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Savage Rivale Shows Its Unique Convertible System (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 5:25PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you've never heard of Savage Rivale, don't feel bad. Up until a few months ago, we hadn't either. The Netherlands-based startup is in the process of rethinking the supercar with its Roadyacht GTS. Everything about this car makes it unique, including its innovative roof system, which Savage has shown a rendering of in a short, new video.

While the term "supercar" typically refers to a powerful, fast, lightweight two-door coupe, Savage Rivale extends the term to its funky convertible with four wing doors and four seats. While adding the weight of two rear doors and a convertible system would usually prevent a car from performing with other supercars, Savage claims to have weight down below 3,000 lbs., allowing the Roadyacht's 670-hp 6.2-liter Corvette V-8 to provide a 3.4-second to 62 mph time and a 205 mph top speed.


"World's First And Only Mexican Beaded VW" Visits U.S. (It's Better Than It Sounds)

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 4:30PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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On the first leg of its tour of North America and Europe, “Vochol”—the world's “first and only Volkswagen decorated with beads by Mexican Huichol Indians”—can be seen now through May 6 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Now before you go and dismiss this as a “hippie”-style psychedelic custom VW, let’s look at the facts: all of the intricate, multicolored everything you see on the surface of this 1990 VW Beetle (yes, I meant 1990) has been done—by hand—with “more than 2 million glass seed beads and nearly 35 pounds of fabric, paint, yarn and resin.”

Yep, "two families of Huíchol artisans [eight persons total] devoted more than 9,000 hours” to create Vochol, a name derived from a combination of “vochol”, a popular term for VW Beetles in Mexico, and “Huichol”, the common name of the Wirrárika indigenous group.

But this project is more than 233 lbs. of beadwork slapped on a Bug. And—unlike any groovy, 1960s-era painted version—this one’s important enough to be in the Smithsonian.


MotorTrend Gets Wild With Super Wagon Showdown (Video)

On: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:50AM | By: Chris Salamone


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MotorTrend, the company famous for Subaru Outback adventures and Jeep survival epics, brings the thunder when it comes to automotive journalism. Few companies, if any, are capable of producing such high quality, well composed content and a recent super wagon-on-wagon comparo is no exception. In just over 9:00 minutes of scintillating video or skimming a brief article, viewers will be left with a newfound sense of appreciation.

Wagons, it would seem, can be less embarrassing than we thought, especially the Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.


Slugfest Continues, Durango Swipes Explorer (Video)

On: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Salamone


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During the past few years we saw automakers come together with a sense of urgency. People weren’t buying too many cars and, as a result, we had an advertising cease fire. And then Super Bowl 2012 happened. After a string of successful months, GM thought it prudent to get back on the competitive bandwagon and suggest Ford trucks might not be able to handle the post-apocalyptic world. Since game day we’ve seen the Big Three go back and forth, shedding their recession-induced docility in favor of good ole’ American prizefighting.

In a recent blog post, Dodge spoke loud and clear – claiming the Durango includes Spiderman-like power and responsibility requirements. To the delight of all, Dodge also felt compelled to attach a Ford Explorer to the Durango’s already extensive baggage train.


 

West Coast Customs Builds A Technified Mustang For Microsoft

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 12:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


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As if automakers aren't installing enough dubious technology into their offerings, Microsoft decided to get in the game. The technology company that millions of Americans rarely go a day without commissioned help from West Coast Customs in building a very special Mustang.

Microsoft has codenamed the car "Project Detroit," and West Coast Customs calls it the Micro-Stang. Whatever you want to call it, this is one serious tune.


Cars on Film: Lambo Aventador J And Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (Video)

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:20AM | By: Chris Weiss


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There were a lot of impressive new cars and concepts at this year's Geneva Motor Show. If we were forced into picking our favorite two, we couldn't really do better than the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Lamborghini Aventador J. The former has the prominence of being Ferrari's new two-seat flagship and the latter is just an awesome, extreme one-off. And if you put money on Lamborghini and Ferrari in any type of car contest, you usually come up a winner.

Well, the tide has officially changed from dramatic on-stage presentations to post-unveil videos. Both Lamborghini and Ferrari have released videos of their respective Geneva debuts.


Sexy Fiat Model is Back...With Charlie Sheen (Video)

On: Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 2:27PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Charlie Sheen may have fubared his way right off the set of Two and a Half Men, but that isn't keeping him off your TV screen. The extreme middle age crisis that is Sheen has two entertaining commercials on TV as we speak. The first one is a DirectTV spot that we're not particulary interested in, though it is pretty excellent. The second one has Sheen putting whatever celebrity endorsement power he has left into the Fiat 500 Abarth. Stepping from highest paid actor on TV to a commercial filler is usually the sign of a career crisis, but Sheen's making it look good.

Spoiler alert: If you want to be surprised by the commercial, skip straight to the video.


Volvo's Pedestrian Airbag System (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Volvo V40 may have leaked prior to the Geneva Motor Show, but Volvo managed to save the biggest story for the show. Because, though Volvo has managed to make its cars more visually appealing over the years, the story about any given Volvo tends to be safety, not visuals.

The V40 features a world-first pedestrian airbag system, putting the airbags on the outside of the car, as well as the inside. The system provides cushioning should the driver run into a pedestrian.

This system seems a little over-engineered to me. Not that pedestrian safety isn't important, but I'd think that not hitting pedestrians would be more the goal than cushioning their impact. But I'm not the one building the V40; Volvo is. And they're all about the frontal airbag.


Ford Unveils Next-Gen Transit Concept At Geneva

On: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 2:53PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Last week, during the Geneva Motor Show, lots of new and old Euro-spec autos paraded the showroom floor. However, one vehicle among the masses stood out as a potential game changer. For too long vans have become something entirely other than cool, often relying on a customer base of peewee baseball Moms and commercial HVAC businesses. But Ford’s newest Tourneo Custom Concept, which debuted during Geneva, looks to change all that. Suddenly band groupies and adventure-seeking road warriors might have a van that is distinctly exciting.

Unfortunately, this newest Ford people mover won’t be sold in North America.


Celebrity Apprentice Affirms Buick Brand Confusion

On: Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:22AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Unlike a few years ago, Buick is a company with a lot of momentum going forward. The Regal has been universally accepted as an impending classic, the Verano shares DNA with an already superstar GM product (Chevy Cruze), and the soon-to-be youthful Sonic-based subcompact Encore all define a brand lineup which has undergone substantial evolution. Indeed, for the first time in a long while Buick, as a brand, looks to have a sunny financial forecast. Then Sunday’s episode of The Celebrity Apprentice aired.

But the problem with Buick’s brand messaging on Donald Trump’s wildly successful celebreality show wasn’t the fault of the program’s cast, Mr. Trump, or the quality of Buick’s Verano – the vehicle which happened to be showcased. Buick’s brand confusion came from a much larger, more systemic, issue. At least on the televised recording, Buick’s executives failed to specifically address what type of brand concept the celebrities should focus on.


Watch The Mini Countryman Brave Desert Sand And Alpine Snow (Video)

On: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 1:15PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you were planning a desert off-roading trip or ski trip past flashing "mandatory tire chains" signs, the brand Mini would probably be one of the last on your list for a vehicle source. But in advertising its new Mini Countryman with John Cooper Works package, those are exactly the two types environments that Mini filmed at.

Mini begs us to "Expect the Unexpected," and seeing a Countryman - even an upgraded AWD version - skate across hot desert sand and deep, powdery snow is definitely unexpected. It's also great automotive advertising.