SpeedKore‘s David Salvaggio has won the 2016 Car Craft Pro Builders Shootout, presented by Baileigh Industrial, at the Car Craft Summer Nationals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The SpeedKore Performance Group 1970 Charger called Tantrum was chosen by popular vote live at the Nationals. Tantrum is powered by a twin-turbo 9-liter, DOHC Mercury Racing V8 that makes more than 1,600hp and has the drivetrain and build quality to back it up. Congratulations to the team at SpeedKore. … [Read more...] about SpeedKore Wins the 2016 Car Craft Pro Builders Shootout!
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The list of contenders for the 2016 European COTY is out. It features forty cars presently which would be narrowed down by the month of December 2015 and the winner will be disclosed in February 2016. One of the most prestigious car awards in the world is the European COTY. The major reason for this is the popularity of the automobile industry in the continent and the fact that people want the best for the least money possible. This prompts manufacturers to give some of the best cars with good set of features and excellent safety technology to the region. The proceedings of choosing the 2016 European COTY have already begun with the initial list featuring 40 names. With two more rounds of voting to be done, the list will narrow down by December 2015 and results will be announced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on 29th February 2016. The vehicles featuring on the list include cars from various segments like entry-level sedan, luxury sedans, SUVs and MPVs. To give you a perspective of how … [Read more...] about 2016 European COTY Contenders Released, 40 Cars Shortlisted
► Discussing CAR of the Year winners ► Audi A4, Jag XE and MX-5 all on shortlist ► Opel/Vauxhall Astra took Car of the Year 2016What do the Porsche 928, NSU Ro 80 and Citroën CX have in common with the Peugeot 307, Vauxhall Insignia and Fiat Brava? You guessed it: these cars – ranging from bastions of innovation to the depths of mediocrity – have all won Europe’s Car of the Year award. Of course, any democratically decided commendation, from the Oscars to the Eurovision Song Contest to the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, runs the risk of producing tragic results. Every year, 58 journalists from 22 different European countries vote for their favourite cars. I’m one of the jurors, as is CAR’s European editor Georg Kacher. On 29 February, we were both in Geneva, to hear the winner announced. Each juror nominates their favourite seven cars of the past 12 months, which creates a shortlist of the most … [Read more...] about Editors welcome: And the Car of the Year is…, CAR+ April 2016
► Fiat inflates 500 to create mini SUV ► We live with 1.6 Multijet Cross model ► A worthy alternative to Juke & co?With a full-scale house restoration about to commence I’ve become (I think) decisive. We’ve scoured Pinterest, created the world’s most complicated Excel spreadsheet, and now I face a nightly bout of quick-fire decision-making. From beds to bathtubs, tiles to towels, bang, bang, bang I choose (what I think she wants), and our new home takes shape.Yet despite my newfound conviction when dealing with the design direction of our terraced abode, after 14 months with the Fiat 500X I can’t work out whether I’m a fan or not. Together we’ve covered nearly 11,000 miles, trekking off to the Isle of Wight, up North to see family and friends, and even meeting up with an original Panda 4x4 in deepest Wales. We’ve had dealer experiences both good and bad too, but a verdict? I’m not sure I can make up my … [Read more...] about Fiat 500X (2016) long-term test review
Midsize trucks continue to gain sales steam as shoppers look for ways to streamline their garages. Today's midsize trucks offer roughly the same size, features and overall capabilities as the full-size trucks from just a decade ago. The cabins are roomier, more luxurious and offer a sense of sedan-like civility that the older full-sizes just didn't offer. And then there's the two pivotal points which truly help make the case to buy a midsize truck: fuel efficiency and packaging.Gaining Market ShareAs reported by Automotive News, shoppers are voting with their checkbooks, as the market share for midsize trucks jumped 2.1 percent within the entire light vehicle category through July of this year. To the casual observer, that number might not seem high, but is a marked improvement over last year's 1.5 percent. The Tacoma, even in it's prehistoric 16-year overcoat dominates monthly sales. However, that will change shortly as the launch of the newly-redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma looks to … [Read more...] about Midsize Trucks Gain Popularity With New Models
