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Lamborghini Sedan May Make It to Production After All

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Sedan May Make It to Production After All test 1-1

There's no roller coaster quite like the high-end supercar market. And we're not talking the Formula Rossa at the newly opened Ferrari World. We're talking supercar rumors, speculation, and executive sound bites. It seems that as soon as one report on a speculated model is gaining steam, a new one comes out that totally negates it.

In this case, the latest report that Lamborghini would still like to build a four-door sports car ala the Estoque concept negates a report that such a car was stomped by the flared-nostriled Bull. It seems that CEO Stephan Winkelmann (kind of an important voice over there in Sant'Agata Bolognese) would like Lamborghini to pursue the model.


Ford Focus Rolls Off The Assembly Line In Germany

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:34AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Ford Focus Rolls Off The Assembly Line In Germany test 1-1

Ford Motor Company began production of the Focus yesterday for its European market. Ford Focus will roll off the assembly line at its Saarlouis Assembly plant located in Germany. 

The Ford Focus, a compact car offered as a sedan or stylish 5-door hatchback, is now a true 'world car', one chassis designed for every major world market. We will eventually get the new Focus, but Europe gets the first crack at it. Fun to drive, the engine puts out 151 bhp, but still provides the excellent fuel economy that Europeans demand at EPA 22 mpg city driving and 32 mpg on the highway.


New Porsche 918-Based Supercar Concept to Debut in Detroit

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:25AM | By: Chris Weiss


New Porsche 918-Based Supercar Concept to Debut in Detroit test 1-1

Well, here's some good news to start your week off right: Porsche is planning on bringing a new supercar concept to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Interestingly, the car will not be the next iteration of the 918 Spyder Hybrid, which Porsche confirmed for production in September, but instead, will be a brand new concept that's said to share some components with the 918 concept.


DeTomaso On Schedule For Geneva Comeback

On: Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 1:51PM | By: Chris Weiss


DeTomaso On Schedule For Geneva Comeback  test 1-1

Well, here's a name I all but forgot. De Tomaso, an Italian automaker that I best recognize from my exotic car picture books from my childhood in the 1980s, has a new model to show and it should be launching at the Geneva Motor Show. A few leaked pictures from Italian auto rag Quattroruote provide a teaser of a car with Tomaso's new logo on the grille and badge on the back.


 

Confirmed: 2013 Dodge Viper

On: Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 5:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


Confirmed: 2013 Dodge Viper test 1-1

I don't know what was more sad: that the Dodge Viper ended production this past summer or that the celebratory last model was covered in a sickly, yellowish-brown paint that just left irremovable scars on my brain. Actually, I do know, it was the latter. Luckily, Dodge chief Ralph Gilles has confirmed that the next generation Viper will be coming in 2013. And from what we've heard so far, it should handily erase all memories of that other Viper.


Cracker Barrel Restaurants To Contribute To Electric Charging Infrastructure

On: Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


Cracker Barrel Restaurants To Contribute To Electric Charging Infrastructure test 1-1

The problem is well-defined: in order to move toward a cleaner automotive market with EVs and plug-in hybrids leading the way, we need a better charging infrastructure. A car just isn't much good if it runs out of power in less than 100 miles and there's nowhere to charge it.

Governments and corporations have been teaming up to help provide this infrastructure in the markets that are going to be launch pads for the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and others. The latest player is a bit of a curveball: Cracker Barrel restaurants. The chain announced today that it will install electric charging stations at 24 of its locations across Tennessee.


Pricing The VW Jetta: Is 16 Grand Realistic?

On: Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 3:33PM | By: John Welch


Pricing The VW Jetta: Is 16 Grand Realistic? test 1-1

Yesterday we reported on Volkswagen's November fortunes. To sum up, things are good. VW's concerted effort to dominate the world's auto industry is working rather well, helped, of course, by the redesigned Volkswagen Jetta. It's no secret that the Jetta has been engineered to a price point. Interior materials are poor compared with the previous Jetta, the rear suspension is twist-beam only, and, at the moment, 170 charging horses are all you can expect to find under the hood of a Bora . . . eherrmm, Jetta. Though sold in Europe, this car is clearly designed to meet North American needs; the 'new' Jetta has a bigger trunk, more foot and knee room, and a slightly wider stance. The most alarming development to come from all of this rearranging? The Jetta is now nearly as cheap as a Scion xD. I assure you, the worst Jetta is still better than the best xD.

But is it worthy of the 40% bump in sales it is allegedly responsible for? The public has spoken, and the public doesn't notice the cheesy dash plastic or the ancient base engine. So there must be something to this new Jetta, right? To see if I could find a sub-$20,000 Jetta that pushes enough of my buttons to be a serious consideration, I clicked over to VW's website and optioned out a new Jetta of my very own. How did things pan out? Ye shall see, inside the post . . .


Analysts Predict High Automotive Sales In November

On: Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:47AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


2011 Ford Explorer test 2

It looks as though November may bring great news for the automotive industry, as well as the economy, as auto sales seem to be shaping up for a strong monthly sales report.

With recent months increased demand for trucks and SUVs, U.S. light vehicle sales are projected to rise to a level that may equal the fastest pace in 2010.  This week, automakers will release November sales numbers, which analysts are estimating to reach an adjusted annual rate equal of 12.2 million units, according to a recent Bloomberg News report. That figure is a close second to October’s gross adjusted annual rate of 12.3 million units.


Nissan Leaf Wins European Car of the Year

On: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 5:35PM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan Leaf Wins European Car of the Year  test 1-1

The Nissan Leaf may have lost to its #1 rival (Chevy Volt, for those that haven't been watching) in Car of the Year awards from Motor Trend and the Green Car Journal, but across the Atlantic, Nissan is officially king. The Leaf took home "European Car of the Year," an award decided upon by a who's who of Europe's automotive journalists, 58 journalists from 23 countries, if you want to get technical. The Leaf has finally one-upped the Volt, but unfortunately, it's in a market far from any of the planned launch markets in the U.S. And since the Volt isn't scheduled for European launch (not as the "Volt" anyway), and wasn't in the running in the competition, it wasn't quite a head-to-head victory.


Porsche Adds Some Water: Cajun SUV Confirmed

On: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 5:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche Adds Some Water: Cajun SUV Confirmed test 1-1

Porsche has long been known to be developing a baby Cayenne, thought to be named the Cajun. Reports last month indicated that the CUV might be on the chopping block. While we crossed our fingers and hoped those reports came true, Porsche has done us all wrong, instead giving the Cajun the go. The road will soon have one more oversized, fugly 911.


Volkswagen Sales Way Up In November

On: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 5:00PM | By: John Welch


2011 Volkswagen Jetta test 2

Volkswagen just rounded out its best November ever in North America, boasting a 24.2% sales increase over previous years. The new, Americanized Jetta has helped, but sales are up across the board. Here are some interesting numbers: Volkswagen sold 4,304 TDi-equipped vehicles in November, and the Chrysler Town&Country rehash known as the Routan saw sales rise by a whooping 98.5%. This statistic only translates to 1,072 units, but it's a wonder they're able to move the flabby, overpriced Routan at all.

The Jetta, historically VW's strongest seller in our market, sold nearly nine thousand units. Though it is a lower quality car when compared with its predecessor, the New Jetta is larger, more butch than the MkV Jetta, and is a stellar deal at five dollars short of 16 grand. Jetta sales were up 40% compared with last year. Toureg sales have literally doubled, VW moving 837 examples of their near-luxury SUV. This has been the best month for the Toureg since 2007. Heck, they even sold 61 Passat Wagons, though I doubt any found a home in the Southeast.