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Honda fans in North America want the Honda Civic Type R to come to the US, and they’ve taken to Change.org to make it happen. Listen up, Honda . You gotta give the people what they want!

It’s one of the boldest proclamations of support the Honda Civic Type R has received, and to the credit of those who signed the petition at Change.org, the bold move could work. If it does, we have to give credit to Nikos Stoufis from Northfield, Minnesota, who initiated the petition asking Honda to bring the production model stateside and end what he said was "discrimination against our market."

The man has some cojones, especially when he follows it up by saying Honda has "no excuse anymore" and "if other countries can enjoy the best Honda has to offer, we should be able to enjoy the same rights."

You hear that, Honda?

Well, apparently, it did. Once the signature drive picked up steam, Chris Martin, a member of Honda North America’s Public Relations team, shot Stoufis a reply, saying that while he can’t promise anything, "we’ll take your support of
Type-R into account".

Here’s the best part though, Stoufis petition has already reached the maximum 10,000 signatures.

Your move, Honda.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda Civic Type R.

Source: Change.org
Koenigsegg Agera R

Selling cars worth well in excess of $1 million isn’t an easy thing to do. First and most important, you need to have a market, or at least a client base willing to shell that kind of money. Second, you need to be able to move the cars and find them these owners, which in some cases is the job of dealerships. And finally, you need to go to a market where these cars are going to be enjoyed to their fullest because it’s going to be pointless if you shell out the money only to let the car collect dust in the garage.

Koenigsegg is one of these exotic brands that need checkmarks to all three conditions before it decides to venture into a market. So the recent announcement that Koenigsegg is returning to the U.S. through the Manhattan Motorcars of New York City dealership seems to suggest that the Swedish supercar is ready to conquer America once again.

To its credit, Koenigsegg picked a very capable dealership to handle the job of offering its range of exotics to prospective American clients. After all, Manhattan Motorcars is renowned as an award-winning new and pre-owned retailer for a number of high-end performance brands, including, Bugatti , Rolls-Royce , Bentley , and Lamborghini .

Adding Koenigsegg to that mix not only establishes Manhattan Motorcars as the go-to-place for high-end exotics, but also gives the Swedish company a chance to once again turn some heads and stake some claim to the country’s high-end performance car segment.

As part of its deal, Manhattan Motorcars will be represent Koenigsegg at the New York International Auto Show with a display of the company’s newest model, the 2014 Agera R .

There is no mention as to when Manhattan Motorcars will start selling Koenissegg models, but we have reached out to them for additional information. Until then, we’re sure they’d love to speak to any prospective buyer, so feel free to call them at 1-866-325-1538 or you can visit their webpage HERE

Click past the jump to read more about the Koenigsegg Agera R.

Last week Tesla undertook a world-record continental crossing with what it dubbed the Tesla Cross Country Rally. The goal was simple; take a pair of Model S sedans from Los Angeles to New York while spending an absolute minimum of time charging by using the new Supercharger network.

As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the team decided to take a northern route during what has been one of this country’s worst winters in decades. Along the journey the team encountered temperatures well below zero, closed interstates, and more than a foot of snow in some places.

Despite all these challenges, a full seventy-six hours after leaving Los Angeles, the team rolled into New York City. The total trip was 3,427 miles and the team only spent 15 hours and 57 minutes tied to a charger.

The going was tough enough that one of the gasoline powered support vehicles for the trip suffered a breakdown.

I was part of a cross country record attempt last year with Audi , and I can attest that this type of journey is anything but easy. It is a grueling punishment of your mental and physical health. Aside from the sleep deprivation, sitting in a car for that length causes cramps, muscle spasms and many other maladies.

I personally applaud Tesla for their outstanding effort.

If you would like to see some of the crazy weather they traveled through, as well as see a few more facts about the journey, click the play button on the video we have above.

Click past the jump to read more about the Tesla Model S.

Maserati Ghibli

Ever since Jaguar reinvented itself and turned into a major player in the automotive market, it hasn’t been afraid to show its claws and display its mean streak.

It did so a few months ago with Mercedes and its Magic Body Control system, and now, fresh off of a letdown of a Super Bowl commercial, Jaguar its taking a shot at a competitor looking to make some headway in the U.S. market.

