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A Small Step For Chevy, A Spark For Mankind!

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


2013 Chevrolet Spark test 2

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.


Chrysler Recalls 2008 Minivans!

On: Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 9:21AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Chrysler Recalls 2008 Minivans! test 2

In a recall issued this week, it seems that 2007 and 2008 weren't just about faulty Toyotas. If you own any minivan made by Chrysler in the 2008 model year, those being the Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Voyager, or Dodge Grand Caravan, it would behoove you get back to the dealer as soon as possible. It seems that nearly 300,000 vehicles may suffer an inadvertent airbag deployment.


Falling Faster Still: 2012 Civic Gets Grave Reviews

On: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 12:46PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Honda Civic test 2

In the last few days, reports have come in from several different sources expressing dire concern for the 2012 Honda Civic. So much so, that Consumer Reports refused the Civic its ‘Recommended’ rating for the first time in 10 years. In fact, the only supporter of the 2012 Civic seems to be Cars.com which lauds the Civic’s “terrific mileage, comfortable cabin, top safety scores, high resale value and long track record of reliability.” Despite a singular positive review, our fellows at Autoblog and Consumer Reports offer little praise. By all accounts the 2012 Civic looks to be a step down from the current model. But, let’s be honest here—a Honda is still a Honda. Buyers will still find all the things they know and love about Honda in the 2012 Civic.


VW Cries Out: New MPG Standard Tough On Cars, Gentle On Trucks

On: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 3:27PM | By: Chris Salamone


Obama Announces New Fuel Economy Standards test 2

While many automakers flocked to support President Obama’s proposed increase to mileage standards, Volkswagen has made it abundantly clear that the plan requiring an average of 54.5 mpg by 2025 shows favoritism toward automakers producing trucks. Volkswagen US spokesman Tony Cervone claimed that while passenger cars would have to meet the stringent demand of 5% annual improvements, light trucks—a segment in which VW is noticeably absent—would have to achieve only 3.5%


 

New Transmission To Give Future Fiskers Veyron-Level Performance?

On: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 9:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


New Transmission To Give Future Fiskers Veyron-Level Performance? test 2

Henrik Fisker. He's a man that I'm beginning to know for two distinctly different reasons. Reason 1: He designs a helluva beautiful car. Reason 2: He tends to make bold (exaggerated?) claims like few other top-level execs that I've seen.

A few months ago, Fisker prophetized that electric cars are poised to be as successful as smartphones and flat-screen TVs. Possible, but way too early to tell. Currently, that just looks like overconfidence and exaggeration.

This week, Fisker made an equally bold, possibly foolish, proclamation: a new gearbox that's under development will one day help electric cars to deliver "Veyron levels of performance."


Lexus About To Be Dethroned As Luxury Market King

On: Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 8:51AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lexus About To Be Dethroned As Luxury Market King test 2

For 11 years, Lexus has enjoyed a role as the United States' leader in luxury car sales. Maybe it's because Lexus compares favorably to other options, maybe it's because you don't exude such an image of douchery in a Lexus as, say, a BMW, or maybe it's just because us Americans love us some Japanese automobiles. Whatever the case, Lexus has long been king.

But Lexus' reign is about to end. And all it took was a natural disaster of record proportions to bring it crashing down.


Confessions From The Americas Expedition

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 2:16PM | By: Chris Salamone


Americas 2011 Expedition test 2

Hot off the presses, Jeep just released a telling interview from the Americas 2011 Expedition. In case you haven’t been following on Twitter or, more specifically, on the expedition team’s SPOT GPS transmitter, the Americas Expedition is a father and son duo making a 25,000 mile road trip across the Western Hemisphere. Renato Costanzo and Renato Jack Costanzo left Miami in June and intend to reach a final destination of Argentina in their totally juiced 2011 red Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Among other notoriously appropriate features for expeditions, the Costanzo’s Jeep includes a roof tent, trailer, attached bicycles, safari rack, an incredible amount of headlights, snorkel, and roo bar.


McLaren To Change MP4-12C Based On Driver Input

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 11:53AM | By: Chris Weiss


McLaren To Change MP4-12C Based On Driver Input  test 2

I highly doubt any customer complained about the lack of fruitiness in the McLaren MP4-12C. In fact, the words "fruity" and "McLaren" don't really belong in the same sentence, lest you happen to be transporting a fruit basket to a sick relative by way of MP4-12C. Still, McLaren has made a few alterations to its mid-engined muscle car, and at least one component has gotten "fruitier."


First U.S. Pagani Huayra A Test Dummy?

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Weiss


First U.S. Pagani Huayra A Test Dummy?  test 2

When Pagani announced that its all new, 700-hp Huayra was coming to the United States, it was sort of a big deal. The last Pagani model—the ever-powerful Zonda—was never sold in the States because it wasn't up to U.S. regulations. As the Zonda was the first Pagani ever made, that means that the Huayra is the first Pagani model to be offered in the U.S. You can almost hear the sounds of multi-millionaires with something to prove peeing their pants all over the country.


Surprise, Surprise! Groupon + Autos = FAIL

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


Surprise, Surprise! Groupon + Autos = FAIL  test 2

So, it turns out that the locally-slanted, social-networking coupon behemoth known as Groupon is good at hawking small things like dinners and protein shakes, but not so good at hawking big purchases like $50,000 Cadillacs. One of the first experiments in Groupon-ing by an auto dealer has officially failed miserably.


2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Price Increase

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 5:27PM | By: Chris Weiss


2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Price Increase test 2

With Nissan increasing the price of next year's Leaf model by more than $2,000, the 2012 Nissan Leaf edges ever closer to the price of the 2012 Chevy Volt.

The 2012 Leaf SV base model will start at $36,050, a $2,420 increase over the 2011 Leaf's $33,630 base price. The 2012 Leaf SL starts at $38,100, representing a $3,530 increase over the 2011 Leaf SL. Nissan says the increased pricing is due to added equipment including quick-charging hardware and cold-weather upgrades.