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Pagani Names Two U.S. Dealers

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 3:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

Pagani Huayra test 2

While the biggest story of the Pagani Huayra is the car itself (and maybe that weird name), a pretty large subplot is that the 700-hp supercar will be the first Pagani available in the United States. As such, Pagani will obviously need to set up a dealership network where the uber-rich can go to browse and order the $1.4 million coupe. Earlier this week, Pagani announced its first two U.S. dealerships.

Want to Try Out the 2011 Chrysler 300? Head to Your Local Mall.

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 2:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

2011 Chrysler 300 test 2

Trying to spike some interest and sales, Chrysler has announced a new test-drive campaign. The company is moving out of the dealer lots and showrooms and into the last great bastion of American consumerism: the shopping mall. Chrysler will be bringing several vehicle models to malls around the country. Not only will drivers get to test the new cars from the comfort of their own mall, they'll get a $15 gift certificate good at said mall. Sounds like a solid reason to test drive some new wheels.

Audi Quattro Concept Moving Toward Production

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 10:48AM | By: Chris Weiss

Audi Quattro Concept test 2

It looks like the Audi Quattro concept debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show is on its way toward production. While it has yet to be officially confirmed, Autocar reports that Audi is quite close to giving the go-ahead. Launch is expected as early as 2013.

Essentially an ultra-light RS5, the Quattro uses an aluminum space frame, aluminum body panels, and a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic hood and trunk to tear out 660 lbs. In its Paris form, the model used a 408-hp 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission.

Japanese Quake Hits Ford

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 8:58AM | By: Chris Weiss

Japanese Quake Hits Ford  test 1-1

We knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. After weeks of saying little more than that it's watching the situation closely, Ford announced that it will have to shut down its first plants as a result of shortages of Japanese-sourced auto parts. Like GM before it, Ford remained mum as to what part(s) was at issue.

Late last week, Ford announced that it would close its Louisville, Kentucky plant responsible for building the F-Series Super Duty trucks and Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs as of this week. Additionally, Ford said that it would close a plant in Belgium responsible for building S-Max and Galaxy minivans and the Mondeo sedan as a result of parts issues.


Gallardo-Replacing Cabrera To Get 600 Horses

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante test 2

Well, it looks like Lamborghini may be abandoning the lighter components/smaller engines philosophy that company executives talked about last year. Because all we've seen since then, except for the Sesto Elemento, is bigger and bigger engines. Sure, composites have been part of the picture, but there really doesn't seem to be much effort in cutting engine size.

The latest rumor out of French site L'Automobile indicates that the Gallardo replacement, a car that is likely to be introduced in 2013, will add 30-hp over the current Gallardo top-dog—the Gallardo Superleggera—for 600 horses worth of power. That engine's job will be a bit easier thanks to weight cuts from composite construction.

European Commission To Ban Diesel And Petrol Vehicles By 2050

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 3:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

European Commission To Ban Diesel And Petrol Vehicles test 2

If you had any doubt that hybrid, electric, fuel cell, and other alternatively powered vehicles are the future of the automobile industry, the European Commission is here to dispel those doubts. The executive arm of the European Union has proposed a ban on all gas and diesel vehicles in European city centers by 2050. The ban follows similar actions and proposals in individual cities around Europe.

The proposal seeks to cut emissions and reliance on foreign oil by up to 60 percent. The EU currently relies on foreign oil for around 96 percent of its transportation needs. The European Commission hopes that zero-emissions vehicles will make up half of Europe's vehicles by 2030. By 2050, it wants to all gas and diesel vehicles out of cities altogether.

BMW Reveals 2012 6-Series

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 2:35PM | By: Tim Healey

2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe test 2

BMW is going to officially launch the 2012 6-Series Coupe at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month, but a few journalists have seen the car in Munich ahead of the show. The coupe adds a fixed roof and a Hofmeister Kink to the convertible version.

The coupe's front fascia has LED headlamps and optional triple-element fog lamps. Power comes from a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that makes 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission gets all that power to the rear wheels.

Rumor Mill: Bugatti 16 C Galibier Is A Go

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Bugatti 16 C Galibier  test 2

Well, according to a Bloomberg report, not only has Bugatti decided to build the sedan, it's gotten the blessing from parent company Volkswagen.

Basically a Veyron dressed up in ultra-premium sedan clothing, the Galibier features the Veyron's 8.0-liter W16 engine along with two superchargers. At the time that it introduced the concept, Bugatti called it the "the most exclusive, elegant and powerful four door automobile in the world." With its Veyron-based powertrain, excessively luxurious interior, and likely super-million-dollar price tag, it is certainly without a modern rival in terms of elegance and power. Bugatti never specified the output of the Galibier, but it was said to be somewhere between 800-hp and the 1,000-hp of the Veyron 16.4.

U.S. Auto Sales Up 17 Percent

On: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 3:36PM | By: Tim Healey

U.S. Auto Sales Up 17 Percent test 2

Automotive industry sales numbers for the month of March have been released, and they are pretty good, all things considered. Sales were up 17 percent from March 2010, and the industry is on pace for more than 13 million units sold in 2011. That's still far short of the peak pre-recession years of more than 16 million annual sales, but it's close to the 14-million mark that many consider to be the norm. All this came despite concerns about rising fuel prices and the supply disruptions caused by the natural disasters in Japan.

More Whispers On Aston-Maybach Team-Up

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 4:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin Lagonda test 2

Rumors of an Aston Martin-Daimler/Maybach team-up have been surfacing and resurfacing for months. The latest rumor is the most decisive yet, indicating that not only is the Aston-Daimler deal coming, but it's already inked and signed. According to a report from Car and Driver, the deal was actually signed late last year.

Under the agreement, Aston will replace its stretched-to-the-limit 'vertical horizontal' platform with the help of Daimler. Aston needs a larger platform to base its upcoming Lagonda sedan on, and looked outside to find one. Aston found a willing ear in Daimler and will borrow a platform from Mercedes to build the Lagonda on. Aston will also borrow SUV architecture, engines, and possibly a new platform to replace the VH platform that underpins its sports cars.

Monthly Sales Expected To Slide Some Compared To February

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 4:18PM | By: Tim Healey

Monthly Sales Expected To Slide  test 2

With sales numbers expected to be released on Friday for the month of March, automotive-industry analysts and experts are expecting numbers to tumble somewhat month over month.

There are three main reasons for that: Supply disruptions caused by the natural disasters in Japan, higher gas prices, and the expiration of some incentives.