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Investigation of Possible Illegal Activity in Dealer Terminations

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 12:44PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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The federal inspectors who criticized the Obama administration, General Motors, and Chrysler for their handling of about 2,300 U.S. dealership terminations have opened a follow-up investigation of possibly illegal activity in the effort.

Details On The Next Pagani

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

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As can be seen by the Pagani Zonda HH and Pagani Zonda 750, Pagani makes some of the rarest, most distinctive, highest performing supercars on the planet. In fact, the overused moniker 'supercar' isn't even quite strong enough to describe what Pagani does with composites, V12 engines, and tires. And the world will soon see the next iteration of Pagani hypercar. Outside of a few privately commissioned one-offs, the Zonda has had its time in the sun and is on the verge of retirement. Pagani is developing the new C9 supercar, which will replace the Zonda. The C9 has been spotted testing in a few locations around the world, and some details of the new flagship recently began making the rounds.

Increase in Farming Income Boosts Sales for Pickup Trucks in the U.S.

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:05AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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According to a New Jersey-based auto researcher named Autodata Corporation, U.S. pickup truck sales have risen by 14% to 1.2 million in the first 9 months of the year. The growth in truck sales has been attributed to a recent boost from the farming industry. “Agriculture is helping out,” says Mark Fields, Ford Motor Co.'s president of North America. “When farmers have a good harvest, they invest in their businesses and a pickup is a tool,” said fields.

Flooding around the world, in places such as Russia and Canada, has destroyed many crops, which resulted in a rise in U.S. agriculture exports from $61 billion to $68.8 billion in the first 8 months (equating to a 24% increase in farm income) of 2010; this according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It makes intuitive sense that if the agricultural industry is rebounding that pickups would come along for the ride,” said Joe Barker, an industry analyst with IHS Automotive.

Last year, automakers posted the lowest numbers for light vehicle sales since 1982.

Fords Recalled For Fire Risk Remain Unrepaired

On: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 12:13PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Ford has announced that approximately 8.4 million vehicles that could possibly catch on fire remain on the road, which federal regulators attribute to lack of owner education regarding one of the largest U.S. safety recalls in automotive history. In 1999 and then again in 2009, Ford recalled 14 million vehicles for leaky cruise-control switches that have a potential of leaking into the antilock brake system, according to Ford.

“If not repaired, the vehicles can catch fire, even if they are turned off, parked, and unattended,” according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) statement today. According to a spokeswoman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only about 60% of the 14 million recalled automobiles (approximately 8.4 million) have been serviced. Normally only about 30% of recalled vehicles are returned for repairs.


Porsche Sells Out the 911 GT2 RS

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 4:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When your car is described as the "fastest and most powerful road-going sports car ever built in the history of Porsche," you wouldn't figure that you'd have much trouble selling it. And indeed Porsche hasn't had any problems selling the car that it describes that way—the 911 GT2 RS, which it introduced in the spring. The car made its auto show debut two months ago, and thanks to pre-ordering, all 500 models have already been spoken for. Eager car fans hoping to brush their knuckles across that contrasting matte black hood will have to do so on someone else's GT2 RS.

Danish Fury: Zenvo ST1 Heads to the States For $1.2 Million

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 4:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The world really needs more million-dollar supercars, don't you think? Sure, most of us will never get the chance to even see one out on the streets, let alone drive one, but it's just nice to know that such exotics are there should we ever have a flash of world-changing brilliance or run of lottery-winning luck. Announced last year, the Zenvo ST1 is an impressive-looking Danish supercar with over 1,000 horses. The company announced that a percentage of the 15 models that it plans to build will be headed to North America at a price over one million dollars.

Automakers Switch to New Innovative Engine Oil

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 9:24AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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A new engine oil is gaining popularity (it's available from many automakers, such as Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group, and General Motors) because of its ability to help engines run more efficiently and lessen the effects of wear. Those are important factors as automakers start to launch multitudes of fuel efficient small cars that have more horsepower than ever before.

Toyota Issues Recall Concerning Brake Fluid Leaks

On: Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 12:14PM | By: John Welch

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Here we go again; Toyota announced today that it will recall 1.53 million vehicles that may be equipped with faulty braking systems. The recall cover models built between 2004 and 2006, and include several Lexus vehicles. The RX330, GS300, IS250, and IS350, as well as Toyota Highlander and Avalon models, are all included. Seems like I just took my Avalon in for a new steering rack . . .

Chrysler Sends Letters Awarding Fiat Franchises

On: Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 10:20AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Chrysler has started the process of awarding Fiat dealer franchises. Letters of approval were sent out yesterday to those dealerships chosen from approximately 600 applicants. Chrysler selected dealers from over 100 specific markets that were pre-selected as those with high growth potential for small cars. The March launch of the Fiat 500 mini car, produced in Toluca, Mexico, marks the return of Fiat to the U.S. market. The small Fiat will be available in 4 different versions: a convertible and a sporty Abarth version in 2011, an electric model in 2012, and a high-roof, four-door model in 2013.

Chrysler has reported that the company is considering dealers other than those from the Chrysler network. Chrysler stated: “Dealers from outside the Chrysler Group dealer network also have shown great interest in securing the Fiat franchise, a selection team has been reviewing proposals from Chrysler dealers.”

Porsche Cayenne Wins SUV of the Year

On: Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 10:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, this is just a slap in the face to anyone who prizes aesthetics in their vehicle—or has any taste whatsoever. Motor Trend announced today that it has chosen the ever-controversial-and-despised Cayenne as its 2011 Sport Utility of the Year. In a pool of 15 brand new SUVs, the Cayenne presented the best mix of engineering, safety, value, and design improvement.

Introduced just before the Geneva Motor Show, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne received some minor exterior revisions. The line also lost an average of 400 lbs. Porsche went with the same 300-hp 3.6-liter V6, 4.8-liter V8 and  500-hp twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 engine options that the 2010 models used. The middle engine option equipped to the Cayenne S received a boost up to 400 horsepower.

Saab Introduces New 9-4X Crossover

On: Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

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With Paris officially out of the way, automakers are turning their attention to the next big show: the LA Auto Show, which runs from November 19 through November 28 (press days November 17 and 18). Saab gave the world a sneak preview of the next car in its revamped line-up: a crossover called the 9-4X.

The 9-4X is built on the same platform as GM cars like the Cadillac SRX and Chevy Equinox (GM owned Saab until earlier this year). Saab has detailed two engine options that will be offered in the mid-size crossover: a direct-injected 265-hp 3.6-liter V6 and a 300-hp turbocharged 2.8-liter six-cylinder in the Aero trim. Both engine options come with six-speed automatic transmissions with paddle shifters and will power all four wheels through Saab's XWD all-wheel-drive system. According to NY Times Wheels blog, Saab will not offer a diesel engine option.

The car hits 62 mph in 8.4 seconds and gives drivers the option of powering all the way up to 143 mph.