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Two Classic Races, One Ticket: Indy 500 And Kentucky Derby Team Up

On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Depending on your disposition and personal history, if you were asked to name the United States' most famous race, you might be inclined to say either the Indy 500 or the Kentucky Derby. The races are the pinnacles of their respective sports, and now they're teaming up to give you all access.

This is one of those promotions that makes you wonder: Why's it never been done? The two events each hold relatively equal prominence in racing lore, occur around the same time of year, and are located about two hours apart in a pretty straight north-south line. A promotional team-up seems so damn logical, yet it's taken more than 100 years to happen (the first Indy 500 was held in 1911 and the first Kentucky Derby in 1875).

Onslaught Of New Nissans Teased (Video)

On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

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After a multi-teaser campaign led to the official debut of the 2013 Altima last week, we'd think Nissan would be tired of teasing. Turns out, it's just getting started. Nissan has teased a busy 15 months filled with four more new models.

The teaser shows a total of five models all sheeted over. At the end of the video, one of the models reveals itself as the 2013 Altima, which we've already seen. The other four models remain a mystery, but Nissan makes clear it plans to reveal them over the course of 15 months.

Honda Recalls Half A Million CR-V And Pilot Models

On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Although a recall of cars that are no less than eight years old may not have ordinarily been newsworthy, the fact that most of the Honda CR-V and Pilots that were produced from 2002-2004 are still on the road makes Honda's latest recall of 554,428 models pretty significant.

It seems that due to a defect in the wiring harness, the terminal ends of the harness may melt which in turn could cause the low beams of these cars to stop working altogether. With such a large number of cars recalled, odds are if you are the owner of a CR-V produced from 2002-2004 or a Pilot produced in 2003, your car is more than likely susceptible to this defect. Honda has announced it will begin its recall about April 24th, but owners can contact Honda at 1-888-999-1009 to set up a free inspection of their car.

Read on for the full report ...

Dodge Darts Industry First Wireless Phone Charger

On: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 1:33PM | By: Chris Salamone

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For years now, automakers have diligently sought a solution to wireless electrical transmission. The technology has existed for decades, but efficiency has always been a problem – until recently. Although non-physical electrical vehicle battery charging hasn’t been perfected yet, smaller energy loads are having wire-free success. Chrysler just announced the introduction of an in-vehicle wireless charging system to be available on the 2013 Dodge Dart.

And, of course, the crafty folks at Mopar are responsible. So far the system will be compatible with iPhone, Blackberry, many MP3 Players and Droid-based devices.


Fantastic, Valuable Cars Sold At Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach Auction - These Freaks Sold There Too

On: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 10:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Now other people are going to cover the high points of Barrett-Jackson’s April 5-7 Palm Beach sale, so I won’t bore you with talk of customs, resto-mods or (half)million-dollar-sales. Instead I’m going to shine a light on the auction’s seamy underbelly to expose the creatures known as “filler” lots.

But I’m not going to bother with the late-model lease-returns and beat-up aged exotics that tend to occupy 75 percent of any B-J sale’s slate. No, I’m going right down into the bilge of the USS BJPB to show you six of the freakiest lots they had on offer (or seven, if you count the trailer).

Is everybody wearing their protective gear? Thenbad pun cominglet’s dive in…

Small Cars Becoming A Cornerstone Of US Auto Manufacturing

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 5:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Once a rather unsexy part of the US auto market, hidden in the deep, dank corners of the bargain basement, compact and subcompact cars are enjoying a renaissance in the United States thanks to the unwavering high gas prices. With no end in sight to costly gas, these cars are becoming a more important product for domestic automakers.

According to a recent report in the Detroit News, US automakers, which once dismissed smaller, more efficient cars in favor of bigger, expensive models like SUVs, are now banking on those cars more and more. Sales of cars like the Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze are on the rise. Cars from the Detroit Big 3 made up more than a quarter of the US compact and subcompact market last year, leaping from 20 percent in 2010, according to cited statistics from LMC Automotive.

Chevy Shows Its Hand: 2013 Traverse

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 4:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The 2012 New York Auto Show had a few big SUV debuts, one of which was the all-new Chevy Traverse. Chevy unveiled the 2013 model just before the show got underway last week.

Chevy describes the exterior design as new and athletic, though we're not sure we're seeing much more athleticism. The front-end gets updated with a "powerdome" hood and a new grille. Chevy keeps the same general shape and two-part design of the grille, but uses slats in place of the mesh on the current Traverse. The headlamps also get a new shape and look. On the flip side, the 2013 Traverse gets a new set of taillamps and a new liftgate. Overall it's a subtle but discernible redesign in terms of styling.

Land Rover Shows DC100 Expedition Concept In New York

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 2:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

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As we heard last year, Land Rover is planning on bringing the Defender back to the US market. As such, it's not that surprising that the SUV-maker brought an updated version of the DC100 concept to the New York Auto Show. The model is an Expedition version of the Defender-previewing concept.

Land Rover has previously stated that the new Defender has global ambitions. It will be positioned at third world and first world markets alike. So far, the company's concept schedule (if not the concept itself) has reflected such ambitions. We saw the first DC100 in Frankfurt last year, updated versions in LA and New Delhi, and now an Expedition version in New York.

Infiniti LE Concept To Become First Infiniti Electric

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 11:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Infiniti introduced the LE concept at this week's New York Auto Show. The company plans to bring the car to market as its first fully electric car.

After toying with green concepts like the Essence and Emerg-E, Infiniti finally has a winner. It said that it plans to get the LE electric to market within the next two years. The model promises to bring a little normality - sexiness even - to a segment defined by small, awkward hatchbacks.

Porsche Ranked Coolest Car Brand, Honda Most Trusted

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Kelley Blue Book released its Brand Image Award results this week. The firm uses market research about consumer perceptions in awarding automakers such honors as "Best Comfort Brand," "Best Performance Brand," and "Best Value Brand." Its Brand Watch study analyzes impressions from more than 12,000 new-vehicle consumers doing research on KBB.com.

Despite its recent focus on less cool, more volume (think Cayenne, Panamera and Macan), Porsche still has plenty of cool factor. Stuttgart is the "Coolest Brand," according to KBB's data. The shield also appears as the "Best Performance Brand," an award it's traded with BMW since 2009.

The SRT Viper Has Arrived

On: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 2:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've sifted through rumor after rumor for years. We've seen a name change and logo update. We've analyzed spy shots and legitimate teaser photos. We've tried to reconcile conflicting reports. And it's all led up to this. It was worth the wait.

We speak, of course, of the 2013 Viper, one of the most anticipated car debuts of 2012. The last-generation Viper drove into the sunset in 2010, leaving nothing but rumors in its wake.