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News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Freebies: armored vehicles, grenade launchers, riot gear Sen. Nia Gill wants a review of the state's involvement in a federal program that has transferred more than $32 million in surplus military hardware NJ law enforcement agencies. Show More Summary

Toyota RAV4 Review :: GXL 4WD

2 days agoVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

The Toyota RAV4 celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014 and the ‘recreational activity vehicle’ continues to be one of the most popular nameplates in the mid-sized-SUV segment. Toyota’s fourth-generation RAV4 was released in 2013 with a markedly different look to its predecessors, with a more rounded shape and a tailgate that not only opened upwards [...]

2014 Range Rover Evoque Review: Pure TD4 Auto

August 26, 2014 | Photos: Jan Glovac. Vehicle Style: Five-door small SUV Price: $57,895 (plus on-roads), $66,935 (as tested, plus on-roads) Engine/Trans: 110kW/400Nm 4cyl diesel | 9spd auto Fuel Economy claimed: 6.0 l/100km | tested: 8.2 l/100km OVERVIEW Land Rover’s smallest luxury car recently came in for a mid-term update. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, August 25, 2014

Bergen County armored vehicle plan may face scrutiny as Obama orders review of military gear for cops President Obama has ordered a review of federal programs that supplied nearly half a billion dollars in military equipment to municipal...Show More Summary

Obama orders review of policy that enables police with military equipment

President Obama has ordered a review of a long-standing policy that allows the transfer of surplus military-grade vehicles and equipment to local police departments.

ChargePoint updates app that finds electric-car charging stations (review)

Public charging for electric vehicles is currently an adventure. Just finding a charging station can sometimes be a challenge. The most common way to locate charging stations in unfamiliar areas is to use a locator app on a smartphone. There are several available, but one of the more popular is provided by the ChargePoint network […]

Volkswagen Golf freeway death to be reviewed based on “new data” of vehicle issues – report

6 days agoVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

The case of a Melbourne woman who died when her Volkswagen Golf was hit from behind by a truck on a freeway will be reopened, with her family set to launch an independent review of the coronial inquest into her death. The family of Melissa Ryan has won the right to have the inquest reviewed [...]

BMW 435i Gran Coupe Review: weekender

6 days agoVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

Starting at just over $100,000, the BMW 435i Gran Coupe is by no means a cheap vehicle, but then again, a sense of style and refinement this polished never comes cheap does it? BMW has of late gone searching for a niche within a niche and the result is the 4 Series Gran Coupe. One [...]

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (HTZ) Lowers Guidance on the Back of Vehicle Recalls

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HTZ) said in a SEC filing on Tuesday that it expects its full year earnings to come well below the lower end of the guidance it gave for 2014. The company is already reviewing its financial reporting for 2011-2013 and this recent news is not expected to offer any consolation to Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HTZ)’s investors. Phil LeBeau […]

BMW M3 Review: 2014 DCT Automatic

August 16, 2014 Vehicle Style: High performance sedan Price: $156,430 (plus on-roads), $165,990 as-tested. Engine/trans: 317kW/550Nm 3.0 turbo petrol 6cyl | 7sp twin-clutch auto Fuel Economy claimed: 8.3 l/100km | tested: 12.1 l/100km...Show More Summary

Maserati Ghibli S Review

August 14, 2014 Vehicle Style: Premium mid-size sedan Price: $169,990 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 301kW/550Nm twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol | 8spd auto Fuel Economy claimed: 10.4 l/100km OVERVIEW For an Italian car company that has been around longer than Ferrari, it should be easy, you'd reckon, to muscle-in on a premium segment. Show More Summary

2015 Holden Trax Review: LTZ 1.4 iTi Turbo

August 14, 2014 What’s Hot: Improved driveability, more equipment, quality ride What’s Not: Price, 1.4 turbo not available in LS grade. X-FACTOR: At last, the Trax gets the engine it deserves and adds mountains to its appeal VehicleShow More Summary

Holden Colorado Review : Walkinshaw Xtreme Low Rider

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

You’re a tradie and like the overall dimensions and capabilities of the Holden Colorado but you’re after a more unique look and want it to feel a little less like a commercial vehicle. Well, however niche, Australia’s Walkinshaw Performance has the answer and it’s called the Walkinshaw Colorado Xtreme Low Rider. Clearly distinguished from its [...]

Review: Table Top Racing For Vita Cruises Mid-Pack

While simulation racers seem to be all the rage these days, it's nice to see something like Table Top Racing hit the track every now and again. Rather than focus on to-the-bolt vehicle accuracy, painfully deep optimization options and...Show More Summary

Volkswagen Golf R Review: 2014 DSG Auto

August 8, 2014 Vehicle Style: 5-door small performance hatch Price: $54,490 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 206kW/380Nm 2.0 turbo petrol 4cyl | 6sp auto Fuel Economy claimed: 7.1 l/100km | tested: 11.7 l/100km OVERVIEW $55k is a hefty stack of cash for a Volkswagen Golf, but the R version isn’t exactly your average grocery-fetching German hatchback. Show More Summary

Capsule Review: 2014 Nissan NV200 SV Cargo Van

For decades buyers made the pickup truck the bestselling vehicle in North America. Despite its utilitarian roots, the pickup truck has morphed from a working man’s appliance into a replacement for big body-on-frame American luxury sedans. Show More Summary

Chrysler, Nissan looking into claims their cars 'most hackable'

By Michael Leibel and Jim Finkle NEW YORK/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Chrysler and Nissan said they are reviewing a report by well-known cyber security experts that rates their vehicles among the three "most hackable" cars on the market, along with a General Motors model. Show More Summary

Peugeot 2008 Review : Long-term report three

3 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

If you’re looking for a small, city-friendly SUV, it’s hard to look past the Peugeot 2008. The little French SUV is ideal for those looking for a European styled and built vehicle with an excellent infotainment system and competent drivetrain. But if you’re wondering why you haven’t seen a 2008 on the road before, it’s [...]

Earnings Review: Tesla Beats Deliveries Guidance, On Track To Meet 2014 Targets

The automaker produced 8,763 Model S vehicles and delivered a total of 7,579 vehicles, outpacing its own guidance by a small margin. This means that Tesla is on course to meet the 35,000 deliveries target for the full-year of 2014, which is in line with the previous guidance.

Auto review: Subaru revs up tech, safety and style of Legacy, Outback

For decades, Subaru's all-wheel-drive vehicles have delivered people to the trail head, campground and ski slope safely. Now the brand is turning to technology to give drivers an extra measure of security.

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