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Not-So-Rotten Rental Car Review: 2018 Ford Mustang GT

This isn’t like other rental car reviews you’ve read here before, so let me set the stage for you. It was an overcast Thursday afternoon in San Jose, California. I had flown out earlier in the week for a business trip to do business-like things with a big and important client-type entity. It was the first time I had ever done anything like that and it was probably the most work I’ve put in within such a short time frame. It was non-stop from early in the morning to late in the night each day and I barely had time to breathe, and that doesn’t even include the weeks of preparation leading up to it. I experienced new levels of stress that week which lasted right up until the moment I was next in line at the rental counter the evening before my four days off in the area started.

I had originally booked Budget’s standard sport class which is “four-cylinder Mustang and similar” because I knew I would want something pretty fun after the job was done. But in that moment, after all my coworkers and I had been through during that tough week, I decided that wasn’t enough.

“Do you happen to have anything with a V8?”

“Yeah, I got a brand-new Mustang GT with like a hundred miles on it. Does that work?”

It did. In fact, it worked so well that I actually bought one.

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The News for May 25th, 2018

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:

  • Updated F-150 Raptor is ready for more fun in the dirt

  • Chevrolet announces new turbo four-cylinder option for Silverado

  • Ferrari debuts another one-off project for elite customer, will never see daylight again

  • Subaru reveals 2019 WRX STI with “more power”

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for May 18th, 2018

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:

  • Aston Martin Racing has a go with the new DB11

  • BMW confirms new 8 Series debut for Le Mans-eve with revealing image

  • Ford restarts F-150 production today, plus the remarkable story of their quick recovery

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for May 11th, 2018

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 does the inevitable with all-new Cullinan SUV

  • BMW unveils new enthusiast-spec M5 Competition

  • Aston Martin sends off old Vantage with 600-hp V12 V600

  • Cadillac will kill ATS among other ‘old’ sedans, but will replace them

  • Aston Martin confirms ‘revolutionary’ electric SUV for 2021, entire internet groans

  • Aston Martin is taking the new Vantage racing in GT3 and GT4 spec

  • Nissan prices all-new Kicks compact crossover at well under $20K

  • Fire at supplier plant halts production of Ford F-150 and affects other manufacturers

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for May 4th, 2018

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:

  • Buy a Brabham BT62, help fund their return to Le Mans and be a development driver

  • Porsche does the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid thing to the Cayenne

  • Porsche drives a 919 Hybrid around NYC because they have nothing better do to

  • Aston Martin’s first DB4 GT continuations take to the track

  • Mazda prices updated CX-3 at just over $20,000

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for April 27th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian April 27, 2018 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:

  • Ford does the inevitable and plans to cut most of their cars in US by 2020

  • BMW unveils all-electric X3 concept, production version coming soon

  • Jaguar celebrates 50 years of the XJ with special edition

  • McLaren paints part of a dragon on a car

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for April 20th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian April 20, 2018 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 breathes new life into the M2, is still the only BMW that matters

  • Ford is bringing the Mustang to V8 Supercars and NASCAR Cup Series

  • Ford Mustang Cobra Jet returns soon, is their quickest ever down the 1,320

  • Aston Martin revives the DBS Superleggera nameplate for an upcoming model

  • Brabham will make a comeback with new supercar

  • Cadillac’s CEO is out after nearly 4 years of questionable decision making

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for April 13th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian April 13, 2018 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:

  • Ford reveals all-new Focus for global markets

  • Chevrolet debuts… uh, striking new Camaro facelift

  • Next-gen Silverado HD launches next year

  • BMW M2 Competition gets leaked

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniverse Asks: Would You Ever Use a Car Subscription Service?

The auto industry’s latest and greatest idea is that car ownership is scary and needs to be made less scary by “smartphone-like” subscription plans. A handful of automakers are already experimenting with it in select markets and each program is basically like a more expensive lease made way more convenient. But is it worth it?

Of the three subscriptions I’ve bothered to learn about, Porsche and BMW have the programs in select US markets while Volvo has a program available nationwide. Each plan has a flat monthly fee (because smartphone users love flat fees) that includes all maintenance and insurance costs, which is probably the most attractive part of it to most people. Something people like us could appreciate is that Porsche and BMW will let you switch cars an unlimited amount of times between whichever models your price point entitles you to. So if you initially picked a BMW X4 but soon realized how dumb you were for picking that piece of shit, you can arrange for an M2 to replace it using a phone app. The new car is then delivered to you freshly detailed with the seat warmers set just right. You never have to set foot in a dealership again. They even have roadside assistance included for when your turn on the village bicycle ends badly.

Volvo’s plan is almost more traditional in that you’re assigned a car that you can spec out, but you’re entitled to an upgrade in 2 years. Swapping for a bigger car is available but it’s temporary. It’s not as fun as the other two subscriptions, but it also doesn’t cost a minimum of $2,000 a month. Oh yeah… that’s the catch. If you want to play around with some of Germany’s finest, you gotta pay at least that or upwards of $3,700 each month for the privilege of having worry free motoring. Not surprisingly, Volvo’s is the most sensible with plans starting at $600 per month.

Whether you’re more interested in the tame and responsible subscriptions or the wild and extravagant ones, is a car subscription service something you would actually use? Is this really going to be the #disruptive future of “shared #mobility” or is true car ownership still the way to go?

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The News for April 6th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian April 6, 2018 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:

  • TVR announces partnership with Rebellion Racing in LMP1

  • More Alfa Romeo Giulia coupe rumors paint an awesome picture

  • Report: SUVs are about to kill the Impala and Taurus

  • What’s your automotive news?

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