Official: 2014 Subaru Forester scores 5 stars in NHTSA crash test [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Videos, Crossover, Subaru

2014 Subaru Forester XT

Having aced the crash test from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and earning the highest rating of Top Safety Pick+, the 2014 Subaru Forester headed over to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a date with destruction. In the barrage of NHTSA tests, the new Forester met similar results as it did with the IIHS, earning a five-star overall crash rating.

Comparing these number to the previous model, which carried a four-star rating in all areas, the new Forester did much better in the side-impact test to earn a full five stars; frontal and rollover ratings were still at four stars like the old model, but the improved side crashworthiness was enough to gain the NHTSA’s highest overall rating. The frontal impact video is posted below, but all the various test videos can be seen on NHTSA’s website.

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Tesla Model S scores five stars in NHTSA crash tests [w/video]

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors, Videos

Tesla Model S NHTSA crash

Tesla Motors is having a good week. Right after the California-based maker of the Model S electric vehicle reported better than expected earnings and vehicle-production numbers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) let it be known that the Model S received five-star crash-test ratings, according to Automotive News. That means the sedan received the best possible marks for frontal and side-impact crashes, as well as for rollover. The bad news: some Teslas were destroyed in the process. It’s part of a trend. Earlier versions of the Model S also received top crash test scores last year. Before that, the all-electric Roadster also passed crash tests back in 2008.

A refresher on the other good news of the week: Tesla announced Wednesday that it increased sales to 5,150 vehicles for the second quarter, and said it may double production next year. After reporting its first profit in the first quarter, Tesla’s second-quarter gross margin was 22 percent and may reach 25 percent by year-end. Tesla’s second-quarter revenue was $405.1 million and the company narrowed its second-quarter loss to $30.2 million from a $105.5 million loss a year earlier.

You can check out several Model S crash-test videos below, though you might want to cover your eyes.

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Mercedes-Benz Drive & Seek action movie stars C-Class, scantily clad bank robbers

Filed under: Coupe, Videos, Mercedes-Benz, Luxury

Mercedes-Benz Drive&Seek video

Mercedes-Benz Drive & Seek – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Part of what made the The Driver, the series of BMW films with Clive Owen, so compelling was that it was well written, it was underplayed, and as far as action films went it didn’t obliterate believability. The laconic Owen was able to sell hopped-up adventures with his relaxed delivery of cutting lines, and it was credulous that a driver-for-hire made his living in a 5 Series.

The Mercedes-Benz movie Drive & Seek, however, throws all of that away. A promotional piece for the C-Class Coupe, it’s slick, utterly good looking, outrageously over-the-top, and goofy in every way possible. The only reason we know it’s not a Michael Bay film is that nothing explodes, otherwise it prays at his altar: a hot woman in a bathing suit (Kate Nauta, from The Transporter 2), hot women in white skinsuits robbing a bank, gunfire in an expensive suit, an absurd car chase… and some other stuff. If that’s your bag, there’s 9:25 of it in the video after the jump.

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Video: Epic Kia Optima Super Bowl ad stars Poseidon, aliens

Filed under: Sedan, Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Kia

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2011 Kia Optima ‘One Epic Ride’ Super Bowl ad – Click above to watch the video after the jump

We know the 2011 Kia Optima is an excellent sedan, but apparently it’s so desirable that anyone and everything across time and space are clamoring to get it.

In the Korean automaker’s new Super Bowl ad, a police officer playing ‘bad cop’ decides to take the car off the hands of a couple, now cuffed to his parked motorcycle. The constable, in turn, is no match for a super villain, his slick helicopter and a waiting mega-yacht. The Optima nearly falls into the villain’s hands, but by then, the all-new sedan has piqued the interest of the gods (we would have pegged Poseidon as a Maserati guy), and that’s when things get really interesting.

Click past the jump to watch the elaborate and visually impressive journey unfold.

Gallery: Kia Optima goes on One Epic Ride

[Source: Kia via YouTube]

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Video: Chevrolet Camaro stars in ‘Al’s Chevrolet’ Super Bowl commercial

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Marketing/Advertising, Chevrolet, GM

Chevrolet Super Bowl ad

Chevrolet Super Bowl ad – Click above to watch the video after the jump

General Motors is planning an all-out advertising assault on this year’s Super Bowl with a total of five ads spread throughout the game. The spots will focus on the Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze Eco, Silverado HD and, of course, the Volt. Each of the 30-second spots have a completely different feel, and at least a few of them will show up after Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are done beating themselves to oblivion during the post-game coverage. GM is staying fairly tight-lipped about the plots surrounding the majority of the ads, but the company has been kind enough to let slip the Camaro spot ahead of time.

The clip features Bumblebee of Transformers fame going toe to toe with a car lot mascot. Spoiler alert: don’t put your money on the chipmunk.

The ad features one impressive donut with plenty of tire smoke and some fairly seamless CG for good measure. Hit the jump to take a look at the video for yourself and read the full press blast.

[Source: General Motors]

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Get a high-res look at the other stars of the Top Gear holiday special

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Top Gear 2010 Christmas Special

Top Gear spends Christmas in the Middle East – Click above to view high-res image gallery
The three wise-asses-men of Top Gear were handed a new challenge for their 2010 holiday special: Travel 1,200 miles west to Bethlehem, driving through northern Iraq, Syria and a few other Middle Eastern countries and deliver gold, frankincense and myrrh to a newborn in a manger. Easy enough, right? But what vehicles to take?

