Monthly Archives: November 2017

NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore dies at 92

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Walter “Bud” Moore Jr., who won multiple NASCAR championships as a car owner and crew chief, has died at the age of 92.

Nissan brings six ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ show cars to L.A.

The 2017 L.A. Auto Show is upon us, and the release date of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is drawing near. Nissan, like everyone else, loves “Star Wars.” The automaker has a partnership with the franchise, though, which means it gets to have a lot of fun at events like this. We’ve seen “Star Wars”-themed Nissans (and Nissan stands) at previous auto shows. This year, the company went all out, unveiling six show cars inspired by the upcoming film. We’re in nerd heaven.

The first of the six cars is a 2018 Nissan Maxima styled to look like Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer. There’s also a 2018 Maxima that borrows Ren’s intimidating mask for the car’s front fascia. The Captain Phasma is represented in a shiny 2018 Maxima. A Special Forces TIE fighter rounds out the First Order-themed vehicles as a 2018 Altima.

2018 Jeep Polyvore JL: five of our preferred design information

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The particular 2018 4×4 Wrangler JL is here (finally), and its large LA Car Show expose necessarily centered on the big-ticket items. Result and clearance are all extremely important things, to be certain, but there are much more for this adventuremobile compared to approach plus departure sides (44 plus 37 levels for a 2 doors Rubicon, respectively).

NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore dies at 92

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Walter “Bud” Moore Jr., who won multiple NASCAR championships as a car owner and crew chief, has died at the age of 92.

2019 Subaru Ascent Deep Dive | 15 fast facts, and 8 golden retrievers

The 2019 Subaru Ascent three-row crossover is a big deal — both in literal size and metaphorical importance. It plugs a gap in Subaru’s crossover lineup that has never been filled, since the company’s previous attempt, the B9 Tribeca, fell flat on its weird-looking face. And by “plugs a gap,” we don’t mean in terms of market segments. Rather, it fills a gap among Subaru’s band of fiercely loyal customers.

Currently, Subaru’s Crosstrek, Forester and Outback serve young singles, couples and parents with recently arrived children. They also have older empty nester types who effectively “come back to us.” But for those customers in their “child-raising years,” they’ve had no choice but to leave the brand in favor of one that sells a larger, three-row model. They don’t need the biggest thing around, but something larger than an Outback would be nice.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 broke a Nürburgring record, but will it hold?

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Jaguar claims its XE SV Project 8 crushed a Nürburgring sedan lap record. The time? A blistering 7:21.23. Reaching that speed is certifiably quick, to be sure — it beats the beastly Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio by 11 seconds. And some of our favorite track weapons are only slightly quicker. A Corvette Z06, for instance, does the job in 7:13. But there’s an asterisk to this record because the Project 8 is a production intent spec vehicle — not a production car. Will the production model be any slower? Jaguar isn’t saying.

Is Toyota’s bet on hydrogen paying off?

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Toyota is one of several automakers experimenting with hydrogen fuel cell technology as a form of zero-emission transportation, and it’s one of just a couple offering hydrogen cars to the general public in any major world market. But in 2017, Toyota finds itself in a strange place with a hydrogen car in the lineup, but no electric cars.