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Volkswagen Considering An Up! Crossover

On: Wed, May 9, 2012 at 1:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Based upon the strong reaction that its up! production models and concepts have inspired, Volkswagen appears ready to expand its green city car line. It's currently considering an up! crossover based upon the cross up! concept it showed in Frankfurt.

It's no surprise that Volkswagen is considering expanding the up! line. It has been showing up! concepts at nearly every major auto show of late - including a quartet at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Meanwhile, the up! production car, which launched in Europe recently, has won some major accolades, including World Car of the Year.

Ferrari Chairman Left Speechless By New Viper

On: Wed, May 9, 2012 at 11:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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As we learned from Chrysler's recent Viper heritage video, Chrysler received an emotional response when it introduced the Viper concept back in 1989. In the video, former Chrysler chief Lee Iacocca says that one of the first people to inquire about Viper purchase was the president of the German Ferrari club, a fact that really highlights the level of performance and aesthetics Chrysler had successfully attained.

The new 2013 Viper has an equally compelling (though likely more manufactured) story relating to Ferrari. Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was left speechless when he first got a close-up look at the new SRT Viper.

OnStar Offers Promotion On Its Successful FMV System

On: Tue, May 8, 2012 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It used to be that you had to buy a GM vehicle to enjoy OnStar, GM's navigation and roadside assistance interface. Then last year, GM launched OnStar 'For My Vehicle' (FMV), an aftermarket kit that makes OnStar available on all types of cars. So far, people have responded to the over-the-counter approach.

In a recent press release, GM details that OnStar has been particularly popular with owners of newer vehicles, particularly 2011 models. Of its OnStar FMV buyers, 15.6 percent are Toyota owners and 12.3 percent are Ford owners. Significantly, nearly a third of those Ford buyers own models that offered Ford's Sync system at time of purchase, showing clearly that they had some preference for OnStar's features over Sync's.

Ford Considers Making Car Components Out Of Recycled Money

On: Tue, May 8, 2012 at 12:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Cars made out of money may sound too ostentatious for even a rap video, but Ford has some truer intentions than first impressions may give. The automaker said this month that it's looking into using recycled US currency in certain vehicle components.

Why recycled money? We conclude mostly because it makes a helluva publicity stunt. Not only can Ford play the green (in more ways than one) card, but it gets a rather unique, headline-making story that's about quirky enough for the front page of Yahoo! News.


Chrysler Recalls 119,000 Charger And 300 Models!

On: Tue, May 8, 2012 at 10:34AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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As with most things in life, it's the little things that will get you. This not only applies to people, but to cars too. The new Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger have made a giant splash in the world of automotive excitement, but this week Chrysler had to quell some of that enthusiasm when it issued a recall of 119,072 Chargers and 300s made as 2011 and 2012 models due to a problem with overheating power distribution centers which could cause the ABS/ESC systems to malfunction and become inoperable. Having a non-functioning ABS/ESC system could increase the likelihood of a crash -- which is a big deal, but started off with a very little thing.

Ford Announces Focus Electric Launch Details

On: Mon, May 7, 2012 at 5:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Ever since we found out about the $40,000 price tag, we have kind of written the Focus Electric off. It combines the high price of the Chevy Volt with the low range of the Nissan Leaf - not exactly a promising vehicle. But, the car is set to launch in the coming weeks, and Ford has released some new details about that launch.

The "details" of the launch don't do the courtesy of giving exact dates, leaving things to general time frames like "spring" and "summer." What they do provide is a time line of which markets will get the Focus Electric first.

Bentley Thinks It Can Sell 3,000 SUVs A Year

On: Mon, May 7, 2012 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

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After making its European and Asian debuts, things are looking good for the Bentley SUV. Bentley says that it's currently working on a business case for a production version of the EXP-9, and it believes it could sell about 3,000 models a year. It seems confident that official approval from Volkswagen is but a formality.

Last year, Bentley sold roughly 7,000 units from its Mulsanne-Continental line, so an extra 3,000 units from an SUV line wouldn't be anything to snort at. Bentley hasn't publicly okayed the model for production, but it sounds like the business case is making itself.

Auto Industry To Invest In Internet Advertising

On: Mon, May 7, 2012 at 12:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Automotive commercials have been among the most interesting forms of advertising this year. Between Fiat's sultry Romanian model (+ Charlie Sheen), the return of Ferris Bueller and Chevy's raft of Sonic stunts, automotive commercials have both shocked and entertained throughout the first few months of 2012. According to a new study, automotive investment in advertising will only increase throughout this year.

Coolest Parking Lot Ever: 50 Lamborghinis From All Eras Shoulder To Shoulder

On: Mon, May 7, 2012 at 10:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The parking lot is one of the unheralded heroes of everyday living. If you've ever gone to an event where there was no parking lot, or the parking lot was full, or you had to pay premium pricing for a parking spot, you should have some appreciation for just how valuable a good piece of lined asphalt really is. If you don't have such appreciation, the world's most awesome Lamborghini parking lot should give it to you.

For those of us that don't drive or see exotic cars regularly, a quick trip past a Lamborghini or Ferrari dealership is an exciting experience. Seeing a few red supercars lined up in a window or dealership lot is pretty novel. Ordinarily, you'd be happy just to see a single model.

The Polish Supercar Gets A Price

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 5:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Polish supercar. Nope, that's not a punchline awaiting a joke. That's an actual thing that goes by the name of Arrinera. Apparently, it's not just vaporware either. The Polish supercar company has announced the price and final specs of its Lamborghini knockoff first car.

Arrinera gained some cred when it name-dropped supercar icon Lee Noble in developing its supercar (which still doesn't seem to have a model name), and it gets one step closer to actual reality with the announcement of pricing and details. When compared with other European supercars, the Arrinera could be viewed as a bargain. It will base at a rather humble $160,060.

New Video: Bugatti Galibier 16C

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 3:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If we had to place all our money on red, we'd say that Bugatti will eventually green light the 16C Galibier for production. The car may be the most ridiculous, over-the-top creation since the personal jetpack, but Bugatti seems to be doing too much with it to just let it wither on the vine. They've tinkered the car to Wolfgang Durheimer's perfecting demands and have let rumors run rampant, unrequited by any denial. Now, about 2.5 years after the concept was first revealed, Bugatti has released a random promo. There's just no way they let this hyper-sedan disappear without a production run.

With the Veyron nearing mandatory retirement, Bugatti must find something to fill its one-car lineup if it intends to continue having a presence in the auto market. And the only thing that we've really seen that could do that is the 16C Galibier. We're guessing that VW is just waiting for the right economic conditions to announce a $2 million ultra-premium sedan that puts basically every luxury and performance sedan in the world to shame.