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The News for March 3rd, 2017

Greg Kachadurian March 3, 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:

  • Land Rover debuts new Velar to expand Range Rover line

  • Chevrolet combines ZL1 and 1LE for a world-beating Camaro

  • Infiniti teases an ERS-equipped Q60

  • Porsche is bringing a new two-seater to Geneva next week

  • Lamborghini smashes ‘Ring record with upcoming Huracan [update: maybe?]

  • [UPDATE] RUF is bringing a completely in-house supercar to Geneva

  • Other stories from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Porsche is actually doing it – the Panamera Sport Turismo is real

Greg Kachadurian March 2, 2017 The News!

It was almost five years ago now when Porsche first teased us with the idea of a Panamera wagon. That was with the Sport Turismo concept which looked far better than the actual Panamera at the time. As it turns out, that concept wasn’t just giving us an idea of how a future Panamera wagon could look – it was showing us almost exactly how it would look.

Porsche just confirmed the existence of a production-intent Panamera Sport Turismo which will be joining the lineup worldwide by this November. Guys, it’s a real Panamera wagon, guys.

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The production-ready Alpine A110 is ready to steal your heart

Greg Kachadurian February 28, 2017 The News!

One of the most exciting stories we’ve been following over the last year or two is the revival of Alpine road cars and one of their most iconic nameplates. A few design studies and concepts have been revealed along the way, but today the Renault-owned manufacturer released the first two images of the A110 that will soon be unveiled at Geneva this March and will eventually be built and sold to select global markets (and possibly America, too).

Alpine is holding off on releasing all the technical details until Geneva or later, but these images have revealed a car that’s stayed very true to the concepts, which is rare these days. An additional picture and a bit more analysis is after the jump.

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The News for February 24th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian February 24, 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:

  • Ford reveals lighter GT Competition Series for track day enthusiasts

  • The Ford Fiesta ST has a three-cylinder engine and a new look

  • Italdesign is in the business of building exclusive supercars

  • Volkswagen updates the e-Golf and improves its driving range

  • Carlos Ghosn steps down as Nissan CEO, will remain as an overseer

  • Land Rover confirms new Velar model coming to the Range Rover family

  • Jaguar-Land Rover adds three US tech startups to their tech incubator program

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Aston Martin Shows F1 Pride with Red Bull Racing Edition Vantage

Greg Kachadurian February 21, 2017 The News!

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have been enjoying an “innovation partnership” for the last few years, and quite frankly, so have we. While the once dominant F1 team isn’t racing with V12s and British Racing Green paint in competition (though it would be cool), their best minds did come together to create the AM-RB 001 which is still under development.

Today though, Aston Martin revealed the Red Bull Racing Edition V8 and V12 Vantage S to help cheer on their BFFs ahead of the 2017 F1 season. If you’re the kind of F1 fan that does a shoey every time Ricciardo wins, here’s your Aston.

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The News for February 17th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian February 17, 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:

  • Ferrari replaces F12 with new V12-powered monster with appropriate name

  • Pagani reveals advanced Huayra Roadster after nearly 7 years of development

  • Jaguar adds new four cylinder engines, in-car fuel payments to 2018 models

  • McLaren confirms new engine and some performance data for new Super Series

  • Mitsubishi still hates fun and now hates our memories of fun cars they once made

  • Chevrolet Cruze diesel achieves impressive EPA numbers

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for February 10th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian February 10, 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:

  • Nissan completes the Titan lineup with new King Cab models

  • Toyota adds TRD Sport packages to Sequoia & Tundra plus new RAV4 Adventure

  • Dodge celebrates 80 years of Mopar with hand-painted Challengers

  • Chevrolet prices the Colorado ZR2 at $40,995

  • Bollinger Motors sets the stage for the first electric truck

  • The new Ford Expedition, Elantra GT, and other news stories from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hyundai Embraces the Hatch with the New Elantra GT

Hyundai’s compact five door hatchback is getting completely redone for the 2018 model year in an effort to steal more sales from established class leaders like the Focus and Golf. That effort launches this summer with the all-new Elantra GT and Elantra GT Sport. This US-spec car is based on the i30 on sale now in Europe and brings with it a new level of refinement, improved driving dynamics, and a much prettier design. And for some reason, you can remotely start it with your Amazon Alexa.

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Ride Along with Jaguar’s Mike Hawthorne at Le Mans, 1956

As far as old school cool goes, it’s harder to get any cooler than a Jaguar D-Type at Le Mans. Some incredible footage was recently uncovered from Jaguar’s efforts at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, particularly the days leading up to it when most of the circuit was still open to local traffic. With cyclists and old French cars out and about, Jaguar sent out their 1955 Le Mans winner Mike Hawthorn in his D-Type to give a tour of the track at a much slower pace.

The legend is mic’d in and carries a camera on the car to give viewers of the period a glimpse at the new changes made to the fearsome track following the previous year’s disaster. For us, about 61 years in the future, it’s a chance to take in incredible views which simply don’t exist anymore.

[Source: DukeVideo on YouTube]

The Ford Expedition is Actually All New This Time

Greg Kachadurian February 8, 2017 The News!

The dinosaur in Ford’s lineup has been more or less untouched since 2007 when the third-generation landyacht first debuted. That was the last time we’ve seen an actually all-new Expedition, and that “new” face lifted model we saw a few years ago doesn’t count. But it did sort of pave the way for the more advanced fourth generation SUV we’re looking at here.

Ford’s new Expedition is more powerful, more efficient, more capable, lighter, and more spacious than it’s ever been. It’s coming to after school pick up lines near you this fall. Details after the jump.

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