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MotorTrend Gets Wild With Super Wagon Showdown (Video)

On: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:50AM | By: Chris Salamone

Cadillac CTS-V vs. Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG test 2

MotorTrend, the company famous for Subaru Outback adventures and Jeep survival epics, brings the thunder when it comes to automotive journalism. Few companies, if any, are capable of producing such high quality, well composed content and a recent super wagon-on-wagon comparo is no exception. In just over 9:00 minutes of scintillating video or skimming a brief article, viewers will be left with a newfound sense of appreciation.

Wagons, it would seem, can be less embarrassing than we thought, especially the Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

Slugfest Continues, Durango Swipes Explorer (Video)

On: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Salamone

Dodge Durango test 2

During the past few years we saw automakers come together with a sense of urgency. People weren’t buying too many cars and, as a result, we had an advertising cease fire. And then Super Bowl 2012 happened. After a string of successful months, GM thought it prudent to get back on the competitive bandwagon and suggest Ford trucks might not be able to handle the post-apocalyptic world. Since game day we’ve seen the Big Three go back and forth, shedding their recession-induced docility in favor of good ole’ American prizefighting.

In a recent blog post, Dodge spoke loud and clear – claiming the Durango includes Spiderman-like power and responsibility requirements. To the delight of all, Dodge also felt compelled to attach a Ford Explorer to the Durango’s already extensive baggage train.

Chevy To Replace Charging Cords On 2011 Volts

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 4:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy To Replace Charging Cords On 2011 Volts test 2

Ordinarily when things go wrong with a car, an automaker needs to issue a recall, bringing owners in to repair the model. But when that problem only pertains to an ancillary component - say a charging cable - then the automaker can take care of business without inconveniencing owners as much. That's what Chevy is doing for Volt owners in order to improve their charging experience.

Chevy told media this week that it plans to replace the 120V charging cords on all 2011 Volts and some 2012 models. The new cords are designed to offer an improved, more reliable charging experience and sound to be more durable. A company spokesperson was careful to distinguish it as a proactive action and not a recall, when speaking with Inside Line.

Infiniti Teases Electric Leaf-Based Concept

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Teases Electric Leaf-Based Concept test 2

We've recently seen Infiniti's take on a range-topping electric flagship, and now the company is preparing to show us a more entry level electric vehicle. Nissan's luxury arm released teasers of a Leaf-based EV last year, and reports indicate that it will show the concept at the New York Auto Show.

Given the costs of developing a market-ready EV and the modest sales that such vehicles are likely to draw in the near term, expect to see automakers leveraging EV technology for more than one model. We know that GM is doing it with the Volt-based Cadillac ELR, and it looks like Nissan has some interest in extending its Leaf platform upmarket.


Scion Releases FR-S Pricing

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 11:04AM | By: Chris Weiss

Scion Releases FR-S Pricing test 2

Well, it had to do it sometime. Production has already kicked off and the Scion FR-S should be in dealerships within about two months. In fact, first buyers have already gotten the chance to reserve one. So the only thing left to know is how much it will cost. Scion recently released US pricing for the FR-S.

The Scion FR-S is the North American version of Toyota Motor Company's sports car built in cooperation with Subaru. Toyota will sell the car as the 86 or GT 86, but will offer it through the Scion brand in North America. Subaru will sell its own version of the car called the BRZ. All models are being built at Subaru's Gunma plant.

McLaren Not Gunning For World Speed Record With P12

On: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

McLaren Not Gunning For World Speed Record With P12 test 2

Despite the fact that its top speed is rumored at around 260 mph - very close to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's 267.8 mph world record, the McLaren P12 won't be a contender for world's fastest car, according to a new report. In fact, it may not even be as fast as its predecessor the F1, which captured the world speed record in 1998 with a 240.1 mph run. Instead, it will be focused more on all-around performance and usability.

According to a report by Australian publication Drive, McLaren CEO Ron Dennis said a world record isn't a goal of the P12, clarifying: "Don’t get fixated by top speed. That’s the first thing you have to discard in today’s society. What you’ve got to have is a complete package of performance. You’ve got to embrace technologies that are out there that are accepted, and some that don’t even exist. I can tell you our next car has many things on it that don’t exist at the moment."

