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North American Car And Truck Of The Year

On: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 10:05AM | By: Chris Weiss


North American Truck of the Year: Range Rover Evoque test 2

The North American International Auto Show was last week, and the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards were announced at the show. The awards haven't been given out just yet, but the winners have been selected.

Out of the pool of six finalists, judges chose the Hyundai Elantra and the Range Rover Evoque as the respective car and truck winners. The Elantra beat out the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat for the honors and the Evoque beat out the BMW X3 and Honda CR-V.

The Land Rover crushed the competition with a score of 254 compared to 142 points for the CR-V and 94 points for the X3. The race was a little closer in the car segment, with the Elantra getting 174 points, the Passat 161 and the Focus 155.


Bugatti Veyron Grand Super Sport May Debut In Geneva

On: Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 9:07AM | By: Chris Weiss


Bugatti Veyron Grand Super Sport May Debut In Geneva test 2

The Geneva Motor Show is no stranger to sexy, exotic European-built supercars. In fact, we'd have to call the March show the ground zero for such cars. This year's show won't be an exception to that trend, with cars like a new Gumpert supercar and rumored Lamborghini Aventador roadster expected to be among the new debuts. According to recent reports, a high-performance version of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport roadster will also be a part of the Geneva festivities.

With the Veyron 16.4 having run through its prouction life cycle, Bugatti is now left to focus on its sole remaining model: the Veyron Grand Sport. Back in the summer, we first heard a loose rumor from the Netherlands that Bugatti was planning to add a more powerful Grand Sport model to its line. An article in Autovisie cited Bugatti/Bentley chief Wolfgang Durheimer as quoting an output figure between the 1,001 hp of the standard Veyron Grand Sport and the 1,200 hp of the Veyron Super Sport.


2012 NAIAS: What We Didn't Learn

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 1:57PM | By: Chris Salamone


Honda Accord Concept Reveal test 2

While the press viewing of Detroit’s full bounty has expired, and many newly-exciting models are slotted for market, we have to ask ourselves one remaining question: what did we miss? Sure, Acura unveiled a new NSX, RDX, and ILX. Yes, we learned about the Accord, Buick’s Encore, the Dodge Dart, and a few Audis meant for ski country. But amongst all the ad posturing, marketing plans, and novel product innovations we can also glean some interesting non-information about the auto industry in 2012.

Welcome to the flip side of automotive journalism, where a company’s actions might – in themselves – speak volumes about what is or isn’t happening.


Chevy Surprises Detroit With Two Youthful Concepts

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 9:39AM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Surprises Detroit With Two Youthful Concepts test 2

The Detroit Auto Show is proving to be a pretty fertile ground for sporty, eco-friendly concepts. The most notable, of course, is the Acura NSX hybrid. But Chevy also introduced two concepts that pair sporty styling with green powertrains. And unlike the NSX, there was nary a peep about these Chevy concepts ahead of the show.

Chevy's concepts aren't in the same pay grade as the NSX, but they do offer sporty styling aimed specifically at younger buyers.


 

Acura Unveils Its New NSX

On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 5:05PM | By: Chris Weiss


Acura Unveils Its New NSX test 2

The Acura NSX has long stood as the ultimate Honda vehicle. Unfortunately, for over half a decade, it's stood as but a memory because Honda stopped building it in 2005.

As of today, the NSX is back. Or at least a concept version previewing what should become a production model brings the NSX nameplate back to Acura. As anticipated, Acura unveiled an NSX concept on the first day of the North American International Auto Show.


GM Showcases New Technologies At CES

On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


GM Showcases New Technologies At CES test 2

GM has used this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase the latest OnStar technologies being developed in its labs. These technologies include third-party apps, in-vehicle computer streaming, and video chat.

GM equipped a Chevy Volt research vehicle with many of the latest OnStar functions. The car is powered by Verizon's 4G LTE mobile network that enables a variety of cutting edge information, entertainment and safety functions. The car follows the original Buick Verizon-OnStar research vehicle, which was introduced at last year's CES show.


