Been away from your computer this week and missed all the automotive news? We’ve gathered a few of the top stories of the past week for your viewing here along with some of this weekend’s top racing action.
2010 Automobile Of The Year Awarded
Thanks to its advances in technology and pioneering spirit, we bestowed our annual Automobile of the Year award to the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Due to its elegant styling inside and out, Jaguar’s 2011 XJ is the winner of our Design of the Year award. Man of the Year honors went to the legendary Ferdinand Piech, in part for his years of building the Volkswagen Group into the empire it is today. Although it has yet to be fully utilized by the masses, electric propulsion is the recipient of our Technology of the Year award.
If you have a pulse and are interested in cars, chances are that you know the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off this week. Want to recap all the new product launches and concept car introductions from the past several days? Click here to relive all the L.A. action.
Sure we’ve seen the spec sheet for the refreshed 2011 Charger and the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango, but it wasn’t until this week that we were able to snag some quality seat time in the two. Based on the same architecture that underpins its sibling 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango’s new interior and sleek exterior styling may help it become a true contender in its class. Likewise, the cosmetic tweaks and interior makeover bestowed upon the 2011 Charger will go a long way in helping Dodge’s muscular sedan remain relevant in today’s market.
BMW showed the 6 Series Concept Coupe at this year’s Paris Motor Show, but the company just unwrapped the new 2012 6 Series Convertible and released the full skinny on the new 650i model. Predictably, it looks quite similar to the show car — apart from that folding roof, of course…
It’s finally here. After years of waiting and speculation, America will finally receive its own Top Gear series. Although we’re undoubtedly excited for the premiere, the U.S.-variant has shoes the size of the Atlantic Ocean to fill. Will it succeed? Find out for yourself when it airs Sunday on the History Channel.
-NASCAR Ford 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway, Sunday November 21 at 1 p.m. on ESPN