First Phase Of The West Coast Electric Highway Now Open

On: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 2:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

First Phase Of The West Coast Electric Highway Now Open test 2

The West Coast Electric Highway is a project that should allow EVs to gain some real world practicality. The project is designed to make it possible to travel from Canada to Mexico along Interstate 5 in an electric vehicle. The first phase of the highway in southern Oregon is now open.

The West Coast Electric Highway is being made possible by collaboration between the governments of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, private companies, the US Department of Transportation and non-profit organizations. When complete, the highway will offer DC fast-charging stations - 480-volt stations that can charge a battery to about 80 percent full in half an hour - every 40 to 60 miles. While a trip down the full length of the highway via EV won't exactly be fast or convenient, considering the short range of EVs and length of time involved in charging, it will be possible, unlike on the average highway.

GM Adds Automatic Transmission Option To The Sonic

On: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Adds Automatic Transmission Option To The Sonic test 2

The Chevy Sonic must be one of the most advertised vehicles of 2012. I no longer turn on my television without expecting to see the "We are Young" montage of the Sonic. The subcompact has jumped out of a plane, dipped its head in a pool of water after a bungee leap and been kick flipped by one of the world's most recognizable skateboarding icons. It's all over the place.

Well, the purpose of great advertising is to inspire interest and sell products. And we're guessing the big Sonic campaign is working, because Chevy is adding a six-speed automatic transmission to the Sonic 1.4L turbo. Many of the people watching the Sonic's adventurous ad campaign probably want the sportiest engine, but may prefer an automatic.

Volvo Goes Linsane!

On: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

Volvo Goes Linsane! test 2

Two things that have nothing in common: the safe, reliable car that your grandpa has been driving since 1961 and a basketball whirlwind that came out of nowhere to take the sport by storm over the period of a few weeks. At least they had nothing in common until this week. Volvo signed NBA star Jeremy Lin to a two-year agreement.

Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks point guard that rose to prominence last month, is one of the feel-good sports stories of this young year. He's earned a quick rise to fame in one of the notoriously tough New York media market.

In a story that's drawn comparison to Tim Tebow's improbable NFL run in Denver, Lin was an undrafted player that bounced between the NBA and D League since graduating from Harvard in 2010. When he got his chance to start for the Knicks in February, he took the bull by the horns and led the team to six straight victories, earning the nickname Linsanity.

NO DISASSEMBLE! Mercedes Classic Murders A Gullwing (Knockoff)

On: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 3:51PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by Author (post-mortem) test 2

The 1950s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” has one of the most beautiful bodies in the world, automotive or otherwise. Between 1954 and 1957, only 1400 of these curvy creations were built—1,371 in steel, 29 in aluminum—ensuring that they’d forever be a hot (read: EXPENSIVE) commodity.

Values have been rising rapidly to an “average” of nearly $1M. One—an alloy-bodied 1955 model—set a world record at auction in January with a winning bid of $4.62 million. It’s clear, then, that there’s a market out there for 300 SL replicas. Problem is, as Mercedes-Benz puts it, “The body shape of the legendary gullwing model has been trademarked by Daimler AG.”

So what happens when M-B finds out you’ve been violating said trademark? Bad things. Bad for you and VERY bad for the car.

Reader discretion is advised…

Land Rover Thinks Next Defender Could Be Its Bestseller

On: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover Thinks Next Defender Could Be Its Bestseller test 2

Despite underwhelming the world with several renditions of its DC100 concept, an early preview of the next generation Defender, Land Rover is confident that the model will do well. A company executive told media that Land Rover believes the Defender will go on to become its best-selling SUV, once it spawns a family of different sized and configured models.

Brand director John Edwards told Inside Line: "We're being encouraged to look at it as a 20-year plan with global potential, a family of vehicles offered on different wheelbases with different bodies. The leisure market is huge. We get a very significant share of the premium SUV market that BMW and Porsche compete in, but the leisure segment is bigger, it's growing and our share is smaller. Our ambition is to grow here."