Who is the Star, Madonna or the M5?

Friday June 11th, 2010 at 9:66 AM
Posted by: Derek

BMW Films The Hire

After watching Audi’s mini-series exploiting the new A1 and walking away feeling sorely disappointed, I had to go back and revisit the BMW 8-film series that was released almost a decade ago. Enlisting A-list directors such as John Woo, John Frankenheimer and Tony Scott, the BMW film series produced a set of excellent short films starring Clive Owen and showcasing the BMW cars. By far, my favorite was the Guy Ritchie directed film, Star with his ex-wife, Madonna, playing the most spoiled and shallow diva on screen to date. Simply hilarious. Cinematography and editing of the driving sequences were top notch with Madonna’s character being tossed around in the back seat, like a rag doll in the fluff cycle of a dryer, of an M5 while Clive Owen tears up the streets. Stick around for the last scene and you’ll see why she needs to be sent through the wash cycle.

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U.S. Version Of Top Gear Is A Go, Car Show to Air on History Channel

Wednesday April 28th, 2010 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

top gear usaAfter two failed starts, a U.S. version of Top Gear is finally happening.

Top Gear has been a smash hit in the UK, but a U.S. version is has had trouble getting off the line. Since 2007, the BBC has attempted to create an American Top Gear, but has went through two different revisions of hosts. Finally, the cast has been finalized and the History Channel has announced that they have picked up ten episodes of the show.

The current cast is “funnyman” Rutledge Wood, actor Adam Ferrara and professional driver Tanner Foust. The identity of the American Stig is a mystery and likely classified under the Department of Homeland Security. Can the three U.S. hosts match the charisma and humor that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have? One celebrity fears that an American Top Gear might not work.

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Win a XC60 and save face entering Volvo's Twilight: New Moon contest

Friday November 13th, 2009 at 4:1111 PM
Posted by: asgruben

Volvo Twighlight Saga What Drives EdwardBy Adrienne Gruben

Here are a few terms that our reviewers used to describe the Volvo XC60 earlier this year: “safe,” “sexy,” “usable combination of horsepower and torque,” but apparently they forgot to say, “might protect you from getting your face ripped off.”

Like with its release of a Volvo-themed video game, the company is skewing to buyers of wine coolers and Axe with its Twilight Saga: New Moon “What Drives Edward” contest. However, the message is as confused as Edward Cullen at a blood drive.

For those of you just returning from solitary: Edward Cullen is…; wait, let’s start with: Twilight is; nevermind, if you don’t know, maybe you should commit another crime and get sent back to the hole because you are too far behind to catch up.

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For the post-apocalyptic car lover, there's 'Zombieland'

Friday October 2nd, 2009 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: asgruben

Woody Harrelson in ZombielandBy Adrienne Gruben

Zombieland is a car lover’s dream. First, it’s a road movie. But there’s more. The film begins after a virus has infected the world, killing most, turning some into zombies and leaving a few regular folks to fend for themselves against zombies trying to eat them at every turn. Because Zombieland is essentially a planet-sized ghost town where people were literally plucked from their lives in the middle of mundane tasks, cars are strewn everywhere. Many of them are wrecked and beyond repair, but some are in fine working order, and if you can find one that a zombie isn’t living in, it is yours for the taking.

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Subaru Gets WRX STI into New Fast & Furious Film

Thursday April 2nd, 2009 at 9:44 AM
Posted by: m35man

Subaru WRX STi from Fast and Furious 4Getting a car in a big movie is a huge deal. Films like Transformers and Fast and Furious have contributed to the publicity machine surrounding several vehicles. And now Subaru is thrilled to have a car (their WRX STI) in the new Fast and Furious movie.

The exposure a top-rated film can offer to a car manufacturer is enormous. Car companies are anxious to get their hottest, newest vehicles on the big screen, because consumers are just as much into image and style as they are into performance and reliability. The young demographic that will flock to see Fast and Furious will undoubtedly be attracted to the new Subaru.

It ends up being a mini infomercial within a film—something that would have cost Subaru a pretty penny if they had tried to produce it on their own.

“Fast & Furious” is directed by Justin Lin, the man behind the third installment, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz, Laz Alonso, Gal Gadot, Shea Whigham, Tego Calderon and Liza Lapira is set for a April 3, 2009 release.

Portions of an article and a related video that appeared last week on www.edmunds.com after the jump:

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The Yugo—A Tribute!

Friday February 20th, 2009 at 10:22 AM
Posted by: goofshow

Yugo ad

The Yugo was Soviet Bloc Yugoslavia’s greatest automotive export. It was soooooo bad that it was good! The Yugo was a car where “carpet” was listed as a standard feature. Boasting a rear-window defroster was reportedly to keep your hands warm while you pushed it. The official name for the Yugo was Zastava Koral, because the cheap, subcompact was built by the Zastava corporation. Unlike many Eastern European cars at the time, the Zastava factory had major ambitions to sell to Western markets, especially to the imperialist Yankee pig-dog oppressors in America. Created with the help of Fiat designers and marketed for young people, only 45 original Yugos were handmade on that legendary date in crappy automotive production, October 2nd 1978.

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New Corvette Stingray Makes Chicago Auto Show

Thursday February 19th, 2009 at 7:22 AM
Posted by: m35man

Corvette Stingray II concept

Chevrolet is bringing back all the old favorites. First, it was the Camaro and now it’s the Corvette Stingray, which they recently unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show.

When Chevrolet started their pitch to get both post-gen and young drivers interested in what they touted as the “Return of the Camaro” the marketers at GM decided to place the car in the first Transformers movie. It turned out to be a very smart move. As Bumblebee, the new Camaro was a big star in the highly successful film and definitely generated some major buzz.

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Interesting Cars of U.S. Presidents

Monday February 2nd, 2009 at 11:22 AM
Posted by: goofshow

President Taft's White SteamerAs long as there has been presidents there has been cars driven by presidents. Okay, this actually only goes as far back to 1909 and the notable William Taft. Little trivia fact about our first presidential driver, Taft was also our fattest president. If Taft were around today by no means could you stuff his fat presidential rear-end into a smart Car.

Though Taft liked to consume mass amounts of food, don’t think he was not fuel-efficient. The roly-poly president had four official presidential limos: a White Steamer, a battery-powered Baker Electric, and two Pierce-Arrows. More than any other White House resident, Taft was the most Green in the automotive respect.

It doesn’t stop there. Here are a few more notable presidential cars driven by our country’s leaders.

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Celebrities and their cars – a love story!

Friday January 30th, 2009 at 1:11 PM
Posted by: goofshow

Tango George ClooneyBy Harmon Leon

Celebrities love a smooth ride. Where would celebrities be without their wheels? Sure they have the money to be toted around in limos, but a celebrity with an awesome car shows not only their status, but also their sensibilities; be it a massive SUV or fuel efficient electric vehicle—it’s their statement to their fans. Celebrities are larger than life, and so should be their vehicles.

Here are a few celebrity cars that really turn heads on the road:

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Five Best Rides on Pimp My Ride

Monday January 12th, 2009 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: goofshow

Pimp My RideMy dream is to have the Pimp My Ride posse makeover my car so it has a cotton candy machine and a disco ball hanging dead in my backseat dance floor. Man, who doesn’t love the MTV show where the GAS team (who always cringe when the vehicle rolls into the shop), along with rap superstar Xzibit, do their magic on the biggest clunkers on the road. The result is a pimped out masterpiece, which features wild and maybe impractical ostentatious features. Those whose ride has been pimped always end up going ape-shit when they witness their Phoenix that has risen from the ashes.

Here are my five favs from Season 5:

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