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2 Replies and 360 Views Subaru Impreza does best in Insurance Institute crash tests of small cars.  360  2 Started by  Prometheus6krpm Among small cars, the Subaru Impreza, the closely related Saab 9-2X and the Honda Civic performed best in the Institute's tests, earning a 'Gold Top Safety Pick' overall rating, which means they earned the top rating of 'Good' in front, side and rear impact tests. Results for the Impreza do not include the performance-oriented WRX version or the closely related Saab 9-2X Aero, said Lund. Because of their propensity to be involved in more crashes and in more severe crashes, the Institute does no...
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by  DannoJump to last post
04/17/2006 5:52 PM
2 Replies and 273 Views Peugots too slow, French police get Subarus  273  2 Started by  christoc http://www.cnn.com/2006/AUTOS/funonwheels/03/30/subaru_police.reut/index.html French Gendarmerie Nationale to use Subaru Impreza WRXs for chase vehicles. French cars were too slow. March 30, 2006; Posted: 11:30 a.m. EST (1630 GMT) PARIS (Reuters) - The next time a criminal in a getaway car in France looks in the rear window the chances are that the vehicle in pursuit will be a blue French police Subaru. The Japanese car brand, part of Fuji Heavy Industries, has sped past French rivals to w...
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by  JamesEJump to last post
03/30/2006 12:16 PM
3 Replies and 405 Views Official: Saturn SKY shipping to retailers  405  3 Started by  gary Got an email late tonight from my corporate contact.  The first production Saturn SKYs were released today for shipment to retailers. 
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by  Rande HackmannJump to last post
03/08/2006 11:05 AM
16 Replies and 588 Views 2006 Consumer Reports Top 10  588  16 Started by  jeyping The top 10, with the categories that Consumer Reports designated: Honda Civic (Sedan, less than $20,000) Honda Accord (Sedan, $20,000 - $30,000) Acura TL (Sedan, $30,000 - $40,000) Infiniti M35 (Luxury Sedan) Subaru Impreza WRX/STi (Fun to drive) Subaru Forester (Small SUV/SUV, less than $30,000) Toyota Highlander Hybrid (Mid-sized SUV/SUV more than $30,000) Honda Odyssey (Minivan) Toyota Prius (Green car) Honda Ridgeline (Pick-up truck) I'd say Subaru having half of its lin...
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by  mugwumpJump to last post
03/06/2006 11:59 AM
5 Replies and 376 Views Pontiac will drop the GTO this year  376  5 Started by  98DohcRT &91img&93http://caimg.us.publicus.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bildeSite=CA&Date=20060221&Category=REG&ArtNo=60221009&Ref=AR&Profile=1003&maxw=300&91/img&93 DETROIT -- General Motors has told Pontiac dealers that it will discontinue the GTO coupe at the end of this model year. GM will make the last deliveries of the vehicle to dealers by the end of September, sources close to Pontiac say.GM will produce 10,000 to 12,000 more GTOs before dropping the nameplate, one source clos...
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by  jsarinoJump to last post
03/03/2006 2:47 PM
3 Replies and 985 Views Toyota F3R - Six-Door Minivan  985  3 Started by  jeyping The experimentation with doors in the last decade or so continues. We've moved past the 4-door minivan, the 3-door truck, and most recently the return of the suicide door. Now we arrive at the 6-door minivan, complete with 2 suicide doors. I like it! Autoblog - Toyota F3R puts new spin on minivan
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by  jeypingJump to last post
03/02/2006 12:11 PM
4 Replies and 400 Views Mazda Kabura - 4-seater on the MX-5 Chassis  400  4 Started by  jeyping Excerpts from Detroit Auto Show: Mazda debuts Kabura concept To support youthful lifestyles, Kabura stretches the bounds of interior versatility in radical directions. Replacing the typical 2 2 layout is a clever 3 1 arrangement which establishes a new interior concept giving greater passenger comfort versus a traditional coupe without increasing weight or size. Obliging spur-of-the-moment adventures and shopping sprees, all passenger seats fold flat to make way for snow boards, shopping bags...
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by  MattGJump to last post
03/01/2006 12:01 PM
8 Replies and 711 Views '07 300hp Dodge Caliber SRT-4  711  8 Started by  98DohcRT Dodge unloads the 300-hp Caliber SRT-4 Our minds are still reeling at the thought of pushing 300-hp through the front wheels of an “econobox” to comment too much on the new Dodge Caliber SRT-4. It’s quite frankly mind boggling, though not that surprising from the speed freaks at Dodge’s SRT division.According to Dodge, four numbers are important when contemplating the significance of the Caliber SRT-4: 85, 125, 300 and 260. Eighty-five represents how much more horsepower the Caliber SRT-4 has t...
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by  Rande HackmannJump to last post
02/27/2006 9:37 PM
1 Replies and 311 Views Consumer Federation of America proves its cluelessness  311  1 Started by  vtluu Article at CNN Money reads: Are you picking the right car for your wallet Group contends that consumers could be save as much as $2,000 a year in fuel costs just by shopping between cars in the same class. February 27, 2006; Posted: 5:34 p.m. EST (2234 GMT) NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Consumers could save a nice chunk of change at the pump just by choosing carefully at the dealership, a consumer protection group said Monday. The report, issued by the Consumer Federation of ...
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by  Rande HackmannJump to last post
02/27/2006 9:33 PM
22 Replies and 1132 Views New vehicle technology, where does it end?  1132  22 Started by  98DohcRT
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I think about cars.. a lot...probably to an unhealthy degree. When I go to bed at night, I could be  contemplating the aerodynamic advantages of the new STi's roof spoiler vs. the sheer styling abortion it causes, or maybe pondering why the front hubs on a Lotus Elise are splined for a drive shaft when the car could clearly never be AWD. This morning, after my alarm clock had gone off, I lay in bed thinking about cars, as I usually do, and it hit me. The realization that I personally have ...
