Week in Review: A Racing Legend Tragedy and a New Year Ahead

By Jacob Brown | January 04, 2014
It's a shame that we ended the last week of 2013 in tragedy, but sometimes it happens. Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher found himself in an accident while skiing the French Alps with his son. He's now in stable condition, and we wish the guy the best. On the other hand, while that lingers, there's plenty to be excited about in the coming year. From the Detroit Auto Show coming up here in a few weeks to new vehicle introductions and new beginnings, there's a lot that happened and will continue to happen in the automotive industry. Here are the biggest events from this past week in our Week in Review.

Monday, December 30

As stated above, Schumacher suffered cranial damage when he hit head on a rocky slope. He was in critical condition, but now the seven-time World Champion is in stable condition. In a medically induced coma, Schumacher's family remains with him in his French hospital. Later this week, it was reported that a "journalist" tried entering his room, dressed as a priest. Surely, that didn't go over well. In any case, we wish the 44-year-old German a speedy recovery, and we'll update our original post as soon as there is something more newsworthy to present.

Tuesday, December 31

Everyone seemingly has a big award every year of the best car. It's then rolled into a ginormous PR push and marketing campaign. Well, we don't. We have no skin in that game, but we drive hundreds, if not thousands, of cars every year. Based on what we've driven as a group so we can form a consensus, we came together to select the five best cars we drove this year. Two of them are sports cars--the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and 2014 Jaguar F-Type. One of them is a compact crossover, another is a midsize family sedan, and the last is a compact car. And they're all fantastic vehicles. Check out our list for all the details.

Wednesday, January 1

But that was looking at the past. It's now 2014, and it's time to look at the future. Our editors also compiled a list of what we're looking forward to in 2014. Some are new cars like the highly anticipated 2015 Ford Mustang and the 2015 BMW M3 and M4. Some car concepts, perhaps a new Toyota Supra. In any case, when we're not dispensing helpful car insights, we're swooning over what's hot and what's sure to make an impact in the market. Do you agree with our thoughts? What are you looking forward to in this new year?

Thursday, January 2

Perhaps the best news of the week, Fiat and the UAW have come to an agreement to hand over the remainder of Chrysler's ownership for the low, low price of $3.65 billion plus $700 million divided over the following four years. After many months without coming to a conclusion, it was thought that Fiat would have to issue an IPO for the 30-some-odd percent of Chrysler that it didn't own, which could have resulted in vastly overpaying for the once-beleaguered Auburn Hills-based automaker. Now, with Fiat and Chrysler officially tied at the hip, the companies can fully integrate their products with one another. We're eagerly waiting to see what happens next.

Friday, January 3

Can a $75,0000 Chevrolet Camaro be considered a bargain? If it's the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, sure. The ultimate edition of this generation's Camaro, the Z/28 is stripped down to the bare essentials and instilled with an enormous 7.0-liter V-8 with 505 horsepower that was taken from the previous-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06. With just a $1,150 option package that includes air conditioning and a few extra stereo speakers, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 isn't going to be for everyone, but the brave few who buy this limited-edition supercar slayer will likely be rewarded with one of the best-driving cars out there, bar none.