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End Of An Icon: VW Camper Soon To Be No More

On: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 3:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


End Of An Icon: VW Camper Soon To Be No More test 2

Many Americans probably think that the Volkswagen Transporter T2 - the VW Microbus, if you will - ended production sometime in the haze-filled days of the 1970s. Truth is, Volkswagen has been offering the T2 in South America for decades; it just traded it in for a more modernized (and less stylish) series of Transporters in markets like the United States and Europe. Unfortunately, Brazilian regulations are about to get too tough, and Volkswagen is planning the official global end of the Microbus after 63 years.


Toyota Recalls 669,000 Prius Models

On: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Toyota Recalls 669,000 Prius Models test 2

Toyota has issued a recall of its famous hybrid, and quite the recall it is. 669,705 models in all, encompassing five model years of production (2004-2009). It seems that these Prius models may have a steering shaft assembly that has been built with metal splines that have not been made with the appropriate amount of hardness. Due to that apparent manufacturing defect, these splines have the potential to simply fail after an indeterminate amount of time. If they fail, it could cause the driver to lose control of the car's steering.

Toyota has said it will begin contacting owners next month and will replace the splines for free if they deem the parts to be defective. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with any questions or to set up an appointment to have their Prius inspected.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.


Orlando Festivals Of Speed November 30 - December 2

On: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 2:28PM | By: David Walter


Orlando Festivals Of Speed November 30 - December 2 test 2

Last June, I told you to mark your calendars, and now, the time has almost arrived. The Festivals of Speed will be returning to Orlando, Florida November 30 - December 2.

If (like me) you're not a big fan of cold weather, then Orlando is the place to be come early December. And (again, like me) you enjoy delicious food, wine, cigars and stunning exotic cars, planes and boats, then Orlando is the only place to be! So even if you forgot to mark your calendars back in June, it's not too late to make it out to the Festivals of Speed.

There you’ll find the sights, sounds, smells and tastes you’d expect from the Festivals of Speed:

Friday (November 30), it all kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception featuring delicious foods and drinks, a silent auction and poker tournament benefitting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, a high-energy jazz orchestra and – of course – a collection of exotic cars at the Orlando International Airport.

Saturday (December 1st), the Festivals host an exclusive Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner and Louis XIII de Rémy Martin tasting experience. 

And Sunday (December 2nd), the Festivals conclude with the Motorsports Collection Display of more than 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and aircraft at the beautiful Grande Lakes property.

Read on for more information ... and see you there!


Jeep Recalls 744,000 Grand Cherokee And Liberty Models

On: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 2:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Jeep Grand Cherokee test 2

Jeep has announced that is has issued a recall for Grand Cherokee models built between February 13, 2001 through May 23, 2003 and Liberty models built between January 9, 2001 and March 28, 2003 totaling a whopping 744,822 vehicles in all. It seems a part of the air bag control module can go bad after some time and its failure may cause any one of the airbags (driver's, passenger's, or side curtain) as well as the seatbelt tensioners to deploy. Obviously, if an airbag deploys at a time when it is not needed, it could cause serious injury or even death due to a crash.  

Chrysler (Jeep's parent company) has said it will fix the airbag module for free, and begin contacting owners early in 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753 with any questions or to schedule their repair date.

Read on for the full report.


 

For The Love Of Driving: Four Minutes On A Fast, Curvy Road In Autumn (Video)

On: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 5:27PM | By: Chris Weiss


For The Love Of Driving: Four Minutes On A Fast, Curvy Road In Autumn test 2

Here at Autoshopper, we love cars and vehicles of all kinds. Of course, that means we also love driving -in theory, at least. The average commute is filled with inching traffic, impatient drivers, big, diesel-spitting trucks and just a tad of face-reddening road rage. It's not exactly the idyllic winding-road commute in a roadster that you think about when you think about the thrill of the drive. So we're always on the lookout for videos that take us to that place, if only for a few moments. This is one of those videos.


Hurricane Sandy & The Irrationality Of Speed

On: Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 11:44AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Hurricane Sandy & The Irrationality Of Speed test 2

For the past week or so, living in and around New Jersey has not been the most fun. Trees are down everywhere, and in some places, the only thing holding them up are the power lines they landed on. Coming home after work to a cold house, with only candles and flashlights to get around has given some of us a very clear snapshot of what life was like in the 1800's. Some of us have just gotten power back (today), and some are still stuck in the dark, and we are the lucky ones. Those stuck on the Jersey Shore and coastal parts of New York have had their home towns declared 'uninhabitable' until further notice.


Toyota Prius May Get Sportier

On: Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota NS4 concept test 2

Limited size, frumpy styling and great gas mileage - it's a formula that's been defining hybrids and electric cars since they've launched. No car better exemplifies this than the original lean, green machine, the Toyota Prius. The hybrid's styling is enough to draw snickers from strangers and jokes from friends, but its 50 mpg makes drivers plenty content to ignore any negativity from the peanut gallery.

Prius drivers of the future may get the best of both worlds. According to a Toyota executive, the next-generation Prius may trade in the small-hatch shape for something with more visual appeal.


Confirmation Of Porsche's 458 Fighter

On: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:30PM | By: Chris Weiss


Confirmation Of Porsche's 458 Fighter test 2

We've been hearing tell of a mid-level Porsche supercar since around the time Stuttgart made the 918 Spyder official. The car would slide between the 911 line-up and the 918 Spyder hybrid, going after the turf occupied by cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C. A new report confirms the car is indeed in development.

Porsche chief Matthias Muller told Auto Express that Porsche is indeed working on a Ferrari 458 competitor. Muller stopped short of naming the car, but basic Porsche common sense tells us that it should be a three-digit number beginning with 9. Rumor has it, that number is 961.


Ford Mustang, Jeep Wrangler And Others Are Voted Most Tweakable

On: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:44AM | By: Chris Weiss


Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper test 2

When we think of aftermarket customization, some of the first categories to come to mind include "muscle car," "Japanese sports car" and "hardcore off-roader." Indeed, all of those categories were represented in this year's SEMA Awards. Some of the most iconic models to grace those categories were declared the hottest to outfit with aftermarket parts.


Lake Mirror Classic 2012: Part 6 (Hood Ornaments)

On: Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 4:42PM | By: David Walter


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This year's Lake Mirror Classic brought so many interesting cars that we're gonna have to split it up in multiple posts!

Looking through the 1,000+ pictures we took at the Lake Mirror Classic, I noticed we that had some great shots of some really cool hood ornaments. I thought, "why not share them on the blog?" So for our last post from the 2012 Lake Mirror Classic, here are nine beautiful hood ornaments from some equally beautiful vintage cars.

Enjoy! Hope to see you next year at the Lake Mirror Classic!


Nissan EXTREM Concept In Action (Video)

On: Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 5:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan EXTREM Concept In Action test 2

We found the Nissan EXTREM concept to be a pretty intriguing piece of design. The small crossover may never be described as "sexy," but the EXTREM brought the crossover about as close to that as we've seen - definitely closer than the production Juke. In browsing through Nissan's YouTube channel, we came across a video rendering of the concept in action. Here's how Nissan imagines the EXTREM going at the "urban jungle."