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Tata To Run $7 or $8K in U.S.

On: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 10:50AM | By: Chris Weiss


Tata Nano test 2

If and when Indian automaker Tata succeeds in bringing the world's cheapest car to the United States, it won't be so cheap anymore, at least not when compared with its pricing in India. The tiny, four-seat Nano earned the rank of world's cheapest car when it debuted in 2008. In India, it sells for 100,000 rupees, which roughly equates to $2,000. Pretty damn cheap for a car. However, if the Nano is exported to the United States, as is Tata's plan, the price is likely to increase nearly fourfold, diminishing some of its appeal and buzz.


Muscle One-upmanship Continues, Next Mustang Shelby GT500 To Get 600 Ponies

On: Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 12:51PM | By: Chris Weiss


Muscle One-upmanship Continues, Next Mustang Shelby GT500 To Get 600 Ponies test 1-1

Though mile-per-gallon competitions have provided a contemporary side show for the muscle car wars, in the end, it's all about pure, unadulterated power. At the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, Chevy raised the bar with the all-new 2012 ZL1, a 550-hp beast of a Camaro. Now, rumors indicate that Ford isn't going to sit idly and let Chevy steal its thunder. Car and Driver reports that the next Mustang Shelby GT500 may just leap well over 600 hp.


Porsche Details Cajun Production

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 4:17PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche Cajun Rendering test 2

Porsche has announced plans to build the "Cajun" crossover at the same Leipzig plant that is currently responsible for both the Cayenne and the Panamera. Expansion on the plant will begin in late 2011 and is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs.

Porsche chairman Matthias Mueller said in a statement: "During the production of the Cayenne and the Panamera, our Leipzig plant has impressively proved that it can produce premium vehicles of highest quality.The decision in favor of this location is proof of our trust in the skills and qualifications of our Leipzig associates, and at the same time another contribution to the economic advancement of the region."


Godzilla Rattled: 2012 GT-R Shipments Delayed By Earthquake

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 1:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


2012 Nissan GT-R  test 2

What's more powerful than a massive, fire-breathing lizard? Mother Nature herself. Nissan has told the media that it will be forced to delay shipments of the new GT-R, the bang-for-the-buck supercar nicknamed after Japan's most famous reptile, due to the massive earthquake that has left the island nation in tatters. The Tochigi Plant where the GT-R is manufactured is one of six Nissan plants that were shut down by the quake. Production has been suspended until this Friday.


 

Hyundai R&D Chief Resigns

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 11:01AM | By: Tim Healey


Lee Hyun-soon test 2

Hyundai's research and development chief, Lee Hyun-soon, has resigned for personal reasons. The resignation is effective March 15. As vice chairman of research and development, Hyun-soon was responsible for Hyundai's first in-house engine during his time with the company. The 60-year-old led the development of the Alpha engine in 1991, which replaced Mitsubishi-sourced power-plants in Hyundai vehicles.


To The Bottom Of The Problem: NHTSA To Investigate Seat Warmer Hazards

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 9:28AM | By: Chris Weiss


Seat Warmer Hazards  test 2

Seat heaters are one of those luxurious, little options that you invest in if your average year includes numerous mornings of scraping frost off your windshield and warming your car via remote start. You could live without them, but they're a nice little comfort that takes the chill out of those icy, leather seats.

But, there may be a problem with your backside pampering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA ) is investigating whether seat heaters pose a significant threat of burning your cheeks. If so, expect to see a rash of seat-warmer recalls over the next few years.


Time Suck Of The Day: Ferrari FF Configurator

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 5:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


Time Suck Of The Day: Ferrari FF Configurator test 1-1

Though the FF that Ferrari debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this month was officially a concept, we know that Ferrari plans to use it to replace the 612 Scaglietti. And the Prancing Horse is moving forward with the model, giving customers the opportunity to create their own virtual versions. The Italian icon launched a configurator of the car earlier this week, letting you pick out the perfect colors, materials, and options for the hottest AWD hatchback of the year.


Tesla Model S Pricing And Availability Announced

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 12:43PM | By: Chris Weiss


Tesla Model S test 2

The Tesla Model S four-door will base at a price of $49,900 when it hits the North American market in mid-2012, the California-based automaker announced last week. That price is after the $7,500 federal tax credit and will buy drivers the sporty, 160-mile Model S variant.

Unlike the horsepower and speed that you expect pay more for in gas vehicles, buyers will have to pony up for increased range, and it won't come cheap. For an extra 70 miles worth of range, you'll be paying an extra 10 grand: the 230-mile-rated Model S will cost $59,900. No bulk discounts here.


Buick Continuing To Market To Youth With NCAA Deal

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 11:31AM | By: Tim Healey


Buick Regal test 2

This is not your father's Buick marketing deal. As part of a continuing effort to appeal to younger buyers, Buick has signed a three-year deal with the NCAA to advertise during NCAA events, such as the men's basketball tournament, which begins tonight.

Buick's sponsorship will include commercials for its LaCrosse and Regal sedans.

Buick is aiming for the NCAA audience because the company's research indicates that the tournament audience is made up of educated folks with money; but there's another potential benefit for the brand: The younger audience might help shift Buick's average buyer age lower.


Spied At The Ring: BMW M3 Pickup, Huh?

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 8:57AM | By: Chris Salamone


BMW M3 Pickup test 2

If you haven’t already collapsed from shock, please sit down. These images may cause confusion. This seemingly El Camino-esque BMW was spotted kicking off the new testing season at Germany’s Nurburgring. For those not in the know, Nurburgring, aka ‘The Ring’, is nearly 18 miles in length and wraps around 73 turns. The Ring is the proving ground for the world’s greatest super cars, including the Porsche GT2 and, in this instance, a pickup version of some potentially future BMW M3 model. Information remains scarce, but hopefully updates are to come.


Lamborghini Aventador To Have Similar Production Run As Murcielago

On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 6:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Aventador test 2

In case you were wondering just how many $380,000 Aventador LP700-4 models Lamborghini plans to build, the answer—at least at the moment—is around 4,000, putting the planned production run right in line with the Aventador's predecessor. According to Lamborghini numbers, 4,099 Murcielago models were built before the flagship was retired last year. Murcielago production began in 2001 and ran for nearly a decade, winding down in May of 2010.

Lamborghini sources told Autocar that the molds that are used to craft the carbon fiber tub for the Aventador are good for 500 uses each. And the magazine discovered that Lamborghini has budgeted for eight molds. With a little, quick math, it's easy to deduct that Lamborghini is planning on a production run comparable to that of the Murcielago.