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Automakers are taking every opportunity Monday to tout their most fuel-efficient vehicles in honor of Earth Day, drumming up news involving electric and hybrid cars and miles per gallon. But one such piece of news might be of genuine interest to local car enthusiasts and green thumbs alike.
Nissan announced it would put six of its electric Leaf vehicles into service as New York City taxis....Read more »
Saturday, Apr. 20: Car Show benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Chili’s restaurant, 4000 Jericho Tpke., E. Northport; info: www.easttowestclassiccars.com . .
Saturday, Apr. 20-Sunday, Apr. 21: LI Cars’ Car Show & Swap Meet; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., adults $7-$9, under 13 free; Belmont Racetrack, Hempstead Tpke., Elmont; info: www.longislandcars.com . . .
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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1969 Dodge Dart GTS convertible drag racer owned by Jim Mango
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Chrysler first offered the Dart GTS in late 1967 as a limited-edition junior muscle car to compete with the Chevrolet Nova SS. In stock form, it would go on to win its share of stoplight drag races. Mango’s convertible kicks things up a few notches. “It has always been a drag race...Read more »
Here's some solace for LIRR riders still upset over this year's fare hikes: the cost of car ownership also increased in 2013, by about 2 percent, according to AAA.
The motoring organization's annual "Your Driving Costs" survey, released April 16, calculates the costs of maintenance, fuel, tires, insurance and depreciation on a new vehicle that is driven over five years and 75,000...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNERS 1967 Pontiac GTO hardtop owned by Christopher and Gary Werner
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The iconic Pontiac GTO, offered from 1964 to 1974 and again from 2004 to 2006, is considered by many to be the father of modern muscle cars. By 1967, it had already solidified its place at the top of the heap, with standard models sporting a 335-horsepower, 400-cubic-inch V-8 engine...Read more »
Saturday, Apr. 13: 36th Annual LI Regional License Plate Sale & Show; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., admission $5; Elks Lodge, 2162 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa; info: 631-281-4559 . . .
Sunday, Apr. 14: St. Patrick’s School 8th Annual Spring Car Show Fundraiser; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., adults $5, children free; 280 E. Main St., Smithtown; info: www.stpats.americanhotrods.com . . .
Monday, Apr. 15: ‘Everything...Read more »
So staid is the minivan sector that the term “world premiere,” and the excitement it connotes, is practically inapplicable to a new minivan. Even moreso when it applies to Honda, whose vehicles already border on ubiquity.
But the Japanese automaker managed to bring some buzz to the New York Auto Show last week when it unveiled its revamped 2014 Odyssey minivan. The family vehicle comes with...Read more »
If you’re planning on heading to the New York International Auto Show (it runs through Sunday, April 7), you’d be well-served to visit the Mercedes-Benz’s display.
This past week, the German automaker took to its makeshift stage and premiered its first-ever fully electric vehicle to the world. It’s still there and you can’t miss it; the cute hatchback sticks out like a sore thumb among the...Read more »
Want a first glimpse of the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte? Well, don’t expect to get one at the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center in Manhattan. The Italian brand decided to skip the bright lights of the auto show and distinguish itself from the Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins featured at the auto enthusiasts’ mecca.
Instead it brought the revamped, sixth-generation...Read more »
Light trucks are relegated to undercard status at the New York auto show. Yes, they’re given exhibit space, but it’s on the bottom floor, tucked beneath the luxury vehicles and best-sellers on the Javits Center’s main level and coupled with other so-called “specialty vehicles.”
But those brave enough to venture downstairs are greeted right at the entrance by one of the more exciting concept...Read more »