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Google-Equipped Toyota Prius Is First Car With Driver's License

On: Thu, May 10, 2012 at 10:44AM | By: Chris Weiss

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After passing a law opening the door for self-driven cars, the state of Nevada is following with the bureaucratic actions necessary to put those cars on the road. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles has approved the very first autonomous vehicle license. And the Google Toyota Prius in question is not happy with how its picture turned out.

In last year's bill, the Nevada legislature authorized the Department of Transportation to devise rules and regulations for autonomous vehicles. Google was one of the strongest supporters of the bills, as it sought to use Nevada roadways to test its fleet of self-driving Toyota Prii.

Fuel Economy Drops For New Cars In April

On: Wed, May 9, 2012 at 4:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last month, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute reported that the average fuel economy for new cars had broken 24 MPG for the first time. The 24 MPG figure didn't last long, though, as April's average dropped right back down to the same level as it was in February.

Despite the fact that some key hybrids increased twofold from April 2010, overall fuel economy still dipped to 23.9 MPG from 24.1 MPG in March. UMTRI cites a reprieve in gas-price increases in late April as a possible explanation. Prior to April, fuel economy had been on the rise all year - from 23.6 MPG in January to 23.9 MPG in February to 24.1 MPG in March.

Volkswagen Considering An Up! Crossover

On: Wed, May 9, 2012 at 1:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Based upon the strong reaction that its up! production models and concepts have inspired, Volkswagen appears ready to expand its green city car line. It's currently considering an up! crossover based upon the cross up! concept it showed in Frankfurt.

It's no surprise that Volkswagen is considering expanding the up! line. It has been showing up! concepts at nearly every major auto show of late - including a quartet at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Meanwhile, the up! production car, which launched in Europe recently, has won some major accolades, including World Car of the Year.

Ferrari Chairman Left Speechless By New Viper

On: Wed, May 9, 2012 at 11:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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As we learned from Chrysler's recent Viper heritage video, Chrysler received an emotional response when it introduced the Viper concept back in 1989. In the video, former Chrysler chief Lee Iacocca says that one of the first people to inquire about Viper purchase was the president of the German Ferrari club, a fact that really highlights the level of performance and aesthetics Chrysler had successfully attained.

The new 2013 Viper has an equally compelling (though likely more manufactured) story relating to Ferrari. Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was left speechless when he first got a close-up look at the new SRT Viper.


OnStar Offers Promotion On Its Successful FMV System

On: Tue, May 8, 2012 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It used to be that you had to buy a GM vehicle to enjoy OnStar, GM's navigation and roadside assistance interface. Then last year, GM launched OnStar 'For My Vehicle' (FMV), an aftermarket kit that makes OnStar available on all types of cars. So far, people have responded to the over-the-counter approach.

In a recent press release, GM details that OnStar has been particularly popular with owners of newer vehicles, particularly 2011 models. Of its OnStar FMV buyers, 15.6 percent are Toyota owners and 12.3 percent are Ford owners. Significantly, nearly a third of those Ford buyers own models that offered Ford's Sync system at time of purchase, showing clearly that they had some preference for OnStar's features over Sync's.

Ford Considers Making Car Components Out Of Recycled Money

On: Tue, May 8, 2012 at 12:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Cars made out of money may sound too ostentatious for even a rap video, but Ford has some truer intentions than first impressions may give. The automaker said this month that it's looking into using recycled US currency in certain vehicle components.

Why recycled money? We conclude mostly because it makes a helluva publicity stunt. Not only can Ford play the green (in more ways than one) card, but it gets a rather unique, headline-making story that's about quirky enough for the front page of Yahoo! News.

Chrysler Recalls 119,000 Charger And 300 Models!

On: Tue, May 8, 2012 at 10:34AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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As with most things in life, it's the little things that will get you. This not only applies to people, but to cars too. The new Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger have made a giant splash in the world of automotive excitement, but this week Chrysler had to quell some of that enthusiasm when it issued a recall of 119,072 Chargers and 300s made as 2011 and 2012 models due to a problem with overheating power distribution centers which could cause the ABS/ESC systems to malfunction and become inoperable. Having a non-functioning ABS/ESC system could increase the likelihood of a crash -- which is a big deal, but started off with a very little thing.

Ford Announces Focus Electric Launch Details

On: Mon, May 7, 2012 at 5:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Ever since we found out about the $40,000 price tag, we have kind of written the Focus Electric off. It combines the high price of the Chevy Volt with the low range of the Nissan Leaf - not exactly a promising vehicle. But, the car is set to launch in the coming weeks, and Ford has released some new details about that launch.

The "details" of the launch don't do the courtesy of giving exact dates, leaving things to general time frames like "spring" and "summer." What they do provide is a time line of which markets will get the Focus Electric first.

Bentley Thinks It Can Sell 3,000 SUVs A Year

On: Mon, May 7, 2012 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

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After making its European and Asian debuts, things are looking good for the Bentley SUV. Bentley says that it's currently working on a business case for a production version of the EXP-9, and it believes it could sell about 3,000 models a year. It seems confident that official approval from Volkswagen is but a formality.

Last year, Bentley sold roughly 7,000 units from its Mulsanne-Continental line, so an extra 3,000 units from an SUV line wouldn't be anything to snort at. Bentley hasn't publicly okayed the model for production, but it sounds like the business case is making itself.

Auto Industry To Invest In Internet Advertising

On: Mon, May 7, 2012 at 12:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Automotive commercials have been among the most interesting forms of advertising this year. Between Fiat's sultry Romanian model (+ Charlie Sheen), the return of Ferris Bueller and Chevy's raft of Sonic stunts, automotive commercials have both shocked and entertained throughout the first few months of 2012. According to a new study, automotive investment in advertising will only increase throughout this year.

The Polish Supercar Gets A Price

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 5:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Polish supercar. Nope, that's not a punchline awaiting a joke. That's an actual thing that goes by the name of Arrinera. Apparently, it's not just vaporware either. The Polish supercar company has announced the price and final specs of its Lamborghini knockoff first car.

Arrinera gained some cred when it name-dropped supercar icon Lee Noble in developing its supercar (which still doesn't seem to have a model name), and it gets one step closer to actual reality with the announcement of pricing and details. When compared with other European supercars, the Arrinera could be viewed as a bargain. It will base at a rather humble $160,060.