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Categories: Rumors

Donde Esta La Fiesta?

On: Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 2:30PM | By: John Welch

Donde Esta La Fiesta? test 1-1

"Summer Release" is rather arbitrary phrasing. Here in Florida, the word "Summer" could refer to July; it could also mean March or September. Ford unleashed a doozie of a marketing campaign on Americans last year, doing anything it could to get publicity for the upcoming "Summer 2010" release of the US-ified Fiesta. Ford tried everything from grinding a Fiesta into dust to straight up giving them to hoity-toity post-grad movers and shakers. It worked. We all know what the Fiesta is and plenty of us want one. Now where in the eff are they?

According to Ford, they are right on schedule. Ford began shipping the cars this week from an assembly plant in Mexico. On Ford's Fiesta Facebook page, some customers awaiting their pre-ordered car vented about it being at least two weeks late. One complained of Ford's lack of communication about the holdup. Ford insists both accusations are inaccurate.

“We've been very transparent with our customers who've made pre-orders,” said Angie Kozleski, a Ford spokeswoman. “We have a reservations call center and a reservations hotline. In the case of this vehicle, there's been a lot of communication with them.”

Ford has approximately 2,000 early orders for the car. Ford's Kozleski said those are orders from customers who put cold, hard cash down to buy the Fiesta.

Saab To Use BMW Powertrains?

On: Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 4:38PM | By: John Welch

Victor Muller test 2

The Saab 9-2 rumor mill is just getting ramped-up, and, naturally, the parties involved have "no comment". Word is, Victor Muller, chief executive of Spyker, and Chairman of Saab, says talks with larger companies regarding the Saab 9-2 power train are well underway. One of those companies just happens to be BMW, again, according to rumors.

Both Muller and BMW were quick to deny the reports, a BMW spokesman having this to say: "We are in talks with several interested parties who have interest in our technology, but there are no contracts with Saab at the moment." A spokesman at Saab said the carmaker was looking for "possible partners" but also declined to comment on the report. A Mini-powered 9-2 would be interesting, but would it relegate the car to front-wheel drive? Would that ruin the spirit of the 9-2? I mean, the BMW four banger they're referring to isn't even a 2-stroke . . . isn't that heresy enough?

Saab has other concerns as well. "We are concentrating on the 9-5 and the 9-4X," Eric Geers, a company spokesperson, said. "A smaller Saab below the 9-3 is not in our business plan though it would be on our wish list." Another possible BMW/Saab tie-up in the near future: BMW supply the requisite diesel engines the GM-sourced 9-4x will need to be competitive in Europe. Dagens Industri (a European ‘trade’ publication) reported on Friday that there were also plans for BMW to supply a diesel engine for Saab's 9-4X, which will be launched in the European market at the start of 2011.

Victor Muller is serious about saving Saab. He plans to double Saab's annual yearly output, to 85,000 by 2012. The addition of the 9-5 and 9-4x will help, but a large-volume small car would affect Saab's bottom line significantly. More on the 9-2 as details become available . ..

Spyker Sold At Saab Dealers & Saab Icon May Return

On: Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 4:21PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Saab 92 Concept test 2

The upstart car manufacturer Spyker Cars N.V. intends to sell the high end sports cars in Saab showrooms near you. According to Spykers CEO Victor Muller, they plan to offer the C8 Aileron model through 90 Saab outlets by the end of next year, almost doubling the number of dealers selling the hand-made sports cars this year.

Ever since Spyker bought Saab from GM in February, the Dutch supercar maker has been benefiting from lower prices. Generic parts such as windshield wiper motors will be cheaper via Spyker's sister company Saab, because Saab buys in volume. Spyker will also benefit from the Saab engineering resources to help the production of the supercar and, in turn, make the niche supercar profitable.

GM Starting to Show a Profit for First Time in Three Years

On: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 9:50AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

GM test 2

I am sure that most of you can recall a few years back—during what were perhaps some of the most tumultuous times for our US economy—when the Big Three (well, Chrysler and GM . . . not so much Ford) automakers went belly up. There was a rash of emergency meetings down in Washington, where the bigwigs from the major automakers plead their case for bailout funds to US Congress. They basically were asking for billions of US dollars in aid, from taxpayers and bonds, and some other methods of funding, like short term loans from the government. Many people saw this ‘auto bailout’ as tantamount to the housing market collapse, in the sense that there was much bickering back and forth as to whether we should have  bailed out the automakers, like General Motors, as we did.

But as it turns out, sometimes foresight is worth a few billion dollars or so. According to some recent news reports that have been surfacing and flying all over the web, GM is indeed once again a profitable entity. This has not been an easy task for the once gigantic automaker. They had to negotiate with unions. They had to close down numerous plants. They had to entirely readjust their budget. They had to eliminate some models. And the best part of all: they did these things and are making money again. GM looks to be in the driver seat to get us taxpayers finally paid off over the years to come. Hooray!


