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2012 Ford Focus Electric Deliveries Have Begun

On: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Ford Focus Electric Deliveries Have Begun test 2

Ford was rather vague in terms of delivery dates for the Focus Electric when it announced details a few weeks ago, but the automaker has officially begun shipping Focus Electrics to dealerships, according to news reports. Ford's first electric vehicle will be tearing up roadways - 100 miles at a time - in just a few more days.

Reuters reports that Ford began shipping Focus electric models about a week and a half ago. The EV is set to make it to around 70 dealerships in California, New Jersey and New York over the coming weeks. Each dealership will get about half a dozen cars.

Alfa Romeo Miata? Mazda And Alfa Team Up On Roadster

On: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 10:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mazda And Alfa Team Up On Roadster test 2

Alfa Romeo is desperately trying to claw its way back to relevance, so it shouldn't really come as much surprise that it will cling onto one of the most successful roadsters of our times when building a small convertible of its own. Still, Alfa Romeo Miata has a strange sound to it.

Mazda and Alfa Romeo announce this week that they have signed a non-binding "Memorandum of Understanding" to jointly develop a new roadster. The roadster will be based on the next-generation MX-5 rear-wheel-drive platform.

GMC Shanghai Offers 5 Ton Incentive

On: Wed, May 23, 2012 at 5:06PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 GMC Sierra Denali test 2

We’ve witnessed some pretty impressive truck incentives over the years, perhaps with the deepest discounts seen during the beginning years of the Great Recession. From Employee Pricing, to months of free gas, trucks are becoming harder and harder to push on new vehicle buyers. In the spirit of desperation, then, at least one GMC dealer in Shanghai, China has taken the truck sales incentive to a whole new level: the 2012 GMC Sierra Denali includes five tons of free gas.

That translates to about 2,000 gallons of gasoline, or slightly over three years of relatively normal use. Sounds interesting, right? Wait till you hear the catch.

Toyota Is World's Largest Automaker - Again

On: Thu, May 17, 2012 at 5:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Is World's Largest Automaker - Again test 2

If you've never followed the world's largest automaker race, it's a thrilling contest in which a very select few automakers make goals of overtaking their competitors, do so for a while and then relinquish the title to one of the other few brands large and wealthy enough to take the crown. It's must see TV, and the latest episode stars Toyota taking back the top spot from General Motors.

GM took the "world's largest automaker" honors from Toyota last year, after Toyota spent three years at the helm. Toyota took it back in the first quarter of this year, selling 2.49 million autos to global consumers, compared to GM's 2.28. Volkswagen, which has vowed to take the title by 2018, came in third with 2.16 sales.


Porsche May Develop A Second Sedan

On: Thu, May 17, 2012 at 12:58PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche May Develop A Second Sedan test 2

Dear Porsche: You were once the badge of obtainable dreams, something that got young children excited about going to college and making enough money to be "The Guy" on the other side of that black 911 with massive spoiler sitting in the local mall parking lot. What happened? Now all our Porsche coverage is filled with stories about sedans and small crossovers, not so much about actual sports cars. And, we bet those children are moving their attention away from Porsche. We're rather regretful to report on a baby Panamera at this stage in the game. Please speed up development of the 918 Spyder Hybrid and possible 959 successor so that we can once again look at the Porsche shield with love and admiration.

Ferrari Confirms Enzo Hybrid

On: Wed, May 16, 2012 at 11:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Confirms Enzo Hybrid test 2

It was really just a formality at this point, but Ferrari has officially confirmed that the F70 Enzo successor will be a hybrid. Ferrari spiced up an otherwise dull press release by confirming the F70 for debut by year end.

Ferrari said in a press release about its first quarter earnings: "At the end of the year, we'll also be unveiling the new Enzo, a limited series model and our first ever hybrid car."

Chevy Makes Trax Away From USA

On: Tue, May 15, 2012 at 1:42PM | By: Chris Salamone

Chevrolet Trax test 2

Pop quiz: What all-new Big Three micro CUV will be sold in more than 140 countries, including Canada and Mexico, but not the United States? If your answer sounds anything like a brain exploding from frustration, you’re right on track – or Trax, as the case may be.

In September, GM will debut the company’s latest Sonic-based addition to the Chevrolet brand, a cheeky small CUV called Trax. Despite class-leading cargo space, room for five passengers, and city-appropriate physical dimensions, Trax will not be offered in the United States “[b]ecause of the strong position of the Chevy Equinox.”

EPA Rates Tesla Model S Range

On: Mon, May 14, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

EPA Rates Tesla Model S Range test 2

Tesla will begin Model S deliveries next month, a little earlier than initially planned. The EPA has tested and rated the model, keeping Tesla at its untouchable pinnacle in terms of EV range.

When tested by way of the EPA's new stricter 5-cycle testing, which adds cold-weather with heater, hot-weather with air conditioner and high-speed driving to its 2-cycle testing, the EPA stamps a 265-mile rating on the top-tier Model S, only about 12 percent lower than Tesla's 300-mile claim. Considering ratings of cars like the Nissan Leaf take a hit of nearly a third when tested by the EPA, that's not bad at all. Further, when tested under the 2-cycle procedure that the Roadster was judged by, the Model S exceeds Tesla's estimates, earning 320 miles of range.

Some Good News On Gas Prices (Sort Of)

On: Mon, May 14, 2012 at 3:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, after hearing for several months that 2011 would be the year to remember for exorbitant gas prices, it looks like we're in for a treat. The government is backing off predictions of record-high prices. Gas prices won't exactly be low, but they won't soar as high as originally anticipated.

As recently as a few weeks ago, we were hearing that 2012 could see a record high in gas prices, but that prediction is officially out of date. According to the Detroit Free Press, the most recent predictions from the US Energy Information Administration put gas at an average of $3.79 for the summer driving season. That's below the $3.80 average record high set in 2008 and well below the $3.95 that previous predictions called for.

Golf R Fans Faceoff For Ultimate Fan Experience

On: Mon, May 14, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 VW Golf R test 2

The date is set. Volkswagen’s Golf R Ultimate Fan Experience competition will end today, May 14, 2012. Unlike other, gimmicky pseudo-advertisement, commercial competitions, the Golf R Ultimate Fan Experience gives contestants a prize worthy of note: seven days, six nights in Germany with a tour of VW’s global headquarters and an actual test track run on Nurburgring.

Entering the running is as simple as downloading an official ‘Drivers Forever’ application and describing why you want to win in less than 256 characters. As a disclaimer, though, if you need to be reminded that the number 256 is incidentally the same amount of horsepower found on the 2012 Golf R, then perhaps this competition isn’t for you.

Buick Hires Supermodel Marisa Miller For Ad Campaign (Video)

On: Sat, May 12, 2012 at 11:02AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It looks like Buick is determined to rectify its ambiguous branding in one strong move. It has hired on supermodel Marisa Miller to star in a new ad campaign around its Enclave. Though Kate Upton may be getting all the buzz these days, Miller is still the type of blonde bombshell that delivers instant electricity to anything she appears in.

One of the problems that Buick faces in today's market is that it's a wishy-washy brand without a firm definition. It's a sort of middle-road, semi-luxury brand between Chevy and GM. But even that definition isn't really a definition at all. And in reality, Buick is known more as a brand for the older generation, especially since Oldsmobile (which brought the “old” right in the brand name) was discontinued.