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New Porsche 918-Based Supercar Concept to Debut in Detroit

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:25AM | By: Chris Weiss


New Porsche 918-Based Supercar Concept to Debut in Detroit test 1-1

Well, here's some good news to start your week off right: Porsche is planning on bringing a new supercar concept to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Interestingly, the car will not be the next iteration of the 918 Spyder Hybrid, which Porsche confirmed for production in September, but instead, will be a brand new concept that's said to share some components with the 918 concept.


Ferrari Unveils The 458 Challenge

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari Unveils The 458 Challenge test 1-1

At the Bologna Motor Show, Ferrari has grown its track car family with the new 2011 458 Challenge. Maranello teased the car two months ago, and now we have a look from every angle. The track-spec 458 keeps the output of the 458 Italia, but adds a variety of interior, exterior, and mechanical upgrades.


DeTomaso On Schedule For Geneva Comeback

On: Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 1:51PM | By: Chris Weiss


DeTomaso On Schedule For Geneva Comeback  test 1-1

Well, here's a name I all but forgot. De Tomaso, an Italian automaker that I best recognize from my exotic car picture books from my childhood in the 1980s, has a new model to show and it should be launching at the Geneva Motor Show. A few leaked pictures from Italian auto rag Quattroruote provide a teaser of a car with Tomaso's new logo on the grille and badge on the back.


Geneva Preview: Rinspeed BamBoo Concept

On: Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Weiss


Geneva Preview: Rinspeed BamBoo Concept  test 1-1

We may still have Detroit to go through, but that's not stopping some companies from previewing their Geneva-bound wares. The Swiss design firm Rinspeed pulled the covers off its BamBoo concept planned for the show. In a medley of green design, Rinspeed strips the automobile of everything but the basics and equips the concept with a no-emissions, electric powertrain in a concept that looks perfectly suited to long summer days on the beach.


 

U.S. Government Supports Hybrid Sales As Consumer Demand Declines

On: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:20AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


U.S. Government Supports Hybrid Sales As Consumer Demand Declines test 1-1

In recent automotive news, consumer hybrid sales are declining for the third consecutive year, which has prompted the U.S. government to step up to the plate. The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, purchased over 14,000 fleet hybrids over the past two years. That number translates to around 10% of the total 145,000 hybrid vehicles sold in 2 years.

President Barack Obama's administration hopes that purchasing close to a quarter of the hybrid vehicles sold by GM and Ford will help to balance out the lack of consumer demand. GSA purchased 64% of Chevy Malibu hybrid models and 29% of Ford Fusion hybrids in 2009. GSA also bought about 14% of Ford Escape hybrids. The range of prices paid by the government for the hybrids was from $23,072 to $47,079.


Automakers Showcase Vehicles That Get 40 mpg or Better At L.A. Auto Show

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 4:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


2011 Hyundai Elantra test 2

At this year's L.A. Auto Show, new cars with exceptional fuel economy were hard to miss. Most major automakers are starting to focus on improving fuel economy due to the impending government guidelines mandating that cars have an average of 35.5 mpg by 2016. Not only are there many new fuel efficient hybrids and electric vehicles being launched, but also there is an abundance of new combustion engines that are seeing better gas mileage than ever before. In fact many new models for 2011 and 2012 will get 40 mpg or better.


Subaru Impreza Brings Company's Confidence in Motion and New Boxer Powertrain to the Forefront

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:32AM | By: Chris Weiss


Subaru Impreza Brings Company's Confidence in Motion and New Boxer Powertrain to the Forefront test 1-1

Subaru teased its new Impreza Concept a few weeks ago, indicating at the time that the concept would debut its new "Confidence in Motion" philosophy. The automaker introduced the concept last week at the LA Auto Show and, in addition to adding some confidence to your motion, the model introduces Subaru's new 2.0-liter boxer powertrain, as well as points to the direction that Subaru will take with future models.


Toyota and Tesla Unveil The RAV 4 EV At L.A. Auto Show

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 3:45PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Toyota and Tesla Unveil The RAV 4 EV At L.A. Auto Show test 1-1

In May of 2010, Tesla Motors and Toyota Motor Co. announced a $60 million project to partner up and revive Toyota’s electric vehicle project using Tesla’s battery and power electronics technology. Last week the two companies unveiled the new RAV-4 EV concept vehicle, touting its 100 mile driving range.

You may remember the original RAV-4 EV from 1997, which failed to move into the mainstream market. According to the Japanese automaker, there was not enough demand for electric vehicles back then. Now Toyota is hoping that with Tesla providing its renowned battery technology, and with the EV market growing, there will be more interest.


2012 Nissan GT-R Tops $90,000

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss


2012 Nissan GT-R Tops $90,000 test 1-1

The Nissan GT-R has proven one of the greatest bang-for-the-buck supercars of all time. Sure, it's not as exotic or sexy as a Lamborghini, Ferrari or even Porsche, but with a 3.5-second 0-to-60 mph time and a top speed of 193 mph, the car lets you perform with the big boys while spending well under $100K.

While it's still a great deal pound for pound, the GT-R has been slipping ever closer to the $100K mark. When it was introduced in 2008, the model cost just under $70,000 and it's slowly creeped up to over $85K for the 2011 model year. Nissan announced 2012 GT-R pricing and the model is now officially over $90K. But given that the car is in a class by itself, the GT-R remains one of the best deals in the sports car market. And when Nissan releases performance specs, it may get even better.


Cadillac Aera Wins LA Auto Show Design Challenge

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


Cadillac Aera Wins LA Auto Show Design Challenge test 1-1

Capping off what must be one of the best weeks in GM history, Cadillac's design team took home the Design Challenge prize at the LA Auto Show. The team entered a polymer-skinned, mono-formed alloy frame concept known as the Aera.

The goal of the 7th annual Design Challenge was to create a vehicle that weighed no more than 1000 pounds and was able to transport four passengers comfortably and efficiently. GM joined more than half a dozen competitors that included Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo. Cadillac actually tied with the Smart 454 for first place. Both vehicles met the requirements of the competition while truly exemplifying their brands.


Chevy Volt Takes Green Car Of The Year Honors In LA

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:42PM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Volt Takes Green Car Of The Year Honors In LA test 1-1

In what is surely being welcomed as a rousing endorsement just weeks before its market launch, the Chevy Volt was named Green Car Journal's 2011 Green Car of the Year. In being so named, the Volt became the first ever electric vehicle to win the title--if you're willing to call the Chevy Volt an electric vehicle, that is.