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A Dance With The Devil

On: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 3:17PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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If you are one of the lucky few on the planet to be in the market for a new Lamborghini, there is something you need to know before you walk into the dealership of the raging bull. Buying a Lamborghini is not just about buying a pretty car or a status symbol, it’s not just about having a lot of money to invest into a car that is fast, no, no, my friend, there is a lot more at stake than just a monthly car payment that exceeds a good deal of mortgage payments. No, when you plunk down the equivalent of a blue-collar life savings as a down payment for one of these beasts, you are making a deal with the devil.


Bentley To Offer Two V8 Engines

On: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


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When Bentley introduced the 2011 Continental GT back in the fall, it indicated that the model would be available with a V8 in addition to the W12 engine. Since that time, we've learned that  a 4.0-liter V8 is being developed for the car in conjunction with fellow VW automaker Audi. New rumors out of Europe now point to two V8 engine options that will be made available to Continental GT buyers next year.


Porsche Chief Gives More Details On Line Expansion

On: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 2:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's a well known fact in the automotive world that Porsche isn't content with its sales at the moment. The automaker has ambitious plans to double its annual sales by 2018. And the way it plans on meeting this goal is by expanding into new segments and offering more affordable, practical versions of existing cars. CEO Matthias Mueller recently spoke with Automotive News and gave some more detailed information on what types of things we'll be seeing at Porsche in the next few years.


2010 Most Profitable Year In A Decade For Ford

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 4:05PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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If you happen to be a Ford Motor Company shareholder, you’ll be happy to hear that Ford has announced a hefty $6.56 billion in profits for 2010. This is Ford’s highest posting in ten years. The company points out three major contributors for those profits: bigger sales, better products, and great prices.

All good news, right? Technically, no. Even though over six billion in profit is nothing to sneeze at, it could have been more. Ford’s fourth-quarter numbers took a nose dive when Ford paid down previous debt and ran up some bills for launching new cars. There was also a dip in sales in Europe. Still, it’s 6 billion in profits!

“We're in transition mode now,” claims Ford CFO Lewis Booth at a media briefing recently. He went on to predict that 2011 will be an even better year. “We've fixed the fundamentals of the business. I think the thing that pleases us immensely is the improvement in the balance sheet


 

Next Up From Ford: Inflatable Seat Belts

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:16PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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First came the seat belt. Then came the driver’s airbag. Then the front seat passenger’s airbag, and next side-curtain airbags followed by rear seat airbags. Just when you think there could be no more airbags, comes the next level of crash safety protection from Ford: the inflatable seat belt. The safety engineers at Ford have introduced these new seat belts for rear seat passengers. The goal is to provide even more protection to help decrease the incidents of head, neck, and chest injuries, particularly for children. The first Ford to feature the new system will be the 2011 Explorer.


Mercedes Benz Pulls the Covers Off Its Skeletal Anniversary Sculpture

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 1:59PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Mercedes-Benz threw itself a little birthday party over the weekend. The automobile was patented by Carl Benz 125 years ago as of Saturday, and Mercedes used the occassion to unveil a new, conceptual sculpture that hints at future design language. The piece is called Aesthetics 125.

In a ceremony in Stuttgart attended by such notables as German Chancellor  Dr. Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg Stefan Mappus, Mercedes presented its Aesthetics 125. Far from an actual car model, the sculpture appears like the skeleton of a car and works to demonstrate that "Mercedes-Benz design is art." It does, however, showcase a few key components including a big, smiley grille, voluptuous curves in front, and back and a sloped, hatch-style roofline. Expect to see these elements worked into future Mercedes concepts and production models.


Mach 7 Falcon; The Latest American-Made Supercar

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The U S of A is really set to take a bigger role in the supercar market. Once relegated to small, European automakers, companies like Shelby Supercars and TranStar Racing have given  Americans supercars all their own. The latest company to debut a car of super proporsions is Holly, Michigan-based Mach7 Motorsports. In a rather small, un-buzzy appearance, the company debuted the 640-hp, 15-model Falcon at the Detroit Motor Show last month.


Obama Proposes 1 Million EVs By 2015

On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:25AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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A president’s state of the union speech is meant to not only report on how we’re doing as a nation, but also what we might have to look forward to. There are plenty of bold goals set forth in those speeches. Back in 2003, President Bush put a $1.2 billion program on the table to help spur the development of fuel-cell cars. Eight years later and guess what? There are just a handful of fuel-cell hybrid cars in commercial production here in the U.S. That doesn’t mean a nation can’t dream big, does it? In his recent state of the union speech, President Obama put his marker on the table. He’d like to see 1 million advanced-technology cars on the highways by 2015. Bold visionary or wishful thinking?


Is There Clean Fuel In The Future?

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 7:14PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Today it seems that everyone is clamoring for a cheaper fuel to power everything. Can a cleaner, less expensive form of gas actually be created from something other than oil? The diligent scientists at Cella Energy, a U.K.-based research company, think they have discovered the formula. According to their research data recently released, they’ve created a hydrogen-base synthetic fuel that could mean the end of gasoline, as we know it; at least that’s what they’re claiming.


Volkswagen To Offer 100-Model Production On Its Intriguing XL1 Concept

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 6:35PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last week, Volkswagen made a big splash with the plug-in diesel-electric hybrid concept that it calls the XL1. It introduced the concept, which looks straight out of a futuristic thriller, at the Qatar Motor Show. The XL1 is an updated version of the L1 concept that VW first showed in 2002. It promises incredible efficiency, thanks to its tiny diesel- and electric motor-based powertrain. And good news for green lovers: Volkswagen plans to put it in production by 2013. For now, however, production will be limited to just 100 units.

Automotive News quotes VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech from Qatar: "We want to go into series production with this car starting in 2013." Piech went on to indicate that production will be very limited, with no more than 100 units planned, but that the car will be sold to actual consumers as opposed to fleet customers. Sales will begin in Germany and will move to the U.S. and China.


BMW Plans to Ramp Up Mini Paceman

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 4:39PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Now that all the glitz, glamour, and glad-handing of the Detroit Auto Show is over, it’s time to for the automakers to get back to the business of actually making all those cars. BMW is rolling up their sleeves to make sure their new sports activity coupe Mini Paceman will be rolling off the assembly line. They’ve awarded the Mini Paceman building contract to Magna Steyr, the Austria-based company which already is making their Mini Countryman. Think of this as keeping it all in the family.

BMW development head Klaus Draeger is the point man on this project and knows all the specs. “Yes, we will have the Paceman built in Graz too,” he recently told a local paper. “As the auto is technically based on the Countryman it makes sense to go to Graz for this as well.”