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2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Price Increase

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 5:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

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With Nissan increasing the price of next year's Leaf model by more than $2,000, the 2012 Nissan Leaf edges ever closer to the price of the 2012 Chevy Volt.

The 2012 Leaf SV base model will start at $36,050, a $2,420 increase over the 2011 Leaf's $33,630 base price. The 2012 Leaf SL starts at $38,100, representing a $3,530 increase over the 2011 Leaf SL. Nissan says the increased pricing is due to added equipment including quick-charging hardware and cold-weather upgrades.

AAA Announces EV-Charging Truck Program

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last month, the Nissan Leaf officially reached 3,894 U.S. sales. And yet, Nissan hasn't seen fit to send out a mobile charging station the way it did in Japan. So the staple of American motoring, traveling, and on-highway repairs is officially stepping in. AAA debuted the first mobile charging station in North America at the Plug-In 2011 Conference & Exposition last week.

VW Wants More Masculinity In Its Beetles

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 8:58AM | By: Chris Weiss

VW Wants More Masculinity In Its Beetles test 2

Ever since its resurrection (perhaps back in its original form, too), the Volkswagen Beetle has been a bit of a (for lack of a better term) "chick car". It's the four-wheeled equivalent of those little, foofy purse dogs. Admit it. If you happen to see a guy—especially a big, burly sort of guy—behind the wheel of a Beetle at a traffic light, don't you snicker just a little?

Well, this fact hasn't been lost on VW itself, and the automaker is making a renewed effort to get more men behind the wheel of the all-new Beetle.

Largest Auto Collection (Ever) Unlocks This Fall

On: Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 10:16AM | By: Chris Salamone

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What do you do after amassing a tremendous fortune from the ‘refuse’ business (pronounced: bi-ze-néss)? Simple, you turn all those liquid assets into something a bit more solid—aka automobilia. After decades of prosperity, Harold LeMay did just that and in 1997 the Guinness Book of World Records recognized his automobile collection as the largest in the world. At its zenith, the Lemay Collection included over 3,000 vehicles and continues to be recognized as the most robust, all-inclusive car collection on the planet. This fall (drum roll, please), the LeMay Collection will be housed and displayed to the general public at the newly minted LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington.


Discovery To Launch All-Auto Channel

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 4:09PM | By: Tim Healey

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If Speed TV isn't enough for you, and Top Gear only wets your whistle, well, Discovery has a new automotive channel on the way.

The channel, which will be aimed at well-heeled male audiences, will be called Velocity and it will launch with a combination of old and new programming.

Definitely Dartz: Red Chromed Bugatti Veyron

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Definitely Dartz: Red Chromed Bugatti Veyron test 1-1

Russian tuning/armored vehicle firm Dartz has a way of messing around with endangered species. First, it had to publicly retract the "whale penis" leather option from one of its armored SUVs. And now it's ruined the Bugatti Veyron, a car that is in itself an endangered species thanks to the fact that the production run of the Veyron 16.4 is about over.

Porsche 928 Revival Looking Likely

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 9:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Rumors and reports of a new Porsche 928 have been on the table (and Interwebz) for years now.  According to Autocar, a new front-engined GT coupe, inspired by the original 928 of the 70s, 80s and 90s, is indeed on the way.

BMW Makes An Offer You Can't Refuse: Free Seat-Time That Pays Team USA

On: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 4:18PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Hey, you. Yes, you. Are you driving a brand-new BMW right now? Didn’t think so. [And if you are, shame on you!] Do you want to at some point before or on August 13, 2011? I can make that happen.

We’re talking spending 30 minutes in a 3-, 5- or 7-Series car, X3 SUV or 650i Convertible, with seat time in an equivalent Mercedes-Benz model thrown in for free for all except the drop-top 6 Series.

I know, right? I was totally sold straight away. There was something about the Olympics or some such thing involved, too, but after “free” and “BMW” I stopped listening. Sure enough, when the appointed day and time rolled around, there was a 650i Convertible with my name (electronically) on it sitting at the dealership I selected.

Want in? Read on...

Lamborghini Takes On Casino In Lawsuit

On: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 3:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

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"Lambo vs. The Casino" —now that's a movie I'd go see. Sure as hell sounds better thanTransformers 3. But it's no movie, and it's likely to be far duller and more tedious than any Hollywood blockbuster.

According to the Associated Press, Lamborghini lawyers have filed a trademark lawsuit against the Dal Toro Exotic Car Showroom, Dal Toro Merchandise Gallery and Dal Toro Il Ristorante Italiano in Las Vegas. The businesses are all located in the Palazzo Las Vegas Resort.

Despite Production Delays, Fisker Sells 3,000 Karmas

On: Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It was starting to look like the Fisker Karma was a potential lame duck and market flop. Henrik Fisker's curvy hybrid looked like an innovative contender when it debuted at the 2008 Detroit Motor Show. But after delay upon delay and price undercuts by cars like the Tesla Model S, the Karma seemed like it was bound to flop in the current market.

Fisker announced this week, however, that it's penned in 3,000 preorders and is likely sold out through the end of the year.

Mercedes SLC: It's About Time!

On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 5:28PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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It seems a bit long overdue, but it has finally been confirmed that Mercedes is finally building a Porsche/Corvette fighting sports coupe. Sure the SLK Roadster is a lot of fun, but the fact of the matter is it just can’t compete on the track with anything more than 250 horsepower. Even with its new redesign, it’s a fun car, but real enthusiasts aren’t going to flock towards it, no matter how pretty. On the other end of the spectrum, the drop-dead gorgeous high-end SLS AMG is a premium blend bruiser. Unlike the mass produced SLK, the SLS AMG is too exotic, and far too expensive for most enthusiasts to afford, or to drive with any amount of regularity (presuming they want to preserve it to any extent). So Mercedes has solved that problem by creating car in between the two that will be called the SLC.