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Fisker Teases Project Nina

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 9:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Fisker may be dealing with all kinds of internal turmoil, but it's trying to put on a brave public face. The green start-up released a teaser of its Project Nina sedan this week in anticipation of an event at the New York Auto Show next month.

Fisker didn't specify the exact nature of the event, saying vaguely that it's "a special event ahead of the New York Auto Show to share with media, retailers and the public a business update and give a glimpse of the future of our company." Given that the teaser is clearly a car, we'll assume that "future" is a concept version of the Project Nina sedan.

First Phase Of The West Coast Electric Highway Now Open

On: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 2:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The West Coast Electric Highway is a project that should allow EVs to gain some real world practicality. The project is designed to make it possible to travel from Canada to Mexico along Interstate 5 in an electric vehicle. The first phase of the highway in southern Oregon is now open.

The West Coast Electric Highway is being made possible by collaboration between the governments of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, private companies, the US Department of Transportation and non-profit organizations. When complete, the highway will offer DC fast-charging stations - 480-volt stations that can charge a battery to about 80 percent full in half an hour - every 40 to 60 miles. While a trip down the full length of the highway via EV won't exactly be fast or convenient, considering the short range of EVs and length of time involved in charging, it will be possible, unlike on the average highway.

GM Adds Automatic Transmission Option To The Sonic

On: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Chevy Sonic must be one of the most advertised vehicles of 2012. I no longer turn on my television without expecting to see the "We are Young" montage of the Sonic. The subcompact has jumped out of a plane, dipped its head in a pool of water after a bungee leap and been kick flipped by one of the world's most recognizable skateboarding icons. It's all over the place.

Well, the purpose of great advertising is to inspire interest and sell products. And we're guessing the big Sonic campaign is working, because Chevy is adding a six-speed automatic transmission to the Sonic 1.4L turbo. Many of the people watching the Sonic's adventurous ad campaign probably want the sportiest engine, but may prefer an automatic.

Volvo Goes Linsane!

On: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Two things that have nothing in common: the safe, reliable car that your grandpa has been driving since 1961 and a basketball whirlwind that came out of nowhere to take the sport by storm over the period of a few weeks. At least they had nothing in common until this week. Volvo signed NBA star Jeremy Lin to a two-year agreement.

Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks point guard that rose to prominence last month, is one of the feel-good sports stories of this young year. He's earned a quick rise to fame in one of the notoriously tough New York media market.

In a story that's drawn comparison to Tim Tebow's improbable NFL run in Denver, Lin was an undrafted player that bounced between the NBA and D League since graduating from Harvard in 2010. When he got his chance to start for the Knicks in February, he took the bull by the horns and led the team to six straight victories, earning the nickname Linsanity.


NO DISASSEMBLE! Mercedes Classic Murders A Gullwing (Knockoff)

On: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 3:51PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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The 1950s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” has one of the most beautiful bodies in the world, automotive or otherwise. Between 1954 and 1957, only 1400 of these curvy creations were built—1,371 in steel, 29 in aluminum—ensuring that they’d forever be a hot (read: EXPENSIVE) commodity.

Values have been rising rapidly to an “average” of nearly $1M. One—an alloy-bodied 1955 model—set a world record at auction in January with a winning bid of $4.62 million. It’s clear, then, that there’s a market out there for 300 SL replicas. Problem is, as Mercedes-Benz puts it, “The body shape of the legendary gullwing model has been trademarked by Daimler AG.”

So what happens when M-B finds out you’ve been violating said trademark? Bad things. Bad for you and VERY bad for the car.

Reader discretion is advised…

Land Rover Thinks Next Defender Could Be Its Bestseller

On: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Despite underwhelming the world with several renditions of its DC100 concept, an early preview of the next generation Defender, Land Rover is confident that the model will do well. A company executive told media that Land Rover believes the Defender will go on to become its best-selling SUV, once it spawns a family of different sized and configured models.

Brand director John Edwards told Inside Line: "We're being encouraged to look at it as a 20-year plan with global potential, a family of vehicles offered on different wheelbases with different bodies. The leisure market is huge. We get a very significant share of the premium SUV market that BMW and Porsche compete in, but the leisure segment is bigger, it's growing and our share is smaller. Our ambition is to grow here."

Enzo Ferrari Museum Opens Its Doors

On: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Ferrari already has a museum dedicated to its race and road car legacy - the Museo Ferrari, located at the Prancing Horse's headquarters in Maranello. Ferrari is broadening its museum footprint in opening the new Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, a museum dedicated to the life of Ferrari's founder.

Ferrari officially opened its latest facility on March 10. The striking design of the Enzo Museum began in 2004 when London's Future Systems studio submitted its winning bid to design the building. The architecture was designed by the late Jan Kaplicky, his last work before passing in 2009, and completed by Andrea Morgante of Shiro Studio, who had worked at Future Systems prior to Kaplicky's death. Engineering and project management were performed by Società Politecnica. The museum was built with an investment of some 18 million euros.

Prius C Throws Down Sales Gauntlet

On: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 9:54AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Since last week, any doubts we’ve had about the potential market for Toyota’s new-entry Prius c have been erased. This brand new Prii has suddenly become one of Toyota’s fastest-selling vehicles and churned up loads of media attention in the meantime. But strong sales and media support really shouldn’t come as a surprise. Toyota is actually attempting to give people what they want – rather than forcing something undesirable down our collective gullet.

In the Prius c’s first three days of sales Toyota moved 1,201 units, a quantity which overshadows Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt sales over the entire preceding month.

Subaru's EyeSight System Offers Suite Of Safety Technologies

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 3:46PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Like other automakers around the world, Subaru is working to make roads safer by the application of new technologies. Its Eyesight system is a camera-based safety feature that provides collision prevention, intuitive cruise control and other driver assistance functions.

Subaru will launch its new EyeSight system at the New York Auto Show next month. The automaker describes the system as a suite of safety and driver assist technologies. Those technologies include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning.

The Eyesight system is based around two charge-coupled device cameras mounted on the upper inside edge of the windshield. Subaru says the location was chosen in part to prevent damage that could easily occur to bumper-mounted hardware.

Next Jeep Liberty Bringing Smaller Pentastar Engine

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 11:22AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Jeep Liberty...it's kind of like the awkward step sister of the Jeep family (although, to be fair, there are several awkward step sisters in that family). It's not as big or coveted as the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's certainly not as capable as the Jeep Wrangler. It doesn't have the history of the standard Cherokee it replaced. It's $8,000 more than the Patriot (we're not too big on that one, either, but at least it's cheap). Some pretty knowledgeable voices have argued that the Liberty is a watered down departure from Jeep's heritage. We agree, and frankly, we don't understand why anyone even buys the thing.

Jeep will have another go at giving us a reason to like the Liberty, when it introduces the next generation model next year. One reason to like the model is that it will be the launch vessel for a new, smaller Pentastar V-6.

Jaguar To bring Its "ALIVE Driving Experience" To A City (Possibly) Near You

On: Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 4:00PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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In an effort to “reestablish the storied British brand among luxury consumers in a new modern context” the fine folks at Jaguar are taking their “Jaguar ALIVE [sic] Driving Experience” on the road, starting at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, AZ, April 13-15.

They say that this “multi-day brand event invites consumers to learn about and drive the company’s full model line-up with professional drivers, view heritage Jaguar vehicles and fully experience the brand in a dynamic setting.”

I say it’s an opportunity to immerse one’s self in everything Jaguar, including serious seat-time behind the wheel of each model—from the XF and XJ sedans to the XK coupe and convertible—they make.

Interested? Read on...