I drove the Citroen C4 Cactus in America

2015 Citroën C4 Cactus front 3/4 view

In early April, I learned there was a Citroën C4 Cactus roaming around metro Detroit, and I immediately unleashed the power of the internet in my quest to get up close and personal with the French oddity.

Following that, the Cactus sort of became my white whale. It drove by me one evening. It stalked my friends. It even visited my local bar, less than one block from my apartment. Readers emailed me with stories of Cactus sightings. Followers on social media tagged me in Cactus-related posts. The cactus emoji has been in my iPhone’s bank of most frequently used icons for weeks.   more…

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Nissan banks on racier Maxima to draw younger buyers

Nissan gives its eighth-generation Maxima, redesigned for 2016, racier exterior styling, with a floating roof, a beefier beltline, an enlarged front grill and a fastback rear design.

The car receives an upgraded interior that features a cockpit angled 7 degrees toward the driver, and a list of options that includes premium seat stitching, leather trim, a heated steering wheel and a dual-panel moonroof.  more…

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Car-hacking threats get Congressional scrutiny

Congress wants to know more about how federal regulators and major car manufacturers plan to protect drivers from automotive cyber attacks.

Lawmakers from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote letters to 17 automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday, asking each about their readiness to thwart car hackers.

“The explosion of new, connected devices and services is exacerbating existing cyber-security challenges and has introduced another potential consequence – the threat of physical harm,” the committee wrote.   more…

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Which BMW M5 would you choose?

Bargain hunters, prepare: one man’s collection of seven M5s is up for auction. Your favorite?

M Division completists with an itchy wallet, look away now: seven examples of the M5 are up for auction soon. And with decent numbers on their odometers, these are used and attainable, rather than being OTT, headline-grabbing showpieces, the like of which have dominated car auctions of late.

Covering every generation bar the current F10, they come from one man’s collection and range from an early and superb looking E28 M5 of 1987 vintage to a 25th Anniversary special edition of the E60, registered in 2010. Estimated to fetch over £25,000, the latter is the only car with a reserve, making the other six exceedingly tempting indeed.

Those seeking the best fun-per-pound ratio should look at the E39 M5. Registered in 2000 and with service history to verify its 80,000 miles, it looks excellent in Imola Red and is arguably the finest M5 of them all, being the last one equipped with a manual gearbox, which came attached to the wonderful 394bhp V8 engine you’ll also find in the BMW Z8.   more…

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Aston wants to build DBX on its new platform, not Mercedes’

Aston Martin is proceeding with plans to launch the DBX as its first production crossover. It just can’t say at this point what it will be based on.

Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Aston’s new CEO Andy Palmer indicated that basing the DBX on a Mercedes SUV platform would not be its first choice because they “clearly sit in a very different space to the one we want to go” with the DBX. Instead, the company’s first choice would be to build the crossover atop the new platform it’s developing for its sports cars. “It just depends how high off the ground it could go,” said Palmer. “I don’t exclude the possibility of using some [Mercedes] parts, but I would say very much the primary route is our platform.” More …

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Ten Of The Nicest Cars You Can Buy On eBay For Less Than $20,000

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Ten Of The Nicest Cars You Can Buy On eBay For Less Than $20,000

Last week, I asked you intrepid readers to find the cars that would make you most likely to do a double take in a parking lot for under a $20,000 budget, on eBay. Without further ado, here are the ten niiiiicest cars you all picked.  More…

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What It’s Like Driving In The Mille Miglia

What It's Like Driving In The Mille Miglia

There’s a place in this world where cars have a holiday dedicated to them. And it’s a genuine holiday. Not the lame-ass British ‘holiday’ that’s just a jaunt to some tepid seashore, but holiday as in people stop all the normal rules of life and celebrate. The place is Italy, and the holiday is the Mille Miglia.

There’s really no other way to describe what’s going on here. This morning, the entire town of Brescia pretty much shut down and everyone went to ogle and moan over the massive collection of remarkable cars that was amassed in a lovely, ancient-feeling town square. There was a festive feeling everywhere, and everywhere you looked was an amazing car.   more…

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It’s the fastest street-legal Viper ever

It’s street-legal, but you’d better have your brave pills to hand. This is the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, built for a racetrack near you, and featuring numbers big enough to warp time itself.

We caught our first glimpse of this hardcore Viper ACR at SEMA last year, but now we have some actual details. It’s billed as the ultimate track-honed Viper, built to “dominate road courses around the world”.

And as with any self-respecting track car, the upgrades over the ‘standard’, 8.4-litre, V10-engined Viper cover the aerodynamics, the chassis and the rubber. First up is something called the ‘Extreme Aero Package’, and it is quite extreme.   more …

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This Secret Car Collector Owns 50 Percent Of The BMW 700 RS Population

This Secret Car Collector Owns 50 Percent Of The BMW 700 RS Population

The 700 RS is a hand-built race car and BMW only made two. One is in their famous museum in Munich while the other belongs to an unnamed American collector who wishes to stay in the shadows. Enter one of the most significant collections of classic BMWs on the planet.

There’s a secret warehouse located somewhere in Southern California. Inside, you find 45 classic BMWs from 1960-1988, and another ten cars in pieces.

All this was put together by a bloke who was homeless at the age of 17, saw an E30 M3 on the road and got so hooked on BMWs that when the American Dream did its job, he ditched his art collection in favor of some steel, aluminum, oil, rubber, and other precious materials in between.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V to hit dealers this summer, start at $83,995*

Cadillac has announced pricing for the 640-horsepower CTS-V, and not only will the new super-sedan outgun its heartiest German rivals, it’ll undercut them on price, too.

Kicking off at $83,995 (not including a $995 destination charge), the CTS-V is nearly $10,000 less than the 560-hp BMW M5, almost $18,000 less than the 577-hp Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic, and is nearly $25,000 less than the 560-hp Audi RS7. So in case you were wondering, yes, the CTS-V will continue to be one of the auto industry’s very best high-performance bargains in its third generation.  more…

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