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Texans May Regret An 85 MPH Highway?!

On: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Days ago, local Texas radio station 1200 News Radio WOAI announced that an 85 mile per hour speed limit sign had been spotted on a brand new toll road called State Highway 130, running from east San Antonio to just north of Austin. Since the discovery, auto enthusiast websites all over the internet have lauded State Highway 130’s gloriously high speed limit. Of course we all want to see roads with increased speed limits, but at what cost? Much like all too-good-to-be-true deals, there’s a catch.

Back in September the Economic Policy Journal first brought the potential problem to our attention and, unsurprisingly, State Highway 130’s success or failure hinges on the wallets of drivers or taxpayers – regardless if those taxpayers currently drive.

But wait, the plot thickens. Rick Perry is entangled in the State Highway 130 project through a multi-billion dollar business deal.

Jaguar Hits The Web In Response To Mad Men Episodes

On: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 1:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

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As you know quite well if you watch, much of this season of the popular AMC series Mad Men has centered around the Jaguar brand. The lead characters of the show have worked overtime - including in some rather unconventional ways - to win the business of the luxury car brand and help cement their ad firm's reputation.

While that may seem like great advertising for the Cat, much of the portrayal of Jaguar cars - and executives - has been less than flattering. Not only has Jaguar been watching, it's been hitting the Web to defend itself and offer insights.

Volkswagen May Build Mid-Size Crossover

On: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 4:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Volkswagen is considering adding a third SUV to its North American line-up. The SUV would slide between the Tiguan small crossover and larger Touareg.

Last week, Volkswagen Americas CEO John Browning told reporters that a new mid-size crossover is under consideration. Autoweek quotes Browning as citing a "great opportunity for a mid-size SUV."

Going, Going, Gone: Chrysler Holds Abarth Orders

On: Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Since last month, when the Fiat 500 Abarth first arrived in US dealerships, buyers have only continued to line up. And as of yesterday, supply and demand reached some kind of tipping point. The Detroit News reports that Chrysler Group LLC asked dealers to discontinue taking 2012 Fiat Abarth orders.

Walking a quick eBay stroll, 2012 Abarths can still be found at showrooms around the county. But buyers who aren’t nearby currently available 2012 models will have to wait until the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth surfaces. In other words, customers can no longer place an order for the 2012 Abarth, but are instead required to take small comfort in Chrysler’s 2013 model waitlist and an optimistic delivery this Fall.


Ford Reveals Refreshed 2013 F-150

On: Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Salamone

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For 2013, Ford has updated the F-150 to resemble the company’s larger, more powerful full-sized truck variant, the Super Duty. While we won’t see any startling changes to next year’s F-150, expect to see new 18 and 20 inch wheel options, an updated front fascia, high-intensity discharge headlamps, and those massively oversized side view mirrors found on the F-150’s big brother.

With an incoming overhaul due for the Dodge Ram and Chevy Silverado, Ford seems to be playing it safe until the dust settles – choosing to let competitors make the first move.

Fisker Doing Just Fine Despite Setbacks

On: Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 4:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Since arriving in the industry with fanfare back in 2007, Fisker has read like a textbook chapter about how difficult it can be to get a business off the ground. Despite having a beautiful product to sell, virtually nothing has gone smooth for the green start-up. It's been mired in all kinds of delays, has had publicity issues, has seen a leadership shake-up, and has fallen out of favor with government backers. We're sure we missed a few setbacks.

If you've watched any of the Great Fisker Debacle, you might be under the impression that a bankruptcy announcement is imminent. However, Fisker sales numbers actually seem encouraging.

According to the numbers released by Fisker earlier this week, it's delivered a total of 1,000 Karmas to customers in the US and Europe. Given that deliveries began in December of last year, that's not bad at all.

Mini Sets World Record Parallel Park, Like A Boss

On: Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 3:17PM | By: Chris Salamone

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In the last two years, Guinness World Records has seen the title change hands five times for the tightest parallel park. Most notably, a German driver named Ronny Wechselberger achieved total victory last year, emergency braking into home via Volkswagen Polo, while garnering millions of internet views shortly thereafter. But last month, Wechselberger’s record was smashed by Patrik Folco, who managed to slide into a gap which measured a mere 8.66 inches wider than Mr. Folco’s vehicle. As it would turn out, not even 8.66 inches was small enough to ward off all challengers.

On the heels of an already impressive parallel parking record, Chinese stuntman and driver extraordinaire, Han Yue, laid waste to the competition – drifting to eternal glory at a mere 5.91 inches beyond the length of his China-market special edition Mini.

And this was no accident. Mini organized Yue’s world record attempt to occur in conjunction with the launching of a new special edition Mini, aptly named The Chinese Job.

Do People Actually Buy This Thing? 2013 Ford Flex Price Hike

On: Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 10:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Ford Flex mid-sized SUV gets a price hike for the 2013 model year. The 2013 model starts at $31,710 (includes $825 destination fee), a $1,420 leap from the base price of the 2012 model. The price increase pushes the Flex over the price of some competitors.

Not only does the $31,710 price of the 2013 Flex make it well more than competitors like the $29,050 2012 Toyota Highlander, but it's also about $2,000 more than the 2013 Ford Explorer, which is based on the same platform, offers comparable space and delivers better fuel economy.

Nissan To Build All Electric Van

On: Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 3:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nissan announced last week that it will begin production on its second electric vehicle in the 2013 financial year. The vehicle in question is the e-NV200, which will add some serious people/cargo moving capability to the electric market.

With the exception of the costly RAV4 Electric, the EVs on the market today are all small compact and subcompact cars. The e-NV200, on the other hand, will be based on the standard NV200, a compact commercial cargo van that offers 123 cubic feet of cargo space in back.

LeMay Auto Museum Opens Its Doors

On: Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 10:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Named after the late Harold LeMay, whose private auto collection was once certified by Guiness as the world's largest, LeMay - America's Car Museum opened its doors for the first time this past weekend. The museum will hold its public grand opening later this week.

The museum "spotlights America's love affair with the automobile" in a nine-acre facility in Tacoma, Washington. The museum serves as the centerpiece of the greater facility, and visitors will find up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from LeMay's collection and private and corporate owners. The 165,000 sq ft, four-story museum, which has been called the largest in North America and one of the largest in the world, will also serve as a sort of ground zero for auto collectors, fans and other parties to gather, socialize and network. Other facilities of the greater campus include a 3.5-acre car show field, a cafe and a banquet hall.

Chrysler Will Cut Town And Country In Small Crossover Shake-up

On: Thu, May 31, 2012 at 10:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Years ago, minivans were gradually phased out as the ride of choice for families and soccer teams, first by the SUV, and then by the more efficient crossover. Only problem is, someone forgot to tell a few of the remaining minivan stalwarts from the 80s. Fiat/Chrysler is just now getting around to doing the job on the Town & Country.

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said that it will phase out the Town & Country in 2014 to make room for a new small crossover. At the same time, it will axe the Compass from Jeep's lineup, essentially shifting the small crossover over to the Chrysler brand. The crossover should be more upscale and expensive than the entry level Compass, in line with Chrysler's identity of (or attempt at) luxury.