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Kayakers are a pretty niche demographic to build an entire car around. But a concept car or truck? Well, Volkswagen believes they're worthy. The new Amorak Canyon concept is a reconfigured Amorak aimed directly at paddlers.
VW really missed the boat (get it!) on its name. Canyon is such a generic name, but the Amorak 'Yak would have better identified the model's purpose while rhyming all at the same time. Let's talk next time, V-Dub.
The automaker describes the Canyon as an extreme version of the Amorak pickup designed specifically for the sport of freestyle kayaking. While we don't expect to see a production version, VW says that it demonstrates how versatile the Amorak platform can be.
Tags: Volkswagen, anorak, concepts, kayaking, paddling, Anorak Canyon, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
The Chevy Volt may have struggled to convince 7,671 buyers to take it home last year, but at least one prominent buyer is sizing the car up for the future. Most certainly a mix of politics and business more so than earnestness, President Obama recently told the United Auto Workers that he plans to buy a Volt himself when he's out of office.
President Obama was addressing the UAW conference in Washington in regards to the state of the automobile industry, when he made the comment last week. In a briefing with the press, White House press secretary Jay Carney told skeptical media that the speech wasn't a campaign speech, but given the prominent role that auto bailout is playing in the upcoming election, politics was certainly at play.
During the speech, President Obama told the union workers about the Volt: "I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I’ll bet it drives real good. And five years from now when I’m not President anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself.”
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Obama, Chevy Volt, Volt, news, government, politics, green, GM
Incredibly mouthy verbiage aside, Volkswagen’s Cross Coupe TDI Plug-in Hybrid Concept has some pretty impressive specs. Last December we got a sneak peak during the Tokyo Auto Show, but this second version of the Cross Coupe, set to debut in Geneva, looks even better. And no, we’re not just referring to the vehicle’s snazzy two-tone red paint scheme.
Volkswagen’s latest concept can also boast 302 horsepower, 512 ft.-lb. of torque, and a purported 130 MPGe.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Rumors, Technology
Tags: Volkswagen, VW, Cross, Coupe, blossom, blossoms, TDI, plug-in, hybrid, awd, geneva
So often it seems that automakers use technology to create complicated, ambiguous features like advanced infotainment systems with social networking and touchscreen-based controls. Those features are valuable to some, annoying to others, and downright unnecessary many. Either way, it seems like there are more universally beneficial features that automakers could be using their technological know-how to build. Ford conquers one common problem using technology.
Most drivers have been in this situation at least once: You stroll up to the car with a bag full of groceries, box full of liquor, big awkward piece of furniture, etc. You don't have a free muscle to reach for your keys, and you can't open the car. The ground is wet, dirty or muddy and you'd rather not set your goods down on it. After a few minutes, you manage to balance your package delicately on the hood while manually opening the trunk. Problem solved (so long as your package doesn't slide off the hood and smash to bits).
Ford's new kick-activated tailgate system eliminates that hassle. Ford Kuga owners can lightly kick below the rear bumper to open the tailgate. They don't need their hands and can pop the trunk and slide their bags in without the usual effort.
Tags: Ford, technology, motion sensors, Kuga, Escape, concepts, trucks, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
Sorry, Subaru, but you were asking for it.
I'm a die-hard paper man—in most senses of the term—and as such I would rather get covered in toxic inks and be buried beneath tons of dried tree pulp than stare into this soulless flickering picture-box and “Face” or “Twit.”
So imagine my surprise when I discovered—admittedly via an online press release—that you are happy as all get-out with yourselves and your spiffy new “Dynamic Brochures” despite the fact that all you still have no way to even approximate the paper brochure “experience” electronically!
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Car News, Reports
Tags: Subaru, brochures, dynamic brochures, electronic, download, green, paperless
The Mitsubishi i-Miev is a lot of things. It's inexpensive (compared to other electric vehicles). It's super efficient (the EPA's fuel economy leader). And, combining those two factors, it's an economical choice for both long and short term.
Two things the i-Miev is not: fast and powerful. The i-Miev puts out 66 hp and has a top speed around 80 mph, but that isn't stopping the company from entering the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a race version of the electric car.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Racing
Tags: Mitsubishi, race cars, racing, Pikes Peak, i, i-Miev, electric, ev, green
Last week General Motors announced a five week production cease and desist order on the Chevy Volt, informing 1,300 workers that production would resume April 23rd. Back in January the Volt managed a meager 603 sales which was possibly linked to rough media attention and the vehicle’s federal safety investigation. But the five month sales slump was quickly forgotten in February as Chevy managed to sell 1,023 units.
Even with redoubled efforts and recent sales pseudo-success, the good General still has 6,300 Volts sitting in inventory – a fact which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Last year company executives forecasted the sale of 10,000 Volts in 2011 and 60,000 in 2012 – numbers which have been recently dropped from consideration. Now we’re stuck with at least 154 days of inventory.
That is, assuming Volt sales can climb or remain at the February level. But, in an incredible twist of fate, the Volt has yet another major sales hurdle: California.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Chevy, Chevrolet, GM, General, Motors, Volt, production, halt, stop, units, sales, five
Another auto show, another Volkswagen up! concept (from here on out we capitalize and lose the annoying exclamation point). Four of them, actually. Volkswagen has taken the wraps off four new Up concepts for the Geneva Motor Show. The concepts are all about the same in exterior design, but each features an individual theme.
VW kicks off with an Up designed to show a little respect to the host of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Swiss Up is brushed in the red and white of the Swiss flag. Inside, it gets an Alcantara and leather interior with an interesting feature: pockets designed specifically for one of Switzerland's most iconic products - the Swiss Army Knife (VW says Victorinox, but we'd imagine Wengers would fit, too). You'd better not go reaching anywhere near those if you get pulled over for speeding, though.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Volkswagen, VW, concepts, concept cars, UP!, electric, EV, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
For weeks, we've been seeing teasers of the works of the great Italian design houses. The most mysterious one has been from Italdesign Giugiaro. The firm has released a few different teaser photos of it, none of which have given much of an indication what it is. In fact, even the name has been a mystery for the two weeks or so we've known about it.
Italdesign finally put a little meat on the bone. It released a new teaser of its concept car that reveals both the name and silhouette.
Tags: Concepts, concept cars, Italdesign, Giugiaro, Italian, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota Blasts CNN's Revisiting Of "Unintended Acceleration" Issue As "Irresponsible" And "Grossly Innaccurate"
Here’s how Toyota put it in its March 1 press release:
“In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, CNN has irresponsibly aired a grossly inaccurate segment on Anderson Cooper 360 that attempts to resurrect the discredited, scientifically unproven allegation that there is a hidden defect in Toyota’s electronic throttle control system that can cause unintended acceleration.”
And it gets uglier from there....
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Recalls, Reports, Rumors, Safety
Tags: CNN, Toyota, unintended acceleration, news, Anderson Cooper, segment
It's no secret that Bentley is building an SUV. While production plans are not 100 percent yet, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer has been doing some talking about the model's potential future.
Durheimer told Automotive News Europe that Bentley and parent company Volkswagen should make a decision on the SUV by the end of the year, with production to start within three years. If it gets the green light, he projects between 3,500 and 5,000 annual sales, a sizeable boost when you consider that Bentley sold about 7,000 Mulsanne and Continental models last year. Durheimer qualified the estimate as conservative.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Exotics
Tags: Durheimer, Wolfgang Durheimer, Bentley, Volkswagen, Bentley SUV