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Nissan May Launch GT-86 Competitor

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 5:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Japanese sports car industry is in the midst of a renaissance that's showing no signs of slowing down. Japanese sports car options may soon be as plentiful as they were in the 1990s. Toyota and Subaru are very close to getting their jointly developed coupe to market, and word is that Toyota might be working on something a little more upscale. Honda is in the process of building a revived NSX, and now it appears Nissan is looking to do something at the other end of the market.

The first thought that comes to mind when talking about an entry-level Nissan sports coupe is a 240SX revival. Nissan built the 240SX back in the 1980s and 90s as a cheaper complement to the 300Z. The car's rear-wheel drive configuration set it apart from front-wheel competitors at the time.

Mercedes Shows 2013 G-Class

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 2:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Mercedes-Benz introduced the 2013 G-Class off-roader earlier this week. The new model, which hits the market in the summer, gets a few minor updates inside and out.

If you look at the 2013 G-Class, you could easily think you're looking at the 2012 G-Class. That's because Mercedes (unlike Land Rover) has the good sense to recognize exactly what works in its hardcore off-road model. What works is a burly body, hard edges and sharp lines. So the automaker maintains the overall look and structure and adds simple updates like daytime running LEDs and new rear-view mirrors. The AMG model gets an AMG radiator grille with double louvers, new bumpers with large air intakes, and available red brake calipers and 20-inch wheels.

Hybrid Owners Quick To Jump Back To Gas

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 11:12AM | By: Chris Weiss

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After paying hundreds of dollars a month (or week) at the pump, you might be thinking about ditching your gas powered vehicle and never looking back. Turns out, though, you may just look back - at least if you're like the average hybrid owner. A new study shows that hybrid owners are more likely than not to ditch gas-electric power.

On Monday, automotive research firm Polk released the results of an analysis that shows that only 35 percent of American hybrid owners came back for seconds when shopping in 2011. If you take the popular Toyota Prius out of the equation, hybrid owner loyalty drops below 25 percent. That's despite high gas prices and increasing selection of hybrids over the past several years.

Fisker Atlantic Sedan Barely Introduced, Delayed

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 9:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

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According to new reports, the newly debuted Fisker Atlantic sedan will be delayed, just like its big brother the Karma. Fisker is still trying to figure out financing and production locations in the wake of the loss of its federal funding.

The Atlantic delay really doesn't come as a surprise given the turmoil going on at the company lately. Actually, more surprising is that Fisker was able to get the concept launched at the New York Auto Show.


Two Classic Races, One Ticket: Indy 500 And Kentucky Derby Team Up

On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Depending on your disposition and personal history, if you were asked to name the United States' most famous race, you might be inclined to say either the Indy 500 or the Kentucky Derby. The races are the pinnacles of their respective sports, and now they're teaming up to give you all access.

This is one of those promotions that makes you wonder: Why's it never been done? The two events each hold relatively equal prominence in racing lore, occur around the same time of year, and are located about two hours apart in a pretty straight north-south line. A promotional team-up seems so damn logical, yet it's taken more than 100 years to happen (the first Indy 500 was held in 1911 and the first Kentucky Derby in 1875).

Honda Recalls Half A Million CR-V And Pilot Models

On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Although a recall of cars that are no less than eight years old may not have ordinarily been newsworthy, the fact that most of the Honda CR-V and Pilots that were produced from 2002-2004 are still on the road makes Honda's latest recall of 554,428 models pretty significant.

It seems that due to a defect in the wiring harness, the terminal ends of the harness may melt which in turn could cause the low beams of these cars to stop working altogether. With such a large number of cars recalled, odds are if you are the owner of a CR-V produced from 2002-2004 or a Pilot produced in 2003, your car is more than likely susceptible to this defect. Honda has announced it will begin its recall about April 24th, but owners can contact Honda at 1-888-999-1009 to set up a free inspection of their car.

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Small Cars Becoming A Cornerstone Of US Auto Manufacturing

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 5:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Once a rather unsexy part of the US auto market, hidden in the deep, dank corners of the bargain basement, compact and subcompact cars are enjoying a renaissance in the United States thanks to the unwavering high gas prices. With no end in sight to costly gas, these cars are becoming a more important product for domestic automakers.

According to a recent report in the Detroit News, US automakers, which once dismissed smaller, more efficient cars in favor of bigger, expensive models like SUVs, are now banking on those cars more and more. Sales of cars like the Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze are on the rise. Cars from the Detroit Big 3 made up more than a quarter of the US compact and subcompact market last year, leaping from 20 percent in 2010, according to cited statistics from LMC Automotive.

Chevy Shows Its Hand: 2013 Traverse

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 4:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The 2012 New York Auto Show had a few big SUV debuts, one of which was the all-new Chevy Traverse. Chevy unveiled the 2013 model just before the show got underway last week.

Chevy describes the exterior design as new and athletic, though we're not sure we're seeing much more athleticism. The front-end gets updated with a "powerdome" hood and a new grille. Chevy keeps the same general shape and two-part design of the grille, but uses slats in place of the mesh on the current Traverse. The headlamps also get a new shape and look. On the flip side, the 2013 Traverse gets a new set of taillamps and a new liftgate. Overall it's a subtle but discernible redesign in terms of styling.

Infiniti LE Concept To Become First Infiniti Electric

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 11:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Infiniti introduced the LE concept at this week's New York Auto Show. The company plans to bring the car to market as its first fully electric car.

After toying with green concepts like the Essence and Emerg-E, Infiniti finally has a winner. It said that it plans to get the LE electric to market within the next two years. The model promises to bring a little normality - sexiness even - to a segment defined by small, awkward hatchbacks.

Porsche Ranked Coolest Car Brand, Honda Most Trusted

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Kelley Blue Book released its Brand Image Award results this week. The firm uses market research about consumer perceptions in awarding automakers such honors as "Best Comfort Brand," "Best Performance Brand," and "Best Value Brand." Its Brand Watch study analyzes impressions from more than 12,000 new-vehicle consumers doing research on KBB.com.

Despite its recent focus on less cool, more volume (think Cayenne, Panamera and Macan), Porsche still has plenty of cool factor. Stuttgart is the "Coolest Brand," according to KBB's data. The shield also appears as the "Best Performance Brand," an award it's traded with BMW since 2009.

New Mazda6 Coming To Paris Motor Show

On: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 12:14PM | By: Chris Weiss

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From New York to Paris: Mazda announced that it will introduce the 2014 Mazda6 at the Paris Motor Show this fall. The new model will hit the market in the first quarter of next year.

We've already seen plenty of the Mazda6 by way of the Takeri concept. In New York this week, Mazda confirmed what everyone that follows these things already knew: The Takeri is a strong indication as to what the next Mazda6 will look like. Color us satisfied, because the Takeri is a very stylish car and a very fitting update for its mid-sized sedan.

The Takeri concept was debuted at last year's Tokyo Motor Show and made it across the Pacific for this week's New York Auto Show. The concept is the first to feature the new Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine, and also has other Skyactiv technologies like i-start and i-ELOOP.