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2012 Honda Accord Price Holds Steady

On: Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 9:12AM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Honda Accord Price Holds Steady test 2

Some good news and some bad news. Good news: The 2012 Honda Accord sedan and coupe will be priced exactly the same as the 2011 Accord sedan and coupe. The bad news is they'll also be pretty much the same models with nary an improvement or addition. Then again, when you're a solid market-leader like the Accord, maybe that's good news/good news.

Bentley Talking Diesel And Hybrid Options

On: Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If you had to identify the two Bs of sheer environmental carnage and destruction, you couldn't do much better than "Bugatti" and VW stablemate "Bentley." Along with a few other perpetrators like Rolls Royce and Aston Martin, these two Volkswagen ultra-premium brands make up a who's who of the worst EPA ratings. And that happens year after year.

Luckily for them, both Bugatti and Bentley can sit back and rely on more efficient Volkswagen brands to offset the hefty numbers choked out by their massive-engined, heavy-bodied sports and luxury offerings. But that doesn't mean the brands aren't at least looking at ways of becoming more fuel efficient and eco-friendly. Even the richest of the rich want to feel good about themselves sometimes.

Tesla Model X To Launch In December

On: Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 9:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

Tesla Model X To Launch In December test 2

Out with the old, in with the new... This year, Tesla will officially end production of its Roadster, a car that has invigorated the world of all-electric vehicles. According to a quarterly earnings call with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Tesla will also launch a concept version of its next vehicle—the Model X crossover—before the end of 2011.

Ford Revamps An Old Favorite - The 1.0-Liter

On: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 4:17PM | By: Chris Salamone

2011 Ford Fiesta test 2

The Big Three hasn’t graced the US auto market with a 1.0-liter engine since the early 1990s. But, rising gas prices combined with a sudden consumer appetite for small cars has captured the attention of at least one US automaker: Ford.

At the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show, in September, Ford intends to showcase a 1.0-liter inline 3-cylinder engine which includes all the bells and whistles of modern technology. Their latest 3-cylinder looks to mark significant improvements over engines of yesterday, offering both efficiency and some modicum of fun-factor. In total, the latest 1.0-liter hopes to offer the same or better power as Ford’s current 1.6-liter normally aspirated engine while delivering better fuel economy and reduced emissions.

“No one’s ever built a three-cylinder engine quite like this,” stated Joe Bakaj, Ford Vice President of Global Powertrain Engineering. A bold claim indeed.


Nissan Sells Out Its Japanese Brethren

On: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 12:32PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Sells Out Its Japanese Brethren test 1-1

Ordinarily, in the wake of great tragedy comes great solidarity. When a nation is hit by a disaster of natural or manmade origin, it bands together, pulls itself up and gets back on track. Rivals become allies and enemies turn friends in light of the greater struggles facing them.

But one automaker has chosen to abandon its country mates as they continue to struggle with production issues stemming from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of earlier this year. In a new commercial, Nissan basically sells out Toyota, Honda and other Japanese brands in saying that it is the first to be officially back on track.

Society Of Automotive Historians Sets The Date

On: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Salamone

Jeff Mahl with the Thomas Flyer test 2

A car enthusiast, you say? What’s the difference between a member of the Society of Automotive Historians and your general car buff? The answer, it seems, is somewhat simple: professionalism. The folks down at the SAH take cars seriously. From books, to articles, to archives, the SAH exists for the sole purpose of exchanging knowledge about cars. Members have free access to their extensive resources and also receive the Society’s three publications: the SAH Journal, the Automotive History Review, and the ever-enticing Membership Directory (connecting members of similar interests around the globe). And most recently, the SAH released an announcement of the upcoming Annual Meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania to be held October 7, 2011. Chocolate and cars, is there no greater glory?

Ready To Be Loved, The 2012 Subaru Impreza

On: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 10:30AM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Subaru Impreza test 2

While other models like the Forester and Outback have blossomed, the Impreza has been waiting on the metaphorical bench for a much needed update. This Fall, Subaru intends to release the latest redesigned Impreza into dealerships. So far, so good. Positive reviews are pouring in from all around the auto industry, not least of which is Motor Trend’s First Look which proclaims the Impreza has “the right stuff.” Subaru is the only carmaker in the industry to post consecutive sales increases over the past three years and the latest Impreza looks like it will likely contribute to the company’s success.

Michael McHale, Subaru’s head of corporate communications, recently stated that “With the 2012 Impreza, we’re heavy up on style, and we’re heavy up on fuel efficiency. That’s where we go next.”

And they’re not joking.

The Tiny, Subcompact Yaris Not As Tiny in 2012

On: Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 9:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

The Tiny, Subcompact Yaris Not As Tiny in 2012 test 1-1

Though the auto media has seemed to exaggerate the growth of small cars in light of this year's record-tickling gas prices—small car sales actually dropped last month—there are undoubtedly many consumers looking closer at subcompacts, possibly for the first time. Well, for those looking at the Toyota Yaris, the transition to tiny subcompact could be slightly easier. Toyota has increased the size of the Yaris for the 2012 model year, adding passenger and cargo space, along with making a few other notable revisions.

The Yaris gets stretched by three inches. In a world where we tend to deal in miles and feet, three inches doesn't sound like much, but according to Automotive News it's enough to seat a six-foot driver-side rear passenger comfortably behind a six-foot driver. If you fold the rear seats, storage increases up to 68 percent over the outgoing Yaris.

Chrysler To Drop Prices On Select 2012 Sedans And Crossovers

On: Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 1:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The price boost often experienced from one model year to the next is nothing new in the automotive industry. In fact, many consumer goods increase by a small percentage each year due to factors like inflation and rising costs. What is a little more rare is year-to-year price cuts. But Chrysler will be doing just that as it moves from the 2011 to 2012 model year. It will offer base-trim price cuts on three different Chrysler and Dodge models, including the well-advertised Chrysler 200.

smart fortwo Electric Drive Gets Revamped For Frankfurt

On: Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Gets Revamped For Frankfurt test 2

Other cars, like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric, may get all the ink, but they're not the only fully electric options on the market. Sure, the Mercedes-backed smart fortwo Electric Drive is a little goofy, and God forbid you ever get into a crash in the tiny two-seater, but it's an ultra-compact, fully electric ride that's hard to beat for city driving. Just think about how nice it must be to park that car on crowded city streets and at events.

An updated version of the smart fortwo Electric Drive will make its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Mercedes has addressed some complaints in redesigning the EV.

American Supercar In China: SSC Tuatuara Makes Public Debut

On: Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 10:38AM | By: Chris Weiss

American Supercar in China: SSC Tuatuara Makes Public Debut test 2

Despite the fact that the SSC Tuatara has been around for nearly a year, there wasn't an official public debut until just last week. The car was revealed to the public via editorial, shown off to a small group of potential buyers and was officially named, but no major auto-show debut of any sorts.

Well, SSC doesn't exactly do things the way other automakers do. Like setting world records on public highways rather than fancy tracks. And like doing a public reveal of one of the world's fastest supercars as almost a footnote.

The first official appearance of the curvy, ultra-fast Tuatara came at an event last week in Shanghai. It wasn't an auto show, and it wasn't designed entirely to reveal the Tuatara to the anxious public. It was an event about SSC establishing its presence in China, demonstrating, once again, that China is a primary market for expensive, exotic cars. The company announced its Chinese distribution partner—SSC Asia—and then pulled cloth off the Jason Castriota-designed Tuatara for the bright eyes and flashing cameras. Castriota and CEO Jerod Shelby were on hand at the event.