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Bentley SUV To Look All Bentley

On: Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Wolfgang Durheimer sure loves to talk to the media, huh? In his short time at the helm of Bentley/Bugatti, he's basically confirmed a Bugatti sedan, Bentley SUV and, quite possibly, a Veyron successor. And, he's given hints and details at what those cars might look/drive like. The latest from Durheimer is that the Bentley SUV will look and feel like a full-on Bentley.

Despite borrowing heavily from current VW SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne for its underpinnings, Bentley's model will be all Bentley in terms of styling and driving. And that won't mean a sporty Continental GT face on a big, unwieldy Cayenne body; the Bentley SUV will look Bentley from every angle.

GM Recalls Four Thousand Buick LaCrosses!

On: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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For an unfortunate few who just got done at the dealer buying a brand new Buick may have to turn right around and get back there before they end up in the middle of a very nasty road scene. It seems that the factory didn't calibrate the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system of some of their new LaCrosses. This may cause the system to run improperly and go into action to slow down the car at high speeds, which could end up in an abrupt loss of control and could ultimately cause a fatal crash. 

Read more for the full report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safercar.gov.

2013 Lexus GS Rev-ealed!

On: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Launched at Pebble Beach, Lexus announced the company’s plans to produce an all-new GS 350 in 2013. Like the vehicle’s predecessors, this most recent GS appears to be another road-raging monster synched with the refinements of proper luxury breeding. The new GS mixes uniquely aggressive styling with enhanced handling, the latest technology, and a more spacious interior. Most enticingly, in addition to the GS 350, Lexus plans to launch other GS models in early 2012—hinting at a hybrid and F Sport version.

“Today, buyers in the mid-size luxury segment want a more engaging driving experience, styling that makes a statement, and a roomier interior package,” declared Mark Templin, the Lexus group VP and General Manager. “With the all-new GS, we’re giving them what they asked for, and more.”

Maserati SUV To Debut In Frankfurt

On: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 2:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

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A concept version of Maserati's Jeep Grand Cherokee-based SUV will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The production model will be built at Chrysler plant in Detroit beginning in 2013.

As you may or may not be aware, Maserati is in the process of building a luxury SUV to compete with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne. Previous rumors had indicated that the Jeep Grand Cherokee-based Maserati SUV would debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. That is shaping up to be correct.

According to a recent Bloomberg report, a source confirms that Maserati will be giving the world its first look at how Detroit ruggedness combines with Italian flair at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It will unveil the initial concept version of the SUV at next month's show.


Best Cars For Back To School

On: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 9:36AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Back when I was in college about 10 years ago, your car was quite a status symbol. Kids drove around campus with their bright-rimmed, leather-seated, current-model-year rides pumping bass and feeling good about themselves. Nevermind the fact that the car lease was being paid for by the kid's grandma, the car made him look and feel like a player.  With gas prices hovering around $1 a gallon, fuel economy wasn't even a thought in the back of your mind, and you were free to get the biggest, loudest engine available without remorse.

The world has changed a lot in a decade. Market analysis like this has demonstrated that the car is sliding rapidly as a status symbol among youth. Many young people look at cars simply as a necessary evil needed to get around. With the world pushing greener lifestyles, the car may even be seen as a dirty, old remnant of outdated technology compared with newer, cleaner modes of transportation. So it's no surprise that the recommended cars for students aren't hot sports coupes--like the Acura Integra I used to drive around in college--but more practical, safe commuters. These options should make both kids and parents happy.

Time For A New Brand: Hyundai To Continue Moving Upmarket

On: Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 3:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

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One of these days, Hyundai is going to need to release an upscale brand, a counterpart to Honda's Acura and Toyota's Lexus. Because despite the fact that the brand has made a steady climb upmarket with offerings like the $58,000 Equus, it's still hard to think of Hyundai in the same category as BMW or Mercedes. And the company has no plans of slowing down in its move up market.

