Five Automotive Trends to Watch in 2014

The new Mazda 6 could be the one to usher in the era of diesel cars, some automotive pundits predict. Just as dozens of “Top 10″ lists, naming highlights of 2013, are coming out it’s also time to look forward to the new year with a look at trends that will take over and shape the automotive industry in the coming year. Here are some of the top trends for 2014: Hybrids Take Over: Chances are you know at least a dozen people who are driving hybrids and that number is predicted to rise steadily as they become the norm. As hybrid manufacturers add new models to their lineup there will be more options for people who currently can’t find one which they like. Prius alone already boasts four different models. And as people trade in their old hybrids, the second-hand...

February 9, 2015
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Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo to Hit the Real-World Streets

That sleek, sexy and super fast Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo in the wildly popular game may hit the real-world streets soon. It’s pretty safe to say that you’ll never see most of the sleek, stunning supercars created exclusively for the Gran Turismo video game franchise pull up next to you at a red light. But there may be one exception coming soon. Florida-based J&S World Wide Holdings head Jeff Halverson was so enamored with the Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo’s static show car displayed at the recent LA Auto Show that he decided to create a street-legal version. Halverson reportedly will use the 2014 SLS AMG GT as the car’s base, but re-body it into carbon fiber to resemble the crazy beautiful game version. It’ll boast the same 6.3-liter V8...

February 9, 2015
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Four New Rides We’re Anxious to See in 2014

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid The New Year always means new rides. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs are anxiously awaiting the arrival of several in 2014. Here are our top three picks: 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid: Inspired by the vintage 917 racers with a black-and-white livery scheme, the new Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid can go 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and is capable of speeds of over 211 mph. And, it can go about 18 miles on a charge before switching over to the gasoline engine. It’s pricey, though. A limited-edition model will set you back a cool $970,000. Look for it in early 2014. 2014 Tesla Model X: This one is perhaps the most anticipated debut of the year. Touted as a cross between a stylish SUV and a practical-yet-uber-cool minivan, the specs include a futuristic touchscreen...

February 9, 2015
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GM Makes History Today – Names Mary Barra First Female CEO in Global Automotive Industry

GM’s Mary Barra, the world’s first female CEO of a major automaker. General Motors Co. (GM) CEO Dan Ackerson today officially announced that he’s retiring in January. And his successor just made global automotive industry history. GM confirmed rumors circulating throughout Detroit that longtime company executive Mary Barra would take the helm, becoming the world’s first female CEO of an automaker. Barra, 51, joined GM as a factory floor intern 33 years ago, steadily climbing the corporate ranks over the next three decades. Her first official job with the company was as a plant engineer in the Pontiac Motor Division, where her father had worked for 39 years as a dye maker. She immediately stood out in the profession where there were few women and even fewer...

February 9, 2015
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Thousands of Drivers in Souped Up Rides Honor Paul Walker at LA Car Rally

Some 20,000 fans turned out for an impromptu tribute rally for late actor and racer Paul Walker. Hollywood and the racing community remain in a state of shock over the sudden loss of actor and accomplished racer Paul Walker, who was killed, along with his friend and business partner Roger Rodas, in a November 30 single car crass in Los Angeles. To honor the late star best known for The Fast and the Furious film franchise, some 20,000 fans turned out at an impromptu rally in the LA suburb near the crash site. Promoted via Facebook and Twitter, the rally attracted thousands of drivers in souped up cars including modified Porches, Corvettes and Camrys – all in a nod to Walker’s love for all things automotive. The actor was an avid car enthusiast who competed in the Redline...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: 5 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

What’s on Santa’s list for the car enthusiast you love? E3 Spark Plugs has a few great gift ideas. Hanukkah is here and Christmas is less than three weeks away. And we know you’ve still got lots of holiday gift shopping to do. We’re here to help! Check out E3 Spark Plugs‘ list of the top holiday gift ideas for the car enthusiast you love: Retro Heated Travel Mug: It sports a ’60-esque retro design and connects to your car’s 12V cigarette lighter and can heat drinks to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfect for those long morning or late night treks. $29.95 from DrivingComfort.com. Poster pic of your loved one’s beloved ride: Snapfish.com offers some very cool ways to show off a gorgeous ride. Upload a pic and choose from a variety of display...

February 9, 2015
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A Few Firsts and Lasts for Lamborghini

Lamborghini recently unveiled the new $4.6 million Veneno Roadster on the flight deck of an Italian aircraft carrier. It’s been a busy few months for Italian brand Lamborghini. They’ve retired one luxury ride, are readying to announce another and dramatically unveiled a vamped up Veneno aboard an Italian aircraft carrier. We here at E3 Spark Plugs were a little bummed to hear of Lamborghini’s retiring of the Gallardo, the luxury automaker’s best-selling model ever. After 10 years in production and just over 14,000 units created, the last Gallardo, an LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in the famous Rosso Mars hue, rolled off the Sant’Agata Bolgonese assembly line last month. Named for a famous breed of fighting bull, the Gallardo was the company’s most...

February 9, 2015
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Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid! 1940 Buick Phaeton from “Casablanca??? Sells For $461,000

Humphrey Bogart’s 1940 Buick Phaeton featured in “Casablanca” and “High Sierra” recently sold for $461,000. Were you at the recent Bonham’s auction in New York? If not, “you’ll regret it – maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.” Why the dramatics? Because you missed the chance to drive home in Humphrey Bogart’s 1940 Buick Phaeton featured in what is arguably one of the most iconic scenes in film history – the departure scene in World War II-era Casablanca. It’s the one where Bogart’s character, Rick Blaine, says his romantic goodbye to his longtime love Ilsa Lund played by the stunning Ingrid Bergman. “You said I was to do the thinking for both of us....

February 9, 2015
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Nissan BladeGlider Stuns at Tokyo Motor Show – Would you Drive this Wing-Inspired Ride, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

The Nissan BladeGlider concept could go into production next year. The Tokyo Motor Show is always good for a head turner or two. And this year’s event did not disappoint. Among the concept rides creating the most buzz this go-round were the Toyota FV2, a street-legal, four-wheeled segway that rides more like a horse or motorcycle; and the Nissan BladeGlider, a triangular contraption inspired by hang gliders and the swept wing, an aircraft wing planform favored for high subsonic and supersonic speeds. The BladeGlider’s triangular form reduces weight and boosts aerodynamic efficiency, promising a lighter, faster and cheaper (at least at the gas pump) ride. It’s the brain child of famed automotive designer Ben Bowlby, who earlier this year rocked a major told-ya-so...

February 9, 2015
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Corvette Stingray Wins Automobile of the Year Award – Do You Agree, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is earning accolades from auto journalists, though many purists are still not sure about those boxy tail lights. Automobile Magazine has announced its Automobile of the Year Award winner – the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Also called the C7 (it’s the seventh generation of Corvette designs), the latest ‘Vette is being lauded as Chevy’s comeback kid, reflecting a renewed energy emerging from the company’s 2009 bankruptcy. Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the Stingray is named for the 1957 racing concept car that won the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) National Championship in 1960, and is the first to bear the Stingray name since the 1976 third generation model. The first ever...

February 9, 2015
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