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Why Your City’s Traffic Doctor Probably Can’t Cure What Ails It

Steve Finton worked in storm-water treatment, then became the traffic-engineering manager for Torrance, California, one of the larger independently incorporated cities within greater Los Angeles. In general terms, Finton’s job is the same as before: Maximize flow through the pipes. If you live someplace of any significant size, there’s a Steve Finton on your payroll, […]

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Toyota RAV4 recalled for rear seat belt issue, close to 100,000 cars affected

Toyota has issued a recall for RAV4 vehicles due to an issue with the rear passenger seat belt mounting. The recall affects 98,664 cars built between August 2005 and November 2012, spanning the third generation of the mid-sized SUV. Toyota Australia states that in the event of an accident the seat belt material may become caught […]

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McLaren’s Geneva Teasers: Bare Carbon P1, Special 675LT Spider

Next month, at the Geneva auto show, McLaren will trot out unique versions of two sold-out supercars and parade them in front of some of the wealthiest people in all of Europe. One is the P1, which ended its 375-car run two months ago, and the other a 675LT Spider, which sold out all 500 […]

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Inferno By TopCar

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner and many automakers and aftermarket companies are in the final preparations for their respective displays at the world’s biggest auto show. Russian tuner Topcar has already announced its attendance in Geneva and its plan to bring three models to the show. Two of these models, the Porsche 991 Turbo S Stinger GTR and Porsche Cayenne Vantage, are the latest iterations in a long line of programs bearing the Stinger and Vantage names. The other one, the Mercedes GLE Coupe Inferno, is new to the family and will make its official debut in Geneva.

Like most of its programs, TopCar enhanced the GLE Coupe with a systematic body kit comprised of close to 20 unique components. That’s old hat for a company known to build some pretty exotic kits in the past. But this one’s different, partly because it’s the first kit TopCar has built for the GLE Coupe. The company has made no such announcements on any performance upgrade, but if its history of programs are any indication, expect one to be installed into the GLE Coupe’s engine, likely the more powerful 3.0-liter V-6. I don’t foresee any surprises coming out of TopCar as far as the engine mods are concerned, at least not to the extent of what fellow Mercedes tuner Brabus did when it presented its own GLE program – the Brabus 850 – at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

In any event, we’re going to learn more about TopCar’s Inferno program when it hits the showcase floor at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. In the meantime, check out what it did with all those aerodynamic upgrades.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Inferno By TopCar

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner and many automakers and aftermarket companies are in the final preparations for their respective displays at the world’s biggest auto show. Russian tuner Topcar has already announced its attendance in Geneva and its plan to bring three models to the show. Two of these models, the Porsche 991 Turbo S Stinger GTR and Porsche Cayenne Vantage, are the latest iterations in a long line of programs bearing the Stinger and Vantage names. The other one, the Mercedes GLE Coupe Inferno, is new to the family and will make its official debut in Geneva.

Like most of its programs, TopCar enhanced the GLE Coupe with a systematic body kit comprised of close to 20 unique components. That’s old hat for a company known to build some pretty exotic kits in the past. But this one’s different, partly because it’s the first kit TopCar has built for the GLE Coupe. The company has made no such announcements on any performance upgrade, but if its history of programs are any indication, expect one to be installed into the GLE Coupe’s engine, likely the more powerful 3.0-liter V-6. I don’t foresee any surprises coming out of TopCar as far as the engine mods are concerned, at least not to the extent of what fellow Mercedes tuner Brabus did when it presented its own GLE program – the Brabus 850 – at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

In any event, we’re going to learn more about TopCar’s Inferno program when it hits the showcase floor at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. In the meantime, check out what it did with all those aerodynamic upgrades.

Continue after the jump to read the review.


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Mercedes-Benz Debuts New Four-Cylinder Diesel

In Woody Allen’s 1973 sci-fi send-up Sleeper, his character finds a 200-year-old Volkswagen Beetle in a cave and starts the engine, which turns over without the slightest hesitation. Allen could have substituted a W115 Mercedes 200D in the same ridiculous but truth-based scene. Mercedes diesels, like air-cooled VW flat-fours, are pretty much indestructible. Now, Mercedes […]

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Toyota Recalling 1.1 Million RAV4 Models for Seatbelts

Toyota is recalling more than 1.1 million RAV4 models in the U.S. for seatbelts that can snap in a crash, the company said. On all 2006–2012 RAV4 and 2012–2014 RAV4 EV models, the rear-seat lap belts at both outboard positions may rub against part of the metal seat-cushion frame during a crash and rip, thus […]

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Kia Optima Sportswagon Is the Best Optima—And We Have a Plan to Bring It Stateside

Internet trolling is the faceless act of badgering one’s fellow human beings over the internet. We see plenty of trolling in the comments section on our website, sometimes even directed at us, although for what reasons we can never understand. (We’re perfect!) Civilized society should shun this sort of behavior, abhorrent and cat-GIF-filled as it often is, […]

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Mazda CX3 Review

Building crossover vehicles comes much more naturally to Mazda than SUVs. The company got out of the compact-truck game long ago, and its first SUV was the Ford Escape-based Tribute. As car-based crossovers became more popular, Mazda applied its sporty-car expertise to the template and the results have been impressive. The CX-5 and CX-7 blend the fun-to-drive aspects of Mazda’s sedans with the all-weather confidence and utility of SUVs to great effect.

Scaling things down doesn’t hurt the formula at all. Compact crossovers are currently where it’s at, marketing-wise, so Mazda has taken things down a notch with the introduction of the CX-3 for 2016. As the name suggests, it fits into the lineup below the CX-5, and offers nimbler reflexes and a more affordable package that doesn’t feel cheap. Less weight and more compact dimensions are the quickest ways to improved handling, and the CX-3 delivers. It’s probably the closest to “fun to drive” that a crossover’s going to get this side of the Nissan Juke NISMO.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mazda CX3.


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Mazda CX3 Review

Building crossover vehicles comes much more naturally to Mazda than SUVs. The company got out of the compact-truck game long ago, and its first SUV was the Ford Escape-based Tribute. As car-based crossovers became more popular, Mazda applied its sporty-car expertise to the template and the results have been impressive. The CX-5 and CX-7 blend the fun-to-drive aspects of Mazda’s sedans with the all-weather confidence and utility of SUVs to great effect.

Scaling things down doesn’t hurt the formula at all. Compact crossovers are currently where it’s at, marketing-wise, so Mazda has taken things down a notch with the introduction of the CX-3 for 2016. As the name suggests, it fits into the lineup below the CX-5, and offers nimbler reflexes and a more affordable package that doesn’t feel cheap. Less weight and more compact dimensions are the quickest ways to improved handling, and the CX-3 delivers. It’s probably the closest to “fun to drive” that a crossover’s going to get this side of the Nissan Juke NISMO.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mazda CX3.


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