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Every sound a car makes in movies like Fast Five starts here. California City is one of those places with no apparent reason for being. It?s stuck out in the middle of the Mojave Desert where it?s brutally hot in the summer and windstorms will sandblast the paint off your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Classified ads can run the gamut from being very straightforward and informational, to the hackneyed ?runs great? or ?perfect condition.? But every now and then, the writer of the description will take a literary flight of fancy, and paint an especially amusing or colorful picture. The author of this Canadian... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at be5cars's blog
First Look: 2009 Scion tC Release Series 5.0 The pre-customized 2009 Scion tC Release Series 5.0 sports coupe packs factory installed accessories and limited availability. Scion's "United by Individuality" ad campaign along with all the custom accessories available for the 2009 tC can be a bit daunting to a buyer.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Filed under: Convertible, Chrysler, First DriveAn Improved Droptop For The Cruise Ship Crowd 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible - Click above for high-res image gallery The previous-generation Chrysler Sebring Convertible was a mainstay of vacation-destination rental fleets. The cars were so numerous that you could pick them out from your airplane... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Filed under: Minivan/Van, Work, Ford, ReviewsA Minivan For Entrepreneurs, Not Moms 2011 Ford Transit Connect XLT - Click above for high-res image gallery You are no doubt familiar with the Transit Connect, the panel van that Ford began importing from Europe in mid-2009. You've probably noticed them in your neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Brabus, the Mercedes-Benz tuning company that has long specialized in granting Benzes more power than anyone thought imaginable, is in serious trouble. It’s under fire from a new competitor: not Lorinser, not Renntech, and not Kleeman. No, the threat to Brabus in the insane-horsepower-for-Benzes battle comes from Mercedes-Benz itself. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at be5cars's blog
2010 Scion xB 2010 Scion xBs receive two new audio systems. The base stereo becomes a 160-watt, six-speaker Pioneer unit with satellite radio support and a USB input. The optional Alpine unit keeps the six speakers and 160-watt amp, but receives a 4.3-inch touch screen, HD radio support, and multiple... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Italian design and engineering house Zagato has released a second TZ3 model, the TZ3 Stradale following a gorgeous one-off called the TZ3 Corsa, revealed last year. A little background for those who don?t read Small Italian Coachbuilders Weekly: Zagato?s TZ3 models are being built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at be5cars's blog
2011 New Cars: Asia Hyundai/Kia continues its new-product onslaught with new Sonata variants, a redesigned sportage, and the ultraluxurious Equus. Hyundai/Kia continues its new-product onslaught with new Sonata variants, a redesigned sportage, and the ultraluxurious Equus. The stunning Lexus LFA supercar, which finally arrives in December, seems like it comes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Do you miss seeing Robert Kubica in this year?s F1 races? I do too. The Polish F1 driver, who was hurt badly in a rally crash in February, was always exciting to watch. If you?re wondering how he?s doing, this interview with Kubica, from his Lotus Renault Grand Prix team,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Porsche, First DriveTaking A Deep Breath Of R-ified Air 2011 Porsche Cayman R - Click above for high-res image gallery Nearly every Porsche has a Sport button, and the 2011 Cayman R is no different. It quickens the PDK gearbox's shifts, tightens throttle response and allows... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at be5cars's blog
First Look: Scion FR-S Concept The FR-S will herald the return of affordable, rear-wheel-drive performance from Toyota. What started as the Toyota FT-86 concept and portended a joint-effort sports car between Toyota and Subaru is now the Scion FR-S concept that debuted at the 2011 New York Auto Show. It... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Filed under: Car Buying, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Earnings/Financials General Motors has joined the list of automakers who are hiking prices this year, thanks to increased oil and steel costs. Thanks to escalating prices worldwide, Toyota and Ford have both already implemented similar MSRP hikes. On average, Buick, Cadillac,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Thanks to an observant reader in San Juan Capistrano, California, we have our first spy shot of Mazda?s next crossover, the CX-5. The mule seen here appears to be wearing a sectioned rear door and other parts from the much larger CX-7, an example of which Mazda conveniently parked nearby... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Filed under: Minivan/Van, Work, Nissan, First DriveBuilding A Better Box For Your Budding Business 2012 Nissan NV - Click above for high-res image gallery Nissan has been a player in the world's commercial vehicle market for a long time. In fact, 2011 marks the company's 75th year in the industry,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Fallout 2007 - Event Announcement Find out more information about GMP Performance's Fallout 2007 event FALLOUT 2007 will be held Saturday October 13th at GMP in Charlotte, NC. The event is free to attend and will run from 10am to 3pm. The event features manufacturer's seminars, VW/Audi/Porsche chip tuning, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at be5cars's blog
On Tuesday, we posted an audio recording of a mystery car?s exhaust note. To hear it again, click play above. Many of you figured out that this week?s sound came from the 2011 BMW 1-series M coupe. Like that sound? Download the MP3 and quiz your friends, make your own... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Filed under: SUV, Recalls, Safety, Crossover, Toyota Toyota has announced that it's recalling 214,000 RAV4 models and 94,000 Highlander and Highlander HV models for side curtain airbag issues. The voluntary recall covers certain 2007 and 2008 models, all of which will need a new Curtain Shield Airbag Sensor Assembly. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Been away from your computer this week and missed all the automotive news? We?ve gathered a few of the top stories of the past week along with the weekend racing schedule for your convenience. The New York auto show was the big news this week, but there was plenty going... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at be5cars's blog
U.S. pricing for the Fiat 500C has been announced, and the diminutive droptop will start at $20,000 for the base Pop model, or a hefty $4000 more than a 500 Pop three-door hatchback. (For reference, Smart puts a $3K premium on the convertible version of its Fortwo Passion.) The top-spec... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Filed under: Truck, Etc., Recalls, Safety, Toyota 2011 Toyota Tundra - Click above for high-res image gallery Toyota has announced that it is voluntarily recalling 51,000 2011 Tundra pickup trucks. The automaker says that .05 percent of the vehicles may have been built with a faulty slip yoke on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at be5cars's blog
2011 Volkswagen NMS - Chattanooga CC VW has released some sketches of the NMS, which stands for New Midsize Sedan. It looks like the United States will get a Volkswagen midsize sedan of its own, rather than the Passat available in the rest of the world. VW has released some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at be5cars's blog
First Look: 2009 Scion tC Release Series 5.0 The pre-customized 2009 Scion tC Release Series 5.0 sports coupe packs factory installed accessories and limited availability. Scion's "United by Individuality" ad campaign along with all the custom accessories available for the 2009 tC can be a bit daunting to a buyer.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at be5cars's blog
The setting might have been Fiat?s Balocco test facility, but the day belonged to Jeep and its management. From president and CEO, Mike Manley downwards, there was a raft of senior execs from Jeep getting their first opportunity to sell the iconic brand to a selection of European and British... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at be5cars's blog
Filed under: Car Buying, Performance, MISC Pagani Huayra - Click above for high-res image gallery This is a brief announcement for the wealthy-elite amongst us. Pagani has announced that there will be two locations in the United States where the purchase of a Huayra will be possible. Should you be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at be5cars's blog