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Class Action Lawsuit Against Mercedes

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 1:07PM | By: Chris Weiss


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When you invest in an expensive, high-end luxury car like a Mercedes, the last thing you really want is for your engine to wear out quickly. Unless, of course, you're so rich that you are looking for any excuse to buy a new car—in which case, you could just buy a new car whether your engine wears out or not. You especially don't want your engine to wear out if the car you bought isn't only a Mercedes, but a high-performance, high-priced Mercedes from the AMG division.

Well, a group of owners has apparently suffered from quick engine wear and is suing Mercedes-Benz USA, Daimler AG, and Mercedes-AMG.


Kia Leaning Toward GT Production

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:12AM | By: Chris Weiss


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According to indications and ruminations, Kia has a hankering to develop a sports car. The GT concept debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show was supposed to be the first of two sports car concepts, the second of which was rumored for a Detroit Auto Show debut. Well, it appears Kia is already leaning toward GT production, even before having introduced its second possible concept.


Best Car Deals Of September Coming This Saturday

On: Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 5:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In the market for a new car? Way back in the spring and early summer, car-buying experts from places like Edmunds recommended holding off until the fall. At that time, production issues in Japan coupled with skyrocketing gas prices were increasing demand and causing auto dealers to cut incentives, effectively raising vehicle prices, particularly on smaller, more efficient cars. A few of the best dates for car shopping are coming up very quickly.


New Ford Police Interceptors Are Pursuit Rated

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 5:15PM | By: David Walter


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Both of Ford's Taurus-based Police Interceptors, Sedan (pictured above) and Utility, have been awarded with a "pursuit rating" by the Michigan State Police—who, for 36 years, put potential police vehicles through a gauntlet of tests to make sure they're qualified for law enforcement use.

The Interceptor Utility is powered by a 3.7-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 producing 300 horsepower. Two motors are available with the Sedan: an intimidating 280-horsepower 3.5-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 or a terrifying 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged, direct-injection Ecoboost V6 that makes 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. All "pursuit-rated" Interceptors come standard with all-wheel-drive as well (front-wheel-drive is optional). What's even more impressive is that despite the smaller-displacement engines, the V6 Sedans not only outperform the newly retired V8-powered Crown Victoria, but they offer better fuel efficiency as well.

Other noteworthy stand-outs include a larger alternator and radiator and law enforcement-only safety features such as ballistic door panels, safety cell construction, and crumple zones to offer officers more protection in case of a collision.

So, my advice to you is to get to know these vehicles. Check out the pictures below. Study them—especially those headlights—because you'll probably be seeing them soon.


 

New Volvo Commercial Embarrasses German Rivals (Video)

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 1:21PM | By: David Walter


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According to JD Power, Germans are happier with their Swedish-made Volvos than any other cars—even the German ones! Now, Volvo knows they couldn't have achieved this alone, so they decided to write a little "thank you" note in the form of a commercial—for all to see.

Wayne Newton's "Danke Schoen" softly plays in the background while the note reads, "Volvo would like to thank German drivers for making Volvo the number one brand for customer satisfaction... in Germany."

If this seems a little sarcastic to you, you're right. And it just gets better from there...


Acura Introduces 2012 TSX Special Edition

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:33AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The 2012 Acura TSX is already on sale, but Acura has one more model up its sleeve. The TSX Special Edition will make its market debut at the end of the month.

Not exactly as exciting and groundbreaking as the new cars and concepts displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the TSX Special Edition will debut at a more humble venue—the 2011 Orange County International Auto Show in California. That show runs September 22 through the 25.


Tata Nano Loves Gooold

On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 4:29PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Easily one of the least expensive cars on planet Earth, the Tata Nano has become the object of the people—a symbol of accessibility, mobility, unreliability, and practicality for the masses. While native Indian models start around $2,500 and the much anticipated North American model is expected to cost about $7,000, the Tata family has developed another price point worthy of note. Except this time only one man is capable of pulling off such an exceptionally appointed automobile, and he is from Holland… not North America or India. This latest Tata Nano is not a production vehicle, and couldn’t possibly be reproduced on a mass scale. That’s because it cost $4.6 million to create.

Yes, a company known for incredible value has developed a car completely decked out in gold, silver, and precious gems. Why, you ask? Unfortunately, this is not for a fourth installment of the funniest movie trilogy of all time, Austin Powers. Instead the Tata family is trying to execute a two-player sway publicity stunt intended to promote enthusiasm for the randomly combustible Nano and in celebration of the 5,000-year anniversary for their jewelry company in India. That’s quite a milestone, made more important by the Tata family’s ownership of the Gold Plus jewelry company.


Toyota Supra Successor (And Other Sports Cars) Planned

On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 2:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Look back about 15 years and you'll see an attractive Japanese sports car (probably several) in every part of the market. From entry level coupes, like the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Toyota Celica, to mid-level performance models, like the Mitsubishi 2000GT and Toyota Supra, on up to supercars—or supercar, at least—in the Honda/Acura NSX. In a piece about the Toyota Supra, Edmunds.com referred to this period as the "Japanese muscle car revolution of the 90s."

A few years after that revolution, Japanese sports car options thinned dramatically. But it appears we could be witnessing a Japanese muscle car revolution part II. Nissan is already comfortably on board with its 370Z and GT-R. Honda recently confirmed it's working on a flagship sports car. And Toyota is addressing its own lack of a sports car options with the Lexus LFA and next year's FT-86. Rumor has it Toyota has no intention of stopping there.


VW Jetta Hybrid Coming To Detroit

On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 9:23AM | By: Chris Weiss


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To state the painfully obvious: auto shows from here on out are bound to be characterized by—if not completely dominated by—hybrids, electrics, and other green concepts. At this year's Frankfurt Motor Show we've seen everything from tiny electric cars that could practically ride on the sidewalk to full-blown electrically powered supercars. And we've also started hearing rumors about the next-generation of auto-show-debuted green vehicles. First the Infiniti range-extending sports car. And now the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid.


100 Years Of Chevrolet - 1969 Camaro Named G.O.A.T.

On: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 3:12PM | By: Chris Salamone


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You may remember a little competition we had at AutoShopper.com back in July when we asked fans which Chevy, in their opinion, was the greatest of all time. It seems Chevrolet had the same discussion and, surprisingly, with a lot of the same results—although on a much larger scale. After 124,368 votes cast, and defeating the 1970 Chevelle SS in the final round, the 1969 Camaro earned the distinction of being the best Chevrolet of the past century.

In truth, the competition really wasn’t even close. The 1970 Chevelle SS earned 18,449 votes or just shy of 15% of the total. On the other hand, the 1969 Camaro earned 25,058 votes or just over 20% of the total.


2011 Initial Quaility Survey Results

On: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 12:19PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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Every year the gods over at Agoura Hills speak and the auto manufacturers quake in their... boots. I’m talking about the research and survey firm J.D. Power and Associates. They publish The Power Report, a monthly newsletter targeted towards the auto industry. Besides the usual business-oriented articles, the company also conducts a number of surveys and their best known one is the J.D. Power and Associates’ Initial Quality Survey.