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The News for April 21st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian April 21, 2017 The News!

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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • BMW introduces M4 CS, a faster M4 that doesn’t sacrifice practicality

  • Lotus Exige Cup 380 is a true race car for the street… for real

  • GM Venezuela manufacturing plant is illegally seized by authorities

  • Hyundai launches Ioniq Unlimited+ subscription service for new EV

  • Mercedes-Benz previews future design language again with new concept

  • Genesis prices out the updated G80 models

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for April 14th, 2017

Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2017 New York International Auto Show Recap! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull, but nearly all of those big stories originate from one of the world’s biggest auto shows. I would argue that things weren’t quite as exciting this time around as it usually tends to be, but there’s still plenty to talk about. This week:

  • Lincoln finally reveals all-new, ridiculously nice Navigator

  • Audi Sport reveals GT4-spec R8 and special edition road car

  • Jaguar updates F-Type and adds new turbo-four model

  • Acura ditches the beak and enhances the TLX’s sporting creds

  • Hyundai refreshes Sonata with new design and refinements

  • Lexus adds a touch of F Sport to new LS 500

  • Subaru commits to 7-passenger SUV with new Ascent concept

  • Tesla set to reveal semi truck in September

  • Porsche is finally coming to Gran Turismo and launches in Forza Horizon 3

  • Other coverage from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniversal Opinion – 2017 New York International Auto Show

One of America’s largest annual auto shows is kicking off this week, so as is tradition, this is the part where most of your regular Hooniverse contributors get together and discuss the new cars making their debut here.

The New York International Auto Show is setting a stage for nearly two dozen new cars to make their world or North American debuts so there’s plenty to talk about, as has been covered in the news throughout the week and the usual [mostly] factual recap that will follow this. For this bit though, we’re changing things up a little by only talking about the ten most important and/or interesting new cars on display.

The valuable opinions of nearly a dozen hoons, two of which were actually at the show, are all past the jump. Some of us were nice and some were a little… harsh, and I bet you can guess who. Be sure to chime in for yourself and stay tuned for the news later today.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Wheelies into New York

Finally, after months of cryptic teaser videos that looked to be created by the head of the Nickelback fan club’s teenager, Dodge introduced a car so powerful and so quick that only the old “Demon” name could do it justice. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a limited-run muscle car that can attack the drag strip like nothing else.

And it really can do a wheelie.

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Your Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is Here

Greg Kachadurian April 10, 2017 The News!

Because even Jeep were too excited to wait until the New York International Auto Show later this week, they (or someone else) released the details on the highly-anticipated Grand Cherokee Trackhawk a bit early. On the surface, there isn’t much to tell it apart from a “standard” Grand Cherokee SRT, but the big muscular sheet metal hides a completely different animal inside.

As expected, the formula is as simple as shoving the internet famous Hellcat motor in the Grand Cherokee, but what may not have been expected is that it utilizes all 707 horsepower and almost all of the torque the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 has to offer while gaining all-wheel drive as well. In a Jeep.

America’s super SUV has arrived.

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The News for April 7th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian April 7, 2017 The News!

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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Lotus Evora Sport 410 is finally US-bound with a gorgeous GP Edition

  • Chevrolet brings street performance to Tahoe and Suburban

  • Buick Regal Sportback is lighter, sharper, more advanced, and gorgeous

  • Subaru lightly updates the 2018 Outback, as they do

  • Nissan releases Heritage Edition 370Z because even they know it’s old

  • Audi confirms RS3 Sedan is headed to America

  • Volkswagen competitively prices the Atlas at ~$30,000

  • Other stories from the week, including Regal TourX and Civic Si

  • What’s your automotive news?

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2018 Buick Regal TourX – The Buick Wagon is Back!

Buick has been out of the wagon game for a long time, but they’ve finally seen the light and will be launching the all-new Regal as a sleek and gorgeous…. crossover, according to Buick’s VP, who is wrong.

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is the more versatile and rugged counterpart to the Regal Sportback that was also revealed today, but for obvious reasons you need to know about this one first. Click past the jump for the details.

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The News for March 31st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian March 31, 2017 The News!

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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Rolls-Royce partners with famous British musicians for custom Wraiths

  • Jeep exec confirms Grand Cherokee Trailhawk debut at New York

  • Jaguar Classic debuts first of ten accurately-restored “Reborn” E-Types

  • Toyota testing hybrid system for boats in Tokyo

  • Other news stories from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Meet Your Heroes – 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

As a young and impressionable teen in 2006, the North American launch of the Mk5 Golf GTI was one that captivated me like few other cars had done before. It was a car that was portrayed as having a fun and youthful spirit while still being the more mature choice. If reading Super Street in that era taught me anything, it’s that the possibilities for modifying and/or ruining a car were endless – but this German-engineered hot hatch was supposed to make all of that irrelevant.

After winning my heart, over a decade went by without a chance to experience one and see if my hype for it was justified. A month ago though, I finally got that chance through a Turo rental I found while I was in California. I had four days with it to see how well it’s held up and whether it really could be as great as I was expecting, even in the context of all the progress that’s been made in the industry since then.

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The News for March 24th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian March 24, 2017 The News!

Welcome to the Hooniverse News – Slow News Week Edition! Sadly, another week of post-Geneva Motor Show boredom means there aren’t a lot of interesting things to talk about. To help with that, I’ve decided to cover another boat. It’s a nice boat though. This week:

  • Porsche brings new tech, colors, and power packs to 2018 lineup

  • Squint and you’ll notice the face lift on the Toyota Sienna and Yaris

  • McLaren confirms existence of new hypercar project, codenamed BP23

  • Tesla will discontinue cheapest Model S 60 kWh

  • Jaguar Land Rover will offer unlimited in-car WiFi through AT&T

  • Vicem Yachts unveils stunning new Classic 46 IPS

  • What’s your automotive news?

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