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Next-Gen Lotus Exige Gets Bigger With V-6

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 12:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Next-Gen Lotus Exige Gets Bigger With V-6 test 2

Lotus is teetering on the brink of a head-to-toe revamp. The company has five new models in store for the next few years, and will make a strong move upmarket. While its new models will be the most visible part of this revamp, older models will also be taking a step in a new direction. According to recent reports, the Exige will be getting a little more aggressive, both inside and out.

The 1.8-liter Toyota inline four that powers the current Exige and Elise went out of production last year. The next-generation Exige will therefore have to look elsewhere for motivation. It will reportedly find its engine in the 3.5-liter Toyota V-6 from the Evora. As such, the model will get wider and longer, as can be seen in the zebra-camoed prototype snapped in Hethel.


Chevrolet Recalls Ten Thousand New Impalas!

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Chevrolet Recalls Ten Thousand New Impalas! test 2

It seems they really don't make 'em like they used to anymore. Either that or they just did a lot less recalling back in the good 'ole days. In what seems to be the summer of recalls, now it is General Motors' turn to bring some horses back to the stable. More than ten thousand 2012 Chevy Impalas are being recalled this month due to "misrouted" power steering hoses which have been placed dangerously close to the catalytic converter, thus melting the hose and igniting the power steering fluid, setting that brand new engine compartment ablaze.

Read more for the full report from the National Highway Ttraffic Safety Administraton and Safercar.gov...


The Luxury Volt: Cadillac To Send Converj Concept To Production

On: Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The striking Cadillac Converj concept debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with word a year or so thereafter that it was on its way to production. Then, production plans were officially canceled, and the Converj became what so many other concept cars have become: a rare, pretty hunk of fiberglass and metal never to be driven by paying customers. According to a new report, the Converj is back on the table and will be sharing the range-extending plug-in powertrain with the Chevy Volt.

GreenCarReports says that a GM insider confirmed that the Converj has been given the official green light by GM execs. It is likely to hit the market in 2013 as a 2014 model.


Alfa Romeo To Kick-Off U.S. Launch With 4C

On: Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Chris Weiss


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When we first laid eyes on that curvy, rouge two-seater known as the Alfa Romeo 4C, it was impossible not to think 'Damn, I hope that's one of the models that Alfa/Fiat will bring to the United States when they return to the market.' Alfa didn't leave that question lingering long, indicating that it would indeed bring the 4C over to U.S. shores. According to a new Automotive News report, that model will be the very first Alfa to hit the States, possibly ensuring a 2012 return.

What a fitting way to return. Sergio Marchionne is quoted as referring to the 4C as "the first Alfa Romeo car to re-enter the U.S. market." Fiat will use the model to help it meet a self-imposed late-2012 deadline for Alfa's return. The company will start selling a small number of 4Cs by the end of 2011, but a full return won't happen until mid-2013.


 

The Porsche 911: World's Sportiest Tractor

On: Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 9:03AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The insurance industry is a chicken-and-egg-type conundrum. Those that believe human beings are inherently evil could argue that fraud and dishonesty amongst their customers force insurance companies to find ruthless, penny-pinching ways of making profits. Those that believe corporations are naturally more evil and self-serving than any disorganized group of humans could ever be could just as easily argue that customers have to use fraud and corner-cutting in order to squeeze their money out of ruthless, more experienced insurance companies.

Whichever side or combination of sides you choose, the insurance market is a contentious system that can often play like a battle of legal (and not so legal) and technical wits. Insurance companies find any small-print excuse to dismiss your claim and raise your rates, and consumers dismiss law and truth in order to get what they believe is rightfully theirs. It's not uncommon to hear even the most honest and law-abiding folks discussing—without inhibition or remorse—ways of sticking it to the insurance man.


Honda Recalls 1.5 Million Accords, CR-Vs and Elements!

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Honda Recalls 1.5 Million Accords, CR-V's and Elements! test 2

According to Safercar.gov, Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) has issued a recall that affects specific models and years of the Accord, CR-V, and Element produced in the last six years due to faulty PCM and TCM modules that could cause injuries or even death.


Bugatti Chief Talks Of 16C Galibier

On: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 3:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's been about two years since Bugatti first revealed its completely over-the-top 16C Galibier, essentially a sedan version of the Veyron. Since that time, the company has toyed with us, hinting that it would send the four-seater to production, but never quite coming out and saying it. With Veyron production all but over, and no other successor in sight, we read between the lines and figured that official 16C Galibier confirmation was on the way. And Bugatti isn't disappointing.

Reports based on a conversation between Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer and German magazine Auto Motor und Sport indicate that Bugatti's next car will indeed be a four-seater. The report is open-ended enough to believe that the new car could be based, either strictly or loosely, on the 16C concept. In addition to having four seats, the car will offer plenty of trunk space.


Feebay's Top Five Sales Now 40 Percent Fords!

On: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 4:21PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Though most in-person auto auctions are realizing a rebound in vehicle sales prices, this “recovery” apparently has yet to hit eBay, as it’s still red-number—that’s the color the site uses on its “completed listings” to denote cars that didn’t sell—city.

Compared to my July 6th feature you can see elsewhere on this site, the prices this go-round are farther apart—both in terms of dollar amount and “page” numbers—and only one of them was for a Lamborghini.


Cadillac ATS Image Tease And Prophecies Of Production

On: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 12:12PM | By: Chris Salamone


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On the heels of GM’s official announcement of the upcoming Chevy Spark, Cadillac has announced that another GM compact will enter the ring—this one primed to compete in a segment long controlled by foreign automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Code-named the Cadillac ‘ATS’, this compact sports sedan may debut this August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance or possibly at the Detroit car show in January. The ATS is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2012, just in time for gas prices to rise along with summer heat.


Good News For Corvette Lovers: GM Isn't Broke!

On: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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It seems General Motors has been making the most of all that bail-out money it got some time ago because, as you can see from the following press release, they are making some pretty good money. Net income is up 89% over last quarter. CEO and chairman Dan Akerson even gives the new Chevrolet Sonic a shoutout, but we know what he was thinking—the same thing we were:  "C7, here we come!"


A Small Step For Chevy, A Spark For Mankind!

On: Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Salamone


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With the upcoming Chevrolet Sonic, all eyes turned away from Chevy… assuming the automaker could go no smaller. Look again! For 2012, Chevrolet just announced that an even smaller production vehicle should hit the US market following the Sonic. General Motors executive director of North American product communications, Jason Laird, recently confirmed their latest minicar, aka the Chevrolet Spark, should arrive during the first half of 2012 as a 2013 model.

Those of us with long memories may recall that GM announced the Spark back in early 2009. Of course, that announcement came just before widespread bankruptcy and government-bailout refinancing—delaying the Chevy Spark, until now.