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L.L. Bean Bootmobile, Where Rubber Meets Road

On: Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 12:18PM | By: Chris Salamone

L.L. Bean Bootmobile test 2

As L.L. Bean’s Bootmobile rolled out of the company’s Brunswick factory Tuesday, CEO Chris McCormick asked a jubilant audience of employees, “Isn’t it cool?” To which they responded, "It’s wicked cool.” But the enthusiasm didn’t stop there. Maine Hunting Shoes could be heard from the pitter pattering of feet on almost everyone in attendance.  

From a big picture perspective the Bean Bootmobile is particularly awesome when compared to Oscar Mayer’s aging and vaguely inappropriate Wienermobile. While the Wienermobile conjures images of anything BUT hotdog consumption, the Bootmobile stands as a testament to L.L. Bean’s build quality and iconic heritage. Nothing says ‘buy this boot’ like a 13-foot tall, 21-foot long Maine Hunting Shoe strapped onto the remains of another enduring symbol of quality, the Ford F-250 Super Duty.

Something tells us a Subaru Forester Bootmobile wouldn’t receive the same street cred. Well, at least outside of Maine.

GM Looks Through 'Windows Of Opportunity'

On: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 10:22AM | By: Chris Salamone

WOO App test 2

What are automakers supposed to do as children become so entrenched in media exposure that they appear literally incapable of sitting quietly in the backseat? Surely today’s rear-seat DVD players and quasi-interactive gaming consoles won’t be enough to entertain kids of the future – when road trips will become something of an exercise in punishment. In a stroke of visionary boldness, GM has already pioneered a strategy to combat these rare moments of childhood un-productivity.

General Motors Research and Development issued a challenge to the students of FUTURE LAB (seriously) at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel to conceptualize new ways of helping rear seat passengers enjoy a richer riding experience. Their response: smart glass interface technology.

Audi's Ahab Seeks Elusive White Nemesis

On: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 1:05PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Just recently Audi released a new ad campaign during the National Football League’s division playoffs. Although originally a 60 second clip, a 30 second version will air nationally. For those of us unwilling to accept a watered down version, the original commercial – in all its glory – is shown below. And ‘tis glorious. Audi’s ‘Ahab’ campaign pays homage to Herman Melville’s epic tale of a devout (aka crazy) sea captain and his precious white whale.

But in the world of Ahab, our winter wonderland tow truck driver, only one white nemesis can lay claim to the man’s fractured mind – coming from the very same manufacturer that offers all-wheel drive in every single model, overcomes 37.5 degree inclines, and shreds enough fresh snow to leave tow trucks lonely for years to come.

Look! Just there, an elusive Quattro beast looms on the horizon. Missed it? Such a pity, perhaps next time.

Nissan CEO Depicts Saga Of Resilience

On: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 12:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn test 2

It’s not too often we feel compelled to redistribute the full text of an auto exec’s speech, but Carlos Ghosn’s opening comments, delivered during the Automotive News World Congress at the North American International Auto Show, were enough to inspire folks for generations to come.

Beginning with the recent set of crises to face Japanese automakers, Ghosn depicted a story of preparedness and dogged determination which culminated in a 14.4 sales increase over 2010 – despite all odds. Taking things a step further, the CEO then went on to outline how automotive companies of the future are not only going to survive, but thrive.

In a time where Japanese automakers are turning to Nissan for business guidance, Ghosn’s commentary was all the more relevant – he’s partly responsible for the company’s ability to bounce back.


Video Of The Day: Hot Pink Range Rover Stuck In Hot Desert Sand

On: Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 11:48AM | By: Chris Weiss

Video Of The Day: Hot Pink Range Rover Stuck In Hot Desert Sand test 1-1

If you drive a pink SUV, it's usually pretty safe to assume you didn't buy it for its mud-romping, rock-climbing off-road prowess. It's also usually safe to assume that you're a lady, live in well-to-do suburb and probably carry a tiny dog around in your purse.

In this case, all assumptions would be wrong. Not only are the drivers of this particular hot pink Range Rover not riding around with a shitzu, but they're dudes. And while we're not sure if they bought the Range Rover specifically for off-roading, they did decide to give it a try in the Arabian desert. Not surpisingly, they didn't do too well.

