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LupiniPower Makes BMW M3 Pickup Rival: SuperUte

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

LupiniPower test 2

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."

Silverado HD Slays Competition

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 5:02PM | By: Chris Salamone

Head-to-head comparison test 2

Everyone knows the Silverado HD was recently named Motor Trend’s 2011 Truck of the Year. Yet, competitors like Ford and Dodge still offer quality trucks and The General needs to ensure consumers know which brand reigns supreme. GM’s global vehicle line executive for full size trucks, Rick Spina, recently stated that the company “wanted to get away from spec-sheet comparisons and show how these trucks perform in the real world." Perhaps the best way to do so is by a head-to-head comparison pitting the best against the best: HD vs. HD.

In so doing, Chevrolet created a heavy-duty pickup cage match in seven short videos, appropriately named HD to HD. Spina actually hosts with sidekick—Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long—instant credibility points here. But wait, you’re concerned this is a fluff piece meant to taint your completely unbiased opinion about pickup truck brands? Think again. GM employed AMCI to independently test the Silverado HD against the Ford Superduty and Ram HD.

European Commission To Ban Diesel And Petrol Vehicles By 2050

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 3:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

European Commission To Ban Diesel And Petrol Vehicles test 2

If you had any doubt that hybrid, electric, fuel cell, and other alternatively powered vehicles are the future of the automobile industry, the European Commission is here to dispel those doubts. The executive arm of the European Union has proposed a ban on all gas and diesel vehicles in European city centers by 2050. The ban follows similar actions and proposals in individual cities around Europe.

The proposal seeks to cut emissions and reliance on foreign oil by up to 60 percent. The EU currently relies on foreign oil for around 96 percent of its transportation needs. The European Commission hopes that zero-emissions vehicles will make up half of Europe's vehicles by 2030. By 2050, it wants to all gas and diesel vehicles out of cities altogether.

More Whispers On Aston-Maybach Team-Up

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 4:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin Lagonda test 2

Rumors of an Aston Martin-Daimler/Maybach team-up have been surfacing and resurfacing for months. The latest rumor is the most decisive yet, indicating that not only is the Aston-Daimler deal coming, but it's already inked and signed. According to a report from Car and Driver, the deal was actually signed late last year.

Under the agreement, Aston will replace its stretched-to-the-limit 'vertical horizontal' platform with the help of Daimler. Aston needs a larger platform to base its upcoming Lagonda sedan on, and looked outside to find one. Aston found a willing ear in Daimler and will borrow a platform from Mercedes to build the Lagonda on. Aston will also borrow SUV architecture, engines, and possibly a new platform to replace the VH platform that underpins its sports cars.


Porsche Panamera Turbo S Previewed Before New York

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Panamera Turbo S test 2

The most powerful iteration of the Porsche Panamera sedan yet will make its debut at the 2011 New York Auto Show next month. In preparation for the show, Porsche detailed the new sedan a little early. The Panamera Turbo S brings more power, more speed, and more standard equipment.

Porsche upgrades the Panamera Turbo's 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with new turbochargers with titanium-aluminum turbines and a reprogrammed engine control. The result is an extra 50 horses--up to 550-hp—and an extra 37 lb-ft of torque—up to 553 lb-ft. In Sport and Sport Plus modes that torque can be temporarily boosted up to 590 lb-ft.

Ford's Extreme Pothole Proving Grounds

On: Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Salamone

Ford's Extreme Pothole Proving Grounds  test 2

After a Viking-worthy winter and large spending cuts in both Europe and the United States, potholes are likely to be unfortunately common this spring and summer. But Ford drivers can relax, knowing their tried and true vehicles are tested for these exact conditions at the Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium and the Michigan Proving Ground in the US. Both test tracks feature real-world simulations and data acquisition supported by the best gearheads in the business.

Ford’s press release from March 30th indicated that several types of road conditions are simulated including moderately rough roads, such as those in Europe and North America, and severely rough roads, like those in emerging markets, taking into account that weather conditions can make these roads even worse. Further, both the Lommel and Michigan Proving Grounds include replicated roads from across the globe. Thus vehicles tested at these facilities might face something like the shambolic Lower Dunton Road in Essex, UK in preparation for real-world obstacles.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Sold Out For More Than a Year

On: Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 9:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 test 2

Lamborghini executives' faces are probably even redder than the Arancia Argos paint that covers the Aventador LP700-4 that we're most familiar with. Not from embarrassment, but from sheer excitement. The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 debuted earlier this month to rave reviews and plenty of the right kind of attention, and the buyers are really responding. We already knew the Aventador LP700-4 was sold out, first-year supplies were announced gone just barely after the car had even made its official entrance in Geneva, but reports last week indicate that it's even 'sold outer' than we thought.

March Sales Up, But Gas Prices Could Drag Them Down

On: Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 12:36PM | By: Tim Healey

March Car Sales Are Up test 2

Sales of new cars appear to have increased in March, with the expectation that they'll be about 12 percent better than they were last year. However, high fuel prices and supply line disruptions due to the natural disasters in Japan could act as a brake on sales.

Economic analysts often look at auto sales as one of the first monthly indicators of what's going on with the economy, and the market is expected to have shown improvement over last year. However, lower incentives in March might cause sales to dip compared to February.

Production Of Japanese-Built Hybrids and Electrics Resumes

On: Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 2:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

Japanese-Built Hybrids and Electrics test 2

Hybrids and other fuel-efficient vehicles built in Japan have been among the vehicles most affected by the earthquake and tsunami events of earlier this month. Built in Japan and exported to markets like the United States, these models suffered from production stoppages. As a result, prices on these vehicles have started to rise, as supplies at dealerships decrease.

But production is slowly getting ramped back up. Nissan and Toyota have restarted production on models like the Leaf and Prius.

GM Restarts Production In Louisiana And Buffalo

On: Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 1:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Restarts Production in Louisiana and Buffalo test 2

Though the problems in Japan stemming from the earthquake, tsunami, and damaged nuclear reactor events of earlier this month are expected to affect the Japanese and global auto industries for months to come, at least one automaker here in the U.S. is back up and running after a shortage on parts shut some of its operations down last week. GM announced on Monday that it was restarting production at its Shreveport, Louisiana plant, as well as bringing the Tonowanda plant in Buffalo back up to full-scale production.

Porsche Working On Mid-Level Supercar To Take On Ferrari 458

On: Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 9:35AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche test 2

Not long after Porsche confirmed that it was building the 918 Spyder, rumors about other super-911 plans started flowing. Word was that Porsche was going to build a second supercar to slot between the 918 and the 911. Well, according to Autocar, those plans are alive and well, and Porsche will be positioning the car against the likes of the Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C.

Porsche chief Matthias Mueller gave a peek behind the scenes: "We’re looking to extend the range; we’ve got an idea to do another mid-engine model. We’re thinking above the 911 but below the 918 Spyder."