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2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Price Increase

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

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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.

VW Wants More Masculinity In Its Beetles

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 8:58AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Ever since its resurrection (perhaps back in its original form, too), the Volkswagen Beetle has been a bit of a (for lack of a better term) "chick car". It's the four-wheeled equivalent of those little, foofy purse dogs. Admit it. If you happen to see a guy—especially a big, burly sort of guy—behind the wheel of a Beetle at a traffic light, don't you snicker just a little?

Well, this fact hasn't been lost on VW itself, and the automaker is making a renewed effort to get more men behind the wheel of the all-new Beetle.

Bentley Chief Says SUV On The Way

On: Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 11:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It really shouldn't come as any surprise at this point. Everyone else is doing it, so why not Bentley? Plus, Bentley SUV rumors are nothing new; they've been around since SUVs were actually topical. 

According to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Bentley is planning to build an SUV to compete with other luxury SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover. And the magazine received the word from Bentley chief (and former Porsche exec) Wolfgang Durheimer.

Porsche Cajun Pictures Leak

On: Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 8:02AM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've known about the official existence of a Porsche crossover for several months now, but have yet to see the beast in person. While it's not hard to imagine what it will look like—just look at the Cayenne and do your best to think small—it's always nice to put a face to the name. Thanks to the leak of a few in-house renderings, we now have a fuller picture of what Porsche's upcoming crossover will look like.


BMW Makes An Offer You Can't Refuse: Free Seat-Time That Pays Team USA

On: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 4:18PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Hey, you. Yes, you. Are you driving a brand-new BMW right now? Didn’t think so. [And if you are, shame on you!] Do you want to at some point before or on August 13, 2011? I can make that happen.

We’re talking spending 30 minutes in a 3-, 5- or 7-Series car, X3 SUV or 650i Convertible, with seat time in an equivalent Mercedes-Benz model thrown in for free for all except the drop-top 6 Series.

I know, right? I was totally sold straight away. There was something about the Olympics or some such thing involved, too, but after “free” and “BMW” I stopped listening. Sure enough, when the appointed day and time rolled around, there was a 650i Convertible with my name (electronically) on it sitting at the dealership I selected.

Want in? Read on...

Lamborghini Takes On Casino In Lawsuit

On: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 3:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

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"Lambo vs. The Casino" —now that's a movie I'd go see. Sure as hell sounds better thanTransformers 3. But it's no movie, and it's likely to be far duller and more tedious than any Hollywood blockbuster.

According to the Associated Press, Lamborghini lawyers have filed a trademark lawsuit against the Dal Toro Exotic Car Showroom, Dal Toro Merchandise Gallery and Dal Toro Il Ristorante Italiano in Las Vegas. The businesses are all located in the Palazzo Las Vegas Resort.

Buyers Should Wait Til Fall To Go Small

On: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Tim Healey

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Small-car prices have hit record highs this year, but they're expected to drop soon, right around the same time that the mercury does.

Small-car prices hit a record high of an average $20,500 in June, but analysts and experts are saying that the average might dip to $19,300 by the end of the year. That's for new cars. For used cars, Kelley Blue Book analysts expect the average to fall from a record $11,300 to around $9,600.

Despite Production Delays, Fisker Sells 3,000 Karmas

On: Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It was starting to look like the Fisker Karma was a potential lame duck and market flop. Henrik Fisker's curvy hybrid looked like an innovative contender when it debuted at the 2008 Detroit Motor Show. But after delay upon delay and price undercuts by cars like the Tesla Model S, the Karma seemed like it was bound to flop in the current market.

Fisker announced this week, however, that it's penned in 3,000 preorders and is likely sold out through the end of the year.

SSC Close To Naming The 'Ultimate Aero II' Supercar

On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Should the Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero II make good on its promise of 275 miles per hour, it will place the Ultimate Aero in the ranks of world-record-breaking supercars. The entire world will read its name in newspapers and record books, but what name they'll be reading remains unclear.

Introduced last fall, the car has become popularly known as the Ultimate Aero II. Only Shelby Supercars isn't planning on keeping that name. After all, this is an all-new car; it doesn't look, feel or perform exactly like the original Ultimate Aero, so why should it be considered v 2.0? A car this radical needs a name all its own.

Crack That Piggy Bank: Chrysler Declares Pricing For 2012 SRTs

On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Chris Salamone

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True to SRT form, utterly lacking in nonsense, Chrysler has decided to announce the entire pricing scheme for all 2012 SRTs made. In a time of excessive photo teasing and ads which sell an ‘image’ rather than a vehicle, Chrysler’s decision to release all the information in a single move comes off as both bold and refreshing. Indeed, perhaps that’s what makes the entire SRT lineup so tempting. Each vehicle is recklessly straight-to-the-point—even a little barbaric, roaring down Main Street USA with tires shredding through each gear. And that’s why we love American muscle.

Monterey The DXL Way: The Finest In Food, Fun And Ferraris

On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 9:33AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I’m sorry if I seem a bit down today, but I’ve got that “Why-is-wealth-wasted-on-the-wealthy?” kind of blues. It’s totally my fault, as I am poor and therefore have no business reading Sports Car Market magazine with an undeserved sense of entitlement.

Sure, everyone likes Ferraris, even those that can’t afford them. And even journalist wretches like yours truly can get into almost every event and function held during the seemingly five-month-long “Pebble Beach Weekend” (try walking it all just once and you’ll see how time-distortion is the BEST by-product of the experience). But even top-shelf Media badges will only get you close enough to the hoi-polloi to see how much better their vantage points, food, company, etc., are than yours.

But now someone’s come along and made everything I thought was “the best you can get” during the Weekend and made it clear that there is DEFINITELY something better (though even MORE out of my price range): their aptly-named “Prestige Adventure.”