As if picking up a fight with Mercedes isn’t enough, Jaguar’s taking some shots at Maserati and its new luxury sedan, the Ghibli . In a tweet that was posted after the Super Bowl, Jaguar intentionally wondered out loud to all its Twitter followers exactly what the word "ghibli" means.

Jaguar’s actual tweet: "Did you know that #ghibli means hot air? Seems appropriate."

Shots fired, indeed.

Give credit to Jaguar for injecting a little bit of humor into its shot at the Ghibli, since a quick Google search did reveal that ghibli is "a hot, dust-carrying desert wind in North Africa, somewhat similar to the foehn". Then again, we doubt that Maserati took it with the same good humor that we did.

We eagerly await for Maserati’s response.

Click past the jump to read about the Maserati Ghibli and you’ll realize that contrary to Jaguar’s shots, the Ghibli is actually all that...and maybe even more.

Super Bowl commercials always brings out the best, the worst, and sometimes the weird from all these companies looking to make a presence during the game with their commercials.

This year, the winner for the weirdest ad belongs to Audi .

No, it’s not because of the decision to bring in Sarah McLachlan that’s weird. On the contrary, we’re huge fans of Ms. McLachlan dating back to her years of releasing one chilling song after another. What really raised our eyebrows about Audi’s Super Bowl commercial is its star, a deformed-looking dog that apparently is a cross-breed between a doberman and a chihuahua, and the obvious play on her SPCA public service announcements.

Really, can it get stranger than that?

Don’t get us wrong, we love dogs of all breeds and sizes, but a doberhuahua? Really? Couldn’t Audi have throught of two dog breeds that fit in the same body type? Maybe a "GermanWeiller"? Or a "Spitzhuahua"?

Instead, it chose Doberhuahua and its planning to introduce it to the world during the Super Bowl on February. Seems even stranger that Audi posted an entire commercial of the "doberhuahua" without even mentioning any of its cars.

Strange times over there in Ingolstadt, eh?

Click past the jump to watch the other Super Bowl-bound Audi commercials

Unlike Aston Martin’s long-standing connection to James Bond, Jaguar’s reputation in Hollywood as a car that attracts bad guys has lasted for years.

So now that Jaguar has finally risen (back) to prominence and has declared its intentions to challenge its German rivals, the company doesn’t appear to have any problems wearing the proverbial black hat again.

Leading up to the Super Bowl this coming February 2nd, the Big Cat wants to make an impression, and what better way to do that than getting some of Britain’s bad boys to star in what’s shaping up to be an epic series of ads.

The ad campaign, which carries the hashtag #goodtobebad, features Sir Ben Kinglsey, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong, all English actors who have performed their share of bad guy roles, teasing us on why being such a baddie may not be such an appalling thing.

Bad is sexy, their message says, and at the Super Bowl, we’re all going to be treated as to how bad these three Hollywood A-listers are in their respective Jaguars.

Click past the jump to watch personal messages from Sir Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Customers of the Bugatti Veyron in North America are in for a treat, as if having the capabilities to buy one of the most expensive cars in the world isn’t good enough.

If you happen to be a prospective customer of Bugatti and you’re in line to buy one of its multi-million-dollar supercars , the French automaker will give you a chance to take one of its own out for a spin. And by "one of its own", we mean the world’s fastest convertible, the mighty Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse .

The recently-launched Bugatti Dynamic Drive Experience allows you to see whether you made the right decision in signing up for a Veyron and while we can’t imagine a reason for somebody to renege on their interest after driving the car, the Dynamic Drive Experience is the perfect way for prospective owners to find out if they could handle the heat of owning one of the world’s fastest, most powerful, and most expensive supercars.

The first Dynamic Drive Experience was recently held in Las Vegas with Bugatti indicating that more stops in cities across the U.S. and Canada are being planned.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

The Volkswgen Touareg is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and while a lot of folks in Europe have enjoyed the full-sized SUV for as long as it’s been around, people here in the US haven’t had that long of a love affair with the vehicle.

The German automaker hopes to change all that after announcing that a special-edition Touareg, dubbed the Touareg X, is coming to America.

The "X" designation on the SUV is a reference to its 10th year anniversary and as one can expect with a limited-run set, the Touareg X has its fair share of custom goodies, befitting of its stature as a special edition.

The SUV itself is based on the Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel Lux and has been revised to include a number of new features, including a Moonlight Blue Pearl exterior, a new set of 19-inch, Moab-style alloy wheels, and an interior that’s been dressed to the nines.

