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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.


Gas Prices + Japanese Earthquake = Rising Car Prices

On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 9:22AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's a story that began unfolding just shortly after the Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor meltdown ravished the nation and stagnated its auto production in mid March. Auto analytical group Edmunds suggests that the worst is yet to come, with soaring gas prices and model shortages combining to create the perfect storm of rising car prices.

With gas prices edging toward a nationwide average of $4 per gallon, consumers have been inspired to shop for new, efficient cars. At the same time, production on cars like the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf has been affected by the ongoing aftermath in Japan. Both those factors have led to depleted inventories at dealerships, a situation that's left little motivation for dealers to offer discounts, incentives, and sale events, something that they'd typically do during this time of year.


Japanese Automakers To Work Weekends Only

On: Fri, May 20, 2011 at 10:20AM | By: Tim Healey


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In a bid to reduce the stress on Japan's power grid following March's earthquake and tsunami that destroyed a nuclear power plant, the Japanese automakers and suppliers will take select weekdays off in order to ease stress on the nation's power grid.

The companies will take Thursdays and Fridays off and work on weekends during the summer in order to relieve stress from the grid.


Volkswagen Developing Cars That Pick You Up On Demand

On: Thu, May 19, 2011 at 11:20AM | By: Chris Weiss


Volkswagen Developing Cars That Pick You Up On Demand test 1-1

"I need ya, buddy." Those four simple words are all that The Hoff (a.k.a Michael Knight) needed to mutter before getting a reassuring: "Right away, Michael." Now that's a friggin' car.

Children of the 80s are among the most keenly aware of the promising possibilities of automated vehicles, thanks largely to the sheer awesomeness that the Trans Am known as K.I.T.T. brought to the table in a timeless little series called Knight Rider. And it looks like those children, now adults, will soon be able to direct their cars in a similar manner, although they may have to name it Klaus rather than Kitt.


 

Zagato-Designed Perana Z-One Goes Live

On: Thu, May 19, 2011 at 9:37AM | By: Chris Weiss


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I'm officially designating May 2011 as "Zagato Month." The coach-builder isn't a foreign name to automotive blogs and media, but I've never seen it mentioned so much as I have in the past couple weeks. First, it was the Alfa/Dodge TZ3 Stradale (okay, that was late April, but the buzz carried over). Then it was an Aston Martin-Zagato teaser. And now it's news about the Perana Z-One.

Unlike the other two Zagatos of recent fame, the Perana isn't a new car; it was introduced more than two years ago at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. However, orders have officially opened for the South African supercar as of this week. The car will be available in the United States, and U.S. distributor Superformance plans to offer 99 models per year.


Crisis In Japan Leaves Up To 200K Shoppers Available To Rival Makes

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 2:48PM | By: Tim Healey


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The earthquake and tsunami in Japan that occurred in March are leaving customers who normally shop the Japanese up for grabs to rival automakers.

Up to 200,000 shoppers are in play, thanks to the production and supply problems caused by the natural disasters. Toyota, Honda, and Nissan stand to lose the most.


Details on McLaren Flagship

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


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For most companies, a 592-hp, sub-3,000-lb. coupe that hits 62 mph in 3.3 seconds would qualify as a flagship. But when your name is McLaren, and your most famous road car not only held a world record, but also stood head and shoulders above every other supercar of its era, an MP4-12C is but a starting point, a middle of the road.

McLaren has already indicated that, unlike in the past, it will build a family of cars. And one of those cars will be a true flagship, reminiscent of the 240-mph F1 produced in the mid-90s. Late last week, Autocar published the most comprehensive look that we've seen as to what McLaren's car will look like.


New York City Gets Creepy With Speed Limits

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 10:47AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Municipalities have all sorts of tricks when it comes to enforcing speed limits. Hidden police cars, flashing road signs that show your actual speed, and dummy patrol cars are just a few ways that towns get creative to get drivers to slow down.

New York City has a new one: morbid creepiness. It's building upon the radar-equipped road sign, adding a new graphic that may just creep the masses into loosening the muscles in their right legs.


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

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


From Gullwings To Rotary Wings: Helo Takes Mercedes Brand To New Heights test 1-1

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.]


Bmw Tops U.S. Luxury Market By The Skin Of Its Teeth

On: Tue, May 17, 2011 at 8:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


Bmw Tops U.S. Luxury Market By The Skin Of Its Teeth test 1-1

Usually when we talk about auto sales, we're working in thousands. But in the case of the luxury auto market, BMW sits on top by less than 30 individual cars sold. The German automaker managed to narrowly defeat its countrymate Mercedes-Benz by a margin of just 29 cars to become the leading luxury automaker in the U.S. so far this year.

BMW sold 18,801 models in April while Mercedes lagged closely behind with 18,042 sales. That pushed the 2011 sales totals to 71,417 BMW and 71,388 Mercedes. Year-to-year sales were up 2.3 percent for Mercedes in April and 8.9 percent for BMW.


New Ford Focus ST Gets Fine-Tuned

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Prototypes of the new Ford Focus ST are dotting the globe in an international effort to release Ford’s first global performance car, which brings the same ST performance to both North America and Asia for the first time. But before final production, Ford must put the new Focus through a painstaking tuning process including some of the most demanding roads found from California to Nurburgring, and from German autobahns to backcountry lanes across Great Britain. Fans of the new Focus may even catch a glimpse out on the road. If a brand-spanking-new Focus crosses your path with a snazzy paint job, lowered suspension, larger wheels and tires, and the enduring symbol of sportiness—a central rear double exhaust—then you’ve just experienced a taste of the latest performance vehicle from Ford.