The producers required each host to pic a compact convertible, so Clarkson went with the reasonable choice – a Mazda MX-5 Miata – featuring his “car of many colors” paint scheme. Just like Joseph. Hammond goes with a Fiat Barchetta fitted with a Bedouin tent while James May decides to go with something German and outfits a BMW Z3 for desert duty.

Their journey was filled with the typical Top Gear-tomfoolery including James May knocking himself unconscious. The entire escapade can be viewed online… for now, but in the meantime, check out all three vehicles in the gallery below.

Gallery: Top Gear 2010 Christmas Special

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[Source: Top Gear]

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Autoblog Podcast #209: 2011 Chrysler 300, GMC All Terrain HD, Automobile All Stars, 2013 BMW supercar

Filed under: Podcasts, Etc., Acura, Chrysler, Ford, GMC, Infiniti, Subaru, Toys/Games

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Episode #209 of the Autoblog Podcast has arrived, and the personnel are: Chris Shunk, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Chris Paukert. It starts with the Autoblog Garage and then heads for the 2011 Chrysler 300, GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept vehicle, our thoughts about the 2011 Automobile All Stars, a $200,000 electric supercar from BMW and some car gifts for the Christmas season. We wrap with your questions at the end for an hour and a half total. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #209: 2011 Chrysler 300, GMC All Terrain HD, Automobile All Stars, 2013 BMW supercar

In the Autoblog Garage:

2011 Infiniti G37S
2011 Acura ZDX
2011 Subaru STI
2011 Ford F350 SuperDuty

News Topics:

  • 2011 Chrysler 300
  • GMC Sierra All Terrain HD
  • Automobile 2011 All Stars
  • $200,000 BMW Supercar for 2013
  • Car Gifts for Christmas: Ultimate Edition


    Hosts:
    Dan Roth, Chris Shunk, Zach Bowman, Chris Paukert
    Runtime: 1:30:34


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Autoblog Podcast #209: 2011 Chrysler 300, GMC All Terrain HD, Automobile All Stars, 2013 BMW supercar originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Automobile Magazine names 2011 All-Stars

Filed under: Etc., BMW, Cadillac, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Porsche, Volkswagen, Volvo



Automobile has compiled a list of the 2011 model year vehicles deserving of all-star recognition. To show off each choice, the buff book has enlisted illustrator Daniel Stolle to turn each vehicle into a child’s toy. The list of 2011 Automobile All-Stars features:

  • BMW 3 Series
  • Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
  • Dodge Ram 1500
  • Ford Mustang
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Porsche Boxster/Cayman
  • Volkswagen GTI
  • Volvo S60

It’s hard to argue with that rundown and you can head over to Automobile for more insight into how and why the pub’s editors picked this group to be honored.

Gallery: Automobile Magazine Names Its 2011 All-Stars

2011 Jaguar XJ2011 BMW 3 Series2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon2011 Ford Mustang2011 Honda Odyssey

[Source: Automobile]

Automobile Magazine names 2011 All-Stars originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Italy stars in live-action Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit vid

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, Lamborghini, Toys/Games

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit – Click above to watch video after the jump

Electronic Arts isn’t pulling any punches in the run-up to the release of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. The studio sent two of the world’s most lust-worthy Italilan exotics to go frolic through the countryside in a live-action interpretation of the game’s premise. The video stars one wayward Pagani Zonda Cinque on the run from a very stubborn Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and its accompanying air support. The whole tale is set to La Roux’s “Not Your Toy” remixed by the ever crafty Nero. It’s as fitting a soundtrack as we could imagine.

The video is, of course, dripping with high-horsepower slides and vaporized rear tires at the hands of legendary stunt drivers Marc Hennerici and Marc Basseng. Sound appetizing? Hit the jump to sink your teeth into the jaw-dropping spot.

[Source: Hot Pursuit]

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Autoblog Podcast #189 – Flex sunsetting, NHTSA stars, saleable Sebrings and a cruise in the Cruze

Filed under: Podcasts, Government/Legal, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Lincoln, Rumormill

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Chris Shunk, Sam Abuelsamid and Dan Roth are back for Episode #188 of the Autoblog Podcast. Topics this time around include rumors of a Ford Flex/Lincoln MKT phase-out after 2013, changes to the way NHTSA crash rating scores are given, patent images that could be the next Chrysler Sebring and the Chevrolet Cruze. Your feedback is incorporated throughout this hour and twenty minute extravaganza, too. Thanks for listening, see you next time!

Autoblog Podcast #189 – Flex sunsetting, NHTSA stars, saleable Sebrings and a cruise in the Cruze

In the Autoblog Garage:

Ford F250 Super Duty
Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Hyundai Sonata SE

News:

  • NHTSA updates its crash-test procedure
  • Chrysler 200C patent drawings and Sebring plant staffing boost
  • Ford Flex/Lincoln MKT being phased out
  • Chevrolet Cruze first drive

Hosts:
Dan Roth, Sam Abuelsamid, Chris Shunk

Runtime: 84:26


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Autoblog Podcast #189 – Flex sunsetting, NHTSA stars, saleable Sebrings and a cruise in the Cruze originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 03 Aug 2010 16:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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