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Should You Wait for the 2016 Miata?

September 16th, 2014

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Front Quarter View

The Mazda MX-5 Miata, universally loved the world over by club race teams and enthusiasts alike, turns 25 this year. What better way to celebrate than with the official unveiling of the all-new 4th-generation model? Mazda’s latest roadster is sleeker, quite a bit lighter and more modern inside and out, but it won’t hit showrooms until mid-2015. Is the 4th-generation 2016 MX-5 Miata worth the wait when you could opt for, say, a brand-new Subaru BRZ today? Here are the top 5 reasons why the answer is a resounding “yes.”

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Are Big Sales Incentives on New Cars Going Away?

September 16th, 2014

Will discounts on new cars last?

This year in auto sales, the average discount on a new car purchase has reached $2,702, or around 8.4% of the average transaction price. Couple that with record levels of available 0% financing and you have what seems like the most advantageous buyer’s market in years. But not so fast, say industry analysts, as automakers won’t likely be able to keep incentives and available credit at their current levels for long.

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Tesla Gigafactory Going to Nevada

September 16th, 2014

Tesla Motors Upcoming Reno Nevada Gigafactory

After a drawn-out selection process that brought lobbying from several of the Western United States, Tesla Motors has chosen a Nevada site outside of Reno for its upcoming Gigafactory, a massive, renewable energy-powered electric car battery plant set to open in 2016 that will eventually have capacity to produce 50 GWh (gigawatt-hours) annually, or battery packs for 500,000 cars.

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What is Rolling Coal?

August 21st, 2014

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“Rolling coal” is the latest phenomenon that has environmentalists all a’flutter, a practice by which diesel-powered truck owners modify their vehicles to belch out large plumes of black smoke on demand. Using straight pipes or even smokestacks in addition to modifications to the fuel delivery and exhaust systems, the latest craze is to roll coal at hybrid and electric car drivers, or even pedestrians. After witnessing the practice first hand when his Nissan LEAF electric was covered in the sooty stuff, New Jersey State Senator Tim Eustace has introduced a new bill to make the practice illegal.

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Evo Magazine Takes Ferrari F40 Across the Alps

August 21st, 2014

Ferrari F40 in the Swiss Alps

The spiritual precursor to the modern Enzo and LaFerrari, the legendary Ferrari F40 is all about uncompromising speed and supercar enjoyment. Far from a modern GT car, it’s loud, scary at the limit and thoroughly uncompromising in its singular mission as a race car for the road. A twin-turbo 2.9-liter V8 mounted directly behind the driver produces a loud wail and 471 horsepower, and taller drivers will sit with their knees virtually against their chest. So when EVO Magazine‘s Henry Catchpole had the opportunity to drive one more than 1,1000 km all the way from Switzerland to the U.K., including a sporting journey through the Swiss Alps, he jumped at the chance, of course.

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