Tesla, Tesla, Tesla

I was in Houston Texas. The land of big oil. But the car company that kept popping up was big oil’s arch enemy Tesla. First, I was in Galleria mall doing a little… Continue reading

Automotive Journalism Can Hurt – #EpicFail

One of the joys of being and automotive journalist is the test drives. Automotive car-makers lend us vehicles to test. In turn we share with you our thoughts. This is a win-win situation until a car losses a hub cab or worst.

In the spirit of full disclosure while I have never crashed a car, I did cause a dent/scratch on a Chevy Volt. While the damage to the car was not that large, it did cause a huge hole in my ego. I rolled over a large rock or piece of cement that scratched the skirt of the car. My perfect record is now gone. My bragging rights tarnished. We take a look at some spectacular crashes.

First Quick Peek – Montreal NASCAR

Here is a quick look at the Montreal NASCAR. A much more detailed video to come.

In Print – Education needed for higher speed limits

By Kay Layne, QMI Agency Sometimes you just want to get from “A” to “B” in the least amount of time. The Texas Department of Transportation is in the process of raising the… Continue reading

Who wants to ride on this highway?

Not sure if this is a real highway. Or if the highway really looks like this. It seems photo shopped. If it is real then it is another thing to add to my… Continue reading

Breathalyzer Tests Now Required On all Vehicles In France

In France all vehicles must now carry a chemical or electronic breathalyzer. Officials are hoping this would help reduce drinking and driving. Authorities say that alcohol has been the main cause of mortality… Continue reading

Words to Drive By…

The longest journey begins with a single step, or better yet, with a turn of the ignition key.

In Print – Chevy Volt Shines and Fizzles

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let us start with the good. The Chevrolet Volt has won yet another award. At the Geneva Motor show, the plug-in hybrid… Continue reading

Audi R18

Audi takes the R-18 to the Le Mans.

An Audi Smile

Sometimes you just need a little automotive silliness to get you through your day.  Thanks to www.goremy.com  for the following ditty. Lyrics to Saudis in Audis… Hey there hotty, hey there cutie want a ride… Continue reading

Gumball 3000 Random Thoughts- Toronto

Gumball 3000 Random Thoughts- Toronto

Just because you have a nice car doesn’t mean you know how to drive it…lol.
Duct tape and dreams!!!!

Shoot out to the Westside Tree-huggers! Prius!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG568Q7-tkE

Bad boys ride in Prii (Yes, according to Toyota the plural for Prius is Prii).

General Motors De-Friends Facebook

GM has decided to stop advertising on Facebook.  According to the a source close to the automaker, the social media site was not generating enough buzz and sales.   Speaking to Reuters, Brian Wieser,… Continue reading

Honda Ad

Honda Ad

I do not know who created these ads but kudos. I am loving them. It is funny when you speak different languages, you always assume no one knows what you are saying. I have been burnt like this many a times. Enjoy this one.

 

Seat Ejection System – After Market

There are some wonderful car commercials out there at the moment.  Honda has one that makes me smile every time I see it.  Take a look and tell me what you think.

Kevin Williams may be a power player at GM Canada, but he’ll never forget his humble beginnings

The motivational story of Kevin Williams’ rise for a poor child from a rough neighborhood to one of the most powerful players at General Motors.

NAIAS Auto Show Flash Mob

Okay, here is something for the quirky- feel-good news column. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, a staged flash mob broke out during the Charity Preview event. Enjoy!

2012 Redesigned Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen launched its newly designed Beetle today. This 3rd generation “Love Bug” has more edgier and modern design than its predecessor.

Automotive Journalist, Magazine Founder and Legend David E. Davis Dies at 80

  Sometimes we have to take a moment and acknowledge those who came before us. One such man is David E. Davis Jr. He was a Godfather of automotive journalism.  Davis died Sunday… Continue reading

Car Porn: Aston Martin DBS and V8 Vantage

by Kay Layne It is a week to Christmas so this time I am presenting two lovely porn stars. They are Aston Martin siblings; the DBS and the V8 Vantage. What I love… Continue reading

Car Porn: Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

A review of Maserati’s GranTurismo MC Stradale, both in words and video.

Car Porn: McLaren MP4-12C

We take a look at the McLaren MP4 12C. This supercar weighs in a 2 866 pounds. Underneath its curvy exterior is a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo engine, which pumps out 592 horsepower and 443 lbs of torque.

The MP4-12C has a 7-speed Seamless Shift dual –clutch transmission. Drivers can preselect the next gear by pulling a paddle shifter located behind the steering wheel. This McLaren also incorporates other Formula 1 technologies such as brake steer. This is used when cornering, the inside wheel is braked to reduce understeer. This McLaren will hit North American shores mid 2011 with a base price of $225 000 US.

Car Porn: Porsche Cayman R

Friday Car Porn: Porsche Cayman R

This two-seater carbon-fiber sports car is powered under the hood by a specially tuned six-cylinder mid-engine which kicks out 330 horsepower and 273 foot-pounds of torque at 4750 rpm. This rear-wheeled Porsche weighs in at 2855 pounds thus making it 121 pounds lighter than the Cayman S.
With its lighter weight, beefed up engine and PDK double-clutch automatic transmission this Cayman has a top speed of 175 mph and can zip from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
The 2012 Cayman R will go on sale in North America the beginning of next year for $66, 300 US.

