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Porsche Production 918 Spyder Hybrid To Get Even More Power

On: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 12:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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After much buzz and speculation, Porsche announced two weeks ago that it will produce the 918 Spyder Hybrid. In the hybrid's first appearance since becoming an official Porsche model, Porsche has given a glimpse of what to expect from the production model and it may include a larger engine, stronger body and more technology. The new information comes from a private event that Porsche held at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.


Inifiniti Launches High Performance Division

On: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


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With eyes on the likes of Mercedes AMG, BMW M and Audi quattro GmbH, Infiniti is launching its own performance line. Possible good news: it appears that the company has spent so much time in designing high-end performance cars, there wasn't any left to come up with a name; the performance division will bear the rather unimaginative, no-frills moniker of "Infiniti Performance Line."

The line was unveiled at the Concours d'Elegance event going on now in Pebble Beach, and the first car out of the newly debuted division is the IPL G Coupe. The suped-up version of the G37 coupe gets modifications under the hood, in the cabin and around the exterior.

The coupe's 3.7-liter V6 enjoys a leap to 348 hp (from 330 hp) thanks to a little recalibrating. The max output now comes at 7,400 RPM rather than 7,000. Accompanying performance upgrades include increased rear and front spring rates, modified steering, 4-wheel sport brakes and viscous limited-slip differential. Those modifications are aimed at increasing handling and providing a smoother, surer ride. In back, modifications to the exhaust sytem cut pressure while delivering a more robust, performance-oriented grumble.


Ford Improves Fuel Efficiency in the 2011 F-150

On: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 8:55AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In recent automotive news, Ford Motor Co. has made a commitment to improve the fuel economy by as much as 20% in the 2011 F-150 truck, which will be available in all four new engines in the line-up. With government mandates putting pressure on automakers to improve fuel economy in cars and trucks, Ford has already started to put its plan in motion.

One dilemma that Ford is facing is how to upgrade the F-Series trucks in order to have enough power so that the V-6 models can replace the old gas hog V-8 engines. At the same time, providing 20% better fuel economy.

But Ford is up to the challenge, offering what Ford is calling “the most extensive powertrain overhaul in the truck’s history.”  The line-up for the 2011 Ford F-150 features four new truck engines: a 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter, and 6.2-liter V8s, and a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter. Headlining the engine lineup is a new twin-turbo EcoBoost engine with Ti-VCT that has been specifically tuned, calibrated, and tested for durability and reliability.


Ed Whitacre Out After GM Posts Best Quarter Since 2004

On: Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 3:48PM | By: John Welch


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GM has a lot of things to be happy about lately, but are those 'things' real or imagined? GM posted a net profit of $1.3 billion dollars this morning, a far cry from the $12.9 billion net loss during the second quarter last year. Rumor has it that these numbers are inflated by fleet sales. Only time will tell; as it is, this is nothing but good news.

Another bombshell dropped today, in the form of Ed "Tex" Whitacre hanging up his ten-gallon Alan Mullay hat and stepping down as chairman of General Motors. He will be replaced by Daniel Akerson, GM board member since July 2009, after a long career in telecommunications. Akerson is 61 years of age, and there is no reason to believe that he will not be able to successfully man GM's helm when the company's IPO goes public this fall.

Full press release and hard numbers inside the post . . .


 

GM Exec: No Mid-Engine Corvette, But Maybe a Hybrid

On: Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:38AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Rumors of the next-generation Corvette incorporating a mid-mounted engine have been running rampant for several years. This week, however, they've been put officially to rest. GM 's Karl-Friedrich Stracke, VP of global vehicle engineering, said that there will be no mid-engine Corvette, indicating that we can expect the next-generation Corvette to feature the same front-engine configuration that it's always sported. However, Stracke did leave the door open for a Corvette with hybrid powertrain.

According to Autoweek, Stracke, in response to the rumors, said: “I don't know who made this public. I think it is wrong.”

While that short quote is open to interpretation, a follow-up from GM spokesman Dan Flores was a little more definitive: “The rumors and speculation about the Corvette are just that. There is no mid-engine in the plans."


U.S. Study Finds Drivers' Errors Caused Accidents in Toyotas Blamed for Unintended Acceleration

On: Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:37AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The latest automotive news in Toyota unintended acceleration court cases indicates that  the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports there has not been any evidence of an electronic cause for the accidents allegedly resulting from sticky gas pedals in Toyota vehicles. After studying data recorders, federal regulators indicated that in as many as 35 out of 58 crashes being blamed on unintended acceleration, the brakes were not even applied by motorists.

The recorders, also known as “black boxes,” were reviewed by the NHTSA, but no evidence of electronic-linked causes of the accidents were found, just as Toyota Corp. had reported. Early findings support Toyota's claim that technicians were unable to find any electronic problems related to the sticky gas pedal cases, and that motorists had confused the accelerator for the brake in many instances.


Asbestos Claims May Result in Billions to Be Paid From GM Bankruptcy Estate

On: Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 5:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Asbestos claims may possibly be in the billions for creditors of the GM bankruptcy estate, according to the Bloomberg News. United States Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber granted permission to unsecured creditors to seek information from third parties regarding the asbestos claims so that an estimate of cost could be calculated.


Chrysler Invites Dealers to Apply for Fiat Franchises

On: Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 5:30PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Chrysler Group has extended an invitation to 600 dealers to travel to Detroit on August 30th in order to learn more about the Fiat brand and to decide if they want to sell Fiats.  This will be the first time Fiat has sold an automobile in the U.S. since 1983.


Auto Dealer Files Suit Against Chrysler Regarding Reinstatement Letter

On: Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:58PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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A New Jersey Chrysler dealer has become one of three total dealers in the U.S. to file a lawsuit against Chrysler Group after winning a recent arbitration case, but objecting to the company’s reinstatement terms. According to Automotive News, the dealership, Causeway Jeep in Manahawkin N.J., requested that the Chrysler Group be court ordered to ”issue a letter of intent that would restore the dealership to its position before the franchise was terminated during the company's bankruptcy.”


Lexus Gives LFA Lease Scheme the Ax, Customers Can Now Buy the Supercar Outright

On: Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 3:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Lexus had previously made a small stir when it announced that U.S. customers would only be able to lease the $375,000 LFA. The idea was to offer the car through a mandatory, two-year lease to prevent us profit-minded Americans from buying and flipping the car, negatively impacting the "ownership experience." Today, the company announced that it is reversing this policy and offering the LFA for regular sale. However, owners wishing to sell the car within the first two years must get the go-ahead from the dealership they bought it from.


Subaru's Version of the FT-86 Gets Some Details

On: Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 3:06PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Toyota and Subaru have long been working jointly on the FT-86 sports coupe. While Toyota showed its cards nearly a year ago, Subaru has remained mum about its own version of the coupe. This week, Autocar revealed some details on the Subaru-spec FT-86 that indicate (not surprisingly) that it will be a more powerful version. Subaru's version, which doesn't yet have a model name, will also get more aggressive styling.