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Posts by: Derek Mau

A concept car is a prototype made to showcase an idea, test a new styling direction, or highlight advanced technologies. They are often shown at car shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not have a chance of being produced. The 2014 LA Auto Show was the place to showcase concept...

The 2016 HR-V compact crossover launch is an important step for Honda as it jumps into a highly competitive market segment. Judging from our time with the folks at Honda, they are confident that the all-new HR-V is the complete package that offers a fuel efficient powertrain, a versatile package that is flexible...

Making its North American debut at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show, Audi uses the Prologue Concept car to express their new direction for sportiness, lightweight design, and full-time quattro all-wheel drive. The two-door coupe has a flowing, elegant shape in a sporty and taut design.

First Twin Turbo V-Series Announced at 2014 LA Auto Show Launched as a 4-door compact sedan in 2013, the ATS is supposed to be Cadillac’s entry-level luxury sedan/coupe. Now it is poised to tear off its young professional attire and don a race suit. Stoking the fire is Cadillac’s first 3.6-liter twin turbo V6 that can...

Watch the Internet’s favorite hoonigan shredding tires around Los Angeles in a 845hp 4WD Mustang. This is the seventh installment of the rubber-obilterating YouTube series that all began with Gymkhana Practice six years ago this month. And, as you'll see, things have been cranked up a notch since jovially drifting a...

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, this Ford Woodie rose from the weeds in Southern California and was reborn with the help of Clint and Diana Stark. Literally discovered sitting on the side of the road nearly covered by weeds, Clint rescued the neglected Ford Woodie for the purpose of salvaging the sheet metal and...

After being introduced to the Fiesta in early 2014, we have been big fans. Tiny but feisty, the Fiesta has an overall goodness that's disproportionate to its size, with a complimentary talent set that includes delightful styling, energetic handling and a high level of refinement inside.

On the off chance our advertising and social outreach messages were missed, we’ve been giving away cars all year long. And not just any ole car, our lucky winners have driven away with a Porsche 911, a Cadillac CTS, and a 580 horsepower Camaro. Our lucky sweepstakes winner today is Rick. Understandably, he was shocked...

In the past, driving a small car meant driving something bland, uncomfortable, and boring. Think Subaru Legacy or Nissan Versa. There will always be a few bottom-dwellers, but today there are lots of excellent choices that won’t put you to sleep at the wheel.

Dodge has thrown down the gauntlet and now claims to have the most powerful muscle car on the market with the introduction of the Hellcat engine that was inserted into the new design of the 2015 Challenger SRT. The same claim to fame can be applied to their 4-door counterpart after announcing the veritable Hellcat...

The all-new 2014 BMW 2 Series embodies the less-is-more trend, being the smallest coupe in BMW's 2014 lineup. It may be small, but the new 2 Series coupe packs a big punch and plenty of luxury to along with it.

What are the odds of someone who has never won anything, suddenly wins a car worth 6 figures? That is essentially what happened to Scott Tougas after he listed an item on eBay during our Summer Sell-ebration Week (June 18 – 24, 2014). Now he has a 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet parked in his driveway as proof that...

The 2014 Volvo XC60 is a mid-size crossover/SUV that has distinguished styling, an extensive list of safety equipment, and all-weather capability. Handsome and chiseled from almost any angle, the XC60 defies the stodgy look of its Swedish wagon brethren and carries a certain savoir faire attitude. The interior is...

Subaru Rally Team USA and Vermont SportsCar have confirmed they will enter a third team car in the next three rounds of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC). Travis Pastrana will drive the #199 Red Bull Subaru WRX STI at the doubleheader Los Angeles GRC event September 19-21 at the Port of Los...

“Honey, remember that 1990 Range Rover I was looking at on eBay? Guess who had the winning bid?” That is basically how Shannon Davis broke the the news to his beautiful wife, Angie, after learning he was the highest bidder of a fully restored 1990 Range Rover Great Divide Expedition replica that was built by a special...

eBay Listing: Restored 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible A friend of mine in high school had one – we thought we were something special riding around, cruising the streets at night, looking Rico Suave, and trying to impress the ladies. Ah, the memories that come to life from something as simple as a Karmann Ghia...

12 Month Progress Report – September 5, 2014 It has been 1 year since we mounted a fresh set of Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season tires on the Acura. Over the course of our 12-month test we logged 7,400 miles gallivanting all over the San Francisco Bay Area and then some. Granted, our annual mileage is below average but...

Wekfest is one of the strongest import tuner car show tours of the year and attracts the best of the best at every regional show. This year’s show at the San Jose Convention Center featured some outstanding rides and incredible show cars with lots of attention to detail. We invite you to sample some of the flavor,...

To be honest, in-car infotainment systems are a challenge to use, an expensive option, and they become quickly out-of-date because of the long development time. Thankfully, the folks at Jaguar Land Rover North America (JLRNA) have come up with a solution that is flexible and user-friendly. After a 10 minute hands-on...

Pebble Beach has become a spectacular venue for introducing old and new cars to an enthusiastic crowd that truly appreciates all things automotive. Today Jaguar and Land Rover revealed three special-edition vehicles at Pebble Beach before this weekend’s Concours d’Elegance: a 550-hp Range Rover Sport SVR, the U.S....

Subaru is continuing its distinguished history on the world stage in rally racing by fielding teams in the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) and Rally America National Championship series with their all-new 2015 WRX STI. Drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen will be piloting the race-ready STI cars complete with...