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The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is not the first hardtop convertible Miata, but it is the first one to feature the sweet buttresses that, when the top retracts, provide the appearance of a targa top instead of a typical roadster. Mazda developed the Retractable Fastback to preserve the Miata’s already minimal trunk space, which would be impacted considerably if a traditional convertible hard top,like that of the NC-generation Miata PRHT’s, was used,due to the new ND Miata’s smaller size. Instead, the RF loses just 0.11...Continue reading »

You can tell just by looking at it. The C-HR was supposed to be a Scion, right up until Toyota put the brand out of its misery. Like the rest of the survivors, it found asylum in Toyota, but it remains firmly a child of two worlds. As a result, it’s completely unsure of what it wants to be, and it shows. Start with the name. C-HR stands for “Coupe-High Rider,” and it’s neither. The body side is styled to make it look like a coupe, with all the associated packaging drawbacks. The designers attempted to hide the...Continue reading »

As of April 1st 2017, new Vehicle Exercise Duty rules will shake the world of car tax across the UK. But how will these changes affect new car buyers in the coming months? Up until the rule change, VED was determined purely on CO2 emissions from the vehicle – but moving forward, the value of the vehicle will be considered. In fact, the greater the value, the more you are likely to pay. New and used car dealership Motorparks have produced an easy-to-follow visual guide with all the information you need to know about the rule change, including...Continue reading »

For a while and without too many specifics, Hyundai has been talking about a new hydrogen powered CUV or SUV to replace the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. Now, in Geneva, the Korean automaker has given us a preview of that vehicle: the Future Eco (FE) Fuel Cell Concept. The FE Fuel Cell definitely looks like a concept car, with a clean, flowing look Hyundai says is inspired by water, which happens to be this car’s only tailpipe emission. It has a sturdy stature, with the large wheels pushed to the corners. Aerodynamic touches help make...Continue reading »

Rich folks accustomed to sending the luggage ahead can now send more of it more swiftly with a new cluster of model variants being added to the Porsche Panamera constellation. They’ll go by the moniker Sport Turismo, and they’ll be distinguishable from the outside by their shooting brake profile, which involves a longer roofline, a larger rear quarter window, a fatter D-pillar, and a more upright but still rakish hatch glass. That hatch now drops well down into the bumper, so the Louis Vuittons only have to be hoisted 24.7...Continue reading »

Can I tell you something? I really like Toyota’s big SUVs. The Land Cruiser, first and foremost, has been my favorite for generations now. Is there a better SUV? Not really. Even if I’m wrong, so what? I love the thing. However the Lexus GX might be. Known in other parts of the world as the Toyota Prado, you can best think of the GX as Land Cruiser Junior. Sales of the GX are indeed slow, and Lexus feels the need (sadly) to have a more conventional 3-row uni-body luxury SUV to compete with the high-dollar and high-volume Audi...Continue reading »

Since its launch in 2012, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has developed a reputation for being the muscle car of the Camaro lineup. The debut of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 helped change that perception with its more track-capable performance, and now the surprise reveal of the ZL1 1LE turns the idea that the model is only good for burnouts completely on its head. Chevrolet revealed the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE at Daytona International Speeway ahead of this weekend’s Daytona 500. The car is essentially a mashup of the current ZL1 and the last-gen Z/28....Continue reading »

The 2017 Ford GT is mind-blowingly fast, with a 0-60 mile-per-hour time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with 647 horsepower at the crank, the Ford GT is a rocket ship that never takes flight. However, the Ford GT owner’s manual is hinting that Ford may want to go a little faster with a lightweight Competition Series model. Mentioned in two different locations in the new supercar’s manual (page 42 and page 149), the Competition Series may be a reality sooner than we think. The...Continue reading »

Zero-to-60 testing got a lot more interesting when Tesla’s Model SP100Dwith Ludicrous mode managed to accelerate harder than it could brake. That’s right. While the motors are pulling their hardest—from 10 mph to 50 mph—the car averages 1.14 g of acceleration. From 50 to 10 mph, the antilock system only musters 1.11 g of average deceleration. We were so intrigued by this car’s performance at such around-town speeds that we decided to really dig into the inner workings and find out what’s going on as this car...Continue reading »

England’s issue with potholes doesn’t look like it’s going to ease off anytime soon, with figures published by the Local Government Association (LGA) claiming that it will take an estimated 14 years just to clear the nation’s current pothole repair backlog. This is an increase on the 10.9 years which was claimed back in 2006, with Martin Tett, the transport spokesperson at LGA, acknowledging: “It is becoming increasingly urgent to address the roads crisis we face as a nation. “Our roads are deteriorating fast and it...Continue reading »