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Categories: Rumors

El Camino To Make a Return? GM Considering It

On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 2:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The pickup car market really never recovered from the loss of the El Camino back in the late 80s. Sure, we have recently had things like the Subaru Baja, but that just didn't have the rugged, muscular looks and sheer utility of an old clunker like the Camino. And I fear that until the El Camino—or at least something very similar—returns, the pickup car will never get back to its glory days.

Good news on that front: a Jalopnik report citing three GM sources indicates that the General is carefully considering bringing back a legit pickup car. And it's likely going to be a Chevy that may just bear the El Camino nameplate.

The pickup car is coming back, baby! (Maybe.)

New Details On The Alfa Romeo 169

On: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 2:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Alfa Romeo 169 is one of the next cars in the Italian marquee's pipline, set to replace the 166, which went out of production earlier this decade. Some new details have emerged on the car, giving us an idea of what Alfa's upcoming flagship sedan might look like.

Chevy Planning A Volt Crossover For Detroit

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 4:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Chevy has barely gotten its first batch of Volts out of its Hamtramck plant in Michigan, but word is that it will be giving the world a glimpse of its next range-extending model next month at the North American International Auto Show. Reportedly called the Chevy Amp, the new vehicle will be a 5-person MPV or crossover based upon the range-extending powertrain of the Volt.

Top Gear Competitor On The Horizon

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 5:51PM | By: John Welch

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Adam Carolla wanted to be on Top Gear, really he did. Contractural obligations prevented him from following the show from NBC to History Channel, but he hasn't given up. The buzz around the innerwebs is that Corolla, along with Dan Neil (Wall Street Journal's slightly sheltered auto scribe,) John Salley (TV host and ex-Pistons shot blocker), and Matt Farah, some guy who does some web thing some where, will all descend on our living rooms via SPEEDtv in the near future.

Top Gear USA won't be hard to . . . uhm, "top", but that is the fault of its script/production/wooden hosts, whatever. Corolla's show is on SPEED, and no amount of Rutledge Wood or Tanner Foust could be worse than that. We will have to wait and see; the important news here is that TGUSA has spawned a competitior already, and competition is what we want. If Corolla can keep the show from becoming a Castrol/Mequires/GM circle-jay then this show should do just fine. We'll keep our ears open and update you on any further developments. Let's hope this turns into an all-out media war ala Katie Couric v.s. Bryant Gumbell. Or even better, DonandMike v.s. Opie and Anthony. That's the stuff mediawar-dreams are made of!


Fiat To Sell Ferrari?

On: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Fiat is currently considering selling off Ferrari, according to an Automotive News report. As the report goes, Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne indicated such a move in an analysts meeting in Turin, Italy last week. Fiat would sell Ferrari and then use the money to purchase a further stake in Chrysler. One possible candidate for purchase will have quite the stake in the supercar market should it complete the Ferrari buy. Game of Monopoly, anyone?

Step Aside Jota: Lamborghini Aventador To Be The Next Flagship

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Step Aside Jota: Lamborghini Aventador To Be The Next Flagship test 1-1

Well,cf file this under big, swooping curve ball: after months of seeing spy shots and rumors of the upcoming Lamborghini Jota, the car that will replace the Murcielago at the top of Lamborghini's line, a new spate of rumors indicates we may never see the Jota at all. What we've come to know as Jota may go by the name Aventador.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Approved For Production, To Cost $3.5 Million

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 4:59PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When we finally laid eyes on the Sesto Elemento after weeks of teasing from Lamborghini, it was a moment of duality. On the one hand, we were excited and awed by Lamborghini's striking concept and by the fact of simply getting to see it after such an intense teaser compaign. On the other hand, it was one of those concepts that made our hearts drop for the fact that it was just that: a concept with no foreseeable likelihood of production. A very dynamic, intriguing concept to be sure, but just a concept.

Today that initial duality has merged into one clear feeling of jubilation. At least for the moment. A report out of French automotive site AutoMotos last week brings news that Lamborghini has approved the Sesto for production. Don't get too excited just yet, though; there will be a maximum of 10 units and each will cost more than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

Chevy To Return To IndyCar In 2012?

On: Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: John Welch

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Honda has been the sole supplier of engines to the IRL and Izod IndyCar Series (same thing) since Chevrolet dropped out in 2005. The racing has been reliable, but boring. This morning it is expected that GM will return to open-wheel racing and field a new twin-turbo V6 for IndyCar teams in 2012. It is also expected that Roger Penske will be the first to use the Chevy power train, putting Chevrolet in a good position to win races quickly.

2012 will be the first IICS season run under a new rules package that does away with the current Dallara chassis; replacing it with a . . . Dallara chassis. The Series directors have taken an "open source" approach to the is new chassis however. The basic safety cell, or monocoupe, in each car will be identical, but the aero bits we can actually see are all fair game for designers. Dallara offers an low-cost entry kit; Group Lotus has already signed on to manufacturer a kit for the Dallara, and it is reasonable to think that Penske and Ganassi will both create their own kits. Engine size is limited to 2.4 liters, and can be a four- or six-cylinder design.

Watch the official announcement at 10 am EST at SPEEDtv.com. More from us after Chevrolet becomes the second Izod IndyCar Series engine supplier for 2012.

Lamborghini Building Smaller, Supercar-Styled SUV

On: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Rumors of the development of a new LM002 have been heating up of late and Auto Express reports some new details today, based on conversations with "industry insiders." The original LM002 was phased out back in the early 1990s and the SUV market has undergone much change since then—from the explosion around the turn of the century to the more modest, fuel-obsessed state of the market today. Lamborghini's new SUV effort will reflect today's market, aiming to be a smaller crossover, rather than the big, brutish "Rambo Lambo" of the late 80s and 90s.

Audi Teases Next Generation A6, Production Begins This Year

On: Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Audi doesn't have any news quite as exciting as BMW's confirmation of a Vision EfficientDynamics production model last week, but BMW's competitive countryman also released some new details about one of its production facilities. Along with the news of the models being built at Audi's plant in Neckarsulm, Germany, Audi showed a new teaser of the next-generation A6 sedan.

Details On The Next Pagani

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

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As can be seen by the Pagani Zonda HH and Pagani Zonda 750, Pagani makes some of the rarest, most distinctive, highest performing supercars on the planet. In fact, the overused moniker 'supercar' isn't even quite strong enough to describe what Pagani does with composites, V12 engines, and tires. And the world will soon see the next iteration of Pagani hypercar. Outside of a few privately commissioned one-offs, the Zonda has had its time in the sun and is on the verge of retirement. Pagani is developing the new C9 supercar, which will replace the Zonda. The C9 has been spotted testing in a few locations around the world, and some details of the new flagship recently began making the rounds.