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Categories: Auto Shows

Mercedes-Benz Leaks 2012 SL Images

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 9:34AM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL test 2


At the upcoming North American International Auto Show, spectators will be treated to an array of sights and sounds from automakers around the world. The Mercedes-Benz exhibit, however, won’t have flashy color schemes, techno musaque, or gimmicky advertising signs. Instead, this particular automaker will showcase a sophisticated fleet of new vehicles – beyond the need for marketing puffery. A centerpiece of the Mercedes-Benz lineup will almost certainly be the company’s newly-redesigned 2012 SL.

For 2012, consumers will be delighted to hear about three main improvements (in addition to scores of already magnificent features). Other than aesthetic changes, the most significant change will be a 20% more rigid chassis and reduction in nearly 310 pounds of weight over the outgoing model. Weight and rigidity improvements stem from the vehicle’s use of aluminum-focused construction and hydro formed, chilled cast longitudinal members.

The company claims these changes will amount to a 30 percent increase in fuel efficiency.

Nissan Food Truck Concepts

On: Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 5:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Food Truck Concepts  test 2

When you think of Nissan, you probably think of the unapologetic performance of the GT-R or maybe the green credentials of the Nissan Leaf. The automaker seems to be trying its hardest to ensure that you also automatically think of its NV series people movers.

Within the month of November, we've seen an NV taxi, NV full-size van and now a pair of NV-based food truck concepts. Nissan generated some positive buzz by slinging ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches at the LA Auto Show.

Land Rover Updates DC100 Concepts For LA (But Not Enough)

On: Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 9:04AM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover Updates DC100 Concepts test 2

Land Rover has updated the DC100 and DC100 Sport at the LA Auto Show. Unfortunately, as we feared, these are very minor updates and do little to bring the DC100 in line with the Defender that it will replace. The DC100 is looking as feeble and Stepford-ish as ever.

Land Rover brand director John Edwards recently told the media: "Sometimes we talk too much about the NAS [North American specification] 90 Defender and surfer dudes, and not enough about the Red Cross, Zambia or the Australian Outback. We want to get back to our roots, but it would be nice if in doing so, we can also sell it to the Californian surfer dude."

Unfortunately, the latest DC100 updates look plenty surfer dude, but not at all Australian Outback.

Infiniti Teases Glimpses Of Future At Geneva

On: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 2:46PM | By: Chris Salamone

Infiniti Sports Car Concept test 2

During this LA-induced period of auto euphoria, Infiniti has dropped a bombshell set of teaser images depicting a car they believe will extend the potential for both high performance and low emission electric cars. Set to make an official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2012, this latest Infiniti sports car concept looks to be an attempt to bridge the gap between performance enthusiasts and eco-friendly hipsters.

Although little and less is currently known about whether Infiniti plans to go into full production on this vehicle, the company’s official press video offers some insight into their game plan. From the upcoming JX to Nissan’s GT-R, we are talking about a brand which constantly strives to be on the cutting edge of style and technology. This future high performance range-extending electric sports car is an effort to raise the bar even further – a sort of one-up in the game of Mother Nature-approved performance.


2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Reveal

On: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Reveal test 2

After a series of leaks, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe got a little more official last weekend when Hyundia presented it in Korea. Hyundia's sportiest car gets even sportier in the model-year facelift, both in terms of power and looks.

Hyundai debuted the new Genesis Coupe at the Korea Speed Festival 2011. The first thing you'll notice in the picture is a markedly updated front fascia that shares some styling cues with the Veloster. The new, sporty fascia gets a bulging, hexagonal grille; redesigned headlights; and LED fog lights, among other changes.

Four Exhaust Pipes?! Beetle R Shows Stateside

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Salamone

VW Beetle R Concept test 2

Since VW’s booming announcement that a Golf R model would be coming down the pipeline soon, US fans of Das Auto have waited patiently – toes tapping all the while. But before the Golf R has even hit US showrooms, VW has seen fit to release another race-inspired prototype cast from an altogether different mold. During the vehicle’s initial debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Beetle R landed in US headlines with an appropriate level of enthusiasm and jealousy. We wanted the seemingly more virile Beetle R, and we wanted it first.

