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The Economic Collapse Claims Another Victim: Bye Bye, Ralliart

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


The Economic Collapse Claims Another Victim: Bye Bye, Ralliart  test 1-1

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 . . .


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: Geneva Auto Showzen, Pt.1

On: Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 12:46PM | By: John Welch


Porsche 918 Sports-Hybrid test 2

Willya stop it with the Hybrids already?! The auto industry has been pumping out Hybrid vehicle after Hybrid vehicle for the past few months, and it is making Canada and me sick to our stomachs. These things aren't viable, we all know that; none of them will be on the road by 2018, so willya just effing quit it already? Has anyone heard of the Nissan Leaf? Or Fisker Karma? Or the Honda FCX?

While I am absolutely sick of Hybrids, and the Geneva Auto Show was absolutely rife with them, there were some interesting concepts displayed in the halls of the Geneva Palexpo. Audi debuted an A1 Hybrid, whose gas-o-propulsions arrive via a single-rotor Wankel. Interesting.

So, there were some hits and some misses. You may not agree, but this is what I think are the most significant Belles and Duds of the 2010 Geneva Motor Show . . .


Geez, Post Recall Problems Plauge Toyota

On: Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 12:49PM | By: John Welch


Geez, Post Recall Problems Plauge Toyota test 1-1

Toyota, Toyota, Toyota, if it's not fixed, please don't give it back to us! Otherwise, the negative press might ensure that Ford overtakes you as the most popular car maker in America by the end of 2010. Count on it, Toyota; we may not be very bright, but we will rise against anything foreign that might be killing us. Remember Chinese lead? MMMmmm-hmmm, we do . . .


Toyota Recall Companion Pt. 2: The Mighty List

On: Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 4:30PM | By: John Welch


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Today Akio Toyoda is in Washington D.C., getting lambasted by the board of GM, err, the US government. We will have a complete report on what was said under the hot lights of the Capitol building, but for the moment we want to make sure that we all know exactly what Toyota vehicles might be disastrously unsafe to drive. The Mighty List, located inside yon post . ..


 

Toyota Takes Another Hit

On: Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 4:27PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Toyota Hits Wall test 2

Like an MMA cage fight Toyota takes on more hits and it's getting ugly. A growing number of complaints over steering problems with Toyota Corolla, the most popular Toyota model in the United States, has sparked a federal investigation, and may result in yet another Toyota recall. The troubled automaker has already recalled millions of vehicles in recent months over defective gas pedals, floor mats, and problems with brakes.


National Red Light Camera Protests Slated For Valentines Day

On: Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 4:05PM | By: Clay Ritchings


National Red Light Camera Protests Slated For Valentines Day test 1-1

A national protest against automated red light ticketing cameras organized on the Internet, will find activists gathering for a "safety rally" at locations across the country Sunday. Individuals all around the country are organizing protests to show the Redlight Camera Companies something other than “Love” on Valentines Day.


Vehicle Crashes Through Showroom Before Toyota Can Address Sticky Situation

On: Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 2:46PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Vehicle Crashes Through Showroom Before Toyota Can Address Sticky Situation test 1-1

Drivers go a week with fear about the safety of their cars, Toyota dealers forced to stop selling their most popular models, Tundra crashes into showroom and Toyota’s president apologizes for screw-up


Forward Thinking From Honda

On: Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 5:24PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Honda has taken steps forward in the fuel cell world by unveiling the next generation in the hydrogen refill station. Utilizing solar power and designed as a single, integrated unit to fit in the home garage, the station produces enough hydrogen in an eight-hour overnight fill to power a fuel cell electric vehicle for its typical daily commute. The unit was designed to complement a public network of fast-fill hydrogen stations by refilling overnight, letting owners take advantage of less expensive off-peak electrical power and remove the requirement of hydrogen storage. In other words the unit will use solar during the day and run off the power grid at night. . . Bravo!


Tex Takes The Job! Whitacre Names Self As GM CEO

On: Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 1:25PM | By: John Welch


Tex Takes The Job! Whitacre Names Self As GM CEO test 1-1

So, big news conference from GM yesterday. Tex Whitacre Jr. is the official CEO. Ohkay, not really news, but we'll take it . . .


Gearing Up for the Rolex 24, Pt. One; Ganassi/Felix Sabates Racing

On: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 3:21PM | By: John Welch


Rolex Grand-Am Series test 2

As I write this, 9:18 a.m. January 21st, 2010, there are nine days, six hours, eleven minutes, and thirty seconds until the green flag is waved at the 2010 Grand-Am/Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Ok, twelve minutes and fifteen seconds. Fourteen. Thirteen. Twelve . . .

The Grand-Am Series, stalwart road racing series owned by the France family, has been dominated by Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates Racing and Gainsco Racing over the past several seasons. Both of these teams are switching to new engine manufacturers for 2010 (though technically, Gainsco is going from a Pontiac to a Chevrolet V8; I'd be surprised if this isn't anything more then an exercise in 're-badging' . . . ) while Ganassi is moving from Lexus to BMW. Much more intriguing in my opinion.

The 'Shopper dives into the Ganassi squad in this post, with further Rolex 24 previews to come . . .


Fort Lauderdale City Commission To Sign Pact With Dr. Evil

On: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 1:59PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Elected officials on Fort Lauderdale's City Commission will vote tonight to formally approve and set up red light camera enforcement and cement their pact with Dr Evil. Apparently Dr Evil has come out of his deep freeze and started up his evil empire. Problem is that evil empires need cash flow and since his Alan Parsons project failed, he started a dastardlier plan to make money. . . hence the birth of Red Light Cameras