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Mercedes Unmasks Its All-New 2012 M-Class

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 11:10AM | By: Andrew W Davis

2012 ML350 4MATIC test 2

Mercedes has introduced the third generation of its middle-child SUV, the 2012 M-Class (which—FYI—is actually badged “ML” for some reason).

The vehicle that "began the industry trend toward SUVs with a more car-like ride” is all-new for 2012, though many of the changes (it being one inch longer and a half-inch wider, for instance) won’t register with the average consumer.

Fortunately for all involved, however, some of the major changes Mercedes made include its "striking" new styling, a new transmission, a new iPad Docking Station and more.

[The model that I can afford, however, is still in development. Apparently. Mercedes-Benz will not comment on the matter.]

Mitsubishi's Bright Idea Steps Into The Light: A Solar-Powered i Charging Station

On: Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 11:13AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Mitsubishi solar-powered charging station test 2

The folks that brought you the fearsome Evo X have gone to the other end of the scale by bringing a fully-electric car to market—the idiotically-named "i" (yup, one letter, and in lowercase no less)—and a way to charge it using nothing but millions of dollars and sun-sourced juice via a solar “charging facility” like the one the firm built at its Southern California HQ.

“Able to charge up to four vehicles at once, the station features three types of chargers with different voltages: standard level 1 voltage (110v) will deliver a 100 percent charge in 22 hours on the new Mitsubishi i; level 2 (220v) which can charge the vehicle in six hours; and level 3 CHAdeMO Quick Charger, which can charge to 80 percent battery capacity in 25 minutes.”

Collect Sobbing Tissues In Advance, The Next Gen Brabus E 800 Cabriolet

On: Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Chris Salamone

Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet test 2

Brabus seems to push the bounds of automotive excellence every now and again. Not surprisingly, this year’s super mod of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is no exception. What is surprising, however, is how unbelievably awesome this next gen Brabus really is. The Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet begins as a pedestrian Mercedes E-Class Convertible. Then something nearly magical happens… a bi-turbo 6.3 liter V12 engine falls from the sky to deliver a scintillating 788 horsepower and an electronically limited 811 lb.-ft. of torque. Yes, that’s limited.

As you can imagine, this car isn’t for the faint of heart or wallet. Pricing starts at $681,200. In exchange for so much cash, drivers can pull 3.7 second 0-60 mph times—and, of course, 0-185 mph in just over 23 seconds. Assuming you can manage to maintain control, the Brabus 800 E will run out of juice around 231 mph.

Leaf Beats Volt In Six-Month Sales

On: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 8:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Leaf test 2

Well this is a bit of a turtle-vs-hare outcome. The Nissan Leaf, which spent its first few months lagging well behind the Chevy Volt in terms of sales, actually came out the victor in six-month sales total. And it did it by a pretty comfortable margin.

The Leaf and Volt are natural rivals having been two high-profile, mass-market plug-ins that hit the market within days of each other last December. After being handily beaten the first few months, the Leaf had its first victory in April, when it sold 573 to 493 Volts. It beat the Volt more decisively in May, selling 1,142 to 481, but as of the start of last month, was still lagging just behind the Volt in total sales.


Another Camaro Transformers Edition Rolls Out

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Camaro Transformers Special Edition test 2

As a general rule, I avoid movies starring Shia Labeouf—with the exception of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull… for better or worse. Even so, as a car enthusiast, it is almost impossible to resist the temptation of Transformers. In light of that fact, Chevrolet saw fit to create a Transformers Special Edition Camaro back in 2010 and now plans to release a 2012 version. A bright yellow Camaro steals the show in the Transformers latest installment, Dark of the Moon. In conjunction with the release of this box-office summer hit, Chevy announced the specifics for the upcoming 2012 edition.

