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Lamborghini Aventador Is Leaked to the World

On: Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Aventador Is Leaked to the World test 1-1

Car companies really need to learn a little more quickly. Sure, I understand that they want to build anticipation as much as possible. But if they don't want their big reveals to be scooped by big leaks, they need to start moving faster in the fast-paced, connected world of today. Otherwise, every major official reveal is bound to take a back seat to a major leak-reveal.

Like Pagani before it, Lamborghini was in the midst of a slow teaser campaign, revealing the Aventador LP700-4 piece by tantalizing piece—like a Raging Bull version of a burlesque dancer. But instead of focusing on new, official pictures of the Aventador's chassis (snooze), media folks are free to focus on something far more engaging: the first picture of a fully uncovered Aventador LP700-4.

F-150 Trucks Recalled for Faulty Airbags

On: Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 5:03PM | By: Chris Salamone

2005 F-150 King Ranch test 2

If you’re one of the many unfortunate people to own a Ford F-150 from 2005-2006 prepare to duck, dive for cover, or play a hilarious practical joke on your obnoxious neighbor. Ford announced a recall today to cover nearly 150,000 trucks intended to repair airbags which deploy without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informed Ford back in November 2010 that the recall should cover 1.3 million F-150s from 2004-2006. Despite administrative advice, Ford chose to recall only those models from 2005-2006 and at a much lower quantity than suggested. Since the recall is significantly smaller in scope, the NHTSA is currently analyzing Ford’s response to determine if the recall is acceptable. If not, a negative finding could lead to a public hearing to evaluate whether or not Ford should increase the recall’s size.

Three New Bentleys In Store, Will Feature Porsche Platforms

On: Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 3:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Three New Bentleys In Store, Will Feature Porsche Platforms test 1-1

We know that Porsche has been tasked with developing the architecture for Volkswagen Group sports cars and large, premium sedans, and it looks like one of its first jobs under that responsibility will be to develop the underpinnings of several new Bentleys. According to a report by Auto Express, Bentley will be launching three new vehicles over the next several years, and they are all set to be planted on Porsche underpinnings.

Italian/British Love Child; Bertone's B99 Jaguar Concept

On: Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 10:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

Italian/British Love Child; Bertone's B99 Jaguar Concept test 1-1

Jaguar is in the midst of an expansion. Last month, Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar's global brand director, put it bluntly when speaking with a representative from Inside Line: "The market has changed and it's no longer enough just to focus on sedans." It's still not 100 percent clear what cars Jaguar will expand to outside of traditional sedan offerings, but it is clear that they're taking the idea of new blood seriously.

Take the new B99 concept, for instance. Jag went outside its walls and worked in conjunction with Italian design firm Bertone on the concept, which will make its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show next week. A bold two-door, the B99 gives a look at one possible direction for the future of the cat.


First Picture Of The De Tomaso SLC

On: Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 1:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

First Picture Of The De Tomaso SLC  test 1-1

One of the most interesting subplots of the Geneva Motor Show is the return of De Tomaso, a once highly-regarded sports car manufacturer that has been absent since 2004. In fact, had the new De Tomaso decided to come back with a revival of its hot, popular Pantera sports car, it might have been one of the biggest stories of the show. As it is, De Tomaso chose a four-door crossover for its comeback, so it'll have to take a back seat to flashier, more exciting Geneva cars like the Lamborghini Aventador and Pagani Huayra.

But we're still plenty excited to see De Tomaso back among the list of active Italian brands. And we're happy to get our eyes on the first photo of the SLC.

Porsche Ups Its Green Cred With Panamera S Hybrid and Boxster E

On: Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 1:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Ups Its Green Cred With Panamera S Hybrid and Boxster E test 1-1

We know that Porsche plans to make a hybrid version of every one of its cars. This week, the company took the next official step, introducing the Panamera S Hybrid ahead of its Geneva debut. And if that wasn't enough to make environmentalists all warm and tingly, Porsche also introduced the all-electric Boxster E prototype.

First U.S. Pagani Huayra Coming to the States

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 6:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Pagani--Huayra  test 2

The rumors are official: Pagani will be selling its all-new Huayra supercar in the United States, making it Pagani's first car in the market. Unlike the Zonda, the Huayra was developed with an adherence to U.S. emissions and safety regulations in mins, and it long seemed clear that the Italian supercar-maker was intent upon breaking into the ever-supercar-hungry U.S. market. Pagani made it official on Tuesday.

Pagani has yet to release pricing for the Huayra, but indications are that it will cost somewhere around 1 million euros when it hits the market. That translates to around $1.35 million by today's rates. Pagani plans to begin U.S. sales later this year.

Snortin' Norton Returns To Keen US Market

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Chris Salamone

Norton Commando 961 SE  test 2

 In 1902 the first Norton motorcycle, aka ‘the Engerette’, was unleashed out of a Birmingham, England factory and sport motorcycling changed forever. Nortons dominated world road racing for decades to come. After generations of UK ownership, the brand changed guard to a US company based in Oregon. Recently, however, after fifteen years of US ownership, Norton is once again secured under the British flag by CEO Stuart Garner. For the last two years orders for the newly produced 961 Commandos have vastly exceeded the company’s expectations. Perhaps more interesting, buyer interest is equally robust for the US market. As of February 15th only three of the fifty US allotted 961 SEs were still available for purchase.

Ford Revs Up "Crazy Kevin" Ads For The Explorer

On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

Crazy Kevin test 2

A few days ago Ford announced a new urban ad campaign for the redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer led by actor and comedian Kevin Hart. The total marketing effort will include TV spots, print, radio, and videos which showcase the best features of the Explorer. Ford hopes the campaign will engage consumers with comedy and generate more brand awareness, partly because of the completely reinvented Explorer.

In case you've been hiding behind an anti-media force field, Kevin Hart has starred in such classic films as "Soul Plane", "40-Year-Old Virgin", and "Little Fockers". What most movie watchers don't know is that Kevin Hart began as a shoe salesman and changed careers to embark in comedy. His style is loud and fast-paced, which is a good fit for an urban marketing campaign since Ford intends to capture the attention of the average city-goer.

The History Channel's Top Gear Primed for Season 2

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 5:54PM | By: Chris Salamone

Top Gear US Hosts test 2

The History Channel recently announced that the American version of the hit UK show ‘Top Gear’ would get another season in the United States. Since production will start this Spring, the new season should air sometime in late 2011. Although not simultaneously, the first season attracted 60 million overall spectators and brought the youngest age group of viewers to any series on The History Channel, ever. Production is a collaborative effort between BBC Worldwide and The History Channel. The show takes cars far beyond their manufacturer’s idea of ordinary use and, in doing so, tests the extreme limits of each auto. Top Gear is hosted by a trio of diverse talents: racing analyst Rutledge Wood, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust, and comedian and car buff Adam Ferrara. In addition to entertaining hosts, the show features crazy driving antics, super-car tests, reviews, and celebrity interviews. In short, if the US got another season of 'Jersey Shore' instead of Top Gear this author would be moving to the UK.

The Porsche Panamera To Get Longer

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Porsche Panamera To Get Longer test 1-1

For many red-blooded Porsche fans, the Panamera is already too big. After all, what kind of a true Porsche has four doors? But for actual Panamera buyers, the sedan isn't quite big enough, making for scrunched legs and uncomfortable rides in the back seat. And since the Panamera has been one of Porsche's most successful vehicles of late, Porsche is listening to the latter crowd. According to an Autocar report, Stuttgart is developing a stretched-out Panamera to appease voices in the North American and Chinese markets that feel the rear cabin is too small.