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Honda S2000 Concept Revived For Launch In 2013

On: Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 4:14PM | By: Chris Salamone


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According to Auto Express, sources in Japan claim that Honda intends to implement both car and motorcycle technologies towards creating a front-wheel drive, sports coupe as a possible successor for the long-departed S2000. This reborn coupe will be based on the current gasoline-electric CR-Z platform, but is expected to have a smaller body and shorter overhangs. Styling cues will derive from Honda’s OSM concept car (pictured above).

Most excitingly, the next generation Beat will incorporate some of Honda’s cutting edge technology. Engine specifics remain unclear, but either or both the 1.3L and 1.5L advanced VTECs are likely candidates to be offered to an eager public.


Long Live The Wankel: Mazda (and Maybe Audi) Working On Next-Gen Rotary

On: Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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With the Mazda RX-8 set to be discontinued, the rotary engine is teetering on the edge of the automotive endangered species list. But that's not stopping Mazda from working on it. The company is hard at work on an improved version of the Wankel, which should find its way into a sports coupe.

According to anEdmunds report last week, Mazda has a team of about 100 engineers working on the Wankel. The newest iteration of the spinning engine will incorporate laser ignition, eliminating the need for spark plugs, which will in effect make the engine cleaner and more efficient.


Chrysler Recalls 11k 2011 Models; Toyota Happy It's Not Them For Once

On: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 5:47PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Chrysler Group announced today the voluntary safety recall of approximately 11,351 2011-model-year vehicles built between April 15 and May 14, 2011 to inspect for the “presence and alignment of Steering Column Pivot Rivets.”

The vehicles involved in the recall are the Chrysler 200 (sedan and convertible) and Town & Country; the Dodge Caliber, Journey, Grand Caravan, and Nitro, and the Jeep Wrangler, Liberty, and Compass.

In its report filed June 16th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted that “some of these vehicles may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet.”


Yay or Nay? Laws To Deny Licenses To Dropouts

On: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 5:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Apparently there's a new driving legislation initiative underfoot in states around the country. Lawmakers in some states are considering legislation that would bar high school dropouts from getting driving licenses. The legislation aims to dissuade high schoolers from dropping out by using one of the most important things to a teenager—a car.

It's an interesting idea that could potentially impact high school drop-out rates, but is it the right move? Personally, I'd argue against it. First off, you'd think that high school dropout rates were at an all time high, and this initiative was created to stem a growing problem. However, according to data from the National Center For Education Statistics, dropout rates steadily declined over the near-two-decade period between 1980 and 2008. In fact, they were nearly cut in half during that time—from 14 percent to 8 percent. So why the push all of a sudden?


 

The Polish Supercar Steps Out of the Shadows (with Video)

On: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 5:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


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As promised the Arrinera supercar (world's first Polish supercar) has made its official, early-June debut. The Lamborghini-esque ride looks a little less Lambo in person, but the influence is still pretty clear. We have full video of the event.

Arrinera got some help from none other than Lee Noble in designing the as-yet-unnamed supercar. The car features a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 worth 638-hp, which Carscoop says is, indeed, the Corvette ZR1 mill. It fits that engine snugly inside a tubular steel chassis and lightweight Kevlar and carbon body.


New Photos: Tesla Model S

On: Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 5:59PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Though it's winding down, the electrifying (lame pun Intended) Tesla Roadster, Tesla is working hard to bring the market a new electric performer. The Model S will launch next year and Tesla is busy testing prototype versions of it. Just so you don't think they're lying, they released some new photos proving that they're doing work.


Young UK Driver's Get Incentive-Based Auto Insurance

On: Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 3:52PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Ah, to be young again. To arrive two hours early at the DMV on your birthday, only to discover that an ‘appointment’ really means waiting in an identically-long line with people who just walked in. Or perhaps, to pay your first car insurance bill only to discover that you’re paying far more than Grandpa McGregor who can’t see past his nose hair. These are just some of the trials and tribulations associated with new drivers in the United States. Yet, in the United Kingdom, the Co-Operative Insurance Company has debuted a revolutionary incentive-based program which hopes to award young drivers for good behavior: Smartbox.


The "Improved" Volt Goes On Sale In All 50 States (Enthusiasm Remains Limited To Two)

On: Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 2:44PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Hooray! Yippee! Wow… oh, forget it.

Look GM, I tried REALLY hard to be enthusiastic for you now that your 2012 Volt sparkwagon can be ordered—and presumably taken home and kept—by folks in all 50 states.

And giving it a “starting” price of $39,995—or “$32,495 assuming a full federal tax credit of $7,500, which is subject to the customer’s eligibility”—including an “$850 destination freight charge but excludes tax, title and license fees” which is “$1,000 below the price of the 2011 model”… Stop! You are literally killing me here with your number-laden caveat-fest.

And therein lay my problem with the Volt: NOTHING can be easily and/or clearly be said about it without an explain-o-page full of notes attached. Well, I’m gonna go ahead and translate your press release MY way, asterisks be damned (except for one).


Smaller SLS AMG 911 Fighter Coming In 2014

On: Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 2:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The SLS AMG Roadster has just gotten out of the gate, so attention has naturally turned to other upcoming Mercedes ventures; rumors of a smaller, cheaper version of the SLS being referred to as the SLC have been flying for a few months. Now German magazine Auto Bild has come out with a few new details on what the car will be all about and when we'll see it.


World's Largest Gathering Of Smart Fans: Another Reason To Avoid Italy This August

On: Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 11:29AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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I kid. It’s not like smart (damn lowercase) did something horrible to me or mine at some point, it’s just that I find it hard to resist putting into words what the design of their ridiculous-looking pseudo-cars screams out in pictures.

But here is where it ends. Well, if I am kidnapped and flown to “the seaside resort of Riccione on the Adriatic coast” (Italy) between August 4th and 7th then (and only then) will I feel like perhaps starting the beginning of the ending procedure.

Why? Because “More than 4000 smart enthusiasts from 22 countries, some with individually designed vehicles, are expected in Riccione where they will celebrate their passion for smart cars together and connect with designers, tuners, and industry experts.”

God help them.


Lincoln's Dracula-like Town Car Gets Heart-Staked... Sort Of.

On: Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 2:30PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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The latest installment in my non-existent series “They Still Build That?!?” brings terrible news for car-hire businesses and old people alike: 2011 is the final year for FoMoCo’s finest model, the range-topping (oh, yes, it is!) Lincoln Town Car.

Like the Mercury Grand Marquis (OK, Mercury, period) and non-cop Ford Crown Vic before it, this last of the rear-drive, body-on-frame luxury sedans from the Blue Oval Boys will greet its first sunrise and be converted to ash or whatever happens to vampire-like vehicle lines when they get tired of living forever without aging.

But fear not; Lincoln has seen fit to “transfer” the Town Car name to a wholly inappropriate vehicle the named-after-the-dude-on-the-penny folks want to cram down our (and limo/taxi companies’) throats.

[More on that in a minute.]