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International Recalls 18,000 Trucks

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:08PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Unfortunately for truck drivers, passengers, children, parents, and everyone else that happens to be on the road with one of the 18,959 International trucks that were made with a faulty Bendix ATR-6 traction relay valve - potentially unfortunate anyway. In extreme cold, valves can leak which can result in constant brake application. If the brakes are constantly applied, they may overheat and cause a fire, or cause a loss of control to the vehicle. The continued application of the brakes may also not cause the tail lamps to light up, potentially cause an accident due to other driver's inability to realize the trucks may be slowing down. A total of eleven International models have been affected by this recall (this same valve also caused a recall of 15,000 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks recently).

Read on for the full list of models ...

Mini 'Clubvan' Revealed, Dog Owners Rejoice

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 3:30PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Rumors have been cycling for a while now, but these are the first official images of the Mini Clubvan concept which is set to debut at Geneva’s Auto Show in March. While panel vans continue to be popular in Europe, the stateside trend has remained somewhat lukewarm since Chevrolet introduced the HHR Panel and Ford unveiled the Ford Transit Connect. But perhaps Mini’s Clubvan concept will be fun or functional enough to convince US buyers to become panel van friendly. Perhaps the Clubvan will entice buyers not previously interested in the Mini brand or panel vans in general.

Enter the 39% of United States households which own at least one dog.

To be fair, we aren’t sure the Clubvan will ever reach US soil or even final production elsewhere. But if the vehicle ever enters the land of the free, you can bet your lucky socks that pet owners will be the primary buying demographic.

Prepare To Buy A Veloster Turbo

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 12:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Back in early January, Hyundai announced plans to produce a Veloster Turbo during the North American International Auto Show. In large part, auto enthusiasts responded positively – encouraged by one significant advertisement. Hyundai claimed the Veloster Turbo would boast a better power-to-weight ratio than other industry competitors like the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic SI, and Mini Cooper S.

Tantalized by a tentative market contender, followers of Hyundai’s announcement were left excited by the vehicle’s stats and matte gray paint scheme but unsure just how much a street cred-themed Veloster might cost. Fortunately, Hyundai has a habit of not hiding the ball.

When Hyundai begins selling the Veloster Turbo this upcoming summer we can expect an MSRP of $21,500, plus $760 destination charge.

GM Gets Factual (Not Convincing) In New Volt Commercial (Video)

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

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GM is in crisis mode in regards to the Chevy Volt, but you'd never know it based on its ad campaign. First, we got a pretty sappy, 'heart strings'-type ad that seemed to be more about the Detroit auto manufacturing industry than the car itself. Then we got some creepy aliens. And now we have a new commercial that sets out to lay down some facts - only it totally misses the important ones.

The new commercial titled "Just the Facts" rests largely on the Volt's past achievements, which were accomplished before all the battery fire talk and government investigations. The first set of facts relates to the entirely subjective: Chevy lists all the awards that the Volt won... long before the battery fires ever became public. Old news, and not really impressive anymore.


Filming Yourself Destroying The Law Is Never A Good Idea, Bugatti Veyron Edition (Video)

On: Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 12:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

Filming Yourself Destroying The Law Is Never A Good Idea, Bugatti Veyron Ed test 2

Last week, a video of a Bugatti Veyron doing over 200 mph on public roads hit the Interwebz. Many of the auto blogs did a write-up on the video and it went viral, racking up over a million views in about a week. The video shows the Veyron hitting speeds of up to 200 mph. No dash-mounted Go Pro footage, the video is the result of a well done and elaborate set-up of in-vehicle footage cut with roadside footage from a network of cameraman.

When I first came across headlines, I thought: 'Why would anyone shoot themselves blowing the speed limit apart and post it to YouTube?' That's about as dumb as all the wannabe criminals that show up on the endless iterations of "World's Dumbest Criminals." You're basically begging for trouble from the authorities.

