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Chevy Restarts Production On The Volt

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 12:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Apparently Chevy had stopped production of the Volt plug-in hybrid back around the holidays. You probably didn't notice since you weren't shopping for a Volt. Neither were many of your fellow Americans. And we're guessing those Chevy dealers that actually wanted to stock Volts had plenty on hand. Production was stopped for over a month and resumed earlier in February.

The Detroit News reports that GM resumed production of the Volt on February 6. Chevy stopped production for the holiday break.

In Nevada, Red License Plates = Empty Driver's Seat

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nevada is set to become the testing bed for self-driven vehicles. Last summer, the state's legislature officially legalized certain self-driven vehicles after some heavy lobbying by Google. The legislation called upon Nevada's Department of Motor Vehicles to develop rules and regulations governing the real-world use of such vehicles. Among the first rules is one that requires self-driven vehicles to be tagged with red license plates, a designation that will easily convey their autonomous status to other drivers.

If you look at the state of Nevada, it's the perfect test bed for unproven vehicle technology. You've got Vegas; you've got Tahoe; you've got some smaller gambling towns lined up around the state's borders; and you've got a whole lot of empty desert, mountains and open space in between. It's not one of the top 5 least-populated states, but considering its large size and population concentration around the borders, it has plenty of open space and uncrowded roads. Those uncrowded roadways connecting spotty towns are located next door to California, where tech companies like Google are headquarted.

J.D. Power Says Vehicle Dependability Is Much Improved

On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Despite all of the focus on battery fires, sudden acceleration, supercar self-combustion and other vehicular meltdowns over the past few years, it turns out that vehicles are more reliable than ever. The J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study is out, and it says that vehicles built in 2009 were rock solid.

The 2012 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study looks at problems experienced by three-year-old cars during the past 12 months. That's model year 2009 in this case. It's based on responses from more than 31,000 original owners of 2009 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership, and was fielded between October and December 2011. It compounds the numbers into a simple metric: problems per 100 vehicles - the lower the score, the better the car performed.

The industry average this year is 132 per 100 vehicles, a 13 percent improvement over last year's 151 PP100 and the best score since the study began in 1990. The findings are similar to what JD Power found when it conducted its Initial Quality Study of 2009 models. The 2009 model year reached record highs in that study, too.

Volvo V40 Unveiled Via Interweb Leak

On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Well, when you’re good, you’re good. The Polish car magazine Motodziennik recently posted pics of the upcoming, all-new Volvo V40 which was originally set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show. Despite months of careful cover ups and snowy sojourns, Volvo has been unable to avoid the inevitable, the ineffable internet community. And so, for the first time we have images which actually depict what a production V40 might look like.

Hot dang, it looks good.

Over the past decade Volvo has slowly chipped away at the company’s wagon offerings, first with the previous V40 in 2004 and finally an aging V50 in 2011. What we’re left with is a Swedish, pseudo-Chinese lineup which fails to pay tribute to the company’s hallmark wagon heritage and instead relies on a mash up of sedans and SUVs – with the exception of the XC70. Luckily, all that’s about to change.


New Ferrari Enzo Will Pack More Than 900 Horses

On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The upcoming Ferrari F620 may be the "most powerful Ferrari ever," but it won't stay that way for long. The other Ferrari due for debut this year - the heir to the F40/F50/Enzo throne - will most certainly surpass the F620's power figures. The question is by how much. The latest answer is that it will be by around 200 hp.

When it retired in 2004, the Ferrari Enzo used a 660-hp V-12 engine. The Enzo's output was about 150 horses greater than the other V-12 car in Ferrari's line at the time (575M Maranello). Bearing that in mind while hearing official confirmation of the upcoming F620's ~ 700 horses, we were starting to wonder: Will the Enzo successor really only have the rumored 800-hp engine, a mere 90 or so more than the F620?

Mysterious Spy Shots Emerge, Covert Ford Ranger?

