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Texans May Regret An 85 MPH Highway?!

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

Texans May Regret An 85 MPH Highway?! test 2

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.

Going, Going, Gone: Chrysler Holds Abarth Orders

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

2012 Fiat Abarth test 2

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.

Mini Sets World Record Parallel Park, Like A Boss

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

Mini Parallel Park test 2

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.

Speed Trap Warnings, A-OK In Florida

On: Fri, May 25, 2012 at 9:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

Speed Trap Meme test 2

For those of us plugged into the internet meme craze, the above picture features the square-jawed splendor of Good Guy Greg – a meme backdrop which went viral late last spring. But instead of doing your chores or spreading random acts of kindness, this picture shows Good Guy Greg offering a warning to would-be moving traffic violators.

As it would turn out, though, highway patrolmen and blue jackets all over have been issuing citations for speed trap warnings. Last August, a Seminole County, Florida deputy did just that, ticketing Ryan Kinter (25) for flashing his headlights to warn neighbors of a nearby speed trap.

Except Circuit Judge Alan Dickey ruled on Tuesday that (1) a law banning motorists from flashing after-market emergency lights does not apply to headlight-speed trap communication AND (2) headlight communication is a form of First Amendment Speech, protected by the First Amendment.

So polish off the high beams, head light warnings are a-ok in Florida.


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.

Freedom Ain't Free, Says Dodge

On: Fri, May 18, 2012 at 9:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

Dodge's Military Might test 2

All of the history buffs who peruse vintagecartalk.com might need a tissue for this one – tears and/or drool could be a problem. It’s no secret that Dodge vehicles have played a substantial role in the various war efforts of American history. Unfortunately, though, we tend to forget how much Dodge has contributed to our peace and prosperity at home. From jobs, to technology, to cars, and military components, Dodge has left a lasting legacy of patriotic support. And in some cases, that support came without the expectation of profit.

In tribute to our nation’s past and Memorial Day, Dodge has decided to post a two part retrospective, titled Dodge’s Military Might. Behold the successes of the brothers Dodge!

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.”

Hyundai Unleashes A Pack Of Baboons Onto The i30 (Video)

On: Tue, May 15, 2012 at 10:32AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Unleashes A Pack Of Baboons Onto The i30 test 2

We've all seen those "when animals go wild" type videos where an unsuspecting station wagon full of tourists becomes victim to a stomping, punching and clawing pack of wild primates. Usually, those encounters are an inadvertent side effect of visiting a safari-type amusement park (or actual safari). In the case of the Hyundai i30, there was nothing inadvertent about it.

Hyundai's British division took an i30 hatchback to Knowsley Safari Park near Liverpool. Their goal was to do a unique type of endurance test, and they selected baboons for their penchant to tear visitors' cars apart. They rolled the i30 into the park and essentially let the pack of baboons go to town - for 10 hours.

Ferrari Takes Heat Over Smoking Donuts On Great Wall Of China

On: Fri, May 11, 2012 at 4:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Takes Heat Over Smoking Donuts On Great Wall Of China test 2

In what must be one of the biggest publicity and advertising misfires in the modern world, Ferrari - more specifically one of its dealerships - is in some hot water with the Chinese government. The problem? Someone from a Nanjing-based Ferrari dealership decided it prudent to do tire-smoking donuts atop the Great Wall of China.

The incident occurred when the dealership rented out a piece of the Great Wall of China in doing publicity for the new special edition 458 Italia. Apparently just getting some footage of the 458 Italia on and around the Great Wall wasn't enough for at least one member of this braintrust, because he got behind the wheel and proceeded to do donuts, burning tire marks into one of the greatest architectural achievements in the history of man. Good job, bro.

TechShop Fuels Ford IP Folio

On: Fri, May 11, 2012 at 11:42AM | By: Chris Salamone

TechShop Detroit test 2

Sometimes US automakers get it right. TechShop Detroit, a recent addition to Ford’s Dearborn product development campus, is the perfect example. Although originally from California, TechShop is a DIY workshop business which offers a wide array of cutting edge (pun intended) tools to paying members. And the best part: Ford is working closely with TechShop to incentivize employee inventions to bolster the automaker’s patent portfolio.

Ford already has about 17,000 pending and issued patents, but expect that number to skyrocket in the coming years. Ford Global Technologies now offers a free three-month membership to TechShop Detroit for potentially patentable ideas. The company projects that 2,000 incentive memberships will be awarded this year…and more to come in the future.

Review: 2012 BMW xDrive28i

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 1:24PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 BMW X3 test 2

Starting with the classic model 2002, BMW has produced and sold a number of exceptional German-engineered sport vehicles. And, with a few exceptions, these thoroughbreds have been worth their hefty price tags. Since the X3’s inception in 2003, auto critics have wondered if the small CUV really ‘fit’ into the BMW brand image. Mixed within a lineup of luxury sport vehicles, the original X3 wasn’t particularly luxurious or sporty. But as the years have passed, nearly 10 in total, the X3 has evolved into a reasonable little ‘ute – highly prized amongst the young scions of America’s upper class.

After a full weekend behind the wheel, logging a few hundred miles, the X3 seemed to have become something more appreciable. The vehicle zipped through and hugged the curves of Chicago’s endless suburbia, tackling all obstacles. Nevertheless, I kept coming back to the same conclusion: this was a car which costs at least 25% more than it should.