DETROIT -- You may be asking yourself, "Why would anyone buy a 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 when the perfectly good 2014 Porsche 911 Cabriolet 4 already exists?" I know that's the first question that popped into my head at the new model's unveiling at the 2014 Detroit auto show. Then again, if you were born after 1989, you may just be asking yourself, "What the hell is a 'Targa'?"
As automakers add more infotainment features, owners end up compiling a multitude of personal preferences in their vehicles, covering everything from favorite destinations to streaming music services to contact lists. But what happens when you buy a new?
Covisint, a provider of back-end secure data services, demonstrated a new concept in personal profiles for cars at the 2014 Detroit auto show.
In the demonstration, an owner could log into a Web site run by Covisint and populate a virtual garage with any cars she owns. She could upload her contact list from a smartphone and program in any other … Read more
DETROIT -- Sport driving enthusiasts long revered the M3 as a high-performance, somewhat affordable car for road and track. Those enthusiasts will have to get used to saying M4 instead, the new name for the previous M3 coupe.
Beyond a simple name change, however, the M4 and its M3 sedan sibling are wholly new cars, featuring down-sized yet more powerful engines along with new body and performance components. Although the M4 and M3 share performance components, serious drivers will be more interested in the coupe for its sleek styling.
The design of the new M4 is not radically different from … Read more
DETROIT -- With the launch of the new Corvette Stingray last year, Chevy fans had a new performance car to aspire to. However, true fans of the brand knew the best was yet to come. While the new C7 Stingray raised the performance bar well above that of the C6 that came before, it's always the subsequent performance models that really light the world on fire. This year in Detroit the first of those was unveiled, the venerable Z06.Catch CNET's coverage of the 2014 North American International Auto Show.
The first Z06 model appeared back in 1963 … Read more
DETROIT -- For more than a decade, Toyota's most exciting car didn't actually exist, the company focusing on reliable sedans such as the Camry and Corolla. At the 2014 Detroit auto show, Toyota released the FT-1 concept car, a signal that its era of boring design has officially ended.
Kevin Hunter, President of Toyota's CALTY design center, called the FT-T a "spiritual pace car."
"FT" stands for Future Toyota, according to Hunter. This new concept shows that the company is bringing back sports car design, such as it used to have with the … Read more
DETROIT -- 763,402 sales in 2013. That'd be a huge number for just about any product you can think of, but when you consider that's how many F-150s Ford moved in 2013 alone, it's an eye-opening feat. That's fully 40 percent of the US truck market, capping off the 37th consecutive year as America's best-selling truck. And 2013 marked the 32nd year it's been the best-selling car of any kind in the US.
The F-series dates back to 1966. In 2014, it gets a complete makeover, including plenty of new tech. Rather than … Read more
Grand Theft Auto V raises the bar on open-world action games. You get to revisit the passive city of San Andreas and live the GTA way: with cars, guns, and a whole lot of things that'd probably get you arrested in real life.Pros
Endless activities: The GTA series has always been known for its neverending list of things to do outside of the single-player storyline. GTA V offers even more: In addition to stealing cars, running over pedestrians, getting chased by cops, and the usual law-breaking recreations, GTA V lets you swim in the ocean, do yoga, shop … Read more
Google has launched a partnership with carmakers General Motors, Audi, Honda, and Hyundai, as well as with chipmaker Nvidia, to bring the Android operating system to vehicles in 2014.
The group, called the Open Auto Alliance, aims to marry Android's widespread use and app support with openness and customization, according to the group's announcement Monday, the opening day of CES 2014.
Catch CNET's complete coverage of CES 2014
"The OAA is dedicated to a common platform that will drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone," the group said. … Read more
The Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker will hold its event at 8 p.m. PT on Sunday at the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino in Las Vegas. CNET's Eric Franklin, James Martin, and I will bring you all the live news, photos, and commentary starting about 30 minutes before the event.
Join CNET's live blog of Nvidia's CES press conference. Traditionally known for making graphics processing units found in computers and game consoles, Nvidia … Read more
Some Russians, it might appear, tend to enjoy life at the sharp end.
Some bathe in a certain appreciation for drama, conflict, and intimidation (or at least a certain familiarity with it).
This may make them excellent video game players. It also offers an additional dimension to Russian dashcam footage.
The latest to emerge has more than a soupcon of Grand Theft Auto. Cars speed maniacally. Side-swiping occurs with the minimum of conscience.
Then it all ends in a fight.… Read more