If you attend an international auto show, you will see the latest offerings from automakers big and small. They make for great news fodder in every market. Those offerings are the main reason that trade magazines attend these shows; but, if you ask the onsite reporters, many will tell you they enjoy the bizarre, overpowered, and interesting interpretations from tuners, boutique makers, and aftermarket specialists. These companies offer heavily nuanced versions of standard fare sporting interesting fiberglass body kits or build their own cars. Most have one thing in common, they will never make it to mass production. This year's Geneva show offered many such ''interesting characters'', so we thought our readers would enjoy seeing a few of them.
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The Impreza has long been Subaru's best selling model. Nearly every shade-tree tuner has turned their attention to an Impreza WRX at some time or another. With the Impreza's global attraction, it only make sense that the 2017 Subaru Impreza will be the first model to ride on the automaker's new global platform. We thought our readers would like to have a close-up look at the new platform and the next-gen Impreza; thus, the impetus for this post. Continue reading “2017 Subaru Impreza: First Ride On A New Platform ” »
If we were to be honest, we would all have to admit that the vast majority of the cars we pass each day look so similar that it is difficult to distinguish one automaker from another without careful study. Cookie-cutter design has become so prevalent that buyers often forget that there was a time when automotive design was a major aspect of each new model launch, with every manufacturer looking to stand out visually. Modern supercars have even begun to resemble each other. It is enough to drive an automobile enthusiast to drink...pass us a pint, will you love?
Most radically innovative designs are relegated to the rank of non-production concept vehicles. On occasion, an interesting design element makes it to the masses. It is those few that we will be concerning ourselves with today. Without further ado, here are several cars that changed automotive design forever...or at least started a design trend during their time period. Continue reading “Cars That Changed Automotive Design Forever” »
Since the dawn of humanity, man has been trying to shape the world around him to meet his needs. It most likely began with removing foliage from the mouth of a cave, then moved to leveling the interior of said cave. Soon, he was looking to clear cut areas around his domicile in order to more clearly see threats before they arrived. Soon, man as digging killing pits to drive his supper toward. Continue reading “Shaping The World: The Top Used Machinery Brands ” »
Over the past decade, the crossover SUV market has become inundated with models from every possible automaker. Iconic luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Lexus have more models than a person can count on a single hand; yet, Audi has stoically trodged on, offering just three entries into the market. The legendary four-ring moniker has only graced the Q3, Q5, and Q7 units for the majority of recent memory. All three have been vastly successful, but Audi lacks an entry in the smallest size segment. Given that the smallest CUVs offer automakers the largest profit margins, it is no surprise that Audi has decided to enter the market with the Q2. A tad belated, but a boon to buyers nonetheless. Continue reading “The 2017 Q2: Audi's CUV Assault” »
The plough has been in use for centuries. During that time, it went nearly unchanged. The plough used by early Roman farmers was nearly the same as those used by farmers through the 18th century. The main evolutions of the plough saw it morph from a rough hewn piece of wood with a point to a finely molded piece of wood with an iron point. It wasn't until 1797 that a gentleman farmer patented the first cast iron plow with a sculpted moldboard for deep and even furrows. Continue reading “Feeding The World: The Top Five Used Tractor Brands ” »
The compact crossover SUV is designed to seamlessly blend a traditional saloon with an SUV. The melding creates a mixture of daily utility and mild off-road capabilities, yet leaves drivers with the more refined driving experience of a car. As an added bonus, they offer owners better fuel economy than the colossal truck-based SUVs that predate them. Automakers, ever responsive to buyer's whims, have flooded the market with offerings; confusing potential buyers. To clear up some of the confusion, we have built this list of the top 10 compact crossover SUVs. Continue reading “Ranking The Top 10 Compact Crossover SUVs” »
Have you ever had that mate who seems to get all of the attention to matter where you go? You know, the bloke that seems to have at least one really hot bird hanging on at all times, yet there is no discernible reason for it. Well, that is how torque must feel about horsepower. Torque is the number that truly measures a vehicle's power. After all, you can have a million ponies under the bonnet, but if your gearbox only pushes 100 N-m to the wheels, you are just wasting your time. To that end, we tracked down nine cars that offer more torque than horsepower. Ah, torque, sweet, sweet torque. By, the by, if you do not laugh about number five, you should nip down to see a doctor.
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