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Elon Musk: Model S Is Sold Out For First Year

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


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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.


Honda Debuts Ridgeline Sport

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 12:34PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In the market for a psuedo-pickup truck with a little more style than your average gear-hauler? Honda has a new Ridgeline model that might be right up your alley. The Japanese automaker introduced the 2012 Ridgeline Sport this week.


MIA: 2012 Impreza Postponed Until December

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Salamone


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What was once promised for Fall 2011 will now arrive in December. Subaru has recently decided to delay our much anticipated purchases of the all-new 2012 Impreza in favor of an extra few months of anxiety-inducing drama. Although the company has not released any particular cause(s), we can rule out a change in the product line. The most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive car in America should still have all the same tantalizing stats released back during Summer 2011.

As a refresher, the 2012 Subaru Impreza looks to manage 36 miles per gallon on the highway while offering a top-notch AWD system and an MSRP starting at a wallet-friendly $17,495. While full specs of the Impreza have remained in the dark since the vehicle’s formal announcement of production, Subaru has decided to grace us with the following spec chart and a future assurance that a full scale ‘Build My Own’ section—allowing features, trim, and pricing analysis—will be available shortly.


WARNING: Future Genesis Coupe Photoshop Leak!

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Don’t believe everything you hear… or see, for that matter. Websites all across the blogosphere are announcing an ‘official’ Hyundai Genesis Coupe reveal, which after some due diligence has turned out to be no more than an elegant sham. The sly dogs over at thecarblogger.net managed to captivate the entire auto journalism sphere this morning by releasing the above image.

What threw so many upstanding and credibility-seeking bloggers off? This photoshopped image depicts a vehicle which looks a lot like images we’ve seen of the upcoming 2013 Genesis with a face mask. So really, thecarblogger.net sort of did us all a favor—producing an image we could assemble only in our minds. The only real problem is that Hyundai has already distributed notes rejecting this as an official image.


 

Fiat 500 Abarth To Debut In LA

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 3:19PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Fiat officially returned to the US market earlier this year with the launch of the 500. While sales haven't been particularly big, the 500 has made a stir, thanks to a high-profile ad campaign with Jennifer Lopez and a few mentions in "best of" lists.

One of the next Fiats on the way to the US is the 500 Abarth, the 500's performance variant. The company will show this model at the 2011 LA Auto Show later this month.


Nissan's Taxi Of Tomorrow

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Cars evolve every year and get more and more user-friendly. Safety and comfort features that were once offered only on premium cars slide slowly down-market until entry and mid-level cars become every bit as functional and comfortable as luxury cars just a generation or two ago.

If Nissan's "taxi of tomorrow" is any indication, this trend will be as true in public transportation as it is in privately owned vehicles—because this thing has the type of comfort and features well above what I'd expect to find in a taxi. The NV200 isn't just a fun concept, but a look at the model that will become the exclusive taxi of New York City in just two years.


BMW Special Sneak Preview On November 9

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 4:16PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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BMW will host a special sneak-preview event to unveil for the first time in North America what it considers to be the cars of the future: the BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept vehicles. These concepts represent the first purpose-built electric and electric-hybrid vehicles to be made primarily of carbon fiber when they become available in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The unveiling will take place in New York City on Wednesday, November 9th at 11 AM (EST) at Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street between 10th & 11th Avenues).


Mercedes Building Ultralight Carbon Fiber E-Class

On: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 3:55PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Carbon fiber and other composites are clearly the way of the future. Currently they're primarily seen in race cars and high-end supercars, but assuming that costs eventually drop to a somewhat manageable level, we'd expect to see these type of NASA-esque materials slowly work their way into luxury cars and other more everyday models. After all, carbon fiber is one of the surest ways to save weight and weight savings = more efficient cars, something that every automaker is looking to build.

In a sign that carbon fiber is coming, an Auto Bild report states that Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on an ultralight version of the E-Class. The German automaker plans to cut serious pounds with carbon fiber construction.


Consumer Reports' Reliability Study: Scion Good, Ford Not So Much

On: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 12:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ford has recently gained a reputation for solid, reliable, and even innovative products. In a time when its two American counterparts were panhandling in DC for stay-afloat money, Ford was offering an award-winning line-up and developing industry leading innovations like the Sync/MyFord Touch.

But things may be slowing at Ford. The 2011 Consumer Reports Car Reliability Survey has Ford taking a big fall.


Chevy Keeps 'Running Deep'

On: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Weiss


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About a year ago, Chevy launched the "Chevy Runs Deep" marketing campaign. The campaign immediately became the fodder of punch lines and cheeky headlines. Shortly after it was unveiled, Jalopnik's Justin Hyde called it the "worst ad slogan ever" and even made the obvious "that's what she said" joke.

Sexual double entendre aside, Hyde criticized that "runs deep" is cryptic and really doesn't convey anything about the brand, unlike equally simple but more telling past slogans like "Like a Rock" and "Heartbeat of America". Others said that the slogan was just a transparent attempt to get consumers reminiscent about the good ol' days of American automotive heritage—you know the ones when you were actually proud to buy a Chevy. "Deep" also seemed like an odd choice for a corporation that was "in deep" not two years earlier.

Despite these less than flattering comments, Chevy is sticking with the tagline for the foreseeable future.


BMW M Division To Build Its Own Supercar?

On: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It looks like we have a little German envy. BMW M engineers are looking at their counterparts over at Mercedes AMG and thinking "Why can't we do that?" By "that", they mean develop their own supercar, the way that AMG did with the SLS AMG. BMW M is a little tired of just improving upon existing vehicles and wants to get the green light to build a car all its own.