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Toyota Prius May Get Sportier

On: Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota NS4 concept test 2

Limited size, frumpy styling and great gas mileage - it's a formula that's been defining hybrids and electric cars since they've launched. No car better exemplifies this than the original lean, green machine, the Toyota Prius. The hybrid's styling is enough to draw snickers from strangers and jokes from friends, but its 50 mpg makes drivers plenty content to ignore any negativity from the peanut gallery.

Prius drivers of the future may get the best of both worlds. According to a Toyota executive, the next-generation Prius may trade in the small-hatch shape for something with more visual appeal.

Confirmation Of Porsche's 458 Fighter

On: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

Confirmation Of Porsche's 458 Fighter test 2

We've been hearing tell of a mid-level Porsche supercar since around the time Stuttgart made the 918 Spyder official. The car would slide between the 911 line-up and the 918 Spyder hybrid, going after the turf occupied by cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C. A new report confirms the car is indeed in development.

Porsche chief Matthias Muller told Auto Express that Porsche is indeed working on a Ferrari 458 competitor. Muller stopped short of naming the car, but basic Porsche common sense tells us that it should be a three-digit number beginning with 9. Rumor has it, that number is 961.

Ford Finds That Your Car May Be A Rolling Petri Dish

On: Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 12:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford Finds That Your Car May Be A Rolling Petri Dish test 2

TV hosts wielding black lights have long turned our stomachs in regard to the glaring lack of cleanliness in hotel rooms. Ford shows us that germs and disease are lurking much closer to home. In a recent study with the University of Michigan, Ford found that the vehicle is essentially a four-wheeled orgy of microorganisms.

Ford studied 10 individual areas of the car, including steering wheels, radio buttons, door handles, window switches and gear shift knobs, collecting samples from employee and company vehicles. It found evidence of bacteria growth in most locations, with the highest concentrations around the cup holder and on the steering wheel.

Bugatti Thinking 1,600-HP, 288-MPH Veyron

On: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 3:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Thinking 1,600-HP, 288-MPH Veyron test 2

The Bugatti Veyron is already the fastest car in the world. It's also one of the most powerful and expensive. There's nary a bragging right left for the ultimate symbol of power and excess, but that isn't stopping Bugatti from developing an even more extreme version.

Automobile magazine reports that Bugatti is working on a 1,600-hp SuperVeyron. That's right - the car actually may be called the "SuperVeyron," not to be confused with the current Veyron Super Sport and its measly 1,200 ponies.


Ford To Remake Lincoln Brand

On: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 4:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford To Remake Lincoln Brand test 2

Ford axed the Mercury brand in 2011 after realizing it was a forgotten brand too similar to Ford itself. Ford plans to prevent the same fate for its luxury brand Lincoln with a reinvention campaign to get started later this year.

Mercury had originally served as a betweener - a step up from Ford and a step below Lincoln. However, Mercury became too redundant with Ford, leading to its eventual discontinuation.

Chevy To Repair Software Glitch On 4,000 Volt Models

On: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy To Repair Software Glitch On 4,000 Volt Models test 2

You know how software requires constant updating and can quickly render your computer a useless block of plastic? Well, with automobiles relying more and more on electronics, we may be in for a future where software does the same thing to our cars. GM is currently dealing with one such glitch on the Chevy Volt.

According to the Detroit News, GM has FedExed letters to some 4,000 2013 Volt owners about bringing their hybrids in for a free software update. A problem with the software threatens to shut the Volt engine down during driving, requiring owners to pull over, shut the car off, and restart the engine several moments later - obviously more than just a minor inconvenience while driving. According to the newspaper's information, the brakes and steering continue to work and the problem only affects drivers that make use of the Volt's delayed charging function.

Subaru BRZ To Get Turbo Engine

On: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru BRZ To Get Turbo Engine test 2

The Subaru BRZ has already enjoyed all kinds of camera time, headlines and strong sales. Things should only get better for the sports car, as a new turbo engine is rumored to be in the works.

Automotive News reports that Subaru is working on a turbocharged direct injected version of the 2.0-liter horizontally opposed boxer engine used in the BRZ and Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S. One of the main destinations for that engine will be the BRZ.

Ford Recalls 154,000 New Fiestas

On: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 2:55PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ford Fiesta test 2

It seems like it's almost every week that there is another recall from Ford. In fact, give or take, it has been. This week, another 154,604 brand new 2012-2013 Fiesta models has been called back to the dealership. It seems that cars built from November 3, 2009 - September 21, 2012 have passenger side air bags that will not deploy during a side impact collision if the passenger seat is empty. Though the Fiesta's manual does explain this issue, it has been found out that right rear passenger would not be protected in the event of a side impact collision if the passenger seat was empty.  

Ford has said it will contact owners in the next two weeks to reprogram the Fiesta's computer to allow the side airbag to deploy. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 with questions or to set up an appointment for a fix.

Chevy Teases Detroit-Bound C7 Corvette

On: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 2:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Teases Detroit-Bound C7 Corvette test 2

After letting rumors pile up for years, Chevy has provided a few basic details on the next-generation Corvette. The car will debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January.

With the official debut still three months away, Chevy hasn't provided any real details that folks that follow such things want to know. It has, however, revealed the new Crossed Flags logo that will appear on the seventh-generation Corvette's hood.

Honda To Unveil Production NSX In Detroit

On: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 10:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda To Unveil Production NSX In Detroit test 2

When it first revealed the concept NSX at this year's Detroit auto show, Honda said that it planned to get the car to market within three years. So we weren't expecting to see the production NSX for another couple years. However, the latest reports say that Honda will have it ready in a few short months.

Nissan To Introduce 'New Genre' To The Automotive World

On: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan To Introduce 'New Genre' To The Automotive World test 2

The Sao Paulo Auto Show may not be as big a spot on the radar as Paris or LA, but Nissan appears to have some big plans for this year's show. The automaker has teased a concept that it says will be a "unique new genre to the automotive world." 

Automakers don't have much shame when it comes to hyperbole about events, so we're not taking the new genre thing too literally until we actually see it. From the two teaser pictures, the concept appears to be fairly aggressively styled and looks like it could be a convertible, which was the subject of Nissan's last genre creation. Of course, the car is cut off in the photos, so it could very well be a hard-top.