According to AutoWeek, Hyundai plans to expand its offerings over the next few years, including moving into several higher end segments. It will also continue to offer more traditional, low priced models like the Accent and Elantra.

And therein lies Hyundai's problem from a marketing perspective – it's just hard for people to grasp a brand that offers the 1.6-liter four-cylinder-powered Accent, one of the lowest priced cars on the market, with high-end sports coupes and luxury sedans. It would behoove the brand to spin-off a luxury unit.

Hybrid VS. Conventional Cars

On: Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 1:52PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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Hybrid cars have definitely made a dent in the sales of new cars. More and more people are evaluating whether they should buy one or at least, look at one before they buy. The reason is obvious. With gasoline prices rising this year, conventional cars are really starting to become too expensive, especially trucks and SUVs. You can save money with a hybrid car, but you have to be careful.

Hybrid cars stand out because they get much better mileage. Compared to a regular car, you can save substantially in fuel costs with a hybrid. For example, the Toyota Prius, the best-selling hybrid car, has an estimated 51/48 mpg. Compare that with the highest mpg from a regular car and you’ll see that the Prius is ahead. What about cost? Yes, you may pay extra for your hybrid up front, but you can recoup the gap in gasoline savings later. The hybrid can put you into the plus when compared to a conventional car when you reach the break-even point on the fuel cost.

From AMG To Amex: Mercedes-Benz Introduces Partnership With American Express

On: Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 12:57PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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NOTE: The author does not hold himself out as providing any legal, financial or other advice, does not make any recommendation or endorsement as to any investment, advisor or other service or product, and does not offer any advice regarding the nature, potential value or suitability of any particular investment, security or investment strategy.

And as the author more than likely has neither the financial fortitude nor the credit score to qualify for a “regular” American Express card, let alone a Benz-branded oneand let’s not even get into affording an ACTUAL Mercedes-Benzconsider all financial choices carefully before investing on his snarky whim.

His lack of financial prowess aside, Mercedes-Benz IS a car company, so their decision to put their good name on Amex cards gives your favorite automotive editor/writer a reason to FINALLY cover a Wall Street Journal-style story. Sweet!

Subaru Impreza: Another 2012 Price Hold

On: Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 12:14PM | By: Chris Weiss

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With a tumultuous, uncertain auto market ahead, it seems many automakers are taking conservative approaches to the 2012 model year. We've already watched Chrysler drop prices on three models and Honda hold prices steady across the entire Accord line. Now, Subaru has joined in transferring 2011 prices over to 2012.

2012 Hyundai Veloster Prices In At $17K

On: Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 9:11AM | By: Chris Weiss

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In the market for an entry level sports car? Consider the 2012 Hyundai Veloster. Due to hit the market this fall, the Veloster will price in well under competitors like the Honda CR-Z, providing a solid package of sporty performance and affordable price.

Hyundai announced this week that the Veloster will start at $17,300, some $2,000 less than competitors—the 2011 Honda CR-Z and 2011 Scion tC. That price provides a 1.6-liter GDI engine worth 138-hp and a six-speed manual transmission. Those that prefer automatic shifting can opt for Hyundai's all-new EcoShift dual-clutch. Thanks to a curb weight of just 2,584, the Hyundai Veloster will be plenty lively and will offer an estimated 40 mpg. And it still manages to offer some of the most interior volume in its class.

The Veloster's styling isn't necessarily for everyone, but it's definitely distinctive. Defining elements include the near-flat, sloped roofline, front-end air cuts, wraparound-like greenhouse, and unique three-door design.

Buyer Incentives May Come As Detroit Suffers Customer Satisfaction Blow

On: Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 3:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

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After seemingly being back after their highly public woes of 2009, American automakers have suffered another blow. It seems that customers just aren't as satisfied with many of Detroit’s brands as they were last year. The American Customer Satisfaction Index has brought bad news to several key American brands and good news to Japanese counterparts.