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MG To Bring Back The Roadster...Crossover

On: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:54AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Small car brands like MG develop followings that far exceed their footprints as businesses. Though the car brand has gone through many different owners over its 90-year history, models like the MGA and Midget still inspire passion and admiration among car fans many years later. So a return of an MG roadster model should be welcome news to many folks. We put emphasis on “should” because the new roadster model may draw more detractors than fans.

Instead of the small, two-seat format that it perfected back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, MG is reportedly looking to corrupt the roadster concept with a convertible crossover. The crossover will essentially be a soft-top version of the Icon concept that MG, now under Chinese ownership, unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show in spring. Its styling will be heavily influenced by that concept.

Aston Martin May Use Toyota Engines

On: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last week, an Autocar report indicated that Aston Martin had some interest in smaller three-, four- and six-cylinder engines. The report sounded as though Aston was developing the engines in house, but a more obvious solution would be to look at existing small engines from other manufacturers. A new report points to Toyota as a possible source. 

Aston already borrowed an engine (and entire car) from Toyota in building the decorated Toyota iQ called the Cygnet, so it makes some sense that it would go right back to Toyota for its next eco move. Amsterdam newspaper Der Telegraaf reports that Aston is looking at several possibilities.

Ford Recalls 9,320 More Escapes

On: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 3:06PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Ford is not doing well lately. In the last couple weeks they have issued one recall for over 8,000 Escapes, and then more recently, another recall for their bigger F650 and F750 work trucks. This week, it is another recall, for another 9,320 brand new 2013 Escapes.

This time, new Escapes equipped with the 1.6-liter four cylinder engine built between October 5, 2011 through July 11, 2012 may have been given a faulty fuel line that is prone to splitting, and consequently, leaking fuel.  As one can imagine, leaking gasoline is never a good thing -- especially in an engine compartment.

Owners are being instructed to completely stop driving their Escapes and Ford will arrange for a pick up and free fix of owners fuel lines. This is definitely not a recall to ignore, so if you or anyone you know has a new Escape, have them all Ford 1-866-436-7332 as soon as possible.

Read on for the full report.

Kia Reveals Forte Update

On: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 11:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Kia has revealed the first images of a sportier, more aggressive Forte. The new sedan, which should make its official debut later this year, gets some serious styling updates for the 2014 model year.

Kia says that its updated Forte, which will change names from Cerato to K3 in its home market of South Korea, gets lower, longer and wider. When comparing it to the 2013 Forte, it looks like an entirely different car that's been restyled from bumper to bumper. Some of the most drastic changes include the sportier fastback-like profile, redesigned rear fascia and new front end. The 2013 Forte is pretty forgettable in terms of looks; this update should make it stand out in the market.


Design Your Own Scion FR-S, Win SEMA Trip

On: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Apparently, California tuner Stillen wasn't paying attention when Aston Martin unveiled its DB9 1M. If it was, it would know that crowd sourcing a car design does not always end well. We suppose it probably already realizes the possibility for failure but is hoping its contest will turn out better. The contest offers amateur designers the opportunity to build their own body kit for the Scion FR-S.

Stillen isn't handing over full control; the contest only allows designers to work on the front lip, skirts and rear valence. Participants will download templates at the contest's website (stillen.com/frscontest), design their kit and send it back by August 14. Both hand-drawn and digital renderings are accepted. Multiple entries are allowed.

New Study Reveals How Sensor Safety Systems Stack Up

On: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 4:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

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As the automotive industry slowly drifts toward a future in which human driving will be obsolete, sensor-based safety systems are reaching more and more drivers. These systems use advanced hardware, including radar, lasers and motion sensors, to monitor and react to the road around you. Because these systems are often sold as options, consumers have the right to know: do they work and are they worth the investment? A new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute provides some insight.

Subaru BRZ And Scion FR-S Among Hottest Sellers Last Month

On: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 1:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It would appear that there's a big market in the US for entry level Japanese sports coupes - or maybe just hot, long-anticipated new sports coupes. Both the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S hit the market in the spring, and sales have been strong ever since. In fact, both models were among the fastest-selling vehicles in the month of June.

Edmunds' fast-selling lists looks at averages for how long cars sit at the dealership before selling. In the case of Subaru BRZ, which tied the Cadillac XTS for fastest-selling in June, that number is 7 days. Subaru also led the pack in May with a 4-day turnaround time.

Aston Martin Toiling With Three- And Four-Cylinder Engines

On: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Unlike other supercar marques, including Ferrari (Fiat), Lamborghini (Volkswagen) and Bugatti (VW), Aston Martin doesn't have the umbrella of a larger auto group to hide under when it comes time to meet emissions mandates. It's pretty much out there on its own, which is why we see weird but necessary cars like the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet. And even though it has reduced the emissions of its V-8 and V-12 portfolio, Aston may pursue drastically smaller engines in the future.

According to a short report on Autocar, Aston is considering six-, four- and three-cylinder engines. Aston chief Ulrich Bez told the magazine: "Four or even three cylinders are possible. If the spirit of the times demands six cylinders, then it has to be looked at."

Stylish Lexus LF-LC Coupe Looking Good For Production

On: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Toyota has already begun its journey to become a more sporty, fun to drive brand. Not only has it developed cars like the GT 86 (and maybe a Supra successor), it's also restructured its marketing strategy. If it keeps things up, it will regain the reputation for sporty driving it had back when the Celica and Supra were household names.

Toyota also appears interested in carrying the strategy over to its luxury brand, Lexus. In fact, it already has with the LFA. Of course, a super-expensive, limited run supercar isn't enough to get many customers really excited. According to a new report, it is developing the LF-LC coupe as a more mainstream but still high-end sports car.

2013 Chevy Malibu Eco, Most Disliked Car Of The Year?

On: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 10:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It wasn't all that long ago that a bright-eyed GM issued pricing information on the 2013 Chevy Malibu. It was full of hope and excitement, referring to the Malibu Eco as the "most fuel efficient Malibu" ever. Somewhere over the past few weeks, things went awry, and the descriptor now filling headlines is "most disliked car of the year (so far)."

The unofficial award comes courtesy of Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large of Fortune magazine. Taylor's premise is tenuous at best and based in part on a phenomenon he defines as "damning with faint praise." He says that while many notable reviews have had good things to say - Motor Trend and Detroit Free Press are quoted specifically - there is an undercurrent of discontent. He implies that journalists and reviewers essentially want so badly to like the Malibu Eco for what it is - an affordable, efficient midsize sedan - that they gloss over inadequacies. After that, he delves into some reviews that don't have any problem taking the Malibu Eco to task.

Chevy Volt Experiencing Electric Mileage Drops In The Heat

On: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 11:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

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A few weeks ago, we reported that some Nissan Leaf owners have been experiencing battery capacity issues. Those owners were concentrated in hot states, supporting the fact that hot weather will be an obstacle for electric vehicle performance. Now that it's a scorching mid-July, Chevy Volt owners are reporting some problems with battery performance.