Motor Trend Names 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Car of the Year

Noting its "world-class sports car performance and dynamics," the automotive pundits at Motor Trend have named their 2016 Car of the Year - the 2016 Chevy Camaro. The sixth generation of Camaro, the new ride is powered with Alpha build, designed to improve handling, shed weight and boost speed and engine power. It's got a 3.6-liter V6 engine, 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. It's capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds with an automatic transmission, 5.2 seconds with a manual. Design-wise, you'll notice lower, slimmer proportions, broader shoulders and a fastback profile. Behind the wheel, you'll also appreciate its lightweight architecture that lends itself to better handling, improved aerodynamics. The revamped interior includes a flat-bottom steering...

November 25, 2015
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Fast and Furious Just Won't Stop

If you've been wondering just how long the wildly successful Fast and Furious film franchise can keep living before losing its luster, producer and star Vin Diesel has some good news for you. He recently confirmed to reporters that as the car-crazed franchise' eighth, ninth and 10th installments are in development, so too are several spin-off films. All we know thus far is that those spin offs, as well as a few prequels, will feature Dwayne Johnson's character Hobbs, a diplomatic security service agent. Next up, though, is Fast & Furious 8, slated for release April 14, 2017. It will take place primarily in New York with scenes in Los Angeles, Tokyo and the Dominical Republic. Reports are the next film will focus on Kurt Russell's character, Mr. Nobody, and detail his...

November 21, 2015
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Hyundai Recalls 305,000 Sonatas

Drive a Hyundai? Listen up. The South Korean-based automaker this week announced a voluntary recall of some 305,000 Sonata midsized cars because the brake lights can stay on even when the driver isn't riding the brakes. As you can imagine, this can unintentionally punk drivers behind to also hit the brakes, boosting the risk for a pileup. Though no crashes or injuries have been reported (yet) the potential exists. Hyundai officials point to a stopper pad between the brake pedal and plunger responsible for turning on the brake lights. They say the stopper pad can deteriorate, causing the plunger to stick and the brake lights to shin indefinitely. That's not all. The transmission also can be shifted out of park without the brake on, and the system that lets the brakes override the...

November 21, 2015
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Thanksgiving Travel to Hit Eight-Year High

If you own or drive a vehicle on a regular basis, no doubt you've noticed that gas prices are falling lately. In fact, many states expect to see gas prices dip below $2 per gallon for the first Thanksgiving holiday stretch in years. As a result, the pundits at AAA say traffic will surge to the highest levels in nearly a decade starting Wednesday afternoon and running through Sunday. While we're all about lower fuel costs, more drivers on the road means more risk for accidents. That's a tough pill to swallow considering that Thanksgiving already is among the most dangerous times of the year to be on the roadways. An average 400 to 500 people die and some 46,000 more are injured each year during this time. It's particularly rough on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, known to...

November 21, 2015
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Five Cool Concepts You'll See at the LA Auto Show

The 2015 LA Auto Show is underway at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Among the head turners you'll see are five seriously cool concepts… Aston Martin DB10: This sleek, silver two-door coupe tops our list in large part because it was created specifically for the newest James Bond film, Spectre, which hit theaters nationwide earlier this month. It features a 6-speed manual transmission used on the British carmaker's V8-engined rides and a chassis based on a modified version of the VH Platform that underpins the V8 Vantage, but with a longer wheelbase. Scion C-HR Concept SUV: A four-door, hatchback crossover with an edgy style and huge 21-inch wheels, ergo the "C-HR" which stands for "compact" and "high ride." Interestingly, its look is inspired by sleek chopsticks...

November 21, 2015
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The Force is Strong with Fiat in LA Auto Show Debut

If you're anxiously awaiting next months' release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Fiat's got a treat for you. The Italian luxury carmaker this week debuted a Stormtrooper-inspired concept car at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Dubbed the First Order Stormtrooper 2015 Fiat 500e, the ride was created by Garage Italia Customs. It looks a bit like a Mini Cooper disguised as a Stormtrooper helmet, complete with white and black lacquer paint job. Star Wars purists will be the first to point out that car was not modeled after the classic armor design of the Empire's Imperial foot soldier that first appeared in the iconic 1977 original. Instead, inspiration likely was taken from recent designs, most notably that of the armor donned by bounty hunter Bobba Fett's father,...

November 21, 2015
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Are Spare Tires Going the Way of the 8-Track Cassette Player?

Despite the plethora of optional features in today's new cars, there are a few items one simply takes for granted when plunking down the first payment for a chosen ride. You know, a steering wheel, spark plugs, a spare tire - the basics. But according to multiple major automakers, one of these items is no longer a given, and it's got us a bit stumped. A new study by the AAA shows that a full 36 percent of 2015 model year cars sold lacked a spare tire, instead gifting buyers with a tire inflator kits. That figure is a far cry from the five percent of 2006 model cars sold without the trusty spare in the trunk's wheel well, and it adds up to some 29 million rides on America's roadways lacking this crucial piece of safety equipment. So what gives? It turns out that automakers are skipping...

November 11, 2015
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America's Newest Auto Museum Planned for Jacksonville, FL

The nation's newest automobile museum is slated for Jacksonville, Florida - and we here at E3 Spark Plugs couldn't be more excited. That's because it's just a stone's throw from our Ponte Vedra Beach headquarters. Slated for opening in January, the Jacksonville Automotive Museum will be housed at the Regency Mall in an expansive space that formerly was a Montgomery Ward. It will feature more than 100 classic and modern cars and motorcycles, a 200-seat auditorium, an art gallery and four iRacing simulators lining a side wall in a simulated pit lane, Executive Director Bruce Marble told reporters recently. Planned events and programs include car shows, after-hours concerts and automotive restoration education courses. Locals recently spotted workers maneuvering a gorgeous...

November 7, 2015
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Original Batmobile Headed to Lego Land - Maybe

Multiple movies, TV shows, comic books and storybooks have been playfully immortalized in Lego sets, created for kids, but often hoarded by moms nostalgic dads and moms, too. Such will most certainly be the case if one online crusader gets his way. Posting on the Lego Ideas website, a guy (or gal, who knows?) who goes by "B. Rick" is pushing the toymaker to offer a set that includes features from the original 1966 Batman TV series, including the iconic Batmobile by late car customizer George Barris. The proposed Lego Batmobile car, which began life in the TV world as a 1955 Lincoln Futura before undergoing a massive transformation, includes many of the same features you'll remember coveting as a kid, including the atomic turbine engine, Bat radar, rocket launchers, Bat-chutes, the...

November 7, 2015
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Toyota Pumps $1 Billion into AI for Futuristic Rides and Robots

Today's rides increasingly are becoming infused with the kind of artificial intelligence that once was the stuff only of comic books and James Bond movies. Now, Toyota is ramping up for an even more futuristic automotive scene by pumping $1 billion into a research and development laboratory in California's Silicon Valley. Dubbed the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the initiative will hire hundreds of engineers to staff a main facility in Palo Alto, Calif., near Stanford University, and a second located near MIT in Cambridge, Mass. Heading the TRI is former DARPA program manager Dr. Gill Pratt, an executive technical advisor at Toyota. As CEO, he'll rev up operations in January. At a recent press conference, Toyota president Akio Toyoda told members of the media that the company...

November 7, 2015
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