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Toyota Remains World's Largest Automaker Despite Recalls

On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:09AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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When American news reports on the Detroit “Big 3” they are referring to Ford, GM, and Chrysler, the major automakers that for many years made Detroit their home and were the dominant forces in American auto manufacturing. The emphasis is on “American.” When you look at top global sales figures for autos, the Detroit “Big 3” is joined by other automakers, such as Toyota and VW.

For the third year in a row, Toyota Motor Corporation can claim the title of “world’s largest automaker.” That’s pretty impressive given the hit that Toyota took from its recent massive recall and bad press. Regardless of those negatives, Toyota was happy to proclaim that deliveries from its Daihatsu Motor, Hino Motors, and Lexus Marque affiliates actually grew by 8% to a total 8.42 million cars sold in 2010.

Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Lexus Vehicles For Fuel System Problems

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:51PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Toyota is recalling 1.7 million cars from around the world (mostly in Japan), including 245,000 Lexus sedans that were sold in the U.S. The problem this time has to do with fuel pressure sensors. Apparently, these were improperly installed. The result is that a loose sensor can leak fuel between the sensor gasket and fuel delivery pipe.

For American owners, the recall is narrowed to certain models of domestic Lexus sedans. The list includes 2006-2007 model year Lexus GS300/350; 2006-early 2009 Lexus IS250; and 2006-early 2008 Lexus IS350. Owners of any one of those cars can take them back to their local Lexus dealership for a complete inspection. If a leak is found, they’ll get either a tightened sensor or a new gasket.

Toyota Teases FT-86 II Prior To Geneva

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Subaru won't be the only automaker showing off a sports coupe derived from its team-up with Toyota. Toyota teased its next FT-86 concept and said that it will unveil the second version of its rear-wheel-drive sports coupe at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. Subaru will also show its own version of the sports coupe for the first time at the show.

The FT-86 II may still be a concept, but Toyota hinted that it will be close, if not identical, to the ultimate production version, stating that it will be "the clearest indication yet of the final design for Toyota's next sports car."

Fully Official: Pagani Unveils The Huayra

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fully Official: Pagani Unveils The Huayra test 1-1

Geneva may be more than a month away, but thanks in part to a leak, Pagani has revealed the Huayra. Instead of having to sit through a dull, unrevealing fifth teaser video, we now have full details and crisp, clean pictures of the supercar. And it looks like a million bucks—as well it should, because it will cost even more.

Pagani was in the middle of a rather slow, uncompelling teaser campaign when a few leaked images from Car magazine and CarsUK hit the Web and completely overshadowed the release of the fourth (of five) teaser video last Friday. We knew it was only a matter of time before Pagani salvaged what was left of its climactic reveal and came clean.


Ford Fusion Could Be Part Of New NHTSA Probe

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 5:52PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Complaints are part of our everyday lives, but they don’t often get in the way, that is, unless those complaints are about the cars we drive. When consumer complaints find their way to the inboxes of the staff at the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) then a recall could be right around the corner. Nobody wants to go through that hassle. Ford is bracing for a possible NHTSA complaint review of the Ford Fusion. This is not the kind of news any automaker wants to hear.

New Split-Cycle Engine Design Too Good; Too Late?

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 3:09PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

New Split-Cycle Engine Design Too Good; Too Late? test 1-1

Most folks know at least one person who is a motor tinkerer. You know the type: they like to take apart a car engine and put it back together again just for the fun. Sometimes, they might actually stumble upon a way of improving the performance of the car. Obviously, it’s handy to have a mechanic on standby who can swap out a carburetor or replace an air filter. On the other hand, these homebound tinkerers often have a leftover part or two that they have no idea where it came from.

Gumpert To Unveil a Fast Tourer In Geneva

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 11:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's really been a great year for supercars. We've already had a new Ferrari. The Pagani Huayra has leaked. The Lamborghini Aventador is coming. And now news of yet another exciting Geneva unveil: a Gumpert 'Fast Tourer'.

One of the rarer, less-known names even in a field of rare, low-profile supercars, Gumpert is the German force behind the track-focused (but road-legal), V8-powered Apollo. The new, two-seat Tourer was designed in conjunction with Italian firm Touring Superleggera, which was integral in Bentley's Continental Flying Star that debuted at last year's Geneva show. The new Gumpert is expected to become Gumpert's second production vehicle and will likely join the Apollo in Gumpert's line.

Porsche 918 To Debut As A Spyder

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Truth be told, I was a little disappointed by the 918 RSR at the Detroit Auto Show. Now, don't get me wrong: the RSR was an exciting car in its own right. And I was all about its 756 horses. The silver-and-orange paint job was a distinctive (and hot) bonus as well. But I was hoping we'd get a look at a road-ready preview of the eventual production model as opposed to a track-focused car. And the RSR just wasn't it.

Well, according to a new report out of Europe, the 918 will debut in Spyder form, the way it was originally shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The RSR is designed for racing as opposed to production and the market model will come with a removable hard-top similar to that of the Carrera GT.

China To Produce Half of the World's Vehicles

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 10:35AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The "Made in China" tag has never been the essence of fine build. In fact, it's more of a running joke. But if a recent projection by Beijing Auto is to be believed, that tag will be etched upon half of the world's new automobiles in under 10 years. Dazong Wang, president of the Beijing Automotive Industry Corp., predicts that China will be responsible for annual sales of 40 million vehicles by 2020. If that comes to fruition, nearly half of the world's vehicle production will be located in the country.

Fiesta Debut At Arctic Rally Cancelled

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 5:43PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Many people are not aware that Ford has an Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, and that Ford intended to race the all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car in the upcoming Arctic Lapland Rally. As it turns out, it doesn’t matter because Ford has recently changed its plans.

Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila were all hopped up and ready to roll in the upcoming two-day snow and ice rally based in Rovaniemi, Finland. They were each going to get a shot at driving the Fiesta for a leg or two around the course. All of this is in anticipation of the big FIA World Rally Championship in Sweden next month. Unfortunately, a bit of a smash up on the second day of testing drove the team straight into the garage and forced them to bail out of the Arctic Rally. The good news is that despite the 150kph (93 mph) smack up, Latvala and Anttila weren’t hurt. The bad news is the Fiesta is a goner. They can fix it before Sweden, but not before the Arctic.

2012 Nissan GT-R Cuts 0-to-60 Under 3 Seconds

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 4:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The new Nissan GT-R may have inched ever closer to the $100,000 threshold, but it looks like the price increase will be worth it. According to a leaked GT-R owner's manual, the 2012 model brings back a sorely missed feature: launch control. And with launch control comes acceleration times that will put the car in the conversation with some of the world's most elite supercars. In getting their hands on the GT-R manual, car sleuths at the North American GT-R Owner's Club identified what Nissan calls "R Mode Start Function," or what's essentially an updated version of launch control.