On: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 2:44PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Just today, one of the super savvy bloggers at Inside Line posted spy shots of an unknown truck seen in the greater Los Angeles area. Thus far only a few small clues exist which help identify this modern day mystery machine. Needless to say, the vehicle’s heavy camouflage and metal bed make the labeling process a more difficult task, but never fear.

Michigan manufacturer plates create a strong case for this being a product of the Big Three.

Mike Magrath, from Inside Line, speculates that the vehicle could be about the size of a Toyota Tundra, but the front might be considered to follow a Dodge aesthetic. But, if you ask me – a risky decision generally – these images show a commercial variant of the future Ford Ranger.

Ferrari Posts Sales Record In 2011

On: Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 1:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's a good time to be rich. While the rest of the country struggles with a down, unstable economy and bulging unemployment rates, the rich appear to be doing quite well. At least if auto sales are any indication. Ferrari joins other premium automakers like Bentley and Rolls Royce in reaching (respectively) huge sales levels in 2011.

Ferrari sold 7,195 models in 2011- actually quite close to Bentley's 7003 sales. That number represents a 9.5 percent increase from 2010 levels and a new sales record. Ferrari's revenues of 2.251 billion euros ($2.95 billion) also set a record, spiking 17 percent. Ferrari says that it saw significant growth in the Chinese, US, German and British markets.

SRT Releases Second Viper Teaser

On: Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:41AM | By: Chris Weiss

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If we were making the rules, successive teaser photos would be required to reveal more of the car in question. What good is a teaser if it reveals less than you already know? Since we don't make the rules, we get things like the latest SRT Viper teaser.

SRT (the Viper is SRT's baby now, if you hadn't heard) released the first Viper teaser a couple of weeks ago. While the Viper was enshrouded by darkness, the teaser at least revealed a little of the new model's shape.

The McLaren MP4-12C Lands In US (Video)

On: Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The McLaren MP4-12C made its grand debut on the supercar scene nearly two years ago. It is just now arriving in North America, and to showcase the car's entrance into the world-favorite supercar market, McLaren has released a new video.

For us car bloggers, the McLaren MP4-12C is old news, but for the lucky American folks that are counting their bills on the way to the dealer, it's quite a news story. So McLaren marks the occasion with a rather dramatic minute-and-a-half video that shows the MP4-12C rolling off the ship in Baltimore and driving through key markets like New York and LA.

McLaren has set up a series of 10 dealerships across the North America. Last month, it celebrated the opening of two of those retailers: McLaren Beverly Hills and The Collection McLaren in Miami. Other locations include wealthy cities and towns like Chicago; Toronto; and Greenwich, Connecticut (NYC).

Mini 'Clubvan' Revealed, Dog Owners Rejoice

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 3:30PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Rumors have been cycling for a while now, but these are the first official images of the Mini Clubvan concept which is set to debut at Geneva’s Auto Show in March. While panel vans continue to be popular in Europe, the stateside trend has remained somewhat lukewarm since Chevrolet introduced the HHR Panel and Ford unveiled the Ford Transit Connect. But perhaps Mini’s Clubvan concept will be fun or functional enough to convince US buyers to become panel van friendly. Perhaps the Clubvan will entice buyers not previously interested in the Mini brand or panel vans in general.

Enter the 39% of United States households which own at least one dog.

To be fair, we aren’t sure the Clubvan will ever reach US soil or even final production elsewhere. But if the vehicle ever enters the land of the free, you can bet your lucky socks that pet owners will be the primary buying demographic.

Say Goodbye To The Porsche Cajun, And Hello To The Macan (Video)

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If you thought Porsche was going to maintain a naming scheme of hot spices for its SUV line, you'd be wrong. The company said this week that its small crossover will be called the Macan in production. Prior to this new admission, the model was referred to under its project name of "Cajun."

Porsche released a teaser on YouTube this week that's labeled "The Porsche Macan is coming." The word Macan was derived from the Indonesian term for tiger, and Porsche is using it to sum up the suppleness, power, and dynamics that it feels define its small crossover. The model drops the Cajun nameplate and along with it, the 'spicy' theme shared with the Cayenne.