2013 Shelby GT500 Is More Than A Camaro-Killer

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:06PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2013 Shelby GT500 Is More Than A Camaro-Killer test 2

We can hear you now Chevy fans. Angry and frustrated. Confused and alone. Not more than two months after the announcement of the resurrection of one of the greatest names in Camaro history, the ZL1 -- does the rug get pulled out from under your feet, and your balloon burst in your hand thanks to one little 650-horsepower Mustang. Not only does this new Ford embarrass your chosen pony car, it actually goes a step further and slaps your beloved Corvette ZR1 right in the face. How could they? How could they! Well, fear not GM faithful, we are here to tell you not to worry, and that all of this has happen once (or twice) before.

2012 NAIAS: What We Didn't Learn

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 1:57PM | By: Chris Salamone

Honda Accord Concept Reveal test 2

While the press viewing of Detroit’s full bounty has expired, and many newly-exciting models are slotted for market, we have to ask ourselves one remaining question: what did we miss? Sure, Acura unveiled a new NSX, RDX, and ILX. Yes, we learned about the Accord, Buick’s Encore, the Dodge Dart, and a few Audis meant for ski country. But amongst all the ad posturing, marketing plans, and novel product innovations we can also glean some interesting non-information about the auto industry in 2012.

Welcome to the flip side of automotive journalism, where a company’s actions might – in themselves – speak volumes about what is or isn’t happening.

Test Track To Be Re-Imagineered

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 10:47AM | By: Chris Salamone

GM Test Track test 2

Thirteen years ago car enthusiasts everywhere finally found an excuse to visit Walt Disney World without sacrificing too much face. Epcot unveiled a joint-venture ride, between GM and Walt Disney Imagineering, labeled Test Track – which attempted to fulfill every car buff’s mechanical fantasy by weaving through the trials and tribulations of a simulated test track.

Since Test Track originally opened, however, the ride has remained virtually unimproved. Needless to say, both car and testing technologies have improved dramatically since the late 1990s, particularly with regard to GM. And so, GM and Disney have come together, once more, to renew a long-term business relationship towards modernization and a newly-single brand focus.

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee To Share Fiat Diesel

On: Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 11:20AM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee test 2

You can forget about Cummings, in 2013 the Jeep Grand Cherokee will share diesel tech from Chrysler’s Italian counterpart. As usual, this particular diesel engine is already in use in the European variant of the Grand Cherokee and will be coming to America a few years late. On the up side, however, 1100 jobs will be added to the Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit and Fiat’s 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel is already widely regarded as a solid performer – with efficiency to boot.

In Europe, the CRD engine produces 237 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque while sipping a mere 22.8 mpg in the city and 32.7 mpg on the highway. Combined economy is currently 28.3 mpg.

But don’t expect every Euro-spec Grand Cherokee Diesel model to return home. A new 3.0-liter CRD is currently offered in Europe as a low power version – sacrificing performance for efficiency – which survives on 187 horsepower. Considering North America’s lukewarm acceptance of diesel engines, we feel comfortable predicting that a wide Grand Cherokee diesel lineup is unlikely, especially featuring ‘low power’ options. Whatever those are.

Car On Roof, Hoax?

On: Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:28PM | By: Chris Salamone

Saturn on Roof test 2

We’ve all seen stacking Tupperware, cats on dogs, and even a rat on a cat on a dog – almost has a ring to it. But as of 1:30 AM on Wednesday, a new stacking combination has emerged as an incredible feet of cunning. What makes this latest balancing act so breathtaking? Local police, firemen, and possibly even the great David Copperfield cannot logically explain how a Fresno, California car thief managed to land a green Saturn so perfectly on the edge of an apartment complex’s roof.

The current theory, divined by an imaginative group of officials, suspects that the Saturn hit a nearby curb at high speed, launched off a set of small garden rocks, and soared to rooftop glory.

Man Saves BMW From Rolling Into Traffic (Video)

On: Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 11:13AM | By: David Walter

Man Saves BMW From Coasting Into Traffic test 2

Thanks to a more observant stranger and the owner's quick reactions, this unmanned BMW 3-Series didn't roll straight into a busy street. Fortunately, the owner was able to successfully slow down his 3-Series, or he (and others) could've gotten seriously hurt! That tractor trailer was timed just about perfectly to t-bone the Bimmer-gone-wild.

Not sure why the camera was rolling, but thankfully we get to watch some quick thinking turn this potentially tragic event into a total win with all the thrills of a Jason-Statham action film.