Jalopnik's Former Senior Editor Leaves Starbucks-Like Detroit HQ

Have five months passed already? It appears so — I started as Senior Editor for Jalopnik » 11/07/08 4:00pm 11/07/08 4:00pm back on June 2, and I officially take my leave today, November 7. Hanging it up, as it were, and shuffling off this mortal auto blogger/journalist coil, back into the murky, anonymous advertising world. You see, bringing you guys…

Honda Civic HFP Concept Sits Efficiently On SEMA Show Floor

It may not be the spiritual successor to the CRX HF, but the Honda Civic HFP Concept is the result of Honda Access America — the in-house accessory division — taking a Civic Si » 11/06/08 8:30am 11/06/08 8:30am and adding lightness. Both exhaust and wheels have been replaced with high-performance ultra-lightweight versions, while an aero body kit…

Nissan Gets Ballsy, Breaks Out Bone-Stock GT-R For SEMA

You see some rare, one-of-a-kind ABS plastic » 11/05/08 12:40pm 11/05/08 12:40pm on the show floor, but nothing is less common in Vegas this time of year than a completely stock example of one of the hottest cars on the planet. That's right: Nissan elected to bring a bone-stock to SEMA, almost as a challenge to the customizers on-site. "Blank canvas, …

Kicherer Mercedes CL65 AMG Rocket Sled Puts Down 885 Foot-Pounds Of Fun

Sure, horsepower numbers are fun, and with 665 HP from its twin-turbo V12, this Kicherer-modified Mercedes CL65 AMG is no slouch. But when you're tickling the 900 ft-lbs of torque mark, you're talking about some serious stump-pulling good times. Fortunately, Kicherer didn't wreck the good times by covering the body in… » 11/05/08 9:30am 11/05/08 9:30am

BMW Progressive Activity Sedan Spotted Again With Buick Ventiports

Remember the V5 » 11/05/08 8:30am 11/05/08 8:30am that's no longer the V5? That's because it's now the , which is apparently German for "5-Series Fastback." The PAS appears to be on track to compete with the , but the tent-like rear camo makes it tough to determine what the rear slope and proportions will end up looking like. We are totally digging the…

Commenter Of The Day: Because Of Winn-Dixie Edition

Many moons ago in the little burgh of Athens, Georgia, your author worked at a local grocery chain. Back then, "paper or plastic" was a relevant question, with the customer more often than not requesting old-fashioned paper sacks. When thirty cans of cream of mushroom soup came sliding back from the cashier, you knew to… » 11/04/08 5:00pm 11/04/08 5:00pm

Tetsu GTR On SEMA Show Floor Proves Money Cannot Buy Taste

Much like the falling leaves represented on the Tetsu GTR » 11/04/08 3:40pm 11/04/08 3:40pm's matte black hood, we've been awaiting the arrival of the Japanese tuner's latest Bentley concoction. Are we fans of the odd paint scheme, Bucky Beaver front grille and Scoobtastic rear spoiler? Not so much. Are we fans of the 800 HP under that leafy hood?…

Tracked Hummer At SEMA Will Crush You, Take Your Gas

If you've got an H2T » 11/04/08 2:00pm 11/04/08 2:00pm but you're not happy with the gas mileage — finding it way too high — your options are limited. Sure, you could bolt on performance mods, but we'd suggest these elegant and subtle tracked belts to replace your efficient pneumatic tires. This H2 was spotted outside the Vegas convention center…

What Would You Build For SEMA?

It's SEMA » 11/04/08 11:30am 11/04/08 11:30am time again, the annual customizer festival in the desert that never fails to polarize opinion — perhaps appropriate that it starts on an election day this year. We've just begun our coverage, but already we've witnessed ICON's /Lexus mods and , with a bunch more to come. So, let's assume you're either in the …

Nelly's On And Poppin' Custom Ford Flex To Be Revealed At SEMA

Working with Ford and Funkmaster Flex (no relation), Grammy-winner Nelly laid out a design for his own custom Ford Flex » 11/04/08 10:30am 11/04/08 10:30am crossover; the finished result will be revealed to the artist today at the show in Las Vegas. Apparently Nelly was enthusiastic about the Flex from his first look, saying "Yo, that’s hot! How can I…

Car Industry Carnage: October Sales Wrap-Up

Sales results released yesterday confirmed October was another month of dismal vehicle sales in the U.S. market. Of the top players, General Motors fared worst, seeing sales plunge 45.4% from the same month a year earlier. Chrysler was down 34.9%, while Ford was down 29.2%. Of the import "big three," Nissan dropped 33%… » 11/04/08 8:30am 11/04/08 8:30am

For The Discerning Commando: Camouflage Bentley Continental GT

This Bentley Continental GT » 11/03/08 3:40pm 11/03/08 3:40pm is either done up in a jungle camo paint scheme or a new interpretation of the RISK game board. Regardless, it certain to draw far more attention than its paint would suggest, blending into the cityscape about as well as if it were fluorescent orange. Mottled shades of gray might have been…

Report: US-Market Acura TSX Diesel On Hold

Honda has been talking up plans to add a diesel » 11/03/08 11:00am 11/03/08 11:00am to its US lineup, starting with an unnamed 2009 Acura model assumed to be the . Turns out Honda neglected to cover all its bases: The new engine reportedly passes emissions when equipped with a manual transmission but not when an automatic is bolted up. Acura wisely…

GM Performance Parts Bringing Solstice GXP Coupe To SEMA

We got a peek at the Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe » 11/03/08 9:30am 11/03/08 9:30am concept at the , but with the death of the Kappa platform basically a done deal we didn't think we'd see much more of it. It appears GM Performance Parts still likes the idea of a closed Solstice, though, and they're bringing their version of a GXP Coupe to the show…

Novitec Adds Twin Blowers To Ferrari 599 Fiorano For 808 HP

We've shown you what German tuner Novitec Rosso » 11/03/08 8:30am 11/03/08 8:30am can do to the , but now the company has turned its sights on the . The result is 808 HP and 607 ft-lbs of torque in a package that's refreshingly subtle for a tuner car. Novitec installed its own wind-tunnel-tested aero kit, but it's integrated so well it looks…

LSE Design To Premiere Range Rover Sport Coupe At SEMA

UK-based LSE Design » 10/31/08 4:00pm 10/31/08 4:00pm is planning to debut their Coupe at next week's show in Vegas. For only a quarter-million dollars, you too can get your very own Range Rover sans the two plebe doors tacked onto the back. Of course, the LSE Coupe is also outfitted with the typical Range Rover tuner mods — huge wheels, low-profile …

Audi To Build Their Own VW Up!

According to AutoExpress » 10/31/08 10:30am 10/31/08 10:30am, Audi is reportedly looking to fill the city car hole in their lineup with a version of the . The UK mag's even mocked up what they think an of the sub-sub compact would look like in a color that appears to be... yes, lime green. The Audi would get the same engine lineup expected to fit under …

Subaru Forester Mountain Rescue Concept Ascending To SEMA

Subaru is bringing what they're calling the "Mountain Rescue Forester" to next week's SEMA » 10/31/08 10:00am 10/31/08 10:00am show. Built in conjunction with Detroit-based , the Ski Patrol vehicle started life as a turbo, but now sports 14 inches of ground clearance from an air suspension system and fat Yokohamas. The requisite high-power off-road…