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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.

Automakers Look To Shed Pounds

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 9:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's no revelation that automakers around the world are looking to make more efficient vehicles. Fuel prices are rising something awful; government bodies in Europe and the United States are placing stricter regulations on automaker fleet emissions; and the market is quite warm and welcoming to more efficient cars.

Much of the automaker focus and media attention have been on smaller engines and greener powertrains. Electrics, hybrids, and other alternative powertrains have made for intriguing headlines, and smaller, more efficient gas engines have played their own less-lauded, utilitarian role.

Nissan Leaf Beats Chevy Volt in April Sales

On: Mon, May 9, 2011 at 7:23PM | By: Chris Weiss

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April Leaf sales actually surpassed Nissan's expectations. It had anticipated selling about 900 models by the end of April, but exceeded that by more than 15 percent.

As to why the Leaf was able to gain so markedly on the Volt that remains unclear. Both vehicles' sales are quite modest when compared to higher volume gas vehicles (Nissan models like the Rogue and Sentra sold more than 8,000 and 9,000 units respectively), so the differences could be negligible. Green Car Reports says that part of the discrepancy could be related to the fact that Chevy decided to redirect certain Volt models to dealerships to be used as demo vehicles. These cars would have otherwise been sold to the public, and could have increased April's totals, though it's unclear how many sales were affected. Still, it seems significant that the Leaf nearly doubled its sales in just a month while the Volt slipped backwards.

Mercedes To Electrify S-Class

On: Mon, May 9, 2011 at 5:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last year, Mercedes-Benz made it clear that the SLS AMG E-Cell that it had been working on was bound for production. The E-Cell will be among the growing field of alternatively-powered supercars (think Porsche 918 Spyder).

Last week, Mercedes indicated that electric power may move down line from the E-Cell to the S-Class sedan. While the German luxury automaker fell short of confirming a full-electric S-Class, it has confirmed plans for other green vehicles.


50 Years Of Astronauts And Corvettes

On: Mon, May 9, 2011 at 1:24PM | By: Chris Salamone

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If you’ve read Tom Wolfe’s bestselling book The Right Stuff, sat through the 1995 Tom Hanks movie Apollo 13, or the recent Star Trek XI flick, or perhaps even claim to be privileged enough to remember the Space Race, then you no doubt have a firm grasp on the relationship between astronauts and Corvettes. Since May 5, 1961, when Alan B. Shepard became the first American to return from space flight and immediately got behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette, America’s most iconic sports car and spacemen have been engaged in the throes of full on automotive passion.

In honor of Alan Shepard’s heroic mission, 30 of America’s surviving astronauts gathered in Cocoa Beach, FL on May 7th to commemorate the 50thAnniversary of Shepard’s sub-orbital flight. Recognizing a great publicity opportunity, GM made sure that all 30 would be driven in Corvettes representing all six design generations built since the model’s 1953 debut.

Jaguar Announces It's Back In The Supercar Business With Its C-X75

On: Sat, May 7, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Remember the XJ 220? Jaguar would probably prefer that you didn't. It's not that is was a bad car per se, it's just that so many compromises were made during its for-production development that the original car-show darling, which attracted more blank-check buyers than could be accommodated in 1989, was turned into a road car; people actually sued Jaguar to get out of buying once they saw the production version in late 1991.

Chief culprit was the switch from the concept's big V12 engine and all-wheel drive to a turbo V6 and rear-drive. Granted, what buyers that went through with their purchases got in 1992 was still a high-performance machine—it still set closed-course speed records in excess of the 220 mph its name implied—but the fact that many still lingered unsold in 1997 shows that when you promise a supercar full of superlatives, you better deliver (without spiking the MSRP after delivering half the promised cylinders).

[Boy, if all those who were adamant that a flagship Jaguar had to have a V12 were freaked-out by a V6, reading the specs of the 2013 C-X75 will probably make their heads explode….]

Official Pics: Mercedes Shows Off SLS AMG Roadster Coming Later This Year

On: Sat, May 7, 2011 at 9:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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There has been no shortage of spy shots of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. But this week, Mercedes took it to the next level with the most revealing pictures yet of its upcoming convertible. There is very little camo, no shadows, no weird angles, just a few nice, [low-flying] bird's-eye views of the sporty roadster.

The SLS AMG convertible will make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. And judging by the early start, we suspect we'll see a lot more of it before then.

GM Profits At $3.2 Billion For The First Quarter

On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 6:05PM | By: Tim Healey

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General Motors has posted a profit of $3.2 billion in the first quarter of 2011. That marks quite the turnaround for a company that was helped into a guided bankruptcy by the federal government in 2009.

The $3.2 billion profit marks the fifth straight quarter that the automaker has been profitable. Revenue was up 15 percent, to $36.2 billion.

It was good earnings in North America—which more than doubled to $2.9 billion—that helped GM achieve its first-quarter numbers.

Back In Black: Chrysler Reports First Profit In Two Years

On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 1:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

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What a difference a couple of years (and a few billion dollars of public money) can make. After spiraling into bankruptcy and groveling to the U.S. government—not to mention a European namesake—for big bailout bucks, Chrysler has reported its first profit. In the first three months of 2011, Chrysler finally got to use some black ink, raking in $116 million of profit.

Rumors: Kia Planning Large V-8 Sedan

On: Thu, May 5, 2011 at 4:30PM | By: Tim Healey

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Now that Hyundai has the Genesis luxury sedan, complete with available V-8, could subsidiary Kia be planning to follow with a large V-8 luxury sedan of its own?

For its part, Kia will neither confirm or deny such a project, saying only that a rear-wheel drive premium sedan could be interpreted as a logical next step following the redesign of the brand's Optima mid-size sedan this year.

U.S. Auto Sales Up; High Demand For Fuel-Efficiency; General Motors, 2011 Ford Explorer.

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 2:57PM | By: Tim Healey

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American auto sales rose 18 percent last month, due to new models and better fuel-efficiency. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate now stands at 13.2 million, which is the third straight month that it's been over 13 million. Despite supply problems and rising fuel prices, every automaker posted sales gains as the industry as a whole saw its second largest percentage gain for the year.