Archive | December 2012

The Best Cars of 2012

Every December, every news outlet compiles, argues, and publishes their “best x of y” list, and inevitably pisses readers off for not including THEIR favorite “x”. I love a good discussion as much as the next person, and I love cars even more, so here are my picks for this year’s hits, listed in no particular order. The most disappointing cars of this year will be included in another post, so stay tuned for that as well. Feel free to comment and add any autos I may have missed; the selections are limited to cars released this year, not 2012 model year cars, so some 2013 models are going to work their way onto the list. In no particular order, here they are: Read More…

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What Are Your Picks for the Most Beautiful Taillights Ever?

Nissan DeltaWing Rear

[Ed.: Originally posted December 7]

While making our way through the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center last weekend for this year’s LA Auto Show, we swung by Nissan’s booth, who was generous enough to bring their DeltaWing race car. I was surprised when I checked out the rear of the car; I had somehow missed the taillight design in all the photos I had ever seen of the car. I, like most, was more blown away by its revolutionary body shape that the details were something my eyes and brain simply could not process. Each turn signal is comprised of 200-300 tiny LED lights in a half-triangle pattern pointing toward the center of the car.

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Live From the Los Angeles Auto Show

[Ed.: Originally posted between December 3-4]

Downshift Autos was in full effect this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, held from November 20-December 9 at the LA Convention Center. We saw some incredible new and concept cars from all the major players, and we’ve included our favorite shots here!

All photos by Ryan McDuff

Ford Commits to Bringing Fiesta ST Stateside in 2014

Fiesta

Ford Motor Company has announced that the sporty ST version of its smallest car, the Fiesta, will be hitting American shores (presumably) next year as a 2014 model, and the reveal couldn’t have come at a better time. Fiesta sales have slowed, and are down 22.6% from this time last year, according to Ford’s latest figures. The slightly larger and more expensive Focus outsells the Fiesta at roughly a 4-1 rate, aided by the recent release of the VW GTI-beating Focus ST hot hatchback. Read More…

Vettel Wins 3rd F1 Title In a Row as Button Wins Brazilian GP

[Ed.: Originally posted November 26]

McLaren’s Jenson Button won the last grand prix of this year’s F1 season in Brazil on Sunday, and Sebastian Vettel narrowly beat Fernando Alonso to clinch his third straight F1 title, only the third driver in the history of F1 to do so (Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1954-57 seasons, and Michael Schumacher took first from 2000-04). Read More…

Jaguar Previews F-Type Sports Car and XFR-S Saloon Ahead of LA Auto Show Debut

Jaguar XFR-S Front

[Ed.: Originally posted November 20]

Jaguar today teased the official world debuts of the  all-new F-Type sports car and a high-performance version of the entry level XF, called the XFR-S.

The F-Type is a 2-seat sports car fitting below the XK price- and feature-wise that is meant to evoke the classic E-Type coupe and roadster, which frequently finds itself on the top of “Most Beautiful Car Ever Made” lists. The F-Type is well styled, but I find the rear decklid much too sharp and the taillights look too much like the eyes of Marvin the Martian from the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Several engines are available under the hood: two supercharged V-6s (producing 340 and 380hp) and one supercharged V-8 making 495hp. The car appears to be more focused on dynamics and sportiness than the XK’s more GT-esque nature. The car goes on sale next summer as a 2014 model. Read More…

Hamilton Clinches Win For McLaren at Inaugural F1 Race in Austin

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[Ed.: Originally posted November 19]

Lewis Hamilton,  trailing leader Sebastian Vettel ever so slightly for the first 41 laps of today’s F1 race in Austin, Texas, finally found his chance to overtake the German to win the 2012 United States Grand Prix. Read More…