The all-new 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray was unveiled last night at the Detroit Auto Show, resulting in worldwide feelings of envy and awe.

Inside a ramshackle industrial facility in northern Detroit, Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Corvette C7, the model’s first overhaul in nine years. It contains a next-generation V8 engine, a small-block LT1 that combines several advanced technologies into one package and takes drivers from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds.

But for Corvette, this isn’t about statistics. “It’s more than just a sports car,” said GM design chief Ed Welburn. “It’s an emotion. It’s a passion. It is a vehicle that is larger than life.”

For those reasons, it was perhaps the perfect vehicle to headline the first night of the North American International Auto Show. After years of economic doldrums brought on by the Great Recession, the auto industry needed a larger-than-life icon to help celebrate more than 15 million units sold in 2012.

Hundreds of sports-car enthusiasts hooted and hollered Sunday night as Chevrolet pulled curtains back and revealed the C7 inside the Russell Industrial Center, which felt more like a nightclub than a factory. They lingered around the bright-red specimen displayed for more than an hour after the reveal. Autos AOL, 13 Jan 2013.

Set aside all the fancy specs and details, and what you have is one beautiful machine. We can’t wait to see it in person.

 

Image via Autoblog.

January 9, 2013 @ 6:56 am
by mego

The Real Thing is a short film about a 1969 Mustang turned into a Mario Andretti approved horsepower heavy hybrid by Bodie Stroud. Well worth the six minutes it takes to watch. From the description: “The film follows the complex and creative build from its early stages, through its initial test drive all the way to an unveiling at the SEMA Car Show in Las Vegas where Bodie comes face to face with Mario Andretti himself.”

The Real Thing from Union HZ on Vimeo.

January 7, 2013 @ 6:40 am
by mego

 

A simple request for a $26.99 oil change ended up costing 94-year-old Helen Turner over $800 when she handed the keys to her 2004 Subaru Impreza over to an employee at a local Midas shop in Farmington, Connecticut. 

Aside from the $26.99 oil change, Midas charged $297.24 to replace four spark plugs ($63.13 each in labor costs) and $398.02 ($263.03 for labor) to replace the valve cover gasket. The extra repairs, minus a $50 discount coupon for the repairs, cost $725.25.

Turner, who says she felt fearful and intimidated, agreed only to the work the Midas representative told her was essential.

‘He came out and said I need it done,” she says. “I’m 94 years old. I figured, ‘Gee, I need a car. I better get it fixed.’ Then he said there’s a lot more that needs to be done on it, bring it back next week. I told him I’m not going to bring it back right away. I was afraid of the guy because if I argued with him he’d take the car and make it worse.”

Turner eventually questioned whether the work was even done. Though the itemized bill, obtained by The Bottom Line, indicated Turner was at Midas for 2 hours, 9 minutes, she says her car was worked on only a fraction of that time.

“After he changed the oil,” she says, “he came in to me and said, ‘Well, we’re going to start on the other job now. It’s going to take 2 1/2 hours. I said, ‘Oh, my God, I have to sit here for 2 1/2 hours.’ And he came back in 20 minutes and said, ‘It’s all done.’ I said, ‘I thought you said 2 1/2 hours. He just smiled and put the keys on the counter.” Hartford Courant, 22 Dec 2012.

Thanks to a friend and the Hartford Courant, Tuner was able to get the bill reduced to a mere $400, but she still isn’t a happy customer. 

Moral of the story?

For customers, find a trusted mechanic, check your bill carefully, and if in doubt, say no and wait for the service as long as the delayed repair won’t damage your car or risk your life. We recommend our own CarHelp.com referral service for the best rated mechanics in your area. 

For mechanics, treat your customers as if they were your own 94-year-old grandmother. Don’t upsell them, make sure they’re aware of the cost before you do the service, and hire a great reputation management company for car dealerships and mechanics, like *ahem* CarHelp.com

Image: Stock Photo via Hartford Courant

January 2, 2013 @ 6:10 am
by mego

Image Source: Yahoo! Auto

An increase in horsepower without a decrease in gas efficiency sounds too good to be true, but for the space-age style Honda CR-Z, let’s just say it ain’t no big thang. The all new model debuted at the Paris 2012 Auto Show.

The 1.5-liter engine and electric motor have been tweaked to produce 137 horsepower, which is a 13-horsepower improvement over the 2012 model—and putting it on even footing with the Veloster. More interestingly, Honda has added a Plus Sport button, which gives an extra surge of power when there’s over 50% battery charge left for up to ten seconds. That won’t lead to neck-snapping acceleration, but considering the European combined cycle will stay at 56.4 miles per gallon, it means there’s little if any cost to fuel economy. Yahoo, 27 Sep 2012.

The model is much more popular in Europe, but Honda is hoping this power boost might give it an edge in the American market.

December 21, 2012 @ 4:16 am
by mego

Merry Christmas from your friends at CarHelp! Kids, don’t try this at home.

December 18, 2012 @ 3:56 am
by mego

1957 Maserati 150 GT Spider

If you have an obsession with cars and a few million in the bank to spare, there’s nowhere else you should be on January 18 & 19 than at the Scottsdale Auction. Don’t believe me? Let me name drop. Maserati, Ferrari, Lancia, Pierce-Arrow, Packard, Bentley, Simca and more. Gooding Co. has a huge collection of cars up for bid. Here’s just a small selection to drool over.

1965 Ford GT40

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale

1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S American Spider

See more photos on the LA Times and Yahoo! websites.

 

December 12, 2012 @ 8:06 am
by mego

AutoGuide is a regular internet stop-off point for me mostly because of the awesome lists they create. From “Top 10 Hipster Cars” to “Best Resale Prices” the lists are both funny and informative. Here’s my top five:

Top 10 Hipster Cars, Not in Ironic Order
Top 10 Cars with the Best Resale Value
Nine Car Brands Americans Keep the Longest
Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient AWD Cars and Crossovers

What’s your favorite website for top ten lists?

December 7, 2012 @ 6:59 am
by mego

Publicity stills for Skyfall via MGM and Sony Pictures.

007 is the magic number for Bond fans, and the most recent installation in the movie franchise is Skyfall, filmed in Turkey, England, Macau, and Scotland. The movie required more than 80 cars for the production, none more beautiful than the original, and distinctive Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5.

Insurers were justifiably nervous about letting this priceless car out of the garage. View a complete gallery of images from Skyfall on Motor Trend.

December 4, 2012 @ 8:10 am
by mego

Photography for Bentley Motors.

Creating your fantasy Christmas list? Put the Bentley Continental V8 on your list. With a 4.0 litre V8 engine under the finely crafted hood, and a state-of-the-art infotainment system and luxury upholstery, it’s the ultimate in driving experiences. Prices start at $178,000 for the standard model. Want to see it in action? Click play below!

November 29, 2012 @ 3:05 am
by mego

The LA Auto Show starts tomorrow, and one of the most buzzed about cars is the 2014 Porsche Cayman. I’m excited to see more than digitally enhanced or created images of the car. Here’s a great explanation of the features and changes of the all-new 2014 Porsche Cayman from AutoGuide.

The car starts at $52,600.

See photos and videos from the LA Auto Show here.