Another Movie-Star Car: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

On: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 3:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics  test 2

Batman may be sticking with its Lambo roots, but another action movie franchise has decided to go a little greener in its auto buying. The new Mission Impossible installment will give Tom Cruise a new, green vehicular sidekick—the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. Certainly chosen for its distinctive look and not entirely its hybrid powertrain, the car will definitely look good on the big screen.

Europe's First EV Battery Switch Station

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 4:17PM | By: Chris Salamone

Better Place Switchable Battery Station test 2

I recently stumbled upon an article from a San Antonio-based newspaper which claimed that electric vehicles could never be commercially viable until range length could be improved. More specifically, the author had trouble making his daily commute to work in a Nissan Leaf. Although not every state has the same breath of roadways, EVs in general really need to reach beyond 100 or 200 miles before the average US consumer is willing to make the switch from gasoline to electric and give the boot to range anxiety. It’s already scary enough not hearing the rumbling and roaring of a V8 beneath the hood. Losing precious miles, in addition to throaty exhaust, makes an unlikely success out of the emerging EV market. However, range concerns are being dealt a swift kick to the vitals with Europe’s newest EV innovation—the switchable battery station.

Polestar Performance Prototype Presages Volvo On PCP?

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 2:35PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by author test 2

If you thought "Nova"—which Spanish-speakers could read as "no va" or "doesn't go"—was an interesting unintended translation, wait until Volvo finds out what the acronym for its proposed “performance division” means here in the U.S.A.

Yes, if what many (other) sources are saying is true, Polestar wants future performance Volvos to “get wet” on the “sherm”, as the proposed “Performance Concept Prototype” badges will naturally be abbreviated to read “PCP.”

Yes, the fastest Volvos will wear logos that recall what 60 Minutes and People magazine called the “number one” drug problem in the United States in 1978. I’m not sure why the beloved—by me at least—Swedish automaker is apparently dropping its perfectly-good “R” appellation, but as “crack cocaine” and “methamphetamine” were taken, I can see why they landed on the name they did.

Think You Can Afford It? One-Off Porcelain Veyron

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 10:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

The Bugatti Veyron LOr Blanc Grand Sport  test 2

The last Bugatti Veyron 16.4 may have been sold, but that doesn't mean we won't be seeing some special edition Veyrons in the future, Or today. The Bugatti Veyron L'Or Blanc Grand Sport was designed in conjunction with Königliche Porzellan-Manufatur Berlin (KPM) and unveiled last week. It's a one-of-a-kind special edition that features an unlikely material all over.

Ordinarily, delicate porcelain is the last thing that you'd want to see on the outside of a vehicle, particularly a big, heavy hypercar with capabilities up to 250 mph. But in the high-end automotive market where it's increasingly difficult to get any kind of meaningful bragging rights, being the first motor vehicle in the world to use porcelain for interior and exterior design elements provides one such bragging right. The press release doesn't detail all the parts that use porcelain, outside of confirming that it's on both the inside and out, but we'll have to venture that it's those white, squiggly lines all over the exterior and door panels.

For Overlanding, Only BMW Reigns Supreme

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 2:14PM | By: Chris Salamone

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure test 2

Whatever you’re planning to do, from cross-continental voyages to weekend trips at the local mud pits, the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is good-to-go. Yes, BMW makes some expensive motorcycles, but they are widely regarded as the best on the road for the all-important emotional draw of jumping on a bike and riding into the great unknown. The new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model is the king in BMW’s class of Enduro bikes. In addition to being incredibly handsome, the R 1200 GS Adventure packs some serious specifications, making this bike ready for even the most trail-hardened journeyman.

Hennessey Venom GT To Run Goodwood (with Warm-Up Video)

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 7:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hennessey Venom GT test 2

For the past couple of years, the Hennessy Venom GT has been like a phantom of the supercar world. We don't talk about it nearly as often as cars like the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 or Pagani Huayra, but it shows up every so often to remind us of just how powerful and awesome it is. The next stop? The Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb this weekend.