Login to your account
Not a member? Register now.
AutoShopperBlog

Subscribe To The Blog:




Follow Us



The Latest News And Reviews
Throughout The Car Industry



Categories: Car News

More Evidence Of Lamborghini Sedan Straight From Winkelmann

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 4:39PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Sedan test 2

Lamborghini should really just end the charade already. It's becoming pretty obvious that the Bull is building a sedan. Reports of the likelihood of a Lambo four-door have been getting stronger and stronger since last year. And those reports aren't originating from "insiders" or "those familiar with the matter," they're coming straight from Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann. Just admit it already: you're building a sedan.

The latest inkling: Winkelmann recently said at the Reuters Global Luxury and Fashion Summit that Lamborghini will launch a third car and that it will be an "every day" model.


Mercedes May Develop Uber-CLS To Compete With Continental GT

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 1:47PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Uber-CLS test 2

Mercedes is considering a move up the high-performance luxury sedan market in the form of a Bentley Continental GT/Flying Spur rival. Interestingly, it looks like the sporty four-door, if it comes to fruition, will be branded a Mercedes-Benz rather than a Maybach, Daimler's traditional ultra-premium Bentley rival.


Money Meet Mouth: Obama Orders Government To Buy Green Cars

On: Thu, May 26, 2011 at 4:50PM | By: Chris Weiss


Obama Orders Government to Buy Green Cars  test 2

A well-publicized and long-standing goal of President Obama and his administration is to put a million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 in an effort to cut dependence on foreign oil and improve emissions. Recently, though, it's become increasingly obvious that that goal may just be a little too ambitious, with media reports showing that the administration's numbers are overly optimistic, to put it politely.

So, Obama is taking a little motivation from the age-old maxim "If you want it done right, do it yourself." He recently ordered the government to purchase more than 100 EVs for the government fleet.


Volkswagen's XL1 Spotted On US Soil

On: Thu, May 26, 2011 at 11:18AM | By: Chris Salamone


Volkswagen's XL1 Spotted On US Soil test 1-1

Back in January we had our first glimpse at the incredible new generation XL1 which uses a mere 0.9 liters of gas per 100 km. The prototype XL1 is the latest vision in VW’s quest to create a production 1-liter car which is both affordable and practical. And most recently, VW debuted the XL1 to the United States at the New York City Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, as residents affectionately proclaim.

VW suggests that future mobility is one of the most stimulating topics of our time and the XL1 aims to address the most critical question: how little energy consumption can a single car operate on? Well, since January 2011 the answer comes in vehiclar form. VW doesn’t just pose outlandish questions while standing on the sideline. No, no, VW actually delivered a new version of the XL1 which sets a new standard for efficiency.


 

2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake: 800 Horsepower On A Budget

On: Tue, May 24, 2011 at 3:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake test 2

Sure, the new Ford Mustang GT is a fun. It's got the awesome Coyote 5.0 engine sporting dual overhead cams, 32 valves with variable technology, and not to mention 400+ horsepower. But, what's that? Not enough horsepower, you say? Well, okay, Dearborn has an answer for your power needs too, in the form of the very exciting Shelby GT500.  

Surely, with 550 horsepower and a 5.4 liter supercharged all-aluminum ground-pounding V8, that should certainly cover your horsepower needs? No? Really? Okay, well, then Shelby can take that garden variety GT500 of yours and turn it into one of the meanest Mustangs to ever come off a production line.


Popular Mechanics Picks The Most Deserved Fails In Car History

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 4:17PM | By: Chris Weiss


Popular Mechanics Picks The Most Deserved Fails In Car History  test 2

When I first read Popular Mechanics article title "10 Cars That Deserved to Fail," I immediately started thinking about some of the most notorious failures in automotive history. The explosively terrible and embarrassing Ford Pinto. The not-buying-it-no-matter-how-cheap-it-is Yugo GV. And so on.

Indeed, both those models showed up not far down the list. It would be hard to write any list of "car fails" without including them. What's more interesting about the list is some of the more recent, more subtle car failures that I probably would never have thought of.


VW Set To Open Tennessee Plant

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 3:36PM | By: Tim Healey


Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn test 2

Volkswagen is getting ready to open its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 24. The plant will build the new Passat, and it’s a key piece in VW's strategy to become the world's largest automaker.

The $1 billion factory will eventually build up to 150,000 Passats. The next Passat will be priced at $20,000, about $8,000 cheaper than the European version, thanks to the fact that U.S. wages are lower, the design is simpler, and local content will be used.


Maserati SUV Coming In A Few Years

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 12:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Maserati SUV test 2

I wish that someone would poke a fork into the whole SUV/CUV/crossover trend and just end it all ready. But unfortunately, the closest we're going to get is putting a fork on an SUV, a trident to be specific. According to Car and Driver, Maserati will be the next high-end brand to build an SUV, following in the footsteps of Porsche, Alfa Romeo, and others.

The report says that Maserati will debut an SUV by 2014. The SUV will be developed at Chrysler HQ in Detroit and will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not much else is offered on the Maser jeep, but we don't have high hopes (Cayenne with a trident? No, thanks).


More Details On Subaru FT-86

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss


Details on Subaru FT-86  test 2

So far, the partnership between Toyota and Subaru has been all Toyota. Beginning in 2009, Toyota has shown three versions of the jointly developing sports car platform: the original Toyota FT-86 in Tokyo 2009, the Toyota FT-86 II at this year's Geneva Motor Show, and the Scion FR-S at the New York Auto Show just last month. Meanwhile, Subaru has shown only a shell of a concept meant to convey its rear-wheel layout.

But, that will all change this year, with Subaru catching up in a hurry.


Purse-o-holic's Beware - Hyundai Unveils Genesis Prada

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Salamone


Hyundai Unveils 'Genesis Prada'  test 2

Just days ago, Hyundai Motor Company began sales of the extremely limited edition Genesis Prada. Hyundai plans to sell 1,200 vehicles initially in the Korean market, then later expand into the Middle East and China. Genesis Prada is such an exclusive vehicle that each car will be built to customized personal orders, uniquely sporting a GP500 emblem intended to emphasize scarcity.


Gas Prices + Japanese Earthquake = Rising Car Prices

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 9:22AM | By: Chris Weiss


Gas Prices + Japanese Earthquake = Rising Car Prices  test 2

It's a story that began unfolding just shortly after the Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor meltdown ravished the nation and stagnated its auto production in mid March. Auto analytical group Edmunds suggests that the worst is yet to come, with soaring gas prices and model shortages combining to create the perfect storm of rising car prices.

With gas prices edging toward a nationwide average of $4 per gallon, consumers have been inspired to shop for new, efficient cars. At the same time, production on cars like the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf has been affected by the ongoing aftermath in Japan. Both those factors have led to depleted inventories at dealerships, a situation that's left little motivation for dealers to offer discounts, incentives, and sale events, something that they'd typically do during this time of year.