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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.

New Ford Focus ST Gets Fine-Tuned

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Prototypes of the new Ford Focus ST are dotting the globe in an international effort to release Ford’s first global performance car, which brings the same ST performance to both North America and Asia for the first time. But before final production, Ford must put the new Focus through a painstaking tuning process including some of the most demanding roads found from California to Nurburgring, and from German autobahns to backcountry lanes across Great Britain. Fans of the new Focus may even catch a glimpse out on the road. If a brand-spanking-new Focus crosses your path with a snazzy paint job, lowered suspension, larger wheels and tires, and the enduring symbol of sportiness—a central rear double exhaust—then you’ve just experienced a taste of the latest performance vehicle from Ford.

Subaru Tribeca, Mazda 6 To Be Discontinued: Report

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 9:38AM | By: Tim Healey

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A report in Automotive News suggests that the Mazda6 and Subaru Tribeca, two American-built vehicles from Japanese manufacturers, may not be long for this world.

Of the two, the Tribeca seems to be in more trouble. A Japanese newspaper, Nikkan Kogyo, is reporting that Subaru has halted research and development on the Tribeca, which is built in Indiana, and that production will end when the current version is ready to be retired. Slow sales and a desire to build more of the popular Outback and Legacy models seem to be spurring the move.

Zagato and Aston To Reveal New Concept

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Zagato is really making headlines lately. And it's doing so with the biggest, most relevant "As" of sexy, high performance European cars. Following last month's TZ3 Stradale, a celebration of Aston Martin heritage, Zagato will introduce a new concept in conjunction with Aston Martin. Aston released a teaser rendering of the car this week.

Like recent Zagato masterpieces the TZ3 Stradale and TZ3 Corsa, the new concept is meant to celebrate an anniversary. This time it's the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato, the first collaboration between Gaydon and the Italian coach builder. The new model will make its debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este later this month.


Best Buy May Start Selling Electric Cars

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 2:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

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With advent of electric vehicles, the electronic and automotive industries have moved closer than ever. Electric vehicles are now just large, battery-powered electronics. Best Buy has slowly been wedging its way into the electric vehicle market, providing an alternative to automotive dealerships. Presently, Best Buy's automotive presence is limited to electric bikes by manufacturers like Brammo and charging station installation for hardware from Ford and Mitsubishi. But the electronics giant is considering getting into actual electric car sales.

Blue On Black: Mopar '11 Charger Revealed

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 10:19AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Though there’s already a rather thick lineup of Dodge Charger models, those crazy kids at Mopar have gone ahead and added one more: the Mopar '11 Charger.

Intended to fill the gap between R/T and SRT, this murdered-out Mopar is meant to give buyers an idea of what they, the Mopar catalog, and a high-limit credit card could do to the already zoomy Charger R/T.

Just 1,000 Mopar ’11 Chargers will be built—900 for us, 100 for Canada—with MSRP of $39,750, or $4,580 higher than the most expensive Charger, the $35,170 Charger R/T Max.

[It joins the Charger R/T ($30,170), R/T Plus ($32,170) and R/T Road and Track Package ($33,170) models already offered by Dodge. I told you the lineup was thick, and those are just the R/Ts….]

But let’s get to what that Mopar-izing means to you…

Toyota Moving Toward Making the Prius Plug-In-Only...Or Not

On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 5:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The 50-mpg Toyota Prius is already a tour de force, leading the green-vehicle market for years. Toyota is looking ahead to the next generation of Prii to make the successful model even more efficient.

The Prius Plug-In will launch around the world next year. That model will offer EV-only driving ability thanks to the high-performance lithium-ion battery that can be recharged directly from a standard 120V outlet. Toyota says that the car will be able to offer gas/electric range of up to 475 miles. While the plug-in version will be sold alongside the standard Prius, Japanese paper Nikkei reported this week that Toyota plans to make the plug-in powertrain the Prius standard by 2014.

Forget RVing, There's A New Kid In Town

On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 4:22PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Looking back on days of old, the VW camper van was and remains an iconic standard for motorized wanderlust glory. Aside from tempting looks, the VW van also boasted a reasonable purchase price, comparatively decent gas mileage, and easy-to-operate gadgetry. But 40 years later those selling features just don’t hold a candle to modern amenities or make financial sense when buyers consider the cost of owning an unreliable antique. There are many conversion van kits on the market, yet one alone stands out as a strong competitor to the VW vans of yesterday: Kevin Hornby Designs Transit Connect Conversion.

Report: Chrysler Might Be Looking To Add 3,000 Workers

On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 9:48AM | By: Tim Healey

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According to a report, Chrysler might be looking to add 3,000 jobs and more shifts at plants in the Midwest. Three shifts, which would account for about 1,000 jobs, would be added at three plants. One is in Detroit, another in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and one in Belvidere, Illinois.

Right now, each plant has two shifts, and all three combined employ around 7,000 employees.

B.C. Woman Survives 7 Weeks Via Chevy Astro

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:42AM | By: Chris Salamone

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What’s worse than surviving in a Chevy Astro? Surviving in a Chevy Astro stuck in the Nevada wilderness with below freezing temperatures and almost no snacks to munch on. Unfortunately, when Rita and Albert Chretien left British Columbia to embark on a 1,200 mile road trip to Las Vegas they somehow managed to land in the exact above-mentioned scenario. Although details remain unclear, the Chretien’s Astro Van ended up stuck in the mud in the middle of the harsh Nevada wilderness.

After several days, pondering their situation, Albert decided that waiting was too risky and went out alone on foot to find some help. Rita sat by herself and without resources for seven weeks before a group of hunters spotted a small white flag wrapped around the van’s radio antenna. Rita's few sources of sustenance over forty-eight days formed a stringent college-reminiscent diet including a small bag of trail mix, hard candy bars, fish-oil tablets, and melted snow. Through the ordeal Rita lost nearly 30 pounds, but doctors claim she’s making a full recovery and can expect to be released from the hospital soon.

BMW Teases 2012 1-Series Hatchback

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Not quite as exciting as the pictures of the unclothed SLS AMG roadster that Mercedes released last week, but a teaser of an upcoming German luxury car just the same, some new pictures of what looks to be the upcoming BMW 1-Series hatchback have hit the Web. In fact, an entire website called 2originals.com is dedicated to teasing the model.

The website shows what appear to be three- and five-door versions of the hatchback covered up in bright cloth. The phrase "One Origin, Two Originals" points to the idea that these are indeed two versions of the 1-Series.