Well, not surprisingly, the video has garnered the ire of Arizona law enforcement. While it doesn't look like there's much the state can do, you can expect them to be on the lookout for this particular Veyron. The owner had better make sure his paperwork, driving habits and vehicle equipment are all on the level.

Jaguar Moving Toward Development Of C-X75 Microturbines

On: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 2:32PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's hard to put a finger on what exactly we like best about the Jaguar C-X75 concept that Jaguar debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. It has exquisite styling, a high-tech performance-hybrid powertrain and is the first Jaguar supercar since the XJ220. If we were forced into revealing a single favorite element, we'd probably have to go with the sci-fi-like microturbines that were used as generators for the concept's electric motors.

Because those microturbines were highly experimental, word was that Jaguar would use a more conventional engine in the production C-X75. Somewhere along the line, Jaguar decided to build two versions of the supercar - one with a small turbo engine and one with the microturbines. The company is officially ready to get to work on the turbines.

Viper Gets Fiercer With New Badge

On: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The 2013 SRT (Dodge) Viper will be getting a new brand, a new look, and a new set of equipment with a focus on driveability. It will also be getting a new logo, which SRT revealed earlier this week.

The original Viper logo was a bit timid - it almost looked like a friendly backyard snake. The next Viper got angrier eyes and a fiercer set of fangs. And the newest Viper looks downright intimidating - its angry, defined eyes, coiled body language and razor fangs appear ready to pounce on the nearest piece of flesh. Overall, it looks like a solid evolution for the Viper logo.

Alfa Romeo's US Return Delayed Again: Early 2014

On: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, it looks like Alfa Romeo's return to the US market may be delayed again. Good news is, though, it won't be delayed by much. Instead of late 2013, the company will return to the US market in (very) early 2014, according to the latest reports.

Originally, Alfa Romeo was scheduled for a US return this year. Then it got pushed back until 2013, slid back to the end of the 2013 calendar, and now squeezed into 2014. Autocar reports that Alfa will kick off its US return with the production version of the 4C coupe at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Detroit show takes place in early January each year, so the launch will still be close to the "late 2013" time frame.

Mini To Get Even Bigger With Van And Station Wagon

On: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

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There are really only so many people that will put down money on a tiny mini-car. Sure, these small cars boast great gas mileage, but they're not exactly equipped to handle many passengers or much cargo. They just aren't practical for every driver.

Mini, a company founded on the idea of tiny minicars, has slowly been growing its offerings with larger cars like the Countryman and Clubman. Though it may return to its tiny roots with a Rocketman-inspired production car, the company has no plans of abandoning larger vehicles. In fact, it plans to build both a van and station wagon.

Fisker Loses Government Loan Money, Delays Next Vehicles

On: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 5:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

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I hate to say it, but Fisker just has the feel of a company teetering very closely to disaster and bankruptcy. The start-up has encountered nothing but obstacles and speed bumps in its attempts to get its Karma and next-generation models to market. The latest speed bump culminates from past speed bumps.

Delay after delay on Karma production. Price increase after price increase. Unimpressive official fuel economy rating. Battery fires. Did we miss anything? All those factors have hampered Fisker's ability to get its Karma plug-in hybrid rolling. The car was introduced back in 2008 and just barely made it to market last year.

Gas Mileage A Primary New-Car Consideration, Says J.D. Power

On: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:36AM | By: Chris Weiss

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J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Avoider Study indicates that gas mileage was the biggest factor influencing car buyers' purchasing decisions last year. Fuel economy surpassed such factors as reliability, price and styling in the survey.

The new study is based on responses from more than 24,000 owners who registered a new vehicle in May 2011. JD Power conducted the survey between August and October of last year.

While the study focuses primarily on reasons that consumers avoided particular models and brands, JD Power's press release includes the observation: "The study finds that gas mileage is the most influential reason for purchasing a particular vehicle model in 2012, surpassing the influence of other key reasons such as reliability, the deal and exterior styling, which were the most influential purchase reasons in 2010."