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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.

Toyota Will Repair Prius Heat Risk Problems

On: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 2:10PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Toyota Will Repair Prius Heat Risk Problems test 1-1

Toyota has announced that it will pay to repair approximately 650,000 Priuses for problems with overheating and losing power. A notice to Toyota dealers explains in detail how to repair the defective Prius models from the 2004 to 2007 model years. Most of the Prius models with defective coolant pumps are in the United States—370,000 vehicles.

EPA Rates Chevy Volt at 60 MPG

On: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

EPA Rates Chevy Volt at 60 MPG test 1-1

Well, it's official. Bloated 230 mpg ratings are a thing of the past, and the Chevy Volt gets a much more down-to-earth 60 miles to the gallon. The EPA gave the car a 93 mpg-e rating, which is a measure of its "electric-only" capabilities, and a 37 mpg gasoline rating. Together, these ratings made for the 60 mpg "combined composite" rating.

Maserati Coming After Porsche Cayenne

On: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

Maserati Coming After Porsche Cayenne test 1-1

Porsche lovers all remember the day. It was a JFK-like event: you don't want to remember it, yet you know exactly where you were when you found out. Porsche had built an SUV. And it was the Cayenne--a classic Porsche face with a big, awkward body. Whatever particular day you realized it, it was a nightmarish affair that branded its way into your long-term mermory. And the Porsche shield was never quite the same because of it.

Well, misery loves company and it looks like those Porsche lovers (and general car fanatics) that hated the Cayenne may have some company. Because Maserati is planning a little Porsche Cayenne of its own, which means that hardcore Maserati fanatics may be in for a nightmare similar to that that Porsche fans suffered years ago. Unless, of course, Maserati manages to make an SUV that is both aesthetic and technologically superior enough to not dilute the brand.


Bentley And Porsche To Work Together/Share Platforms

On: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 4:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bentley And Porsche To Work Together/Share Platforms test 1-1

It looks like all is harmonious in the Volkswagen family. Last month, reports indicated that Audi and Bentley are sharing a V8 powertrain that will appear in the Continental GT and future Audi models. New reports indicate that VW's newest member, Porsche, is also planning on sharing a little know-how and hardware with its British cousin. The two companies are likely to share platforms and strategy.

Top Gear USA: Has Potential, Needs Some Work

On: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 4:34PM | By: John Welch

Top Gear USA: Has Potential, Needs Some Work test 1-1

First of all, let me point out that Top Gear UK was around for 20 years before it was morphed into the program we all know and love today. Jeremy Clarkson has been cracking-wise about cars for a long time; he has a deep, thundering voice, and is very good at belching out sound bite-sized quips while maintaining control of whatever car he may be piloting at the time. Rutledge Wood has been a NASCAR circus clown for the last six years, Adam Ferrara is a stand-up comedian, and Tanner Foust is a race-driver turned SPEEDtv Host-Monkey, and as such has layer upon layer of hokey, Canadian-style television training to shed before he is anything other than wooden in front of a camera. Lower your expectations a might bit, and Top Gear USA can be seen for what it is: a start.

James May and Richard Hammond were both polished writers and public personalities before they began hosting Top Gear. Top Gear UK's producers have a larger budget, more experience and the joys of a British tv schedule working for them—no commercial interruptions equals a 58-minute "hour" instead of a 43-minute "hour". Top Gear USA is haphazard at best, and that isn't the fault of the hosts, producers or the History Channel. Trying to follow in the footsteps of the single greatest television show of all time isn't something one just does . . . it will take many seasons for TGUSA to shine as brightly as TGUK, if it even can. The first episode was not a home run folks, not even close . . . but the second episode displayed significant improvement. Still not "good", but better with the potential to become great.

Facebook Fans Will Name the 2012 Mustang Performance Package

On: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 10:28AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Facebook Fans Will Name the 2012 Mustang Performance Package test 1-1

Ford Motor Company plans to bestow a new name on the 2012 Ford Mustang V6 Performance Package. By inviting Facebook fans to submit ideas for the best name for the package, Ford hopes to appeal to Mustang fans and sports car enthusiasts alike. The contest will run through mid-December, with the winner walking away with a two-year lease on a new 2012 Ford Mustang V6 equipped with the same performance package that the contest winner actually helped to name!

The Performance Package combines lightweight 305-horsepower all-aluminum V6, a 3:31 performance rear axle, and Mustang GT-based suspension and braking components, with 19-inch wheels and Pirelli performance tires that provide superb grip and an aggressive appearance.

Honda Still At Work On NSX Successor

On: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 5:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

The still-born NSX test 2

Currently, Honda stands as the only one of Japan's Big 3 to not have a flagship sports car. Toyota has the limited, ultra-expensive Lexus LF-A. Nissan has the less exclusive but more affordable GT-R. And Honda doesn't have a car that comes close. Yet. 

Less than a decade ago, Honda was the only one of those three to have anything in its line that could be referred to as a supercar. That car was the Acura NSX, a 3.2-liter V6-powered car with a distinctive and sporty look. That car faded in the middle of the decade and left Honda without much of a sports car presence. But that all could change. Rumors of an NSX successor are nothing new, but it had looked as though Honda had scrapped any plans for such a car, thanks to the economic meltdown of recent years. According to Motor Trend, the down economy may have set Honda back, but it didn't end the next NSX project. While it might not be the all-out supercar that the LF-A is, it's expected to be a high-performing hybrid.

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid (Model) Shows Up In a Teaser Photo

On: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 5:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid (Model) Shows Up In a Teaser Photo test 1-1

Porsche is playing it coy with automotive fans. The company clearly knows just how much the world wants the 918 Spyder Hybrid—in fact, if it weren't for that heartfelt desire, it would have never given the concept a production go-ahead. So in what would otherwise be a rather mundane, snooze-able press release about a €150 million investment in its research and development center in Weissach (yeah, we wouldn't have been covering that on its own), the Porsche brass decided to slip in a little teaser of the 918. While it's just a picture of a designer working on a clay model, it's a little reminder that Porsche R&D= 918 Spyder Hybrid awesomeness. And that we have to cover. Hat tip, Porsche.

Automakers Showcase Vehicles That Get 40 mpg or Better At L.A. Auto Show

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 4:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

2011 Hyundai Elantra test 2

At this year's L.A. Auto Show, new cars with exceptional fuel economy were hard to miss. Most major automakers are starting to focus on improving fuel economy due to the impending government guidelines mandating that cars have an average of 35.5 mpg by 2016. Not only are there many new fuel efficient hybrids and electric vehicles being launched, but also there is an abundance of new combustion engines that are seeing better gas mileage than ever before. In fact many new models for 2011 and 2012 will get 40 mpg or better.

Lamborghini Confirms That Sesto Elemento Production is a Possibility

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 1:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Confirms That Sesto Elemento Production is a Possibility test 1-1

Last week we reported that Lamborghini was considering a limited run production of its Sesto Elemento concept that it showed in Paris. That report originated out of rumors and whispers reported on by a French automotive blog, so it was far from confirmed. While Lamborghini hasn't completely confirmed the concept for production, indications from CEO Stephan Winkelmann are that the company is heading in that direction. Due to safety restrictions, the car would be offered as a track-only model.