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Will Volkswagen Bring Back the Legendary Microbus?

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Volkswagen Transporter Type 2--also commonly called the minibus or microbus-- is a remnant of a bygone era, an era when free love, anti-war and timeless music were all the rage. In fact, it's hard to think of the classic VW and not think of long-haired hippies, psychadelic drugs, tie dye and Woodstock.

According to reports, the VW Microbus will soon be part of a new era. Volkswagen Chief Designer Klaus Bischoff has confirmed that VW is working on a new version of its classic minibus. The news is far short of a full production confirmation, but it makes clear that VW is at least giving some careful thought to bringing back the legend.


Chrysler Teases the Next-Gen 300

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Chrysler has been really diligent about teasing its new cars of late. Within the past couple months, we saw it with the 2011 Dodge Durango, the 2011 Chrysler 200 (Sebring replacement) and now we have another teaser: the 2011 300. Chrysler recently released several tightly cropped photos of its next-generation flagship sedan, showing everything from the instrument panel and seat leather to the headlamps and wheels.


Things Are Looking Up For General Motors

On: Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 12:23PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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According to many insiders from General Motors, things are really beginning to look up for the Detroit automaker. Last week's successful Initial Public Offering enabled the company to pay off a quarter of the amount owed to the federal government. An Ohio dealer, Chris Haydocy, reported to Automotive News that he was all too familiar with the new name that many consumers had labeled General Motors with“Government Motors.” The federal government becoming 61% majority stakeholder of GM translated to a boycott of Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC automobiles by Conservatives in the Buckeye State and around the country.

After General Motors was able to raise $23.1 billion at its recent IPO, Haydocy and many other dealers feel things will change, and dealers are beginning to feel more hopeful about a rise in sales for all GM brands. According to Steve Girsky, GM Vice President of Corporate Strategy: “Government ownership hurt sales; our studies showed that consumers knew it going into the showroom.”


Nissan LEAF Rated At 99 MPG, Without . . . any . . . gallons . . .

On: Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 11:19AM | By: John Welch


Nissan LEAF Rated At 99 MPG, Without . . . any . . . gallons . . . test 1-1

Even though the Nissan Leaf is a completely Electric Vehicle, using no gasoline or oil to motivate itself, the Environmental Protection Agency still had to come up with a fuel economy rating. They don't trust that we are smart enough to understand "One hundred miles per charge" so the EPA got out their slide-rules and came up with an equation that would turn "miles per charge" into "miles per gallon". During the course of their research, the EPA made a few determinations about that Leaf that are contradictory to Nissan's description of their electric darling.

Nissan has stated that the Leaf is good for 100 miles on a full charge, but, like most electric cars, (I'm lookin' at you Tesla,) it appears the advertised range is a little optimistic. The EPA figures the Leaf will travel an average of 73 miles on a single charge, not the original figure, but impressive none the less.


 

Obama Says Auto Industry Is Recovering After GM IPO

On: Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 10:04AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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President Obama gave his approval regarding GM’s IPO last week, reitorating that the automotive industry is on the rise, which will lead to the American taxpayers getting their money back from last year’s government bailout. 

Obama stated: “Today, one of the toughest tales of the recession took another big step towards becoming a success story,” referring to the $20 billion that GM raised from its initial public offering last week.

The Detroit automaker was given $49.5 billion in government bailouts in 2009, and will be able to pay back $13.6 billion from its IPO.


Toyota and Tesla Unveil The RAV 4 EV At L.A. Auto Show

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 3:45PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Toyota and Tesla Unveil The RAV 4 EV At L.A. Auto Show test 1-1

In May of 2010, Tesla Motors and Toyota Motor Co. announced a $60 million project to partner up and revive Toyota’s electric vehicle project using Tesla’s battery and power electronics technology. Last week the two companies unveiled the new RAV-4 EV concept vehicle, touting its 100 mile driving range.

You may remember the original RAV-4 EV from 1997, which failed to move into the mainstream market. According to the Japanese automaker, there was not enough demand for electric vehicles back then. Now Toyota is hoping that with Tesla providing its renowned battery technology, and with the EV market growing, there will be more interest.


2012 Nissan GT-R Tops $90,000

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Nissan GT-R has proven one of the greatest bang-for-the-buck supercars of all time. Sure, it's not as exotic or sexy as a Lamborghini, Ferrari or even Porsche, but with a 3.5-second 0-to-60 mph time and a top speed of 193 mph, the car lets you perform with the big boys while spending well under $100K.

While it's still a great deal pound for pound, the GT-R has been slipping ever closer to the $100K mark. When it was introduced in 2008, the model cost just under $70,000 and it's slowly creeped up to over $85K for the 2011 model year. Nissan announced 2012 GT-R pricing and the model is now officially over $90K. But given that the car is in a class by itself, the GT-R remains one of the best deals in the sports car market. And when Nissan releases performance specs, it may get even better.


Judge Says Toyota Unintended Acceleration Cases Won't be Dropped

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:16AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Judge Says Toyota Unintended Acceleration Cases Won't be Dropped test 1-1

According to a Santa Ana federal judge’s tentative ruling, the class action lawsuit pertaining to unintended acceleration cases against Toyota Motor Corporation will not be dropped, as requested by the Japanese Auto Company. Attorneys for Toyota presented a motion to dismiss the class action suit regarding Toyota owners’ claims of economic loss related to unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

Judge James V. Slena, a U.S. district court judge, wrote in his 63-page ruling: “It is true that plaintiffs do not generally allege the precise dollar value of their losses, but that level of specificity is not required at this pleading stage,” Selna also commented; “It is enough that they allege a tangible loss that can be proved or disproved upon discovery.”  A final ruling is expected to be released by Selna by November 25th.


Chevy Volt Takes Green Car Of The Year Honors In LA

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:42PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In what is surely being welcomed as a rousing endorsement just weeks before its market launch, the Chevy Volt was named Green Car Journal's 2011 Green Car of the Year. In being so named, the Volt became the first ever electric vehicle to win the title--if you're willing to call the Chevy Volt an electric vehicle, that is.

 

 
 

A Peek at Custom Focus Models at the L.A. Auto Show

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


A Peek at Custom Focus Models at the L.A. Auto Show test 1-1

If you are thinking that Ford has been featuring the Focus at every major automotive show this year, you are right. The reason? Compact cars sales account for 20% of the U.S. market. In fact, half of all buyers under 30 select compact cars.

Ford’s presence at the recent L. A. Auto Show was no exception; Ford showcased a couple of aftermarket-enhanced Ford Focus models, as well as the 2011 Ford Focus Personalization Vehicle, and an all-new Focus race car concept. Three custom incarnations of the Focus were showcased in order to demonstrate how the automaker's accessories are able to transform the small car, giving it a whole new character.


Porsche Unveils the 2012 Cayman R

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:18PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Porsche told us a new mid-engined sports car was coming and now it's here: the 2012 Cayman R. Porsche's new mid-engine is a lighter, more powerful, more performance oriented version of the Cayman coupe. Unfortunately for LA showgoers and those watching from a distance, Porsche decided to debut the car in what we can only describe as sickly-turd green.