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Ferrari Owners To Get Dibs On Special Editions

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


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When you build cars as desired and exotic as the 599 GTO, sometimes even the most loyal among your customer base can't get their hands on one. Ferrari is currently considering a move that would ensure that its best customers get the first look at its latest models.

Ferrari is planning to start an owners club for its biggest customers. Members of the club will automatically get first right of refusal when it comes to special edition models, ensuring that Ferrari's most prized collectors are first in line for the latest models.

"I do not want our faithful collectors to miss the opportunity to buy one of our special series," Ferrari CEO Luca Cordero di Montezemolo explained when talking to Automotive News Europe.


Press Release: BMW Announces Price Adjustment In The USA

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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BMW of North America recently announced a modest inflationary price increase effective January 1, 2012. The destination and handling fee for all models will be increased to $895 on that date as well. This increase is less than one percent and applies to the models listed below. In these tough economic times a careful balance was attained between the competitive situation, inflationary conditions, and market realities.


Maybach Is Dead. Again. Drinks All Around.

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Everything has been all sunshine and rainbows over at Rolls-Royce recently—as I’ve mentioned in various articles in this space that you can search for if you’re so inclined—but despite my thorough coverage of the various goings-on I failed to ask (at least) one simple question: If Rolls is the super-luxury-car sales windshield, who’s the bug?

Well, now I—or more correctly we—now know: Maybach.

See, unlike their owners’—R-R’s is BMW and Maybach’s is Mercedes-Benz—lifelong struggle for supremacy, it seems that in the case of these “ultra-premium” brands the boys at M-B just didn’t want to draw things out beyond 2013, so they aren't. According to Autoweek it seems that instead of keeping things going in the usual “waiting for better times” manner—and continuing to shovel container-ships’-worth of Euros into the fire—they are effectively ceding the ultra-luxury-car sales high-ground to their Bavarian nemesis after just over a decade of trying to come out on top.

But are they?...


Land Rover Defender Confirmed For US

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's not yet clear if we really want the next generation Defender in the United States. It may still have a long way to go before production, but it's looking far more Malibu and less Moab at the moment—and we're not loving it. But, like it or not, Land Rover's hardcore icon is making its return to the US market, a market it's been absent from for nearly 20 years.

Land Rover global brand director John Edwards told media at the LA Auto Show that the model will return to the US by mid-decade. Pretty soon, the Jeep Wrangler will have a little competition on the trails of southern Utah, northern California and elsewhere.


 

Luxury Gets Large With Infiniti JX SUV

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 3:50PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Infiniti used the LA Auto Show to introduce its all-new JX crossover. When it hits the market next year, the JX will be one of Infiniti's biggest, most versatile utility vehicles.

Infiniti sees the 2013 JX as a vehicle that will "shake up the status quo." Specifically, it will bring a new level of interior flexibility and roominess, safety, and advanced features to the luxury crossover segment.


Porsche To Develop Next Generation R8 and Gallardo Platform

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Nearly a year ago, Porsche was given the reins of Volkswagen AG sports car and large luxury sedan development. A report earlier this month brought up some questions about how that was going to actually play out in reality. The Autocar report stated that instead of developing its own platform for a mid-level 458-fighter slotted between the 911 and 918 Spyder, Porsche was destined to borrow the carbon-aluminum platform from the next-generation Audi R8.

As you might expect, Porsche brass wasn't happy with the way reports were going and are now on record stating that Porsche will actually be the one designing the platform, and the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo the ones borrowing it.


Mercedes-Benz Leaks 2012 SL Images

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 9:34AM | By: Chris Salamone


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At the upcoming North American International Auto Show, spectators will be treated to an array of sights and sounds from automakers around the world. The Mercedes-Benz exhibit, however, won’t have flashy color schemes, techno musaque, or gimmicky advertising signs. Instead, this particular automaker will showcase a sophisticated fleet of new vehicles – beyond the need for marketing puffery. A centerpiece of the Mercedes-Benz lineup will almost certainly be the company’s newly-redesigned 2012 SL.

For 2012, consumers will be delighted to hear about three main improvements (in addition to scores of already magnificent features). Other than aesthetic changes, the most significant change will be a 20% more rigid chassis and reduction in nearly 310 pounds of weight over the outgoing model. Weight and rigidity improvements stem from the vehicle’s use of aluminum-focused construction and hydro formed, chilled cast longitudinal members.

The company claims these changes will amount to a 30 percent increase in fuel efficiency.


Goodbye Arctic, The 2014 Liberty To Become More 'Carlike'

On: Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 9:25AM | By: Chris Salamone


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‘Tis a dark day in the world of off-roading Jeepdom. Car and Driver reports that a Jeep company executive has spoken the words no true Jeep fan wants to hear: the 2014 Liberty will be vastly more carlike, based on a front-wheel drive platform, and possibly mated to smaller Fiat-supplied engines.

The current and previous Liberty models (including the 2012 Liberty Arctic shown above) employ a car-type unibody reinforced by a rugged-duty frame underneath, a building technique Jeep calls uniframe construction. However, the next generation 2014 Liberty will likely drop Jeep’s current uniframe and pick up one of the company’s other car-based platforms. Hopefully Jeep Liberty enthusiasts also like the current Patriot and Compass models.

But it’s not all bad news. New Liberty buyers will have a choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy will almost certainly increase and Jeep will have a broader set of vehicles – maybe with the ability to finally compete with brands like Toyota or Honda. In theory, ardent supports of Jeep’s off-road heritage can still raise the mantle of rock-crawling with Jeep’s four-door Wrangler Unlimited.


Nissan Food Truck Concepts

On: Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 5:53PM | By: Chris Weiss


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When you think of Nissan, you probably think of the unapologetic performance of the GT-R or maybe the green credentials of the Nissan Leaf. The automaker seems to be trying its hardest to ensure that you also automatically think of its NV series people movers.

Within the month of November, we've seen an NV taxi, NV full-size van and now a pair of NV-based food truck concepts. Nissan generated some positive buzz by slinging ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches at the LA Auto Show.


Aston Martin Hits One Million Facebook Fans, Will Build Fan-Inspired Car

On: Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 1:38PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Aston Martin has used its fame and prestige within the exotic car segment to rack up a million Facebook fans. To show these loyal Facebookers that an Aston Martin fanship is more than just Aston spam plastered on your wall, the automaker is doing a unique promotion: It's building a crowdsourced Millionth Fan Car.


McLaren MP4-12C = The Eco Supercar?

On: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Okay, eco supercar is definitely a bit far. A moniker like that only belongs on something truly inspired like the Porsche 918 Spyder or Jaguar C-X75, and depending on how the numbers pan out, maybe not even them. But unlike its competitors, the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C is not subject to the U.S. gas guzzler tax, so in its own little way, McLaren is doing something for Mother Nature.

McLaren's EPA rating of 15 city and 22 highway isn't exactly competitive with mainstream cars, but according to reports, the car will not be subject to a gas guzzler tax. Competitors like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo are subject to the tax.