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Diesel Engines And V8s Headed To Jeep?

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

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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.

Toyota To Resume Production Next Week

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

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After more than a month of production problems caused by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor events of last month, Toyota is poised to restart production. It announced last week that it will begin production at all of its 18 Japanese plants on Monday April 18. The company will not be up to full capacity, however, and plans to run at only 50 percent capacity through April 27.

After April 27, Toyota will enter its normal spring break period. It has not decided how production will run after the spring break ends on May 9 and plans to make that decision a little closer to that date. The company will reassess its parts supplies and decide how to proceed with production.

Gee Willikers, Batman! Replica Pulls $110,000 At Barrett-Jackson

On: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 4:41PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Holy Roman Empire, Batman, the Batmobile is almost as valuable as a priceless collection of Etruscan snoods! That sums up my surprise when a modified 1977 Lincoln Continental sold this weekend for $110,000 at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Palm Beach. But that’s not all. Apparently, the Batmobile has sold for drastically larger sums… even breaking the $200,000 mark. Wow, who would have thought a customized replica could attract so much consumer demand? Even more shocking are the companies which produce parts and complete replica Batmobiles for the collector market.

Corvette's 100th Birthday Special Editon

On: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 3:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Automakers just love birthdays, especially when they're nice round numbers. So when you have an icon like the Chevy Corvette and you have a 100th birthday, you just know there's a special edition coming.

Okay, as you've probably figured out, the Corvette hasn't been around for 100 years. But Chevy has. And what better way to celebrate than by making its heralded flagship just a little more special? It's the Corvette Centennial Edition and it's coming to dealerships this summer.


Chrysler Debt To Be Refinanced By June

On: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 3:24PM | By: Tim Healey

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Chrysler expects to have its debt refinanced by June, which would pave the way for Fiat to take a majority stake in the company.

Currently, Chrysler owes $7 billion to the U.S. and Canadian governments. Chrysler is hoping to have the debt refinanced by June, so that Fiat can become the majority owner. The Italian automaker cannot take ownership until the governments are paid back.

Hats Off To Land Rover In Sierra Leone

On: Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 10:44AM | By: Chris Salamone

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After eleven years of ‘official’ civil war and twenty years of physical and economic devastation, residents of Sierra Leone hope to build a brighter future. Land Rover is working to make that happen by supporting the Red Cross in its mission to aid people and communities in Sierra Leone to recover and create a better environment for all.

The eleven-year conflict claimed over 50,000 lives, destroyed communities, and left individuals and families physically and emotionally traumatized. Of particular interest are the children. The Red Cross estimates that nearly 17,000 kids have fought as child soldiers, even from the ripe age of six. These kids have witnessed and experienced unspeakable atrocities, but through the Child Advocacy and Rehabilitation (CAR) program they have a second chance to change their lives forever.

Pagani Names Two U.S. Dealers

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 3:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

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While the biggest story of the Pagani Huayra is the car itself (and maybe that weird name), a pretty large subplot is that the 700-hp supercar will be the first Pagani available in the United States. As such, Pagani will obviously need to set up a dealership network where the uber-rich can go to browse and order the $1.4 million coupe. Earlier this week, Pagani announced its first two U.S. dealerships.

Want to Try Out the 2011 Chrysler 300? Head to Your Local Mall.

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 2:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Trying to spike some interest and sales, Chrysler has announced a new test-drive campaign. The company is moving out of the dealer lots and showrooms and into the last great bastion of American consumerism: the shopping mall. Chrysler will be bringing several vehicle models to malls around the country. Not only will drivers get to test the new cars from the comfort of their own mall, they'll get a $15 gift certificate good at said mall. Sounds like a solid reason to test drive some new wheels.

Another Spicy Porsche SUV On The Way!

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:24AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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A little over a year from now we could be witness to the birth of a rarity:  A new Porsche model line. With the success of the Cayenne in its own stable, Porsche suits, specifically new president Mathias Mueller, have decided not to let BMW run away with the small luxury SUV segment dominated recently by the redesigned X3. Porsche also is not comfortable watching the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, Infiniti EX, or Mercedes GLK eat up the rest of the market, nor are they thrilled about BMW ramping up for a new X4 model, so production has been green-lit and Mueller promises a final design will be in place by year’s end. 

Japanese Quake Hits Ford

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 8:58AM | By: Chris Weiss

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We knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. After weeks of saying little more than that it's watching the situation closely, Ford announced that it will have to shut down its first plants as a result of shortages of Japanese-sourced auto parts. Like GM before it, Ford remained mum as to what part(s) was at issue.

Late last week, Ford announced that it would close its Louisville, Kentucky plant responsible for building the F-Series Super Duty trucks and Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs as of this week. Additionally, Ford said that it would close a plant in Belgium responsible for building S-Max and Galaxy minivans and the Mondeo sedan as a result of parts issues.

LupiniPower Makes BMW M3 Pickup Rival: SuperUte

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It looks like the joke is on BMW once again. Not only did the car paparazzi ruin BMW's big April Fool's prank (the M3 pickup), but now LupiniPower, a South African tuner, has used that model as a jumping point to advertise its own juiced-up pickup car: a supercharged pickup called the Chevy SuperUte SS. The car is more powerful than the M3, though probably not as luxurious inside.

LupiniPower's head honcho Michele Lupini repurposes the M3 prank-pickup: "It is hugely gratifying to note that M has taken note of a need for such top-end pick-up vehicles, although we do also need to point out that SuperUte is certainly no joke—our development cycle is now close to being completed and we'll soon be ready to deliver."