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Nissan To Accelerate Leaf Production, Fill Pre-Orders By Summer

On: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 9:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It looks like Chevy won't be the only manufacturer upping its green vehicle production. Nissan representatives said this week that the company plans on increasing Leaf production at its Japanese plant to get pre-ordered deliveries out as quickly as possible. Nissan intends to get all pre-ordered Leafs delivered to all customers by September.

Honda Doing Feasibility Study on NSX Successor

On: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 5:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Honda NSX successor rumor rollercoaster continues on at full speed. Last rumor had it that Honda was already working on an NSX successor with a full-hybrid powertrain. A new rumor out of Edmunds indicates that Honda isn't really that far along. The report says that Honda president Takanobu Ito said that Honda is currently doing a feasibility study on a "new sports car."

Ito nixed the idea that Honda was planning on building a street-legal version of its V8-powered HSV-10 GT race car, but said, "There is clearly a demand for that type of car that we must answer."

Cayenne and Panamera Lead Porsche With 34 Percent Sales Increase

On: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 2:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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You can argue about the styling of the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera until you're blue in the face, but there's no arguing about their success. According to new numbers, Porsche enjoyed a 34 percent year-over-year sales increase in the month of January, thanks largely to its biggest vehicles.

Porsche was quick to talk up its achievement. Bernhard Maier, Porsche's board member for sales and marketing, said in a statement: "We are experiencing a welcome upward trend in the U.S. with the Porsche brand enjoying double-digit growth. This is particularly noticeable in the Cayenne and Panamera models."

Volkswagen Planning 7-Concept Blitz In Geneva?

On: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 5:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It seems that the sheer volume of concept cars presented at any given motor show has become a measure of oneupmanship. Lotus set the bar at the Paris Motor Show last fall, fleshing out a new direction with six concept cars. Late last year, word came that a rather nominal player--Russian supercar manufacturer Marussia--will overshadow that Paris appearance with a seven-concept dais at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. And now it appears that Volkswagen has seven-concept show plans of its own, and it will beat Marussia to the punch, unveiling its concepts at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Of course the comparison between Volkswagen and Marussia or Lotus isn't exactly a fair one, as the former relates to an entire auto group--one of the world's largest. Rather than single-brand concepts, VW's debuts will be spread across its portfolio of brands with only two expected from Volkswagen itself. Still, though, seven concepts is an impressive tally.


CEC Lexus LFA Tuned Edition

On: Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 12:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The $375,000, 500-model Lexus LFA supercar just got even more exclusive. A lot more exclusive. That is if you don't mind paying a tuner to pimp out the interior and exterior without any performance upgrades.

American tuner Claus Ettensberger Corporation announced the highly uncreatively named LFA "Tuner Edition" this week. It will offer the package on just three of the 500 LFAs that Lexus plans to build, making it an ultra-exclusive, if not entirely exciting, tuner package.

Downer of the Day: No Subaru Forester S-Edition for North America

On: Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 11:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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An SUV with the sporty, powerful 2.5-liter flat four turbo from the Impreza WRX? What could be better? Actually being able to buy it, that's what. Subaru indicated this week that the Subaru Forester S-Edition that it introduced at the Australian International Motor Show last fall will not be coming to the North American market anytime in the near future. It has, however, launched in Australia and will make it to China later this year.

The Forester S-Edition will be the new top-of-line Forester SUV and will derive 259 horses and 256 lb-ft of torque from its WRX turbo engine, giving it 40 more horses than the the Forester XT. That engine will be mated to a five-speed paddle-shift STI transmission. The Forester S-Edition also gets sportier suspension and AWD than other Forester models.

World Car Nominees Announced

On: Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 10:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Looking past Geneva, the 2011 New York Auto Show will take place in April. At the show, the World Car of the Year honors will be awarded to the best green car, best performance car, and best overall car in the world. The field will get narrower in Geneva, but nominees for each category were announced this week, providing a look at which cars will be vying for the prestigious titles.

The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf will once again be competing, this time for World Green Car of the Year. Chevy has been trouncing the Leaf here in the U.S., sweeping major awards like the Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Journal Green Car of the Year, and North American Car of the Year. The Leaf, on the other hand, has a wider footprint and has had more success in Europe, winning awards like the European Car of the Year.

Bentley To Offer Two V8 Engines

On: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When Bentley introduced the 2011 Continental GT back in the fall, it indicated that the model would be available with a V8 in addition to the W12 engine. Since that time, we've learned that  a 4.0-liter V8 is being developed for the car in conjunction with fellow VW automaker Audi. New rumors out of Europe now point to two V8 engine options that will be made available to Continental GT buyers next year.

Porsche Chief Gives More Details On Line Expansion

On: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 2:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's a well known fact in the automotive world that Porsche isn't content with its sales at the moment. The automaker has ambitious plans to double its annual sales by 2018. And the way it plans on meeting this goal is by expanding into new segments and offering more affordable, practical versions of existing cars. CEO Matthias Mueller recently spoke with Automotive News and gave some more detailed information on what types of things we'll be seeing at Porsche in the next few years.

Chevy Coming Out Strong For Superbowl XLV

On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The stage is set. It'll be the Green Bay Packers taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, February 6. And GM plans to be an integral part of the festivities with an-all new award for the game's most valuable player, and an advertising campaign focused squarely on Chevy. Last year, GM discontinued its tradition of awarding the Super Bowl MVP a Cadillac, leaving Drew Brees without a free Caddy to drive around the bayou. In 2009, Santonio Holmes chose a 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum 2WD worth over $85,000 as his MVP prize.

Toyota Remains World's Largest Automaker Despite Recalls

On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:09AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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When American news reports on the Detroit “Big 3” they are referring to Ford, GM, and Chrysler, the major automakers that for many years made Detroit their home and were the dominant forces in American auto manufacturing. The emphasis is on “American.” When you look at top global sales figures for autos, the Detroit “Big 3” is joined by other automakers, such as Toyota and VW.

For the third year in a row, Toyota Motor Corporation can claim the title of “world’s largest automaker.” That’s pretty impressive given the hit that Toyota took from its recent massive recall and bad press. Regardless of those negatives, Toyota was happy to proclaim that deliveries from its Daihatsu Motor, Hino Motors, and Lexus Marque affiliates actually grew by 8% to a total 8.42 million cars sold in 2010.