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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.

C7 Chevy Corvette To Use Small Turbo V8

On: Sat, May 28, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

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I think that even people that don't give a lick about Corvettes must be eagerly awaiting the debut of the C7 Chevy Corvette, if only to verify which rumors are true and which are false. So far we've heard of radical departures that include a mid-engined layout, V-6 engines and split-window rear windshield ala the 1963 Stingray. The latest rumor might make the most sense of all: a smaller V-8 powerplant that uses turbo charging.

According to the Detroit Bureau, GM is eager to attract a new breed of customer, the type of buyers that currently can't run fast enough to the nearest Porsche dealer. Younger buyers just aren't impressed with a brutish, unrefined muscle car; they want a smarter, more sophisticated ride. So Chevy will give it to them, by moving away from its history of big, burly but simple engines and employing something a little more in line with European competitors.

More Evidence Of Lamborghini Sedan Straight From Winkelmann

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 4:39PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Lamborghini should really just end the charade already. It's becoming pretty obvious that the Bull is building a sedan. Reports of the likelihood of a Lambo four-door have been getting stronger and stronger since last year. And those reports aren't originating from "insiders" or "those familiar with the matter," they're coming straight from Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann. Just admit it already: you're building a sedan.

The latest inkling: Winkelmann recently said at the Reuters Global Luxury and Fashion Summit that Lamborghini will launch a third car and that it will be an "every day" model.

Mercedes May Develop Uber-CLS To Compete With Continental GT

On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 1:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Mercedes is considering a move up the high-performance luxury sedan market in the form of a Bentley Continental GT/Flying Spur rival. Interestingly, it looks like the sporty four-door, if it comes to fruition, will be branded a Mercedes-Benz rather than a Maybach, Daimler's traditional ultra-premium Bentley rival.


Money Meet Mouth: Obama Orders Government To Buy Green Cars

On: Thu, May 26, 2011 at 4:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

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A well-publicized and long-standing goal of President Obama and his administration is to put a million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 in an effort to cut dependence on foreign oil and improve emissions. Recently, though, it's become increasingly obvious that that goal may just be a little too ambitious, with media reports showing that the administration's numbers are overly optimistic, to put it politely.

So, Obama is taking a little motivation from the age-old maxim "If you want it done right, do it yourself." He recently ordered the government to purchase more than 100 EVs for the government fleet.

Aston Martin To Offer Two Or Three Lagonda Models

On: Wed, May 25, 2011 at 3:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Like it or not, Aston is re-launching the Lagonda brand and is going to have a family of SUVs and crossovers to go along with its otherwise awesome and sportastic line. Looking at the dour mug of the 2009 Lagonda crossover, we'll go with "not."

Regardless, Aston likes the Lagonda re-launch enough to offer two or three initial models with the nameplate on the rear. CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez recently sat down withCar magazine and detailed a few plans.

Banks, Dealer Group Trying To Slow Reform Legislation

On: Wed, May 25, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Tim Healey

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A well-known dealership group and bankers are working hard to slow, or stop, upcoming reform legislation.

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), along with captive financing agencies, credit unions, and banks, is supporting the efforts of congressional Republicans to reduce the power of a new government consumer finance agency that is positioning itself as a watchdog for consumers.

Popular Mechanics Picks The Most Deserved Fails In Car History

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 4:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When I first read Popular Mechanics article title "10 Cars That Deserved to Fail," I immediately started thinking about some of the most notorious failures in automotive history. The explosively terrible and embarrassing Ford Pinto. The not-buying-it-no-matter-how-cheap-it-is Yugo GV. And so on.

Indeed, both those models showed up not far down the list. It would be hard to write any list of "car fails" without including them. What's more interesting about the list is some of the more recent, more subtle car failures that I probably would never have thought of.

VW Set To Open Tennessee Plant

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 3:36PM | By: Tim Healey

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Volkswagen is getting ready to open its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 24. The plant will build the new Passat, and it’s a key piece in VW's strategy to become the world's largest automaker.

The $1 billion factory will eventually build up to 150,000 Passats. The next Passat will be priced at $20,000, about $8,000 cheaper than the European version, thanks to the fact that U.S. wages are lower, the design is simpler, and local content will be used.

Maserati SUV Coming In A Few Years

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 12:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

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I wish that someone would poke a fork into the whole SUV/CUV/crossover trend and just end it all ready. But unfortunately, the closest we're going to get is putting a fork on an SUV, a trident to be specific. According to Car and Driver, Maserati will be the next high-end brand to build an SUV, following in the footsteps of Porsche, Alfa Romeo, and others.

The report says that Maserati will debut an SUV by 2014. The SUV will be developed at Chrysler HQ in Detroit and will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not much else is offered on the Maser jeep, but we don't have high hopes (Cayenne with a trident? No, thanks).

More Details On Subaru FT-86

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

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So far, the partnership between Toyota and Subaru has been all Toyota. Beginning in 2009, Toyota has shown three versions of the jointly developing sports car platform: the original Toyota FT-86 in Tokyo 2009, the Toyota FT-86 II at this year's Geneva Motor Show, and the Scion FR-S at the New York Auto Show just last month. Meanwhile, Subaru has shown only a shell of a concept meant to convey its rear-wheel layout.

But, that will all change this year, with Subaru catching up in a hurry.