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Race To The Finish: Chevy Volt Tops Nissan Leaf In October

On: Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 2:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Volt Tops Nissan Leaf In October test 2

After months of Nissan Leaf domination in the sales race between the Leaf and Chevy Volt, the Volt is back, beating the Leaf in October sales. With only two months to go before the full year is over, the Chevy Volt's sales are on the rise.

Chevy sold a total of 1,108 Volts in October, an increase from the 723 it sold in September. That number easily beat the 849 Leafs that Nissan sold during October. While Chevy has experienced a sales increase for two months in a row (it sold just 302 models in August), Nissan Leaf sales have slid during that same period (from 1,031 in September and 1,362 in August).

Despite those trends, the Nissan Leaf still has a major lead on the Volt in terms of full-year sales. After 10 months of 2011 sales, Nissan has sold 8,048 Leaf models compared to 5,003 Volts sold by Chevy.

Chevy TrailBlazer Debuts In Dubai (Video)

On: Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 11:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

All-new Chevy Trailblazer test 2

Just today, Chevrolet debuted a worldwide 'show' version of the company’s highly anticipated all-new TrailBlazer SUV at the Dubai International Motor Show. Starting with Thailand in early 2012, Chevy plans to sell TrailBlazers globally. The vehicle features seven seats which are capable of folding flat, a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and fuel efficiency of a crossover, and chassis meant to handle serious off-road conditions or city driving—if you’re into that thing.

But if you’re also thinking the TrailBlazer looks somewhat familiar, your powers of perception are right on. The latest Chevrolet Colorado shares similar DNA, design cues, and both vehicles were built in tandem. From all angles, the TrailBlazer looks sophisticated, aggressive and capable—a sort of physical manifestation of what GM intends this SUV do be.

2012 Audi A7 Is Motor Press Guild's Vehicle Of The Year

On: Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 10:30AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 AUDI A7 Is Motor Press Guild's Vehicle of the Year Award test 2

A big day indeed as Audi today announced that the 2012 A7 has been selected by the Motor Press Guild (MPG), the largest automotive media association in North America, to receive the first-ever Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year (VOTY) Award. Laura Burstein, MPG President, will present the trophy at Audi's press conference on the first day of the Los Angeles Auto Show press days on November 16.

Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi of America, said “The A7 is the epitome of high style and artistry, with a five-door coupe design that is both sporty and elegant. Response to the launch of the A7 this year has been outstanding. We’re proud to be selected by Motor Press Guild as the recipient of their first-ever Vehicle of the Year award.”

Jaguar Land Rover Going To Delhi Instead Of Detroit

On: Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 9:21AM | By: Chris Weiss

Jaguar Land Rover Going To Delhi Instead Of Detroit test 2

In a move that demonstrates how diverse and large the global auto market is becoming, Jaguar Land Rover has decided to attend the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo in favor of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The shows almost completely coincide, with New Delhi running from January 7th to the 11th and Detroit running from the 9th to the 22nd. While the U.S. was once the clear leader in auto sales, other nations are catching up and even surpassing it.

Jaguar said that its decision was a strategic way of covering more global ground. Because it will show all of its latest concepts and cars at the LA Auto Show this month, it won't have anything new to show in Detroit. So instead of just parading the same wares around the U.S. once again, Jaguar Land Rover will bring them to a different market.


Toyota Looks To Mimic Nissan For Success

On: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

Toyota Half-Annual Results test 2

Dire circumstances call for special measures. Usually big corporations avoid positive competition name dropping, especially with the ever-present specter of shareholder power. However, at Toyota’s basement midterm financial meeting the company made a few intended references to a chief competitor: Nissan. While Toyota has suffered an operating loss of 32.6 billion yen (or $417 million dollars) to date, Nissan has recorded an operating profit of $309.7 billion yen ($3.88 billion dollars) despite similar obstacles in the form of massive earthquakes and Thai flooding.

