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Mini To Split Countryman Into Family MPV And SUV

On: Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 10:52AM | By: Chris Weiss


Mini Countryman test 2

Mini has realized that its Countryman isn't all that well defined. According to a new report, the BMW minicar brand plans to rectify the situation by replacing the Countryman with two separate models. It will introduce a family-hauling MPV and a harder, more believable SUV.

Though the Mini Countryman has been defined as a crossover, and it comes with optional all-wheel drive, it's a bit hard to accept an elongated, five-door Cooper as a true crossover. And it's not really a family hauler for grown up Mini fanatics, either. For all intents and purposes, it's basically just the awkward largest car in a brand that's defined by tiny cars.


A Glimpse of Fiat's 500X SUV

On: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 3:04PM | By: Chris Weiss


A Glimpse of Fiat's 500X SUV test 2

A Fiat 500 crossover is the type of rumor you can't believe until you see it with your own eyes. Fiat has given us just the opportunity by flashing a quick preview of the 500X before an audience equipped with cameras. It may have been a launch event for the extended-wheelbase 500L, but the real story was the 500X.

Fiat gave attendees at the Italian launch event a look at the biggest 500 and then quickly pulled a curtain back over the upcoming model. It's not clear when Fiat will give the world a proper look, but it is clear that a 500X is on the way.


Bad News For Cowboys: Study Finds Highest Repair Costs In The West

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


Study Finds Highest Repair Costs In The West test 2

Cowboys might want to consider ditching their big diesel pickup trucks in favor of the real horse power of their ancestors. A new study shows that repair costs relating to the dreaded "check engine" light are highest in some of the states where cows and cowpokes still graze freely. CarMD, manufacturer of the Vehicle Health System diagnostic tool, released its study results last month.

It's a fateful moment for any driver: The brightly colored check engine light pops on during an otherwise routine drive, and your mind immediately starts racing. You're thinking about everything from when your last oil change was to whether you secured the gas cap after your last fill up to cashing out your entire bond and stock portfolio in order to pay for a full emissions system overhaul. It's not a good day.


Cobra-Aping Puritalia 427 Unveiled

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 10:19AM | By: Chris Weiss


Puritalia 427 test 2

Truth be told, we forgot all about the Puritalia 427 roadster, which the company teased several weeks ago. A car from a little-known Italian outfit purporting to reinvent an icon was interesting for about 10 minutes; then it quickly vacated our minds to make room for more important things. Well, the car has been revealed, earning it another 10 minutes of attention.


 

This Is What Happens When You Crowd-Source An Aston Martin

On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 2:51PM | By: Chris Weiss


Crowd-Sourced Aston Martin test 2

Sometimes, relying on the crowd for information and insight works out well, like in the case of the Local Motors Rally Fighter. Sometimes, it does not, like in the case of the new Aston Martin DB9 1M.

Last fall, Aston Martin announced that it would build a special edition Millionth Fan Car to recognize hitting one million fans on Facebook. Since the car was conceived to honor its fans, Aston gave those Facebookers some input. In a manufacturing by consensus campaign, Aston relied on Facebook fans to pick out the model, trim and options of the car.


Toyota And BMW Team Up On Sports Car

On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:58AM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota And BMW Team Up On Sports Car test 2

The Bimota? The Toyimmer? We'd better start working on a name that flows as naturally as "Toyobaru," because Toyota and BMW have announced a partnership that includes co-development of a sports car. The new announcement is the latest expansion in an agreement that was first announced last year and includes development of battery technology.

Toyota president Akio Toyoda explains in a statement: "BMW and Toyota both want to make ever-better cars. We respect each other. That is why we already can take the next step together. Toyota is strong in environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells … I believe BMW's strength is developing sports cars. I get so excited thinking about the cars that will result from this relationship."


Acura ZDX Refresh Coming Later This Year

On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 9:24AM | By: Chris Weiss


Acura ZDX Refresh Coming Later This Year test 2

Acura reveals this week that the oddball ZDX sports crossover will be refreshed for the 2013 model year. While it hasn't detailed specifics just yet, the updated crossover will hit the market by fall 2012, so expect a full reveal within the coming months.

In a greater preview of upcoming vehicles, Acura says that the ZDX refresh will include exterior styling changes and new technology. The 2013 ZDX will be offered in a single value-added package.


Jeep Asks: What Is 'Freedom Of The Open Road'?

On: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 10:23AM | By: Chris Salamone


Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition test 2

Ok, we all love free money. And, following closely behind, we all greatly enjoy free gift cards. In the spirit of our Nation’s most red, white, and blue holiday Jeep has officially issued a Freedom of the Open Road Contest & Sweepstakes.

As far as we’re concerned that long list of descriptors adds up to a $500 gift card to REI or 30 randomly awarded $25 iTunes gift cards to participants which answer the following question: what does ‘Freedom of the Open Road’ mean to you.

Only the three grand champions of the contest get the REI shopping spree. So unless you’re merely reaching for a few iTunes hits, pop on those wordsmithing caps, shed a few tears, and find your inner wanderlust, because nothing gets auto journos more excitable than glorifications of our favorite past time.


All-New SRT Rumors Churn, Roadster Or Truck?

On: Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:37AM | By: Chris Salamone


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In this upcoming September’s issue of Motor Trend magazine, readers will be treated to the possibility that three, and not two, SRT vehicles will eventually hit the road. For those of us currently counting, so far we know that the 2013 SRT Viper and 2015ish SRT Barracuda we be the SRT brand’s first two ponies out of the gate.

But Motor Trend speculates that another, altogether different, model will round out the nascent SRT lineup. The trouble is, of the two possibilities listed by author Mike Connor…neither seems like a viable option.


2013 Chevy Malibu Starts Just Over $23,000

On: Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 5:14PM | By: Chris Weiss


2013 Chevy Malibu Starts Just Over $23,000 test 2

GM announced pricing on the 2013 Chevy Malibu last week. The mid-size sedan gets a modest increase of $280, starting at $23,150. That price includes a $760 destination charge. While the base price is a little higher, the upper echelon LTZ models are less expensive than last year.

Fresh off the win in the mid-size class of the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (2012 model year), the new Malibu is priced and packaged. The 2013 model has the benefit of the new 2.5-liter Ecotec engine, which puts out close to 17 percent more power (197 hp) than the outgoing engine. The 2.5-liter plant comes standard in the base LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. A 259-hp 2.0-liter Ecotec turbo is optional on the LT and LTZ models.


Chrysler Launches 'Imported From Gotham City' Campaign (Video)

On: Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


Chrysler Launches 'Imported From Gotham City' Campaign test 2

After the success of its "Imported From Detroit" campaign, Chrysler is always eager to put a new spin on the theme. In recognition of the much anticipated The Dark Knight Rises film, the automaker has released a new ad campaign entitled "Imported From Gotham."

Gotham is the fictitious New York City-like metropolis setting of the Batman comics and movies, for anyone that hasn't been paying attention to decades of Batman movies, television shows and comic books. In a garage deep in the heart of the city, a team of mechanics outfits a Chrysler 300 for sharp vigilante justice.