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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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The News for February 5th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian February 5, 2016 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:

  • Scion is officially dead, but its heart will live on

  • Ford goes off-road racing with [mostly] stock 2017 Raptors

  • McLaren to show off 650S GT3, new driver lineup at Geneva

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Video: Fifty-car pileup in Slovenia

Kamil Kaluski February 2, 2016 The News!

Dense fog. You’re driving, cautiously as you may when suddenly, right in front of you are a bunch of stopped cars due to an accident. You stop, you get the car off the road, what do you do then?

I don’t have an answer to that question, but the people in the video seem to have the right idea. They got out of their cars and go away from the road. The accident occurred in Slovenia where very dense fog and high speeds contributed to this pileup which included over fifty cars, several trucks, and a bus. Unfortunately four people died and 25 were hurt.

The News for January 29th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian January 29, 2016 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:

  • Porsche drops cylinders and adds numbers to the new 718 Boxster

  • Jaguar confirms 200 mph super F-Type is coming with new images

  • BMW reveals two special liveries for the M6 GTLM race cars

  • Opel shows off GT Concept, suggests they can still be cool

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shifts focus to more trucks and SUVs

  • DeLorean Motor Company will be selling DMC-12s again soon… probably

  • Hooniverse will be at the Rolex 24!

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for January 22nd, 2016

Greg Kachadurian January 22, 2016 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:

  • Mini now offers the Clubman with all-wheel drive

  • BMW is bringing back the Competition Package in the M3 and M4

  • Aston Martin is giving someone the rare chance to own a DB10

  • Hyundai competitively prices the 2017 Elantra

  • Ford will give you your GT350R’s rear seat back for a price

  • What’s your automotive news?

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How do you advertise the new Prius? ANIME GIRLS

So, these newfangled hybrids are complicated right? How do you explain your fundamental design and mindset to your potential buyers? Well, if you are Toyota of Japan, the answer comes quickly and very simply down to two words. Anime Girls. Let’s talk more after the jump. … Continue Reading

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 News for January 8th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian January 8, 2016 The News!

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For the first time in 2016, welcome to the Hooniverse News! After a short break in automotive news, things are already picking up in the new year and it’s great to be back. Some things may change during the new year, but this won’t… unless I think of something else to do. 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:

  • Chevrolet’s first real EV is here.

  • The Cruze Hatch is real, gorgeous, and coming to America.

  • Hyundai Ioniq looks to be a serious Prius competitor after all.

  • Too much practicality this week? Have a Pagani.

  • What’s your automotive news?

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What Was Your Automotive News for 2015?

Greg Kachadurian December 31, 2015 The News!

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As of writing, 2016 is just a dozen hours away. While the world slowly but surely welcomes in the new year, most of us can’t help but look back on the year we’ve had and think about all the moments that defined it for us – both good and bad. Everyone does that at least a little bit because it’s hard not to.

Here at the Hooniverse, we tend to cherish memories as they relate to all things automotive, at least that’s what I’ve noticed since I started in 2011. So rather than bore you to death with riveting automotive news  during a slow week, I figured it would be better for us hoons to share our automotive news for the year instead. It’s the same thing I do at the end of every Hooniverse News now, but this time it’s all you – unless you want to learn about the 2016 Nissan Sentra’s new starting price…

Sound off in the comments and sum up your year of automotive adventures. Thank you all for keeping me around for another year and may your 2016 be blessed with full tanks and green lights. I’ll see you on the other side.

[Image © 2015 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]

The News for December 18th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian December 18, 2015 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:

  • Mercedes-Benz SLC is an SLK with a different face and a new heart

  • Infiniti revamps hardware offerings on Q50

  • Infiniti QX50 gets facelift and new refinements

  • Pininfarina sold to Mahindra, makers of the next gorgeous tractor

  • Ford GT spotted in production trim and with Gorilla Glass

  • What’s your automotive news?

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