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The Polish Supercar Gets A Price

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

Arrinera Supercar test 2

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.

Nissan Will Actually Sell The Juke R

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 12:46PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Will Actually Sell The Juke R test 2

Remember the 485-hp Juke small crossovers that Nissan execs never wanted developed and swore would never get produced? It's getting produced...on a per-customer basis.

Apparently Nissan has enjoyed the attention that it's been getting for the GT-R-powertrained Juke so much that it's decided to build it. And since there's a big difference between "Check out that awesome 485-hp Juke race Lamborghinis on YouTube!" and "I'd literally pay $600K for a chunky, high-performance super-crossover," Nissan is only building it upon order, ensuring that it won't be staring at a huge warehouse of super-Jukes.

Mercedes Okays Baby SLS AMG

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 11:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes Okays Baby SLS AMG test 2

For months, the terms "baby SLS" and "SLC" have occasionally surfaced in auto news sources. Mercedes has reportedly been developing a smaller, less expensive coupe to complement the SLS AMG flagship. Now, it's given it the official go-ahead, according to one news source.

Auto Express reports that Mercedes Head of Design Gorden Wagener confirmed the model and its "SLC" name from the floor of the Beijing Motor Show last week. Past reports have said that the model was coming, but this is the first that we've seen that gives confirmation attributed directly to a Mercedes exec.

Hybrid Sales Leap In April

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hybrid Sales Leap In April test 2

Gas prices are not expected to abate for another month or so. In the meantime, greener cars continue to enjoy a small renaissance. Sales of several prominent hybrids experienced 100 percent leaps last month.

According to Inside Line, sales of Toyota's market-defining hybrid vehicles led a strong month for hybrids in general with a 125 percent leap from April 2010. Toyota sold 32,593 hybrids in all last month and 25,168 Prius models. Toyota's luxury arm Lexus reported a more modest gain of 18 percent for hybrids like the CT-200h.


Dodge Dart Aero To Hit 40 MPG

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Dodge Dart Aero To Hit 40 MPG test 2

Most media attention when it comes to greener vehicles is on powertrains - electric motors, alternative fuels, smaller gas engines, turbocharging, etc. But that's only one of the ways to make a car that's lighter on the pump and wallet. Another way is by going aero. Dodge shows us what that strategy has to offer with the new Dart Aero compact four-door.

To be fair, the bulk of the Dart Aero's environmental ambitions are reached by way of an efficient 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo four-cylinder from Fiat. That engine delivers 27/39 mpg city/highway when equipped to the standard Dodge Dart with a six-speed manual transmission. But because it's painfully close to the alluring 40 mpg mark achieved by some competitors, Dodge decided to develop an Aero package that will push the model's fuel efficiency to "at least 41 mpg."

Fiat 500 To Get Even Bigger With 'X' version?

On: Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fiat 500 To Get Even Bigger With 'X' version? test 2

American consumers haven't exactly been enthralled by the Fiat 500, but maybe they'll take more to the upcoming L variant. If not, Fiat may give them an even bigger 500 to look at: the 500 X. That X stands for "cross," not XL, and the model will essentially be the Fiat 500 crossover.

It's hard to really think of a pint-sized car like the Fiat 500 as a crossover, but that's essentially what Fiat plans to do with its extra large version, according to Automotive News Europe. The 500 X will be the largest version of the 500 (unless a XX follows?), and it will come in both front - and all-wheel drive flavors.

IBM's 500-Mile EV Lithium Air Technology (Video)

On: Wed, May 2, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

IBM's 500-Mile EV Lithium Air Technology test 2

Imagine a world where an electric vehicle could travel just as far as a gas vehicle. There'd be no more range anxiety, no more excuses for right wing talk show hosts to knock the electric vehicle industry, and no more reason to ever pay another dime for a tank of gas, assuming that such an EV was affordable. The player that produces battery technology capable of giving the EV that type of range is going to be quite wealthy and popular. Could it be IBM? The once-household name in technology shows its lithium-air technology.

IBM began its research in 2009 and recently demonstrated the charge and recharge chemistry of its lithium-air technology in the lab. The technology replaces the heavy metal oxides used in current generation batteries with oxygen pulled from the air. This makes the batteries much lighter and delivers a high energy density, according to the company. IBM believes that the technology could produce a family sized car capable of traveling 500 miles per charge - that's an electric vehicle that drives way past range anxiety.

GM Debunks Diesel Myths

On: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 3:14PM | By: Chris Weiss

Diesel Myths test 2

Despite the pressure for more fuel efficient, clean-burning cars, and despite a strong presence in Europe, diesel engines are virtually non-existent in North America. Diesel cars just aren't all that available in the US, and Americans don't seem all that interested anyway. Diesels smell weird, are more difficult to fuel up due to lack of diesel pumps when compared with gas, tend to cost more per gallon because of taxation (though can save money in the long run due to better efficiency), and are really just for truckers. Right? Wrong, says GM with a new list of myths and truths.

According to a 2009 article on PopularMechanics.com, diesels make up about 50 percent of the European automotive market. Over here in the US, on the other hand, they're in the single digits. GM puts diesel sales at a mere 3 percent of the market. That really doesn't make a whole lot of sense, seeing as how Americans are very motivated to find cars that are cheaper to fuel. Still, diesel options are slim, and Americans believe that diesels are noisy, dirty and rough. They also see higher diesel prices at the pump, if they see diesel prices at all.

Bertone Nuccio Concept Could Sell For $2.5 Million

On: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bertone Nuccio Concept test 2

Exotic cars really aren't all that exotic any more. Every NFL quarterback, sports agent, stock broker and rapper has one, possibly a whole garage-full. If you want to go really exotic, you have to be savvy enough to get your hands on the wild, one-off automotive creations known as concept cars. As the Bertone Nuccio demonstrates, you don't even have to have an iota of taste to drop millions on one of those.

The Bertone Nuccio debuted at last month's Geneva Motor Show. It was designed to be an homage to the wedge-shaped styling exemplified by the1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero. It failed pretty hard, as far as we're concerned, but that won't necessarily stop it from fetching more than its elder.

Lamborghini Still Considering Estoque Sedan

On: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Estoque Sedan test 2

Last summer, we learned that Lamborghini was pitting two prototypes against each other in a battle toward production. The news intimated that one victor would go to market and one loser would disappear like so many other concept cars and prototypes. With the launch of Urus concept this week, it appeared we had a winner in the crossover concept and a loser in the sedan concept. But there may be no losers in this battle.

Lamborghini appears committed to building the Urus SUV, but it hasn't entirely abandoned a sedan based upon the Estoque concept shown in 2008.

Google Looking For Automaker Partner On Autonomous Cars

On: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 3:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

Google Looking For Automaker Partner On Autonomous Cars test 2

Before we heard a peep about Cadillac Super Cruise , we heard about Google's autonomous car. One of the original driving forces behind autonomous vehicles, Google has been working on its driverless car program for several years and even got the law changed to help it along. Now the company is looking for a rather important missing puzzle piece: an automotive partner.

Google may be one of the world's brightest go tos when it comes to Internet and mapping, but it doesn't have much experience wrenching around under the hood of a car. Sure, it could probably come up with the seeding money to develop its own car manufacturing without much difficulty, but why rebuild the wheel when someone that knows what they're doing can build it for you?