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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.

Google Wants To Test Self-Driven Cars In Nevada

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 5:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When you're the state with the second highest percentage of public land in the union, you make a natural testing bed for any initiative that could wreak havoc on the general public. Take a look at a map of Nevada and you'll see how public land and dangerous testing come together in the numerous mysterious military installations that occupy its barren lands. Area 51 is just the tip of the iceberg.

Indeed, some 80 percent of Nevada is owned and operated by the federal government, giving it the highest percentage of federally owned land in the United States. The state is all casino resorts on its borders, but lots of open, desolate lands filling up its interior.

Chevy Details C7 Corvette's Global Ambitions

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:42PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's no secret that the next-generation Corvette, the C7 Corvette, is imminent. It's also not a secret that Chevy may just do something a little different with the C7. For years, media reports and rumors have suggested that Chevy might employ some drastic changes like a mid-engine layout and split rear windshield. GM executives recently fleshed out their motivation in making one of the most well-known, traditional icons of American automotives "completely different".

Toyota Moving Toward Making the Prius Plug-In-Only...Or Not

On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 5:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The 50-mpg Toyota Prius is already a tour de force, leading the green-vehicle market for years. Toyota is looking ahead to the next generation of Prii to make the successful model even more efficient.

The Prius Plug-In will launch around the world next year. That model will offer EV-only driving ability thanks to the high-performance lithium-ion battery that can be recharged directly from a standard 120V outlet. Toyota says that the car will be able to offer gas/electric range of up to 475 miles. While the plug-in version will be sold alongside the standard Prius, Japanese paper Nikkei reported this week that Toyota plans to make the plug-in powertrain the Prius standard by 2014.


Report: Chrysler Might Be Looking To Add 3,000 Workers

On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 9:48AM | By: Tim Healey

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According to a report, Chrysler might be looking to add 3,000 jobs and more shifts at plants in the Midwest. Three shifts, which would account for about 1,000 jobs, would be added at three plants. One is in Detroit, another in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and one in Belvidere, Illinois.

Right now, each plant has two shifts, and all three combined employ around 7,000 employees.

Automakers Look To Shed Pounds

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 9:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's no revelation that automakers around the world are looking to make more efficient vehicles. Fuel prices are rising something awful; government bodies in Europe and the United States are placing stricter regulations on automaker fleet emissions; and the market is quite warm and welcoming to more efficient cars.

Much of the automaker focus and media attention have been on smaller engines and greener powertrains. Electrics, hybrids, and other alternative powertrains have made for intriguing headlines, and smaller, more efficient gas engines have played their own less-lauded, utilitarian role.

Nissan Leaf Beats Chevy Volt in April Sales

On: Mon, May 9, 2011 at 7:23PM | By: Chris Weiss

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April Leaf sales actually surpassed Nissan's expectations. It had anticipated selling about 900 models by the end of April, but exceeded that by more than 15 percent.

As to why the Leaf was able to gain so markedly on the Volt that remains unclear. Both vehicles' sales are quite modest when compared to higher volume gas vehicles (Nissan models like the Rogue and Sentra sold more than 8,000 and 9,000 units respectively), so the differences could be negligible. Green Car Reports says that part of the discrepancy could be related to the fact that Chevy decided to redirect certain Volt models to dealerships to be used as demo vehicles. These cars would have otherwise been sold to the public, and could have increased April's totals, though it's unclear how many sales were affected. Still, it seems significant that the Leaf nearly doubled its sales in just a month while the Volt slipped backwards.

Mercedes To Electrify S-Class

On: Mon, May 9, 2011 at 5:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last year, Mercedes-Benz made it clear that the SLS AMG E-Cell that it had been working on was bound for production. The E-Cell will be among the growing field of alternatively-powered supercars (think Porsche 918 Spyder).

Last week, Mercedes indicated that electric power may move down line from the E-Cell to the S-Class sedan. While the German luxury automaker fell short of confirming a full-electric S-Class, it has confirmed plans for other green vehicles.

GM Profits At $3.2 Billion For The First Quarter

On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 6:05PM | By: Tim Healey

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General Motors has posted a profit of $3.2 billion in the first quarter of 2011. That marks quite the turnaround for a company that was helped into a guided bankruptcy by the federal government in 2009.

The $3.2 billion profit marks the fifth straight quarter that the automaker has been profitable. Revenue was up 15 percent, to $36.2 billion.

It was good earnings in North America—which more than doubled to $2.9 billion—that helped GM achieve its first-quarter numbers.

Back In Black: Chrysler Reports First Profit In Two Years

On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 1:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

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What a difference a couple of years (and a few billion dollars of public money) can make. After spiraling into bankruptcy and groveling to the U.S. government—not to mention a European namesake—for big bailout bucks, Chrysler has reported its first profit. In the first three months of 2011, Chrysler finally got to use some black ink, raking in $116 million of profit.

Porsche Panamera Goes Diesel

On: Thu, May 5, 2011 at 4:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Since introducing the Panamera to the market in 2009, Porsche has been adding numerous variants to the Panamera line, most recently with the Panamera Hybrid in New York. Porsche added one more Panamera earlier this week, when it revealed the Panamera diesel. The latest Porsche four-door makes use of a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel to add to the range and fuel economy of the Panamera line.