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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).

Obama's All-American Auto Tour Angers Foreign Car Companies

On: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 4:55PM | By: Chris Weiss

Obama's All-American Auto Tour Angers Foreign Car Companies test 2

The Washington Auto Show is typically lost among bigger, more important shows like the Detroit Auto Show and Chicago Auto Show. This year's show made some headlines, though. It's not for crazy concepts or big debuts, but instead for an incident involving Washington's most famous resident.

According to Bloomberg, President Obama angered foreign automakers when he focused his tour of the show entirely on domestics. Despite the fact that White House staff told automakers including Honda, Kia and Mercedes-Benz that the President wanted to see green cars and planned to ask them questions, Obama focused all his attention on American automakers and took photographs with decidedly non-green models like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and Corvette ZR1.

All-New Mitsubishi Outlander To Debut At Geneva

On: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 12:23PM | By: Chris Salamone

Mitsubishi Outlander test 2

From March 6 through March 18, Mitsubishi will debut an all-new global version of the company’s much-adored Outlander model at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show. Which, as it turns out, is great news for Outlander enthusiasts and converts alike – the new model will be built with an eco-friendly focus on fuel efficiency, low CO2 emissions, and enhanced storage space functionality.

Launching this summer in Russia, the latest Outlander will then go on to markets in Europe, Japan, Oceania, China and North America.

In the same bold maneuver, Mitsubishi will also unleash an EV-based Outlander which will utilize the same charge system found in the company’s already-to-market MiEV.

Volt Sales Drop In January

On: Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 9:55AM | By: Chris Weiss

Volt Sales Drop In January test 2

The Chevy Volt is starting to look like one of those Miss America winners that get rocked by a scandal during their year of reign and fall rapidly from grace. The Volt got to do its best pageant wave when it took home all kinds of awards and accolades in late 2010 and early 2011. Then, during the remainder of 2011, it was one 'scandal' after another: poor sales, battery fires, government investigations, lowered expectations, etc.

This year isn't starting off any better. In addition to Congressional hearings on the Volt fires, the Volt's sales are off to a sluggish start.


The Tesla Model X Draws Nearer...

On: Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Tesla Model X Teaser test 2

Interested to know what the next Tesla EV will look like? We're officially one step closer, as Tesla has released its first teaser of the model. The teaser comes less than a week before Tesla will unveil the new crossover.

Tesla announced last month that it will officially unveil the Model X crossover on February 9. Interestingly, Inside Line reports that the unveil will take place at the Tesla LA Design Studio in Hawthorne, California and not at the Chicago Auto Show, which gets underway the day before.

Most of the Model X remains in the shadows - it is merely a teaser, after all - but we do see a grille that looks similar but perhaps a little bigger and more rounded than the grille on the Model S. We also see what appears to be a rather rounded windshield and roofline, though the latter disappears quickly into darkness.

Shelby Supercars Drops The 'Shelby'

On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Shelby Supercars Drops The 'Shelby' test 2

Isn't it confusing when two or more people with the same last name share a profession or passion closely? In the world of exotic cars, there are surnames that transcend family lineage. One of the most confusing exists between Carroll Shelby and Jerod Shelby. The former is an icon known for decades of automotive experience that includes the Cobra and many a high-performance Mustang. The latter is the namesake of Shelby Supercars or SSC, which has owned the production world speed record and hopes to earn it again with its new Tuatara. If indeed it does earn that record, it will be held by "SSC" not Shelby Supercars.

It's not surprising that people would confuse Carroll Shelby and Jerod Shelby, given their similar occupations. Apparently this was becoming a growing nuisance to Carroll because Carroll Shelby Licensing and its corporate parent Carroll Shelby International appear to have forced Shelby Supercars into officially dropping the 'Shelby'.

Fiat To Introduce Extended 500 At The Geneva Motor Show

On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 2:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Fiat hasn't exactly made big waves with its return to the US market.  Fiat sold less than 20,000 500 models - not even half of the 50,000 that it originally planned on. Sergio Marchionne tried to turn headlines from failed product to misculated goals when he called the 50,000 goal "incredibly naive," expressing that he was happy with its actual performance; but some still believe it was one of the biggest product flops of 2011.

