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Suzuki Teases New S-Cross Concept

On: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 12:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Paris Motor Show is just around the corner, and automakers are busy teasing, hyping and straight out revealing their latest vehicles and concepts. Suzuki will debut the sporty new S-Cross small crossover concept at the show, and it's released a new teaser photo to provide a peek at the car.

Suzuki previously described the S-Cross as "typified by distinctive dynamic lines that start on the front bumper, sweep across the doors, and continue to the rear of the body." It also mentioned that a "cutting edge crossover look" is underpinned by design elements that convey stability and solidity. In other words, mostly marketing mumbo jumbo.

Labor Day Traditions: The Lead East Car Show!

On: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 3:23PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Every Labor Day, it seems brings with it a series of conflicting emotions. On one hand, it signals the end of yet another season of warm summer weather and having to say goodbye to long hours of sunshine, shorts, and walks on the beach. Snow cones and ice cream won't taste the same again for at least another nine or ten months, and of course, the dreaded beginning of yet another school year is just days and hours away. But, Labor Day isn't all bad -- each annual long weekend brings about one of the most celebrated old car shows on the entire East Coast. The Lead East car show in Parsippany, NJ touts itself as the "world's biggest 50's party" and they aren't kidding - oldies bands, Doo Wop Groups, and of course, some of the craziest, most impressive hot rods from all over the country.

Bentley To Show Sports Concept In Paris

On: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 2:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Move over Continental GT and make room for Bentley's latest. Bentley is reportedly preparing an all-new one-off sports car concept for the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September. The car is being billed as the sportiest model it's shown in more than a decade.

Car & Driver reports that a one-off sports concept will debut within a month's time. The magazine describes the new concept as the "sportiest vehicle the brand has shown since the 1999 Bentley Hunaudières," which was built on a Lamborghini platform and powered by a W-16 engine. Looking at those specs, perhaps the new car will utilize the Aventador's composite tub and Bugatti's 1,000-hp W-16 engine.

Nissan Launching Virtual Showroom With Microsoft Kinect Hardware

On: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nissan recently revealed the 2013 Pathfinder on Facebook. While it chose not to use a hard auto show debut, it did show the new model at both the 2012 Chicago and New York auto shows. In the absence of a physical model, Nissan used a Microsoft Kinect for Windows-based interactive system to reveal the car at those shows. It's now bringing that system to select dealerships, allowing customers to take a tour before the actual model has even launched.

Nissan calls it the Pathfinder Kinect Experience. Each of 16 participating dealerships will use a Kinect for Windows-based kiosk to provide virtual tours. Instead of pointing and clicking like you would on a virtual Web tour, you use natural body motions to inspect the car. The Experience essentially mimics a physical "kicking the tires"-style inspection.


All new, one of a kind McLaren X-1

On: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 1:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nearly every car fan is familiar with the McLaren F1, one of the fastest, most iconic supercars of modern times. Now it's time to familiarize ourselves with the McLaren X-1. Not quite as fast or sexy as the F1, but even rarer, and arguably more memorable, the X-1 is a one-of-a-kind model recently revealed by McLaren Special Operations.

McLaren's Special OPs is the branch responsible for bespoke projects and customizations. McLaren announced the division at last year's Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach event. This year, it showed the latest design.

Bentley Reveals Sketches Of Mulsanne Convertible

On: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 10:27AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Few things say "d'Elegance" like a Bentley, so it's not surprising that Bentley made its presence at the Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach known by revealing sketches of a new model. That model is a convertible version of its Mulsanne grand tourer. Bentley calls it the "world's most elegant convertible."

Bentley revealed the hard-top Mulsanne at Pebble Beach three years ago, so it was a fitting venue for a preview of the convertible.

Quartet Of Classic Ferraris Coming To Pebble Beach Auction

On: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Each summer, the auto shows that fill out the rest of the calendar year take a vacation, and Concours d'Elegance events take over as the place for auto exhibition and excitement. The events showcase exotic and classic cars and include auction elements for those looking to add something exotic, classic or rare to their collections. This year, the Concours Pebble Beach event brings the opportunity to own four rare Ferraris from generations gone by.

The 2012 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction will include four Prancing Horse classics expected to pull in a combined $20 million. The cars are all part of the collection of the late Sherman M. Wolf.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta To Make North American Debut at Pebble Beach

On: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 5:16PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Europeans have gotten to see plenty of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta on the show floor and prancing around the street. North Americans, on the other hand, haven't gotten a real, live glimpse - unless, of course, they spied it while visiting Europe. Luckily, we won't have to wait much longer. Ferrari has announced that it will debut the F12 at this week's Concours d'Elegance event, adding one more exciting car to a show already packed full of them.

Pebble Beach is shaping up to be quite a show. In addition to all the classics that'll be there, we can now add the world premiere of a new BMW Zagato model, a rumored sneak-peak of the new McLaren F1 and the Ferrari F12 - that's a lotta' high fashion motoring.

New BMW Zagato Model Coming To Pebble Beach

On: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 11:25AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It was just a few months ago that BMW and Zagato teamed up to wow the crowds at the Concorso d'Eleganza Ville d'Este. The BMW Zagato Coupe was a sharp, curvy fastback that may or may not make it to production. And it may or may not be joined in production by a second BMW-Zagato collaboration. The partners have another vehicle to show, and it's coming later this week.

"Making its world debut late in the week will be a new BMW Zagato concept, the second collaboration between these two legendary car companies," BMW says in an announcement previewing its appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event.

McLaren F1 Successor: 1,000 HP, 2.5 Seconds To 62 MPH, August Debut

On: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 1:52PM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've heard tell of a big McLaren debut before. At the time, it wasn't clear if the reveal would be public or private, and since we never heard anything about it later on, it was either private and tightly concealed or didn't happen. According to a new report from the UK, McLaren will hold a private debut at Pebble Beach, followed up with a full public reveal at the Paris Motor Show a month later. The subject of the reveal, of course, is the much anticipated F1 successor.

Not only does CarsUK provide a pretty solid (and believable) time line for the F1's appearance, it also has some new rumors about what the car will be capable of. We've heard the flagship's codename is P12, and CarsUK says that the actual model may be called '799'. That number undoubtedly refers to the ~800 hp that's rumored to come from its 3.8-liter V-8 engine.

Eight hundred horsepower would be more than enough for McLaren to compete with cars like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta or Lamborghini Aventador, but the P12/799 is about something more - it's about competing with the fastest, most powerful cars in the world. The Bugatti Veyron, SSC Tuatara and upcoming Ferrari Enzo successor are a few of its future colleagues. So McLaren will reportedly use a KERS system to add up to a 200-hp boost for a total of 1,000.

Design Your Own Scion FR-S, Win SEMA Trip

On: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Apparently, California tuner Stillen wasn't paying attention when Aston Martin unveiled its DB9 1M. If it was, it would know that crowd sourcing a car design does not always end well. We suppose it probably already realizes the possibility for failure but is hoping its contest will turn out better. The contest offers amateur designers the opportunity to build their own body kit for the Scion FR-S.

Stillen isn't handing over full control; the contest only allows designers to work on the front lip, skirts and rear valence. Participants will download templates at the contest's website (stillen.com/frscontest), design their kit and send it back by August 14. Both hand-drawn and digital renderings are accepted. Multiple entries are allowed.