its unconventionally styled D-pillar. It is a shame that the designers felt compelled to push the boundaries of automotive design, because the rest of the XJ design seems to work quite well. Read more…

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2010 No comments

      The Automotive Trends staff would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! Let us remember the reason for the season and be glad in it!

      Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
      – Luke 2:11


Automotive Trends PODCAST Episode 14

December 15th, 2010 No comments

      Better grab a hot chocolate and your favorite Snuggie for this one! Not only is it darn cold and chilly in the Motor City, but in this paticular episode of the Automotive Trends PODCAST your humble editors got a bit long winded! Design Editor Gernand gives us a quick history on the Chrysler K-Car before we launch into our pre-auto show discussion. We debate what vehicles will make the finalist round for North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, then deliver a little bit of commentary on the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, Chevrolet’s newest small car name, Buick’s latest endeavor to deliver small car fuel mileage in the fullsize LaCrosse and we also mentioned the Ford Explorer and Volkswagen Golf R. To top it all off we discussed all four of the vehicles we’ve had in the fleet since we last sat behind the mics. Click through to have a listen and check out the impressive photo galleries. Read more…

2011 Lexus CT200h

December 9th, 2010 No comments

Finally, A Hybrid That Handles

     Like John Cleese in a Monty Python production, when it comes to the Lexus CT200h we feel like announcing “and now for something completely different”. That’s because this new entry-level Lexus offers the same hybrid benefits that we’ve seen in one form or another for the past decade, but doesn’t sacrifice driving pleasure on the altar of ultimate frugality. And no, we’re not counting the poor-excuse-for-a-hybrid Honda CR-Z and its piddling mid-30s fuel economy rating. Yes, we too were skeptical when phrases like “fun to drive hybrid” and “a hybrid with attitude” were being dropped by sales executives at the vehicle’s press introduction. But after a day spent driving around Palm Beach, Florida, we found ourselves uttering similar summaries of Lexus’s fifth hybrid. And we didn’t see that coming. Read more…

Chevrolet Volt Receives EPA Rating

November 26th, 2010 2 comments

       To say that your mileage may vary seems to be the understatement of the decade. The Environmental Protection Agency has finally finished the math it needed in order to produce what you see above, the offical EPA Window Sticker for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. A bit confusing, eh? It actually isn’t so bad when you  break it down. On the left you have what the Volt is capable of using only its on-board electric motor and battery pack charged up via the grid. On the right you have your standard MPG once the battery pack has been drained of its nuclear or coal fired electro juice. You’ll note that beside each MPGe or MPG figure there is a per 100 miles figure, which calculates just how much energy it takes to move the vehicle 100 miles. And at the bottom there are some charts for estimating how your mileage will vary with charging and how the Volt compares to other vehicles. What does this all mean? Well, on electric power alone it will get the equivalent of 93 MPG for roughly 35 miles (according to the EPA offical number) and 37 MPG after that. We were hoping for a bit more fuel miserly once the battery drained, but considering that the curb weight is more on par with a full-sized sedan we’ll call it impressive nonetheless and report back our real-world fuel economy and driving impressions once GM tosses us the keys. Read more…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25th, 2010 No comments

      Happy Thanksgiving from the Editors of Automotive Trends!

Automotive Trends PODCAST Episode 13

November 4th, 2010 No comments

     In this, the thirteenth installment of your ever-growing collection of Automotive Trends PODCASTS, we discover that someone really needs to monitor our crew’s intake of caffeine!  Nevertheless your hard working and ever dedicated autoscribes discuss the merits (or really, the lack thereof) of the SEMA Car Show, discuss whether Volvo’s got what it takes to deliver a 7-Series competitor, voice our displeasure over Gran Turismo 5 being delayed again, debate the 2012 Buick Regal GS’s lack of all-wheel drive and have a moment of silence for the officially departed Pontiac brand. To top it all off we discuss our week spent flogging a yellow 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. Click through for a listen!     Read more…

Dodge Announces 2011 Pricing

November 4th, 2010 No comments

      It’s no secret that Chrysler is playing catch up this year and rolling out plenty in terms of product refinement and refreshment. The latest batch of information goodness we have to share comes in the form of the pricing strategy on the new-for-2011 Dodge lineup. We were going to make mention of this in PODCAST Episode 13, but frankly we found that announcing a whole bunch of figures over the air just amounts to baffled expresions and silly blunderous commentary. So here is a post dedicated to the sole advancement of showroom knowledge. Oh, we’ve also included photo galleries of all the new sheetmetal, from the all-new Durango to the drag-strip-ready Challenger SRT8 392, for your view pleasure. Enjoy! Read more…