This week’s news was dominated by two important events. First, on Wednesday, a Torrance, Calif., court handed down a decision in the Heather Peters vs. Honda case. The result: Ms. Peters isn’t going to be making much money on lawsuits anytime soon. The second is that racing and race car legend Carroll Shelby passed away on Friday. The 89-year-old legend’s influence went far beyond the racetrack, and he’ll be missed.
Monday, May 7
The 2013 Cadillac ATS has had its sights set on the BMW 3 Series since the get-go. We knew what it would look like and its basic specifications. But we had no idea how much the new entry-level luxury sports sedan would cost until this week. Coming with three different engine options–a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a top-range 3.6-liter V-6–the ATS will span a wide array of performance options and prices, starting at $33,990, including destination and handling, undercutting its German rival. But with options aplenty, including all-wheel drive, the new CUE infotainment system, and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, prices look like they’re going to mirror the Bavarian in most respects.
Tuesday, May 8
The Hyundai Sonata has become something of a one-plate buffet where it’s paid the price of admission like the rest of its competitors but piled its plate twice as high with many more features than some of its rivals. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata sweetens the deal, adding heated seats as standard to all models but the base Sonata GLS and reshuffling some of the sunroof options. Hyundai says its most popular Sonata packaging for 2013 is priced at $21,720. And the Sonata recently knocked off class-favorites like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord for best residual values over three years. With a flood of new rivals coming next year, the Sonata will need all the momentum it can get to stay ahead of the pack.
Wednesday, May 9
After more than four months of hearings, appeals, stories, and general confusion, Honda won its appeals case against Heather Peters, the woman suing the automaker for fraud after not achieving EPA fuel economy numbers. Our Jacob Brown was the only reporter covering much of the appeals hearing, exposing various angles of the case no one else explored. Why wasn’t her car tested by an independent shop to see if it could get close to its EPA-estimated 50 mpg? Did Peters really hock a $15 how-to CD on her website? And was this case all really a way for her to restart her long-dormant legal career? We explore the story in a detailed report that covers the whole case in depth, from her initial win to her ultimate defeat.
Thursday, May 10
If you thought your stress level was the only pain you were suffering because of your long morning commute, think again. A new study from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine said having a commute longer than 15 miles very strongly correlates to suffering from high blood pressure, gaining weight, having a higher than healthy BMI level, and can lead to other health problems. All of that further correlates with longer commutes leaving little time to get in some much-needed exercise. Our advice: Make some time to treat yourself right and hit the gym once in a while.
Friday, May 11
We end on a sad note as we learned this week of racing legend, sports car icon, and American hero Carroll Shelby’s passing at the age of 89. We’re not sure of the cause of his passing, but we know he suffered with heart conditions for most of his life. Instead, we’ll focus on his life, a life dedicated to building some of the most memorable performance cars the world had ever seen and building a brand synonymous with going fast. Competing in racing events early in his career, Shelby soon carved out his niche in history with his Cobra sports car and various high-performance Mustang models. Rest in peace, Shel.