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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.


Nissan Talks Efficiency And Common Module Family

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 12:22PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Nissan recently announced the introduction of a next-gen efficient engineering project, aptly named the Common Module Family (CMF). For decades automakers have struggled with keeping production costs low, often by sharing the infrastructure or gadgetry from other makes or models. While platform and part sharing sounds great on its face, consumers often demand distinctive vehicle characteristics, constantly improved fuel economy, and cutting edge safety or technology features – which makes engineering efficiency a huge obstacle for any automaker.

But not anymore. Nissan intends to implement a four module system which allows for a wide spectrum of vehicle design concepts. From compact to large-scale SUVs, the CMF program will mix and match standard modules from the engine compartment, cockpit, front underbody, and rear underbody.


Infiniti Previews Electric Supercar Concept

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


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One of these days, Infiniti is going to get its own supercar. The Nissan GT-R has just "too good a platform" to allow Infiniti to become the only of the three major Japanese luxury brands to not have a supercar (Lexus has the LF-A and Acura will have the NSX). Nissan's luxury brand is reportedly considering several different variants as a potential flagship, one of which is undoubtedly this stunning Emerg-E concept.

Putting aside, the cheesy "Emerg-E" name, this design appears to be all win. It takes much of the natural curviness from the 2009 Essence concept and packages it into a muscular, mid-engined layout.


 

79,000 M, QX, And Juke Models Recalled

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:24AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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If you happen to be one of the 79,275 people that just bought a new Infiniti M sedan, QX sport-ute, or spunky little Nissan Juke, you may just want to turn those cars right back around and head for the dealership you just came from. 

It seems that the fuel pressure sensor on nearly 80,000 cars may not have been tightened enough. Due to heat and vibration the sensor may, and will likely endure, there is a pretty decent chance it may come loose, causing a fuel leak. Needless to say, no one really wants fuel leaking into their brand new car's engine compartment. Nissan has said they will replace the sensors for free, and will begin contacting owners March 19th, but owners can (and really should) contact Nissan as soon as possible at 615-725-1000 to schedule an appointment to make their M, QX, or Juke a little more fireproof.


Range Rover Convertible Concept

On: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 12:45PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It looks like we officially have a thing. And not a good thing. The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet appears to have opened a door, a door that leads to a dark, fearsome place. Land Rover is launching a convertible concept based on its Evoque small crossover. It doesn't look to be guaranteed production just yet, but the automaker is clearly considering it.

The Evoque Convertible Concept will debut at the Geneva Motor Show where Land Rover will gauge public opinion. If that opinion proves positive, it will consider building the model.


2012 Ram Power Wagon, Just Short Of Perfection

On: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 11:36AM | By: Chris Salamone


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 For the first time ever, we’ve got three Power Wagon models to choose from. And to make matters more exciting, one particular model actually starts at a lower MSRP relative to previous years. The base model, Power Wagon ST, comes in at $41,855 and offers bargain hunting off-road enthusiasts a stripped down post-apocalypse friendly truck with absolutely no regard for weakness…or fuel economy. Depending on the depth of your pocket book and desire for amenities, Ram also offers Power Wagons in the standard issue and Laramie variety.

But even considering the vehicle’s long list of brutish attributes, some virile enough to be banned in our puritanical society, the Power Wagon does have a pretty major flaw.


Interesting Geneva Debuts: Artega GT Roadster

On: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Maybe we shouldn't play favorites, but Geneva is easily our favorite auto show of the year. Not only is it a big auto show for the big names we're familiar with - especially the European ones - it's a good place to familiarize ourselves with European automakers that we really don't see for the rest of the year. German company Artega Automobil GmbH is one of those European companies. It will add a roadster version of its GT coupe in Geneva.

The Artega GT is a slightly pudgy, little coupe with a rather distinctive, wavy front-end and a fast, curvy profiile. The car was designed by Henrik Fisker back before he was mired in the ongoing problems of running a green car start-up. Say what you want about the Karma, the man can pen a nice vehicle.


Lyonheart K Is The Modern Day Jaguar E-Type

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It may be called 'Lyonheart', but the car before you is all Jaguar at heart. The Swiss-designed, British-built coupe is a modern day reinterpretation of one of the most iconic cars ever - the Jaguar E-Type.

The Lyonheart K was designed by Swiss firm Classic Factory and displayed last winter. The car was originally called the Growler E, but has since changed its name and its country of origin. Limited production will begin in Great Britain with deliveries scheduled for next year.

Robert Palm, CEO of Classic Factory, said: "We want to make the 'Made In England' label into a truthful concept, not just a statement. Every part of the Lyonheart K is developed, engineered and hand-built in England. The design clues of the Lyonheart K reflect Britishness at its best: cool, elegant, refined, understated yet powerful and dynamic."


LaHood Lies Down In Laying Down Electronics Guidelines

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 3:01PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood hasn't hidden the fact that he doesn't like in-vehicle distractions. Unfortunately, you'd never know LaHood doesn't like in-vehicle distractions based upon the toothless guidelines the Department of Transportation issued earlier this month.

The new guidelines, which were released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are voluntary standards for automakers. The guidelines lay out some types of in-vehicle electronics that the Department says should be disabled while the vehicle is in motion. Those things include visual text messaging, visual manual Internet browsing, visual manual social networking and displays of more than 30 characters of text unrelated to driving. The department says those features should only be active when the car is in park or for the passenger only with no driver visibility.


Chevy Restarts Production On The Volt

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 12:19PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Apparently Chevy had stopped production of the Volt plug-in hybrid back around the holidays. You probably didn't notice since you weren't shopping for a Volt. Neither were many of your fellow Americans. And we're guessing those Chevy dealers that actually wanted to stock Volts had plenty on hand. Production was stopped for over a month and resumed earlier in February.

The Detroit News reports that GM resumed production of the Volt on February 6. Chevy stopped production for the holiday break.