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California Lawmakers Aim To Corral Recalled Rentals

On: Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 11:37AM | By: Andrew W Davis

California Lawmakers Aim To Corral Recalled Rentals test 1-1

So, here you are, sitting behind the wheel of a clean, freshly-rented automobile. You checked, initialed, and signed the form in all the right places and the bright and shiny young person handed you the key you’re about to use to bring this car-of-no-repute to life.

It looks new. Well, newer than the heap you usually drive. It seems clean there in the cabin, though it does smell faintly of Lysol and plastic. It started right away, too, and it seems all the lights and gauges and chiming-things are awake and ready to go. [You would be, too, except you can’t find the emergency brake release handle. After a few seconds of frantic pantomime in their direction, that shiny young person comes running back to point out the large and clearly marked handle you should’ve noticed.]

Toyota To Continue 50-Percent Production Until June

On: Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota To Continue 50-Percent Production Until June  test 2

Toyota restarted production at its 18 Japanese facilities as of this past Monday. While that was good news, the bad news was that it was going to run at only 50 percent of its usual production capacity. Later in the week, Toyota announced that it will continue work at 50 percent capacity until at least June 3.

American Consumers Backing Off Japanese, Korean Vehicles

On: Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 7:47AM | By: Chris Weiss

American Consumers Backing Off Japanese, Korean Vehicles test 1-1

The saying that "image is everything" is rarely off the mark. In the case of the Japanese auto industry, it's that very principle that's starting to allow the carriage to lead the horse.

After suffering a devastating trio of disasters early last month, the Japanese auto industry has been having well publicized struggles in procuring automotive parts and keeping production running on schedule. There have been numerous shutdowns and slowdowns, and problems are expected to continue for months to come.

As if those direct problems weren't enough, now Japanese automakers face a rather serious indirect problem: U.S. consumers are backing off of Japanese vehicles because of all the news that they're reading about parts shortages, production slowdowns, and rising prices.

First Image of 2013 Dodge Viper... Errr... Not Really

On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 4:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Dodge Viper test 2

In preparation of its upcoming 2013 Viper, Dodge has released a single teaser image of the car doing some snow testing. Unfortunately, the test car pictured is nothing more than a 2010 Viper that Dodge is using to test some new equipment. So, while reports promise that the 2013 Viper will be more aggressive, we're still left looking at the same ol'  Viper we've come to know and love.


BMW Tag Team Launches Premium Car Sharing

On: Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Beginning this month, BMW and Sixt are launching a technologically advanced and incredibly practical car sharing program using the brand name DriveNow in Munich and Berlin. But BMW’s mobility concept is drastically different from other currently operating programs, such as Zipcar. DriveNow is the first brand to offer efficient premium cars and a broad range of service options. Vehicles can be dropped off anywhere within certain prearranged boundaries and randomly picked up by anyone needing to hire a car—thus speeding up the whole car sharing experience. Sixt is providing the IT know-how and rental support which DriveNow relies on.

Drivers who sign up for the program must register for a one-time fee of 29 Euros and plan to pay 29 cents per minute of use. Conveniently, the minute fee covers all costs (parking and fuel). If a car isn’t directly in front of you, or you feel lonely, or perhaps simply isolated, then registered participants can search for DriveNow vehicles on a handy Smart Phone application or via the interweb at drive-now.com. There’s just one catch.

GM Releases First Full Picture Of Chevy Malibu

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 4:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Chevy Malibu test 2

Chevy has been giving us peeks and glimpses at the 2013 Malibu for weeks now. This week, it officially pulled the full cover off, revealing a shot of the Malibu's exterior. We don't know that it will make much of a splash, but Chevy's next global car is official.

The first teaser photo of the Malibu that Chevy released showed sporty, Camaro-inspired taillights. At the time, Chevy described the redesigned mid-sized sedan as a more athletic, more aggressive take on the Malibu. From those taillights, we had no problem taking the company at its word.

Ferrari Leading the Way In Emissions Cuts

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Leading the Way In Emissions Cuts  test 2

The European Union currently mandates that all automakers cut emissions across their lines down to 130 g/km by 2015. As you could imagine, cutting emissions poses a particular challenge to supercar manufacturers whose lines consist of massively engined, inefficient sports cars that get more powerful every year. And so far, most supercar makers have been making very nominal gains.

But, Ferrari has proved an exception, making significant cuts over the past year.

Alfa Romeo's U.S. Launch Pushed Back to 2013

On: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 1:16PM | By: Chris Weiss

Alfa Romeo 4c test 2

The U.S. is about to get a little more European over the next few years. Fiat Group vehicles from Alfa Romeo and Fiat itself are poised to start returning to our highways this year and next. Or they were, in the case of Alfa Romeo. Originally planned for a late-2012 U.S. launch, Alfa cars like the Giulia sedan and station wagon are now unlikely to make it here before mid-2013, according to an Automotive News report.

Chrysler To Sell Natural-Gas Cars In 2017

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 5:19PM | By: Tim Healey

Chrysler To Sell Natural-Gas Cars In 2017 test 2

Chrysler will begin selling vehicles powered by compressed natural gas in 2017. Fiat, which currently owns 30 percent of Chrysler and plans on eventually owning a majority stake in the company, already offers compressed natural gas engines in some of its products in Europe. Chrysler has been looking into bringing the technology to American shores.

Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne likes the technology because it's cheaper than other alternative-fuel technologies, and Fred Diaz, the CEO of Chrysler's Ram truck brand, has expressed an interest in using the technology in pickup truck applications.

2012 Cadillac SRX To Get More Power

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 12:57PM | By: Tim Healey

2012 Cadillac SRX To Get More Power  test 2

Cadillac's SRX has been the company's answer to Lexus' hot-selling RX 350 mid-size luxury crossover SUV, and now it's getting some more power for 2012.

A 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 is on tap to replace the 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V-6 and the 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6. The 3.6 will put out 300 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. That's 35 more ponies and 37 more lb-ft than the 3.0, and the same amount of horsepower as the 2.8, although it's a reduction in torque of 35 lb-ft. The 3.6 is flex-fuel capable.

Diesel Engines And V8s Headed To Jeep?

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 11:27AM | By: Chris Weiss

Diesel Engines and V8s Headed To Jeep test 2

Carmakers just love to jump the gun, don't they? You would have thought that Chrysler could have waited a week or two to show off its special edition, Mopar-ized Jeeps. After all, the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab is really the kind of place where people interested in hardcore, off-road-ready Jeeps tend to congregate.

But, alas, Chrysler couldn't quite hold it to the finish line and did a full sneak-peek event in Auburn Hills, where you won't likely see many people actually driving big-tired, stripped-down rock crawlers. While the special editions were interesting to look at, they're not bound for production and are basically showpieces designed to highlight what Mopar parts can do. More interesting were some comments by Jeep chief Mike Manley that point to some possible new engine options in Jeep's future.