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Categories: Rumors

BMW To Produce Two New Minis

On: Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 2:50PM | By: John Welch


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BMW wouldn't dare sell front drive cars under the nameplate 'BMW'. Good. I don't want them to. If you are just dying to own a front drive BMW, why don't you go buy a Mini. 'Cause that's what a Mini is, a front drive BMW.


Now that that's out of the way, BMW has confirmed it will expand the Mini line up with two new models, the 'Mini Coupe' and 'Mini Speedster'. I LOVE the Coupe; it's sultry and porportional in all the right ways. Not so hawt on that 'Speedster' deal though, it doesn't look right to my eye. I'm sure the production model will look much different when it is actually produced, I hope so anyway.

Howabouts a nice video introducing the Coupe Concept?...


GM procrastination, Re Deux

On: Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 1:10PM | By: John Welch


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Boy, New GM may have shed plenty of toxic debt, but they've retained every bit of the arrogance they've compiled over the years. In an earlier post we outlined the "Saab/Koenigsegg" deal for you, a financial transaction that is moving at a snail's pace. Well, GM likes to spread the procrastination around. Opel, a long time subsidiary of the General, is currently up for bids. It has been since GM declared bankruptcy, and there have been several bidders. Why hasn't it been sold already? Simple; GM wants to maintain a stake in the company so that it can regain management of Opel should the capital become available. "Hedging their bets," so to speak.


We don't want more Buicks—bring on the Caprice!

On: Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 12:01PM | By: John Welch


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New GM, Old GM, same dummies, different titles. First Fritz Henderson blasts my hero, Bob Lutz, publicly, stating that "Lutz may have his opinions, but he works for me." That's pretty pompous right there. Then Henderson turns around and tries to pitch a re-badged Saturn Vue as a Buick. Fortunately NEW GM has to listen to potential customers, who all verbally retched at the idea. Twitter officially killed the Vue-ick ('ick' being the operative suffix there . . .).

Here's the real crime: The G8 chassis is already re-badged as a Chevrolet, for the MIDDLE EASTERN market!! You scumbags!! Introduce a vehicle that I actually drool over, that actually stands its ground against the German competition, that can be made into a Chevy EASILY, but you're still stuck on the SUV/Crossover gravy train. I thought you didn't like 're-badging,' Fritzy? Or does that apply only to cars that aren't completely cost effective to produce? Or are you just laughing in the face of the American public because we are to stupid to notice? It's obvious that no one is going to buy crap, so why talk to us as if we are still falling for the 'Super Rebate' Ponzi scheme of the late Nineties . . . also, why isn't Lutz in charge instead of this 'Washington Puppet' Henderson? Age probably has a lot to do with it; Lutz is in his late seventies . . .

sigh . . . Edmunds accurately explains the Vue-ick debacle . . .


New Buick Regal Apes Vauxhall/Opel VXR

On: Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 10:27AM | By: John Welch


New Buick Regal Apes Vauxhall/Opel VXR test 1-1

We may be looking at the next Buick Regal, assuming Fritz Henderson doesn't invent some reason why it offends his 're-badging' sensibilities. The 2010 Vauxhall Insignia VXR seen here is about as striking as a GM product has ever been. (I'm still keen on the '89 era IROC-Z, spent my entire childhood lusting after that car; until I discovered it was making an earth shattering 195 bhp, sigh.) It's from GM's current German arm, Opel. It rides on the same Epsilon II platform that underpins the Chevy Malibu and Buick LaCrosse.There is an interesting assortment of parts that go into the VXR, including bits from Saab, Opel, and GM's Korean subsidiaries. The 321 bhp 2.8-liter twin turbo V6 is sourced from Holden, those same wonderful Aussies who brought us the GTO and G8 before Fritzy decided DESIRABLE cars were not on the docket for GM . . . eeerrr, Government-installed CEOs rub me the wrong way . . . my thoughts on Henderson and his 'rebadging' hypocrisy in a later post . . .

Anyway, here we feature a brief gallery of Insignia VXR images, as well as a link to the origninal story in Edmunds Inside Line.


 

Wiedeking In Hot Water!

On: Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 2:54PM | By: John Welch


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And the Porsche/VW saga gets deeper and deeper. Now it looks like high ranking officials within Porsche may have traipsed around the law when attempting to acquire a majority share in Volkswagen last year. Several offices in Porsche's Stuttgart headquarters were raided this morning, including the office of former chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking. Is it just me, or is it impossible to trust a man named 'Wendy'? Almost as egregious as 'Fritzy' . ..

The full write up can be found at The Times Online


Leno turns down Top Gear, then rips them off

On: Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 11:24AM | By: John Welch


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Jay Leno just won't go away. Not only does he go and steal Conan's thunder by preempting the Tonight Show with his own 'semi-late night' program, now he is blatantly stealing bits. I shouldn't care, I wouldn't care but the program he is stealing from is Top Gear. Grrr. As it turns out, Jay was offered the hosting job for the American version of Top Gear. He turned it down, was replaced with Adam Corolla, and we still have no domestic automotive programing worth watching. My DVR's fast-forward button gets a serious workout trying to watch Motorweek. Sheesh, and don't get me started on the ultra-hokey, extremely antiquated Power Block on Spike TV—four hours of commercials and body work just don't do it for me. Sorry.

 

Apparently Jay is planning some sort of segment where a celebrity is placed in an electric sports car, then made to compete against other celeb's for top lap time. Sounds eerily familiar, if I'm not mistaken Jay participated in just this sort of contest recently, albeit sans electrified transport. Shameful. The real crime here is allowing Top Gear America to flounder. Leno's star power would have surely gotten the show on the air, regardless of what focus groups thought. Instead, he'd rather do "Tonight Show-Lite" and include some poorly planned plagiarism. Sweet. I will give Leno one compliment, his reasoning for not doing the show is pretty sound . . .

 

Source: The L.A. Times