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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...

A Third Of Americans Are Sacrificing Something To Put Gas In The Tank

On: Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 12:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

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I don't typically trust surveys done by organizations like "CouponCabin.com," an online coupon aggregator, but in this case, the results are fairly intuitive. Also the survey was conducted by Harris Interactive, an actual research and polling organization, so it appears legitimate enough to contemplate. The survey in question shows that more than a third of American adults are considering giving up some expense just so they can continue to afford to drive.

So far, 2012 has been an historical year for gas prices - and not in a good way. According to AAA, gas prices had risen for 32 consecutive days and hit daily record highs for 141 consecutive days as of February 29. Some analysts predict that the national average will hit $5 a gallon this year, and even modest estimates put the average around $4.25 by Memorial Day, 14 cents more than the record high experienced in July 2008.

Hyundai Has The Most Fuel Efficient Fleet In America

On: Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

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With a national gas price average that's likely to break the all-time high, we all could use a more efficient car. The best place to look appears to be your local Hyundai showroom. The EPA declared Hyundai Motor America the most fuel efficient automaker in the US earlier this month.

The EPA's recently published 2011 Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends Report looks at fuel economy averages for the 2010 model year, the last year that complete data is available for. Hyundai and sister company Kia both scored solid 27.0 mpg ratings, up from 2009 ratings of 25.1 and 24.2, respectively. Hyundai jumped three spots to capture top billing, beating out 2009 winner Toyota, which held steady at 25.4, and 2009 #2 Honda, which rose from 24.6 to 24.9.

To Hell With Safety...Fisker Karma Shoved Onto Market Early, According To Ex Employee

On: Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 12:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last month, the media reported that Fisker had lost millions of dollars in loan money from the Department of Energy. The plug-in start-up is still reeling from the loss and trying to figure out where to turn now. It has a new leader at the helm who appears confident (or at least good at giving the appearance of confidence to appease investors and the media) and is moving forward with plans to get the money back from the DOE or elsewhere. A new report alleging that Fisker essentially threw caution to the wind to get the Karma to market and secure DOE funding probably won't help its case.

According to a conversation between a former Fisker employee and technology blog GigaOM, Fisker rushed the launch of the Karma so that it could meet the milestones necessary to maintain its funding. That would explain why the Karma has been guilty of everything from battery fires to less-than-advertised fuel economy to fizzling out on delivery (for Consumer Reports, nonetheless).


AMP Electric Vehicles Cleared For Federal Tax Credit

On: Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 11:02AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Options in the electric car market are pretty slim at the moment. It's basically a matter of small sedans and hatchbacks with limited range or $60,000 + luxury performance cars with decent range. To channel Henry Ford, you have your pick so long as it's small, expensive or both. You don't have the option of a truck, AWD SUV, large car, etc.

While future models like the Tesla Model X and Toyota RAV4 EV will expand your options, third-party electric tuners are another route. One of those tuners that we've covered recently officially got the IRS' blessing, qualifying buyers for the federal green car tax credit.

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.

Nissan Shows Its Hi-Cross Concept, A Big SUV In A Compact Package

On: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

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One of the true kings of the crossover, Nissan debuted yet another crossover at the Geneva Motor Show. This one is a high-riding concept car that Nissan calls the Hi-Cross.

There's a lot of disagreement as to what the new Nissan Hi-Cross concept really is. Nissan calls it both 'one member of the next generation of crossovers and a 'possible expansion of the current Juke-Qashqai-Murano portfolio,' indicating it could be a brand new model. But with the Juke, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, X-Trail and Qashqai already establishing a pretty large footprint in the crossover space, it's questionable whether yet another crossover makes any sense.

Nissan also says the Hi-Cross shows a possible new design direction and new design language, so it could just preview some styling coming to the likes of the Murano and Rogue. If so, we like the direction that Nissan is taking.

Valmet To Produce Marussia B2

On: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 2:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Finland-based Valmet Automotive has entered into agreement with Marussia to build the company's B2 sports coupe. The parties announced the deal at the Geneva Motor Show last week.

Marussia introduced the B2, its second model following the B1, in 2010. The car pulls 300, 360 or 420 horses out of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. At first those numbers seem contrary to the car's extreme physique - which looks like it hides twice that many horses - but Marussia promises supercar levels of performance thanks to a 2,425-lb weight. The B2 hits 62 mph in 3.2 seconds.

Honda Exec Hints New Truck Model And More

On: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:51AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Back in October of 2011, Honda told us the Ridgeline was here to stay via a public service announcement. Of course, media junkies and auto enthusiasts acknowledged Honda’s stalwart optimism for the company’s most controversial product, amongst a recent model lineup of underperforming niche vehicles, but kept an existentially ubiquitous eyebrow raised in suspicion. Something would have to be done about the Ridgeline, and soon.

After a whirlwind year in 2011, featuring one natural disaster after another, Honda has some serious work to do for 2012. But, fortunately for us, the company refuses to back down – suggesting Honda is now stronger than ever.

Along with such a bold claim, Honda is quick to bolster their confidence with references to strong financial investments on US soil and unsurprisingly, a brief nod to an additional light truck model.

Presidential Endorsement: Obama Will Buy A Chevy Volt

On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 3:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Chevy Volt may have struggled to convince 7,671 buyers to take it home last year, but at least one prominent buyer is sizing the car up for the future. Most certainly a mix of politics and business more so than earnestness, President Obama recently told the United Auto Workers that he plans to buy a Volt himself when he's out of office.  

President Obama was addressing the UAW conference in Washington in regards to the state of the automobile industry, when he made the comment last week. In a briefing with the press, White House press secretary Jay Carney told skeptical media that the speech wasn't a campaign speech, but given the prominent role that auto bailout is playing in the upcoming election, politics was certainly at play.

During the speech, President Obama told the union workers about the Volt: "I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I’ll bet it drives real good. And five years from now when I’m not President anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself.”

Subaru Clear-Cuts Entire Electronic Forests For Its 2012 "Dynamic Brochures"

On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:30AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Sorry, Subaru, but you were asking for it.

I'm a die-hard paper man—in most senses of the term—and as such I would rather get covered in toxic inks and be buried beneath tons of dried tree pulp than stare into this soulless flickering picture-box and “Face” or “Twit.”

So imagine my surprise when I discovered—admittedly via an online press release—that you are happy as all get-out with yourselves and your spiffy new “Dynamic Brochures” despite the fact that all you still have no way to even approximate the paper brochure “experience” electronically!