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Forward Thinking From Honda

On: Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 5:24PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Hydrogen refill station test 2

Honda has taken steps forward in the fuel cell world by unveiling the next generation in the hydrogen refill station. Utilizing solar power and designed as a single, integrated unit to fit in the home garage, the station produces enough hydrogen in an eight-hour overnight fill to power a fuel cell electric vehicle for its typical daily commute. The unit was designed to complement a public network of fast-fill hydrogen stations by refilling overnight, letting owners take advantage of less expensive off-peak electrical power and remove the requirement of hydrogen storage. In other words the unit will use solar during the day and run off the power grid at night. . . Bravo!


USF1; Wiring A Formula One Car

On: Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 11:22AM | By: John Welch


USF1 Type 1 test 2

USF1 is determined to prove that they are capable of building a proper Grand Prix car. They'll utilize any excuse to produce videos demonstrating the Type 1's progress. Consequently, the 'Shopper will use any excuse to cram these videos down your throat!

Inside the post: Wiring the USF1 Type One Grand Prix car . . .


Big Auto News; Spyker Nabs Saab, Toyota Eats Crow

On: Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 12:16PM | By: John Welch


Big Auto News; Spyker Nabs Saab, Toyota Eats Crow test 1-1

Two huge developments over the last 24 hours, one of which is good, the other, well, not so good. GM has finally unloaded beleaguered Saab, and the little Super-Car company that could, Spyker, is the proud new parent. On a slightly more somber note, Toyota has suspended sales of all of its domestically made vehicles. In other words, no Scions or Lexi, but everything else wearing a Toyota badge . . .


Tex Takes The Job! Whitacre Names Self As GM CEO

On: Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 1:25PM | By: John Welch


Tex Takes The Job! Whitacre Names Self As GM CEO test 1-1

So, big news conference from GM yesterday. Tex Whitacre Jr. is the official CEO. Ohkay, not really news, but we'll take it . . .


 

USF1 Announces First Driver, Decidedly Not American

On: Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 12:20PM | By: John Welch


Jose Maria Lopez test 2

So, USF1 has named their first driver, Argentina's Jose Maria Lopez. Former Renault F1 test driver and GP2 stand-out, Lopez has dominated Argentinian saloon racing for several years, whatever that's worth.

Hope for an American driver piloting the American grand prix car in 2010 is all but lost; Speedtv is reporting that British driver James Rossiter is a shoe-in for the second seat at USF1. Press release from USF1's website inside the post . . .


Gearing Up for the Rolex 24, Pt. One; Ganassi/Felix Sabates Racing

On: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 3:21PM | By: John Welch


Rolex Grand-Am Series test 2

As I write this, 9:18 a.m. January 21st, 2010, there are nine days, six hours, eleven minutes, and thirty seconds until the green flag is waved at the 2010 Grand-Am/Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Ok, twelve minutes and fifteen seconds. Fourteen. Thirteen. Twelve . . .

The Grand-Am Series, stalwart road racing series owned by the France family, has been dominated by Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates Racing and Gainsco Racing over the past several seasons. Both of these teams are switching to new engine manufacturers for 2010 (though technically, Gainsco is going from a Pontiac to a Chevrolet V8; I'd be surprised if this isn't anything more then an exercise in 're-badging' . . . ) while Ganassi is moving from Lexus to BMW. Much more intriguing in my opinion.

The 'Shopper dives into the Ganassi squad in this post, with further Rolex 24 previews to come . . .


Fort Lauderdale City Commission To Sign Pact With Dr. Evil

On: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 1:59PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Fort Lauderdale City Commission To Sign Pact With Dr. Evil   test 1-1

Elected officials on Fort Lauderdale's City Commission will vote tonight to formally approve and set up red light camera enforcement and cement their pact with Dr Evil. Apparently Dr Evil has come out of his deep freeze and started up his evil empire. Problem is that evil empires need cash flow and since his Alan Parsons project failed, he started a dastardlier plan to make money. . . hence the birth of Red Light Cameras


USF1 Type 1 Breaks Cover

On: Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 12:34PM | By: John Welch


USF1 Type 1 test 2

Here it is, boys and grrls, although it's still a glorified CAD drawing. None the less there are several interesting things going on here, and the livery will NOT be the stars and stripes barfed up all over the Type 1's sinewy flanks. Details inside yonder post . . .


NAIAS, New Models, And A Rant On Acronyms Used As Words: Ford Edition

On: Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 1:42PM | By: John Welch


NAIAS, New Models, And A Rant On Acronyms Used As Words: Ford Edition test 1-1

Ford has been on a surprising roll lately. Anyone who has spent time in a Five Hundred or Ranger recently could safely assume that the FoMoCo is dead in the water. Not the case, not even close. Allan Mullaly, Boeing-Mender extraordinaire, has lent his cost-cutting, product-consolidating skills to the Blue Oval, and in three years they have gone from also-ran to a recurring nightmare in the Toyoda house hold. (Using Toyota's proprietary hybrid technology against them; brilliant!).

So, along comes 2010 and with it the most exciting new product from Ford in a long time. A new 5.0 liter V8 (now with four-lobed bang-sticks riding in it's aluminum heads) for the Mustang, a new 6.2 for the SVT Raptor, and, most importantly (volume-wise), a new Euro-centric Focus . . . not to mention Lincoln updates and the frighteningly kewl Scorpion diesel. Mosey inside the post for all the gory details . . .


NAIAS, New Models, And A Rant On Grammar, GM Edition

On: Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 12:46PM | By: John Welch


NAIAS, New Models, And A Rant On Grammar, GM Edition test 1-1

America has been throwing around the word "Reveals" as if, well, it were an actual word. It isn't; stop that. There aren't any "Hawt New Reveals" coming from the North American International Auto Show, namely because there is no such thing as a "reveals". My ass is puckering just thinking about the first guy who was trying to put together a montage for a LOST commercial and decided the voice-over would include the phrase "Stay tuned this season for shocking reveals" . .. he should be shot, whoever he is. I thought "Newspeak" was the silliest concept ever, the first time I read 1984. Then I watched American televison. And I heard "melty". And I heard "reveals". And now I'm wondering if my TV is watching me while I sleep . . .

Enough of that! There are cerraazzzeee new cars coming to market, and the 'Shopper has your short list of vehicles to watch in 2010 and beyond. First up, the mighty (sic) General Motors . . .