On the odd chance anyone missed it, Toyota has now unveiled the 2012 Camry, which is obviously a rather big deal for the automaker—and the U.S. market, of course. Toyota’s mid-size sedan has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for nine straight years, and 13 of the last 14; what’s even more amazing is that it also was back at the top of the heap in July, despite the production challenges poised by this spring’s disasters in Japan and any lingering effects of the Great Toyota Recallathon.
By: Carl Malek
After many months of teasing – not to mention several spy photos, including our own – Porsche has finally dropped the curtains on the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera (991) ahead of its impending debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
One of the biggest changes that careful observers will notice on the 2012 Carrera is that it has been stretched in overall wheelbase, which makes the new car about 3.9 inches longer than the old 911 it replaces along with a roof that has been lowered to help create a more aggressive appearance. In addition to the increased length, the 2012 Carrera also benefits from a body that is made from an aluminum and steel composite which not only reduces the car’s weight, but also enhances the aerodynamics of the car as well. Other than the lighter body and a slight repositioning of the side mirrors to the tops of the doors. The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera manages to retain many of the same styling and basic visual elements that have been around since the car’s first generation almost a half century ago.
By Chris Haak
I could hardly wait for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro to finally reach production. Growing up as a fan of the bowtie brand, it was fun to watch all of the excitement that took us from the Camaro concept in 2007 to the final production car in mid-2009. Then, when I finally had a chance to get behind the wheel of a new Camaro, I was left slightly underwhelmed. Sure, it was fast, but it had a pretty cheap interior, it was heavy, it was hard to see out of, and it was almost too large to call a “pony car” with a straight face, thanks to its full-size sedan-derived underpinnings.
By Roger Boylan
The world is divided into two kinds of drivers: real drivers—let’s call them “real drivers”–and the rest. Usually, I’m the first kind, a “real driver,” who, even on the way to the supermarket, or on a boring commute, is aware of what he’s driving, how it looks, and what it’s capable of. Occasionally, however, when I’m fed up, hungover or ill, I’m one of the rest. I care as little as possible about the shell around me and the mechanics underfoot and just want the sight of home and bed. Most drivers fall into the latter category all the time; they’re the ones driving the old Buicks with masking tape on their windows and the oxidized Honda Civics with Obamanos bumper stickers: the “just get me from A to B” types.
By Charles Krome
Frankly, I had my concerns when I heard the Chrysler Group was going to reconstitute its Street and Racing Technology group as its own individual brand. It didn’t seem like the best use of the automaker’s resources to me, especially when you consider that Chrysler is still in the process of getting its regular lineup sorted out—remember, the only Chrysler Group subcompact currently on the market is the low-volume Fiat 500, while its entries in the compact and mid-size sedan segments remain way behind the times. And beyond this, the automaker is already trying to support another new brand, Ram Trucks. But while the left side of my brain still had some questions after I attended the recent kickoff of the SRT High Performance Tour at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Mich., the gray matter in the right side of my skull came away more than satisfied with what’s going on.