There are plenty of New Year’s resolutions you can make, but few are as exciting as the ones that involve cars. Whether you want to buy a new car, fix up an old one, or record your best lap time yet, we want to know your car-related goals for the new year. Perhaps 2016 is the right year to take a performance driving course or finally make that cross-country road trip happen. Of course, you can always go the practical route and resolve to take your car in for servicing on time. Sometimes, it’s all about the baby steps. An informal poll revealed a good mix of practical and fun New Year’s resolutions among our MT staffers. One editor wants to spend more time on the track, particularly in our long-term MX-5 Miata, and another wants to completely overhaul the brake system on his old car. Yet another editor wants to make his car “project car” status and head to the Formula D drift race in Long Beach this coming year. What are your automotive New Year’s … [Read more...] about TOTD: What Are Your Automotive New Year’s Resolutions?
Happy new year 2016
Yes, another year is ending so we want to thank all of you HOT ROD readers and enthusiasts for coming back each day or each month—depending on the format you consume HOT ROD, and for making 2015 another fun and fast year. Power Tour and Drag Week are setting attendance and fun records, and with the inauguration of Drag Weekend we’re expanding your opportunity to telegraph who really has the fastest street car. Roadkill has expanded with its own printed magazine, and longer episodes, and the Flashlight Drags held at the Pontiac Superdome were beyond our wildest expectations. The HOT ROD Club continues to grow and offer some great perks, so if you haven’t looked into what you get check it out. We’ve also introduced the Engine Masters episodes at Motor Trend On Demand. David Freiburger and Steve Dulcich bring you real world engine mods and test them out on the Westech dyno. Real world mods are also what you’ll find on HOT ROD Garage—and all of these … [Read more...] about Happy Holidays and New Year Wishes From the HOT ROD Gang
2015 has proven to be a year of expansion, for both Gran Turismo and GTPlanet. Gran Turismo 6 is largely complete after a little over two years on the market, and the series is set to land on Sony’s current PS4 in 2016, with an approach that will mark numerous firsts for series creator Polyphony Digital. This year also saw a bumper crop of racing titles land, and as they were warmly received by our community, so to did we start providing blog coverage for these titles. There’s no such thing as too much racing, right? Right. As per tradition, we’re here on the final day of the year to reflect on these changes, and look forward to the next 366, where even more are set to take place! January 2015 started off with a bang for GTPlanet, when Slightly Mad Studios announced an official GTP livery for the Ruf CTR3 would be included in the game. Nissan’s unconventional LMP1 competitor was first earmarked for gaming at the beginning of the new year. To … [Read more...] about GTPlanet’s Year In Review: 2015
The European Car of the Year 2016 shortlist is out. It’s an award that Autocar sponsors and on whose jury yours truly somehow landed a position last year. The process is a bit dull but might be worth noting. All eligible new cars make a longlist. To be eligible, they’ve got to be new this year and on sale in five European countries by a certain date, and although there’s no longer a limit on how many they sell (the minimum was 5000, but that ruled out cars like the BMW i8, so it was canned), a realistic number of judges have to have driven them. So no Ariel Nomad, tragically. Of the longlist, each of the 58 jury members nominates their preferred seven to go through to the shortlist. The ones with the most votes get on it, which is what we have now. Final judging will take place early next year and the winner will be announced in Geneva on the eve of the motor show in March. What’s noteworthy this year is that the shortlist is full of good cars. Yes, really. … [Read more...] about Matt Prior’s tester’s notes – is the Car of the Year 2016 shortlist any good?