The Festivals Of Speed Returns To St. Petersburg

On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 1:41PM | By: David Walter


The Festivals Of Speed Returns To St. Petersburg test 2

The Festivals of Speed will return to St. Petersburg, Florida for their 9th year with a weekend of luxury and indulgence. Attendees can expect to see the most exotic automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles and watercraft the world has to offer while enjoying gourmet foods, fine wine and spirits, cigars and world class entertainment.

The weekend kicks off Friday, March 30 with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception in an actual hangar at the Tampa International Airport. Exotic vehicles will be on display and a jazz orchestra and both a live & silent charity auction should keep provide a night of entertainment. Premium foods and beverages will be available as well.

Saturday, March 31, joining the Festivals of Speed is the Florida Powerboat Club and their annual Tampa Bay Poker Run. Other events Saturday include VIP Ride & Drives and an exclusive Wine Connoisseur’s reception.

Finishing it off with a ‘bang’ is the weekend’s main event. Held in downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront and the Renaissance Vinoy Marina, a large collection of exotics autos as well as fine jewelry and timepieces will be on display. And of course, more premium foods, drinks, cigars and entertainment will be available.

Check out the Festivals’ press release below for more information.


2012 NAIAS: Cadillac Unveils ATS; Aims To Dominate Compact Luxury Segment

On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 11:58AM | By: Chuck Arehart


2012 NAIAS: Cadillac Unveils ATS test 2

Cadillac continues its resurgence with the all-new 2013 ATS and has every intention of becoming the new benchmark of driving dynamics and technology in the compact luxury class. Instead of building the ATS on the existing small car platform of the Chevy Cruze and Buick Regal (both well-executed designs in their own right), Cadillac went its own way in creating an all-new platform. The ATS is rear-drive with all-wheel-drive availability and is right-hand drive ready for global production.

Weight reduction was a major priority in development not only for fuel economy but for driving dynamics. Less mass equates to reduced weight transfer, increased handling response and improved braking performance. Highlights of the Cadillac diet program include an aluminum hood, magnesium engine mounts and natural fiber door trim panels to help keep overall weight down to 3,400 lbs.


2012 NAIAS: Ford Introduces The All-New 2013 Fusion

On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 10:28AM | By: Chuck Arehart


2012 NAIAS: Ford Introduces The All-New 2013 Fusion test 2

Continuing its plan of global product utilization, Ford introduced its 2013 Ford Fusion that is essentially the European Ford Mondeo. Enthusiasts have thought for years that Ford should have brought over this slick-looking and highly regarded sedan. The new Fusion boasts new styling, powertrains and technologies in an effort to become a leader in the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment.


Buick's Encore, Sonic-Based Crossover

On: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Salamone


2013 Buick Encore test 2

Over the past few years Buick sales have steadily increased – making the company a silent, but deadly, contender brand in the luxury market. But those years of unrecognizable nameplates and wish-washy styling are over. With the Encore, an all-new luxury small crossover, Buick’s former marketing strategy of covert operations just went nuclear, simply because it will be impossible to keep the Encore below the radar.

The 2013 Encore uses the same underpinnings found in today’s Chevy Sonic. Even the Sonic’s 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder can be found in both vehicles. So what makes the Encore worthy of a second glance?

How about class-leading luxury, fuel economy, and a maximum storage capacity of 48.4 cubic feet? What we have here is a miniature luxury crossover which doesn’t pretend to be functional like the Smart, won’t cost a fortune like the Aston Martin Cygnet, and actually manages to look somewhat sporty…unlike the Fiat 500.


Toyota NS4 Plug-In Concept Teaser Video

On: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 10:27AM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota NS4 Plug-In Concept Teaser Video test 2

Toyota announced last month that it will be bringing a new plug-in hybrid concept to the Detroit Motor Show. While the automaker has left most of the details for the show, it has released a new minute-long teaser video of what it calls the NS4 concept.

The NS4 will showcase the latest green conceptual goings on at Toyota while simultaneously displaying the latest sporty design language. Toyota has called the car an "advanced plug-in hybrid concept" but has not gotten into any details of its powertrain.