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Cadillac ATS Image Tease And Prophecies Of Production

On: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 12:12PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Cadillac ATS test 2

On the heels of GM’s official announcement of the upcoming Chevy Spark, Cadillac has announced that another GM compact will enter the ring—this one primed to compete in a segment long controlled by foreign automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Code-named the Cadillac ‘ATS’, this compact sports sedan may debut this August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance or possibly at the Detroit car show in January. The ATS is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2012, just in time for gas prices to rise along with summer heat.

Good News For Corvette Lovers: GM Isn't Broke!

On: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

GM Isn't Broke!  test 2

It seems General Motors has been making the most of all that bail-out money it got some time ago because, as you can see from the following press release, they are making some pretty good money. Net income is up 89% over last quarter. CEO and chairman Dan Akerson even gives the new Chevrolet Sonic a shoutout, but we know what he was thinking—the same thing we were:  "C7, here we come!"

Tesla-Powered RAV4 To Be Assembled In Canada

On: Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Salamone

Toyota RAV4 EV test 2

In a joint venture, Toyota aims to have Tesla provide an electric powertrain for next year’s RAV4 EV. Amidst confusion as to where the vehicles would actually be assembled, Toyota Motor Corp. recently announced that the upcoming RAV4 electric vehicle would be built in-house next year, rather than at the Tesla Motors Inc. plant in California. The companies said, just yesterday, that Toyota’s Tesla-powered EV would be assembled in Woodstock, Ontario—the current home of RAV4 production.

Thus far, neither Toyota nor Tesla have provided either production volume estimates or pricing for the RAV4 EV. However, we do know that Toyota will cut a check for $100 million to Tesla for an electric powertrain made to fit the RAV4. Having a specific dollar amount tends to suggest that this arrangement will probably be for a pre-determined quantity and duration, rather than a completely open deal to provide goods as needed. Models should begin arriving in dealerships in 2012.

A Small Step For Chevy, A Spark For Mankind!

On: Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Chevrolet Spark test 2

With the upcoming Chevrolet Sonic, all eyes turned away from Chevy… assuming the automaker could go no smaller. Look again! For 2012, Chevrolet just announced that an even smaller production vehicle should hit the US market following the Sonic. General Motors executive director of North American product communications, Jason Laird, recently confirmed their latest minicar, aka the Chevrolet Spark, should arrive during the first half of 2012 as a 2013 model.

Those of us with long memories may recall that GM announced the Spark back in early 2009. Of course, that announcement came just before widespread bankruptcy and government-bailout refinancing—delaying the Chevy Spark, until now.


Batman Keeps The Tumbler

On: Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 3:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Batman Keeps The Tumbler test 2

There aren't many cars more bad-ass than the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. Except the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's first two installments of Batman movies is one such vehicle. In fact, that car is more bad-ass than nearly anything with four wheels, though the Marauder would certainly give it a run for its money.

Since Batman is invariably more bad-ass than alter ego Bruce Wayne, he drives the Tumbler. And, as some new photos of the film set confirm, he's going to continue driving the Tumbler in the next Batman movie.

Camaro 'Zed-L1' Official Release [video]

On: Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 2:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Camaro ZL1 test 2

It’s a party and I’ll cry if I want to. At the Camaro Homecoming in Oshawa, Ontario, Chevrolet exposed the crowd to a physical manifestation of the company’s latest and greatest muscle machine: the ZL1. By now, the specs of the ZL1 have reached the eyes and ears of enthusiasts around the globe, but few have actually heard the vehicle’s robust dual mode exhaust note or had the opportunity to drool over the suede-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel. That’s all about to change.

The ZL1’s Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser (with a last name seemingly destined for engineering) shows us some of the best features of Chevy’s latest Mustang killer. Oppenheiser suggests that over 1/3 of the original SS model has been changed to create the ZL1—which he affectionately labels ‘Zed-L1’.

Fisker Karma Deliveries Begin [Finally]

On: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Karma Deliveries Begin [Finally] test 2

The Fisker Karma may not perform quite like the Bugatti Veyron just yet, but it is one of the most compelling plug-ins that we've seen yet. And after nothing but delay after delay after price increase after delay, it's finally making its way out to customers.

Despite reports that Leonardo DiCaprio would be the very first to receive his Karma, the automaker kept it a little closer to home for its first delivery. Fisker Chairman Ray Lane took the keys to the very first Karma (in somewhat of a creepy, over the top moment, if you ask me), and ushered in the official Fisker era. Lane's Karma is a 2012 Signature Series in 'Silver Mirage.'

Falling Faster Still: 2012 Civic Gets Grave Reviews

On: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 12:46PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Honda Civic test 2

In the last few days, reports have come in from several different sources expressing dire concern for the 2012 Honda Civic. So much so, that Consumer Reports refused the Civic its ‘Recommended’ rating for the first time in 10 years. In fact, the only supporter of the 2012 Civic seems to be Cars.com which lauds the Civic’s “terrific mileage, comfortable cabin, top safety scores, high resale value and long track record of reliability.” Despite a singular positive review, our fellows at Autoblog and Consumer Reports offer little praise. By all accounts the 2012 Civic looks to be a step down from the current model. But, let’s be honest here—a Honda is still a Honda. Buyers will still find all the things they know and love about Honda in the 2012 Civic.

VW Cries Out: New MPG Standard Tough On Cars, Gentle On Trucks

On: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 3:27PM | By: Chris Salamone

Obama Announces New Fuel Economy Standards test 2

While many automakers flocked to support President Obama’s proposed increase to mileage standards, Volkswagen has made it abundantly clear that the plan requiring an average of 54.5 mpg by 2025 shows favoritism toward automakers producing trucks. Volkswagen US spokesman Tony Cervone claimed that while passenger cars would have to meet the stringent demand of 5% annual improvements, light trucks—a segment in which VW is noticeably absent—would have to achieve only 3.5%

Latest Ferrari Design Comes From Hong Kong

On: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

Latest Ferrari Design Comes from Hong Kong test 2

The fluid lines and perfect curves of Ferrari can originate nowhere else but the style and design capital that is Italy. Or at least that's what we thought. Eternita, the winner of the Ferrari World Design Contest, is as uncompromisingly attractive as most any Ferrari, but it doesn't come from Italy, or Europe. It comes from a group of South Korean students, and it beats out an entry from Turin, to boot.

The design was created by three students from Hongzik University in South Korea: Kim Cheong Ju, Ahn Dre and Lee Sahngseok. They beat 50 other entries from universities around the world.

Lexus About To Be Dethroned As Luxury Market King

On: Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 8:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus About To Be Dethroned As Luxury Market King test 2

For 11 years, Lexus has enjoyed a role as the United States' leader in luxury car sales. Maybe it's because Lexus compares favorably to other options, maybe it's because you don't exude such an image of douchery in a Lexus as, say, a BMW, or maybe it's just because us Americans love us some Japanese automobiles. Whatever the case, Lexus has long been king.

But Lexus' reign is about to end. And all it took was a natural disaster of record proportions to bring it crashing down.