Autocar Professional’s biggest edition of the year – the 12th Anniversary Special Issue (also apt to be called a collector's edition) – is out. The 184-page issue contains a comprehensive collection of original, thought-provoking articles, analysis and news features. Content which is 'essential reading for the automotive industry' in other words. What’s more, it is accompanied by two free goodies but more on that later. The cover story is on how Autocar Professional’s ‘Man of the Year 2016’ – Vinod Dasari, managing director of Ashok Leyland, scripted a turnaround at the commercial vehicle manufacturer and is driving new gains with an adroit mix of cost-cutting measures, divestments and enhanced efficiencies. Dasari, along with his team, has helped the company step up its game, whether it is developing India’s first Euro 6-compliant truck (the 4940) or the Hybus, the first non-plug-in hybrid bus in the country and designed for urban … [Read more...] about Ashok Leyland’s Vinod Dasari is Autocar Professional’s Man of the Year 2016
Autocar Professional’s biggest issue of 2015 – the 11th Anniversary Special – is out! The 216-page bumper issue is a true-blue collector’s edition that’s simply unputdownable. Every year, Autocar Professional honours a business leader who has led his company to new heights as its ‘Man of the Year’. This year, it’s a professional with a difference – Gérard Detourbet, the affable Chennai-based 69-year-old managing director of Renault-Nissan Alliance’s A-segment Development Unit. For leading the successful creation of a game-changing car – the Kwid – that represents Renault’s gutsy move in the Indian small car market, Gérard Detourbet has been voted Autocar Professional’s Man of the Year 2015. Detourbet, who has created some of Renault’s best-selling cars globally, is also responsible for getting Indian suppliers to think out of the box to develop innovative and cost-efficient parts for the … [Read more...] about Gérard Detourbet is Autocar Professional’s ‘Man of the Year 2015’
In today's business world, age and experience are no assurance of sustainability or growth. A young start-up can become the toast of the community or a well-established organisation's future could be at risk. Ashok Leyland is one such well-established company which reached almost the nadir and is on the comeback trail now. The managing director of Ashok Leyland surely has had the challenge of his career in leading the transformation of this 68-year-old company for the new age, earning Autocar Professional's 'Man of the Year' title. The year 2016 has seen quite a few developments that made news which impacted the automotive industry too. Donald Trump's election to the office of the president of the US could be one, but we are not talking about it now. Otherwise the challenge of meeting BS VI emission norms by 2020, thrown to the industry by the government at the beginning of the year, tops the list. Then there were some regional and global developments such as the odd-even rule, the … [Read more...] about Autocar Professional’s Man of the Year 2016: Vinod Dasari, MD, Ashok Leyland
It’s here, the MotorBeam Magazine January 2016 issue is live now and you can read it HERE. The 150 page magazine is free to read and has some interesting shootouts for all. Since a picture speaks a 1000 words, we will let our magazine cover do the talking. Please do give your feedback and you can discuss the magazine and its contents in the comments section below. Happy New Year 2016 to all from the MotorBeam Team. … [Read more...] about MotorBeam Magazine January 2016 – Read Now
► Editor Phil McNamara looks back on 2015 ► A year of manufacturers fettling for high-performance ► Read on to find out who deserves an award this yearThe first drive in Lambo’s new, rear-drive Huracan, VW’s punchiest ever Golf GTI, an incredible go-faster Ferrari F12 – welcome to 2015’s final issue. Those three fired-up specials embody a key trend of the year: manufacturers just can’t resist fettling their cars, either to go racing or create high-performance flagships. In 2015, nearly every month spoiled us with outstanding cars born of continuous improvement. That’s my first 2015 trend wrapped up then, in the ‘Thank Heavens for Fettling Award’. Porsche gave its Cayman the GT3 treatment to make the GT4, its 911 GT3 the RS treatment to create a racing car for the road, McLaren morphed the 650 into the 675 LT, and the CAR team agreed the Aventador SV to be the greatest Lambo ever. It goes beyond … [Read more...] about Editor’s welcome: the best of 2015, CAR+ January 2016
Sometimes a manufacturer churns out a base trim that — all things considered — might just be a great choice for that particular model. Here’s an example.It’s the end of the year, which means the internet is awash with anodyne Best Of pieces, designed to distract readers from the fact that journalists are deep into their third consecutive forty-ouncer of Mohawk vodka and too blitzed to write original material in the week between Christmas and New Year’s. This piece may qualify in that vein.Let’s coast over to Mr. Cain’s handy sales charts, shall we? Hmm. Which nameplates are expected to occupy the podium once all the deals are tallied for 2016? Can we do an Ace of Base on one of those? *swigs vodka straight from the bottle* Hmm. F-Series? Nope. Already done that. Silverado and Ram are similar propositions; no help there. Ah! The first actual car on the list. It’s the … oh, crap. Alright, let’s get this over with.The Toyota … [Read more...] about Ace of Base: The End of 2016