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The News for August 15th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian August 15, 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:

  • The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is real(ly awesome)

  • Range Rover builds world’s fastest SUV because reasons

  • Toyota reveals second FT-1 concept

  • Jaguar shows off the F-Type Project 7 in U.S. spec with a price

  • Volvo gives us a glimpse of the new XC90′s face

  • Bentley prices the Continental GT3-R

  • Dodge to race the Challenger in Trans Am

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The News for August 8th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian August 8, 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 – which this week is mostly pre-game for next week’s festivities at Pebble Beach. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Bugatti reveals their final Legends Veyron

  • McLaren previews a one-off P1 and 650S Spider for Pebble Beach

  • Aston Martin updates the Vanquish and Rapide S to improve performance

  • Rolls Royce announces new model in development for 2016

  • Dodge will reveal a new performance model next week

  • Plus a bunch more to look forward to from Pebble Beach

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The News for August 1st, 2014

Greg Kachadurian August 1, 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:

  • BMW gets in the Concours d’Elegance spirit with a one-off i8

  • Jaguar shows us the new XE’s face

  • Kia teases the all-new Sorento

  • Ford prices the F-150 lineup, each one sees a price bump

  • Mercedes-Benz prices the C-Class and GLA

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The News for July 25th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian July 25, 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:

  • Aston Martin to bring back the Lagonda

  • Porsche updates the Cayenne

  • The Toyota Yaris grows up

  • Ford reveals the Falcon’s swan song

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The News for July 18th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian July 18, 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:

  • Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is the rag top of our dreams

  • Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG has V12 power that can move the earth

  • Mazda reveals the all-new Mazda 2

  • Ford confirms all the 2015 Mustang’s performance figures we care about

  • Ford to create F-35-inspired one-off 2015 Mustang

  • Dodge prices the Challenger SRT Hellcat

  • A special Tatra T77 is headed to Pebble Beach

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The News for July 11th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian July 11, 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 whatever I could find, without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Viper production resumes, is then halted again

  • Callaway tunes the Stingray for an interesting Z06 alternative

  • Volvo details the new XC90′s innovative powertrain

  • Acura prices the 2015 TLX

  • Super special bonus video!

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The News for July 4th, 2014

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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. In honor of American Independence Day, it’s a quick and predominantly American news roundup. To our American readers, enjoy the day however you can. To our friends elsewhere, uhh, happy Friday! This week:

  • Dodge Challenger Hellcat is now America’s most powerful mainstream car

  • Saleen teases all-new 2015 S302 Mustang

  • Ford to offer diesel power in the 2015 Focus ST

  • Mazda confirms when we get to see the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata

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The News for June 27th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian June 27, 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, which this week is mostly from the Goodwood Festival of Speed happening now. Along with the facts you need, I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Jaguar confirms F-Type Project 7 for production, all wars end

  • McLaren Special Operations to produce special 650S model

  • Ford introduces the all-new Edge

  • Ford updates the Focus ST to make it awesome-er

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The News for June 20th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian June 20, 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:

  • Bentley Continental GT3-R is how Bentley celebrates racing again

  • Mercedes-Benz CLS gets a small face lift

  • Ford Performance Vehicles readies their farewell tour

  • GM releases details on Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, midsize trucks still alive

  • Nissan hints at a future performance car with their Vision Gran Turismo concept

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Michael Schumacher – Are things really better?

Kamil Kaluski June 16, 2014 The News!

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Today’s big news is that Formula 1 great, Michael Schumacher, has come out of his coma. Furthermore, CNN reports that he left his hospital for another one where he will “continue his long phase of rehabilitation”

Huh? That’s a miracle!

Quoth the BaruthIf returning from this injury required some spectacular effort of will and determination, who among us would doubt Michael’s ability to beat it?” 

So that’s it. To no one’s surprise he has done it, Micheal Schumacher is out of the coma. His publicist has scheduled him on the first episode of Top Gear’s new season. Mercedes Petronas Formula 1 Team reported that he’ll be back at work for the German Grand Prix. The charities he has sponsored will get the much needed help. Rejoice, this is all great news, right?

Wrong. At least not according to Dr. Gary Hartstein. Not only is it not good news, it’s actually no news at all.

At the beginning of April, she [Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's manager] told us Michael had moments of awakening AND of consciousness. Once again, by saying this, she told us in almost clinically perfect language that Michael was no longer in a coma.

Now, we’re told, with what appears to be a bit of a triumphal air, that Michael is no longer in a coma. As stated above, THIS IS NOT NEWS. I cannot help but think that this is a highly cynical use of language, using the truth to convey an impression that is almost certainly false.

Read the rest of the good Doctor’s perspective here. Everyone, even the people who despised him at the height of career, want Michael Schumacher to be himself again. Unfortunately, despite how the news sources interpret the press release, that is very unlikely.

 

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