Luxury vehicles on auction block after being seized for street racing

The ultimate Black Friday Sale. In North Vancouver, British Columbia, police seized a $235,000 Ferrari Scuderia and a $75,000 BMW M6  after the owners were charged with doing about 200 km/h  in a 60 km/h… Continue reading

Car Porn: Koenigsegg Agera

By Kay Layne   It is Friday, the weekend is upon us and it is time for a bit of car porn. The star of choice this week is the Koenigsegg Agera.  … Continue reading

Car Porn: the Pagani Zonda

Some days we just need a little pick- me-up.  A little something to raise our spirits, our moods. I hear your silent pleas.  I do what I do for you. So inspired by… Continue reading

Toyota Sienna – Swagger Wagon

by Kay Layne I must come clean.  While the logical part of me sees the many virtues and uses of minivans, I silently promised my cooler, fun loving part that I shall never… Continue reading

Honda Jazz (Fit) Hybrid

by Kay Layne Honda’s latest and cheapest hybrid was announced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The Honda Jazz is known as the Honda Fit in North America. The new hybrid is priced… Continue reading

UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND DRIVES RECORD PRODUCTION AT ROLLS-ROYCE

By Kay Layne Happy Days are here again! I am happy to announce that the worst of global recession is over! Now you are probably wondering how I can claim to such a… Continue reading

Damsels of Design’

Women Automotive Designers

Here is an interesting article by Stuart Schwartzapfel about women automotive designers. While I do not agree one hundred percent with some of the over simplified reasons given to explain why women have… Continue reading

Chrysler Recalls over half a million vehicles

Chrysler Recalls over half a million vehicles

The new ‘Gullwing’ – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

by Kay Layne Okay, this is the first article that I have ever written that does not require sentences. AMG 563hp 479 pound-feet of torque V8 motor coupled with a unique 7 speed… Continue reading

New Powerful “Green-ish” Bentley

By Kay Layne The good folks over at Bentley said today that they will be unveiling their new Supercar on March 3rd. They are not saying much, but they claim it will be… Continue reading

Move over General Motors, Toyota is number 1

By Kay Layne For the first time in decades Toyota Motor Corp. has outsold General Motors Corp. to become the world’s biggest automaker. Toyota outsold GM in 2008. There was another first for… Continue reading

Toyota unveils the 2010 Prius

by Kay Layne The 2009 North American International Auto show is presently underway in Detroit. This year the big buzz is around all the new hybrids and electric vehicles. Today at the show… Continue reading

Hyundai’s Latest Incentive Plan

Can’t pay for your car…. No problem Hyundai has a new incentive plan that will allow you to give your car back should you lose your job. Check out the following video for… Continue reading

List of the most frequently stolen cars in Canada for 2008

By Kay Layne We now know which vehicles were most frequently stolen in Canada this year. The Insurance Board of Canada published its findings.  What did you think made the top of the charts?… Continue reading

GM’s Volt – Electricity hits the streets.

Hopefully this car will come to be. First of all, we have a very cash strapped General Motors. Will a government bailout come in the nick of time? Secondly, the Volt a plug-in… Continue reading

iPhone Automotive Applications

I must admit that I am somewhat “cellular-ly” challenged. I get a cell phone, learn its features and use the phone. I will continue to use the phone until one of the following… Continue reading

Part two: Buick Enclave Road Test

by Kay Layne A few years ago, if you told anyone that General Motors would have a SUV or CUV that would compete against Lexus, you would have been laughed at or place… Continue reading

The lighter side of gas.

Cartoons from all over…

Interview with Buick’s Michael Burton

By Kay Layne Part One: Learning about the “Man” who is trying to bring back the brand. I had the good fortune of chatting with Michael Burton, a Director at General Motors and… Continue reading

Retractable Studded Tires

by Kay Layne I realize that the last thing most people in the northern parts of North America want to think about is snow. Not too long ago, record amounts of snow fell… Continue reading

Helping you find your Zenn, Canada’s electric car.

by Kay Layne To conclude my series on “greenish’’ vehicles, I shall actually profile a real “green” vehicle. Canada is a great land with great exports. There is the big stuff like forestry… Continue reading

Environmentally friendly big honking SUVs- The Hydrogen Hummer and Hybrid Escalade

Go big, go “greenish” by Kay Layne This one is for all of you who sent emails about my “Greenish” Lambo article. I think the whole “Greenish” concept would make a really cool… Continue reading

This makes me want go “greenish”. The New Lambo LP560-4

  By Kay Layne For all of you tree-huggers out there, here is a vehicle for you. Lamborghini has introduced a more environmental friendly version of the very popular Gallardo. The LP560-4 weighs… Continue reading

Hot Rodder Boyd Coddington dead at 63

By Kay Layne Boyd Coddington, legendary designer and builder of hod-rods died this morning. The cause of death is undisclosed. Coddington was 63.   Coddington was also a television celebrity with his own reality… Continue reading

Going Greenish

By Kay Layne  Today actually started out white and snowy for me and many other parts of North America. However, things are beginning to look a little green.  First of all in Shanghai, General… Continue reading

Cadillac DTS

  by K-lane – Please allow me to be brutally honest. I was not exactly looking forward to testing this car. Do not get me wrong, I’m an automotive journalist; this is what… Continue reading

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