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WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 3:27PM | By: Chris Weiss


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I always thought it would be cool to mount a massive supercar engine into an unassuming everyday commuter like a Toyota Corolla. Imagine pulling up to a stop light next to a Camaro or 911, looking the guy right in the eye, stepping on the pedal ever-so-slightly to let him know you were serious, and then just blowing him away in your Lamborghini-V12-powered Corolla. It would be truly awesome.

Less awesome, but more affordable, would be designing an everyday car—let's say a Mercury Cougar—to look like a supercar. The car featured here may look like a Bugatti Veyron, but it's miserably underpowered.


100 Years Of Chevrolet - Which Is Your Favorite?

On: Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 5:30PM | By: David Walter


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A century ago, Louis Chevrolet and William “Billy” Durant founded their company in Detroit, MI, and today, Chevrolet is the fourth-largest automotive brand in the world. To celebrate I thought it'd be fitting to discuss our favorite Chevy(s). I’ll get the ball rolling with a few of my own.


Buyers Should Wait Til Fall To Go Small

On: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Tim Healey


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Small-car prices have hit record highs this year, but they're expected to drop soon, right around the same time that the mercury does.

Small-car prices hit a record high of an average $20,500 in June, but analysts and experts are saying that the average might dip to $19,300 by the end of the year. That's for new cars. For used cars, Kelley Blue Book analysts expect the average to fall from a record $11,300 to around $9,600.


Crack That Piggy Bank: Chrysler Declares Pricing For 2012 SRTs

On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Chris Salamone


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True to SRT form, utterly lacking in nonsense, Chrysler has decided to announce the entire pricing scheme for all 2012 SRTs made. In a time of excessive photo teasing and ads which sell an ‘image’ rather than a vehicle, Chrysler’s decision to release all the information in a single move comes off as both bold and refreshing. Indeed, perhaps that’s what makes the entire SRT lineup so tempting. Each vehicle is recklessly straight-to-the-point—even a little barbaric, roaring down Main Street USA with tires shredding through each gear. And that’s why we love American muscle.


 

BMW Launches Interactive Art Car Site

On: Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


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For more than 35 years, the BMW art car has been an institution of both the art and auto worlds. A total of 17 artists have been commissioned by BMW to create the perfect harmony between auto and artwork. Artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Jenny Holzer have created past versions of the art car, and all can now be found on an interactive website just launched by BMW.


UPDATED: The Car Show Premieres Tonight On SPEED

On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 5:34PM | By: David Walter


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The Car Show premieres tonight on SPEED, and I don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited about it. The Car Show is hosted by comedian and car fanatic Adam Carolla, Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive journalist Dan Neil, founder of “TheSmokingTire.com” Matt Farah and former co-host of The Best Damn Sports Show and NBA champion John Salley. Not a bad cast.


M-B Officially Gets Smart, Though The Decision To Do So Might Not Be

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 2:28PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Yes, the decision has been made to transfer U.S. distribution of smart cars to Mercedes-Benz, relieving Penske Automotive of its duty to tender ridiculous cars that nobody in this country wants to buy.

What, you didn’t know? Yup, the same Penske that sells just about every brand, including Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston-Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Alpina and, well, everything else, has had the pleasure(?) to carry the smart brand here in the U.S. since 2008.

Lucky them.


Video: Merc-McLaren Hits 93 MPH In Parking Garage

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:07AM | By: Chris Weiss


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You know what you see way too much of in parking garages? Boring, white, small and mid-sized cars parked neatly, row by row. You know what you don't see nearly enough of in parking garages? Empty spaces during key times, for one, but also Mercedes-McLaren SLR's hitting nearly 100 on the speedometer. And if you don't see enough standard SLRs doing that, you certainly don't see enough one-of-four Brabus-tuned SLR Roadsters doing it.

Here's your chance to turn the tides.


Feebay's Top Five Sales For June Is A Lamborghini Fest

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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If you’re anything like me (God help you), you spend a fair amount of your online idle time poking around eBay, with special attention paid to eBay Motors and its bevy of fantastic cars you can’t afford and wretches you wish you couldn’t.

But I’ve noticed an odd phenomenon on eBay regarding the former (i.e. the unaffordable exotic) the VAST majority aren’t selling, whether at auction (rare), “Buy-It-Now” (ditto) or the only seemingly-viable method, “Best Offer.” For all the multi-million-dollar listing and asking prices on the site, there aren’t ANY selling prices anywhere NEAR that high.

In fact, the highest recorded sales price you can find in the site’s “completed listings” is the $255,000 “Best Offer” sale of a used orange ’08 Lambo Murcielago. The NEXT THREE of the “top five" automotive sellers are Lamborghinis, too, though not all the same model, seller, year, etc.


New Batman Movie, New Lambo

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Weiss


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During the dark night (haaa!), Batman may chase criminals and create carnage in the timelessly iconic yet ever-changing Batmobile, but in the day, he chooses something with more Italian flair. Bruce Wayne may be less flashy and more mild mannered than his crime-fighting alter ego, but he's still got lots and lots of cash to burn. So for the past couple of Batman movies, he spends his days driving a top-end Lamborghini. And some recent spy shots from the set of the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight Rises shows that Bruce Wayne plans to continue driving the latest Sant'Agata Bolognese hardware.


Scarce Tire Supplies Costing Automakers

On: Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 3:52PM | By: Tim Healey


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Thanks to plant closings and a surging demand for specialty tires, North American automakers are finding the costs for tires rising quickly.

With some tire plants now being shuttered, and low-volume specialty tires now in higher demand, tire makers have now gained leverage in terms of pricing, which is costing automakers more. Price increases from last year have hit the double-digit percentage range.

Tire makers say they can't keep up with demand, but the shortage doesn't appear to be affecting automaker's production plans. Still, automakers are trying hard to make sure they have enough supply on hand.

One automaker official estimates it will take a year or so for the shortage to clear up.