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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.


Tally-ho! Earth's First Hybrid Goes For A Spin

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 1:37PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Over the years Porsche has stood out as a company which not only produces exceptional vehicles, but as a company that also turns a profit with regularity. But the claims to fame don’t stop there. In 1900 Porsche manufactured the first functional hybrid car ever built: the Semper Vivus. Take that Prius! Yes, a full one hundred years before Toyota rolled out with the Prius the Semper Vivus roamed the concrete jungles of yesterday, err… minus the concrete. Recently Porsche decided to remind the world of their EV achievement by taking the Semper Vivus out for a spin.


Chevy Gives Details On New Corvette

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Okay, "new" might be a bit of an overstatement. The 2012 Corvette is more like an ever-so-slightly tweaked geriatric. It will be the last C6 Corvette model year that we see before the C7 debuts next year as a 2013 model. But, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of Chevy, and we've seen that the Corvette will be sort of a party vehicle, with various special editions and packages offered. 

Chevy previewed a few of the changes that will affect all 2012 Corvettes in anticipation of the muscle car's launch.


GM U.S. Pickup Car Rumors

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Man, I don't think the pickup car has had this much time in the spotlight since the 1960s and 1970s. In the past month, we've seen a pickup car from BMW (yes, here's the proof), a high-performance tuner pickup car that took advantage of the highly publicized BMW model, and now more GM pickup-car rumors.

The rumors have been around for years, but they got a little extra juice last week when GM North America President Mark Reuss was quoted as supporting the idea of a North American pickup car in Australia's Sydney Morning Herald. Australia, of course, is one of the world markets where GM does offer a pickup car (known as a ute down under) in the form of the Holden Ute and Ute SS.


 

More Drivers Running Out Of Gas And Getting Stranded

On: Mon, May 2, 2011 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Remember that episode of Seinfeld when Kramer decided to push the limits of the fuel tank during a test drive? It seems more and more drivers are doing the exact same thing, only not in the name of comedy—in the name of dollar bills.

All commuters experience it on a daily basis: the stomach-dropping sensation of watching way too much of your weekly paycheck get sucked into an automated gas pump. The dollars just tick way faster than the gallons these days and the trip to the gas station—once a rather neutral task—has become the equivalent of a root canal or proctological exam (another great, car-related Seinfeld episode—"The Ass Man").


Saab Looks To Chinese For Cash Infusion

On: Mon, May 2, 2011 at 3:11PM | By: Tim Healey


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Saab is struggling to come up with enough cash to survive, and the company is looking to several Chinese companies for help. Saab is in talks with three Chinese automakers in regards to an investment and production deal. A deal could be reached within days.

Saab is talking to Great Wall Motor Company, China Youngman Automobile Group Company, and Jiangsu Yueda Group Company. Talks with all three are moving forward, and a deal with one of the three may be reached soon.


Bentley Continental Supersports Ice Speed Record Mulliner

On: Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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You know, when I think things like "ice" and "world speed record", the last thing that comes to mind is "convertible." Then again, I suppose ""Bentley would be among the last things to come to mind, too.

However, Bentley did indeed break the world ice speed record (yes, there is such a thing) earlier this year. And it did it in a Continental Supersports convertible. So it's not that illogical to see the all-new Continental Supersports Convertible ISR Mulliner. Bentley will use the limited edition model to celebrate its achievement.


Tesla Fires Back, 10 Million Times

On: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:52PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Flashback: two years ago. Top Gear ran a show claiming to discredit the real world applicability of the Tesla Roadster. Two Roadsters were shown suffering ‘breakdowns’ on the track and the show’s script, completed before the vehicles were tested, concluded with the host saying, “in the real world, it doesn’t seem to work.” Although Tesla ignored the original airing of Top Gear’s anti-Roadster show, the company recently decided to serve BBC with a lawsuit for libel and malicious falsehood. If add up the ten million real-world miles which Tesla Roadsters have successfully hummed by 1,500 owners around the globe, they may have a case.

Tesla claims to have waited so long because the show continues to “repeatedly and consistently re-broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers on BBC channels, on other TV channels via syndication, the internet, and by DVD.” A lawsuit is the only recourse the company has. In a recent blog post, Tesla tries to field some of the misconceptions aired on Top Gear.


Tornadoes Affect Auto Production In The South

On: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:31PM | By: Tim Healey


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Severe storms that swept through the South spawning tornadoes have done plenty of damage this week. Not only does the death toll stand around 250 as this is written, but the damage is expected to affect automotive production as well.

Production at plants managed by Toyota and Mercedes-Benz in Alabama has been halted due to the storms.

Mercedes-Benz has a plant located just north of Tuscaloosa, which is among the hardest-hit areas. A mile-wide tornado struck the area on Wednesday, causing damage to the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International assembly plant. The GL, M, and R-Class models are produced there.


Chevy Volt/Nissan Leaf Win Top Safety Honors From IIHS

On: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Proving that the respective awards of World Car of the Year and World Green Car of the Year weren't just feel-good flukes, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt both scored at the top of the class in another important dynamic: safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finished up what it referred to as the first U.S. plug-in electric tests, and awarded both of the alternatively powered superstars top ratings.


1/4 Strip Tease: GT-R, Z06, And GT500

On: Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Salamone


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A lot of people are excited about the new Lexus LFA supercar, and with good reason. Back in 2010 the Lexus LFA defeated the Nissan GT-R in an all-guns-blazing drag race. Despite that victory and loads of media attention since, critics suggest the LFA is overpriced compared to the almost equally athletic, yet $300,000 cheaper, GT-R. Those critics will have even more ammunition to fire against the LFA for 2012 when they see this video which demonstrates how less expensive supercars are equally glorious.

In the April, 2011 issue of Motor Trend three epic supercars were set against each other in a five-figure full speed brawl. What sets these cars apart from other supercars? Simple, they don’t require a major league baseball deal or draining a lifetime savings account to purchase.