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Land Rover Considering Smaller, Sub-Evoque SUV

On: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 5:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The lines between automakers continue to blur. Mini gets bigger and bigger and SUVs get smaller and smaller. Land Rover is considering building a subcompact SUV to slot below the Evoque, its smallest model to date, according to a conversation with Auto News Europe.

Land Rover's design chief Gerry McGovern told the publication: "Certainly, I think we can go smaller. In a world focusing on sustainability you could argue that smaller and lighter is the way to go."

Pagani Huayra To Make Its US Debut Next Year

On: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If Pagani had its way, it would already be selling its Huayra supercar in the United States. It planned to launch the car this year, but those best laid plans were foiled by a pesky, little government body called the NHTSA. Due to a problem with the lack of child-safe advanced airbags, the NHTSA sent Pagani back to engineering, delaying the launch of the Huayra. While "child safety" probably seemed like an odd concern in a 230-mph two-seat supercar that certainly won't be the chariot of choice for many soccer games or PTA meetings, Pagani had no choice but to obey and delay.

Wealthy Americans anxious to wrap their fingers around the Huayra's steering wheel won't have to wait much longer. Pagani announced this week that the Huayra will make it to market by the middle of next year.

Ford Recalls 5,400 Edge Models

On: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 2:59PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Ford has had a rough go as of late, and this newest addition of their recall list will not help to make things any better. 5,499 examples of 2012 Edge models manufactured between September 02, 2010 - October 31, 2011 are being called back to the home office because a pulse damper on the fuel line apparently has a propensity to crack under pressure. Obviously if a fuel line cracks, it can (and more than likely will) leak fuel which can lead to a fire.

Ford will begin notifying owners this week, and will repair the defective fuel line free of charge. Owners can call Ford at 1-866-436-7332 with questions or to schedule a repair. Read on for the full report.

Bonhams Sells "V12 NUT" UK License Plate For Over $4k. What A Bargain!

On: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 4:16PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Like cricket (the game) and Marmite (whatever the hell that is) there are just things they do in the UK that I can’t get a handle on. I always thought it was a production assistant goofing around with the more apt license plates you see on Top Gear’s test cars but no: people actually have to pay for those. A LOT. Like the four grand for “V12 NUT” Bonhams got recently.

And before you think this is an isolated incident—and/or skip to the fun "Top Five" lists I’ve painstakingly copied from another site—I provide you with a roster of offerings to be, um… offered at Barons’ “Annual British Heritage Auction & Other Classics” sale somewhere on the island today (September 17) (with plates offered in quotes and auction estimate averages in greenbacks):

[And I hate math more than you can imagine so appreciate what I did here, dang it!]

They are, as follows: “DB09 AML” [$8,315]; “9 BEN” [$34,880]; “Y12 FER” [$1,704]; “D8 GTS” [$3,448]; “W18 OND” [$2,434]; “EA51 CAR” [$1,866]; “V8 REG” [$3,488]. What, you don’t see the perfectly good reason why “9 BEN” should cost more than a new Camaro? Oh, silly American. Because, as the description reads [EXACTLY], “Pre 63 Bentley? Any The ultimate Bentley registration” of course!


Lamborghini Recalls 1,400 Gallardos

On: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 9:47AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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It was only a matter of time. The Gallardo had become Lamborghini's unquestioned sales king, and over the course of its eight model year run (and counting). Make enough of something, and eventually something will break. Well, in the case of this mass-produced exotic, it seems the power steering fluid from certain hoses, or even the pump itself might leak. The leak could ignite off of high temperature engine parts and cause a very costly fire to a very pretty car.

Thankfully Lamborghini has a fix for the leaking problem, and will provide it free of charge to owners  Lambo has said it will begin to notify owner this week to schedule a free fix. Owners can contact the company at 1-703-364-7042 with questions and/or to make an appointment to get this back in shape.

Read on for the full report.

Ford Recalls 6,100 MORE New Escapes

On: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 10:26AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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At first glance of this newest recall from Ford, at least one writer yelled out loud, "Another one?!" Yup, the Blue Oval is hauling back another 6,146 new Escapes built between October 5, 2011 through August 31, 2012 which were all designated as 2013 models. It seems on 1.6-liter engine models the freeze plug may well just fall out for no reason and then allow coolant to leak out onto hot engine parts and potentially catch fire. Ford will begin contacting owners next week and plans to fix the plug and add additional safety features to ensure it will be secured in place. The fix will be free of charge.

