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MIA: 2012 Impreza Postponed Until December

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Subaru Impreza test 2

What was once promised for Fall 2011 will now arrive in December. Subaru has recently decided to delay our much anticipated purchases of the all-new 2012 Impreza in favor of an extra few months of anxiety-inducing drama. Although the company has not released any particular cause(s), we can rule out a change in the product line. The most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive car in America should still have all the same tantalizing stats released back during Summer 2011.

As a refresher, the 2012 Subaru Impreza looks to manage 36 miles per gallon on the highway while offering a top-notch AWD system and an MSRP starting at a wallet-friendly $17,495. While full specs of the Impreza have remained in the dark since the vehicle’s formal announcement of production, Subaru has decided to grace us with the following spec chart and a future assurance that a full scale ‘Build My Own’ section—allowing features, trim, and pricing analysis—will be available shortly.

Nissan's Taxi Of Tomorrow

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan's Taxi Of Tomorrow test 2

Cars evolve every year and get more and more user-friendly. Safety and comfort features that were once offered only on premium cars slide slowly down-market until entry and mid-level cars become every bit as functional and comfortable as luxury cars just a generation or two ago.

If Nissan's "taxi of tomorrow" is any indication, this trend will be as true in public transportation as it is in privately owned vehicles—because this thing has the type of comfort and features well above what I'd expect to find in a taxi. The NV200 isn't just a fun concept, but a look at the model that will become the exclusive taxi of New York City in just two years.

BMW Special Sneak Preview On November 9

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 4:16PM | By: Peter C Sessler

BMW Special Sneak Preview On November 9 test 2

BMW will host a special sneak-preview event to unveil for the first time in North America what it considers to be the cars of the future: the BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept vehicles. These concepts represent the first purpose-built electric and electric-hybrid vehicles to be made primarily of carbon fiber when they become available in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The unveiling will take place in New York City on Wednesday, November 9th at 11 AM (EST) at Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street between 10th & 11th Avenues).

Land Rover DC100 II Coming To LA Auto Show

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover DC100 II Coming To LA Auto Show test 2

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Land Rover debuted the DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts, providing a first look at the direction it was taking with its next Defender. While the concept will eventually replace the Defender in 2015, Land Rover admitted that the Frankfurt DC100 was just the first step in a long development process.

The next step will come at the LA Auto Show, which begins in about two weeks. Land Rover will show an updated DC100 concept at the show.


Mercedes Building Ultralight Carbon Fiber E-Class

On: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 3:55PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes Building Ultralight Carbon Fiber E-Class test 2

Carbon fiber and other composites are clearly the way of the future. Currently they're primarily seen in race cars and high-end supercars, but assuming that costs eventually drop to a somewhat manageable level, we'd expect to see these type of NASA-esque materials slowly work their way into luxury cars and other more everyday models. After all, carbon fiber is one of the surest ways to save weight and weight savings = more efficient cars, something that every automaker is looking to build.

In a sign that carbon fiber is coming, an Auto Bild report states that Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on an ultralight version of the E-Class. The German automaker plans to cut serious pounds with carbon fiber construction.

Yet Another Home-Brewed Supercar...When Will It End

On: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

CCG CustomGT test 2

Years ago, before I started following the auto industry on a daily basis, I liked nothing better than to come across a hot, new supercar from a brand I'd never heard of (even if it happened to be fluorescent green). After all, supercars are the ultimate expression of power, style, and speed, the pinnacle of human automotive achievement.

Now that I cover the industry every day, there's nothing that I like less than a new supercar from a random company. Because it seems like anyone with a few high school mechanics classes under his belt and a garage to work in can build their own formulaically styled kit car, drop a GM V-8 in back, and call it a "supercar."

That's basically the formula of the CustomGT from German-based CCG Automotive.

Tesla To Launch Non-Lotus 'Roadster II' In 2014

On: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 1:14PM | By: Chris Weiss

Tesla To Launch Non-Lotus 'Roadster II' test 2

When the Tesla Roadster debuted, it opened a new chapter in automotive history. While the $110,000 Roadster was never a commercial success—Tesla actually lost money on every one sold—it really opened the eyes of automakers, analysts, and the general public in terms of the potential of electric vehicles. Not only was the Roadster emissions-free, it was a sexy, performance-oriented sports coupe, an entirely different animal from the awkwardly shaped electric city car. What was not to like?

Well, the expensive price tag and impractical nature of a two-seat convertible coupled with extensive R&D costs were among the reasons that the Roadster was an instant icon but an unsuccessful product. The Roadster was simply a foothold for Tesla, which will help it launch a variety of less expensive, more practical EVs over the next few years. But it won't abandon its Roadster roots.

Consumer Reports' Reliability Study: Scion Good, Ford Not So Much

On: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 12:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

Consumer Reports' Reliability Study: Scion Good, Ford Not So Much test 2

Ford has recently gained a reputation for solid, reliable, and even innovative products. In a time when its two American counterparts were panhandling in DC for stay-afloat money, Ford was offering an award-winning line-up and developing industry leading innovations like the Sync/MyFord Touch.

But things may be slowing at Ford. The 2011 Consumer Reports Car Reliability Survey has Ford taking a big fall.

Chevy Keeps 'Running Deep'

On: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Keeps 'Running Deep' test 2

About a year ago, Chevy launched the "Chevy Runs Deep" marketing campaign. The campaign immediately became the fodder of punch lines and cheeky headlines. Shortly after it was unveiled, Jalopnik's Justin Hyde called it the "worst ad slogan ever" and even made the obvious "that's what she said" joke.

Sexual double entendre aside, Hyde criticized that "runs deep" is cryptic and really doesn't convey anything about the brand, unlike equally simple but more telling past slogans like "Like a Rock" and "Heartbeat of America". Others said that the slogan was just a transparent attempt to get consumers reminiscent about the good ol' days of American automotive heritage—you know the ones when you were actually proud to buy a Chevy. "Deep" also seemed like an odd choice for a corporation that was "in deep" not two years earlier.

Despite these less than flattering comments, Chevy is sticking with the tagline for the foreseeable future.

BMW M Division To Build Its Own Supercar?

On: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW M Division To Build Its Own Supercar? test 2

It looks like we have a little German envy. BMW M engineers are looking at their counterparts over at Mercedes AMG and thinking "Why can't we do that?" By "that", they mean develop their own supercar, the way that AMG did with the SLS AMG. BMW M is a little tired of just improving upon existing vehicles and wants to get the green light to build a car all its own.

2013 Dodge Viper To Use 8.7-Liter V-10?

On: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 5:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Dodge Viper To Use 8.7-Liter V-10 test 2

Here's something we weren't expecting: the already huge 8.4-liter V-10 engine used in the last Dodge Viper may be growing. According to Allpar, the Dodge Viper due to launch in 2013 may buck the trend of smaller displacements-via-forced induction, pulling power from a new 8.7-liter V-10.

We'd expect the 2013 Viper should get a tidy horsepower boost from its big engine, but there aren't any specifics. The last Viper packed 600 horses.