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Electric Kia Soul Rumors

On: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 3:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Electric Kia Soul Rumors test 2

Kia will soon offer an electric version of its venerable urban box, the Soul, according to new reports this week. The electric Soul will follow the launch of the next generation gas version within the next two years.

What the electric vehicle market needs is more cars with style and, dare we say, it...soul. The Kia Soul certainly isn't for everyone, but compare it to the Mitsubishi i-Miev or Nissan Leaf, and all of the sudden, it doesn't look so bad.

One Month Until The Poison Sets In!

On: Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 9:29AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2013 SRT Viper test 2

It's only a month away. A mere flip of the calendar, and once again anyone with the credit and/or the cash can wander down the their local Dodge dealership and drive off in the newest version of arguably the most visceral American sports car to come off an assembly line since the Shelby Cobra. That's right, the fifth-generation Viper is only a few short weeks away from showroom floors. Now, that isn't necessarily breaking news, but the newest Viper does give us a headline that may not have been its originally intended purpose. But more on that later…

Downtown Lakeland, FL Hosts 13th Lake Mirror Classic October 19 - 21

On: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 5:23PM | By: David Walter

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It’s October, and for those of us in Central Florida that means three things: 1) pumpkin-flavored everything, 2) slightly milder weather (highs in the upper-80s/lower-90s), 3) and the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival and Auction. October 19-21, hundreds of beautiful cars and thousands of eager enthusiasts will fill the picturesque streets of downtown Lakeland and surround the restored 1920’s art deco-inspired Lake Mirror promenade.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive

On: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 2:13PM | By: Traci Benoit

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive test 2

When you drive a Mercedes-Benz, you aren’t trying to blend in with the crowd. And you won’t blend with much if you drive the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. Mercedes went to extensive lengths to make sure that the gas powered equivalent had nothing on the electric powered version. In fact, the SLS AMG coupe is the fastest electric car available on the market today.

With 740 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, the electric version edges out the gas version with its 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Although leading in power, the Electric Drive achieves a zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds compared to 3.8 seconds for the V8 motor. Top speed for the Electric SLS AMG is electronically limited at 155 mph vs. 197 mph for the V8. But who’s keeping score?


Cadillac CTS-V With A Shot Of Hennessey

On: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 9:28AM | By: Traci Benoit

Cadillac CTS-V With A Shot Of Hennessey test 2

If the 551 hp Cadillac CTS-V isn’t enough for you on your daily commute, maybe add a shot of Hennessey from Hennessey Performance to bump that up to 1,226 hp. Capable of 190 mph, the stock CTS-V is more than enough for most drivers. The Hennessey infused Caddy bumps that up to 242mph. You’ll never be late for work again.

The Hennessy CTS-V is mated with a VR1200 Twin Turbo, 7.0-liter V8 engine. There are three settings on the turbo so you can decide if you want the full 1,226ph, or you’d rather the scaled back settings of 1,000 or 800hp. A six-speed manual transmission is what most of the drivers of this beast will use, but if you have an extra $20,000 to throw down, you can get a custom automatic unit.

Honda Unveils The 2013 CR-Z In Indonesia

On: Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 3:08PM | By: Traci Benoit

Honda Unveils The 2013 CR-Z In Indonesia test 2

Honda unveiled the 2013 three-door Honda CR-Z at the Indonesia International Motor Show. Until now, the Japanese auto-maker had only released images of the face-lifted hatchback.

A major exterior change for the new CR-Z is a redesigned front grill sans the vertical bars. A new and more pronounced front bumper encasing modified LED running lights sit below HID headlamps. Completing the exterior changes are LED lamp clusters at the rear, new exterior mirrors, rear diffuser and new 17-inch wheels.

When Will It Stop? Now Rolls Royce Thinking SUV

On: Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

When Will It Stop? Now Rolls Royce Thinking SUV test 2

In a world where both Lamborghini and Bentley are working on SUVs, nothing should be surprising when it comes to automakers and SUVs. And yet, a Rolls Royce SUV is still a bit of a surprise. It may never come to pass, but the other ultra-luxury company is considering the option.

In a discussion with Rolls Royce board member Harald Kreuger, which also revealed some potential Mini models, Inside Line learned that Rolls Royce is considering developing an SUV. Thankfully, they're in the early stages of the process, so there's a possibility that the Rolls SUV is never heard from again.

Cadillac's Driver Assist Package Offers Virtual Safety

On: Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 4:23PM | By: Traci Benoit

Cadillac's Driver Assist Package Offers Virtual Safety test 2

The key role of a bumper is to absorb shock from an accident and reduce damage to the body of the car. Cadillac is saying that isn’t good enough and they want to prevent accidents from happening at all. Cadillac’s Front and Rear Automatic Braking system, which acts as a “virtual bumper,” may prevent you from backing into that mailbox or hitting a car when attempting to parallel park.

As part of an optional Driver Assist Package for the ATS, XTS and SRX sedans and crossovers, Cadillac’s new virtual bumper technology relies on a series of sensors. Radar, camera and ultrasonic sensors detect a possible upcoming crash. If the system detects an oncoming frontal collision, an automatic maximum braking effort is applied with or without your participation. So technically, you could avoid a low-speed accident while asleep, although it’s not recommended you try that.

Mini Looking At Crossover And Sports Car

On: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 4:52PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mini Looking At Crossover And Sports Car test 2

A Mini sports car? That sounds about as likely as a Mini SUV - so they'll both probably happen. In fact, Mini and parent company BMW are considering both SUV and sports car models, according to a new report. The potential additions could help grow Mini's line to a total of 10 cars.

Inside Line reports that Mini is thinking about a small sports car in the vein of a Mazda MX-5 Miata. It's not clear if the car would be a roadster or hard-top, and it's not clear how you can make a Mini look sporty, but the automaker shouldn't have too much of a problem tuning its tiny packages for sporty handling.

Consumer Reports Flunks Fisker Karma

On: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 9:48AM | By: Chris Weiss

Consumer Reports Flunks Fisker Karma test 2

It's been a while since we've reported anything about Fisker, which can only mean one thing: something bad has happened with the brand. Outside of an exception here and there, Fisker headlines tend to run pretty negative. In this case, Consumer Reports has put on its high school teacher glasses and given the Karma a big, red F.

The Karma didn't exactly get off to a good start with Consumer Reports. Back in March, the Karma that CR purchased for testing barely made it to headquarters before an electrical problem turned it into a large, aesthetically pleasing paperweight. CR had to send it back to Fisker immediately for a battery replacement, and a greater battery replacement program was born. Bad first impression.

GM Recalls 426,000 Malibus, G6 And Auras

On: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Chevy Malibu test 2

GM has recalled 426,240 vehicles that include 2008-2010 Chevy Malibu and Pontiac G6 as well as 2007-2010 Saturn Aura models. It seems that the transmission shift cable end may break, which of course is not a good thing. A broken cable can result in a misalignment of the shift lever and the real position of the transmission gear. So, although the driver may believe the car is in Park, the car may actually be in Reverse or Neutral -- even if the key has been removed. This defect could result in inadvertently dangerous situations for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

GM will provide a free fix for all cars involved with the recall. Owners can reach GM at 1-800-521-7300 with questions or to schedule their appointment.  Read on for the full report.