One look at the cabin and you immediately know that this Touareg is dressed to impress. There are Vienna leather seats, a black headliner and engineered ebony wood trim. In addition to all of that, the Touareg X’s cabin also got piano black accents, illuminated sill plates and faux aluminum pedal covers.

Power wasn’t modified, and yet we don’t think anybody will have problems with the Touareg X’s 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V-6 engine, developing 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

Like we said, the Touareg X is a limited run vehicle with only 1,000 units earmarked to come Stateside. Pricing begins at $56,170.

Click past the jump to read about the Volkswagen Touareg

Happy Thanksgiving to all the TopSpeed readers, we hope that your Turkey Day is off to a great start. We all know the importance of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but this day is also a very special one for the automobile racing industry.

On this day, 118 years ago — in 1895 for those that don’t have a calculator handy — America’s first ever automotive race , the Chicago Times-Herald Race, took place. It was a 54-mile journey from Jackson Park in Chicago to Evanston, IL and back, and it included just six cars at the starting line — two electric cars and three gasoline-powered cars.

Only four of the cars actually finished, and the highest top speed during the race was a sluggish 7.5 mph. The winner, Frank Duryea, managed to complete the icy course in nine hours, netting a $5,000 prize in the process (about $140,000 by today’s dollar value), and the second-place finisher took another two hours to reach the start-finish marker, which was a boulder near the Museum of Science and Industry.

This rock is now legendary in the automotive racing industry, as it marks the beginning of one of the biggest industries in America. Each and every year, a group of 100, or so, exotic cars and motorcycles make their way to "The Rock" on Thanksgiving day to celebrate the race (weather permitting). And this year is no different. The celebration typically kicks off around 9 a.m.

So, if you have some extra time between cooking and stuffing your face with Turkey, you should swing by and check out some of the cars and see the most famous rock in racing history! For those that don’t know, "The Rock" is southwest of the Museum of Science and Industry. Simply take the Museum exit on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and look for the line cars; you can’t miss it.

Check out a map of the original race after the jump.

The Cadillac Escalade has always been a love-it-or-hate-it type of vehicle, thanks to its awesome styling but terrible fuel economy. Sales have been falling off lately and incoming CAFÉ regulations are really putting the squeeze on GM to increase the overall fuel economy of its sole luxury automaker. This led to talks of the Escalade getting the axe in coming years, but apparently GM is not ready to throw in the towel yet.

Reports are pointing to an all-new Cadillac Escalade arriving in 2014 as an early-2015 model year. Instead of Caddy going the direction that many other SUV builders have gone, it will keep the Escalade on a truck frame, whereas many builders are changing SUVs to sit upon car platforms. This means that the 2015 Escalade will ride on the same platform as the soon-to-be released new Chevy Silverado and Sierra.

Unfortunately, we have nothing to really offer except speculation on the incoming Chevy and GMC trucks, as we have only seen heavily camouflaged models. All we can say for certain is that the Cadillac will share the same platform as its pickup brethren. Some experts are anticipating a change in the Silverado/Sierra twins that rivals the 1996 space shuttle treatment that the F-150 received. If this is the case, we can also expect a vastly redesigned Escalade.

We also know that GM has to work on the fuel economy of this luxury SUV to help it meet CAFÉ regulations in the future and the 18 highway mpg that the 2012 Escalade gets is simply not going to cut it. Look for GM to develop an engine that rivals the Ford’s EcoBoost V-6, like the 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine that has been mentioned, and toss it into the Escalade. The only other option would be to go turbo diesel, which may not sit well with Cadillac owners.

We will continue to bring you more information as it becomes available on the upcoming 2015 Escalade.

Updated 9/23/2013: Cadillac has unveiled a pair of teaser images of the 2015 Escalade, and it announced that it will reveal the 2015 Escalade on October 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. EST. You can see the reveal live, by clicking here. Additionally, Cadillac also released a series of teaser videos outlining some of the highlights of the model. You can see these videos after the jump.

Updated 10/01/2013: With just a few days before its official debut, Cadillac unveiled a new teaser image, this time revealing the interior of the 2015 Escalade. As expected the new SUV combines luxurious handcrafted elements with state-of-the-art advanced technology, this way offering the latest features in luxury, connectivity and safety for up to eight occupants.

Read more about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade after the jump


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