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Lamborghini Confirms That Sesto Elemento Production is a Possibility

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


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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.


Audi Quattro A Go Go

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 1:02PM | By: John Welch


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In the last decade Audi has absolutely dominated open-formula sports car racing. Recently, Peugeot has stolen some of Audi's thunder, but overall Audi will be remembered as the brand that dominated Le Mans at the beginning of the Twenty First Century. Before tackling the sports car world, Audi dominated a different form of balls-out open rules racing. It was called Group B, and like all racing that starts with the infinitely cool moniker "Group", it was to good to have a future. The cars of Group B were nutso turbocharged demons, and they did their best to kill every driver crazy enough to strap in and go for a relaxing drive in the woods. Many drivers lost their lives in the few short years Group B was around; because of this the insane lack of safety regulation simply could not continue. Though Group B didn't make it out of the Eighties, the legends created by the monstrous Group B cars will continue to grow on the Internet and elsewhere.

Audi's contribution to Group B would spawn a road car, necessary for homologation, that is instantly recognizable by boxy shape and name: Quattro. Every all wheel drive Audi since has carried  a "Quattro" badge, but none have captured the mystique of the original. The blat of the turbo five cylinder engine is unmistakable, the fender flares highly outrageous, the awd grip tenacious to a fault. The looks of the Quattro tick all of my Mad Max Apocalypse Car boxes; square headlamps, angular proportions, two doors. The original Audi Quattro has long deserved a second coming.

And so it shall be, Audi announcing this week that its drop dead gorgeous Audi Quattro Concept will in fact make it to production. The fenders may have been toned down, but the essential ingredients remain. A blown, 408 bhp five-pot, mounted lengthwise and connected to that ever present AWD system. The car should weigh in under 3,000 lbs., like the original, and should be able to eclipse 60 mph in under four seconds. And it will look astounding when it does.


Pagani C9 To Use Bespoke AMG V12

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Pagani confirmed that its next hypercar--the C9--will be powered by a V12 powerplant from Mercedes-Benz AMG. Unlike previous rumors had indicated, the engine will be unique to the C9 and will not be shared with the AMG SL65 Black Series. The big V12 will pump around 700 horses and 740 lb-ft of torque onto the C9's high-performance tires.


Chrysler Teases the Next-Gen 300

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Chrysler has been really diligent about teasing its new cars of late. Within the past couple months, we saw it with the 2011 Dodge Durango, the 2011 Chrysler 200 (Sebring replacement) and now we have another teaser: the 2011 300. Chrysler recently released several tightly cropped photos of its next-generation flagship sedan, showing everything from the instrument panel and seat leather to the headlamps and wheels.


 

Things Are Looking Up For General Motors

On: Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 12:23PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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According to many insiders from General Motors, things are really beginning to look up for the Detroit automaker. Last week's successful Initial Public Offering enabled the company to pay off a quarter of the amount owed to the federal government. An Ohio dealer, Chris Haydocy, reported to Automotive News that he was all too familiar with the new name that many consumers had labeled General Motors with“Government Motors.” The federal government becoming 61% majority stakeholder of GM translated to a boycott of Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC automobiles by Conservatives in the Buckeye State and around the country.

After General Motors was able to raise $23.1 billion at its recent IPO, Haydocy and many other dealers feel things will change, and dealers are beginning to feel more hopeful about a rise in sales for all GM brands. According to Steve Girsky, GM Vice President of Corporate Strategy: “Government ownership hurt sales; our studies showed that consumers knew it going into the showroom.”


Nissan LEAF Rated At 99 MPG, Without . . . any . . . gallons . . .

On: Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 11:19AM | By: John Welch


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Even though the Nissan Leaf is a completely Electric Vehicle, using no gasoline or oil to motivate itself, the Environmental Protection Agency still had to come up with a fuel economy rating. They don't trust that we are smart enough to understand "One hundred miles per charge" so the EPA got out their slide-rules and came up with an equation that would turn "miles per charge" into "miles per gallon". During the course of their research, the EPA made a few determinations about that Leaf that are contradictory to Nissan's description of their electric darling.

Nissan has stated that the Leaf is good for 100 miles on a full charge, but, like most electric cars, (I'm lookin' at you Tesla,) it appears the advertised range is a little optimistic. The EPA figures the Leaf will travel an average of 73 miles on a single charge, not the original figure, but impressive none the less.


Obama Says Auto Industry Is Recovering After GM IPO

On: Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 10:04AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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President Obama gave his approval regarding GM’s IPO last week, reitorating that the automotive industry is on the rise, which will lead to the American taxpayers getting their money back from last year’s government bailout. 

Obama stated: “Today, one of the toughest tales of the recession took another big step towards becoming a success story,” referring to the $20 billion that GM raised from its initial public offering last week.

