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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.”

M-B Officially Gets Smart, Though The Decision To Do So Might Not Be

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 2:28PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Yes, the decision has been made to transfer U.S. distribution of smart cars to Mercedes-Benz, relieving Penske Automotive of its duty to tender ridiculous cars that nobody in this country wants to buy.

What, you didn’t know? Yup, the same Penske that sells just about every brand, including Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston-Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Alpina and, well, everything else, has had the pleasure(?) to carry the smart brand here in the U.S. since 2008.

Lucky them.

Teaser Sketches Of One-Off Mid-Engined Aston Martin

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 11:41AM | By: Chris Weiss

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So often, rare supercar designers focus so intently on aerodynamics and performance that they forget a simple truth: If one is going to spend a million dollars on a car, its aesthetics should be as premium and original as its engineering and performance. So many high-end supercars show gaudy numbers and equally gaudy looks.

When I first saw the Zenvo ST1, designed by HBH, I thought it was a different kind of supercar. Car fanatics and casual observers could argue whether its attractive or ugly ad naseum, but one thing is clear: It doesn't look like any other car on the road. And HBH's next venture looks to be equally original. The Danish firm released a few teaser sketches of its upcoming mid-engined Aston Martin one-off last week, and it looks like it should be both original and sexy.

Mercedes Unmasks Its All-New 2012 M-Class

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 11:10AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Mercedes has introduced the third generation of its middle-child SUV, the 2012 M-Class (which—FYI—is actually badged “ML” for some reason).

The vehicle that "began the industry trend toward SUVs with a more car-like ride” is all-new for 2012, though many of the changes (it being one inch longer and a half-inch wider, for instance) won’t register with the average consumer.

Fortunately for all involved, however, some of the major changes Mercedes made include its "striking" new styling, a new transmission, a new iPad Docking Station and more.

[The model that I can afford, however, is still in development. Apparently. Mercedes-Benz will not comment on the matter.]


Official Word: V12 Zagato On Sale And Overpriced

On: Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 8:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, it's really no surprise at this point, but the Aston Martin V-12 Zagato is officially headed to production. Aston made the announcement earlier this week and provided pricing and availability information for the limited edition, V-12-Vantage-based creation.

Leaf Beats Volt In Six-Month Sales

On: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 8:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well this is a bit of a turtle-vs-hare outcome. The Nissan Leaf, which spent its first few months lagging well behind the Chevy Volt in terms of sales, actually came out the victor in six-month sales total. And it did it by a pretty comfortable margin.

The Leaf and Volt are natural rivals having been two high-profile, mass-market plug-ins that hit the market within days of each other last December. After being handily beaten the first few months, the Leaf had its first victory in April, when it sold 573 to 493 Volts. It beat the Volt more decisively in May, selling 1,142 to 481, but as of the start of last month, was still lagging just behind the Volt in total sales.

GM Debuts New Standard Feature: Auto Insurance Coverage

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 5:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Remember when you were an innocent teenager saving up for your first car? Whether by way of summer job; steady, part-time work; or birthday and Christmas presents, you tucked the money away and watched your bank account grow from double digits, to triple to quadruple. You dreamt about the sporty, luxurious used car you'd soon be able to buy.

Aston To Build V12 Zagato

On: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 4:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It appears the cat is out of the bag in terms of Aston Martin V12 Zagato production. According toAutocar, the Zagato was listed on the company's website last week, along with a little disclaimer: "Only a strictly limited run of road going cars will be built." So it looks like Aston is following through on its sexy concept.

Range Rover Evoque Priced And EPA-Rated

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 9:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

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As the baby of the Land Rover family—the smallest, lightest Range Rover ever—the 2012 Range Rover Evoque was bound to be more efficient and less expensive than the other Range Rovers out there. We just weren't sure how much more efficient and how less expensive until this week. The Evoque now has an official price tag and EPA rating.

The 2012 Evoque will start at $43,995. That price is for the five-door model, and the three-door "coupe" will cost $1,000 more. It is powered by a turbocharged 240-hp 2.0-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder developed by Ford.

Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter Hits The Dirt

On: Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Local Motors Rally Fighter is one of those unique vehicles that we just can't seem to get enough of. It's not the prettiest, probably not the best bang for the buck, but it's just such an interesting idea and backstory that we love seeing it. Translogic got to get behind the scenes and behind the wheel and provided a new video clip of the crowd-sourced off-road demon in action. Surprisingly, the action really isn't the best part—some nice fast off-roading down a dusty dirt road, but we've already seen better. More interesting was the interview with Local Motors' CEO Jay Rogers.

Nearly 500 Morgan Threewheelers Already Sold

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 6:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Remove one wheel from your average car, strap a V-Twin motorcycle engine to a retro-styled two-seater with tubular aluminum frame, and slap on a $40,000 price tag, and you have the makings of a real novelty vehicle, not necessarily a big seller. But, so far, Morgan has been rather successful in marketing that exact vehicle to buyers. Four hundred-eighty such buyers have already stepped to the plate and put a deposit down on their very own car... motorcycle... Threewheeler.