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Bugatti FAIL: Driver Donuts Into A Divider

On: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss


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You'd think Bugatti owners would be a little smarter as a group. First, there aren't that many of them. Second, a price tag of more than $1 million usually has a way of weeding out the riff raff—you have to be at least kind of smart to earn yourself that much money just to spend on a car.

Yet, by all indications, Bugatti owners are some of the dumbest car owners on the planet. Within less than two years, the small pool has had Darwin Award candidates like this guy and this kid. Dumb, dumb, dumb. And now there's a new Bugatti jackass to add to the list. In an attempt to show off his supercar's donuting prowess, this guy careens right off the track, over the grass, and into a divider.


Classic Car Cultist: Volvo 240

On: Sat, May 28, 2011 at 12:16PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Many cars are popular because of their brawn, and some cars are popular because of their looks. The Volvo 240 has neither. And yet, since the 240’s inception and ultimate release into the North American market in 1975, the Volvo 240 has received an unusual following in the dark and mysterious underground of car enthusiasm. For example, while you might find a classic Sting Ray on the cover of every motoring magazine worldwide, you will also find articles, blogs, fan websites, videos, and accessories for Volvo 240s—all without the glitz and glamour of front-page notoriety.


Jeep Executive Whispers Of The Future

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 2:03PM | By: Chris Salamone


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After returning from the Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah, Mark Allen, head of Jeep design studios, sat down for an interview about the Jeep brand. Allen is a true Jeep enthusiast that appreciates the off-road capability and versatility of Jeep’s products. Even more importantly, he understands the tao of Jeep culture and respects the history of the brand’s 70 years of achievement. Allen’s executive position at Jeep requires that he guide and inspire the design team to create exhilarating and functional vehicles that still embody the spirit of Jeep’s rockstar heritage.

The following is the text of the full interview just posted by Jeep. Prepare for whispers of a 75th Anniversary Wrangler and the potential return of the legendary Jeep Cherokee, oh my.


Here's One For The Ladies: A Prince, His Princess, And A Lexus

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 1:49PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Thanks to my wife there’s a People magazine cluttering up my mailbox every week. And as I’m contemplating throwing it immediately in the recycler or waiting until she reads it and then throwing it out, I can’t help but notice whatever cover-page foofaraw their “editors” are screaming about in 100-point type.

If I’m not mistaken there was recently some to-do about the Queen of England getting married to some hot chick with a hyphenated last name even though that hot chick’s sister was wearing a better dress or some such thing.


 

From Gullwings To Rotary Wings: Helo Takes Mercedes Brand To New Heights

On: Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:50AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Yes, you read that right: Mercedes-Benz is getting into the helicopter business and I enjoy using terrible puns.

Unveiled at last year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva—and delivered to its first customer today—the EC145 “Mercedes-Benz Style" helicopter is a joint venture with Eurocopter (want to guess where they are and what they build?).

[That odd “Mercedes-Benz Style” bit is THEIR idea. I know how to use quotation marks properly.]


The Sighting To End All Sightings

On: Tue, May 17, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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If you're anything like me, when you're out and about doing just about anything in life, your eyes are always open and scanning the roads and parking lots for that one rare automobile. It never has to be anything particular, just something a little more rare and unique than your average Honda Civic. Some cars garner more of a reaction than others:  Corvettes are nice, Porsche Turbos get a glance and a nod, a Nissan GT-R will probably get a peak in the window (no touching the windows, and not long enough to be confused with a potential carjacker, of course). A Viper will usually elicit a "Whoa!" from passers-by, and a Lotus Elise will have most novices wondering "Is that a dune buggy?"


B.C. Woman Survives 7 Weeks Via Chevy Astro

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:42AM | By: Chris Salamone


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What’s worse than surviving in a Chevy Astro? Surviving in a Chevy Astro stuck in the Nevada wilderness with below freezing temperatures and almost no snacks to munch on. Unfortunately, when Rita and Albert Chretien left British Columbia to embark on a 1,200 mile road trip to Las Vegas they somehow managed to land in the exact above-mentioned scenario. Although details remain unclear, the Chretien’s Astro Van ended up stuck in the mud in the middle of the harsh Nevada wilderness.

After several days, pondering their situation, Albert decided that waiting was too risky and went out alone on foot to find some help. Rita sat by herself and without resources for seven weeks before a group of hunters spotted a small white flag wrapped around the van’s radio antenna. Rita's few sources of sustenance over forty-eight days formed a stringent college-reminiscent diet including a small bag of trail mix, hard candy bars, fish-oil tablets, and melted snow. Through the ordeal Rita lost nearly 30 pounds, but doctors claim she’s making a full recovery and can expect to be released from the hospital soon.


U.S. Auto Sales Up; High Demand For Fuel-Efficiency; General Motors, 2011 Ford Explorer.

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 2:57PM | By: Tim Healey


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American auto sales rose 18 percent last month, due to new models and better fuel-efficiency. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate now stands at 13.2 million, which is the third straight month that it's been over 13 million. Despite supply problems and rising fuel prices, every automaker posted sales gains as the industry as a whole saw its second largest percentage gain for the year.


Smart Takes Its "Worst" Tour Nationwide!

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 8:46AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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That might not *actually* be what they’re calling it, but can you blame me?

OK, I’ll play this one straight from now on. Not because I'm afraid of the retribution—or lack thereof—that can come my way from needling the nerds that buy this ridiculous car as they’re an apparently ever-diminishing pool (sales down 66 percent since Aug. 2009!), but because my electronic breath is wasted as ForTwo buyers must be able to shrug off constant insults or they wouldn’t drive the kind of vehicle that even circus-clown-car-buyers avoid else someone might think their ride is ridiculous.

So, instead, I’ll forget what Forbes said about the Little Coupe that Can’t—see my other article!—and try to find something positive to say in recognition of the Magical Misery Tour smart (the company) is bringing to burgs like yours so that smart (again, not the term for intelligence) owners can all come out of the weirdwork together and collectively fine-tune their reasons for not being ashamed at driving something so clearly not meant for American roads in everyone’s way on American roads.

Oh. That didn’t end up being “positive,” did it? Let’s take another run at it…


Tesla Fires Back, 10 Million Times

On: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:52PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Flashback: two years ago. Top Gear ran a show claiming to discredit the real world applicability of the Tesla Roadster. Two Roadsters were shown suffering ‘breakdowns’ on the track and the show’s script, completed before the vehicles were tested, concluded with the host saying, “in the real world, it doesn’t seem to work.” Although Tesla ignored the original airing of Top Gear’s anti-Roadster show, the company recently decided to serve BBC with a lawsuit for libel and malicious falsehood. If add up the ten million real-world miles which Tesla Roadsters have successfully hummed by 1,500 owners around the globe, they may have a case.

Tesla claims to have waited so long because the show continues to “repeatedly and consistently re-broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers on BBC channels, on other TV channels via syndication, the internet, and by DVD.” A lawsuit is the only recourse the company has. In a recent blog post, Tesla tries to field some of the misconceptions aired on Top Gear.


Ford Can Credit Profit To Product Mix

On: Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 1:24PM | By: Tim Healey


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Ford had a strong profit for the first quarter of 2011, and a strong product portfolio is a big reason why.  It's not just new models, but that's one of the biggest factors in Ford's turnaround. Those new models led to higher sales, rising transaction prices, and a stronger performance in Europe.

As we noted yesterday, Ford's product mix is a big reason why the company has done so well in the first quarter, despite high gas prices and other challenges.