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Bad News For Cowboys: Study Finds Highest Repair Costs In The West

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Cowboys might want to consider ditching their big diesel pickup trucks in favor of the real horse power of their ancestors. A new study shows that repair costs relating to the dreaded "check engine" light are highest in some of the states where cows and cowpokes still graze freely. CarMD, manufacturer of the Vehicle Health System diagnostic tool, released its study results last month.

It's a fateful moment for any driver: The brightly colored check engine light pops on during an otherwise routine drive, and your mind immediately starts racing. You're thinking about everything from when your last oil change was to whether you secured the gas cap after your last fill up to cashing out your entire bond and stock portfolio in order to pay for a full emissions system overhaul. It's not a good day.

EV Or Hot Rod? How About Both With BMW Venture Design (Video)

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 2:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Green vehicles are exciting to some folks, but the guys that really live for automobiles - that element of hard-charging, tire-burning classic-car lovers - are unlikely to experience a heightened pulse over the latest city car. Perhaps if electric cars had just a little more soul and fun factor, they would. How about a thrifty commuter workhorse during the week and a fast, hot-cornering hot rod on Saturday and Sunday? This design study blends those two worlds into one.

Renault Alpine 110-50 Concept Faces Its Predecessor (Video)

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 12:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

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A new Renault video features an intriguing competition among three generations of 'Alpine'. The youngest - the Alpine A110-50 - takes on the original Alpine A110 that it was designed in honor of, and both cars battle the very first "Alpine" i.e. the French Alps.

Renault built the Alpine A110-50 in celebration of the A110 Berlinette's 50th anniversary. It introduced the concept in the spring at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix. The concept reinterprets the classic A110 in a more modern way, blending in some of Renault's latest design language originally seen on the DeZir concept.

Cobra-Aping Puritalia 427 Unveiled

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 10:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Truth be told, we forgot all about the Puritalia 427 roadster, which the company teased several weeks ago. A car from a little-known Italian outfit purporting to reinvent an icon was interesting for about 10 minutes; then it quickly vacated our minds to make room for more important things. Well, the car has been revealed, earning it another 10 minutes of attention.


Watch The Infiniti Emerg-E Take On Goodwood (Video)

On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 5:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Infiniti said that it would use the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the Emerg-E concept's first public drive, and it made good on the promise over the weekend. Infiniti rolled out the working prototype, and drivers hit the Hillclimb with it. A short, sweet video brings all us non-Goodwood attendees up to speed.

Infiniti debuted the Emerg-E at this year's Geneva Motor Show. It spent the ensuing months building a working prototype true to the concept, with the help of a variety of British partners, including the UK Government's Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Lotus Engineering, EVO and Xtrac.

This Is What Happens When You Crowd-Source An Aston Martin

On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 2:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Sometimes, relying on the crowd for information and insight works out well, like in the case of the Local Motors Rally Fighter. Sometimes, it does not, like in the case of the new Aston Martin DB9 1M.

Last fall, Aston Martin announced that it would build a special edition Millionth Fan Car to recognize hitting one million fans on Facebook. Since the car was conceived to honor its fans, Aston gave those Facebookers some input. In a manufacturing by consensus campaign, Aston relied on Facebook fans to pick out the model, trim and options of the car.

Nissan Leaf Sets Goodwood Record...In Reverse

On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 12:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If there's one car that you could safely say would not set a record at the "Festival of Speed," it would be a small electric car like the Nissan Leaf. Or so we thought. The Leaf set an interesting record at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

During this past weekend's Goodwood festivities, stunt driver Terry Grant powered the Nissan Leaf to a Goodwood record...multiple times. While the Nissan Leaf was ill-equipped to compete with the suped-up sports coupes and supercars in most categories, it took its own direction - fastest time over the course of a mile, in reverse.

Toyota And BMW Team Up On Sports Car

On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:58AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Bimota? The Toyimmer? We'd better start working on a name that flows as naturally as "Toyobaru," because Toyota and BMW have announced a partnership that includes co-development of a sports car. The new announcement is the latest expansion in an agreement that was first announced last year and includes development of battery technology.

Toyota president Akio Toyoda explains in a statement: "BMW and Toyota both want to make ever-better cars. We respect each other. That is why we already can take the next step together. Toyota is strong in environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells … I believe BMW's strength is developing sports cars. I get so excited thinking about the cars that will result from this relationship."

Acura ZDX Refresh Coming Later This Year

On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 9:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Acura reveals this week that the oddball ZDX sports crossover will be refreshed for the 2013 model year. While it hasn't detailed specifics just yet, the updated crossover will hit the market by fall 2012, so expect a full reveal within the coming months.

In a greater preview of upcoming vehicles, Acura says that the ZDX refresh will include exterior styling changes and new technology. The 2013 ZDX will be offered in a single value-added package.

Bugatti Working On Veyron Successor, Could Be Hybrid

On: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 2:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Introduced way back in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron has enjoyed a long, successful career. It's been the fastest car in the world - both officially and unofficially - for much of its existence. It has also enjoyed a role as the most expensive and exotic supercar on the planet. But it's getting very close to retirement. Despite the lack of any official announcements on succeeding models, reports about a Veyron successor are already heating up.

While the status of the 16C Galibier remains in limbo, Bugatti is reportedly hard at work on the next generation Veyron, which will be named....VEYRON! The new model will be more than just an update or special edition, however; it will be a completely new model.

Infiniti May Look To Essence Concept, Not Emerg-E For Flagship

On: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 12:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

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 "Infiniti EMERG-E is physical proof of Infiniti’s intention to produce a bold halo model befitting the brand’s promise of Inspired Performance, and also signals an array of exciting new technologies that the brand will adopt in its quest to build dramatic and sustainable high performance cars." Infiniti used that sentence to introduce the Emerg-E performance hybrid at this year's Geneva Motor Show. While the statement doesn't say that the Emerg-E will be the "bold halo model," it certainly implies it. The fact that Infiniti has built a working prototype supplies further evidence.

Things may not be so clear cut, however. A new report casts doubt on whether the Emerg-E will be Infiniti's halo car, suggesting that Nissan's luxury arm will reach further back in its concept car portfolio.