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The Transition

On: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:30AM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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The concept of a flying car has been around for decades and popularized by cartoons, such as The Jetsons, and movies, such as The 5th Element. The competition to achieve this milestone first has been covertly competitive. Perhaps you saw the 60 Minutes episode on June 14th, 2006 where the inventor Paul Moller from Davis, CA. showed off his red flying car that could elevate itself with four powerful rotating blades. Perhaps it has not been a commercial success because the car aspect of this machine is and was lacking. Well, the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT may have a cool alternative and it may be a little less expensive, as well. Unlike Moller’s invention, this car or airplane has wings and it is called The Transition. Huge differences are that it does not have the speed or power of Moller’s machine, and Moller’s flying aircraft can take off and land vertically.


Four Door Fiat Slated To Come to U.S

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 4:42PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Great news in the auto industry! The Italian Fiat is bringing a four-door version of the 500 model to North America as a result of a recent merger between Chrysler and Fiat. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that recent plans for a new Chrysler plant to build Fiat engines in southeastern Michigan denotes "a huge step forward" for the incorporation of Chrysler into Fiat.


Toyota AgreesTo Pay $16.4 Million U.S. Fine

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 3:59PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Toyota Motor Corporation agreed to pay the largest fine in history, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for allegations of not reporting safety problems in vehicles with defective accelerator pedals for 4 months. According to the NHTSA, the law states that any safety issue must be reported within 5 business days. Since Toyota failed to do so, a monetary fine was assessed for $16.4 million, the maximum penalty that NHTSA can assign.


The Long Beach Weekend

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 12:11PM | By: John Welch


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This past weekend, April 17th and 18th, we had the most televised racing available to us so far this season. To say that I was "sedentary" this weekend would be like saying "gators eat Cocker Spaniels only if they really have to." A gator will devour a Cocker Spaniel at given any opportunity, and I have La-Z-Boy-sores. Similar to bed sores, made worse by constantly dusting the wounds with Dorito flavoring and spilled beer for a solid 36 hours. The odor was pungent when I finally separated myself from the soggy lounge-chair; I had become one with the dyed, seemingly donkey-derived leather.

These are the hardships that I suffer for you, brave readers, in an attempt to explain and describe the wonders of high-dollar racing to you and your contemporaries. It's hard work, but somebody has to do it. I suppose I can be that "somebody". Never have festering, gooey sores been so much fun to cultivate; never. Inside the post we cover the Long Beach Weekend (ALMS, Formula D, and the IRL*bleech*), and the F1 Chinese Grand Prix will get its own post. If you care, the NASCAR race in Texas was rained out . . . good thing I don't really care . . .


 

Electric Car History And Some Arguments Challenged

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 9:37AM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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There has been a lot of debate between the electric, gas and hybrid operating vehicle insiders and outsiders. This debate will probably not subside any time soon. Some environmentalists support the electric car movement and are forever angry that the largest auto companies squashed the development of electric cars in the early part of the 20th century.


Roll Over, Little Samurai, The Lexus GX 460 Is Here!

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 7:35PM | By: John Welch


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I was reading this article in Consumer Reports this one time; I had been in the market for a new blender for several months. Being of small mental stature, I just couldn't make up my mind. CR instructed me to specifically avoid the blender named "The Furnace Blast-O-Matic" but the packaging was just sooo damn intriquing . . . I bought the most expensive Blast-O-Matic I could find.

 

Wouldn't you know it; CR alleged that the Blasto-O-Matic had a faulty wiring system and would throw sparks from its blades at any speed higher than "frappe". Lo, they were correct, and now I am rebuilding my kitchen and having work done to the houses' foundation. Sum . . . bitch.

 

Ever since that fateful blender incident I have taken Consumer Reports at their word. They say a new Lexus model, the GX 460, might be a bit tippy in the turns. Might bob and weave a little too much for the average Soccer Mom's driving skill set. Might just go "turtle", and kill all the little munchkins inside. Important news, assuming this isnt a Toyota Witch-Hunt . . .