The LA Auto Show may not be the first Beetle R showing, but at least we finally get a close-up.

2013 Ford Escape Hype Hits Fever Pitch

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 9:09AM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Ford Escape test 2

As of today, almost every major news source has picked up and extolled the virtues of Ford’s 2013 Escape. During an official unveiling at the LA Auto Show, automotive journalists and enthusiasts alike were treated to a huge array of information and sexy ad posturing. The trouble is, this latest Escape sort of downgrades the things about the former Escape which we’ve all come to know and love. Sure, the 2013 version looks refreshed, more modern, and offers superior gas mileage, but what happened to the Escape’s rugged, boxy look? What happened to a mini-SUV that made us feel like going on holiday?

Now we’re stuck with a CUV, strongly resembling the Ford Focus, which looks best navigating the crowded supermarket parking lot. There are some good points though…

2011 Festivals Of Speed Orlando

On: Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 1:58PM | By: David Walter

2011 Festivals Of Speed Orlando test 2

The 2011 Orlando Festivals of Speed was originally scheduled for October 7 – 9, however, due to uncooperative weather, the Motorsports Collection Display portion of the weekend event was postponed to November 13.

We were there, cameras in hand; so were some of the greatest cars on the planet.

Check out our pictures from the event.

Tokyo Motor Show Preview: Honda Combines Sportiness And Green Powertrains

On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 1:48PM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda Combines Sportiness And Green Powertrains test 2

There are two ways to really get us excited about electric vehicles. Either design EVs that can drive just as far or farther than gas vehicles on a single charge or design sporty, performance-oriented cars that show that EVs can be more than tiny, boxy commuters. Honda's upcoming Small Sports EV Concept goes the latter route, showing what we hope will one day be an electrically driven Honda convertible.

Similarly, the Honda Advanced Cruiser-X concept puts a sporty package around a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The Small Sports EV packs sporty curves into a pint-sized, two-seat roadster package. While Honda hasn't provided the specs of the car just yet, it's clear from looking at it that it should have spry handling and ample performance thanks to its tiny size (and weight).

Chevy To Bring An Updated 2013 Spark To LA Auto Show

On: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Chevy To Bring An Updated 2013 Spark To LA Auto show test 2

The Chevrolet Spark is a sporty four-passenger, five-door hatch which has been updated for United States and Canadian buyers. The Spark is designed to excite first-time buyers with its bold styling and colors, affordability, the safety of 10 standard air bags, fuel efficiency and maneuverability.

Compared to the Fiat 500, Smartfortwo and the Scion iQ, the Spark offers more passenger and cargo room than other mini cars. Equipped with the 1.2L four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, the Spark offers competitive fuel economy as well.

Chevrolet’s exclusive MyLink infotainment system, which features the personalized connectivity of Pandora and Stitcher internet radio, will be offered on 1LT and 2LT models when Spark goes on sale in the United States and Canada in mid-2012. In addition to MyLink, Spark is the only car in its segment to provide the added value of a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and the safety and security of OnStar.

2012 Challenger SRT 392 Yellow Jacket Hemi Buzzing At Los Angeles Auto Show

On: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 9:03AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Challenger SRT 392 Yellow Jacket Hemi Makes A Buzz At Los Angeles Auto test 2

Dodge continues to remind us of the muscle cars that were introduced in the late 1960s-early 1970s with the new special limited-edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 featuring exclusive Stinger Yellow exterior and interior appointments. This sort of thing works because when these cars finally become collectors’ items, they'll be worth more.

“The Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket adds another piece of performance car nostalgia to our rear-drive muscle coupe lineup in 2012,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO—SRT Brand and Motorsports. “The Stinger Yellow paint and interior accents speak directly to the performance enthusiast who appreciates a memorable and collectible color that helps deliver even more excitement and exclusivity.”

The Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team announced on November 9 an exclusive production run of special-edition 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket models featuring Stinger Yellow exterior paint and interior appointments.