On a side note, Ford has had several Escape recalls in very recent weeks and if this keeps up, their reputation may very well be in jeopardy. As it stands now, the Escape will be avoided as a future car of choice by at least one writer.

Read on for the full report.

Willie Nelson's Former Band Bus Bombs At Auction

On: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 12:01PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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It would seem as though too much of the Red Headed Stranger has rubbed off his former tour bus as—in the face of a $60k-$80k auction estimate—the 1986-model-year coach “Me & Paul” pulled down just $29,250 at Auctions America’s Sept.1 Auburn, Indiana sale.

[Hopefully this buyer will want to hang onto their purchase as the seller of this bus paid $48,550 less than a year ago at a Toronto auction, giving themselves a quick $19,300 haircut.]

Anyhoo, this thing is everything you’d expect a hard-worn band-bus to be, excluding most of the hard-worn. Still, if it wasn’t for the Willie Nelson history—and perhaps the terrible murals it’s coated in—this could easily be the crap-hauler for any C-level wannabe band.

Then again, maybe now it is…

Nissan Launching Virtual Showroom With Microsoft Kinect Hardware

On: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nissan recently revealed the 2013 Pathfinder on Facebook. While it chose not to use a hard auto show debut, it did show the new model at both the 2012 Chicago and New York auto shows. In the absence of a physical model, Nissan used a Microsoft Kinect for Windows-based interactive system to reveal the car at those shows. It's now bringing that system to select dealerships, allowing customers to take a tour before the actual model has even launched.

Nissan calls it the Pathfinder Kinect Experience. Each of 16 participating dealerships will use a Kinect for Windows-based kiosk to provide virtual tours. Instead of pointing and clicking like you would on a virtual Web tour, you use natural body motions to inspect the car. The Experience essentially mimics a physical "kicking the tires"-style inspection.

Most Stolen Car Of 2011...1994 Honda Accord

On: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 2:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Triple-digit speeds, smoking tires, sexy female accomplices in even sexier sports cars - these are the images of auto theft popularized by Hollywood and pop culture. And if you needed confirmation that they're purely fiction, just take a look at the new National Insurance Crime Bureau's Hot Wheels report. The most stolen car last year was a Honda Accord...from nearly 20 years ago.

If Hondas wasn't so darn reliable, 18-year-old Accords might be virtually non-existent. But it's just that reliability that makes them available to criminals nearly two decades after rolling off production lines. And, in opposition to the glamorous auto theft of popular culture, thieves are snatching them up more than any other car.

The Hot Wheels report has the 1994 Accord in the number 1 most stolen spot of 2011. The NICB says it's the only report that examines all theft data as reported to law enforcement without regard to a vehicle’s insured status.

Lincoln Enjoys High Marks In Consumer Satisfaction

On: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 10:38AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Staring into the awkward split-mustache grille of the current generation Lincoln family, it's hard to believe that anyone could be completely satisfied with their Lincoln. After all, Lincoln is really a "me too" luxury brand that isn't all that serious about high-end luxury. But, according to a new survey, Lincoln's customers are more satisfied than any other auto brand's.

The American Customer Satisfaction Index finds that satisfaction among automobile and light vehicle consumers is up by 1.2 percent, tying 2009 for an all-time high average of 84.

Nissan Recalls 7,800 JX35 Models

On: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 11:33AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Nissan is bringing back 7,842 of its JX35 crossover models to the factory. It seems that the models built between February 15 and June 22 of 2012 are at risk for a manufacturing mistake involving the gas tank. These cars had a fuel line improperly placed inside the gas tank, which can cause the float inside the tank to get hung up and not drop properly in relation to actual fuel levels. This can cause the gas gauge to read improperly, and display a higher level than what actually exists. Obviously, this can cause potentially significant issues for drivers, including the car stalling, running out of gas without proper warning, and potential damage to the fuel pump.

Nissan has said it will begin notifying owners as of the first week of September to schedule a free inspection and (if necessary) replacement of the faulty parts. Owners can call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 with any questions.

Read on for the full report.