American Mini, Not Muscle

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 2:19PM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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The New York International Auto Show seemed to be less of an auto show than it was an extravaganza for environmentally friendly automobiles. To be more accurate, it seemed to be a display for mini-mobiles. The self-propelled cars in the Flintstone’s cartoon had more power than some of these cars. This timing could not have come at a worse time for these auto companies. This winter tossed a monkey wrench into the spokes of the Al Gore global warming crusade and an increasing number of people are questioning the global warming rational.


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 12:49PM | By: John Welch


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Carlos Ghosn and Deiter Zetsche hopped into bed this week, and this unholy Franco-Hun alliance is already producing some interesting love children. Mercedes four cylinder in an Infiniti? Wouldn't that be a little, I don't know, difficult for Benz dealers to swallow?

GM is repaying tax-payer loans five years early, sure, but does that mean that they are on the road to profitability? Short answer, NO. Long answer, Double NO! The General has shed $4.3 billion dollars since bankruptcy, $1.9 billion in the last three months of 2009. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it's still a pin-hole. Profit in 2010? We shall see . . .

Audi has dominated sports car racing for the better part of a decade. With countless R8s and R10s, the storied marque has taken every major trophy more then once, from Le Mans to Laguna Seca. Their red and silver rocket-sleds have yet to win any beauty contests, however. With its racing introduction this weekend in the south of France, at the Paul Ricard Circuit 8 Hour, Audi continues a proud tradition of function over slightly hideous form. You be the judge, inside the post . . .


Those Who Cast Stones

On: Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 8:48AM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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Sixteen million dollars may not be that much, but with an industry that barely escapes with razor thin a margin, that’s a hefty speeding ticket. Toyota Motor Company is the company in question and they were clobbered with a record-breaking penalty.


Toyota, which was once sparkling clean, has been inundated with bad press. They are facing mounting private lawsuits and, if they pay this $16.4 million penalty levied against them from the Transportation Department, it could be a tacit admission of guilt. With that said, the public knows that many lawyers are greedy and are known for ambulance chasing. Is that the case here? There have been some individuals who have made complaints against Toyota but it has been proven they fabricated the story, made fallacious accusations, and has blatantly lied. For instance, your car is not going to stop quickly enough, in most cases, if you never attempted to press on the brake


Chrysler To Roll Out New Grand Cherokee In July

On: Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 9:58AM | By: John Welch


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The Italians are not blind to the situation they have bought into at Chrysler. Things, in their romantic eye, at least, are starting to improve. To quote Sergio Marchionne, "I feel a lot more comfortable today than I did 12 months ago -- by far."

Arguably the most successful, and well received late model Chrysler vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee will lead the march toward profitability for Chrysler (good thing I typed that last bit of hog-wash -- I could never say the words "Profitable Chrysler" with a straight face . . .). The new Grand Cherokee will go into production in May, and will land in showrooms towards the beginning of July.

How does this SUV stack up against the competition? If that were still a relevant question, I would answer it. SUVs are dead, folks, you can no longer enhance your manhood with tall tires and too much lane-choking width. Chicks don't dig it as much as they used to. Sorry.

Since the Grand Cherokee occupies a weird niche of its own, let's just explore its merits solely as a viable product, one that may or may not help Chrysler succeed long enough to re-badge Lancias and then fail all over again . ..


The Economic Collapse Claims Another Victim: Bye Bye, Ralliart

On: Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 1:38PM | By: John Welch


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Though relatively unknown until Gran Turismo changed all of our misconceptions of foreign car markets, Ralliart has been providing parts to Mitsubishi for over 25 years. The company has also lent its name to several Rally-inspired Mitsus, the most recognizable (for us 'Murrhikens, anyhow) being the Lancer Ralliart.

Mitsubishi doesn't seem all that worried, as now they don't have to pay royalties on a name that is already synonymous with their vehicles. The demise of Ralliart may just be the first in a wave of Jap-o-Tuner deaths, as the Japanese tuning industry has nose-dived in the last two years. The world woke up and realized that nobody wants a 400 horsepower Scion xB. Or Hummers with stoopid rims and three tons worth of stereo equipment. Oh, wait, that last abortion is a uniquely American disaster, sorry, Japan. Didn't mean to reflect my self-loathing on you guys . . . make a race car out of that CR-Z, fellahs, don't mind me . . .