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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.


Prepare To Buy A Veloster Turbo

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 12:07PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Back in early January, Hyundai announced plans to produce a Veloster Turbo during the North American International Auto Show. In large part, auto enthusiasts responded positively – encouraged by one significant advertisement. Hyundai claimed the Veloster Turbo would boast a better power-to-weight ratio than other industry competitors like the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic SI, and Mini Cooper S.

Tantalized by a tentative market contender, followers of Hyundai’s announcement were left excited by the vehicle’s stats and matte gray paint scheme but unsure just how much a street cred-themed Veloster might cost. Fortunately, Hyundai has a habit of not hiding the ball.

When Hyundai begins selling the Veloster Turbo this upcoming summer we can expect an MSRP of $21,500, plus $760 destination charge.


Viper Gets Fiercer With New Badge

On: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The 2013 SRT (Dodge) Viper will be getting a new brand, a new look, and a new set of equipment with a focus on driveability. It will also be getting a new logo, which SRT revealed earlier this week.

The original Viper logo was a bit timid - it almost looked like a friendly backyard snake. The next Viper got angrier eyes and a fiercer set of fangs. And the newest Viper looks downright intimidating - its angry, defined eyes, coiled body language and razor fangs appear ready to pounce on the nearest piece of flesh. Overall, it looks like a solid evolution for the Viper logo.


Alfa Romeo's US Return Delayed Again: Early 2014

On: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


Alfa Romeo's US Return Delayed Again: Early 2014 test 2

Well, it looks like Alfa Romeo's return to the US market may be delayed again. Good news is, though, it won't be delayed by much. Instead of late 2013, the company will return to the US market in (very) early 2014, according to the latest reports.

Originally, Alfa Romeo was scheduled for a US return this year. Then it got pushed back until 2013, slid back to the end of the 2013 calendar, and now squeezed into 2014. Autocar reports that Alfa will kick off its US return with the production version of the 4C coupe at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Detroit show takes place in early January each year, so the launch will still be close to the "late 2013" time frame.


 

Fisker Loses Government Loan Money, Delays Next Vehicles

On: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 5:27PM | By: Chris Weiss


Fisker Loses Government Loan Money, Delays Next Vehicles test 2

I hate to say it, but Fisker just has the feel of a company teetering very closely to disaster and bankruptcy. The start-up has encountered nothing but obstacles and speed bumps in its attempts to get its Karma and next-generation models to market. The latest speed bump culminates from past speed bumps.

Delay after delay on Karma production. Price increase after price increase. Unimpressive official fuel economy rating. Battery fires. Did we miss anything? All those factors have hampered Fisker's ability to get its Karma plug-in hybrid rolling. The car was introduced back in 2008 and just barely made it to market last year.


Gas Mileage A Primary New-Car Consideration, Says J.D. Power

On: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:36AM | By: Chris Weiss


Gas Mileage A Primary New-Car Consideration, Says J.D. Power test 2

J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Avoider Study indicates that gas mileage was the biggest factor influencing car buyers' purchasing decisions last year. Fuel economy surpassed such factors as reliability, price and styling in the survey.

The new study is based on responses from more than 24,000 owners who registered a new vehicle in May 2011. JD Power conducted the survey between August and October of last year.

While the study focuses primarily on reasons that consumers avoided particular models and brands, JD Power's press release includes the observation: "The study finds that gas mileage is the most influential reason for purchasing a particular vehicle model in 2012, surpassing the influence of other key reasons such as reliability, the deal and exterior styling, which were the most influential purchase reasons in 2010."


Late-Surging Prius V Beats Chevy Volt

On: Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 12:34PM | By: Chris Weiss


Late-Surging Prius V Beats Chevy Volt test 2

All last year, the automotive world watched the sales race between the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf unfold. Which technology - series hybrid or all electric - would win the hearts and minds of early adopters?

