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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.

More Lexus LF-CC Concept Details (Video)

On: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 9:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Lexus LF-CC Concept Details test 2

It's funny to see how differently automakers approach debuts and auto shows. Some remain tight lipped until the day of their press conference and shock the world. Some tease us ad naseum with out of focus photos and conceptual videos. And some just straight up spill all the beans well before the show.

Lexus is in that last tier when it comes to the LF-CC concept. It provided various photos and a full press release on the car earlier this week, and now it's added a two-minute video clip of the car.

A New Generation: The McLaren P1

On: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

McLaren P1 test 2

One of the most anticipated cars of 2012 is finally here...for the most part. McLaren has confirmed and previewed its F1-succeeding flagship supercar. While McLaren is keeping the details mum until the Paris Motor Show, it has provided several pictures for us to ogle and analyze.

For months, rumors have ebbed and flowed about the supercar. We've heard several names such as the P12 and 799, but McLaren is calling it the P1...for now. The model is just a design study at this point, andreports suggest that it will receive a more proper model name in production, though we kind of like the simplicity of "P1" over the mish-mash of letters and numbers that create "MP4-12C."

Land Rover Considering Smaller, Sub-Evoque SUV

On: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 5:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover Considering Smaller, Sub-Evoque SUV test 2

The lines between automakers continue to blur. Mini gets bigger and bigger and SUVs get smaller and smaller. Land Rover is considering building a subcompact SUV to slot below the Evoque, its smallest model to date, according to a conversation with Auto News Europe.

Land Rover's design chief Gerry McGovern told the publication: "Certainly, I think we can go smaller. In a world focusing on sustainability you could argue that smaller and lighter is the way to go."


Pagani Huayra To Make Its US Debut Next Year

On: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

Pagani Huayra To Make Its US Debut Next Year test 2

If Pagani had its way, it would already be selling its Huayra supercar in the United States. It planned to launch the car this year, but those best laid plans were foiled by a pesky, little government body called the NHTSA. Due to a problem with the lack of child-safe advanced airbags, the NHTSA sent Pagani back to engineering, delaying the launch of the Huayra. While "child safety" probably seemed like an odd concern in a 230-mph two-seat supercar that certainly won't be the chariot of choice for many soccer games or PTA meetings, Pagani had no choice but to obey and delay.

Wealthy Americans anxious to wrap their fingers around the Huayra's steering wheel won't have to wait much longer. Pagani announced this week that the Huayra will make it to market by the middle of next year.

The 1LE Is Back! The 1LE Is Back?

On: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 5:05PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Camaro 1LE test 2

For those of us who grew up in the 1980's, there were plenty of fond memories.  TV shows that actually had actors and actresses, music that was memorable if nothing else, some of the best movies around, and fashion that was ... okay, well forget the fashion. Sadly, the 1980s were a time in which car manufacturers were still recovering from the gas crisis. As a result, the cars they produced were less engaging than, say, your average episode of Thundercats.

There were a few bright spots along the way -- presuming you were grading on a curve of course. One such example came along in 1989 when Chevy took their (then) venerable IROC Camaro and offered up an option package called 1LE. This RPO code provided a version of the Camaro that could compete in the SCCA Showroom Stock racing events. In 1989-1992 form, the 1LE package included upgraded brakes, shocks, suspension, driveshaft, fuel tank, as well as some weight reduction making Camaros with this package much more agile than your garden variety IROC-Z.

Lexus Shows The LF-CC Concept Before The Paris Motor Show

On: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus LF-CC Concept test 2

Earlier this year, Lexus made a stir with the sporty 2 + 2 concept it calls the LF-LC. For the Paris Motor Show, it will premiere the closely related LF-CC concept. Conveniently enough for us impatient industry watchers, Lexus has revealed and detailed the sporty concept ahead of the Paris world debut.

A little more polished, but a little less dazzling than the LF-LC, the LF-CC molds some of the LC's styling cues into a more compact package. The car shares prominent elements like the spindle grille and air intakes below the headlamps, but makes a clearly distinguished move from "dramatic concept" toward "production-ready sports car." It includes a sporty, rear-slung profile; raked windshield; trunk spoiler; and bold front fenders. The airflow regulating fins toward the rear fenders help to increase down force on the rear drive wheels. The car is brushed in Fluid Titanium paint.

Ford Recalls 5,400 Edge Models

On: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 2:59PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2012 Ford Edge test 2

Ford has had a rough go as of late, and this newest addition of their recall list will not help to make things any better. 5,499 examples of 2012 Edge models manufactured between September 02, 2010 - October 31, 2011 are being called back to the home office because a pulse damper on the fuel line apparently has a propensity to crack under pressure. Obviously if a fuel line cracks, it can (and more than likely will) leak fuel which can lead to a fire.

Ford will begin notifying owners this week, and will repair the defective fuel line free of charge. Owners can call Ford at 1-866-436-7332 with questions or to schedule a repair. Read on for the full report.

Nearly 1,000 Ferraris Gather For World Record (Video)

On: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nearly 1,000 Ferraris Gather For World Record test 2

Event organizers may be disappointed that they fell three dozen short of their goal of 1,000, but 964 Ferraris in a parade is nothing to blink at. In fact, you won't want to blink at all, or you'll end up missing scores of Ferraris in the video of this impressive world record.

Over the weekend, 964 Ferraris of all colors, models and ages - including the all-new F12 Berlinetta - took to the U.K.'s Silverstone Circuit to set a new world record. While Guinness has yet to certify the record, all the appropriate paperwork has been filed and it appears like only a matter of time before the recent event replaces a 2008 parade of 490 Ferraris at Japan's Fuji Speedway Circuit as the biggest Ferrari parade on record.

Suzuki Teases New S-Cross Concept

On: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 12:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Suzuki Teases New S-Cross Concept test 2

The Paris Motor Show is just around the corner, and automakers are busy teasing, hyping and straight out revealing their latest vehicles and concepts. Suzuki will debut the sporty new S-Cross small crossover concept at the show, and it's released a new teaser photo to provide a peek at the car.

Suzuki previously described the S-Cross as "typified by distinctive dynamic lines that start on the front bumper, sweep across the doors, and continue to the rear of the body." It also mentioned that a "cutting edge crossover look" is underpinned by design elements that convey stability and solidity. In other words, mostly marketing mumbo jumbo.

Bonhams Sells "V12 NUT" UK License Plate For Over $4k. What A Bargain!

On: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 4:16PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Like cricket (the game) and Marmite (whatever the hell that is) there are just things they do in the UK that I can’t get a handle on. I always thought it was a production assistant goofing around with the more apt license plates you see on Top Gear’s test cars but no: people actually have to pay for those. A LOT. Like the four grand for “V12 NUT” Bonhams got recently.

And before you think this is an isolated incident—and/or skip to the fun "Top Five" lists I’ve painstakingly copied from another site—I provide you with a roster of offerings to be, um… offered at Barons’ “Annual British Heritage Auction & Other Classics” sale somewhere on the island today (September 17) (with plates offered in quotes and auction estimate averages in greenbacks):

[And I hate math more than you can imagine so appreciate what I did here, dang it!]

They are, as follows: “DB09 AML” [$8,315]; “9 BEN” [$34,880]; “Y12 FER” [$1,704]; “D8 GTS” [$3,448]; “W18 OND” [$2,434]; “EA51 CAR” [$1,866]; “V8 REG” [$3,488]. What, you don’t see the perfectly good reason why “9 BEN” should cost more than a new Camaro? Oh, silly American. Because, as the description reads [EXACTLY], “Pre 63 Bentley? Any The ultimate Bentley registration” of course!