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The News for November 21st, 2014

The All-new Shelby GT350 Mustang

Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show edition! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry – which this week came entirely from LA – without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. There’s a lot this week:

  • The Shelby GT350 returns better than ever, or anything

  • Cadillac gives the ATS the V treatment

  • Mazda goes practical but tasteful with the CX-3

  • Volkswagen shows off Golf R wagon, but not for us

  • Jaguar F-Type now available with a manual

  • Honda HR-V wants to be your tall hatchback

  • Audi shows off their future with the Prologue Concept

  • Plus YOUR automotive news!

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The News for November 14th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian November 14, 2014 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:

  • Pagani celebrates its Asian launch with dragons

  • McLaren Sports Series will be the next black swan

  • Cadillac ATS-V gets internet debut, whether GM was ready or not

  • Scion iM Concept wants to be every teen’s next car

  • The Hooniverse News does Autoweek Magazine!

  • What was YOUR car news?

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The News for November 7th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian November 7, 2014 The News!

Volvo Cars reveals new V60 Cross Country

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:

  • Volvo V60 Cross Country is an adventurer’s dream

  • Porsche Cayenne GTS is a suburbanite’s dream

  • Jaguar teases AWD F-Type R Coupe

  • Mazda reveals MX-5 cup racer and racing series

  • What was your automotive news?

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Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk, dies at the age of 77

Tom Magliozzi

NPR reports that Tom Magliozzi of Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, hosts of the popular radio show Car Talk has passed away at the age of 77 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Our condolences go out to Magliozzi family and their many close friends.

The Magliozzi brothers have retired in 2012 but their very funny car talk show is still being played on NPR. Please see a very nice tribute piece written by Craig Fitzgerald at Bestride.com. Those that never heard the show, should. It’s funny and entertaining, but the bottom line is that these guys know their stuff and always managed to offer good advise to callers with limited automotive knowledge.

 

The News for October 31st, 2014

Greg Kachadurian October 31, 2014 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:

  • Audi sends off the current R8 on a high note

  • BMW’s new X5M and X6M are here just in time for Halloween!

  • Porsche creates a more luxurious, exclusive Panamera because reasons

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to spin off Ferrari because money

  • What was your automotive news for this week?

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The News for October 24th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian October 24, 2014 The News!

McLaren P1 GTR Hot Weather Test Bahrain Sept 2014

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:

  • McLaren releases more P1 GTR images for our viewing pleasure

  • BMW honors DTM championship with special edition M4

  • Dodge prices the insane Charger Hellcat

  • What was your automotive news for the week?

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The News for October 17th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian October 17, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – Slow News Week edition! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry –  or really whatever I could find on Autoweek.com – without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bringing eleven show cars to SEMA

  • Volkswagen Saveiro Surf concept is awesome

  • Mercedes-Benz celebrates 35 years of the G-Wagen

  • Porsche confirms Macan S diesel headed to our streets

  • Slow News Week Bonus: what was your automotive news for this week?

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TMI Ariel Atom 3S – The American Turbocharged 3.5R

Kamil Kaluski October 10, 2014 The News!

TMI Ariel Atom 3S

Some time ago the Ariel Atom 3.5R debuted in Europe. Now the American manufacturer of Ariel Atom, TMI AutoTech, is releasing their version called the Atom 3S. The improved vehicle is now equipped with a turbocharged version of its Honda 2.4-liter engine that makes the same 365-horsepower as the European 3.5R, and 310 ft/lbs of torque. That more powerful engine can be coupled to a Sadev 6-speed paddle shift sequential transmission. There is also a brand new traction control system.

The exterior is upgraded with side pot intercoolers, similar to the ones on the 3.5R and V8 Atoms, new headlights, windscreen (removable for your best Clarkson impression), and fenders. Inside is a standard LCD display for all the vital information and some updated trim. Prices for the new Atom 3S start at $89,740. The base Atom 3, which gets some updates and a lot more standard features, is available at $64,500. Registration and street legality still depends on what state you live in, but it is possible.

Hit the jump for a brief press release which lists all the specifications and the differences between the Atom 3 and the new 3S. There is also a video of the 3S doing a full course 3.27-mile lap around VIR in 1.58.8 seconds. For comparison, Grassroots Motorsports did their 2014 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge at the same track and here are regional SCCA records.

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The News for October 10th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian October 10, 2014 The News!

Autodesk VRED Professional 2014 SR1-SP7

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 911 continues to reproduce, this time it’s pretty cool

  • Ferrari F60 America is our special gift from Italy

  • Tesla surprises with its D and other stuff

  • Volvo just got 450 horsepower out of a four-cylinder

  • Hyundai goes underground racing with new BTR Genesis show car

  • AAA finds just how distracting in-car tech can be

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The News for October 3rd, 2014

Greg Kachadurian October 3, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – Paris motor show edition! 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:

  • Lamborghini builds a 910 horsepower plug-in hybrid, just because

  • Volkswagen reveals the awesome XL Sport, powered by Ducati

  • Audi shows us what a five-door TT would look like

  • Mazda opens up about the ND MX-5’s powertrain

  • Aston Martin Lagonda shown in production specification

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