Daily Archive: July 8, 2014

Autoblog Podcast #388

Episode #388 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Brandon Turkus talk about the 2015 Lexus NX 200t, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which will be unveiled soon, and the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. We start with what’s in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down …

Electric Miata smokes Tesla Model S at the track

Yes, folks, you read that headline right. A souped up battery-electric version of a Mazda Miata took down a Tesla Model S on a quarter-mile drag strip. And it wasn’t even close.Road Test TV was kind enough to post a video of a forest-green Miata (and its very stoked driver) doing a quarter-mile run in a rather brisk 9.27 seconds, beating the Model S sedan by a whopping 3.5 seconds in the process. And the Mazda crossed the finish line…

Subaru recalling over 8,000 cars for Takata airbag inflators

RECALL Subject : Front Passenger Air Bag Inflator may Rupture Report Receipt Date: JUL 07, 2014 NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V399000 Component(s): AIR BAGS Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,557 All Products Associated with this Recall Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s) SUBARU BAJA 2003-2004 SUBARU IMPREZA 2004 SUBARU LEGACY 2003-2004 SUBARU OUTBACK 2003-2004 Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.SUMMARY:Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is conducting a recall of certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, and Baja vehicles as well as certain 2004 Impreza (including WRX/STI) vehicles, equipped with Takata-brand front passenger air bag …

Watch 1,414-hp worth of Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat do stereo burnouts

When Dodge announced that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat would produce 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8, automotive enthusiasts were shocked. The company had promised us that it would be powerful, but no one expected for the muscle car to post even larger numbers than the range-topping Viper.Car and Driver recently got ahold of two new SRTs and decided that the only proper way to show them off was by lighting up the rears in stereo. With a combined 1,414 horsepower, …

Chinese businessman’s lawsuit vs Tesla heats up [w/video]

Tesla Motors continues to be locked in a bitter trademark dispute with a Chinese man who claims to own the rights to the company’s name there. Zhan Baosheng is now suing the automaker in China for trademark infringement, and he’s asking for 23.9 million yuan ($3.9 million) in damages, plus for the business shut down all of its Chinese operations.According to Automotive News, Zhan registered for the trademark in 2006 and was granted it in 2009, which was after the automaker was …