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McLaren P12 Coming This Spring

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've been hearing things - good things - about the McLaren P12 for a long time now. The P12 is the spiritual successor to the F1 - one of the greatest supercars of modern times, so suffice it to say, anticipation is high. That anticipation won't last too much longer if new rumors about a spring debut prove true.

GTSpirit reports this week that the P12 will be revealed at the Monaco Grand Prix event in May. While a May debut sounds enticing, don't get your hopes up. It's not clear if the Monaco unveiling (if it even happens) will be a public unveiling or one of those quiet, shadowy showings for ultra-wealthy clients. So we may have to scour the Internet for leaked information and photos rather than official details. Hopefully, we'll get something in May, though.

Subaru And Toyota Score Big In Consumer Reports Best Cars List

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 2:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If you hadn't heard, Toyota is back. Not that it ever really went anywhere, but a short misstep in its history that we'll call the Unintended Acceleration Debacle of 2009-10 had people questioning whether it was still a leader in quality automobiles. The Japanese automaker and its familia (Lexus and Scion) have rebounded back with such recent accolades as most dependable vehicles around. While it doesn't take the top score overall, Toyota does occupy half of the spots on Consumer Reports' Top Picks list.

In its April automotive issue, Consumer Reports analyzes and ranks cars of all makes, models and styles. The automaker with the best overall score is Subaru, replacing Honda at the very top of the pack. It receives a score of 75, including a road-score of 82, the highest in testing. Subaru benefits from improved scores for the 2012 Impreza, Legacy and Outlook models to jump two points and top this year's list. The Impreza takes home the Top Pick for "small car."

Gas Price Hikes And Used Car Blues

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 12:03PM | By: Chris Salamone

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A particularly savvy reader recently submitted an interested query: “I would love to see a blog about the rapid moving stats of trade in SUVs and compact car purchases. The gas hike is early this year, how is it impacting the pre-owned market.” As you might expect, nailing down market trends relative to gas price influence is a difficult task – especially so early in the year. But we’re always up for a challenge.

Fortunately or not, depending on your perspective, the premature gas price increases we’ve experienced have generated more than just oodles of critical media attention. Fuel efficient new car sales have also soared.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Unleashed!

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It looks like we're going to be in for a long line of "fastest road Ferraris ever." When the Ferrari 599 GTO hit the scene two years ago, Ferrari called it its fastest road-going model ever, a distinction that the all-new F12 Berlinetta just stole. In turn, the upcoming F70, which will be even more powerful than the 740-hp F12, is sure to be even faster. In short, it's good to be a Ferrari guy.

Ferrari has officially pulled the cloth off its new flagship just one week before the start of the Geneva Motor Show. The Prancing Horse refers to it as the "the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched." Its 1'23" Fioriano circuit time is a full second faster than the 599 GTO's, leading to the aforementioned fastest Ferrari designation.


Volt Owner Responds Via Gun Rack

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:49AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Last week, republican candidate Newt Gingrich made an interesting statement. As Mr. Gingrich began to discuss President Obama’s policies, particularly in reference to drilling for America-sourced oil, the conversation became electric…literally.

After positing that the Obama administration was trying to force smaller vehicles and electric cars, like the Chevy Volt, on Americans, Newt attacked the Volt’s practicality through a previously unconsidered character trait. Sure, we’ve discussed the vehicle’s safety, electric range, cost of ownership, and a long list of other debatable Volt features. But never before have we noted the Volt’s ability to carry the lifeblood, nay the font, of American patriotism: guns.

Another Crossover Convertible Concept: Magna Steyr MILA Coupic

On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 3:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's just as we feared. The flood gates are open, and the crossover convertibles are flowing through like a Class VI river. A day after Range Rover introduced its take on the crossover convertible, Austrian company Magna Steyr presents its own: the MILA Coupic.

To Magna Steyr's credit, it appears to actually make a crossover convertible that is both functional and stylish, something we previously thought was impossible. We're guessing that rear fascia is going to be a bit large and flat, but the high, slanted roofline and raked windshield actually make this car look sporty and attractive.

Henrik Fisker Steps Aside

On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 1:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Henrik Fisker is one of the best car designers of modern times, a fact exemplified by designs like the BMW Z8, the Artega GT and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. We've developed a growing suspicion that while his pencil skills are near-unmatched, his nuts and bolts management skills leave a lot to be desired. Under his watch, Fisker Automotive has experienced nothing but road bumps and obstacles, most recently losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. Alas, Fisker has stepped aside to make room for someone with a better history of company operations.

Hyundai i-oniq Concept Revealed

On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 11:44AM | By: Chris Weiss

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This year's Geneva show promises to be a breeding ground for sporty, range-extending hybrid concepts. We've already seen pictures of the Infiniti Emerg-E, which Infiniti has admitted is a range-extender. We've also gotten a look at the Pininfarina Cambiano concept, which is rumored to be a diesel-electric range extender. Now, it's Hyundai's turn.

Dear Chevy, Thank You!

On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 10:02AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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In case you haven't heard, Chevy has confirmed that 2013 will be the last model year for the venerable C6 Corvette. Although that is sad news for some of us who may not be able to purchase one new off the showroom floor, there is a silver lining to the story. No, we're not talking about the C7 -- who knows what's going to happen with that whole thing. What we are excited about is that Chevy is adding a 'new' model to their existing lineup of crossed-flagged wonders: The Corvette 427 convertible, and all we can say is, "Finally!" 

BMW To Integrate Carbon Fiber

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 4:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Carbon fiber has long been an expensive, high-tech material most at home in expensive, high-tech devices like space shuttles, F1 race cars and $10,000 bikes. It's certainly no stranger to the automotive world, but it usually socializes in the highest echelons only.

The tides are slowly turning for carbon fiber, though. Last year, GM announced a partnership aimed at integrating carbon fiber into mainstream vehicle production. Across the Atlantic, BMW is planning a similar move, though, of course, its vehicles are a step above mainstream.

Nissan Previews Future Crossovers With Hi-Cross Concept

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nissan has teased a new concept vehicle that it will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show. Called the Hi-Cross, the model was designed to showcase the future of Nissan crossovers and may represent the first look at a future model.

Upon first glance, the Hi-Cross teaser doesn't look drastically different from Nissan's current generation crossovers. It appears to have a similar rear fascia to the Murano and Rogue, complete with roof spoiler. Some elements that differentiate the concept include what looks like a curvy beltline, a squared off front-end, and high, broad fender flares.