We’re getting to the homestretch for TTAC’s 2016 Best and Worst Automobiles Today.Our writers have voted diligently, and a couple of tie-breaking votes were cast to give us an even 20 contestants in each category.I present you the 20 Worst Automobiles Today, as chosen by you and our writers, in alphabetical order, along with select nomination comments for each and every entry.However, before we get to the contestants, let’s talk about what’s to come.Starting tomorrow, we’ll be asking you to vote on the 10 Best and Worst Automobiles Today based on the list below. We are offering you a preview of the lists so that you may cajole your fellow voters into a certain way of thinking — your way of thinking. You have 24 hours to campaign your choices before noon ET tomorrow, at which time we will open the polls to the public.Here are your contestants. 20 Worst Automobiles Today BMW X1 If it walks like a Mini and talks like … [Read more...] about The Votes Are In! Here Are Your Candidates for Worst Automobiles of 2016, Along with Your Nomination Comments
After three weeks of nominations, votes from our writers, and another round of votes from you, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is TTAC’s Best Automobile Today.Is that really a surprise?Throughout this newly resurrected and refreshed edition of TTAC’s Ten Best and Worst Automobiles Today, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been king of the internal combustion castle, even with its diminutive 155 horsepower and 148 lbs-ft of torque. Yet, within the sportscar segment, you’d be hard pressed to find a vehicle that’s stayed true to its focused, singular purpose more than the four generations of Miata. It’s the David to the nearly all-conquering Goliaths that are the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.Most of you agreed that Mazda’s interpretation of the British roadster was worth a vote: a staggering 61.4 percent of cast ballots for the ND Miata.But what of the other nine vehicles in the Ten Best Automobiles Today? Here they are in … [Read more...] about Mazda MX-5 Miata Is TTAC’s 2016 Best Automobile Today (And Here Are the Other Nine Winners)
When our esteemed Managing Editor, Mark Stevenson, gave you, the Best and Brightest, instructions for nominating the TTAC Ten Best and Worst Automobiles Today, he gave you several criteria: Looks that stop traffic, the “WTF” factor, misused technology, and misery factor. Essentially, you could nominate any car you wanted to (except the Compass), you just had to give a reason.Mark instructed you to act like travel critics who’ve never left their hometown or restaurant critics that don’t go out to eat. In other words, TTAC allowed you to nominate cars you’ve never driven, have never sat in, or — heck — never even seen on the street.That ain’t right.When Mark asked the staff to submit our nominations, I omitted some cars that some might consider obvious choices, including the omnipresent Mazda MX-5 Miata.Why, you may ask? Simple. I haven’t driven them.In fact, I’ve only driven any generation of … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: Ten Best Automobiles Today Shouldn’t Be a Popularity Contest
Let’s face it: the automotive enthusiast universe wasn’t clamouring for a sub-subcompact, three-cylinder Mitsubishi hatchback. Not surprisingly, the Mitsubishi Mirage ended up on TTAC’s list of 2016’s Ten Worst Automobiles Today.But after TTAC named 2016’s best and worst vehicles earlier this week, we wondered whether the market agrees with the choices made by TTAC and The Best & Brightest. We know there are stark differences between the number of votes cast for vehicles such as the Mazda6 and the number of consumers who signed on the dotted line to buy a Mazda6. Will such stark differences appear when we look into the amount of support the American car-buying populace has for the very vehicles TTAC’s contributors and B&B despises? One by one, we’re answering that question, while also adding some insight from a devil’s advocate. Perhaps there are reasons these ten vehicles should be released from their disastrous new-found … [Read more...] about TTAC Says These Are 2016’s Ten Worst Automobiles Today, But The American Car Buyer Disagrees With A Number Of Choices
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ fourth-quarter reveal of Jeep’s replacement for the Compass and Patriot comes after mountains of late-in-life success for the small SUV duo.In Jeep’s U.S. home market, sales of the Compass — known as one of The Worst Cars Today since way back in 2006 — soared to an all-time record high of 66,698 units in calendar year 2015. Through the first five months of 2016, Compass sales are up 72 percent, a gain of 16,411 sales for Jeep’s lowest-volume model.The Patriot, meanwhile, topped the list of TTAC’s The Worst Cars Today in 2016, sales of the Patriot also having shot up to record levels of 118,464 units in 2015. Year-over-year, U.S. Patriot sales through the first five months of 2016 grew 4 percent to 52,067 units. Combined, the Dodge Caliber-based tandem essentially produce one-quarter of Jeep’s sales in the brand’s home market, outselling every other individual Jeep nameplate.Against this backdrop … [Read more...] about Can Jeep Flip Flop? Will The American Consumer Continue To Vote For A Compass/Patriot Successor?