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6 Dec 2006


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The Discovery Channel put this jump together for Stunt Junkies, "a TV Show where each episode revolves around a fearless feat never performed before," according to 0-60. Stunt Junkies shows how stunts are done, taking it from concept to completion. This particular episode is tentatively set to air in February.
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5 Dec 2006
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Some quick facts on the field; all of the vehicles are powered by four-cylinder engines with displacements ranging from 1.6 to 2.5 liters, and all of them featured forced induction except for the Civic Si. The MINI Cooper S and the Cobalt SS readied for battle packing superchargers and the GTI, WRX TR, MAZDASPEED3 are all boosted by turbochargers. The Civic Si, MINI and MAZDASPEED3 are the only vehicles equipped with both a six-speed transmission and limited slip differential, and the WRX TR is the only all-wheel-drive of the bunch.

The barrage of tests began with some everyday driving in each that included kids, trips to the grocery store, etc to get a feel for the practicality of "living" with each vehicle. Then they each went for an all-out assault on the 1.8-mile carousel ride called The Streets of Willow Springs for track evaluation. Finally they returned back to the test facility for the statistical stuff: 0-60, braking distances, skidpad, etc.

Testing finished up with some good old fashioned subjective driving consisting of 400 miles of California's finest between LA and Monterey, followed by a return trip on the highway to give the arms and legs a rest.

Sixth Place: 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

Fifth Place: 2006 Volkswagen GTI

Fourth Place: 2006 MINI Cooper S

Third Place: 2006 Honda Civic Si

Second Place: 2006 Subaru WRX TR

...and the winner is: 2007 MAZDASPEED3 biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
5 Dec 2006

We may all knock the domestic manufacturers for keeping moribund platforms around for too long (witness our carping about the US Focus), but let's not forget the elderly Corolla. Toyota has finally taken the old Corolla around back to be shot. At least the European Corolla, that is. Debuting in Europe at the Helsinki Motor Show (its worldwide debut came a few weeks back at the Beijing Motor Show), the 10th generation Corolla for Europe cops its wardrobe from big-brother Camry sold in the States. Toyota looks to be following industry fashion with a lot less glass area (check the height of the rear doors – what is that, earlobe-level?) The purveying thought is that riding around in something akin to a bucket makes people feel more secure. We're not sure how security goes hand in hand with an inability to see out, but whatev.

Looking like the Toyota of today, the Corolla gets the new corporate face, which sorta resembles Joe Camel. The schnoz isn't as downright fugly as the Yaris, though, and the back end is nicely squared off, which should equate to a useful trunk. Inside, there's been a huge leap forward. The materials are much higher quality, the color palette mixes contrasting shades along with silver and black plastic. There's an LCD in the center of the dash that looks to incorporate radio and nav functions. Even if you don't like the outside, the interior looks like a nice place to spend time, that is, if you can get past the fact that the belt line comes up to your shoulders. After seeing what the rest of the world will get, we look forward to seeing our own Corolla (good as it may be) trotting off into the sunset.
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