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Spyker Aileron C8 Spyder To Get Corvette ZR1 Power?

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:48PM | By: Chris Weiss


Spyker Aileron C8 Spyder To Get Corvette ZR1 Power? test 1-1

Nearly two years ago, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the Netherlands-based supercar-maker Spyker announced a Spyder version of its second-generation C8 Aileron. It unveiled the model a few months later in Pebble Beach and the world was astounded by the muscular, aero-inspired, electric/hydraulic-roofed beauty. Unfortunately for that world—particularly the wealthiest segment of it—the Aileron Spyder has existed merely as a show car ever since. It shows its sexy face at big auto shows around the world, but has not yet made it out of the factory, despite production originally being planned for the first half of last year.

Sure, Spyker has been busy with acquiring and resurrecting Saab, but is it too much to ask for them to focus on their bread and butter?


Full Frontal Of Pagani Huayra Leaked

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Our first look at the uncovered Pagani Huayra. The leaked photos originally came from the cover and pages of Car magazine. Some kind-hearted chap scanned the cover in and released it unto the Web for all to ogle. After that leak Cars.UK, which had its own photo of the car, decided it was time to take advantage and published a second photo (above). Kind of puts the ki-bosh on Pagani's painfully drawn-out teaser campaign doesn't it?

In addition to giving a full walkaround of the car, the leaked magazine pages also put an end to the name debate: it's officially the Huayra, somewhat disappointing because I liked Deus Venti a lot better. But perhaps Pagani fancies itself as the "God of the Winds" and the Huayra is just one of several winds that it's created.


Mercedes Gets Artsy: Design Concet Sculpture To Be Unveiled Later This Month

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ordinarily the stretch of cold, bleak winter between the Detroit Auto Show in January and the Geneva Motor Show in March is a long, dull one in terms of full-on automobile debuts and concepts. But thanks to automakers' penchant to wish themselves happy birthday in the most lavish of ways, this year will be a little different. Autocar reports that Mercedes-Benz has an event planned for January 29 in honor of its 125th anniversary—which is also the 125th anniversary of the automobile itself. The company will unveil a new concept car, but the car will be built in an untraditional medium.

Instead of an actual car, Mercedes will pull cloth off of a sculpture of a new concept car. The move is similar to what it did last year at the North American International Auto Show when it used a "Rising Car" sculpture to preview its sporty F800 concept (pictured).


Crash-Test Data Linked To Death Rate According To U.S. Insurance Group Says

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 9:03AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Crash-Test Data Linked To Death Rate According To U.S. Insurance Group Says test 1-1

As long as there have been cars on the road, there have been analysts busy compiling statistics about everything that has to do with the automobile. Obviously, the most important set of statistics to examine are those involving accidents, crashes and motorists fatalities. The goal with any of these studies is to find ways to minimize  accidents and increase the safety factor in automobiles. You can thank these very same statistics for all the safety features in your automobile, including basic safety equipment such as, seatbelts and airbag deployment systems.


 

Next Dodge Viper To Draw Inspiration From Naked Women

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Next Dodge Viper To Draw Inspiration From Naked Women test 1-1

Dodge dealers have already seen it, and according to Dodge chief Ralph Gilles, what they were seeing was inspired by an NSFW scene. Gilles commented last week that the next-gen Dodge Viper, which will launch next summer, drew aesthetic inspiration from a "naked woman on the beach." The Viper was always a curvy, attractive beast, so pulling inspiration from the few curves more attractive than it seems to be a natural direction to take in redesigning the icon.


Officially Weird: Ferrari FF Shooting Brake

On: Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 11:16AM | By: Chris Weiss


Officially Weird: Ferrari FF Shooting Brake test 1-1

The Ferrari codenamed F151 will soon replace the 612 Scaglietti. It's expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and has been identified as a shooting brake update to the 612. Some recent spy shots give us an idea of the shape of the car's exterior and what it will look like inside. And artist Jon Sibal took it one step further in providing a rendering of what the hot, red 612 with pushed-back cabin will look like on the Geneva showroom floor. Not surprisingly, it'll look pretty damn good.


No Surprise: 2010 Recalls Highest In Years

On: Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss


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In a year of major headlines, Congressional hearings, and media outrage, anyone who watches the news once in a while could have guessed: U.S. automobile recalls for 2010 reached their highest numbers since 2004. In fact, the only thing surprising there is that they weren't at an all-time high, because I'll certainly remember 2010 (and late-2009) as the year of the recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced this week that the infamous (and not all that infamous) recalls of 2010 affected more than 20 million vehicles.


BMW, Audi And Mercedes Will Build U.S. Factories

On: Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 10:11AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The official word from the automotive world is clear: “the world’s three largest luxury automakers will expand factories this year to ease capacity constraints.” Translation: BMW, Daimler, and Audi are building bigger factories which means new jobs all around! Why can’t they just say that?

Actually, the race is on between those three big European automakers to see who is going to come out on top. However, they’re not only thinking about sales this year, but they they’re already talking about who is going to be the industry leader for 2015. That’s confidence.


Porsche Working On A New Flat Four

On: Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 6:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Porsche executives confirmed at the Detroit Auto Show that Stuttgart is working on a new, small powerplant that will be applied to future versions of the Boxster, Cayman, and possibly the 911. The new flat four-cylinder is still under development.

Outgoing head of development at Porsche Wolfgang Durheimer said of the engine: "We have a four-cylinder boxer engine under development," adding that it could be applied to the Cayman and Boxster. According to reports, the engine will have a displacement of 2.5 liters and will put out around 360-hp in turbocharged form.


Li Ion All-Electric Sports Cars Materialize; Production Set For This Year

On: Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Tesla is looking at a much more competitive future. Not only is Mercedes plowing full steam ahead with its SLS AMG E-Cell, but a new competitor just made things official. North Carolina-based Li-Ion Motors—a company that previously seemed to be hedging precariously on the edge of vaporware—announced at the Detroit Auto Show that production is go for its Inizio and Wave II models. And the company is looking at a quick turnaround, claiming that it will deliver the first models to customers this year.


Daewoo Is Dead; Will Anyone Mourn/Notice?

On: Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 11:15AM | By: John Welch


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We remember the Daewoo brand fondly, don't we? The awe inspiring Nubria, the effervescent Lanos, the stunning Lacetti, the imaginative Matiz . . . wait, we never got the Matiz. Dang it. Our loss. All sarcasm aside, Daewoo has been responsible for more then its share of commuter boxes over the course of the last twelve years. Most Suzukis are actually Daewoos, most small Chevrolets, the Cobalt being the lone exception, are in fact Daewoo-designed vehicles. The Euro-market Chevrolet Lacetti, Spark, Captiva (can anyone say "Saturn Vue"?), and Orlando are all, in fact, Daewoo products. Which begs the question, "why aren't they Daewoos?"

Following the lead of Ford's "One Ford" global platform plan, GM has systematically phased out all semblance of Daewoo badging world-wide, placing bowties where a weird, tri-pointed waterfall once sat. Americans will hardly notice, we haven't had a Daewoo branded product since 2004. The question is, will Korea notice? Also, will Korea be willing to buy enough Chevrolets to give GM a coveted extra percentage point in the Korean market? GM thinks it can expand from 9% of South Korea's new car sales to 10%. They're sending over their best and brightest, begining with the Chevy Camaro. In return GM Daewoo is giving us the new Sonic small car, as well as the Spark/Matiz, possibly by the end of the calendar year. Possibly. Venture inside the post for GM's side of the story . . .