In the end, neither one really made a clear statement. The Nissan Leaf performed very closely to company goals of 10,000 with 9,674 units sold in the US. The Chevy Volt fell a little shorter of the same goal with 7,671 sales. While the Volt lost by 2,000 units, it ended the year beating previous month sales over the last four months of the year and Nissan Leaf sales over the last three.

So the 2011 sales totals left the question of series hybrid v. electric vehicle inconclusive. What is conclusive is that consumers prefer a third option: parallel hybrids. The Toyota Prius V, which was only on sale for a fraction of the year, beat out the Volt in total sales.


Automakers' Green Strategy Switching From Hybrids And EVs To Small Gas Engies

On: Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 9:42AM | By: Chris Weiss


Automakers' Green Strategy Switching From Hybrids And EVs To Small Gas Engi test 2

Hybrids and electric vehicles are great at making headlines. Because they're new technology, these vehicles make headlines on technology blogs and magazines that could care less about the latest small turbocharged gas engine. Problem is, while everyone likes reading about new technology, not everyone is as quick to buy it, especially when it proves more expensive. Automakers are starting to respond to consumer apathy to hybrids by putting more emphasis on building efficient gas vehicles.

According to the Detroit News, the expense of equipping cars with batteries and electric motors combined with the increasing fuel economy of small gas engines has convinced some automakers to spend more resources on increasing the efficiency of gas cars. A few auto retailers quoted in the article explained that hybrids start a nice conversation about eco-friendly automobiles in showrooms, but the conversation often ends in the customer deciding that hybrids are too expensive.


Smoldering Kia Soul 'Red Rock' Edition Oozes Style

On: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 2:29PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Unfortunately for most subcompact or compact car buyers, the range of vehicle color options is usually pretty limited. There are exceptions, of course, with Mini and Fiat. But for the most part we’re stuck with vehicles offered in Satin Pearl While, Radiant Red, and the like. Kia, on the other hand, has taken some big risks with their most youthful vehicle, the Soul: from highlighter green, appropriately labeled Alien, to the last six special edition Soul variants which offered wacky colors and accessories to boot.

And the company’s latest seventh special edition Soul tops them all. Just a few days ago, Kia Motors America announced the production of an all-new Red Rock Soul which takes inspiration from the epic rock formations found in the Southwest United States – featuring a snazzy color theme and premium features.


Tesla Reveals The Model X, And It Makes An Impression

On: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss


Tesla Reveals The Model X, And It Makes An Impression test 2

Well, Tesla didn't disappoint. After calling its Model X crossover "pretty revolutionary" for an SUV when teasing it, we thought for sure we were listening to marketing hype. But the car does indeed have some surprises up its sleeve.

Tesla introduced the Model X on Thursday night from its California design studio. It also streamed the live event over the Internet.

The new crossover is definitely sportier than pretty much any crossover or SUV we can think of. It effectively translates the Model S' styling into a larger form. The only real visual complaint that we have is that the roof seems a little too round and long - it has a little bit of "large head" syndrome like the 2012 Honda CR-V. Overall, though, we're impressed with how Tesla was able to give us the utility of a crossover while still presenting a car that we don't want to stop looking at.


Major Failure: Maybach Lost $440,000 On Every Model

On: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


Major Failure: Maybach Lost $440,000 On Every Model test 2

The fact that Daimler's ultra-premium Bentley competitor Maybach has been struggling is not a news story. Daimler has barely managed to sell a couple hundred Maybachs a year while Bentley approaches five-figure sales. What is somewhat surprising and newsworthy, though, is just how bad Maybach has been doing. A new report puts some figures to the soon-to-be-defunct brand's struggles.

Based on its own calculations, CAR magazine estimates that Daimler has been losing about 330,000 euros on every model sold. That's about $440,000 by today's rates, which coincidentally, puts the loss figure neatly between the cost of the Maybach 62 ($430,450) and the 62 S ($470,350).