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Chrysler Recalls 11k 2011 Models; Toyota Happy It's Not Them For Once

On: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 5:47PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Chrysler Group announced today the voluntary safety recall of approximately 11,351 2011-model-year vehicles built between April 15 and May 14, 2011 to inspect for the “presence and alignment of Steering Column Pivot Rivets.”

The vehicles involved in the recall are the Chrysler 200 (sedan and convertible) and Town & Country; the Dodge Caliber, Journey, Grand Caravan, and Nitro, and the Jeep Wrangler, Liberty, and Compass.

In its report filed June 16th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted that “some of these vehicles may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet.”


Surprise? Electric Rolls Royce Is Not Happening

On: Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 3:37PM | By: Chris Weiss


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At the Geneva Motor Show this past March, Rolls Royce made a rather strong impression with the 102EX, an electric ultra-premium. The move made some wonder whether Rolls may just cut its otherwise atrocious fuel economy numbers with a fully electric production version. At the time, Rolls would commit only to the fact that it would test the waters for an EV's potential. Apparently, those waters turned up pretty chilly, because Rolls has moved an EV off the table for the time being.

According to anAuto Evolution report based on a conversation with CEO Torsten Mueller-Otvos, Rolls has officially sidelined the EV because it doesn't believe that it makes sense at the moment. It's not so much that customers aren't interested in a premium EV, or that there was a tepid reaction to the 102EX, it's that Rolls doesn't think an EV fits its customer base very well.


A German Rotary Supercar On The Way

On: Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 7:34PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Rotary engines; not many cars sport them nowadays. And even fewer supercars have them. But a new teaser gives us a look at an upcoming German supercar powered by a four-rotor engine. It's called the Predator GT and it comes from the suitably named Rotary Super Cars.

Rotary already teased the Predator last year. But that car looked entirely different. Apparently, the company took some heavy flak for making a highly derivative car that looked like a Ferrari 599 GTB with a couple of extra vents and body mods. So, they went back to the drawing board and designed a completely new car. My man Viknesh, over at Motor Authority, likens it to a Lamborghini, which I can see from the rear cabin back, but the front still looks pretty Ferrari to me. But even a Ferrari-Lambo hybrid is more original than a straight 599 rip-off—especially when you throw in those weird, lightning bolt-esque lines (no, those aren't the result of a fuzzy picture).


Top Five Annoyances While Driving According To Motor Trend

On: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 8:55AM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Motor Trend recently conducted a poll which asked readers of its Wide Open Throttle blog and Facebook and Twitter followers what factors really annoyed them while driving. I think that #4 could be avoided by not being one of the drivers on the rest of the list. Over all, it is pretty clear that we hate “Slow Drivers” according to the poll and I must agree.  Full press release from Motor Trend after the break.


 

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Falls Victim To Earthquake

On: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 7:49AM | By: Chris Weiss


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There really hasn't been much good news to come out of Japan since the March earthquake that ravaged the nation. It's been nearly three solid months of natural disaster and ensuing economic, infrastructural, and industrial turmoil. But we may just have a small tidbit of good news: Nissan is having problems producing its painfully awkward Murano CrossCabriolet.

The Murano CrossCab debuted at last year's LA Motor Show, where it became the first convertible, AWD crossover. And it quickly proved why it's the first AWD crossover convertible—because the big chunky body of a crossover looks absolutely awful from nearly every angle without a roof. Still, though, it's a unique offering that may develop some kind of following.


Another Super-Juiced Supercar: 2012 Mosler Raptor

On: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 6:06PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In a recent test of the 2011 Mosler Photon (a car that it seems duly impressed with) Automobile magazine got a few juicy teaser bits about the upcoming 2012 Mosler Raptor. The car will play in the same sandbox as elites like the Pagani Huayra and Koenigsegg Agera. At what could be about half the price, it will deliver similar performance and a sexy exterior inspired by an exotic woman.


Audi To Build R4 Sports Car

On: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Chris Weiss


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After a number of on again/off again rumors, the Audi R4 is on again. And it looks like this time it's for good. Autocar reports this week that Audi has given the official go-ahead to the mid-engined, two-seat roadster, which will be a smaller, more affordable complement to the R8 supercar.

While its big brother shares underpinnings with the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R4 will look to VW's other performance brand in borrowing front-end elements from the 911-derived Porsche Boxster. While its front will be shared, its rear will be "radically different."


Which Way Will They Go? Summer Gas Prices Remain a Mystery

On: Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 12:06PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, last weekend we celebrated the unofficial start of summer. Because weather remains cool, unpredictable, and sometimes downright inclement in many places during late May, many people around the country undoubtedly celebrated Memorial Day by flocking to warmer, more southerly locales.

I sure did. And while my overall weekend was excellent, it served as a big reminder: Gas prices are pretty awful. I spent the weekend camping for free, doing free outdoor activities, and eating super-cheap food like grilled hot dogs and sandwiches. Yet, I still managed to spend somewhere around $150 or $200 just on gas.


Plug-In Porsche 911 A Possibility, But Not Anytime Soon

On: Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 1:46PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Porsche 911 (one of the greatest icons of the automotive world) is set for a redesign. The 2012 911 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, and rumors, spy shots, and speculation have been flying around willy nilly (yeah, I said willy nilly) as the new sports car draws nearer.

Now, if there's one thing we know about the Porsche 911, it's not going to look any different—the thing's looked pretty much the same for the past four-and-a-half decades, albeit with a very slow, steady stream of modernizations. So there's really no sense in speculating on what the 2012 911 is going to look like, just take a good look at the 2011 911.


Bad News/Bad News: Tesla Ending Roadster Production, Adding Crossover

On: Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 10:30AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, I suppose it was bound to happen. But I just wish it didn't have to happen like this. Tesla filed some papers with the SEC last week, and in those papers was an admission that we all knew was coming, but hoped against: it will wind down Roadster production by the end of the year. A few stragglers will remain at dealerships until they're all sold, but the Roadster's days are clearly numbered.

Never fear, Tesla has a new car on the way. No, not an all-new sports convertible, but a crossover! Joy.


Despite Slump In May, 2011 Sales Still On Strong Track

On: Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:52AM | By: Tim Healey


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Sales stalled in May, but that doesn't mean that 2011's sales forecast will be in the dumper. Quite the contrary, according to Automotive News, 2011 is on track to be the best sales year since 2008.

Credit falling gas prices or improved production from Japanese factories affected by the earthquake and tsunami, but either way, this summer is expected to help 2011 show sales growth.