Does the 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV Stack Up for the Price?

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 11:34AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV test 2

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV is supposed to—according to some rumors circulating around the web, and according to bits that have been pitter-pattered online—offer a more refined exterior, a sleek and leaner interior, and, of course, that oh, so desirable, Audi supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. Last year’s model had the six-cylinder VW Group engine, but not this time around. With a bit of a lighter chass—is, according to rumors, and less weight overall, combined with a faster, more fuel-efficient and powerful engine, the Porsche Cayenne SUV is one robust off road vehicle.

. . . Speaking of Hyundai, Who Wants A Korean Ram?

On: Thu, May 13, 2010 at 10:29AM | By: John Welch

. . . Speaking of Hyundai, Who Wants A Korean Ram? test 1-1

A few months back Nissan and Dodge held some meetings regarding the successor to the Nissan Titan pickup. Nissan didn't want to follow in Toyota's footsteps and waste precious capital creating and engineering a Titan replacement. Nissan wanted to outsource the job. Chrysler wanted to reduce the cost of building Ram trucks. It would have been great.

Conflicting reports suggest one or both parties wound up with cold feet; Fiat's purchase of Chrysler was probably the event that killed the Ram-derived Titan. Hyundai was paying attention the entire time. Hyundai continues to gain market share at an stratospheric rate and the high-profit full-size truck demographic is one segment they have yet to enter. Considering the difficulty Toyota and Nissan have had breaking the Big Three's death-grip on the truck market, it seems logical to try to partner with an established brand for its first foray into the cut-throat world of 'Murrikenized truckdom. This strategy worked great for Mazda, right?


UPDATE, 05/14/2010

Hyundai SUV's May Be Built At Kia's Georgia Plant

On: Tue, May 11, 2010 at 2:14PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Hyundai SUV's May Be Built At Kia's Georgia Plant test 1-1

In car news, it seems that Hyundai may be shifting production of the Santa Fe SUV from the site of current assembly in Montgomery Alabama to Hyundai’s sister company (just 80 miles across the state line), Kia’s new plant in Georgia.  Kia Motors, the South Korean automaker officially opened its United States plant in February of 2010 in West Point Georgia in the hopes of expanding its presence in the North American markets.

Troostwijk Auctions Offers 11 New 1975 Norton Commandos

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 3:26PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Troostwijk Auctions Offers 11 New 1975 Norton Commandos test 1-1

11 brand new 1975 electric-start Norton Interstate motorcycles, still in the crate and awaiting final assembly Found in Belgium. The bikes are part of the stock of a defunct classic motorcycle dealer, all of which is being put up for auction, and you have only until Monday to grab a piece of motorcycle history.

From what I read the owner had a reputation for being difficult to work with. Locals claim he was reluctant to sell any bikes or parts, so he amassed a large collection. The hoard of Nortons came to light recently following the death of the owner of Motoshop Podevyn in Aalst, Belgium. Incredibly, the bikes are just a small part of an even larger collection. The heirs of the shop have decided to sell the entire stock. The bikes and items are to being auctioned by Trooswijk Belgie and the sale ends on Monday, April 26th.

Four Door Fiat Slated To Come to U.S

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 4:42PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Four Door Fiat Slated To Come to U.S test 1-1

Great news in the auto industry! The Italian Fiat is bringing a four-door version of the 500 model to North America as a result of a recent merger between Chrysler and Fiat. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that recent plans for a new Chrysler plant to build Fiat engines in southeastern Michigan denotes "a huge step forward" for the incorporation of Chrysler into Fiat.

Ferrari Kicks The Wounded While They're Down

On: Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 1:45PM | By: John Welch

Ferrari Kicks The Wounded While They're Down test 1-1

Man, Ferrari is an Italian company? Really?! You would never know it based on the complete lack of class they like to display on their blog "The Horse Whisperer" (GAY!). They have made it their business to post a blog that basically eviscerates the four new teams, labeling them everything from soon-to-be 'loyal-vassals' (Campos) to 'Serbian Vultures' which refers to the 5th team, Stefan GP. Youch.

Ferrari, if you have the stones to post this rant, then the 'Shopper will just have to reprint it. Good thing the last paragraph is very astute . ..

VW's Plan To Rule The World

On: Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 11:38AM | By: John Welch

VW and Suzuki test 2

Welp, they're gonna own us all one day. Volkswagen, I mean. Earlier this year the fiesty automaker declared its intentions to be the world's number one car manufacturer by 2018. And then VW set about doing just that. They purchased a 49.9% stake in Porsche and then moved on to consuming companies with strong Indian and Chinese presence. Suzuki, for instance. Look at the big brain on Dieter!