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The News for April 18th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian April 18, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News - North American International Auto Show Edition (I know it says New York in the lead image)! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry which comes primarily from New York this week. No fluff, no bull, and only the cars that make the cut, which is my attention span when writing about it. This week:   

  • Aston Martin shows America love with two awesome new special editions

  • Dodge reveals updated Charger and Challenger, uses a compact as inspiration

  • Chevrolet goes wild with the C7 Z06 Convertible

  • Ford celebrates 50 years of the Mustang with a cool limited edition model

  • And more!

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A Hoon’s Journey to the First Mustang

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April 17th, 1964 is known officially as the birthday of the Ford Mustang and is a date that saw the launch of what is perhaps the most iconic vehicle ever made. 50 years ago today, Ford launched more than just a new car aimed at younger souls or those who just wished they were; they launched an entirely new class of car, a new automotive philosophy, and they helped launch one of the most exciting eras in automotive history that we still reminisce about today, even if not all of us were around for it.

So on today, the Mustang’s 50th birthday, allow me to reminisce a bit myself about when I got to see the beginnings of a legend, including the original 1962 Ford Mustang I concept, the first Mustang which Ford accidentally sold, and where they were all built. Along the way I also finally got to experience the legend from behind the wheel and fell in love with a car much in the same way as America did starting on this day 50 years ago.

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The News for April 11th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian April 11, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:  

  • Lexus makes first compact crossover official by giving it a huge grille

  • Ford shows us the refreshed 2015 Focus sedan, confirms new ST is on the way

  • Mercedes-Benz introduces updated SL with more power and some other things

  • Bentley to introduce plug-in hybrid concept in world’s most polluted city

  • Kia teases the Sedona and it looks kind of awesome

  • Dodge teases revamped Charger, Challenger, and something awesome

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Up Close and Personal with the Ferrari 458 Speciale

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Being the only guy at Hooniverse that regularly talks about new cars, I always enjoy seeing one of the cars I cover in The News for the first time in the flesh. Not all of the cars I cover are ones that I fall in love with or even like,  but I still look forward to seeing any car I talk about online in person to actually see what it’s like when it isn’t 720 pixels wide and described by a press release. For some cars though, it’s different. There are some cars that I wait anxiously for, dream about, and obsess over until I finally get to see it in person, if I ever do.

Typically the cars I look forward to seeing the most are the ones that are the most memorable, ground-breaking, or special in their own way. It could be ferociously quick, dangerously beautiful, or rare – sometimes they may even be all of the above. The car I got to see this past weekend is one that I would describe as “all of the above” because no matter what other car is in its proximity, it still manages to be special in its own way. Or in this case, speciale.

What I found at last weekend’s Caffeine and Octane show in Atlanta, a show which has already contributed greatly to Hooniverse, is the Ferrari 458 Speciale – the most track-focused, hardcore road car Ferrari currently makes that isn’t a LaFerrari. It’s also one of the rarest, as the first batch arrived in the U.S. just last week. And boy, was this one worth the wait.

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The News for April 4th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian April 4, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:  

  •  BMW reveals M4 Convertible to the internets

  • Land Rover teases new Discovery concept

  • Hyundai prices the 2015 Genesis under $40K

  • McLaren to cease 12C production, offer owners free upgrades

  • Mitsubishi to kill the Evolution and whatever fan base they had left

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The News for March 28th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian March 28, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! This is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. Just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week: 

  • Toyota reveals its awesome 2014 Le Mans entry

  • Hennessey to sell special edition Venom GT to celebrate its madness

  • Chevrolet reveals their pace car for this year’s Indy 500

  • Ford to recreate famous Empire State Building stunt with new Mustang

  • BMW will probably build an X7, shocks no one

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The News for March 21st, 2014

Greg Kachadurian March 21, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News - Not Jeff Edition! After a week “off” (I wish it was actually just that), the intrepid news hound is back with plenty of automotive news to share for all six of you. Some awesome, some sad, and some meh, and most that we can’t afford. Sounds like a pretty normal week then. This week: 

  • Porsche adds GTS variants to Cayman and Boxster

  • 2015 S63 AMG is as mad as it needs to be

  • Bertone reportedly facing bankruptcy

  • SRT to halt production of the Viper amid slow sales

  • Bentley teases a less polarizing SUV

  • How Ford plans to celebrate 50 years of the Mustang

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The News for March 7th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian March 7, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News - 2014 Geneva Motor Show edition! This is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or the bull, which this week, has everything to do with the biggest Geneva Motor Show debuts. Like always and mostly because I’m bored, I throw in some opinion of mine. This week: 

  • Alfa Romeo 4C gets a spider bite

  • Audi’s third-generation TT is here

  • Rolls Royce brings the Ghost into 2014

  • Aston Martin’s N430 is sweet forbidden fruit

  • “Final” Pagani Zonda says it’s okay to never grow up

  • Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is literally a 4-door GT-R

  • BMW X4 offers less practicality for more money

  • Jaguar previews their upcoming 3-Series fighter 

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The News for February 28th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian February 28, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! This is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or the bull, which this week, has everything to do with pre-Geneva Motor Show debuts. Like always and mostly because I’m bored, I throw in some opinion of mine. This week: 

  • Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake is the wagon from hell

  • Bentley Flying Spur V8 is the right kind of downsizing

  • Volvo lifts the covers off the Concept Estate, wins Hooniverse

  • Ford Focus “borrows” styling from the Fusion and the Fiesta’s motor

  • McLaren releases impressive performance figures for the 650S

  • [UPDATE] Koenigsegg’s One:1 celebrates twenty years of sheer insanity

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The News for February 21st, 2014

Greg Kachadurian February 21, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! This is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or the bull. I also throw in a little opinion of mine, just because I can. This week: 

  • McLaren 650S is the middle child you can’t ignore

  • Volkswagen adds plug-in hybrid option to GTI, calls it the GTE

  • Ford debuts the 2015 Expedition, not as new as it probably should be

  •  Audi previews the new TT Coupe’s design

  • Fisker Automotive bought, gets second chance at life

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