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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.


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.


Chevy Gives Details On New Corvette

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Okay, "new" might be a bit of an overstatement. The 2012 Corvette is more like an ever-so-slightly tweaked geriatric. It will be the last C6 Corvette model year that we see before the C7 debuts next year as a 2013 model. But, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of Chevy, and we've seen that the Corvette will be sort of a party vehicle, with various special editions and packages offered. 

Chevy previewed a few of the changes that will affect all 2012 Corvettes in anticipation of the muscle car's launch.


Nearly 900,000 GM Vehicles Under Investigation For Faulty Fuel Gauge

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 10:51AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last week, AAA locations around the country reported that "out of gas" calls have spiked significantly this year, a phenomenon that's undoubtedly tied to the insane prices of gas. Well, now there's another little wrench in the fuel equation, at least for GM owners. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Friday that it's investigating 865,000 GM vehicles for faulty fuel gauges. The gauges have caused a small percentage of owners to run out of gas.

According to its announcement, there have been 668 complaints about the fuel gauge issue on vehicles from Chevy, GMC, Buick, and former GM brand Saab. Fifty-eight of those complaints come from drivers that actually stalled out because their tank was empty even though the fuel gauge read as though they still had gas left. At least one crash allegedly stems from the issue.


 

More Drivers Running Out Of Gas And Getting Stranded

On: Mon, May 2, 2011 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Remember that episode of Seinfeld when Kramer decided to push the limits of the fuel tank during a test drive? It seems more and more drivers are doing the exact same thing, only not in the name of comedy—in the name of dollar bills.

All commuters experience it on a daily basis: the stomach-dropping sensation of watching way too much of your weekly paycheck get sucked into an automated gas pump. The dollars just tick way faster than the gallons these days and the trip to the gas station—once a rather neutral task—has become the equivalent of a root canal or proctological exam (another great, car-related Seinfeld episode—"The Ass Man").


Chevy Planning Several Corvette Performance Packages

On: Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 11:06AM | By: Chris Weiss


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As you probably know, if you're a GM fanatic (do those exist?) or just a guy that happens to read a lot of auto news, Chevy will turn 100 next year. Chevy clearly wouldn't let such a prestigious birthday go by without some recognition, and we've already seen one little present: the Corvette Centennial Edition. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Chevy also has a few more special edition performance packages, along with a few modifications, in store for the Corvette. A Chevy dealer recently got onto the Interwebs and spilled the beans.

Car dealers are a little like kids when it comes to secrets. They get early access to some pretty juicy car information and just can't wait to tell all their closest friends, and, by extension, the entire world. Montana Chevy dealer Ken Fichtner got some advance product information on the special edition 2012 Corvettes and immediately hopped on his router to share the good news on Corvette Forum. And once something of interest hits the Web, it's as good as global.


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.


Cadillac Moving Up Market Into Rolls Royce Territory

On: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you want an American-made luxury car of the utmost quality and prestige, chances are you'll be looking at your local Cadillac dealership. But if you want a car of the utmost luxury and prestige, and you're not limiting yourself to American cars, well then, it's a Rolls Royce or Bentley… Maybe a Maybach… But probably not.

Well, if a new rumor proves true, you may one day have the option of a Rolls/Bentley-level Cadillac. Car and Driver reports that Caddy is considering a possible ultra-premium sedan that's of the same caliber.

The magazine's report is based on conversations with insiders and points to the possibility of Cadillac building an RR Phantom-rivaling sedan on top of its rear-wheel Omega platform. The decision is far from made at GM and Car and Driver expresses considerable skepticism that it will ever happen. But it's hard to not be excited by the prospect.


Chevy Volt/Nissan Leaf Win Top Safety Honors From IIHS

On: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Proving that the respective awards of World Car of the Year and World Green Car of the Year weren't just feel-good flukes, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt both scored at the top of the class in another important dynamic: safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finished up what it referred to as the first U.S. plug-in electric tests, and awarded both of the alternatively powered superstars top ratings.


McLaren To Introduce New Car Every Year

On: Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 2:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


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McLaren has made it clear that it plans to offer a robust family of cars. Those cars are expected to include an F1-succeeding flagship and a roadster. According to a conversation between McLaren managing director Antony Sheriff and The Detroit Bureau, McLaren is going to hit the ground running, introducing a new car every year.

While there's no indication of how many cars McLaren plans to add to its line, or what those cars will be, Sheriff told the Bureau: "Between the various models, we’ll have something new about once a year."


Who'd Ferrari Pay Off? 458 Italia Wins 'Performance Car of the Year'

On: Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


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You know when the Ferrari 458 was named Automobile's 'Performance Car of the Year' I thought: "The editor of Automobile must have a classic Ferrari sitting in a hidden garage somewhere." Paying off a single magazine, while unethical, really wouldn't be that hard. But paying off a panel of journalists from around the world? Now that seems a little more complicated. How'd Maranello get that done?

It's not that the Ferrari 458 Italia is a bad car—it's a beautiful, hard-charging car. It's just that with months' worth of headlines on the car's tendency to—you know, catch fire—you'd have thunk that the auto journalists that wrote those headlines might have chosen a worthy competitor that didn't have a history of bursting into a ball of fiery destruction.