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by  rennenJump to last post
02/27/2006 12:27 PM
2 Replies and 251 Views Skyline GTR to race in Speed Challenge  251  2 Started by  RX 555 one in Sebring with a second car to follow later.  No name driver so far.  I need to go see them race http://motorsport.com/news/article.aspID=210053&FS=
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by  my96dcmimpalassJump to last post
02/16/2006 10:53 PM
11 Replies and 676 Views 7-Car AWD Comparison - Road and Track March 2006 (Subaru Legacy included)  676  11 Started by  jeyping Just got Road & Track in my mailbox, and saw they did a SEVEN-CAR AWD Comparison This month: Audi A4 2.0T Quattro BMW 325xi Infiniti G35x Lexus IS250 AWD Mazda MazdaSpeed 6 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Spec.B Volvo S40 T5 AWD So how did the Subaru compare with all the other $30-40k sedans 1. Here are some quotes: 'The Subaru proved to be just about every editor's fastest way around the (autocross) course, ahead of the second-place Audi A4 by 0.3 sec.... And, if really...
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by  jeypingJump to last post
02/16/2006 1:02 PM
4 Replies and 318 Views Sky pics  318  4 Started by  Lynn http://newpics.huntsvillecarscene.com/gallery/1174883  
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by  LynnJump to last post
02/07/2006 1:23 PM
34 Replies and 1100 Views Dear Bob Lutz,  1100  34 Started by  98DohcRT
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Dear Bob Lutz, Thank you for the bringing us the first and only proper American sports car. It's small, simple, affordable, and light weight... It's stylish, attractive, and well groomed... It's quick, nimble, and fun to drive! Viper Mustang Corvette All crap. This is it Bob.... the Pontiac Solstice has won me over. This is the car. Thank you for making A/C an option. Thank you for making a limited-slip differential option that does not require 18' wheels and leather seating surfaces....
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by  garyJump to last post
02/04/2006 1:35 PM
4 Replies and 261 Views $42,000 S204 STi  261  4 Started by  Prometheus6krpm Not for U.S. Sale The hottest STI ever hits Japanese market By DINO DALLE CARBONARE 6:00 am, February 2, 2006 Subaru will make just 600 copies of the newly released Impreza STI S204, all for the Japanese market.Building on the success of last year’s S203, Subaru’s newly released $41,900 Impreza STI S204 gets a fully balanced and blueprinted 2.0-liter flat-four boosted by a larger twin-scroll turbocharger for a 320-hp punch and an impressively smooth power delive...
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by  RX 555Jump to last post
02/04/2006 12:01 AM
9 Replies and 257 Views Formula 1: Honda unveils RA106  257  9 Started by  98DohcRT Formula 1: Honda unveils RA106 Honda Racing F1 Team took the wraps off their 2006 racecar today in Spain. Unlike other teams who have unveiled a single car at launch, while construction continues on the rest of the fleet, Honda fielded two RA106s at Jerez for Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.After failing to live up to its promise last year, the Honda team is completely focused on performance this year, with team CEO Nick Fry bluntly saying, 'Our target in 2006 is to challenge for race wins...
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by  mugwumpJump to last post
02/01/2006 3:05 PM
3 Replies and 226 Views VW GX3 3-Wheeler. Motorcycle or Car?  226  3 Started by  JamesE If this article is true, VW has plans to build it.  If it's classed as a motorcycle, you'll never see it at an autocross.  But if it's a car.. well who knows.. From Sema.org 0-60 MPH IN UNDER 6 SECONDS WITH VW’S NEW THREE-WHEELER Volkswagen unveiled a three-wheeled motorcycle/car that will jump up to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds! This new concept, which VW claims will be released to the public next year, provides consumers with another way to save on fuel costs while driv...
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by  christocJump to last post
01/19/2006 5:04 PM
12 Replies and 352 Views Evo X = PT Cruiser  352  12 Started by  JamesE I ran across this article with spy shots of the 2008 Mitsubishi Evo X.  Nothing special to see in the photos, but the article got my attention... 'We've seen Mitsubishi's Concept-X, giving us a very good indication as to what the future Lancer-based Evo X will look like. But here are the first pictures of an Evo X mule running at speed at the Nuerburgring inGermany.   The new Evo X will share a platform with the new Dodge Caliber, Mitsubishi's Outlander and Chrysler's next-ge...
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by  Prometheus6krpmJump to last post
01/18/2006 7:51 AM
0 Replies and 388 Views What the hell is "the ring?"  388  0 Started by  98DohcRT Prompted by the realization that not everone is familiar with the greatest circut known to mankind, I thought it would be neat to share the Wikipedia entry. Nürburgring From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.     Nürburgring(Formula 1 Layout - GP-Strecke) Location Nürburg, Germany Major events Formula One; GP2 Circuit length 5.148 kilometres (3.2 miles) Turns 15 Lap record 1'29.468 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004) The Nürburgring (alternative spell...
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01/16/2006 11:50 PM
0 Replies and 272 Views Dakar Rally - the finish!  272  0 Started by  98DohcRT Dakar Rally - the finish! The Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart team of Luc Alphand and GIlles Picard have won the 2006 Dakar Rally - Mitusbishi's 6th straight victory and its 11th victory in the event.The Volkswagen team of Giniel de Villiers and Tina Thorner was second, less than 18 minutes back, and the Mitsubishi team of Nani Roma and Henri Magne completed the podium. More after the jump, with photo highlights of the rally.American Mark Miller and co-driver Dirk von Zitewitz finished a surprising ...
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