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2013 Honda Accord Coupé Concept.Credit: Wikipedia.

2013 Honda Accord Coupé Concept.
Credit: Wikipedia.

So … what are the safest cars on the road today in 2013?

Well, here’s one list — we’ll let you decide whether you agree.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has published its annual list of Top Safety Picks.

These are the vehicles they say offer “superior crash protection.”

Their higher-tier Top Safety Pick+ award is given to cars with good ratings for protecting occupants in several measures.

To give you an idea of how difficult it is to earn the latter honor — 117 were given the former while only 13 garnered the other.

Surprisingly, most of those did not belong to the luxury sedan category.

In fact, the Volvo S60 and the Acura TL were the only two luxury sedans that made the list. The other 11 cars were: The Honda Accord (BOTH the sedan and coupe, see picture inset above) Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy and OutbackVolkswagen Passat and the Suzuki Kizashi.

See the link to the press release from Autoblog here.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette C6.Credit: Wikipedia.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette C6.
Credit: Wikipedia.

CES is over but now we have the Detroit Auto Show!

Probably the best source for all the goings-on in the Motor City if you can’t be there is found on Autoblog’s dedicated section for the NAIAS.

Everyone’s been hyping the new Corvette, but we’ve already discussed that.

Our focus has been on the concept cars, like Toyota’s Furia, the Honda Urban and Lincoln’s MKC, among others.

Check back at the Viper blog and also make sure to follow all the action here.



mustang_retroWe see a lot of custom cars, but this one truly caught our eye.

It’s a “retrobuilt” ’69 Mustang Fastback. In fact, it’s a ’13 Ford Mustang GT.

Pretty much the best example of combining old and new we’ve seen in some time. If you like classic design but the advantages of new technology then this car is for you.

To quote the Autoblog piece:

“The retro-coupe features power-operated sport buckets with lumbar support, ice-cold air conditioning, six airbags and a full factory warranty. Lest anyone forget, it also comes with a modern fuel-injected 5.0-liter V8 generating 420 horsepower.”

Call the guys at Retrobuilt in Lamar, Missouri, if you want for yourself.

Read the feature to see how they transform a great new car into an incredible “classic” ride. Wonder if they could do something like this for a classic Euro.

Click below to read the entire Autoblog piece on the retrobuilt muscle machine:

Retrobuilt 1969 Mustang Fastback

The Porsche CaymanCredit: Wikipedia.

The Porsche Cayman
Credit: Wikipedia.

The top choice from the L.A. Auto Show for the editors at Autoblog is (drum roll, please) the Porsche Cayman.

They go so far as to say it’s THE Porsche to buy — and not the 911.

Crazy, huh?

But take a look (at the specs and features). All around, an amazing vehicle.

Keep in mind, the editors did take some time to describe how the L.A. Auto Show often “gets shafted on ultra-hot reveals simply because it falls directly between a major European auto show (either Paris or Frankfurt, depending on the year)” and the Detroit Auto Show.

Maybe not the same could be said for the other choices, but hey, it’s all about the criteria. Check out the full list here — rounding out the other choices in the “Top Five L.A. Auto Show Debuts” were:

No. 2: 2014 Jaguar XFR-S

No. 3: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

No. 4: 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

No. 5: 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition

If you want to decide for yourself, then check the extensive galleries from Inside Line. Check out even more pics here.

We know some custom car audio guys that could fabricate a replica of the Porsche badge, but as good as they are we doubt they would go through all this trouble.

Apparently the Porsche crest was suggested as a quality seal for the Type 356 at a meeting between Ferry Porsche and US importer Max Hoffman back in 1952.

Ever since then the iconic logo has been synonymous with automotive excellence. Speaking of icons, the company celebrates itself with the launch of the new 2013 Boxster seen here.

The video probably says more about the brand than the car!

It shows you the weight of the company name — and that sense of gravity applies to this vid on how Porsche creates its badge. It may take itself seriously, but suffice to say that it makes the badge pretty much as meticulously as it does the making of the vehicles themselves.

Make sure to check out the (uber-serious!!!) video on the Porsche emblem re-make here:

Also check out a post from our friends at the AutoBlog here.