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McLaren MP4-12C = The Eco Supercar?

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

McLaren MP4-12C test 2

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.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Reveal

On: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Reveal test 2

After a series of leaks, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe got a little more official last weekend when Hyundia presented it in Korea. Hyundia's sportiest car gets even sportier in the model-year facelift, both in terms of power and looks.

Hyundai debuted the new Genesis Coupe at the Korea Speed Festival 2011. The first thing you'll notice in the picture is a markedly updated front fascia that shares some styling cues with the Veloster. The new, sporty fascia gets a bulging, hexagonal grille; redesigned headlights; and LED fog lights, among other changes.

Press Release: Audi Wins Three 2012 KBB Best Resale Value Awards

On: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 11:11AM | By: Peter C Sessler

Audi A5 test 2

Audi today announced that it received three 2012 Best Resale Value Awards from Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used vehicle information. The annual Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards recognize vehicles expected to maintain the greatest proportion of their original list price after five years of ownership. The 2012 Audi Q7 received two awards, and the 2012 Audi A5 also received recognition.

The 2012 Audi Q7 was named Best Resale Value in the Luxury Utility Vehicle class and was one of the Top 10 cars with Best Resale Value. The seven-passenger Audi Q7 exceeds driver and passenger expectations for functionality and comfort. Q7 customers have the option of a gasoline turbocharged, fuel-injected 3.0-liter TFSI engine, or a powerful yet fuel efficient V6 turbocharged direct injection TDI clean diesel engine.

Press Release: Dodge Offers Special Services Police Truck For Extreme Duty

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 4:37PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Dodge Offers Special Services Police Truck For Extreme Duty test 2

Starting this November, Ram Truck will be offering a new Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 Special Service package for law enforcement and other emergency agencies through Chrysler Group Fleet sales. The newest Ram model features a selection of severe-duty-adapted equipment available on the 2012 Ram 1500 and several unique features.

Made for extreme-duty cycles, emergency and municipal service trucks are sometimes can be left idling for extended periods of time. The Ram 1500 includes 100,000-mile sparkplugs and a larger oil cooler to protect the engine.

To handle the high electric loads, the Ram 1500 Special Service Truck includes a 220-amp alternator. A unique wire harness is capable of providing power, ground and fusing for a variety of law enforcement lighting, siren, computer, modem, radar or camera systems. The package also includes a Power Distribution Center (PDC) with fusing and relays for circuits contained in the wire harness. The PDC is supplied from the battery with two separate 100-amp main fuses for camera, computer, modem and printer systems.


Press Release: Mercedes-Benz's New ML 63 AMG Arrives

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 3:14PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Mercedes-Benz's New ML 63 AMG Arrives test 2

The new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG is more of a high-performance SUV - and rightly so, if you look at the horsepower figures. The standard engine is the AMG 5.5-liter V8 bi-turbo engine with an output of 525hp - which is 15hp more than last year’s model. And if that isn’t enough, there is the AMG Performance package which puts out 557hp.

The new ML 63 AMG comes with an interesting technology package: the engine features spray-guided direct fuel injection with piezo injectors, ECO start/stop system, an all-aluminum crankcase, four valves per cylinder with camshaft adjustment, air-water charge air cooling and generator management. With a displacement of 5461cc, the eight-cylinder engine generates a maximum power output of 525 hp. Engine dry weight is 449 lbs.

Ultra-Versatile Workhorse: Nissan's 12-Man Van Hits The Consumer Market

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 12:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

NV3500 test 2

Earlier this month, Nissan showed how one of its NV people movers will help to transform the way that New York taxi passengers commute around the city. More recently, it showed us how its NV series can transform private commutes.

Nissan previewed its NV3500 HD Passenger Van ahead of its commercial launch next year. This big monster can carry up to 12 people or all kinds of equipment, depending upon what you need it for.

Press Release: The 2012 Ford Mustang's New Features

On: Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 3:49PM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Ford Mustang's New Features test 2

For 2012, the Ford Mustang has some new features that make it an even better car - American style with powerful engines delivering outstanding fuel economy across the lineup and it puts the driving experience in the customer’s hands with new selectable steering. The 2012 Mustang offers customers selectable steering that tailors the driving experience to fit their needs. With a choice of three settings, the feature allows the customer to select the steering effort, depending on his or her style of driving.

Sport mode provides the most road force felt through the steering wheel and requires the highest level of steering effort, allowing the driver to be more in tune with how the vehicle reacts to the road. Comfort mode provides the least amount of road force felt through the steering wheel and requires the least amount of steering effort, which is ideal for long, relaxing drives. A standard mode also is available and is a balance between the comfort and sport settings. The settings are accessed and programmed through the message center.

Two new optional packages, the Reverse Sensing System and Security Package and HID Headlamps and Security Package, also debut for 2012.

New Corvette May Not Be As Radical As Expected

On: Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 1:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

Corvette Concept test 2

For over a year, rumors have suggested that the next generation Corvette (C7) will be one of the most radical redesigns in the car's history. Some aspects, like the split-glass Stingray-style rear window, have been attributed directly to GM sources, while others, including the mid-engined layout, have been loose rumors. Between the official sound bites and rumors, it has long appeared that the C7 Corvette would be somewhat of a revolutionary redesign.

A new report this week suggest that the new Corvette will benefit from evolution, not revolution. While GM will look to update the Corvette, the sporty flagship will likely look a lot like the same, ol' Corvette that we see now.

Press Release: GM Opens Engine Plant In Uzbekistan

On: Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Peter C Sessler

GM Opens Engine Plant In Uzbekistan test 2

General Motors and its local joint venture partner UzAvtosanoat opened a new state-of-the-art engine plant in Tashkent today, 400 kilometers from the automakers’ vehicle manufacturing facility in Asaka. It represents GM’s most significant powertrain investment in Central Asia.

GM has a 52 percent stake in GM Powertrain Uzbekistan and its partner has a 48-percent stake. The facility, which covers 40 hectares, is GM’s first engine plant in Uzbekistan. It will produce more than 225,000 new fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.2L and 1.5L engines for use in GM small passenger cars sold around the world.

The first engines produced at the plant starting this month will be installed in the Chevrolet Spark mini car that commands 94 percent share of the Uzbekistan domestic market and is exported to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Lamborghini Offers Its Own Winter Driving Course

On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 3:25PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Offers Its Own Winter Driving Course test 2

Ferrari has been gaining all the headlines of late in regards to four-wheel drive and winter driving courses. Its FF is the first Ferrari ever to feature all-wheel drive, and Ferrari is highlighting that fact through its winter driving program in Aspen, Colorado.

Ferrari's biggest in-country rival Lamborghini has a response to that that sounds a little something like "Hey, me too." Lamborghini has been using four-wheel drive for a while now, including on its upcoming Aventador LP700-4, and also has a winter driving course all its own.

New 2012 Jeep Wrangler And Liberty Arctic Special Edition

On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Peter C Sessler

New 2012 Jeep Wrangler And Liberty Arctic Special Edition test 2

Trying to satisfy that huge pent-up demand, Jeep has announced two, yes two, new models: the new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Arctic and Jeep Liberty Arctic. Now those of you who love the cold can pretend that you are off to the Arctic!

“There are few environments more grueling and demanding than the Arctic, which is just the type of terrain legendary Jeep vehicles are engineered to conquer,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Not only will the Jeep Wrangler Arctic and Jeep Liberty Arctic appeal to our loyal enthusiasts, but their unique content will attract new customers to the Jeep brand.”

Available in Liberty, Wrangler, and Wrangler Unlimited, the 2012 Arctic models arrive in Jeep showrooms this month.