It’s odd that distinctly British popular music dried up around the time the last vestiges of British Leyland disappeared from the nation. Rover Group bit the dust at the turn of the century, with its associated nameplates finding new homes in unlikely places.Perhaps we have cumbersome, money-losing car conglomerates to thank for New Wave and Britpop. Maybe the Spice Girls killed everything. Who knows.Jaguar and Land Rover, having once shared the same BL umbrella, were already orphans by that time, ultimately finding each other again thanks to the temporary love of foster parent Ford. Now owned by India’s Tata Motors and nowhere near as financially dodgy, Jaguar Land Rover is on a product tear. It’s these new models you can thank for the automaker’s record sales year in 2017 — both globally and in the United States.Don’t thank traditional sedans.Globally, JLR’s 2017 volume surpassed 2016 — another record year — by 7 … [Read more...] about British Invasion, Part 2: Jaguar Land Rover Sales Soar in U.S., No Thanks to Cars
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My dad always told me that if I shut up and work hard, I’ll be rewarded, and I’ve largely found that to be true. We at Motor Trend work long hours, stay up late to hit deadlines, and spend more time than we’d like on the road away from our loving families. The hard work pays off, though — after all, have you seen our recent long-termer? Want more on the #MTLambo? Skip to your favorite sections of this exclusive story on how we spent 30 days and nearly 5,000 miles with a Lamborghini Huracan: The Lamborghini‘s Coachella camping adventures and a snowboarding trip to Mammoth Real MPG-ing the Lamborghini, and supercar surfing The Craigslist music video and how the #MTLambo gave back Yes, as followers of our social media feeds well know from the “#MTLambo” hashtag, we had a brand-new 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 in our possession for a full month for a short long-term test. A 30-Day Huracan, if you will. Considering Lamborghini was handing … [Read more...] about 30-Day Huracan: One Month with MT’s New Lamborghini
When you are in the business of writing for car magazines, it’s easy to forget how meaningful our work is to our readers. The forward momentum of getting assignments completed tends to broom aside the fact that for tens of thousands of subscribers and readers, once a month, their Corvette friends arrive in their mailbox; full of Corvette news, stories, history, beautiful photography, how-to stories and art. And when you are a young person, the magazines can seem bigger than life—that was certainly my experience. So, one hot summer day in 1976, while at my favorite magazine shop I spotted something new. “What’s this?” I said out loud. “Vette Quarterly … hmmm.” As I paged through the issue, it had a familiar flavor and style. Then I saw the From the Editor’s Desk column and recognized the editor—it was one of my car magazine monthly friends: Martyn L. Schorr. Hi-Performance Cars magazine had been my favorite car magazine since … [Read more...] about Happy 40th Birthday Vette Magazine!
If there’s any car that perfectly captures the Automobile Magazine way of looking at things, it’s the Mazda MX-5 Miata. It’s a machine that prioritizes feel over statistics, the romance of the road over marketing clinics. And it’s never boring. As we near the official reveal of the fourth-generation Miata, we’re revisiting our favorite stories about the roadster from the past twenty-five years. We started with our very first review, and then met the smooth-skinned 1999 model. Today, we present our first review of the current-generation car, from our September 2005 issue. Be sure to come back Tuesday for the next dose of nostalgia and on Wednesday for our full reveal of the 2016 Mazda Miata. What red-blooded American automotive journalists would admit in the pages of a car magazine that they drove to the beginning of one of the most spectacular roads in these United States, saw the 35-mph speed limit, and found it didn’t bother them? Call me a girl, … [Read more...] about 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review
I’ve been thinking a lot about Land Rover lately. The first spark came while living with the Automobile Four Seasons 2017 Land Rover Discovery earlier this summer. An extended trip to England in August added fodder, helped by healthy banter in a small pub not far from Jaguar Land Rover in Gaydon. Times are a-changin’ quickly at Land Rover and I’m not sure how I feel about all that’s happening. I’ve spent a ton of time in all generations of the Land Rover Discovery. It started shortly after the Land Rover dealership opened in my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan around 1995. My then-boss and his girlfriend each owned a Land Rover Defender—a yellow, 1994 Defender 90 soft top and a white, 1995 Defender 90 station wagon. Yes, it was quite a pairing. Both vehicles had, shall we say, character-building issues on a regular basis and it was my job to get the utilitarian British SUVs fixed and serviced. The local dealership had a fleet of loaner Series 1 … [Read more...] about Discovering the New Land Rover Discovery
► Celebrating 50 years of V12 Lamborghinis ► From the sublime Miura, Countach, and Diablo... ► ... to the sensational Murcielago and Aventador When you Drive a Lamborghini Aventador SV the world stops – seven hundred and forty horsepower and a sound like a Lexus LFA and a Shelby Cobra duetting on a Black Keys cover can do that. Drive an SV slowly and little boys with messy hair and much older ones with none at all will freeze, rooted to the spot, and stare open-mouthed. Drive an SV fast and cars heading in the same direction but obediently kowtowing to the 70mph speed limit smear past the window like a streak of raindrops. And you do drive it fast; it’s impossible not to. Think you’ll be able to keep it under 100mph and avoid sending your licence on an enforced sabbatical? Forget it. Try one-forty. Minimum. The SV’ll get there so quickly you’ll find yourself indulging again and again, seeking out those spaces where … [Read more...] about Absolute bull: 50 years of V12 Lamborghinis, CAR+ February 2016
Starting in the mid-’50s, a European radio station broadcast a rock-and-roll show on Saturday and Sunday nights. Radio Luxembourg, as it was called, played the revolutionary new music from America—songs from artists that the stuffy national broadcasters of the U.K. and Europe wouldn’t touch: Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry. A gawky teenager named Keith Richards in the market town of Dartford, east of London, heard Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” for the first time on Radio Luxembourg, and it blew his mind. “Radio Luxembourg was notoriously difficult to keep on station,” Richards writes in his autobiography. “I had a little aerial and walked round the room, holding the radio up to my ear and twisting the aerial. Trying to keep it down because I’d wake Mum and Dad up.” About 250 miles to the north, a 14-year-old named Paul McCartney listened to Radio Luxembourg in bed, through headphones connected by an … [Read more...] about When Autonomous Cars Rule, What Will Happen to Car Culture?
Guten Tag, err’body! This week, I have forsaken the bucolic paradise of Powell, Ohio, for the pretty much identical town of Nurburg, Germany. I’m in possession of a very fast and very green British car (you can see more details on my Instagram, if you care) and I’m already breaking the hearts of many a Porsche owner through the long curves and blind hills of The Favorite Race Track Of Everybody Who Has Never Actually Raced Anything.Although I’m far from the only heretic in attendance — Corvettes are more popular than you would expect, in particular — this place is absolutely rotten with late-model Porsches, most of which have been repulsively festooned with a variety of wings and stickers and doodads. So this seems like a good week for an Ask Jack Double Feature, in which we will consider a pair of Porsche-purchase dilemmata. We will get all of this Weissach-centric silliness out of the way this week, and that way when I’m back in the States a … [Read more...] about Ask Jack: Pick a Perfect Porsche, Part One