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Gas Prices + Japanese Earthquake = Rising Car Prices

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


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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.


Japanese Automakers To Work Weekends Only

On: Fri, May 20, 2011 at 10:20AM | By: Tim Healey


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In a bid to reduce the stress on Japan's power grid following March's earthquake and tsunami that destroyed a nuclear power plant, the Japanese automakers and suppliers will take select weekdays off in order to ease stress on the nation's power grid.

The companies will take Thursdays and Fridays off and work on weekends during the summer in order to relieve stress from the grid.


Volkswagen Developing Cars That Pick You Up On Demand

On: Thu, May 19, 2011 at 11:20AM | By: Chris Weiss


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"I need ya, buddy." Those four simple words are all that The Hoff (a.k.a Michael Knight) needed to mutter before getting a reassuring: "Right away, Michael." Now that's a friggin' car.

Children of the 80s are among the most keenly aware of the promising possibilities of automated vehicles, thanks largely to the sheer awesomeness that the Trans Am known as K.I.T.T. brought to the table in a timeless little series called Knight Rider. And it looks like those children, now adults, will soon be able to direct their cars in a similar manner, although they may have to name it Klaus rather than Kitt.


Top Gear Runs Out Of Juice In Nissan Leaf

On: Thu, May 19, 2011 at 9:53AM | By: Chris Weiss


Top Gear's Clarkson, May runs out of power in Nissan LEAF test 2

BBC television series Top Gear is just not having any luck with electric cars lately. Not only does it have to deal with the lawsuit smacked down on it by Tesla Motors, but it ran out of battery power once again. This time it was in a Nissan Leaf.

Jeremy Clarkson and James May were outed when they rolled up to the University of Lincoln looking for a place to plug in. And by rolled, we mean they rolled the powerless car by way of good, old fashioned elbow grease.


 

Crisis In Japan Leaves Up To 200K Shoppers Available To Rival Makes

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 2:48PM | By: Tim Healey


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The earthquake and tsunami in Japan that occurred in March are leaving customers who normally shop the Japanese up for grabs to rival automakers.

Up to 200,000 shoppers are in play, thanks to the production and supply problems caused by the natural disasters. Toyota, Honda, and Nissan stand to lose the most.


Jeep Executive Whispers Of The Future

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 2:03PM | By: Chris Salamone


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After returning from the Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah, Mark Allen, head of Jeep design studios, sat down for an interview about the Jeep brand. Allen is a true Jeep enthusiast that appreciates the off-road capability and versatility of Jeep’s products. Even more importantly, he understands the tao of Jeep culture and respects the history of the brand’s 70 years of achievement. Allen’s executive position at Jeep requires that he guide and inspire the design team to create exhilarating and functional vehicles that still embody the spirit of Jeep’s rockstar heritage.

The following is the text of the full interview just posted by Jeep. Prepare for whispers of a 75th Anniversary Wrangler and the potential return of the legendary Jeep Cherokee, oh my.


Here's One For The Ladies: A Prince, His Princess, And A Lexus

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 1:49PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Thanks to my wife there’s a People magazine cluttering up my mailbox every week. And as I’m contemplating throwing it immediately in the recycler or waiting until she reads it and then throwing it out, I can’t help but notice whatever cover-page foofaraw their “editors” are screaming about in 100-point type.

If I’m not mistaken there was recently some to-do about the Queen of England getting married to some hot chick with a hyphenated last name even though that hot chick’s sister was wearing a better dress or some such thing.


Details on McLaren Flagship

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


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For most companies, a 592-hp, sub-3,000-lb. coupe that hits 62 mph in 3.3 seconds would qualify as a flagship. But when your name is McLaren, and your most famous road car not only held a world record, but also stood head and shoulders above every other supercar of its era, an MP4-12C is but a starting point, a middle of the road.

McLaren has already indicated that, unlike in the past, it will build a family of cars. And one of those cars will be a true flagship, reminiscent of the 240-mph F1 produced in the mid-90s. Late last week, Autocar published the most comprehensive look that we've seen as to what McLaren's car will look like.


From Gullwings To Rotary Wings: Helo Takes Mercedes Brand To New Heights

On: Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:50AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Yes, you read that right: Mercedes-Benz is getting into the helicopter business and I enjoy using terrible puns.

Unveiled at last year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva—and delivered to its first customer today—the EC145 “Mercedes-Benz Style" helicopter is a joint venture with Eurocopter (want to guess where they are and what they build?).

[That odd “Mercedes-Benz Style” bit is THEIR idea. I know how to use quotation marks properly.]


Bmw Tops U.S. Luxury Market By The Skin Of Its Teeth

On: Tue, May 17, 2011 at 8:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Usually when we talk about auto sales, we're working in thousands. But in the case of the luxury auto market, BMW sits on top by less than 30 individual cars sold. The German automaker managed to narrowly defeat its countrymate Mercedes-Benz by a margin of just 29 cars to become the leading luxury automaker in the U.S. so far this year.

BMW sold 18,801 models in April while Mercedes lagged closely behind with 18,042 sales. That pushed the 2011 sales totals to 71,417 BMW and 71,388 Mercedes. Year-to-year sales were up 2.3 percent for Mercedes in April and 8.9 percent for BMW.


Porsche Details Plans For New U.S. Plant and Test Track

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 5:38PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's the latest news from Porsche, and for once it's not a Black Edition or some other special edition; it's plans for a new North American headquarters. Porsche will remain in Atlanta, where it’s been for the past 13 years, but will build an all-new, state-of-the-art production center near the International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Plans call for office space, production facilities and a Customer Experience Center that employ more than 400.

After a one-year search for alternate locations, Porsche decided that it was quite at home in Atlanta. Its new headquarters will be built on a plot known as the Aerotropolis Atlanta development site.