Preview: 2014 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix

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After the month-long summer break, Formula One is back in session at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. A long time fan favorite track, Spa’s varying terrain and unpredictable weather has hosted some of the most eventful races in recent Formula One history.

As has been the case for the whole season, Mercedes will be the team to beat, but the championship is still far from over. At the previous outing in Hungary, Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo took his second win of the season, and Mercedes will be eager to take back the top step of the podium. more

2014 Nissan Titan Pro-4X 4x4 Test Drive

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I can think of no better place to put the 2014 Nissan Titan Pro-4X to the test than something called the Texas Canyon Truck Trail deep in the Angeles National Forest.

The Titan had already taxied to and from daycare for a week and dressed up for highway cruises to attend a wedding and I think we had both had enough of the charade. It was time to see how the Titan Pro-4X – the most off-road capable version available – performed in its natural habitat: The wilderness. more

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Editions Announced

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The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 double-cab and crew-cab pickup trucks look as slick as ever with new Rally Edition packages, announced this week.

There are two options for the Rally packages: Rally 1 and Rally 2. Equipped with the Rally 2 package, the 2015 Silverado LT will host a body-colored grille with a black bowtie, 22-inch black alloy wheels, black tubular side steps, and black mirror caps and door handles. Adding to the sharp appearance are two black racing stripes on the hood and the tailgate. It doesn't only add flashy components, though. more

2015 Honda Fit Earns Top Safety Pick From IIHS

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The 2015 Honda Fit joined 5 other Hondas in earning at least a Top Safety Pick rating for 2014 from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. No other car in the subcompact class has been worthy of a higher rating. 

For each vehicle, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety goes through a series of crash tests and strength tests. To earn Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must be deemed "good" on each of the following tests: moderate overlap front and side, roof strength, head restraints, and small overlap front. To earn that extra +, a vehicle must pass the above tests as well as earn at least a "basic" rating for front crash prevention systems. more

Brabus Unveils New Tuned 2015 Mercedes C-Class
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The new Brabus C-Class (W205) is the newest vehicle from the famous tuning company. For more than three decades, the German company has been one of the top Mercedes-Benz tuners, improving the power and refinement of Mercedes vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

Starting with the newest W205 generation Mercedes C-Class, Brabus has developed a number of improvements to the sedan. Customers will be able to choose between the standard Brabus Avantgarde package, or upgrade to the Exclusive package, each of which offers a number of optional extras. more

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse 1 of 1 Unveiled at Pebble Beach
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Bugatti unveiled their latest personalized Veyron at Pebble Beach, named the “1 of 1”. Built for an unnamed customer, the 1 of 1 was designed to highlight the history of the Bugatti family.

The Veyron 1 of 1 was built on company founder Ettore Bugatti’s motto, “Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive”, and surely the owner of the 1 of 1 believes the philosophy. The average selling price of a Bugatti vehicle is currently over $2.6 million, and surely the 1 of 1’s pricing went above and beyond the standard options list. more

1964 Honda S600 Appreciation
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The Honda S600 was the brainchild of company founder Soichiro Honda, who decided that his motorcycle company should start producing cars as well. The S600 evolved from the company’s line of S-roadsters - including the debut Honda automobile, the S360 - and became an important part of the company’s entry into the automotive world.

In the early 1960s, the world was in love with the roadster. Some of today’s most prized designs like the E-Type Jaguar and Lotus Elan were introduced in that time, and Honda decided to take what they had learned from building motorcycles and apply it to a lightweight roadster. The result evolved into the S600, a car which continues to influence Honda to this day. more

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Adds New 8-Speed Auto
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The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will feature GM’s new 8-speed automatic transmission, offering improved acceleration and fuel economy. The new gearbox will replace the old 6-speed automatic unit, and purists will still be able to opt for the 7-speed manual.

It isn’t a double-clutch unit, but GM is adamant that the Corvette’s new 8-speed will shift just about as well as the best double-clutch designs. Shift times will be so short that the automatic will beat the manual transmission in a sprint to 60, albeit barely. more

2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback Earn Top Safety Pick+
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Subaru is apparently on top of its safety game for 2014. Two of its 2015 models, the Legacy and the Outback, have earned the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's highest award possible, the 2014 Top Safety Pick +.

The Legacy and Outback join five other Subaru models to be worthy of safety awards from IIHS in 2014. Four have earned Top Safety Pick and three have earned Top Safety Pick +. more

McLaren P1 GTR Concept Unveiled at Pebble Beach
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With just under a year left until final production officially begins, McLaren unleashed the nostalgic, track-only P1 GTR concept that resembles the original F1 GTR that took the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans race by storm. 

Unveiled at a private event at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event last weekend, the P1 GTR concept stunned viewers. It is based off of the McLaren P1 road car but has been fine-tuned to a higher level so that it can compete on the track. With no road legality limitations, the P1 GTR boasts a highly upgraded body and 83 more horsepower than the road car. more

Electric Renovo Coupe Debuts With Insane 1,000 Lb.-Ft of Torque
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Among a sea of priceless, impeccably restored automobiles of the highest pedigree anywhere in the world, it was an upstart and unknown vehicle that captured hearts and minds at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance over the weekend. With any luck, they captured future buyers as well.

Renovo Motors made their grand debut at Pebble Beach, showing the striking Renovo Coupe that borrows the iconic Shelby Daytona Coupe design and fits it with a monstrous electric powertrain good for 1,000 lb.-ft of torque. Buzz around the Silicon Valley outfit is building as it appears Renovo may have built, as they claim, the first all-electric American supercar. more

Jaguar To Roll Out New InControl Infotainment With 2015 XE
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Already vital to the automaker because of the new architecture it will debut and the new segment it will enter, the upcoming Jaguar XE will also break new ground by being the first Jag to be equipped with an InControl infotainment system.

Jaguar has been a bit behind the times when it comes to technology for a while now, but are promising that the InControl system that will debut in the new XE sedan will change all that. Notable features include an 8-inch touchscreen, both Android and Apple smartphone apps and voice control. Is it everything it’s cracked up to be? more

Chrysler Group Appoints New Ram Truck and Alfa Romeo Leaders
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Chrysler Group LLC has appointed Reid Bigland as Head of Alfa Romeo Brand for the NAFTA region, and Robert Hegbloom as Head of Ram Truck Brand. Both positions are effective immediately as Chrysler Group continues to build its stake in the region.

As well as serving as Head of Alfa Romeo, Bigland will continue as Head of U.S. sales and as President and CEO of Chrysler Canada. His roles on the NAFTA Leadership Team and Fiat Chrysler Group Executive Council will continue as well. Hegbloom’s new position will add him to the list of members on the NAFTA Leadership Team. more

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Valet Mode Announced
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Corvette owners will soon get peace of mind when letting a complete stranger drive their car, thanks to the car’s new Valet Mode. Built into the Performance Data Recorder, Valet Mode will record video and data while a valet is behind the wheel.

No longer will Corvette owners fear a joyriding or clumsy valet, or at least not without evidence. What started as a track day recording device has quickly turned into a form of surveillance to keep a prized sports car from being used and abused by any pesky drivers. more