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The Porsche 918 Spyder, one of the first of a number of upcoming green supercars, is being readied for launch later this year. During the development process, Porsche managed to string a one-minute clip of video together showcasing hot weather testing in Valley of Fire, just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Stuttgart shows what has come of nearly one million miles of testing.
Few things sound less necessary than a Fiat 500 minivan, but that's exactly what Fiat has introduced in the 500L Living. What was once a simple minicar has become a larger sedan, a crossover, and now a people mover with enough room for a family of seven.
With tax incentives in place and consumer interest on the rise, the global green markets are rapidly expanding. Manufacturers have found ways to improve their production and distribution of of eco-friendly products. Impressive advertising and marketing has also done a stand-up job of convincing buyers to opt for greener options. There are millions of eco-friendly alternative brands and products on the market at this point, and one industry is dominating the green buying demand, but it’s probably not the one you think!
2013’s Great Race kicks off today, June 21st, for the 30th time since 1983. The Great Race course in 2013 begins in St. Paul, Minnesota and ends in Mobile, Alabama. This path takes drivers through Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Around 100 cars are expected to start this race—how many will finish is yet to be determined.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Classics, Racing
Tags: Events, Races, The Great Race, Vintage, Classic
When it comes to having a bucket list, there aren't too many things that the vast majority of the population would probably have in common. Some people want to jump out of an airplane, some want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, some want to swim with dolphins, some want to drive cross-country, the list goes on and on. But if we were to subdivide those bucket lists into a category of 'Gearheads' and 'Non-Gearheads', we might find some similarities on the Gearhead list after all. No matter where your allegiance lies in terms of automotive nationality, there is just no denying that there are few things on Earth that have the ability to put a smile on your face more quickly than a ride in a Corvette with the wind in your hair on a sunny day. There is something about a throaty V8 climbing through the RPM band on an open onramp that is just short of intoxicating. Anyone who has experienced it usually ends up jotting down 'Buy a Corvette' on their bucket list, so they have access to that emotional high at a moments notice, and anyone who hasn't yet gotten that ride, needs to, as soon as possible.
If you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle, prepare to be shocked about new taxes that may affect you in the near future—especially if you drive one of the 30,000 EVs and hybrids in the state of North Carolina!
Produced from 2000-2009, the Honda S2000 is a small, two-seat roadster, along the same lines as a Mazda Miata. Power in this second generation model (2006-2007—the group covered by the recall) came from a 237-hp 2.2L with a high-revving 8,000 rpm redline. This was essentially Honda’s “halo car”, designed to get attention like the Acura NSX. The Acura RSX, on the other hand, is a sport-lux version of the Civic, and it was one of the luxury division’s best-sellers. Both are being recalled because Honda discovered a flaw in some of the brake booster parts, which could lead to reduced power assistance when you step on the pedal. No crashes or injuries have been reported.
A Seattle, WA company called Tred is hoping to revolutionize the way people test drive, and ultimately buy, cars. This company is providing test drive services to consumers in a way no one has ever done before. Basically, this service brings the cars to the interested consumers in hopes to streamline the way people buy a new vehicle. Tred is launching this service to the public for the first time—their level of success with the venture will likely have an impact on similar business models in the future.
The American auto market was very different 15 years ago from what it is today. Not only were car buyers obsessed with big, refrigerator-sized SUVs, thanks to low gas prices and sensibilities that suggested that minivans and station wagons were the death of their self esteem, but there were a lot more American brands to choose from. Brands like Oldsmobile, Saturn, Mercury, and Pontiac were still alive and well (well, not necessarily well, but alive). GM and Ford streamlined their portfolios in the first decade of 2000s, eliminating all of those brands over time. Chrysler also cut its portfolio during that time, sending Plymouth to the junkyard next to Eagle. According to a new report, Dodge may be the next American brand on the chopping block.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Rumors
Tags: Dodge, Chrysler, rumors, reports, business, market
May was host to two very different auto industry scenarios between the United States and Europe. On our side of the pond, the auto industry saw a big gain as sales rose strongly in May. Meanwhile in Europe, sales tanked to a two-decade low. So, what’s going on with the auto industry?
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Auto News, Automotive Industry, Auto Sales
Buying a new car or truck is about to become more expensive for consumers, but the high cost up front will save you money in the long run—or at least that’s the consensus from Consumer Reports. This credible consumer advocate is in strong agreement with the government’s new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations for passenger cars and trucks in this country.