BACK SEAT DRIVING— There are currently only 114,000 plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles on the road today. But a new industry forecast released by Pike Research predicts there will be 5.2 million plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) worldwide by 2017. The U.S. is expected to have the highest adoption rate. Pike also that predicts over a million hybrids will be sold worldwide next year alone…
AUTO REVIEW— The key fob described the color as ‘Cement’. Having just finished testing and photographing this car, I can assure you that the all-new Scion tC is no bucket of cement. The light gray color does look like newly laid cement on a sidewalk. But the new tC adds performance and technologies that allow it to hold fast to the asphalt jungle. It remains a tremendous value with more power, increased fuel efficiency, greater driving dynamics and more safety features—all with a starting price of only $18,275.00.
AUTO REVIEW—Last year, Hyundai introduced the Genesis Coupe, which wreaked a bit of havoc in the ponycar community, besting some Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers in comparison tests. This year, Hyundai steps up the game with a hot new 3.8 R-Spec model. To the standard 306-horsepower V6 and six-speed manual transmission, the R-Spec adds special 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes with 13.4-inch ventilated front rotors, an R-Spec suspension, a limited slip differential, R-Spec seats with larger bolsters, and R-Spec badging in all the right areas.
GALLERY— Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Juan Manuel Fangio is a household name, Hector Cademartori took an early interest in racing. Influenced by the European tradition and names like Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, Pedro Rodriquez, Graham Hill, and John Surtees, Cademartori began creating art based on the stories, accounts, and photos of racing days gone by.
LA CAR REPORT— Ryan Tuerck is a star on the Gardella Racing line-up, driving a Chevrolet Camaro powered by Mobil1 and Red Bull. Competing in America’s most popular drift circuit, Formula DRIFT, Tuerck looks to find success and power his way to the top of the charts. I had a chance to catch up with him at his last race and learn a little more about his racing program.