Consumers Digest Names Seven Chrysler Vehicles A Best Buy

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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Consumers Digest announced its annual automotive “Best Buys” which included seven Chrysler vehicles (eight—if you count the Fiat 500). That's more than double the number of “Best Buys” Chrysler received during the 2010 and 2011 model years. In the past year and a half, Chrysler has introduced 16 all-new or significantly refreshed models, and many awards have been rolling in ever since.

The Consumers Digest automotive “Best Buys” issue is an annual publication in which editors judge vehicles on many build quality and performance attributes such as ergonomics, fit and finish, utility, acceleration, fuel economy and many more. They also look at cost of ownership variables such as resale value, warranty, maintenance costs and annual operating expenses. The top vehicles in 12 separate categories are then chosen as “Best Buys” by the publication.

Here are the Chrysler Group vehicles that received Consumers Digest's “Best Buys” for the 2012 model year: Chrysler 300 and Town & Country; Jeep Grand Cherokee; and Dodge Durango, Grand Caravan, Challenger and Ram 1500.

BMW Reaches New Heights With 139,276 Vehicles Sold In October

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 1:04PM | By: Peter C Sessler

BMW Reaches New Heights With 139,276 Vehicles Sold In October test 2

At this rate, BMW is on track for hitting a new record in 2011; sales were up 8.3% in October 2011.

BMW Group sales recorded solid growth once again in October. With 139,276 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles delivered worldwide (+8.3% / previous year 128,598), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever October sales result. A total of 1,371,863 (previous year 1,190,796) vehicles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year—an increase of 15.2% compared with the first ten months of the previous year.

Zenvo ST1 50S Lands In America This Week

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 12:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

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I've been getting pretty fed up with random supercar startups lately. It seems like any disorganized team of motorheads with a computer and half-decent design program can spit out a sports car, throw an outsourced V-8 engine and carbon body panels into it and call it the next great supercar—nevermind the fact that they don't have the capital or wherewithal to actually build it and test its ridiculous performance claims.

The Zenvo ST1 50S reminds me that just because a supercar brand comes from an unlikely place (Denmark) and is new to the market doesn't mean that it's producing formulaic vaporware. The company's ST1 actually breaks away from the derivative masses and offers a mean, powerful and, most importantly, original look. And it boasts some of the hottest performance numbers in the world to boot.

The US will officially welcome this new, near-$2 million supercar on Wednesday.

Volvo Unveils Pricey Polestar Tuning Option

On: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Volvo Cars of North America announced yesterday that factory-approved tuning software would be available for purchase next week. The software can be mated to any new or slightly used Volvos mated with T5 engines sold from model year 2008 and up. Volvo enthusiasts will have something to smile about because official Polestar performance upgrades do not affect that almighty factory warranty, so we can all avoid any sad buyer’s remorse commonly associated with performance purchases and voided warranties.

There is some bad news mixed with the good, however. Volvo’s Polestar tuning option runs a jaw-dropping $1,295 installed, yet adds a mere 23 horsepower and 29 lb.-ft. of torque to upgraded vehicles.

BMW Opens Apps To Developers

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 4:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

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 In 2010, BMW became the first automaker to throughly integrate the iPhone into a vehicle with an app-based interface. It launched the interface in the Mini line, with the Mini Connected system. The BMW version followed a year later, and BMW was officially part of the app world.

BMW has been developing apps at two different facilities: one in Mountain View, California and one in Munich. It will add a third facility in China and will open up apps to developers all over the globe, moves that should steadily increase the number and scope of apps available to BMW owners.

Elon Musk: Model S Is Sold Out For First Year

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

Elon Musk: Model S Is Sold Out For First Year test 2

Tesla may just make a profit yet. After losing money since its inception, the company is hoping to actually jump into the black with its next model: the Model S sedan. And things are off to as good a start as they can be, with CEO Elon Musk claiming that the Model S has already sold out months before it's even hit dealerships.

Musk told Bloomberg that Tesla has 6,500 orders for the Model S, meaning it's sold out of the entire 2012 production run. The Model S will go into production next year and is expected to hit the market by summer. Not surprisingly, since the market for an electric sedan is much different than the market for a $100,000 electric sports car, Tesla says that outside of about 600 Roadster owners, those orders have been placed by new customers.