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    Official: Fiat augments 500 range with Abarth 595 models
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    Before you get too excited about these special Abarth models, understand that these are for the UK and we're not getting them, at least not yet – maybe we'll see it Stateside if Fiat sales need an injection next year... The two special models are named 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione. The ...

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    Spy Shots: First look at U.S.-spec Ford Transit snapped
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    Most of the time our spy shots reveal the sexy new lines of the latest sports car or some subtle curves that hint at the new direction for a midsize sedan. Today things are a little different. Boxier, more van-like. Yet the forthcoming 2013 Ford Transit our spy shooters captured roaming the ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Chevrolet Spark
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    Who's Going To Hear Chevy's Sub-Sonic Statement? The annals of "Hey you kids, get off my lawn!" took an interesting turn in 2005, when a British inventor developed The Mosquito, an ultrasonic alarm that can only be heard by teenagers. Deployed by convenience stores, property managers and even ...

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    Confirmed: Final missing Briggs Cunningham Le Mans Corvette discovered
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    You would think that by 2012 – some four decades after the car collecting hobby hit maturity – there would be no important and unaccounted-for cars left to be found. But you would be wrong. Carlisle Events has announced that the No. 1 Briggs Cunningham Le Mans Corvette from 1960 was ...

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    Motorsports: FIA bans former F1, IndyCar driver Tomáš Enge for failed drug test
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    Just a week after NASCAR took away AJ Allmendinger's keys indefinitely, the result of a failed drug test, Motorsport.com is reporting that the FIA has sidelined Tomáš Enge for a similar infraction. Enge also failed a recent drug test, earning an 18-month ban from racing for what ...

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    Video: Translogic checks out Austin's impressive infrastructure
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    Too often, discussions about how best for people to get around crowded urban environments turn into an argument, with cars pitted against bicycles, highways versus public transit and improving commute times challenging pedestrian safety. But not in Austin. In this latest episode of Translogic, ...

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    Study: Never mind the problems, car buyers still happier with hands-free tech
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    You've seen the opening to Annie Hall, right? Where Woody Allen tells the classic joke about two women grumbling about their dinner? The one complains that the food is terrible, while the other, agreeing, says the portions are too small. That's the automotive infotainment business in a ...

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    Report: NEV deal to buy Saab delayed
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    Remember a month and a half ago when we told you that Saab will "soldier on?" Well, we should have written "stand at attention." According to SaabsUnited, the deal for National Electric Vehicle Sweden to buy the remaining Saab assets didn't close on schedule. In fact, it's been delayed by "a ...

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    Report: London's special traffic lanes for Olympians branded 'Zil lanes'
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    The British have a unique sense of humor – think Monty Python and Benny Hill – and there's no reason that the 2012 Olympics shouldn't be cause for celebrating it. So when we caught wind of this story from the BBC, we had to smile. It seems Londoners fed up with the Olympic intrusion ...

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    Official: Penske Racing drops AJ Allmendinger after positive drug test
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    You could see this one coming like the draft around the high banks at Talladega. Penske Racing gave beleaguered NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger his walking papers today, a week after the sanctioning body indefinitely suspended him for failing a drug test. Allmendinger is currently ranked 25th in ...

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    Confirmed: Lincoln MKT Town Car to get 2.0-liter EcoBoost
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    Livery operators can thank Ford for shaving a few extra bucks from their fuel budgets, courtesy of a new four-cylinder engine option for the Lincoln MKT Town Car. Lincoln is offering its professional version of the MKT, the replacement for the venerable Town Car, with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost in ...

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    Spy Shots: Porsche Macan snapped testing, first glimpse of interior seen
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    What's this? More spy shots of the same Macan test mule we saw a few months ago? Yes. But this time, we've also got a few glimpses into the interior.This Macan is also wearing different wheels, has roof rails, and sports quad exhaust pipes. We're still waiting for some concrete information about ...

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    Mini previews Paceman with new 'spy shots'
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    Look at this: Mini has posted official 'spy shots' of the 2013 Paceman to its Facebook page. Cheeky Germans. As we know, the Paceman is coming early next year as a late-to-market 2013 model. Despite reports that Mini would be dropping the catchy name that christened its original concept in favor ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Ford Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost
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    A Sneak Peek At Our Three-Cylinder Future Remember the good old days, when compact cars were powered by six-cylinder engines? Yeah, neither do we. It's been a long time since a mainstream brand offered anything other than a four-banger in its econoboxes, and for good reason. While a half-dozen ...

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    Who knew exhaust manifolds make great iPhone docks?
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    The era of engine-as-art has been over for quite some time, done in by computers, both the ones controlling our cars as well as those used to design them. But if popping the hood today reveals only a giant slab of ugly black plastic – or worse, a tangled mess of wiring and piping that looks ...

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    Official: GM developing Wi-Fi app to help pedestrians avoid being hit [w/video]
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    Since even the threat of serious injury or death isn't enough to keep people engrossed in their phones from walking out into traffic, General Motors is developing a new pedestrian safety technology that will sense the phone itself. Using Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer wireless standard that's like ...

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    Official: Toyota builds 200 million vehicles after 77 years in business
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    Two hundred million of anything is a lot, and the point here is that Toyota has built a lot of cars. The automaker announced this week that sometime in June its 200,000,000th vehicle rolled off the assembly line. Toyota's feat took the company 76 years and 11 months. It has been in the car ...

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    Report: GM reviewing Penn State sponsorship in wake of sex abuse case
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    Pennsylvania State University will be paying a $60 million fine as a consequence of the child sex abuse scandal that's engulfed the school since last year. But that's not the only financial penalty it faces, as Penn State stands to lose many more millions of dollars in lost revenue from ...

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    Automotive color palettes are headed back in time
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    Paint is not all that exciting, hence the phrase, "like watching paint dry." This means that automotive paint suppliers don't usually have much to talk about, outside of the annual silver-is-the-most-popular-car-color press releases that get picked up by every media outlet on Earth. This one, ...

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    Report: BMW to sell cars online?
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    Here's a twist in BMW's foray into the EV market that we hadn't anticipated: Online sales. Bloomberg is reporting that when BMW launches its i3 electric and i8 plug-in hybrid next year, the German carmaker will be selling the cars direct to customers via the Internet. BMW is showing off its ...

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