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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.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Is Nearly No More

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 5:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you look at the market for million-dollar supercars, you'll find a small, but defined market that includes such models as the all-new Pagani Huayra and Koenigsegg Agera R. But, if you look at the market for million-dollar supercars that also own a production car world speed record, well, that market is a market of one: the Bugatti Veyron. And the ultra-exclusive market is about to dry up altogether, as the very last Bugatti Veyron 16.4 has been sold.

Originally produced in 2004, the Bugatti Veyron has easily been the most storied supercar of the 21st century. From its very introduction, the Veyron was the epitome of automotive excess: 1,001-hp 16-cylinder engine, super-million-dollar price tag, and a top speed so damn fast you needed a separate key to unlock it. It's everything that little boys dream of and their parents loathe and fear.


Sedan or SUV? Lamborghini Still Unsure.

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 2:32PM | By: Chris Weiss


Sedan or SUV? Lamborghini Still Unsure. test 1-1

Previous sound bites from Stephan Winkelmann had all but confirmed that Lamborghini is building a sedan as its third model. But a new Car and Driver report indicates that Lamborghini still isn't 100 percent behind the sedan. In fact, the report brings us right back to last summer, at which point it was reported that Lamborghini was debating between an SUV and a sedan.


Scion Introduces Is Latest Release: The 2012 tC RS 7.0

On: Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 3:20PM | By: Andrew W Davis


2012 Scion tC Release Series 7.0 coupe test 2

Though it’s nowhere near as exciting as the (supposedly) forthcoming FT-86, Scion’s “original” coupe is nonetheless getting its mojo upgraded as the latest vehicle in the brand’s “Release Series,” the 2012 “tC Release Series 7.0” coupe.

In a combination of numbers that will cause most to re-read their press release, Scion calls the 7.0 the “first release series for the second generation tC sports coupe.” Due out “this summer,” the “tC RS 7.0” (as they abbreviate it) comes with all sorts of thingies and doodads and a special paint color and the like.

Look, I’ll just let Toyota—I mean SCION—lay it out for you…


 

Pre-Production Mini Coupe Pricing And Pics, Oh My

On: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 8:44AM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Mini Coupe test 2

A full seven months prior to production, Mini has released loads of pictures and statistics about the upcoming two-seater Mini Coupe. Although we saw official teaser photos earlier this month of a seemingly camouflaged pre-production vehicle, these new pics claim to be actual photos of the Mini Coupe which is expected to land on US soil this fall; and timing couldn’t be better. Since the contemporary version of the Mini Cooper hit the consumer market it seems like these once-cheeky clown cars just keep getting more expensive, less fun, and let’s be honest—less Mini.

However, this new coupe looks to draw from some of the grandeur of days past with decidedly less volume and a reasonable, albeit still high, price tag. In the United States, the Coupe will come in all three currently available trim levels: Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe, and the John Cooper Works Coupe.


Auto Demand Rising In June

On: Sat, Jun 25, 2011 at 10:32AM | By: Tim Healey


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After slumping in May, sales of new cars and trucks appear to be rebounding this month.

The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate (SAAR) is now expected to be around 12 million units when results are released on July 1.

This comes after a month of May in which the industry was battered by high fuel prices, lowered incentives, and shortages on available vehicles that were caused by March's natural disaster in Japan.


Ford Customer Satisfaction Sinks Due To Sync

On: Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 4:50PM | By: Tim Healey


Ford Customer Satisfaction Sinks test 2

Ford has slipped in customer satisfaction in a major J.D. Power survey, due mainly to consumer complaints about its technology features, such as Sync, MyFordTouch, and MyLincolnTouch.

Meanwhile, Toyota has recovered from past problems to climb back into the top ten, while Dodge finished last.

The infotainment systems, which use voice recognition and MP3 player-like interfaces, have received mixed reviews from the automotive press since launching, and their relative complexity has confused customers who are unfamiliar with the technology. Combined with new automatic-transmission programming that has caused consumers to think the transmissions are hesitating, this has caused Ford to slip from fifth to 23rd in J.D. Power's Initial Quality Survey, which tracks complaints in the first 90 days of ownership.


Saab Listed As One Of Ten Brands That Will Disappear In 2012

On: Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 11:10AM | By: Andrew W Davis


Saab Listed As One Of Ten Brands That Will Disappear In 2012 test 1-1

Now I love me some A&W All-American Food Restaurants and Soap Opera Digest, but when 24/7 Wall Street includes a car company (especially one I like) on its list of “Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2012”, well, it got my attention.

That they couldn’t back it up with a successful pick-rate in their 2011 list of dead brands walking, however, kept me from panicking.

[The car company they predicted that would fold this year—Kia Motors— is doing just fine, thank you.]


They're At It Again: Forbes Misses Mark In Naming

On: Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 5:40PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Forbes—a publication you’d think would have better things to do—has come out with another automotive character-assassination list, this time directed at “Used Cars to Avoid.”

Their list—based on information they say they’ve gathered from a variety of sources, including “TrueCar.com” and “J.D. Power & Associates”—basically names 2008-model-year vehicles they say you should stay away from, including: Chevrolet Aveo & Colorado [and sister pickup GMC Canyon]; Dodge Avenger, Charger & Magnum; Jeep Liberty & Wrangler; Land Rover Range Rover Sport; Mitsubishi Eclipse & Lancer; and Suzuki XL7.

Now I’m going to tell you why they got it wrong.


Long Live The Wankel: Mazda (and Maybe Audi) Working On Next-Gen Rotary

On: Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Long Live The Wankel test 2

With the Mazda RX-8 set to be discontinued, the rotary engine is teetering on the edge of the automotive endangered species list. But that's not stopping Mazda from working on it. The company is hard at work on an improved version of the Wankel, which should find its way into a sports coupe.

According to anEdmunds report last week, Mazda has a team of about 100 engineers working on the Wankel. The newest iteration of the spinning engine will incorporate laser ignition, eliminating the need for spark plugs, which will in effect make the engine cleaner and more efficient.


Chrysler Recalls 11k 2011 Models; Toyota Happy It's Not Them For Once

On: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 5:47PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Chrysler Group announced today the voluntary safety recall of approximately 11,351 2011-model-year vehicles built between April 15 and May 14, 2011 to inspect for the “presence and alignment of Steering Column Pivot Rivets.”

The vehicles involved in the recall are the Chrysler 200 (sedan and convertible) and Town & Country; the Dodge Caliber, Journey, Grand Caravan, and Nitro, and the Jeep Wrangler, Liberty, and Compass.

In its report filed June 16th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted that “some of these vehicles may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet.”