`Utility' wins over `sport' in Nitro

It's built alongside the Liberty and shares some components, but the new model is not just a reskinned Jeep. The Nitro uses Liberty's 3.7-litre V6 engine, but it rides on a longer wheelbase.

Audi S6

Price: base/as tested $101,900/$105,600

Detroit auto show

Get a glimpse of the future in North American automobiles, from sleek innovations on old favourites to out-of-this world concept cars.

Dance of Death

The Stunt: Hip-hop fans have a new fad called ghost riding the whip.''

Hip hop's fatal fad

Ghost riding the whip is a stunt in which a driver gets out of his car and dances around and on top of the slowly moving vehicle to a thumping hip-hop beat.

Racing to the limit, and far beyond

An average person would have thanked the rescuers and sworn off motorcycling in the Sahara for good. But it's tough to think orthodox thoughts when you're lost in a desert, and Thierry Sabine was not

How to watch "The Dakar"

The Dakar is broadcast live at www.dakar.com on the Internet, and last year there were 40 million hits on the website.

The long way round the Rally

Boorman raced for five days before crashing in the Moroccan desert and fracturing his hand. One of his two teammates eventually completed the rally.

Win a Race To Dakar

Wheels has 10 copies of Charley Boorman's Race To Dakar adventure to give away, and all you have to do is tell us where to send the DVD (and a bit of math):

Who to watch in the desert

Robby Gordon of NASCAR and Indy Car fame has a team that could make the Dakar big news in the U.S. It will enter two race vehicles and has 19 crew members travelling in three support trucks.

Gurkhas don't belong in Wheels

Why does the Star figure we need any exposure whatsoever to an aggressive, ugly, expensive, impractical, dangerous, overpowered, oversized military vehicle?

Equal and opposite reactions

In her new book The Hummer and the Mini, the trend-watcher Robyn Waters argues that the trend in trends is that there isn't one.

Good year ahead for sales in Canada

I don't usually make predictions, but in the spirit of the season, I'd like to share some thoughts about where I see the retail car industry going.

Slower growth for 5 years

Auto executives worldwide expect slower North American sales growth and more parts supplier bankruptcies during the next five years, according to a survey taken by the auditing and consulting firm KPM

Driving the electric-powered rocket

All right, no beating around the high-voltage bush: What is the Tesla Roadster, the dead-sexy, six-figure, all-electric sports car prototype like to drive?