Whatever the case, Fiat is surely hoping that a larger 500 model might win the hearts of Americans and international buyers. It will unveil a long wheelbase 500 at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

SRT (Dodge) Teases The 2013 Viper

On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 12:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

SRT (Dodge) Teases The 2013 Viper test 2

SRT has released the first teaser picture of the upcoming 2013 Viper - unless you consider this Viper prototype dressed up in last-generation Viper clothing or the Viper RV the first teaser, then this would be the second or third. Whatever the case, it's the closest look that we've gotten at the new Viper.

After running a pretty safe contest that required 10,000 Facebook likes by February 1 for a sneak preview, SRT made the reveal just before the stroke of midnight on January 30. It's not really much of a "reveal," but more of a very vague tease. We see more of the light reflecting off the Viper than we do of the car itself.

About all we can discern from the teaser is that there's a double bubble roof like the last-gen Viper, what looks like LED lamps, and a prominent hood bulge. From the teaser, it doesn't appear all that different from the last Viper, but we see so little, it could be a completely different car and we'd never know it.

GM's Chevy Volt Super Bowl Ad

On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Will Advertise Chevy Volt During Super Bowl test 2

After a couple of months of bad publicity, GM will look to rally around the Chevy Volt and work on improving its image beginning on Super Bowl Sunday. A new Volt ad was among five Chevy ads that GM planned for the game.

The Chevy Volt has had a rough couple of months. In November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation on a potential battery-fire issue - about the last thing the Volt or any electric powered car needs. Just when it looked like Chevy had solved the problem to the NHTSA's satisfaction, Congress decided that the government's vehicular safety agency might have been negligent in its duties and opened up hearings on the Volt and NHTSA's handling of the issue. Some harsh quotes made headlines, and the Chevy's Volt image has been in rapid spiral mode for weeks.

Kia Releases Supermodel Super Bowl Commercial

On: Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 4:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

Kia Releases Supermodel Super Bowl Commercial test 2

Puppy dogs and hyper-excited aliens are cute - heck, even sand-bearing elves make us crack a smile - but if you really want to win the hearts and minds of America's red-blooded football fan, there's really only one way to do it: gorgeous women. There's a reason that sports teams have cheerleaders.

That's the direction that Kia takes with its Optima Super Bowl commercial, featuring Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima - one of the most lusted after women in the world - and a bevy of bikini models. To round out 60 seconds of sheer, testosterone-fueled excitement, Kia also throws in some hard rock courtesy of Motley Crue, championship bull rider Judd Leffew and UFC fighting legend Chuck Liddell.

The 16-second teaser clip released last week was basically a long, slow motion shot of Lima, making it look even more sexy than the actual commercial. In the actual ad, Lima plays but a supporting role in a greater story that's based around the vastly different psyches of men and women. The "Sandman" comes in to cast sweet dreams upon a soundly sleeping woman but accidentally spills some of his dream dust on her husband. What ensues is two very different versions of "sweet dreams."

Volkswagen Shows Its Super Bowl Commercial

On: Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Volkswagen Shows Its Super Bowl Commercial test 2

If there's one thing cuter than an imaginative kid, it's a big, furry dog. After all, that imaginative little kid is going to grow into a jaded, entitled teenager in just a few years. The family dog, on the other hand, is your best friend for life.

Volkswagen uses this wisdom in transitioning from last year's acclaimed "The Force" Super Bowl commercial to this year's ad.

In a bit of a twist, "The Dog Strikes Back" commercial departs from the Star Wars theme of "The Force" in favor of a cute dog. In a teaser that it called "The Bark Side," Volkswagen showed a series of dogs barking out Star Wars' "Imperial March." That led many to believe that Volkswagen would continue its Star Wars theme, but instead it focused on a canine theme.