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Categories: Auto Shows

Maserati's On Fire With Its Two New Drool Inducers

On: Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 3:04PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Maserati grille detail test 2

Fortunately for everyone involved, these Maseratis aren't actually on fire. But there was a time, not all that long ago, that Maser's products were akin to leaky propane stoves near a live fallen power line, just waiting for the fickle hand of fate to light 'em up like flash paper (Biturbos, I'm talking about you).

These days it seems—Ferrari’s self-immolating 456 Italia not withstanding—that quality is on the upswing across (most of) Fiat’s brands, including Maserati, Ferrari, and the soon-to-reach-our-shores-for-better-or-worse Alfa Romeo, and Fiat itself (though I never thought I’d use “Fiat” and “quality” in the same sentence without it being weighed down by loads of typewritten snickering).

Anyhoo, for those of you who hadn’t noticed, Maserati has built itself quite a range of models here in the U.S. of A, most of which start with “Gran,” just like you do when tactfully explaining to your mom’s mom why you won’t wear the Christmas-themed cable-knit pullover she made for you that’s three sizes too large and has sleeves of differing lengths.

Great(er) Roller's Ghost!

On: Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Andrew W Davis

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase test 2

OK, folks, it's time to drag out your conversion charts. Yes, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled what it terms its "sixth new model," the 2012 Ghost Extended Wheelbase. Bet you can't guess what it is! Fine. The name pretty much gives away the game. But if there's one thing people like more than a Rolls-Royce it's more of one, and in this way, the stretch Ghost gets top marks.

Sure, it's Rolls' "economy" model, but that's like saying Texas is the low-price Alaska. At 5,399 mm the "regular” Ghost—as if there is such a thing considering  R-R’s stance that every vehicle they make is unique—isn’t exactly short on anything, but the company decided that what their baby elephant needed was an additional 170 mm in its length and wheelbase.

[Alright… you can skip your grumbling. From now on I’ll switch to ‘Murrican measurements. But I’m still going to use “litre” and there’s nothing you can do about it.]

Let’s see, that means Rolls-Royce is giving you an additional 6.69” with every purchase of Ghost Long Wheelbase, for a total of 18-plus feet of Ghostly goodness! And that’s just what the (Asia Pacific) doctor—if they’re paid anything like ours—ordered.

GM Releases First Full Picture Of Chevy Malibu

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 4:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Chevy Malibu test 2

Chevy has been giving us peeks and glimpses at the 2013 Malibu for weeks now. This week, it officially pulled the full cover off, revealing a shot of the Malibu's exterior. We don't know that it will make much of a splash, but Chevy's next global car is official.

The first teaser photo of the Malibu that Chevy released showed sporty, Camaro-inspired taillights. At the time, Chevy described the redesigned mid-sized sedan as a more athletic, more aggressive take on the Malibu. From those taillights, we had no problem taking the company at its word.

Rolls Royce Helps Mini With Special Edition

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 3:59PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mini Special Edition test 2

BMW brands are getting along famously. The big boy in the group has reached out a helping hand to the little guy. Rolls Royce teamed with Mini to present the ‘Mini Inspired by Goodwood’ special edition, which they'll debut at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show next week. Rolls oversaw the design of the interior, crafting a Mini Cooper with premium, Rolls-Royce-inspired materials and equipment.


Scion Teases U.S.-Spec FT-86 II

On: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Scion Teases U.S.-Spec FT-86 II  test 2

No, the FT-86 II hasn't been downgraded from Toyota to Scion. But the sports coupe will be offered under the Scion brand here in the U.S. So, Scion is officially taking the reigns of the rear-driven coupe developed with the help of Subaru. It will show a North American concept version of the coupe at the 2011 New York Auto Show next week.

Scion didn't actually mention the FT-86 II specifically, but looking at the bold curves on either side of the hood is enough to tell us that is indeed what we're looking at. From what we see breaking through the shadow cover, the FT-86 II's front-end will look similar to what Toyota showed at last month's Geneva Motor Show. The side mirrors appear to be redesigned, but it's difficult to tell given that they're mostly obscured. Instead of the black used in the Geneva concept, the Scion New York model appears deep red.

Sneak Peak: 2011 Mopar Charger

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

2011 Mopar Charger  test 2

Earlier this week, we got a preview of the latest Jeeps outfitted by Mopar, Chrysler's aftermarket parts arm. Well, Mopar's prowess isn't limited to trucks and off-roaders; it has plenty to offer Chrysler-group cars, too. One of those cars will debut around the same time as Mopar's Moab Jeeps—later this month at the New York Auto Show. It's the Mopar-ized 2011 Dodge Charger.

Mopar has been pretty picture-happy this week and has been less willing to divulge hard information on its latest special editions. So we don't have a whole lot of explanation to go by, meaning we'll have to fend for ourselves with our own eyes.

Hyundai Blue2 Fuel-Cell Concept

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 1:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Blue2 Fuel-Cell Concept  test 2

Not to be outdone by its country-mate, Kia, Hyundai used the 2011 Seoul Motor Show to introduce a green concept all its own. Hyundai's concept, called the Blue2, uses hydrogen fuel cells paired with an electric motor.

Hyundai packages its fuel-cell-powered electric in sedan form. The concept has a 120-hp electric motor that provides around 82 mpg with the help of the hydrogen fuel cells. The car exemplifies Hyundai's "New Thinking—New Possibilities" tagline.

Seoul Motor Show: Kia Naimo EV Concept

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Seoul Motor Show: Kia Naimo EV Concept  test 1-1

Kia debuted a new electric concept called Naimo at the Seoul Motor Show. That's pronounced the same as everyone's favorite animated fish—Nemo. The Naimo bests the Nissan Leaf in terms of driving range and offers a series of new technologies.

The Naimo is powered by a 107-hp permanent magnet synchronous motor and a lithium-ion polymer twin-pack battery, the Naimo offers up to 124 miles of zero emissions range and 93 mph of speed.

Chevy Teases Next-Gen Malibu

On: Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Chevy Malibu Teaser test 2

The 2012 Chevy Malibu is showing a little tail. Chevy released a teaser photo showcasing the driver-side taillights of the new car, in addition to a 1.5-minute video teaser. The car will be making back-to-back, worldwide appearances at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show and the 2011 New York Auto Show, which will overlap later this month.

Mercedes to Unveil Two New Cars in New York

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 11:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe test 2

As any good auto-show junkie knows, the 2011 New York Auto Show will commence in less than a month. While the show doesn't have the panache of the earlier and more robust Geneva show, it typically plays host to several prominent debuts and concept cars.

For this year's New York event, Mercedes has one of each planned. According to a Carscoop report, the German luxury car maker will present an all-new AMG model as well as a new concept car. Those two debuts will join the already announced 2012 C63 AMG Coupe.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Previewed Before New York

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Panamera Turbo S test 2

The most powerful iteration of the Porsche Panamera sedan yet will make its debut at the 2011 New York Auto Show next month. In preparation for the show, Porsche detailed the new sedan a little early. The Panamera Turbo S brings more power, more speed, and more standard equipment.

Porsche upgrades the Panamera Turbo's 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with new turbochargers with titanium-aluminum turbines and a reprogrammed engine control. The result is an extra 50 horses--up to 550-hp—and an extra 37 lb-ft of torque—up to 553 lb-ft. In Sport and Sport Plus modes that torque can be temporarily boosted up to 590 lb-ft.