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Honda Doing Feasibility Study on NSX Successor

On: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 5:17PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Honda NSX successor rumor rollercoaster continues on at full speed. Last rumor had it that Honda was already working on an NSX successor with a full-hybrid powertrain. A new rumor out of Edmunds indicates that Honda isn't really that far along. The report says that Honda president Takanobu Ito said that Honda is currently doing a feasibility study on a "new sports car."

Ito nixed the idea that Honda was planning on building a street-legal version of its V8-powered HSV-10 GT race car, but said, "There is clearly a demand for that type of car that we must answer."


Infiniti Teases Mercedes-Powered Coupe Concept

On: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 4:47PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Infiniti has teased a new concept it will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Though Infiniti has not supplied an official name for the car, indications are it may be called "Etheria," and will take some styling cues from the curvy Essence concept that Infiniti showed at the 2009 Geneva show.


2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1: Maniacal Muscle

On: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss


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For Corvettes, there's the ZR1. And for Camaros, there's the ZL1. At least, there is now. Chevy introduced the 550-hp, performance-optimized Camaro at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show this week, calling it the "fastest, most technologically advanced Camaro ever." Needless to say, we're excited.


Chrysler's Big Finish

On: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 3:48PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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No company wants to be forced into bankruptcy. Too often a financial downturn can lead to the complete collapse of a business. Luckily, for many employees, their families, and the U.S. economy, that hasn’t been the case for Chrysler Corporation. The company's bankruptcy filing gave it some much needed breathing room to regroup and reenergize. Part of that “way forward” was a coordinated sales push dubbed the “Big Finish for 2010.” Now it appears that Big Finish was so successful that it didn’t actually finish last year, as sales figures from January are still showing signs of growth.


 

Lamborghini Releases Aventador Teaser Pic

On: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In this day and age of obsessive paparazzi and real-time internet updates, it seems like carmakers are a step behind. First, we had to humor Pagani with its not-so-gripping teaser videos, while spy shots—including scanned magazine pages of the full Huayra—were hitting the Web, and now we have to do the same for the other big Geneva supercar debut: the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. Lamborghini has released its own "spy" teaser photo that really doesn't show us any more than the dozens of other spy shots we've already seen.


Cayenne and Panamera Lead Porsche With 34 Percent Sales Increase

On: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 2:19PM | By: Chris Weiss


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You can argue about the styling of the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera until you're blue in the face, but there's no arguing about their success. According to new numbers, Porsche enjoyed a 34 percent year-over-year sales increase in the month of January, thanks largely to its biggest vehicles.

Porsche was quick to talk up its achievement. Bernhard Maier, Porsche's board member for sales and marketing, said in a statement: "We are experiencing a welcome upward trend in the U.S. with the Porsche brand enjoying double-digit growth. This is particularly noticeable in the Cayenne and Panamera models."


Ally Financial Selects 4 Banks For Stock Offering

On: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 1:32PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Deciding who the most popular kids on the block are has been a time-honored tradition among high school students. Sadly, many of those popularity cliques live on well beyond the high school years. In the world of high finance, there are still variations of the “pick me!” type of games being played. The latest involves Ally Financial Incorporated, which is an auto and mortgage lender. Just like General Motors and Chysler, a marjority of the company is owned by the U.S. government. Ally has finally picked four “dates for the prom” in the form of the banks that will lead a planned initial public offering. The lucky winners are Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley. What’s at stake for these banks? An IPO worth $5 billion. Clearly, that’s a game everyone wants to play.


Mercedes Pumps $1.4 Billion Into Dealership Makeovers

On: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 1:02PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Every week, millions of TV viewers tune into “Extreme Make-over: Home Edition” to see old homes demolished and new homes rise from the rubble. Although not as drastic as that show, Mercedes-Benz has caught the makeover bug. The company is pumping around $1.6 billion into refurbishing its American dealerships in the hopes of bringing in younger buyers.

There are around 300 Mercedes dealerships that are updating showrooms. This comes on the eve of the delivery of the refreshed C-Class Sedan. In the world of luxury sedans, Mercedes and BMW have managed to take home only the silver and bronze medals against Toyota’s Lexus. Now that sales gap is closing and Mercedes is sprucing up to get ready.


Alfa Romeo To Introduce Small, Sporty "4C GTA" in Geneva

On: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 8:07PM | By: Chris Weiss


Alfa Romeo To Introduce Small, Sporty "4C GTA" in Geneva test 1-1

The 450-hp 8C Competizione was a truly beautiful, exotic car. But with a limited, 500-model production, it didn't exactly help keep Alfa's head above water during its production run in 2007/2008. Alfa wasn't earning a profit then and it's not earning a profit now. And in the midst of constant sale rumors, the Italian automaker needs a new game plan.

Rumors indicate that part of Alfa's new game plan will look a lot like the 8C, only smaller and much less expensive. The Italian marquee is reportedly planning on bringing a 4C GTA concept to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.


Lotus Evora To Get Fast-Tracked Makeover

On: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 7:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


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With six new concept cars previewing production models presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Lotus already had its hands full. But new reports indicate that the carmaker may have one more project, and it's taking precedence over the other cars. According to Autocar, Lotus has fast-tracked a new Evora, which will get a more hardened look with angular nose. The new Evora is expected to launch this year, preceding the raft of new models that will debut starting in 2013.


The Ford GT May Be Back, Baby! And It's a Hybrid!

On: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 5:23PM | By: Chris Weiss


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America is slowly becoming the new Italy. The boot may have Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Pagani, but we have SSC, TranStar Racing, a new Dodge Viper, and now...a new Ford GT. Allegedly. Yes, I'd rather have the former three, but those four ain't bad. According to a recent report on Auto Express, Ford is deep in the works on an all-new GT supercar that will pack more power and performance than ever. And it will pack it in a hybrid powertrain.

According to the rumor, the new mid-engined car will have a hybrid powertrain similar in design to the Porsche 918 Spyder. A supercharged V8 around 600-hp will provide primary motivation, but will get an extra power boost from a front-mounted electric motor when needed for acceleration.