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The News for February 12th, 2016

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! This week, I’m LIVE(ish) from the 2016 Chicago Auto Show media preview bringing you the biggest stories from the show floor. Compared to the other major auto shows in America, Chicago always seems to be the most practical show of them all. There are plenty of six-figure luxury cars and carbon fiber-tubbed sports cars on display, but the actual debuts are of more modest and at least somewhat family-friendly offerings. There’s quite a bit to talk about, so let’s get to it. This week:

  • Nissan double-downs on land-yacht SUVs with the 2017 Armada

  • Chevrolet Camaro 1LE returns

  • Kia reveals a trio of new hybrids

  • Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is prepped for off-road duty

  • Ram updates their ultimate off-road truck

  • Hyundai refreshes the Santa Fe

  • Chevrolet updates the Trax to remind you it exists

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Car Show Crazy: 417 Coffee & Cars is Back (Almost)

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Retro Heaven on the A127

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Just outside Basildon, on the A127 arterial road linking London with the coast, there sits a pub and roadside eatery which, it feels, hasn’t really changed since the early Eighties. This made it the perfect venue for a weekend meeting of the South-Eastern chapter of the UK’s notorious group of aficionados of The Worthless Car. Autoshite, as it’s otherwise known.

When you spend a lot of your time exchanging views with other people digitally, it’s nice to occasionally interface with blood and flesh and put faces to the internet psuedonyms. This last Sunday I seized the opportunity to mingle and bask in the glory of the inglorious.

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The News for January 15th, 2016

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2016 North American International Auto Show (Detroit) Edition! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry which all comes from the year’s first big show. Lots of shiny new hardware was on display at this week’s show but I’ll focus on the half-a-dozen or so debuts that I found most interesting. Some are covered in more detail than others because there’s only so much a single hoon with a day job can do… Nevertheless, there’s no fluff, no bull, and just a little opinion of mine thrown in because I can. This week:

  • Lexus brings a true concept car to life with the LC 500

  • Infiniti finally debuts their all-new premium sports coupe

  • Lincoln Continental is a production-bound, seriously attractive luxury sedan

  • Honda brings back the Ridgeline for the smart, modest pickup buyer

  • The Chrysler Pacifica is the new Town & Country

  • Ford sort-of updates the Fusion but adds serious power

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The Hooniversal Opinion: 2016 North American International Auto Show (Detroit)

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There is no possible way that the Detroit show in 2016 can beat the Detroit show in 2015. Last year, we saw the unveiling of the GT350, the Raptor, and the Ford GT was a surprise that blew everyone away. Not to mention the Acura NSX, the Porsche Targa 4S, The Alfa 4C Spider, and a number of other great concepts and whatnot. Well, the level of surprise has at least been matched, as Buick rolled out a performance car concept that stunned the motoring world. Nobody saw that coming. This is a show that’s largely been dominated by a van, a Honda pickup truck, a couple of full-sized luxury sedans, and a sports car concept from an unlikely brand. Check out what’s new this year (with photos cribbed from our friends at AutoWeek and Autoblog), and the whole crew’s opinions about everything, after the jump.

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The News for November 20th, 2015

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2015 Los Angeles 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. Everything is coming out of the city of angels this week where well over a dozen new cars were unveiled at one of the year’s biggest shows. We already gave our totally unbiased opinions on most of them yesterday, but today it’s time for some factual information. Not all cars were covered because I have a day job, but the ones that are have been designated as being the most important (or just the ones that were interesting to write about). This week:

  • Fiat revives the 124 Spider with a little help from Mazda

  • Mercedes-Benz got rid of the ugly with the new SL

  • Buick channels styling from Avenir concept for the new LaCrosse

  • Honda reveals the Civic Coupe with more variants on the way

  • Lincoln MKZ is like a mini Continental concept

  • Lamborghini pulls AWD out of the Huracán, charges less for it

  • Alfa Romeo finalizes US-specs for Giulia Quadrifogio

  • Complete coverage from Autoweek

  • What’s your automotive news?

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LA AUTO SHOW Musings: Who Wore It Better?

Robert Emslie November 20, 2015 Car Shows, LA Auto Show

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It is my assertion that like pebbles in a stream, all cars will eventually take on the exact same shape – sort of car turdish – with a trapezoidal or hexagonal grille and the only thing to differentiate them will be voice selections on their self-driving computers.

Ford and Hyundai are well on the way, as the brands’ Edge and Tucson crossovers battle for ownership of a single front end style. Where will it end? Who knows, but the real losers in this war will be people who can never find their cars anyway in the parking lot.

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Hooniversal Opinion: 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

Greg Kachadurian November 19, 2015 LA Auto Show

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The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is on this week and it has provided us with an early look at many of the new cars coming to our streets in the not too distant future. With over a dozen new car debuts under one roof, it’s an exciting time for those in the market for a car or for those of us who just like seeing something new and exciting. As always, I’ll bring you a mostly factual recap of the auto show’s biggest reveals in the Hooniverse News this Friday; but today, we’re not too concerned about the press releases.

This is the part where some of the brilliant minds behind Hooniverse get together and make fun of evaluate the new cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Some hoons were in attendance but most of us are comfortably judging the new cars from the comfort of our own keyboards, just as nature and Tim Berners-Lee intended. Click past the jump to see what we have to say and feel free to join in on the conversation yourself.

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LA AUTO SHOW Musings: Who Knew?

Robert Emslie November 19, 2015 Car Shows, LA Auto Show

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Wait, they still make the Patriot? Why?

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LA AUTO SHOW Musings: How To Save $100,000

Robert Emslie November 19, 2015 Car Shows, LA Auto Show

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I’m going to save you a buttload of cash. You can thank me later. Here’s what you do: when you go down to your local Acura Dealer to buy your new 2017 NSX, keep on going until you get to a Honda dealer, and there buy an Accord coupe instead. There, I just saved you one hundred grand. You see, from the back three-quarter view, the two cars are virtually indistinguishable. In fact, I dare you to pick which is which in the above comparo.

You remember the first NSX, it looked nothing like the Accord at the time – still doesn’t. Seems however that Acura has made a critical strategic error in the styling of the new NSX, making it a near clone of the far cheaper Accord two-door. I can’t imagine why you’d spend the extra cash when they look so much alike.

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