The Detroit automaker was given $49.5 billion in government bailouts in 2009, and will be able to pay back $13.6 billion from its IPO.


Fiat 500 Pricing Revealed, Cheaper Than MINI

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 3:54PM | By: John Welch


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Finally making its way to our shores, the Fiat 500 is available for order as we speak. The little car has a lot of buzz in America already, so we decided to go price our own Cinquecento.

Not surprisingly, the Fiat 500 is very wallet friendly. Starting at $15,500, it's priced to move. That is an awfully low number for a car that is sure to be popular with the daughters of wealthy folks everywhere. That $15 grand gets you a 1.4 liter "Multi-Air" engine, touted by Fiat to be the "most eco-friendly petrol engine in the world". Real specific. Your money buys an impressive list of standard features, making the 500 a stellar value as well. Power everything, an MP3-ready sound system, micron-filtered a/c, cruise, tilt steering, seven airbags, traction and stability control; the list goes on and on. A fifteen thousand dollar Toyota might not have sunvisors, but Fiat makes it clear that the 500 does, in fact, have visors. Mirrors in them too. The outside mirrors are heated. Floor mats are included! This is a seriously decked-out sub-20 grand car.

Your $15,500 does not buy you Abarth-anything. Sorry. No rip-snorting turbo motor, no sweet body kit, no stickers, no badges, nothing Abarth. If an Abarth 500 is what you want, please, buy one of these and just trade it in when Fiat decides to bring the Abarth here. The more lesser 500s Fiat sells, the better the chances we get the nasty little scorpion-branded Abarth hatches.


G-Power Turns BMW's M6 Into World's Fastest 2 + 2

On: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 5:42PM | By: Chris Weiss


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A couple of months ago, G-Power unleashed its BMW M5 Hurricane RR, a suped-up version of the M5 that was capable of speeds over 231 mph, making it the fastest production sedan on the streets, according to the tuner. Now G-Power has another virtual trophy to put on its shelf: a tuned BMW M6 that it says is the world's fastest two-door four-seater.


The Great Mini-Van Wars of Aught Ten: Nissan Quest Debuts In LA, Speedometer Back Where It Belongs

On: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 4:22PM | By: John Welch


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The "Toilet of Bad Ideas" has been overflowing for some time now, clogged with the foul remains of things like "Pops-a-Dent" and the Flo-Bee. Also swirling 'round in this brain turd stew, you guessed it, the center-mounted gauge cluster. What a stinker of an idea! Sure it works in a MINI, whose massive speedo really couldn't go anywhere else, lest it knock the tach off of its rightful throne, the steering column. Every other car laden with this terrible mistake, this distracting, poorly conceived pretentious waste of good dash space, was left with at least one glaring fault—the stupid center-mounted gauges.

College kids who buy and operate Toyota Echos need to watch the effing road! They're already so helpless and ineffective behind the wheel; I don't think making them look down and to the right while in motion, so they can check the speed of their ugly 4-wheeled snot box, is a very good idea. No, I think its a terrible idea. That's why it flounders away in the aforementioned "Toilet of Bad Ideas". A Saturn Ion Redline could be considered a fairly peppy vehicle. Some might even say "quick". So let's stick the gauge cluster in the middle of the dash and watch the insurance cash roll in! The Prius . . . oh gawd, why waste the effort typing. The Prius is just stupid, for so many reasons; the center-mounted slowometer isn't even in the top ten. The world has a finite supply of nickel, idiots; let's start there . . .

The third generation Nissan Quest was one such dash-zit sporting vehicle. The overall package was decent, different, attractive in some circles. Nissan and Renault were hooking up in a janitor's closet while this van was being designed, and its French influence can be seen both inside and out. The avant garde headlamps, bulging fenders, and strange 3/4 view all screamed "Renault". Look in the cabin and we have seats from the Moon Raker, an instrument panel stolen from the ISS . . . and . . those . . . freaking center-mounted gauges. Ahhhk.


GM Begins Trading Today With Biggest IPO In U.S. History

On: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 2:01PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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General Motors is going through a historical turning point as the Detroit automaker’s stock rises sharply, and the automaker returns to its status as a publicly traded company. GM’s Chief Executive, Dan Akerson, revved the engine of a Camaro at the opening of trading today on the New York Stock Exchange to “mark the occasion,” according to Bloomberg News. The stock jumped from its initial IPO price of $33 to $35.80 shortly after Akerson rang the opening bell, or to be more literal, the opening “growl.”

Today’s trading marks an incredible milestone for GM after filing for bankruptcy 16 months ago, when GM accepted a $50 billion government bailout. The U.S. government will reduce its stake in GM from 61% to 26% as part of today’s public offering.